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Proof of Concept
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Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
My name is Andy, and I've been building miniature fantasy terrain since the 1980s. I have used my hand-made magnetic modular terrain for Dungeon Escape and Legendary Arena Battles at Eye of the Beholder Gaming Guild in Taylor, MI. My prototype pieces are on display at Acropolis Games in Adrian, and Get Your Game On in Ann Arbor. Many players have asked how they can take home magnetic terrain pieces to continue their adventure at home.
I use Hirst Arts blocks (I am a fully licensed Hirst Arts dealer). The process is fun... but painfully slow, as each block must be cast individually, then glued together. To save time and effort, I've began making molds of ENTIRE ROOMS, so that they can be cast AS ONE SINGLE SOLID PIECE with no glueing. Instead of using delicate, breakable plaster, I have been casting using 57D Resin, with enormous success. Instead of building a room in several days, I pour the resin in the mold, and its finished in two minutes. I can cast the entire 29 piece dungeon in one hour. What took me weeks before, now takes only an afternoon.
The 57D Resin is urethane rubber. It is slightly flexible, making it shatter-proof. The rooms can be dropped, and they will remain literally undamaged. No more chipping, cracking, or breaking! Say goodbye to handling delicate pieces. Since they come right out of the mold looking like granite, there is no paint to chip away or rub off. However, the material is paintable, should you choose to add your own dry-brush. Colors available are: Black Onyx, Black Granite, OrcSkin Gray, Gray Granite, White, White Granite, Frost. The color "Glow in the Dark" is available to those who have pledged at Levels 9 and 10.
There is no glue involved in any of the pieces.
The magnets are EMBEDDED directly inside the walls during the molding process, and cannot come loose, break off, or become lost. That makes our terrain suitable for kids of any age. Every terrain piece "snaps" together.
Players who already own Dwarven Forge sets will enjoy the fact that DrakenStone terrain meets up perfectly with their existing sets, making it the perfect compliment. The playing surface is exactly the same height, and the squares are exactly the same size as Dwarven Forge.
Please join us for a D&D 5E PVP one-shot game "Dungeon Escape", played Monday nights at 7pm, at Eye of the Beholder Gaming Guild, 12345 Telegraph Road, Taylor, MI. See the terrain being used in a real game. Or, watch us live on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/drakenstonecastle
Add-On Purchases: Please click on "Manage your Pledge". Increase your pledge amount by the total of the add-ons you want to add. Do not change the tier you are currently pledged at. At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you'd like your add-on money assigned. There is no additional shipping charges for add-on purchases. NOTE: All add-ons require a base pledge at the $25 tier and above.
$250 Hero Quest Board. You receive 22 Rooms and 42 Halls. These are flat tiles, without walls, cast in 57D Resin. All the pieces you'll need to re-create the HeroQuest board game. Non-Magnetic. Choose your color.
$250 Modular Arena. 32 pieces. All the pieces you need to create the Arena. All pieces are DOUBLE-SIDED and Magnetic.
$100 Arena, in quarters. 4 pieces. The pieces are DOUBLE-SIDED and Magnetic.
$185 Two Arenas, with 12 Columns, and a spiral staircase. Stackable. All pieces are DOUBLE-SIDED and Magnetic. Create a two-story Wizard's Tower.
$250 Three Arenas, with 24 Columns, and 2 spiral staircases. All pieces are DOUBLE-SIDED and Magnetic. Create a three-story Wizard's Tower.
ALL Stretch Goals have been met, and are now Add-ons as well:
$1,100 MET!!! Five different doors, cast as a single, solid piece. These doors fit in any corridor, hallway, or intersection. Choose your color. Add these for $15.
$1,200 MET!!! Octagon Dias and Blacksmith's Forge, which both LIGHT UP using an L.E.D. light, battery, and hidden switch. These are the only elements which involve epoxy, as the electronic components are 'glued' in. Choose your color. Add these for $20.
$1,300 MET!!! 6 Tables, 3 Bookshelves, 6 Beds, and 6 Benches. Cast as a single, solid piece of 57D resin, only color available Dark Brown. Add these for $25.
$1,4000 MET!!! A variety of Stairs, Steps, and Risers. Long Cobblestone Strairs, Smooth Stairs, Flat Riser, Riser with archway, Taller Stairs, Wider Stairs, Wooden Stairs, Octagonal Steps. Choose your color. (The wooden stairs look best in Dark Brown, obviously!) Add these for $20.
$1,500 MET!!! Broken Columns and Sarcophagus. The columns are a single, solid piece. The Egyptian-style Sarcophagus has a magnetic removable lid. Add these for $15.
$1,600 MET!!! Magic Portal. Put your iPhone 6 into the slot, and you've got yourself a swirling portal to a new dimension... cast as a single, solid piece, comes with a removable lid. Choose your color. Add this for $45.
$1,700 MET!!! Spiral Staircase. Choose your color. Add this for $30.
$1,800 MET!!! Additional Dead-Ends. Pool, Egyptian blocks, four inch wide, and a deep four inch wide with checkerboard pattern. Choose your color. Add these for $30.
$1,900 MET!!! More Rooms. Four inch wide dead end with columns and portcullis, 2x2 Hallway (Gothic Walls), 2x2 Hallway (Cobblestone Walls), and 5x5 room with 4 exits. Choose your color. Add these for $40.
$2,000 MET!!! The Tower. This room has a 4x4 playing area inside, and is cast from a single, solid piece of 57D resin. It is stackable. since there are magnets on the top and bottom, the pieces will "snap" together. Any door from the door collection above will fit into the face of the Tower. Comes only in gray. Add this for $45 each.
Risks and challenges
I have already created all the molds. I have already purchased the magnets in bulk. The last step is purchasing the 57D Resin. In pint-sized and gallon-sized units, the cost is very expensive... making the sale of sets to the public prohibitively expensive. However, in a 5-gallon, or even a 55-gallon drum, the cost of the resin is considerably less. Obtaining this bulk quantity of materials will keep the finished castle pieces at a low cost to customers. A 10-gallon drum of the 57D Resin costs $1,000.
You receive our Modular Magnetic Deluxe Sanctum Set: Inner Sanctum North, Inner Sanctum South, TWO 4x10 Barracks, and TWO plain Dead Ends. All pieces are magnetic. Also receive the following non-magnetic accessories: Cobblestone Dias with trap door, TWO firepit circles, THREE simple staircases, TWO columns. Choose your color.
You receive our 13 piece Modular Magnetic Dungeon: 4x4 Room, 8x8 Crypt, 6x6 Gallery, small X intersection, 2x6 Hallway, L shape Hallway, 4x10 Barracks, 4 plain Dead Ends, TWO small staircases. Choose your color. All pieces are Magnetic, except for the small staircases.
Your receive our 22 piece Modular Magnetic Dungeon: 6x6 Scrying Pool Room, Inner Sanctum North, Inner Sanctum South, TWO 4x4 Rooms, 4x10 Barracks, 2x6 Hallway, 2x4 Hallway, 2x3 Hallway, small X intersection, large X intersection, Zig-Zag Hallway, 8 plain Dead Ends, 2 small staircases. Choose your color. All pieces are Magnetic, except for the small staircases.
You receive our 31 piece Modular Magnetic Dungeon: Inner Sanctum North, Inner Sanctum South, TWO 4x10 Barracks, 8x8 Crypt, 8x6 Gallery, 6x6 Scrying Pool Room, TWO 4x4 Rooms, large X intersection, TWO small X intersections, Zig-Zag Hallway, 4x6 Hallway, THREE L shape Hallways, 2x6 Hallway, 2x5 Hallway, 2x4 Hallway, 2x3 Hallway, FIVE Dead End Shrines, TWO plain Dead Ends, Large Entry Staircase, TWO small staircases. Choose your color. All pieces are magnetic, except for the small staircases.
You receive TWO copies of our 31 piece Modular Magnetic Dungeon, plus the following non-magnetic accessories: FOUR small staircases, cobblestone dias with trapdoor, TWO firepit rings, FOUR Columns. Choose your color.
Fund the entire project! You receive the 20"x20" Gladiator Arena, the Hero Quest Tile set, and TWO copies of our 31 piece Modular Magnetic Dungeon. All pieces are magnetic. Plus the following non-magnetic accessories: EIGHT small staircases, TWO cobblestone dias with trapdoor, FOUR firepit rings, EIGHT Columns. Choose you color.