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$552
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, February 4 2017 8:11 AM UTC +00:00

About

The backstory.

Back when I was a college student I spent a lot of my free time playing board games, card games, and role playing games.  My friends and I spent our free time huddled around tables in the student lounge, trying to roll our dice as quietly as possible so we didn't disturb the other students.  However, carrying around a bag of gaming dice was a bit of a hassle.  I had more than a few dice bags torn open as they bounced around in my backpack with my textbooks.  It would have been nice to be able to get away with fewer dice but you just couldn't.  You needed one d4, one to three d6s, one d8, two d10s, one d12, and one d20.  And that was if you got by with the bare minimum.

So what are DoppelDice?

The idea was to take a handful of mixed polyhedral dice that we use in many major tabletop RPGs and cut them down to a smaller set that could easily be carried around in your pocket.  So I spent a fair amount of time crunching numbers on spreadsheets to see what I could come up with.  I figured out that with three 6 sided dice and a creative use of space on the die faces that I could recreate the common polyhedral types with an even distribution.

Why the name DoppelDice?

I chose the name DoppelDice as a shortening of Doppelganger Dice.  The hope was to evoke a set of dice that could shift and act as if they were other types of dice.  And honestly, I just thought the name sounded kind of cool.

How does it work?

Each face of of the dice are divided into quarters.  Each quarter represents a die size that you can get by adding the matching corners on multiple dice.  For example the upper left corner of all the dice are marked in pips.  The first die is a d2 in that corner.  If you add them to the same corner on the second die you will end up with a d4.  Adding in the 3rd die will bring it up to a d8.

The below chart will show you how the corners on the dice add up to emulate the larger dice.  The hyphenated ranges have all the numbers between those numbers on varying sides of the dice, the slashed ranges have only the numbers specifically listed.

Each corner of the dice is marked in a different manner to make it easy to tell at a glance which corners you need to add up.

For a more detailed explanation of dice mechanics check Update #1: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/582054502/doppeldice/posts/1783561

The Dice.

As of right now the plan is to produce the dice as 16mm (about 2/3") dice in black with white inking.  Nice, simple, and classic.  If there was interest and enough of a funding base I might consider shifting up a die size to 19mm (about 3/4") dice.  If there was a much bigger funding base I might consider adding an additional color choice.  However I don't want to overextend myself and put the project at risk.  Once initial funding is set there can be a discussion of possible stretch goals for more colors.

When I started looking into dice manufacturers I sought the advice of the head of Potluck Games.  I have a copy of Dungeon Dice and I know that they are solid, well made, and cleanly inked dice.  I got a quote from the manufacturer they use and the numbers I got back are workable.  The only catch is that I need to have a lot of dice made in one go before I can hit the break even point.  

Risks and challenges

First, this is my first project. I don't doubt my ability to bring this project to completion and get dice into everyone's hand, however I have no point of reference as to how long each stage of the process is going to take. I suspect it will take about a month after the end of project for everything to be finalized with the manufacturer. My quote states production will take up to another 4 months. Then likely another 1 to 2 months for the dice to get to my door, get repackaged, and shipped out to you. Adding in a couple extra months just in case things don't go as planned is where I came up with an estimate of September 2017.

Other than timing I don't expect to see a lot of complications. I have a manufacturer lined up with a reasonable quote and the order itself is not that complicated, just 3 custom molded d6s.

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