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BEHOLD! 3D-4B is here!

Store all your nerdy bits!

As an avid gamer, I have learned how amazingly helpful a little organization can be. I remember D&D Sundays: grabbing books and stuffing handfuls of supplies into a backpack as I headed out the door to my friend's waiting car. Have you ever tried to organize dice, cards, pencils, erasers, mini's, etc? You can't really. We've all tried dividing things into smaller bags and pockets: in your jeans, backpack, shoe-box, man-purse, or Pelican™ case. I've heard it all before and have never met anyone who had all their gaming gear neat and orderly. We needed options. Other craftsmen sell beautiful, well-made, and expensive boxes to hold a thing. Maybe a few things. I wanted to go a step further making a, complete, durable and accessible solution. These boxes aren't as ornate as some but rely on their functionality and simple beauty; much like the Handy Haversack which inspired the build.

I began the design process for building these boxes after many long conversations with my girlfriend regarding how I was driving her crazy, whining about not building anything. She was right: I build well, I'm a nerd, nerds need sweet loot: I should make something cool that will be useful to other nerds who suffer from the same problems I've had. As a man who has built trebuchets to throw balls for my old Great Dane, hand-forged knives for my buddy deploying back to the Middle East, and even sent sensor payloads into space; I knew I had a shot at designing and building a solution to the age-old messy gamer problem.

And I think I cracked it. Check'em out; you tell me.

3xoterric Designs presents:

  • Boffin's Beneficial Battle Box (3D-4B)- Hardwood box with magnetic lid. 4 compartments with room for up to 3 Insert Boxes or card decks, a slot for pens/pencils/markers, and the hinged lid is also a dice tray.
  • Insert Boxes - Hardwood boxes with magnetic lids. Variants: Classic Bin for that fancy polyhedral set, Mini Bunker to protect your painstakingly painted character, & Dice Brig engraved with a D20 headed skeleton to scare your dice when they misbehave.

Insert Boxes, regardless of wood option, will always be $10 for our Kickstarter Backers. So treat yourselves folks, get some silky Cherry or gorgeous Walnut at no extra cost!

DELIVERY

Boxes will begin shipping less than 30 days after Kickstarter completion Approx 25-30 4B's will ship per week in the order our backers pledged.

 

WOOD OPTIONS

  • Apprentice: Ash or Red Oak
  • Journeyman: Cherry and Quarter Sawn White Oak
  • Master: Walnut or Mahogany

 

LINING OPTIONS

  • Felt: cream, charcoal, burgundy, black
  • Micro-suede (CURRENTLY LOCKED): black, grey, wine, plum, sage, rust

 

There will be a special box which will be the ONLY "3D-5B" made. It will be my official Boffin's Backers Beneficial Battle Box. Every donation from $1 to $1000 will get your name engraved on my show-piece box I take to conventions, game stores, game nights, and my own Pathfinder and Shadowrun games. Help me make my goal and your name will forever rest near and dear to my dice. 

Thank you for your support!

Twitter: @3xoterricDesign for updates and future project announcements

 

 

          UN-LOCKABLE ITEMS!!!!!

 The more we raise, the more we can offer you! 

          100 FOLLOWERS - MICRO-SUEDE LINING

Follow @3xoterricDesign on Twitter. At 100 followers, I will be including some gorgeous micro-suede options at no additional cost. Get regular updates on this Kickstarter and future projects in the works. After this Kickstarter wraps, our Etsy store will be linked here as well for future Battle Box and other product line purchases.

          $7,500 - ENGRAVING

The front face of the Battle Box will be available for engraving. In thanks to all you nerds who supported our first series of boxes, engraving will be free for our Kickstarter backers.

          $8,500 - INTERCHANGEABLE NAME TAG

Personal shouldn't have to mean permanent.  As much as we love our characters - sometimes we have to say goodbye.  Whether it's retirement in glory or squished in the beginnings of your journey, characters come and go. 

This item allows the engrave-able name space on every 4B to be replaced with a magnetic name tag that can be retired, squished, and renewed along with your character! I'll throw in a hardwood poker made from my scraps to help pop tags out.

 

mag tags
mag tags

 

Risks and challenges

If you've ever worked with wood, especially the good stuff, you know that everything shows. A mistake in hardwood may as well be in stone. One wrong cut or misaligned piece and you've just wasted your morning. I've had my fair share of mistakes and there are days that are truly exercises in patience. Once, I caught a tiny mistake in the design just AFTER ordering wood for my first round of hardwood prototypes. This required me to change something else to make sure that my box could still be produced on the wood size ordered. Gotta love those days when you feel victorious for eleven minutes before you break down swearing at your own cleverness for getting you right back into trouble. Fortunately, after the cursing subsided, I had an epiphany that would reduce both my cutting time and production cost.

A serious challenge for me has been making sure my community makerspace can handle the mass production of boxes. It's just me building them after all. I needed to be certain that this tremendous undertaking was wise and able to fit within the constraints of shared shop space. Some of this has been solved by offering my services on projects to help the facility in exchange for private work and storage space. The lab has been hugely supportive and I'm grateful to have other makers cheering me on and lending advice and tool repair assistance.

I will have to purchase a few extra clamps, find a second belt sander to drop a finer grit belt on, and build a few forms to speed up my production time. The little things make all the difference in productivity.

I've put in my time on these designs and from proof of concept to first prototype, the right lessons have been learned and applied to the finished product. I do believe the kinks have been ironed out and I am really excited to start sharing my creations with other gamers.

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    Get in the Box

    Your name will be engraved on the one and only 5B - Boffin's Backers Beneficial Battle Box, used by Screwdriver Boffin himself. Get updates and be part of the 3D-4B process from beginning to end.

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    Insert Boxes (3 variations)

    Add $10 for each Insert Box (limit 6).

    Dice Brig, Mini Bunker, or a Classic Bin, the handy insert comes in three variations to suit your gaming needs.

    (limit 3 per order)

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    For the Locals

    Are you a Quad Cities native? Save yourself the shipping and come on down to the shop!

    Calculate your pledge for up to 6 4B boxes:
    2x apprentice + 2x journeyman + 2x master + 2x inserts per box
    (2x$25)+(2x$35)+(2x$45)+(12x$10)= $330 total pledge amount

    We will set a few community pick-up dates in the fall. Can't wait to meet you all!

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    4B: Apprentice

    Boffin's Beneficial Battle Box in your choice of Ash or Red Oak.

    Inserts: add $10 for each Insert Box (limit 3).

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    4B: Journeyman

    Boffin's Beneficial Battle Box in your choice of Cherry or Quarter Sawn White Oak.

    Inserts: add $10 for each Insert Box (limit 3).

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    4B: Master

    Boffin's Beneficial Battle Box in your choice of Mahogany or Walnut.

    Inserts: add $10 for each Insert Box (limit 3).

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    Boffin's Brothers in Arms Bundle

    This is a 2 box bundle for you and your gaming companion. You will both arrive in style, sporting the latest in adventuring gear.

    Starts in Apprentice wood options.
    Journeyman upgrade: add $10 per box
    Master upgrade: add $20 per box

    Inserts: add $10 for each Insert Box (limit 3 per 4B)

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    Tabletop Day Rush Bundle

    Limited quantities rushed to your doorstep in time for International Tabletop Day. Show off your hardwood style.

    4B will be in Ash and red felt and includes a Mini Bunker and Dice Brig.

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    Boffin's Squad Bundle

    Need to supply the troops? Order to 3-6 Battle Boxes at once. These bundles will take a bit longer to ship but they will be worth the wait.

    Apprentice: $25 per box
    Journeyman: $35 per box
    Master: $45 per box

    Inserts: add $10 for each Insert Box (limit 3 per 4B)

    example reward amount:
    2x apprentice + 2x journeyman + 2x master + 2x inserts per box
    (2x$25)+(2x$35)+(2x$45)+(12x$10)= $330 total pledge amount
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    (Shipping will be added automatically)

    For orders over six 4B's, please contact us directly!

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    Build your own box

    Come to beautiful downtown Davenport! Don't know where that is? No worries, sometimes we forget too. Iowa is a bit out of the way but we feel like it adds to the character of our boxes and our craftsmanship.

    This pledge would enable you to come to our town and work with Boffin to create your box from start to finish. You would be directly involved in picking the individual boards and fabrics used for your boxes. A tour of our work space is also included. Best of all, you get to go home with your purchase!

    Please note that this pledge does not include travel or lodging expenses.

    Additionally, the exact dates and details of the trip will be arranged at the end of the campaign.

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