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.
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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