About this project
Here is our website: http://customgamelab.com
We will have an email newsletter sign-up sheet on our home-page, so you can receive regular updates from us.
In a couple days we'll be launching a forum to discuss design ideas, get feedback, and stay up to date with CGL news. Click here to see that forum once it launches.
If you'd like to follow updates specific to this project or order some dice for yourself, this link will bet set up to bring you to the right place.
Help us provide the gaming community with customized 16mm (standard size) D6 dice - with more colors, shapes, and sizes available when we reach higher funding levels!
Note: Remember, your reward can be divided into multiple designs
and even multiple shipments. When splitting it into multiple shipments,
you just pay the shipping charges on any shipment after the first.
Example: If you pledge for two dozen dice, you can get 24 of the same design OR 4 each of 6 different designs OR 24 completely different designs (or anything in between). And your reward can be split into as many shipments as you like.
These add-ons are available to anyone with a pledge level of $6 or more
(anyone actually receiving a shipment). You can include as many add-ons
with your pledge as you like.
Shipping: No additional shipping charges required for add-ons.
Right now, if you want to make custom dice for a game prototype, print-n-play game, or just to customize your old Yahtzee! game, it'll cost you several dollars per die - before shipping.
We see a way to provide the same quality engraved custom dice at a fraction of the cost. But we can't do it without your help, we need funds to purchase the necessary supplies and equipment (primarily meaning thousands of dice and a Trotec laser engraver)!
Here are some examples of people we've teamed up with so far to bring you cool designs:
We've teamed up with Potluck Games, the creators of Dungeon Dice, and have some exciting news as a result! They are designing an official die for Dungeon Dice that will be available exclusively through CGL.
Plus they have agreed to allow us to use a bunch of the official art from Dungeon Dice. The art will be available on our website so you can design your own custom mods, expansions, and house rules for Dungeon Dice and the icons on your custom dice will match those on the originals!
We've also teamed up with Common Man Games to create a custom dice pack for their award winning game Police Precinct. And if enough people are interested in that pack, they'll receive a mystery die for SNITCH Free of charge! That die will also become available for others to claim with their pledge rewards once it's unlocked. More details on Update #8. Both Police Precinct and SNITCH are available through their current KS project.
With the announcement of full-color printing, we also announced a collaboration with Nick Hayes to bring his game Chunky Fighters to the masses.
Tesh of Project Khopesh ran a successful Kickstarter project several months ago for metal Tinker Dice and would like to see those designs made reality in plastic as well. So he has shared with us the designs for d6 Tinker Dice as well as Fudge Tinker Dice. Here's what the design looks like as well as a picture of the finished product in metal.
We've teamed up with Sarcastic Robot to make Firewall, a strategy dice game, available.
P.D. Magnus is working with us to produce dice featuring the suits of his award winning six suit deck of cards, the Decktet.
These are just a handful of those that have shown us their designs. And there are many more of our 1,000+ backers with design ideas they haven't shown us.
These designs will all be available when the project gets funded, but what should be even more exciting is not the designs I've created, but the opportunity for ANYONE to create their own custom design and make it available to the world. There are literally infinite possibilities. I hope the few I've posted here can help inspire some ideas.
Shipping: Shipping to the US is included with all reward levels, additional $7 required for international shipping.
Sharing is caring! One of the most critical aspects of making this project a success is getting the word out to everyone that might be interested. But we need your help to do it.
If you help us out by sharing the project URL on Facebook or including it in one of your Tweets, we'll reward all of our backers by unlocking new colors of paint to fill the designs with. We figure this is better than paying for advertising because it allows us to reward even more for your support!
While you're at it, feel free to follow us on Twitter @CustomGameLab and like our fanpage on Facebook:
Just for clarification, these are not new colors of dice, but new colors of paint to fill the engraved designs with. New colors of dice will be unlocked through monetary stretch goals.
Designs we can promise to be available upon success of this project, include the following themes: Promo dice, Elvish script, weapons, winner's dice, loser's dice, tetrominoes, moon phases, standard d6, dragon dice, chess dice, ninja dice, card suit dice, crown and anchor dice, fudge dice (standard and outline), text based dice, cheater's dice, binary dice, weather dice, Mayan dice, Emoticon dice, Chinese dice, Roman numeral dice, hexadecimal color choosing dice, RGB color choosing dice, and math constants dice. The Myst based D'ni numeral dice have also received approval for commercial licensing from Cyan Worlds Inc and will be available.
We also fully expect hundreds if not thousands of other designs to be made available soon after our website launches as our backers begin to create their own designs and make them available for others to order. Rest assured you will have plenty of great options to choose from!
In fact during the course of this project, we have already begun working with some designers to announce designs they will be making available on our site. We've been sharing these in our updates, but also plan to add some of them to our main project page. There's some exciting new partnerships forming - go check out the updates to see some of the cool designs you'll be able to choose from!
Credits: Music for the video, "Please Listen Carefully" by Jahzaar available on FreeMusicArchive.org under Creative Commons licensing, and some of the graphics on this page came from various contributors on Game-Icons.net There will be more specific attributions for the graphics on our site once it is launched, if you would like more info feel free to contact me.
Risks and challenges
We will be working with multiple manufacturers to source all of our equipment and supplies from lasers to dice to paints. There's always a potential risk of delay or other issues when working with companies you have no control over. However, I have already been in contact with each of these companies to ask questions and receive samples. Each of them is a reputable company and has been very responsive so far.
I've been asked what I will do if this project is wildly successful - will I still be able to deliver? Not only will I still be able to create your dice, but the process get's streamlined even further the more it scales. If it does well enough, I will be able to buy an even faster laser with a larger engraving area allowing me to engrave more dice at once. If necessary, I have room in my shop to add more than one laser as well (plus available help as necessary).
In short: Overfunding is a good thing, it would allow us to get better equipment, potentially more equipment (which will both speed things up), and more dice options for you!
As with any Kickstarter, this will be a large time investment not only in creating dice but also in delivering them.
I have worked from home for the past couple of years, and am prepared to dedicate the time needed to deliver your rewards for this project! I have experience mailing lots of packages from previous business experiences and I know the local postmaster personally - but I'm sure we'll be seeing each other even more when this project is funded!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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