About this project
The Character Crate
Instead of sorting through a bag of dice and miniatures for the hero you need, keep them organized in Character Crates. You've either purchased nice miniatures or you've spent hours painting them yourself. They need to be protected in their own Crate. Your Necromancer goes with those special bone dice, and your Bard needs to roll with the bright green dice with sparkles that you got at that one convention. The Character Crate keeps all of your heroes with their respective dice. You can simply grab the right Crate and head to game night. The Crate is crafted from the best American Cherry and can be passed from generation to generation of gamers.
The Character Crate has 3 primary functions
- Miniature Figurine Container: The Character Crate will come in 2 designs; one with a single miniature pocket and one with two miniature pockets (you will decide after the campaign. Perhaps you want to store two characters in a Crate or maybe you have a trusty companion or familiar who deserves their own space. These pockets will have foam padding to protect your heroes. These pockets are designed with plenty of room for standard 28mm miniatures.
- Dice Container: The larger pocket will comfortably accommodate 2 - 3 sets of polyhedral dice plus some extras. Many oversized dice will also fit, just in case you are bringing a special set of chunky D6s or other dice to the game.
- Dice Rolling Tray: The lid of the Character Crate is completely removable from the Crate itself and is designed to be used as a dice rolling tray. With half inch walls it should contain even the most exuberant dice rolling enthusiast. The lid/tray can be placed back on the Crate in any rotation and is held on by the lip as well as 8 rare earth magnets.
The Character Crate is crafted from American Black Cherry wood. This is one of the most prized hardwood's in America for furniture and cabinetry. As an added bonus Cherry is one of few sustainable hardwoods. Cherry ages beautifully over time. It begins light brownish-pink and over time these colors become slightly darker and richer. The Character Crate will come treated with a special finish which will enhance the natural beauty of the wood without the use of harsh chemicals. We designed each component of the Character Crate to be created out of one solid piece of wood so there will be no chance of glue failure due to changes in humidity and environment.
18K: New Designs (UNLOCKED)
New Character Crate Designs: You will now be able to choose between 4 designs.
1 single large space.
1 miniature pocket and 1 L shaped dice pocket.
2 miniature pockets and 1 long dice pocket.
4 miniature pockets.
In the Survey you will be able to choose how many miniature pockets will be lined with foam.
Free Felt Lining: In the Survey you will be able to select felt lining for the Dice Rolling Tray and/or the Dice Pocket. This is included in the price of each Character Crate. The felt will be dark brown to compliment the Cherry wood of the Crate.
Leather Lining Add-On: Increase your pledge by $10 (per box) to get real leather lining in the the Dice Rolling Tray. here is an Image of leather swatches we are considering. Here is an Image of the Dice Tray with Leather Lining. We will be going with a dark brown.
Laser Etching Add-Ons:
Increase your pledge by $10 (per box) and select a piece of art from our collection to be laser etched onto the lid of your Character Crate. We are starting with these 6 images; the 5 most popular from our survey, and the most requested image, a tree.
Increase your pledge by $50 (per box) and send us your own ready-to-print artwork to be laser etched onto the lid of your Character Crate. You must be able to prove ownership or open license.
Increase your pledge by $100 for custom artwork. We will put you in touch with our artist and you will work together (no more than 2 revision sessions) to create custom art to be laser etched on to the lid of your Character Crate. Our artist will retain rights to use the artwork for other purposes. Once the art is created, each additional Character Crate you want your art etched into will be an additional $10.
Concept Art for Engraving
We've been working with a very talented local artist to design some engaging concept art to adorn the lid of your Character Crate. Below are some samples that have come through this collaboration. Some of these designs will lend themselves better to laser engraving, and some will be better served through CNC engraving. Remember these are not final and are very much works in progress, we wanted to involve our Backers early in the process to make the final art absolutely amazing. Please comment on your favorites and let us know what you like. Let us know what you want and we will work something up.
Risks and challenges
Overwhelming Response: We are prepared to deliver on time even if we vastly outstrip our goals. However, if our project is insanely successful we will need to move to a first-come first-serve delivery model. We plan to mitigate this risk by adding later shipping dates to new pledge levels if needed. We can also scale our production capabilities to produce more Crates faster.
Stretch Goals: Some of our stretch goals lean into areas outside of our expertise. However, we have already contacted the best local artisans, and companies, who we can turn to, in order to ensure that you receive the best product.
Unknown Unknowns: There are risks out there which we simply cannot predict. However, we have 2 ways of dealing with these unknown unknowns. First, a contingency reserve. Our financial goals are set in a way that gives us a small buffer to deal with exigencies. Second, both Chris and Cliff have extensive education and experience in successful business enterprises. We believe that whatever risks we encounter, we will be able to overcome them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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