We are returning to Kickstarter to fund the creation of a bevy of hand crocheted gaming accessories. The runaway success of our Knitted Knerd Dice Bag project last year allowed us to get our brand up and running and this funding would enable us to expand Tabletop Crafts into a one stop shop synonymous with adorable gaming accessories. From dice bags and card boxes to cup cozies and game mats we hope to provide something to enhance anyone's tabletop, board, or card gaming experience!
Chelle, as the hundreds of backers from our first project can attest, is capable of crocheting with the highest degree of quality thanks to her passion for it combined with her years of experience. The finished products will each be hand made. Each will be one of a kind, although they will be similar to the examples you see in the pictures below, as well as in the video.
Without further banter we're excited to show you what we're hoping to be making for you soon!
$5: DIY: You can order patterns in PDF format for the basic bag designs.
$10: DIY: You can order patterns in PDF format for the deluxe bag and deck box designs.
$15: DIY: You can order all the patterns in PDF format for the deck boxes, as well as basic, and deluxe bags.
$15 tier for your choice of either a Keychain Dice Pouch or a cup cozy!
A Keychain Dice pouch fits a set (7) of standard sized dice and has a drawstring closure. The Cup Cozy fits on most glasses and cans.
Basic Dice Bags:
$20 tier for regular sizes, $35 for large size (holds double the dice)
Basic dice bags come in 6 styles: Bag of Holding, Cauldron, Tribble, Potion Bottle, Bobomb, or Cthulu.
Each holds about 20 regular sized gaming dice. The Bag of Holding, Potion Bottle, and Bobomb all close with a cork while the Cauldron, Tribble, and Cthulu all have drawstring closures.
Deluxe Dice Bags:
$30 tier for basic sizes, $45 for large size (holds double the dice)
Deluxe dice bags come in 3 styles: Cunning Hat, Jellyfish, and Spell Book
Each holds about 20 regular sized gaming dice. Both the Cunning Hat and Jellyfish close with a drawstring while the Spellbook closes with a zipper.
$30 tier for Deck Boxes which come in 3 styles: Powerup Block, Handheld Video Game, or Treasure Chest.
Each hold up to 275 standard size cards.
Tabletop Game Mat:
$75 tier for a Tabletop Game Mat and placeable set dressing.
Each Game Mat measures approximately 35" by 40". Fabric is printed with 1" squares. Comes with 12 wall, 3 hazard, 2 door, and 1 treasure embroidered environmental indicators that can be placed by the Dungeon Master to serve as the basic terrain layout.
Additional terrain indicators can be ordered by adding $1 for each additional indicator desired and listing how many of each you would like in your backer report.
$65 tier for a custom plushie!
Back at a discounted price from our Knitted Knerd Dice Bags project! It's simple and great: you send us a picture of a character, person, pet, whatever and we'll turn it into a unique adorable handcrafted plushie.
To get more than one item just add:
$18 for an additional regular sized basic bag/$33 for an additional large basic bag
$28 for an additional regular sized deluxe bag or deck box/$43 for an additional large
Kickstarter limits this to ten total items per backer, so keep that in mind!
Shipping is included for US backers. Backers in Canada should include an additional $5 to cover shipping costs. Backers anywhere outside the US or Canada should include an additional $10 to cover shipping costs.
Care & Maintenance:
Chelle uses acrylic yarn for maximum durability, and to avoid potential issues with allergies.
All products may be spot cleaned or hand washed as needed with soap and warm water. Please allow to air dry to maintain maximum quality of the products.
Risks and challenges
Having been through the trials and tribulations associated with completing a project the size of our Knitted Knerd Dice Bags project last year we are heading into this project with a better understanding of where potential pitfalls exist and how to avoid them. Last year, we ended up overshooting our estimated delivery date for a good portion of our backers because of a couple reasons:
(1) We simply received more orders than were expected. Chelle worked furiously all summer but still ended up having to finish off the last third of orders after the school year started and her regular job as a teacher resumed. We have lowered most of the backer limits on pledge tiers as well as instating a more modest expected delivery date in an effort to ensure Chelle's workload and tardiness of some pledge rewards don't reach the same levels they did last year.
(2) Chelle didn't realize quite how much time would be eaten up by the administration of the project and responding to backers. She ended up spending almost as much time simply keeping up with requests and inquiries as she did actually being able to craft. This is where I, Cory, come in. Chelle saw the need to be able to dedicate more of her time to crafting and brought me on some months ago to take over all the administrative and public relations for Tabletop Crafts. She should have much less distracting her from crafting things this summer!
(3) We simply didn't account for the time it would take to receive orders from backers. Chelle timed her project last year to end at the same time that her school year was ending. After, however, two full weeks of prime summer crafting time were lost while she waited for the backer surveys to roll in. We have specifically timed this project to have its backer survey conclude just as she is getting out of school for the summer and as such will be able to dive straight into fulfilling orders.
(4) Shipping was a little bit of an issue. Packing, labelling, sending, and ensuring arrival of hundreds of packages all around the world is quite the endeavor. I will be taking over the first three steps in that process to alleviate Chelle of another distraction from the crafting process. As to ensuring arrival, we've instituted a new strategy that involves me personally emailing each and every backer confirmation that their reward has shipped and providing them with the tracking number the day (or slightly thereafter) that the items have been sent out.
So, what our challenges really come down to simply revolve around time. The worst that could happen to this project, should it become funded, is that some orders arrive after their expected delivery date. There is really nothing else that could be reasonably expected to impact the completion or fulfillment for the project.
Even the potential issue of time, I believe, has been accounted for with the addition of a second person to the Tabletop Crafts team whose sole purpose is to handle administration and public relations so that Chelle can focus simply on making all these adorable things. We've learned a lot from the last year and are excited at the chance to show just how much smoother the whole process could go with that experience in hand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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