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Silver and gemstones 19mm dice, handmade in Cusco-Peru. Beautiful and built to last, they are tokens of a world away.
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THESE are the Machu Picchu Dice, and they are awesome, and they are mighty.
THESE are the Machu Picchu Dice, and they are awesome, and they are mighty.

We believe the Machu Picchu Dice to be something quite... weird. GOOD wierd. We have looked extensively, and found nothing slightly similar out there. So we are happy, because we are doing something awesome AND new. 

We made the dice with two key purposes: 

A. Deliver something GREAT. We wanted durability, we wanted precision and we wanted beauty.

Something GREAT.
Something GREAT.

(And B. is perhaps the most important one.) 

B. To create a product that MEANT something. 

There is so much amazing things to be shared from this corner of the world: talented people, amazing designs and materials, that even something as simple as reimagining a dice design is an opportunity to create something truly unique. It's hard work, and a single die can take many hours to make, but the result is well worth it.

Sightseeing is cool. People-meeting is cooler.
Sightseeing is cool. People-meeting is cooler.

THE DREAM

We want to be the reason behind copious amounts of HELL YESES and F**CK NOES on tabletops gaming sessions around the world. We want this little (and oh so shiny) fragment of Peru to take part on the fun.

The rolling stones.
The rolling stones.

THE TRIFECTA

Trifecta perfecta.
Trifecta perfecta.

We came up with three great models:

1. KLAZIK

They might remind you of the classic dice design, yet they are not. We take on the classic forms and transform them into something bold and new.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Repeat!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Repeat!

2. APU

'Apu' is quechua for 'mountain-god'. We wanted something simple, that would take inspiration of elements and forms found in the Inca culture and its landscape, and give back something different and beautiful. 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Repeat!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Repeat!

3. CALENDAR 

We couldn’t resist to make these ones available. They use gorgeous iconography from the annual calendar of the Incas, as well as the chakana (Inca’s symbol for the Tree of Life). A masterpiece.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Repeat!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Repeat!

 THE MENU

These are the VERY cool rewards we have lined up for you.
 

ONE STRETCH!

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Yes! That’s right. Awesome & mighty dice bags, made out of beautiful Peruvian fabrics! Just a gorgeous complement for your dice! Want to know the best part? They come 100% FREE with ever dice order! Keep in mind, this footage is of our EARLY prototype, if you think this one looks cool just wait until we show you the final model!

THE BACKSTORY

You may have seen the video and thought “Well that looks like a pretty simple venture. They had an idea, they worked together with and artisan, and easy peasy the dice were done.” Noup. 

More like they had an idea, they looked over many many months, amongst many many artisans along many many parts of Peru, until (finally!)... the chosen one.

Based on true events.
Based on true events.

During this process, we tested various materials, techniques and designs. There were good-looking dice that just weren’t strong enough. There were strong dice that looked awful. There were imperfections that needed to be solved. And then, (VICTORY!) the Machu Picchu Dice were born.

Step one.
Step one.

THE MATERIALS

They aren't just pretty, they stand the test of time.
They aren't just pretty, they stand the test of time.

These are the materials that take part in the making: 

1. Nephrite stone 

We tested them all: quartz, black obsidian, tiger's eye, onyx, sodalite... along many others. THEY ALL BROKE. 

Nephrite is great because it is both hard and tenacious. Hardness, the technical term, is the ability of a mineral to resist scratching. A diamond surface is really hard, so when pressed to a glass it will cut it: because it is HARDER than the glass. But that doesn’t mean a diamond won’t break when struck. That brings us to our second tecnical term: tenacity. Tenacity is the measurement of the resistance of a material to breaking. 

Most materials are either hard OR tenacious, but very little few are good at both. Nephrite, which is a type of jade, is special like that. 

2. Peruvian silver (with a fineness of 950)

Fineness of 950 stands for its 950/1000 silver composition, which is the same that saying 95% silver. That's pretty much as good as it gets, that other 5% is made out of copper and other metals, and it's a fundamental part of the alloy to make it hard and resistant to oxidation.

3. Chrysocolla stone

Gorgeous combo of sky blue and bluish-green on one gemstone.

4. Lapis Lazuli stone

Deeper than deep blue, this semi-precious stone is an all-time favorite.

5. Spondylus shell

Classic element of Pre Inca and Inca art, this shell offers many shades of purple to red to white.

6. Abalone shell 

Also known as mother-of-pearl, this GORGEOUS shell possess a highly iridescent surface, making it appear to change color when light moves around it. An Inca classic.

Note: To ensure durability of the dice, materials 3 to 6 are covered with resin.

THE MAKING

 Best to keep this part as visual as possible.

Magic happening.
Magic happening.

THE TEAM

Carla Escobar (The Architect)

Born in Peru and currently living in Miami, where she is about to finish her studies as an architect, she has always been passionate about the Pre Inca and Inca culture: its designs, forms and colors. The Machu Picchu Dice seemed like an excellent way to play with these elements and create something worthwhile. 

Juan Manuel Gómez (The Engineer)

Born and currently living in Lima-Peru, he has a degree in industrial engineering with diploma on Innovation. He has always loved doodling and creating, the Machu Picchu Dice seemed like a great way to do so and travel around a little. "ME-LOVE-TRAVELLING", he says emphatically when asked.

A BIG THANKS

This project woudn't be possible if it weren't for the selfless help of some awesome people. This guys (and gals) had our backs and we are eternally grateful. So a BIG thank you to you, beautiful human beings:

-Carolina Chavez
-Elizabeth Ramos
-Milagros Avila
-Wendy Gonzales
-Christina Whitton
-Ke Nguyen (awesome dude)
-Jamey Stegmaier
-Carlos Andres Gomez
-William Suechting IV
-Martin Gil Medina
-Kacha Torn
-Antonio Ferrara
-Douglas J. Costello
-Nimrod Back
-Matthew O'Malley
-Vladislav Meshanin
-Javier Gomez
-Sergio Franco
-Timothy Hemingway
-Hajime Noguchi

 YOUR SWAGNESS IS NEEDED

We need heroes like YOU. Please help us spread the word to the world!

Best of wishes from the craziest place on earth.
Best of wishes from the craziest place on earth.

Risks and challenges

What we NEED is a good enough demand to improve on equipment and amount of staff. Our bottleneck right now is that. Of course, this is our first time of Kickstarter and there will be a learning curve, but we have made sure to tackle that by planning ahead and keeping a schedule.

We are ready to make this happen!

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    KLAZIK ONE!

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    APU ONE!

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    CALENDAR ONE!

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    KLAZIK PAIR!

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    TRIFECTA!

    Yey! You get the trifecta! That's short for: 1 KLAZIK die + 1 APU die + 1 CALENDAR die.

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    SIXFECTA!

    YEY!! You get the sixfecta (that's a word, right?)! That's: 2 KLAZIK dice + 2 APU dice + 2 CALENDAR dice.

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    9TH SYMPHONY!

    AWESOMENESS!! In the form of: 3 KLAZIK dice + 3 APU dice + 3 CALENDAR dice.

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    CLEARLY, you like what we are doing here. We want to work with you and create a dice design just for you! Keep in mind, it will be a process of reviewing what can and can not be done. We will be using the same techniques and materials used before. There will be 2 reviews and 1 sample model, before deciding on the final design. At the end, you get 10 never-seen-before dice. SWEET.

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