Cubes don't roll so well. This 12-sided die is numbered 1-6 twice. It is rounder, and balanced. It's the iconic d6 evolved -> d(2x6). Read more
This project was successfully funded on January 10, 2014.
About this project
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Collectors Mix Packs added: will be available as add-on 6-packs (originally suggested by Kevin Cook, who is a backer and Guinness record holder for most dice; renders by the superbacker workhorse Michael 4ier Telford; colors are approximate):
I (Standards): Red/black, Black/red, Marble Pink/black, Purple/white, Yellow/black, and Marble Blue/silver Doublesixes
II (Light): Doublefudge Marble Orange/black, and KS Green/black, Monty Turquoise/black, SableFox Yellow/black, 4ier White/purple, Jazzy Bear Marble Yellow/blue
III (Dark): DoubleFudge Black/gold, KS Green/black, Monty Marble Purple/yellow, SableFox Black/turquoise, 4ier Black/orange, Jazzy Bear Black/yellow
Solid Colors available for The Standard (approximate):
Above are the SOLID colors that will be available for the Standard (note: the white-looking one is ivory). Scroll all the way down to see approximate dice color combination samples, marbelized colors, and the color combos for the Triplefours. (What are Fudge dice? Read about it here).
ADD-ONs: All dice will be available in 6-packs (of one color and style)
- Single pack of 6 for $5 (small)
- Four packs of 6 for $15 (medium)
- Eight packs of 6 or $25 (large)
- Dice bag with logo (details and cost pending)
All dice will be available as add-ons, including The Collectors Mix packs, and The Classic Ivory with Black (but NOT the Black with KS Green).
You can pay for them now or after the KS ends, but can only specify your order after the KS ends, via Backerkit. Read more about the add-on process here.
Exceptions: (1) Black with KS Green is not available as an add-on (each backer will get 2 of these as a limited and KS exclusive stretch goal bonus). (2) There will be a dice-collector pack (TBD) which will have one of each dice not already included.
Stretch Goals DO NOT apply to additional dice ordered now or later.
International shipping: for add-ons on top of original tier: + $4 per 6-pack, +$10 for 4, and + $13 for large add-on (8 6-packs, so 48 dice). Maximum shipping charge to Canada ($20), and rest of the world ($24) (for orders of less than about 200 dice total, which is the approximate number that will fit in a small flat rate box).
The $25 Bulk Tier contents (and large add-on) are valued at $20 and will be declared that way (the other $5 is added to shipping costs).
WE ARE GOING TO KICK IT FORWARD: I pledge to spend 5% of the profit from this campaign on other Kickstarter projects. http://kickingitforward.org
TIER SUMMARIES (includes stretch goals):
All dice are 19 mm acrylic, around 0.2 oz each.
Early Birds, First Movers, and Standard Tiers get 12 Classic Doublesixes (Ivory with black pips), 2 Red w/ white, 2 Black w/ white, 2 exclusive and limited-run Black w/ KS green, 2 KS-exclusive Ks Green w/ black, 2 Blue w/ white, +2 Marble Green w/ Gold, and dice bag with logo.
Fudge and Triplefour Tiers: 12 corresponding dice (colors TBD). Bonuses are in Standard Doublesix pips: 2 Red w/ white, 2 Black w/ white, 2 exclusive and limited-run Black w/ KS green, 2 KS-exclusive KS Green w/ black, 2 Blue w/ white, +2 Marble Green w/ Gold and dice bag with logo.
Random Roll Tiers get 6 dice rolls worth of Classic Ivory, 2 Red w/ white, 2 Black w/ white, 2 exclusive and limited-run Black w/ KS green, 2 KS-exclusive KS Green w/ black, 2 Blue w/ white, +2 Marble Green w/ Gold and dice bag with logo.
Bulk Tier gets 50 Classic Ivory, 12 Red (6 w/ white, 6 w/ black), 12 Black (6 w/ white, 6 w/ red), 2 exclusive and limited-run Black w/ KS green, 6 KS-exclusive KS Green w/ black, 6 Blue w/ white, +6 Marble Green w/ Gold and dice bag with logo.
Feel free to overpledge now, or add-on after the campaign ends via Backerkit.
STRETCH GOALS: #1-12 unlocked (only applies once per backer; NON-BULK includes both Random Rolls)
- #1 ($8K) UNLOCKED! + 12 Black dice (6 with white, 6 with red) to each BULK order
- #2 ($13K) UNLOCKED! + 2 Black dice with white to each NON-BULK order
- #3 ($18K) UNLOCKED! One extra dice roll added to all RANDOM ROLLS (original color; 5 total dice rolls, giving an average of 17.5 dice)
- #4 ($23K) UNLOCKED! +12 Solid Red (6 with white, 6 with black) dice to each BULK order.
- #5 ($28K) UNLOCKED! +2 Solid Red with white to each NON-BULK order
- # 6 ($32K) UNLOCKED! One extra dice roll added to all RANDOM ROLLS (original color; 6 total dice rolls, giving an average of 21 dice)
- #7 ($38K) UNLOCKED!: Free dice bag with Doublesix Logo.
- #8 ($50K) UNLOCKED! +2 exclusive and limited-run Black with Kickstarter green dice with black pips to every order.
- #9 ($70K) UNLOCKED! +2 (+6 on bulk) KS-exclusive KS Green w/ Black
- #10 ($90K) UNLOCKED!: +2 (+6 on bulk) Blue with White.
- #11 ($100K) UNLOCKED!: +2 (+6 on bulk) Marble Red with Gold
- #12 ($125K) UNLOCKED!: +2 (+6 on bulk) Marble Green with Gold, and Marble Pink with black Doublesixes will be made available as add-ons.
Dice Bag: will include the Doublesix Logo. Size, color, and material still To Be Determined. They will be also available as an add-on. Below are bags Ningbo Lijia offers. I have requested more samples to touch and determine full range of options.
Help enhance a global icon. Throughout the world, the classic six-sided dice (d6) symbolize not only gaming, but also play and luck.
Some say dice originated from the ankle bones of hoofed animals. But once the die developed into the pipped cube, the d6 stopped evolving.
Isn't it time for a new spin on a classic? By making the d6 a dodecahedron, the die will not only roll better, but be more weight-balanced as opposing sides have the same number of engraved pips.
Doublesix Dice can also be the perfect gateway accessory: Swap in your Doublesixes for the stale dice in your non-gamer friends' games (like Monopoly and Backgammon), and soon they will be wanting to take on Advanced D&D.
If you pledge to get your own Doublesix Dice and help this humble intiative, I pledge to provide you, in return, detailed transparency of the process, and satisfaction guaranteed (or your money back).
We will start with Black engraved pips on Ivory. Other colors will be added as stretch goals.
Here are some preliminary details:
Shipping: approx $1000
Fees (Kickstarter at 5% and Amazon at about 3.2%): $246
Logo design: $299 (via 99designs.com, where you can help vote for the final design)
Advertising on Boardgame Geek: $500
Gift to Ronald Larson (expired patent holder): $300
Virtual Assistance: $300 +
These 19mm ivory-colored acrylic dice will be custom molded with engraved pips painted black. Current likely producer: Ningbo Lijia Industry Co (they specialize in game components) http://www.cnlijia.com.cn/
Cost of mold: $1300.
Cost of minimum production run (10k units): $700
Cost per dice (first 10K including cost of mold): $0.20
Wholesale cost per dice: $0.40
I used the wholesale cost to calculate the reward tiers.
Per order of 12 dice:
Cost for dice: $4.80
Cost per envelop (bubble mailer): $1.49
Cost to ship in US: approx $2.50
Cost to handle (ie. pack and label): $0.25
KS and Amaz fees: $0.82
Total cost: approx $9.86
SHIPPING TO CANADA AND MEXICO: Kickstarter groups Canada and Mexico in their "to ship Outside the US" additional cost in the reward tiers, though it is cheaper. I plan to compensate Canadians and Mexican somehow (likely extra dice).
Though I thought of the idea myself, I discovered an expired patent (filed in 1982) on the exact same idea:
As a measure of good faith, I had originally planned to donate 10% of the Kickstarter goal amount ($300) to the original patent holder, Roland Larson (or his charity of choice), if we were successful. EDIT: Turns out that Kickstarter forbids this, so this will not be happening.
Because the patent is expired, no one, including myself, can patent the idea again, so it is fair game to all. Therefore, others can start producing d2x6, and probably will. However, there will be the one and only original brand: Doublesix Dice.
Thanks to Eric (http://www.ericharshbarger.org/) for making the prototypes for the video (he used blank dice from Chessex manufacturing and engraved them with a laser cutter).
Click Kicktraq image below to track this project's trending.
ADD-ONS and COLORS:
Will be $5 for a 6-pack. Colors are approximate.
MARBLE COLORS (effects and colors are approximate):
All 8 will be produced and available as 6-pack add-ons. For the TripleFour Tier, you get to choose 2 6-packs.
Risks and challenges
Potential risk: there is the risk that the product itself is unsatisfactory. However, I think this is minimal because:
(a) it is a simple product (a solid piece of acrylic)
(b) the production company I am using specializes in game pieces and dice
(c) I will request to see the prototype that will be used to create the mold.
Because the product, like most, is coming from China, there might be a delay in delivery (but note my very conservative Aug delivery date).
Remember, there is a money back guarantee!
Proof of active VA state business license: https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/Business/S280644Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
So this is what I am thinking. I will use Dicelog.com for all Random Rolls, and putting the results online (or emailing it out) if folks want to cross reference their results and how many dice they got in the mail. For the Random Roll I, I will then re-roll all scores of 7 or less using Doublesixes and dice towers, all Livestreamed or video recorded in one take.
We may also eventually explore this much in-demand variation, even as a whole other Kickstarter. However, we will need to clarify the extent of the demand, and how it will be better than other similar options already on the market, like the Chessex Urban Camo Roman and pipped Koplow (the latter, with 21 in stock, may sell out after this posting; and thanks to Ross T for the links).
I wanted to under-promise and over-deliver. I will get the ball moving as soon as possible, even placing the order with my own funds prior to the end of this Kickstarter. Communicating, prototyping, quality controlling, and shipping from China could take some time.
I have gotten some comments seeking more reassurance regarding my integrity and intent with this Kickstarter. Please keep in mind that I am real person with my professional reputation at stake (www.drmattfleming.com), as well as another LLC that I want to keep in good standing (www.Sparkbugg.com, with proof of active VA state license below).
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12 dice. Includes US S&H.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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RANDOM ROLL: We will roll 4 dice, and you will get the number of dice that come up (you will get at least 8 dice). Includes US S&H.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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EARLY BIRDS. 12 dice. Includes US S&H.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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STANDARD: 12 dice. Includes US S&H.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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RANDOM ROLL II: We will roll 4 dice, and you will get the number of dice that come up (4-24, with average of 14). Includes US S&H.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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FUDGE DICE only: 12 dice. Includes US S&H. Stretch Goals do apply.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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TRIPLEFOURS only (d(3x4)s): 12 dice. Includes US S&H. Stretch Goals do apply.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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BULK: 50 dice and listing of your organization, gaming group, coffee shop, bar, etc. on website. Includes US S&H.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
- (50 days)