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An expansion and reprint for Knot Dice - Celtic knot games, puzzles, and art on large, beautiful dice.
An expansion and reprint for Knot Dice - Celtic knot games, puzzles, and art on large, beautiful dice.
An expansion and reprint for Knot Dice - Celtic knot games, puzzles, and art on large, beautiful dice.
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Welcome to Knot Dice Squared - 26 more knot dice in three new designs to combine with the original for more inspiration. Create larger and more intricate Celtic knots while playing with these amazing dice!

Add some new twists to your knot dice games...Include more friends...Design larger beautiful patterns...Play through an entirely new set of puzzles...Have more fun with Knot Dice Squared.

Shipping is free in the US, and low worldwide. This project is EU, Canada, Australia, and China Friendly.

If you're already familiar with Knot Dice, you can skip ahead to the next section. 

Knot Dice are big, beautiful dice, a forest green pearlized acrylic with indented silver lines. The designs are continuous around the entire die. They don't have numbers on the sides, but placing them side-by-side forms amazing Celtic knot patterns.

Some enjoy just making designs with them, or leaving them out on tables and counters to play with. But they also can be used to play a large number of games and puzzles. The original Knot Dice set includes 18 awesome dice and rules to 12 games and 7 types of puzzles, with dozens of individual puzzles. There are cooperative games, competitive games, speed games, puzzle games, storytelling games... Individual descriptions of each of the games and puzzles can be found on the original Knot Dice Kickstarter page, and full rules and video instructions are on the Black Oak Games Knot Dice page.

the original Knot Dice, some of the new Knot Dice, and a design using both
the original Knot Dice, some of the new Knot Dice, and a design using both

The original is available separately right now on the Black Oak Games web site, or in the $29 reward level here.

Knot Dice 2? No, this expands Knot Dice to four dice total, so it's Knot Dice Squared!

These new dice allow you to create a huge variety of beautiful new designs, they come with an entirely new book of puzzles, and they add some new twists to the games.

The four dice are: crossed (the original), squared, rounded, and bridge. Crossed dice have all paths crossing when they go over an edge; squared and rounded dice have all paths parallel when they go over an edge; and bridge dice have both parallel and crossed paths going over the edges, to connect the original knot dice to the new knot dice. (There is much more detail about this in the first update.)

The dice are still 20mm, much larger than normal 16mm dice:

They still have that great hefty weight to them. And yes, the lines are still continuous around the dice. 

One box of Knot Dice Squared contains:  

  • 26 Knot Dice (20mm dice): 9 squared, 9 rounded, and 8 bridge. These combine with one set of the original (crossed) Knot Dice in the right proportions for the included puzzles and games, and many many designs.
  • Game Rules on how to modify eight Knot Dice games (described below under Games) to include the new dice, plus all new games from the stretch goals.
  • Puzzle Rules to five Knot Dice puzzle types (described below under Puzzles), with a large number of puzzles of each type using the new dice.
  • 4 Wooden Discs with silkscreened designs (two each in orange and purple for two more players). These tokens are sometimes used to track scores, sometimes used as playing pieces.
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Knot Dice Squared includes new games from the stretch goals:

4 Get Me Knots
1 player, solo game
Create as many complete knots as you can of different sizes. It sounds easy enough, but a perfect game is incredibly difficult to achieve. There's plenty of strategy here in how you go about choosing your dice, and which knots you add to and how.

Hedgerow
2 player, turn-based competitive
Create as many complete knots as you can on your side of a wall, but your side can only be at most one die further in any direction than your opponent's. Instead of using the top face of the dice, you use the sides of the dice while the hedgerow grows.

Also included are rules changes incorporating the new dice in these games from the original Knot Dice:

Kells, Kells: The Book, and Kells: The Abbey
1-5 players, turn-based cooperative
The new dice add a bit more complexity to these cooperative games. Now you have the added choice of which type of die to add to your pool before you roll it.

Knot So Fast
2-5 players, real-time competitive
Knot Dice Squared really ramps up the challenge in Knot So Fast, where you're trying to complete your knots more quickly than your opponents. You have to pull the right die out of the middle to be able to complete your designs, all while racing your opponents. Fortunately, if you really get stuck, you can swap out one of your dice for one in the middle.

Knot So Fast Too
2-6 players, real-time competitive
With this many dice, you can play two head-to-head matches of this fast-paced game at the same time. One pair uses the crossed dice, while the other pair uses the squared and rounded dice. A 5- or 6-player game pairs up each player against each other player once.

Distance
2-4 players, turn-based competitive
This very puzzly game gets quite a complexity boost from the new dice. A new setup enables up to four players to play, using all 44 dice.

Knot the Whole Story
1-6 players, turn-based storytelling
The focus of the storytelling game is now on two: choose two characters, two settings, two themes for the overall arc of the story. Playing a crossed die means advancing the story along one path; playing a rounded or squared die means advancing the story along the other; playing a bridge die brings the two parts of the story together in some way.

Minarets
3-6 players, turn-based competitive
Minarets really shines with the additional dice. The vertical buildings created by the player partners can be larger, and the new connections make them more complex, adding to the architectural puzzle. 

An entirely new puzzle book is included in Knot Dice Squared. The types of puzzles will be familiar to owners of Knot Dice, but they are changed with the addition of different dice types.

The completion and transformation puzzles start you out with dice in a certain arrangement, and you have to rearrange them in as few turns as possible to form a completed design. The creation puzzles present you with some dice and challenge you to create a symmetrical design out of them. The building puzzles show you a three-dimensional shape, and your task is to build it with completed knots on all of the visible faces of the building. I'll include a more detailed introduction to some of the puzzles in an update soon.

The expansion book includes Completion Puzzles 1Completion Puzzles 2Transformation PuzzlesCreation Puzzles, and Building Puzzles. With the first four types of puzzles, the number of dice of each type are provided in the setup instructions for each puzzle. The complexity of most of these puzzles is similar to the originals once you are familiar with the new dice. 

With building puzzles, much larger shapes are possible with the expansion, leading to more difficult puzzles. And part of the puzzle is now figuring out which dice to use.

I need your help to get these new dice made. The money raised on Kickstarter will go toward the three new molds we need, manufacturing the dice, printing and manufacturing the box and rules and tokens, graphic design, putting it all together, and shipping. If we raise enough I can print some extras and also reprint more of the original Knot Dice boxes. 

  • Make it happen - Without your help, these dice won't get made.
  • Get your set - I don't have any distribution deals, so other than those few retail stores that work with me directly, the only way to get Knot Dice is directly from me. That will probably be even more true with this expansion.

Please participate with both your pledges and your voices. Social media and personal shares are greatly appreciated. Do you have a friend who loves dice games, puzzles, art, or Celtic culture? Please let them know about Knot Dice!

Each backer level below includes a reward and will include all stretch goals. Additional copies of the rewards can be added by increasing your pledge by the appropriate amount either now or in the pledge manager after the campaign (see the Add-Ons section below).

You will be able to choose the original green or the new blue dice for each boxed set in a pledge manager once the campaign is over.

$29 - KNOT DICE (original) - the boxed original Knot Dice set. Includes 18 knot dice, all the original games and puzzles, and 8 wooden tokens. Everything you need to play. This level does not include any of the expansion dice or new materials from this campaign.

$39 - KNOT DICE SQUARED - the boxed expansion set. Includes 26 new knot dice, all games and puzzles listed above, and 4 wooden tokens. Original Knot Dice required to play.

$45 - KNOT DICE SQUARED + CLOTH BAG - the boxed expansion set PLUS a large embroidered cloth bag. Original Knot Dice required to play.

$65 - KNOT DICE COMPLETE - the boxed expansion set PLUS the boxed original Knot Dice set PLUS a large embroidered cloth bag. Includes 44 knot dice, all games and puzzles listed above, 12 wooden tokens, and the cloth bag.

$70 - KNOT DICE SQUARED x2 (FOR DELUXE) - two boxed expansion sets PLUS a large embroidered cloth bag. This is intended for backers who already have Knot Dice Deluxe, because it will give you the right proportions of knot dice for a large number of designs. The additional cloth bag is necessary to hold that many dice! Includes 52 knot dice, all games and puzzles listed above, 8 wooden tokens, and the cloth bag. Original Knot Dice Deluxe required to play.

$125 - KNOT DICE SQUARED DELUXE COMPLETE - two boxed expansion sets (52 new dice) PLUS one boxed original Knot Dice Deluxe set (36 original dice) PLUS an extra embroidered cloth bag. Includes 88 knot dice in all, all games and puzzles listed above, 12 wooden tokens, and 2 cloth bags. NOTE - if you would like to split colors, you can choose 2 original Knot Dice sets plus a bag instead of the Knot Dice Deluxe set.

the original Knot Dice and Knot Dice Deluxe
the original Knot Dice and Knot Dice Deluxe
the embroidered cloth bag
the embroidered cloth bag

To add more rewards to your pledge level, just add the dollar amount of any add-ons to your pledge. You will be able to choose your specific add-ons, and the original green or the new blue dice for each boxed set, in a pledge manager once the campaign is over.

$29 - Add Knot Dice - add more boxes of the original Knot Dice with 18 crossed dice.

$39 - Add Knot Dice Squared - add more boxes of Knot Dice Squared with 26 dice: 9 squared, 9 rounded, 8 bridge.

$55 - Add Knot Dice Deluxe - add more boxes of Knot Dice Deluxe with 36 crossed dice and a cloth bag.

$10 - Add Cloth Bag - add one embroidered cloth bag to any combination of rewards. Each bag can hold about 50 dice.

Batch Sets - you can also add the dollar amount of any pledge level if you want another of that entire pledge level's rewards.

Wooden Boxes:

The Dog Might Knot Dice Chest: Hand crafted out of premium American Black Walnut, these dice chests beautifully hold all of your Knot Dice and double as a rolling tray for your games. Each is hand built in their wood shop in Ann Arbor, MI, and comes with Knot Dice engraved lid, black felt, a removable wooden insert for separating tokens and dice, and nickel pedestal feet. As with every Dog Might product, the Knot Dice Chests come with a lifetime guarantee.

Regular Size: Premium Black Walnut Hardwood. Black felt, metal nickel pedestal corners. Removable insert in Black Walnut. 9.75" x 5.75" x 2" with an interior depth of 1.5". Easily holds over 44 Knot Dice, tokens, and rule books. Add-on for $89 (+$10 outside the US)

Large Size: Premium Black Walnut Hardwood. Black felt, metal nickel pedestal corners. Removable insert in Black Walnut. 11.75" x 6.75" x 2" with an interior depth of 1.5". Easily holds over 88 Knot Dice, tokens, and rule books. Add-on for $119 (+$10 outside the US)

We achieved every stretch goal! There weren't too many this time around, because I want to make the highest quality product possible, and we achieved so many stretches in the first campaign and I wasn't going to produce anything less than that.

These stretch goals have more detailed descriptions in the updates. 

Shipping is free in the United States. I'm not able to provide free shipping worldwide this time, but I think I've been able to provide some great worldwide shipping costs. 

The new expansion box is going to be heavier than the original Knot Dice box (with 8 more dice in it), so it isn't cost-effective to ship them directly from China. This time, I'm using a shipping company based in the US but with regional warehouses in other countries. The US rewards will be freighted to the US to be shipped directly to backers, but there will be:

Customs-Friendly Shipping in the EU, Canada, Australia and China.

I do want to support game stores by offering the items available on Kickstarter to retailers. If you're a retailer, please message me directly through Kickstarter for pricing information, and then you can make your pledge in full through Kickstarter during the campaign. 

Celtic knots are part of a rich tradition of Celtic art and culture. The looping design patterns commonly known as Celtic knots are found in art from nearly 1,400 years ago, though repeating interlacing patterns can be found even earlier. 

The most famous examples of Celtic knotwork are the Book of Kells (ca. 800), the Lindisfarne Gospels (ca. 700), and the Book of Durrow (ca. 650). These illuminated (decorated) manuscripts were made by monks in Ireland or Britain. Many are available for viewing on the Trinity College Dublin web site in their digital collections. Other examples of Celtic knotwork can be found in manuscripts and carved stone monuments across Europe, primarily in the northwest.

from a page in the Book of Kells
from a page in the Book of Kells

The design elements on the faces of knot dice are based on the Celtic Knot Font, created by Daniel Isdell. If you're interested in creating more Celtic knotwork, check out his font!

Credits & Thanks

All photos on this page were taken by Matt Grosso. Music in the video is performed by The Bog Band.

A huge thanks goes to all of the game and puzzle designers who contributed to Knot Dice: Cameron Browne, Jay Treat, Bonnie Neubauer, Doug Levandowski, Cardboard Edison, Ian Reed, Elizabeth Hargrave, and Josh Tempkin! 

Thanks also go to the Dice Maniac's Club for all of the support from its members for this project and the original Knot Dice, and to all of the game and puzzle reviewers who shared their love of Knot Dice.

Finally, a very special thanks goes to Margaux, Anna Grace, and Peter O'Malley for all of your help and support.

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Risks and challenges

I delivered on a similar project with the original Knot Dice and will be using the same manufacturers again. All of the games and puzzles are ready to go. I've read up on Jamey Stegmaier's Kickstarter Lessons. There are two primary risks associated with this campaign:

1. Delivery dates might change slightly. I am doing everything in my power to keep on schedule: the dice manufacturer is now a known quantity (so we won't have to change mid-production like last campaign), the rules are mostly finished, and most of the graphic design is done as well. However, the dice factory is a small shop (so they might have trouble meeting the timetable if the campaign does extremely well), and international freight shipping is one of the great mysteries of the universe (hopefully we won't get stopped in customs anywhere or have to deal with any strikes).

2. US-China trade issues. I don't foresee them impacting board game imports, but it is possible that something will come up that I have no control over. Let's cross our fingers.

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    · Two boxed Knot Dice Squared expansion sets (original required to play).
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    The perfect amount of Knot Dice Squared if you already have Knot Dice Deluxe. Includes 52 knot dice.

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    Knot Dice Squared Deluxe Complete

    · Two boxed Knot Dice Squared expansion sets.
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