Hello everyone! We are Cascadia Gaming Supply Co, and today we are launching our special little addition to the tabletop gaming world. We call it the dice coaster.
Essentially, our "DM-for-life" Austin had two problems at his table: people losing their dice (and thus putting the moment on pause) and drink rings on his otherwise very nice table. Obviously frustrated by this, he began the long process of 13+ different renditions that have resulted in the final product you see before you.
At first we started with a figure 8 brass hinge, and we had to hand-screw in the screws. This obviously presented some challenges, as each coaster was taking like two hours to make -- most of which was the screw time. We tried a few more renditions and then BAM! A magnetic hinge did the job perfectly. The best thing is that we do everything from start to finish; no outsourcing or skipping steps, and we love that we hand make each coaster that ships out. Yes, maybe we have to work a bit harder, but we take a good deal of pride in our work, so the extra effort is worth it... Especially when we get to send our products to people who use and love them as much as we do.
After doing a few comic-cons to gauge interest, we found that there were a lot of people like us and wanted...very much...what we were selling. So much so that we basically sold out at each show -- Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle and RTX in Austin. We just want everyone's tabletop adventure nights to be able to have the wood aesthetic without the higher costs associated with many other offerings out there. After all, with the founder being our DM and usually fronting the costs for our nights, it can add up.
What we really want to offer people is something design-conscious, that we would be proud to have at our own table. Enter Alexandra, our wonderful in-house artist (liiink) who designed and illustrated our very own renditions of all twelve 5e Classes, and included one for the DMs out there too. We were totally blown away by these intricate designs, and having personalized classes on the coasters was what people wanted, so it just seriously added to the product offering.
In the end, we have changed a lot about our Dice Coasters since the first trial. from the type of wood, to the magnetic hinges, and to the kick-ass designs they feel and look like a completely new product that we are excited for you to have at your table! We tried (and failed) our first kickstarter due to us not hyper focusing on each product we want to release, and we don't want to make that mistake a second time.
So now! The next thing is launching the Kickstarter. Depending on the degree of success, we will be doing a few different things as mentioned in the video. Our main goals right now are to attend Gen Con 2020, expand our reach, and keep developing! Obviously this requires some funds... Enter you lovely people!
Since we've already started production, the delivery schedule should be unhindered. Oh, and...we look forward to seeing each and every one of your tables repping Cascadia Gaming Supply (Tag us in your photos on social media! We want to see them and maybe even repost!) Thank you in advance for your support!
Risks and challenges
The main risks and challenges are going to revolve around the time it takes to make the item in question. But, we've sorted out most of the kinks in our manufacturing process. Design, cut, flip, engrave, sand, assemble, oil (then let sit overnight), print shipping label, pack & SHIP!
The custom orders are usually the ones that take much longer. If we don't have a clean .ai or .svg file, it shows up really grainy on our engraving machine and that's not usually what people are looking for. It can take one of our production crew members a whole day just to polish up a gritty file, so double check those files, folks! It'll save everyone time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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