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Alea Tools' Initiative board tracks initiative in D&D and tabletop RPGs using Alea Tools Magnetic Status Markers.
Alea Tools' Initiative board tracks initiative in D&D and tabletop RPGs using Alea Tools Magnetic Status Markers.
244 backers pledged $14,085 to help bring this project to life.

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We would like to send a special thank you to each of our backers. We could not have done this without your enthusiasm and feedback. You guys rock! :-D

Thanks for visiting our RPG Initiative Board project! 

 Alea Tools' Commitment to Quality Gaming Products

Alea Tools is committed to creating and producing high quality gaming products. Our Magnetic Markers have become the ideal accessory to quickly and easily depict tabletop RPG status. We carefully consider every detail: the high-powered magnets, the vibrant colors, the versatility of the wet and dry erase safe surface, and the perfect size for both 1” square and hex grids.

 Introducing our New Initiative Board

Our new Initiative Board helps organize your encounters so everyone at the table can see the initiative order at all times. 

Our Initiative Board efficiently displays:

  • initiative order
  • the current character’s turn
  • readied actions
  • delayed actions

Sure, there are a million ways to track initiative order, we have been doing it for years. But we believe our way is the best!

 Product details

  • Coated steel display: The 16 gauge metal provides a great ferrous material to attract our Magnetic Markers (sold separately).
  • Solid wood feet: Available in Red Oak or White Maple with a clear coat finish. (Additional wood types and finishes available as stretch goals)
  • Highly visible: Lightweight yellow magnetic arrow, making it easy to move from one initiative position to the next.
  • Ample size: The 12” length board provides enough room for up to 12 encounter participants (either party members or groups of enemies).
  • Durable: Scratch-resistant center lane screen printed on the steel for tracking initiative, readied actions and delayed actions.
  • Safe: The edges of the steel have been professionally smoothed for safety.

Save money by using our Initiative Board with the Magnetic Status Markers that you already own. The base version does not include Magnetic Status Markers. We have sets available as Add-ons or you may purchase them from our web store: AleaTools.com.

The overall size of the Initiative Board (12" wide and 3.25" tall) provides high visibility across the table, making it easy for everyone to see who's turn is it, who is up next and ultimately, what we all want to know, who goes BEFORE the monsters!

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Play-tested at our own game table

Like the original Magnetic Markers that came to us over ten years ago, this initiative board has been tried and tested at our gaming table for over a year. Now that the kinks have been worked out, we are happy to bring this product to your gaming table.

Handmade - well, sort of. :)

The initiative board is partially handmade by us. The metal portion of the board if being professionally produced by a metal fabrication company. (The hand made version of the metal that Jeff was able to produce was not thick enough, polished enough or cool-looking enough - at least, not for Alea Tools' standards.) However, Jeff does produce the wooden feet as well as the magnetic resin arrows. There are also a couple of surprises that we hope to unveil in this Kickstarter campaign that are also hand made. Of course, we will spill the beans on this as we progress.

A note about our prototype

The images and videos on this web site feature a prototype, which is  only 9” long where yours will 12” wide and 3.25" tall. The prototype also has a red center initiative bar, but the finished product will be black. The finished product will also have "ALEATOOLS.COM" screen printed in small text on the bottom right corner.

Why do a Kickstarter?

We are avid Kickstarter backers and enjoy backing other Kickstarter projects. 

Alea Tools is a small basement company and has been for eleven years, operated by Sharon and Jeff in the mornings, evenings and weekends.  A small company like ours appreciate opportunities like Kickstarter to help us fund initial costs of adding a new product to our product line.  In this case, it will be table saws, routers and other woodworking related tools.  We also need to create a mold for casting resin arrows.

If this Kickstarter is successful, we will have reasonable quality tools to continue to offer the Initiative Boards as a permenant product line.  And for that, we thank you and Kickstarter for the opportunity!

Previous Kickstarter

Our previous Kickstarter was a success and can be found at the link below.  Thank you all for supporting us!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aleatools/alea-tools-magnetic-status-markers-color-boost

Share Us

In our last Kickstarter we didn't push or nag people to share the news of the campaign with anyone who would listen.  We figured everyone know how important it was to spread the news and didn't need us harping on it.

However, after the Kickstarter ended, we eventually heard from a good number of people that were genuinely bummed that they missed it!  So, we are asking, please respectfully share the Kickstarter with folks you think may be interested this project. We don't want anyone to miss out on this one. 

    What can I do to help?

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Thanks for your support!
Jeff and Sharon

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Risks and challenges

We are very confident in this project. We feel we have done our research and prototyped the initiative board long enough to safely say we know what we need to do to produce it, and produce it well.

The primary risk with this project is time. The wood and resin pieces are hand made, the production of these components could be a bottleneck. We have examined our production process and determined which power tools can help us increase both quality and efficiency. Better living through power tools!

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