Kickstarter and I have a lot in common. We all have a great love of science and games, and Kickstarter was a great way to share my love with the world. I was originally inspired to create the "Tesseract Dice", my first Kickstarter project, which featured dice shaped like a Tesseract (a 4 Dimensional cube) painted to resemble scientific phenomena.
After a succesful campaign, raising over 10x the original amount, it was requested of me to launch another campaign with polyhedral dice like d20's, d12's and d4's. So here we are! Back with new dice, as well as the originals, this time 3D printed in a powder printer, making them stronger and heavier.
We also are back with Polyhedral dice- but you will notice they are not shaped like tesseracts nor are they shaped like the traditional polyhedral dice. This is for 2 reasons.
1) Standard d20's and other shapes are patented. I didn't know you could lay claim to geometric shapes, but so be it... and
2) Where is the fun in the normal? In Role Playing and other games, we seek to think outside the box, to adventure and to explore. Science is not much different. Therefore, all of the dice borrow a hybrid dice / dreidel shape that allows them to be rolled or spun for maximum damage. Outside of that, they are modeled to represent their individual phenomena or inventors.
Original Series (D6):
Polyhedral - Phenomena Series:
All of these paint styles are from the original Tesseract Dice campaign, but have been re-imagined to fit the different styles of dice!
The Inventor Series:
Not only is invention and their inventors close to my heart, but they were one of the most popular styles in the last campaign (Tesla Coil / Edison Bulb) so I was inspired to expand the Inventor Series!
These are Also Available in the D6 Styles!
If you want to read more about the science and inspiration for these dice, keep scrolling until you see the chemistry beaker!
If you want to see even more footage of the dice - look no further!
We have done everything we can to make these dice balanced, from simply using lines of symmetry in our 3D program, to re-sizing and distributing numbers to be closer in weight, to selecting materials that distributed weight evenly.
Through computer simulations and many prototypes we have arrived at a product that looks good, rolls and spins well.
If you are using these dice to play D&D with your friends, these dice are very well balanced and will be perfect for you!
If you, perhaps, wanted to play craps with a supernova d20 in las vegas, or perhaps rolling away at a cantina in Mos Eisley, where Jabaa might have your head if he thought you were cheating - these dice may not be for you. We do not claim to be as accurate as Casino machined dice by any means.
Otherwise, they are darn near perfectly symmetrical, down to 1/25 of a millimeter, and if you don't mind rolling an extra 20 in every 1,000 rolls or so, then go ahead and beam aboard our ship and join us on our journey to make these cool dice!
They sure are! We have a video of some of the tests we put our dice through to ensure they are up to the challenge: from knocking them off of the table, to throwing them off of the roof to tumbling them for 24 hours straight on a pedal powered tumbler (bike ridden by me, just to show you I am serious) to ensure that these dice are of the highest quality!
Every one of our dice are inspired by science, anywhere from Da Vinci to precious metals to Thomas Edison to Supernovas, these dice represent many different aspects of science!
I go more in detail on my YouTube channel in this playlist about the original series, and will be posting a video a day on that same subject during this campaign!
Day 1: What is a Tesseract? (First 30 Day Campaign)
To contact me about this campaign, the Tesseract Dice, to follow along or just to talk science, connect with me on social media!
There are definitely some in the works... I am experimenting with some which you can see below!
Also, if you want a unique combination of dice or extras, all of the original Tesseract Dice and PolySci Dice will be available as Add-Ons!
So many options... message me on Kickstarter, Facebook, YouTube or Instagram if you would like to request a favorite... I haven't decided what will become stretch goals and what will become "add-ons" yet... perhaps we can make that part of the vote as well!
I have always wanted to be an inventor. The desire to create and understand has been at my heart since birth. I am very curious and creative, and those qualities seem to have a home here on Kickstarter. I am an inventor, studying mechanical, electrical and civil engineering at Northern Arizona University, both my parents are science teachers, and I have my own show on YouTube talking about the science of movies, games, or just interesting things that happened through life and history... as you can tell, I sort of really love science.
One day I was being asked to explain the Fourth dimension and the Tesseract to a friend, and realized what great dice the shapes would make. After several months of work and the launch of "Tesseract Dice" I was asked to make Polyhedral dice. So here we are...
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
One of the greatest challenges we will face is print time. Depending on the success level of the project, dice will be either 3d printed or molded. Every 12 dice take about 8 hours to print, which means the more orders we have, the more time it will take, this is why I set the fulfill date back 6 months... The dice are also intended to be hand painted until there are just to many for me to paint, then we will have to explore other options.
However, the more popular the project, we will be able to export the project to an industrial printer, which can print dice more quickly and more financially practically.
That being said, we are setting our projected delivery time to a much longer time frame to entertain the possibility of more orders should we receive them. Our plan will have to evolve with the success of our project. So we appreciate your patience and will love seeing and hearing about your smiling faces and comments through social media when you receive your orders early!
Of course painting and packaging will take time, but we have budgeted our time appropriately! We appreciate your support and your patience, and if all goes well, we will be able to fulfill far sooner than in 6 months!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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