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DiceCAM lets you use _real_ dice in your computerized games. Because gaming is really about the dice!

DiceCAM lets you use dice (yes, real dice) in your computerized games.  Roll dice into the box, and the DiceCAM will interpret your roll and pass it along to your game.  The DiceCAM works with conventional dice, polyhedral dice, and can be trained to understand custom dice.  

The goal of this project is to fund the very first manufacturing run of DiceCAM's. 

Some Background.... or, why are you doing this, anyway?

Before inventing the DiceCAM, I spent a year or two building a multitouch gaming table (similar to a Microsoft Surface, but much cheaper), which I use for running RPG/miniature games.  The system could track player locations, hit points, hit bonuses, etc, and it knew that the thief had to roll a 14 to hit the troll.  The question then was, what to do next?

  • Do I have the thief roll and type in their result?  
  • Do I have the computer roll?  
  • Or do I just roll the dice and add things up in my head?  
None of those seemed to work very well, or at least not the way I had imagined a computer-assisted D&D game.  So I invented the DiceCAM.  Now the thief moves his mini next to the troll, clicks on the "Sly Flourish" attack, and rolls the dice.  The computer sees his roll of 18, and then it knocks the damage off of the troll.

Of course, others might want to play other games with the DiceCAM, like Yahtzee or Bunco, or about a thousand others.  And it's great for those.  But I use it for Dungeons and Dragons.

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  • Yes! Standard shipping is included in all the rewards. This includes Canada and the continental United States.

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  • For Europe, add an extra $10, and for Australia/Asia add an extra $20. If you're not sure, drop me a note;)

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  • Currently we support current versions of Windows (XP/SP2 or later, in both 32 and 64 bit versions.)

    If you use a different OS, drop me a note so I'll know you're interested, and we'll try to roll out support as soon as possible.

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  • Of course!!! Just add up the total you want, and enter your pledge. (Two early birds would run you $80.... the math is pretty simple;)

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  • The DiceCAM is a hardwood box measuring about 8X6X2". It connects to a standard USB port. Along with the DiceCAM itself, you'll get a CD containing drivers and software for Windows.

    The DiceCAM software gives you a live video view, a chat window showing the die rolls that have been interpreted, and an interface for "training" new types of dice. The DiceCAM software can pass your rolls into a chat window (MSN Messenger) so that others can see your results.

    Finally, there are a couple of games that ship with the DiceCAM, including Yahtzee and Bunco. More games (and adaptations of existing games) will be released over time. DiceCAM sponsors will receive a copy of every game that DiceCAM releases, for all time.

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    KARMA CAN BE BOUGHT! The "dice gods" know who supports dice, and they will watch over you for the rest of your life! (And we will thank you for your support with your name on our website.)

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    ANALOG DICECAM : Want a DiceCAM, but don't have a computer? Then this reward is for you. Also known as "a set of polyhedral dice", in a dice bag hand made by DiceCAM staffers! But these dice aren't like the dice you're used to.... no , these are precision made GameScience dice. Nothing but the best for our supporters.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! The first dozen backers get a DiceCAM crazy cheap. Includes standard shipping. (How can we do this??? Sell at a loss and make it up on volume!)

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    DICECAM : Your very own DiceCAM will be shipped to you as soon as we get them made. Includes standard shipping.

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    RPG PACK : Includes a DiceCAM along with a set of precision GameScience dice. The DiceCAM is pre-trained to work with these polyhedra (D4, D6, D8, 2D10, D12, D20). Standard shipping included.

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    DiceCAM PLUS SDK, GET IT TODAY : We'll hand-build a DiceCAM for you, and ship it to you along with our software development kit. This will let you build your own dice-enabled game and have it ready for the public product launch. You'll also receive a production DiceCAM when they are available. (Prototype unit will be shipped when funding closes. The estimated delivery date is for the production unit.)

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    GAME INTEGRATION: We will adapt the open-source game of your choice to use DiceCAM.

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