UPDATE 1: We hit our over funding goal of $15,000. This means every set (4 dice) will come with a nifty wooden dice box.
UPDATE 2: I've add some extremely beautiful and rare woods for everyone to choose from in honor of the project hitting the $20,000 mark! Check out update 9 for details. You don't want to miss the 50,000 year old Ancient Kauri Wood. It is simply amazing. Here's a quick video to show you what it looks like. I also added Griselinia, Holm Oak, and Irish Bog Pine.
As any gamer worth their salt knows, your geek cred at the gaming table is directly proportional to the size of your dice bag. But if you really want to wow your fellow players at the next gaming session then you need a set or three of custom handmade high quality Artisan Dice!
I am unfortunately a gigantic dork. I have an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars. I have run a weekly D&D game for damn near a decade, and I love dice. I mean I really love dice. (Doesn't every geek though?)
Recently we started playing the Dresden Files RPG (If you haven't read the Dresden Files I highly recommend you do.) That RPG runs off the opens source Fate System, which requires Fudge Dice (mmm... fudge!!!) Sadly our local gaming shop was chronically out of stock for these dice. So I decided to make some really nice hand crafted dice for all of my players. They were such a hit that my players convinced me that the whole world should have a chance to own them and with that Artisan Dice was born! All that is left is to get enough support so we can order enough materials to start development.
All Artisan Dice will be made from top quality exotic hard woods hand selected for the character and natural beauty. All Artisan Dice are hand polished to a deep luster and we don't use any stains in order to let nature's handiwork show through. They are sized from .75 to .83 inches depending on wood stock.
Just look at some of the types of woods we have available!
For a complete listing of available wood stock, please visit our website for descriptions and larger images. There are almost 50 types of wood available for you to choose from.
You can get them off of our website at www.artisandice.com.
By hand. From some of the most beautiful exotic hard woods available. Maybe one day I will put up a video or something, but for now you’ll have to take our word on it.
The exact time varies, but typically any where from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Some woods must be left out for several days after completion to allow the wood to oxidize and achieve the best coloration. Purple Heart Oak is a good example of this. Once they are good and oxidized they will coated with shellac, which takes about 24 hours to fully cure.
Shipping is free for all U.S. orders. International orders for less than 4 sets of dice will cost $10 to ship. If you order 4 or more sets, then international shipping will be free.
The short answer is we don't. With that said, these dice are for all intents and purposes as random as any plastic gaming dice you'll ever play with. Check out the link below. It explains a lot about how dice are made and an insight as to why so many players have their "lucky" dice.
Basically Artisan Dice are plenty random enough for gaming, but I wouldn't go gambling my pay check with them.
I will do my best to make sure the first 50 orders will ship before the end of April. I have already started production on the first orders. However due to the overwhelming response we have had already, and the fact that these are all hand crafted dice, I am going to be realistic and say that after the first 50 orders we are looking at a May - June ship date.
We have had a number of questions regarding this. Any and all woods listed on our site are readily available. There are currently 2 types of wood that were in question due to the fact that they are Certified Woods, much like the JD Oak. Those were Ancient Bog Oak and Bethlehem Olive Wood, I have removed them from our site until my supplier gets back to me with an answer to that question.
Well thank you! I'm glad you like them so much. Have mentioned these make great gifts for your gamer friends? That's actually why the first sets were made. It's really easy to order more. Simply use the "Manage My Pledge" button in upper portion of the right hand column, and add the corresponding amount for the dice you'd like to order. ($22 for 4 random dice, $27 for a matched set of 4, $49 for two matched sets, or $7 for a random die). Keep in mind that if you order 4 or more sets I'll pay the postage for international shipping. And always always choose the highest limited backer level. This will ensure that you receive any limited dice.
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