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We've developed a modular, portable, durable and AFFORDABLE miniature dungeon system for use with tabletop role playing games.
We've developed a modular, portable, durable and AFFORDABLE miniature dungeon system for use with tabletop role playing games.
860 backers pledged $148,850 to help bring this project to life.

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Early in 2018, our D&D group looked into miniature dungeon building systems. What we found was a bunch of beautiful items but all had their failings: expensive, and/or fragile, and/or bulky, and/or heavy. We saw a need for a modular dungeon system that was portable, durable, and was above-all AFFORDABLE. 

Hence, our name:

We put our collective product development skills to work and have been developing, play-testing and redeveloping since. At this moment, we are nearing a final product, with molds being cut and specialty plastics being ordered and tested. 

We injection mold our parts to make them cost-effective and pass the savings to you. 

We use renewable natural fibers and recycled materials wherever we can, and all major production, components, & materials are sourced here in the USA.

Even our largest "Legend's Set" will fit into a Dirt Cheap Dungeons Messenger Bag for maximum portability, and with room for other books and accessories.  You no longer have to use a wheel barrel to carry around your RPG gear.

DC Dungeons Messenger Bag with a "Rogue's Set" and room for plenty of books
DC Dungeons Messenger Bag with a "Rogue's Set" and room for plenty of books

Our parts come pre-textured using plastic with embedded pre-consumer recycled natural renewable fibers.  They are ready to use right out of the box!  Unlike other companies, we will not post misleading pictures of pre-painted sets that took hours to paint, or that you have to pay twice the price for.

Our sets are as simple or elaborate as you want them to be.  You can simply roll out a grid & place the walls for a quick dungeon crawl or use our wall pieces as part of your elaborate custom terrains.  With our Modular Dungeon Sets you have tons of flexibility, so have fun using them to build whatever you want.

After the Kickstarter Campaign ends, you will be sent a survey to gather information on the reward you chose.  Please be sure to reach out to us if you have any questions at all.

If you want 2 of the same rewards, just double the pledge and shipping cost, the same goes for triple of the same reward, etc.

To purchase an Add-on, just add the price of the Add-on to your selected reward level.  Feel free to add on as many as you like.  Please note that until the Kickstarter ends you may go back and change your reward or change your pledge amount within the reward you selected.

Stretch goals will become unlocked after different funding goals are achieved.  After a stretch goal becomes unlocked you may add it's price to your currently selected reward.

Lots more stretch goals to come!  To include Trap/Treasure Tokens, Large Horde Monster Tokens, & Diagonal Adapters. 

We have 4 digital Homebrew D&D 5e Mini-Campaigns that go along with our Modular Dungeon Sets (Act I, II, III, & IV).  They are a campaign arc leading up to lvl 20.

Act I is level 1-2 content, and all of the dungeons are buildable with the Squire's Set. 

Act II is level 2-5 content, and all of the dungeons are buildable with the Rogue's Set.

Act III is level 5-12 content, and all of the dungeons are buildable with the Knight's Set.

Act IV is level 12-20 content, and all of the dungeons are buildable with the Legend's Set.

Here is an example of an elaborate custom terrain that utilizes one of our Modular Dungeon Sets:

This is our unpainted Modular Dungeon Set being used with someone's custom terrain used as an example of what you can do with our sets.
This is our unpainted Modular Dungeon Set being used with someone's custom terrain used as an example of what you can do with our sets.
Aerial Stand with a large miniature on it for reference (miniatures not included)
Aerial Stand with a large miniature on it for reference (miniatures not included)
Here is a Legend's Set with a few Battle Aerial Sets to create 3 levels.
Here is a Legend's Set with a few Battle Aerial Sets to create 3 levels.

We are updating our international shipping plan, here is an elaboration on what is going to happen.

Since we are connecting with more and more distributors around the world our shipping prices will improve in a few months.

We plan to have distributors in the European Union, Australia, Thailand & Canada.  If we get enough orders in a different country we can look into getting distributors there as well.

Shipping outside of the US will now be invoiced via email & paid in April before we ship your rewards.  That way you will not be paying an estimated shipping now, but you will pay the actual shipping cost at a later date.

If we don't end up getting a distributor in your area, for some reason or another, and you are unhappy with the shipping prices you may cancel your order when you get the invoice.  If at that time you cancel your order you will be refunded your pledge amount minus the Kickstarter fee that we payed for your pledge.  We will make sure to keep you updated along the way so you know what your shipping will look like.

Here is how to use the new International Shipping Pledges reward tier we set up:  

Use this reward to pledge for everything you would like. 

When you find a reward, add-on, or stretch goal that you like just add that price to your pledge in this reward.  

Shipping will be taken care of later so don’t add anything for that right now.  

For example, if you want a set of Aerial Stands ($12), 80 Monster Tokens ($40), & A Rogue’s Set ($100) you would add them all together and pledge $152 on the International Shipping Pledges reward.  

If you have any questions or need help figuring out what to pledge please reach out, tim@dirtcheapdungeons.com  

If you live outside of the places we are trying to get distributors or for some reason we don’t get one in your area, here are some shipping estimates for our different sets. If we get a distributor it will be cheaper of course. The exact prices will come with the invoice in April.  

Squire’s Set: Rest of the world - $24 || Canada - $17  

Rogue’s Set: Rest of the world - $36 || Canada - $26  

Knight’s Set: Rest of the world - $47 || Canada - $35  

Legend’s Set: Rest of the world - $75 || Canada - $54

I hope this new system works out well for all of our international supporters, make sure to reach out if you need help or have questions.

Risks and challenges

Injection molding is a very technical skillset and equipment-heavy process, however Dirt Cheap Dungeons is backed by a small product development company. We have the skills and equipment we need for in-house short-run production and have already made small batches of the product for play-testing.

Plainly, Kickstarter's reach would help us to generate broader interest in Dirt Cheap Dungeons' Modular Dungeon Sets. Pre-orders would help to finish the upfront costs as well as expand production capabilities.

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    Aerial Stand Set

    3 Aerials Stands for use with Tabletop Games.

    The Aerial Stands can be used to give depth to your games by showing that characters are flying or hiding in a tree for example.

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    International Shipping Pledges

    This option is for international (outside of the US) pledges only.

    We are working on getting distributors in the European Union & Canada. We have them in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, & Thailand as of right now. We are still working out the details though.

    This option allows you to pledge for various rewards and pay for shipping before we send out the rewards.

    You will be sent an invoice for shipping costs in April and have a few weeks to pay it. This will allow us to acquire more distributors around the world and get shipping prices down. It will also allow us to charge you the actual cost of shipping rather than an estimate.

    Please refer to the international shipping section of the Kickstarter for more info.

    Use this reward to pledge for everything you would like. When you find a reward, add-on, or stretch goal that you like just add that amount to your pledge in this reward.

    For example if you would like a Legend's Set ($200) and 40 Monster Tokens ($20), you would pledge $220 in this reward. After the Kickstarter is over you will be sent to a pledge manager where you can specify what you want.

    If you have any questions please let us know.

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    4 Horde Monster Token Sets (40 pieces)

    Each Horde Monster Token Set includes 1-10 numbered tokens for a specific creature.

    This set includes 10 Skeleton Tokens, 10 Wolf Tokens, 10 Rat Tokens, & 10 Goblin Tokens.

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    8 Horde Monster Token Sets (80 pieces)

    Each Horde Monster Token Set includes 1-10 numbered tokens for a specific creature.

    This set includes 10 Skeleton Tokens, 10 Wolf Tokens, 10 Rat Tokens, 10 Goblin Tokens, 10 Kobold Tokens, 10 Ghost tokens, 10 Bat Tokens, & 10 Spider Tokens.

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    Squire's Set

    50 Piece Modular Dungeon Set

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    Rogue's Set

    100 Piece Modular Dungeon Set

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    Knight's Set

    200 Piece Modular Dungeon Set

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    Legend's Set

    312 Piece Modular Dungeon Set

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Funding period

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