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Have you ever tried to read someone else's handwriting and failed? How many times have you seen someone's signature and were convinced it was simply a well-practiced, although unintelligible scribble? Ever tried to make sense of that chicken scratch and only succeed in deciphering gibberish?

Who hasn't?

Well, now we've made a game of it! "The Heck does THAT say?!" is a fast-paced dice game where each player attempts to figure out the phrase built by arranging dice with various scribbles on them. The trouble, however, is that what YOU see may not always be what the Phrase-maker sees. With only a short time to decrypt the dice, players often have to go with their first-best guess. This, of course, is sure to lead to wild answers and lots of laughs.

Potential roll of the dice... the heck does THAT say?!
Potential roll of the dice... the heck does THAT say?!

Portable!

Smaller than a deck of cards, "The Heck does THAT say?!" can be taken and played anywhere there is a surface to roll the dice on. School lunch room? Check. Bar? Check. River rafting on the Colorado? ...well, probably not, but you can play it on shore!

One of the best things about "The Heck does THAT say?!" is that it can be played with any number of players (as long as that number isn't one)! So gather your friends, decipher the dice, and have a great time with some horrible handwriting!

Production techniques

"The Heck does THAT say?!" is printed on soft-edge acrylic dice using a UV printing process. This results in a professional grade die that is durable, with faces that won't scratch or peel off with use. They are even water proof! This is the same printing process that many game companies use for custom dice. In fact, UV printing actually allows us to produce higher quality dice than many companies that simply engrave their dice; engraving can lead to a relatively lower-resolution image which loses small details or can be confusing if poorly painted after being engraved.

Dice closeup, with high quality UV printing
Dice closeup, with high quality UV printing

 

Special Edition Red Dice
Special Edition Red Dice

 

Limited Edition Blue Dice
Limited Edition Blue Dice

Fun Fact: This game was invented on a dare that we couldn't make a game called, "The Heck does THAT say?!"  Although the name WAS worded slightly differently at the time.

Risks and challenges

Producing a dice game, in particular, is challenging because the printing processes involved are such they are either extremely time-intensive for a relatively more DIY business, or are cost-prohibitive when dealing with a third party printer. This is simply due to the fact that all six sides of each die must be printed or etched separately and the dice must be rotated en masse between each printing. Our team at Azroc Games ( http://azrocgames.com ) has devised a method to quickly and efficiently rotate and print our dice with high quality UV printing.

However, this method has diminishing returns when printing small batches. In order to make this game affordable with competitive pricing analogous to other similar dice games already on the market, we need to produce enough sets for our method to be fully utilized. Otherwise, small batch sets could run upwards of $30-$40 just to cover the costs of printing. In order to be competitive, we need to be able to offer our sets at about a third of that price point.

The good news; we've run the numbers, done the math, and perfected our printing methods. We can do this, we just need your help and support to get us past our minimum printing quantity so we can produce this game for a reasonable price and provide a fun game that can be taken and played almost anywhere.

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    You won't get a dice bag to carry it all. No, my friend. For you, a custom WOODEN CASE!

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    YOU GET IT ALL!
    This includes all of the following: a core set of dice, both the Special AND Limited Edition Sets, a custom dice bag, and a custom wooden case.

    AND MORE!
    You'll also get a SUPER special limited LIMITED Extra fancy wooden edition. Oooh pretty! How about we also throw in a set of clear dice? And we'll work with you to turn YOUR handwriting into a full five-dice set of “The Heck does THAT say?!”

    BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!
    On top of it all, we’ll keep sending you one core set of everything we, at Azroc Games make from now until you issue a cease and desist order! That’s right, one of every future game and accessory, for FREE! and we’ve got some big plans up our sleeves, you’d better believe!

    p.s. we love you, Bestie.

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