We intend to create a high quality set of 3D printed Polyhedral Dice with a brand new 3d printer. These dice will be usable with a wide variety of RPG games and would be both functional for blind players and a great novelty item for sighted RPG players interested in being inclusive.
We've printed sample models using the model that we're looking at buying and we're pretty happy with the way they turned out.
What we need now is enough capital to make our dream of doing the same for RPG dice come true.
But if you don't trust me, here's video of with a blind person trying them for the for the first time.
What about stretch goals?
UNLOCKED - GOAL 1 - CNC Router($5000) - Reward dice bags
Any pledges at the 50$ or higher level recieve a free Blind Meeple or Braille D20 dice bag!
UNLOCKED - GOAL 2 - Thermoform Machine($7000) - Reward post cards
Any pledges at the $50 or higher level will receive a free tactile post card.
LOCKED - GOAL 3 - Lasercutter - Reward - Voting in progress Either keychain, coaster or blind meeple set.
Any pledges at $50 or higher level will receive this if unlocked.
FUTURE GOALS AND FURTHER DESCRIPTION-
We wanted to limit the number of dice as rewards because our 3d printer can only do so much so fast so our planned stretch goals are for other devices so we could produce other things concurrently instead of backing up the line.
Our first one(unlocked) was to get a CNC router at $5000. When we reached this level all backers of full sets of dice will receive their choice of a free Blind Meeple or d20 dice bag with their pledge.
The CNC router will let us add what we are calling a Tactile Tactic Grid. This is a 12 inch by 12 inch wooden grid with raised lines. This would allow blind players to do tactical play of games like DnD or Pathfinder without worry of knocking over the pieces. These pieces fit together allowing players to build bigger grids that can break down easily.
Additionally it let us add a new reward level for a wooden or plastic version of the game YOINK (we will have to decide AFTER the Kickstarter what material makes the best game when we can try it) that we did for our first Kickstarter and braille puzzle piece blocks which teachers can fit together to teach dot locations.
Our second stretch goal(unlocked) was a thermoforming machine at $7000. This will allow us to make transparent overlays for board games and will allow us to offer a plastic version of the tactics grid for $25 dollars as an add-on.
Our final stretch goal is a lasercutter which we will unlock if we hit $12000. This will allow us to do rapid prototyping of our products and produce replacements for pieces that are not tactility distinct for games quickly and cheaply.
We also have social stretch goals that are shown below.
What is with the tiers?
3D printing takes a long time. We wanted to make sure we weren't expected to ship out all of the materials at the same time so we divided the rewards into tiers with different delivery months to make it more manageable. We will be trying to produce the dice in roughly backing order and ship them out as soon as they are done. Since we are manufacturing in house that means we'll start shipping rewards as soon as we get the printer ordered and working.
Also you will notice that the tiers are limited. We didn't want to super fund and have to make thousands of dice if somehow this went really viral. If you miss the Kickstarter we will of course have these available at our store but that will only be after all the Kickstarter dice are produced.
Add-on more dice and other stuff
Additional items can be added onto your total pledge. When the campaign is over you will have to tell us what add-ons you want and they will be shipped with the rest of the rewards.
- Additional dice for 10$ each
- Ear rings $15
- Cane Topper $15
- Tactile Tactic Grid $50
- Tactile Coloring sheets(10 pages) $5
- Engraved Yoink $100
- Dice Bags $5
- Vinyl Sticker $5
- Braille Puzzle Pieces* $5
- Braille Swing Cell* $5
- Braille Snap Blocks* - Letters $25 - Letters and Contractions $50
*Printed using our current 3d printer
What else will this project let you do?
While the dice are super awesome, we also are interested in making more custom parts for games. We've been experimenting for instance with a 3d braille replacement board for Settlers of Catan.
We also want to use this as a platform to launch more braille teaching products that aren't necessarily tied to gaming. We've already had great success making swing cells and snap blocks. We believe with the new tool we can do a better job with these products too.
If this is successful I've also have some ideas for helping teach braille math for instance that I hope this can help with.
Don't you have a 3D Printer?
Back in 2014 we launched a Kickstarter campaign that allowed us through stretch goals to purchase a 3D printer. We've used that printer extensively and continue to use it but we really are seeking to improve the quality and consistency of our prints. Printing technology has gotten a lot better since our initial Kickstarter campaign and we are confident that the upgrade to the dice quality is substantial.
We've experimented with molding dice and while we were able to make mass quantities for our Kickstarter stretch goals(over 300) using molds and poured plastic.
The molds had some problems, the braille dots weren't perfect as even one bubble could destroy a die if it ruined a dot, it was really messy, and we ended up wasting a lot of materials. This video is part of our original campaign and you can see my frustration with the molded dice at the end.
After talking it over we feel that we will be able to create a better and sustainable dice production with another printer.
We could just start selling the dice right now with our current printer but honestly the quality isn't up to our standards. Additionally if as those who have been following us closely know our printer has been down for repairs most of the summer. The new printer is much more reliable by all accounts and is less likely to need repairs.
We want it to be a great product and that's why we're turning to Kickstarter again.
Social Stretch Goals: Facebook and Twitter
If we can reach 3500 followers on Twitter we will add 1 more color to the options.
If we reach 1000 likes on Facebook we will add 1 more color to the options.
Risks and challenges
We've proven we are able to deal with the logistics of a huge project with our last Kickstarter and we stick by that.
The biggest risk is mechanical break down of the printer. Although the technology is proven(we've done samples) there is no promises that it will be able to do as many dice as we need to before it breaks down or has some sort of error.
Even in this unlikely event we would still be able to produce dice using our other 3D printer or be able to offer refunds.
Our reputation means a lot and I think we've consistently proved our commitment to both the blind and gaming communities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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