The Oceanus Brass Deck Hand's Dice are a solid brass and sapphire gaming instrument. They are custom made, hand finished and are indescribably nice to roll. Envisioned while at sea and designed for the most nautical among us, quality, excitement, and nostalgia come packaged inside every perfect cube. Solid brass and lab-grown Sapphires make the Deckhand's Dice like none other.
For those who may have never given a dice set a second thought, I challenge you to feel the weight, craftsmanship, and history of our dice in your hands and not feel the warmth of the ocean in your hand. These dice feel good and just seem to make average games extraordinary.
Constructed from a single piece of solid brass, precision machined using advanced CNC mills, and finished by our master Craftswoman Victoria Warren, the Deckhand's dice were designed to be a universal gaming accessory, these are not the boring 'standard' dice you grew up with. Whether you’re a sailor looking to spice up board game pass time on a long voyage or a board game enthusiast or a collector of finer things we think you'll love the Deckhand's Dice as much as we do.
“...Blue is the ocean, the rivers, and streams, Blue is the “splish splash” of water, which in the sunlight will gleam, Blue is the flavorful taste of a seafood cuisine, Lobster, shrimp, and crab, found beneath the deep blue sea, Blue is the aroma, Blue is the immense, infinite sky." ~ E.A.Costa.
Each Deckhand's Dice in Sapphire comes with 21 sapphire gems, adding not only flawless beauty to the piece but materials that will outlast its owner. The rich blue color captures the heart and soul of the sea, allowing you to take a piece of the ocean with you wherever you go.
Corundum is the material name for many famous gems including emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. The Corundum Crystals used in the DeckHand's Dice Sapphire are extremely hard (pure corundum is defined to have 9.0 on the Mohs scale while a perfect diamond has 10.0.) and can scratch most other minerals without itself becoming damaged. It is the perfect complement to the Deckhand's Dice in Sapphire, a gaming instrument designed to be used.
Unlike the relationship between lab grown fake diamonds (a.k.a. Cubic Zirconia) and mined diamonds, which are often completely DIFFERENT materials, lab grown sapphire crystals are structurally the SAME material as their natural counterparts. Corundum is mostly aluminium oxide and typically contains iron, titanium, vanadium, and chromium in varying amounts to dictate color.
When grown in a laboratory setting, the corundum crystal structure have all of the strength and beauty characteristics of natural stones without any of its flaws or environmental impact. Unlike other synthetic stones (such as the diamond imitation known as Cubic Zirconia), laboratory-produced sapphires are structurally the same as mined variations.
Auguste Verneuil, first developed a process for producing synthetic sapphire crystals in 1902, where alumina is slowly deposited in a flame, creating a teardrop-shaped crystal of sapphire material. Synthetic sapphire (or corundum) material is identical to natural sapphire, except it doesn't have the flaws that are found in natural stones.
The synthetic sapphire crystals used in the Deckhand's Dice Sapphire, contain all of the strength and beauty of natural Sapphire stones without any of their imperfections.
The Deckhand's Dice have been manufactured to thrive over decades of use, through all of the conditions you intend to throw at it. What was once a labor of love, is now a timeless gaming instrument available for all, but we need your help to make this dream a reality.
Our products are steeply discounted off retail prices because we want to reward our very first customers. At $50 for our Backers, the opportunity to purchase dice of this magnitude is rare. With our solid brass, our finishing assembly, our master craftsmanship, the Deckhand's Dice with your help shall be accessible to all.
We stand behind the quality of our tools and the uniqueness and complexity of our hardware. Each piece has its own unique character that we hope will bring joy and nostalgia in their gaming moments.
Dice have been used since before recorded history, and it is uncertain where they originated. The oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City, an archaeological site in south-eastern Iran.
On long nautical voyages, sailors were often known to play dice games, bringing prized ivory dice from shore carving dice out of pieces of scrap wood. The nautical favorite among seamen was a game know as Crown and Anchor. Crown and Anchor, was a dice gambling game of English origin, dating back to the early 18th century and popular among British sailors and to some extent among Australian and American servicemen. To play, three six-sided dice—are used along with a layout (a board or a cloth) containing numbers one through six. The players place their bets on the layout numbers, after which the banker throws the dice from a cup. The payoffs are usually 1 to 1 on singles, 2 to 1 on pairs, and 3 to 1 on triples; for example, if a player bets on the number six and two number sixes are rolled, the player receives two dollars for each dollar bet. The game is closely related to chuck-a-luck and has the same house edge (mathematical advantage) of 7.5 percent.
In modern times, dice collecting began with the popularity of the Dungeon & Dragons series of board/role-playing games. Since it's inception, players have grown attached to and have collected a wide variety of dice.
With our design roots in Boston, our company draws creative inspiration from the hub of America’s rich nautical history. In developing our product, our original prototypes and inspiration came from the old shipyards of East Boston.
The nautically-inspired Deckhand's Dice harkens back to a time of adventure on open seas, its durability a testament to the harsh demands of that bygone era.
Our hardware is tied to the art and science of sailing and exploration. We’ve spent five months refining the Deckhand's Dice into its final, perfectly balanced form.
Inspired by nautical-grade hardware, the Deckhand's Dice is Oceanus's signature gaming instrument. Its unique rich color and practical beauty are perfect for everyday use, travel, or adventure.
We launched Oceanus because we wanted to share our nautically inspired dice with the world and turn an idea into action. A project that was both challenging and rewarding, the Deckhand's Dice is something we are very proud to share with you. We hope to encourage others to try their hand at something new just as we did, to build something of their own, to go through that exploration process of learning and bringing inspiration to fruition. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the many relationships we’ve built along the way with industrial designers and manufacturers who helped us push the boundaries of what we were told was possible.
Since launching our first product, the Oceanus Brass - Bow Shackle Pen, we are so proud to have been embraced by the ocean-loving community. Below are a few of our favorite excerpts of what the experts are saying about our products;
Life In The Slow Lane | Blog: "It's a beautiful pen and we'll enjoy having it on our boat, and it'll make a wonderful heirloom to pass down to our grandson one day. Maybe he'll even have a special boat to keep it on."
My2Fish | Blog: "The solid brass construction is nearly indestructible, so for the cost of pen ink refill every couple of years, this pen will likely last forever."
Sailing Britican | Blog: "In the past, I’ve been known to tape string to the end of a pen or tie string around a cap but it inevitably fails when someone gives a little tug and off my pen goes. In other words, my efforts to prevent other pen thieves has failed miserably…but not with my bow-shackle pen! I have it attached to my nav station book rail."
Dinghy Dreams | Blog: "Even though I’m ink rich right now I keep navigating back to the same one, my shackle pen by Oceanus Brass. Nautically inspired and hand crafted by a small start up company in Boston, Mass., this pen is nearly impossible to lose as it has a shackle to attach to log books, dry bags, or wherever you see fit aboard your vessel. As I’ve been route planning for my upcoming voyage this pen has been seeing much use and it writes just as smoothly as the day it came out of the box."
Based on your feedback, we have decided to launch our "Twice the Dice" program! Backers who wish to double their reward (twice the dice) can do so by just doubling the pledge amount and sending us a message on Kickstarter! There is no need to pay for extra shipping!
Example: 2 x Super Early Bird ($20) = $40 = 2 dice! :)
When a die is thrown, there are six possible outcomes. A die is considered to be fair if all the outcomes are equiprobable i.e. they have an equal probability of occurring. The only way of being “reasonably certain” that a die is fair is to throw it a large number of times and observe the results. The greater the total number of throws, the greater the level of certainty. If the number of times each number from 1 to 6 has appeared is nearly the same we can argue that the die is fair.
We ran a test using our dice prototypes and with the help of the chi-squared test we were able to get great results. We have compiled the results of our test below, for those who are math lovers or simply curious. Our first step was to define the number of times we would roll a die. We chose to roll it 500 times.
Then we had to look up the tally of how many times each side came up. Below, I'll call the number of times side 1 came up n1, the number of times side 2 came up n2, and so on up to n6. I'll also use N to represent the total number of rolls.
n1 = 81, n2 = 79, n3 = 90, n4 = 75, n5 = 93, and n6 = 82. N = n1 + n2 + n3 + n4 + n5 + n6 → N = 500
Next, we calculate the expected number of times each side should have come up for a fair dice, i.e. the total number of rolls divided by the number of sides. We called this number nexp.
For example, for N=500 rolls, nexp = 500/6 = 83.3.
Now, for each side k (from 1 to 6), we calculate the difference between the actual and the expected count of times the side came up, square and divide it by the expected count as shown below:
Finally, we add up all the results from the previous step to obtain the test statistic:
The x² value we've calculated is a measure of how biased the die appears to be, based on the numbers we've rolled with it. Once we had the value, the final step was to check upper-tail critical values of the chi-square distribution with ν degrees of freedom table, like this one.
To use the table, we first need to know how many "degrees of freedom" our test has. That was simpler than it sounds: for a d-sided die, the test has ν=d−1 degrees of freedom (i.e. ν=5 for a d6). This helped us figure out which row in the table to look at.
In the table above, row 5 looks like this:
Now it means that, if the die is actually fair, then x² will be less than 9.236 in 90% of all tests, less than 11.070 in 95% of all tests, and so on. Thus, by comparing x² (which is 2.80117) to the critical values in the table, we can estimate how likely the die is to be biased.
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These are targeted milestones for us to hit as a community. If we do hit these goals, each and every backer benefits! We'll send out the item from the corresponding tier with each Deckhand's Dice, depending on where we finish. Below is the breakdown of stretch goals:
$10k -- We will start manufacturing the dice before the campaign ends, which will move the shipping date up by up to four weeks (depending on when we unlock the reward!)
$20k -- In addition to the $10K goal, every dice backer will receive 1 synthetic sapphire gem!
$50k -- In addition to the $10K and $20K goal, we will also increase the size of the dice from 16mm to 20mm.
Risks and challenges
For once, there are really limited risks here. This is a simple device, which has already been mostly developed. Through previous engagements, our Master Craftswoman has worked with many of our prospective manufacturers in the past. As well as being produced on a smaller scale, this is the simplest product many of our team members have ever worked on, and it allowed us to focus on build quality.
We are confident and passionate about delivering quality goods. We have spent months designing and prototyping our products, executing pre-production runs to ensure we can meet our high standard. We have internally funded the design and production of our signature brass hardware. Our resources and team are based here in the United States, primarily on the East Coast, so we do not foresee any issues with our ability to deliver your new Oceanus Brass Deckhand's Dice upon successful funding of our project.
We will keep you up-to-date on the progress of production and let you know of any issues impacting our ability to promptly deliver your new Oceanus products, including steps we are taking to get back on track. We will do our best to manufacture locally as we have done to date but may shift focus onto manufacturing overseas if doing so will result in delay avoidance or quality consistency. We stand ready to resolve any challenges to make sure you have a positive experience with our service and product!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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