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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 16 2018
Dirty VortexBy Dirty Vortex
First created
Dirty VortexBy Dirty Vortex
First created
$2,135
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
71
backers
15days to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 16 2018

About

Presenting the D-PAD D6 by Dirty Vortex, a retro-bespoke set of twelve, 16mm, six-sided dice. Our D-PAD D6 captures the look and feel of the cartridge age of gaming, featuring a left and right dice dynamic that brings back the joy of using your old-school D-Pad controller.

Our left-faced D6s provide the UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, SELECT & LB button sides, while our right-faced D6s utilize the A, B, X, Y, START & RB buttons to be comboed together in harmony. Button-mash your fireballs, perform a Deadality, jump and shoot the Mother Bane, and get lost in the nostalgia of re-envisioning the games you love.

Here at Dirty Vortex we understand that you’ll never have enough dice in your collection. We set out to create a unique, unplugged, console experience, and with the D-PAD D6 we offer a set of twelve beautifully crafted dice that give ULTIMATE CONTROL and CRAZY PRECISION.

Where are the numbers? There are no numbers! These aren’t ordinary dice. Make your own rules, create your own experiences, and use the D-PAD D6 to craft custom mechanics for your very own button mashing RPGs and board games. Press Start, select Menu, and tune these dice to whatever adventures you’ve always dreamed to play!

The classic. The old school. That ol’ Nessy gray and that Grandmaster System slate. It’s like a power mitt smashed into a cube and it couldn’t be more rad. There’s something about these dice that feel just right, like holding history in your hands, and like rolling a high score every time the dice tumble.

There isn’t anything quite as menacing as someone who travels around with their controller locked inside a briefcase. The Elite Black is the mercenary of gaming dice. Lethal and mysterious, handled with gloves, and so Pro that others are bound to take notice.

A little vaporwave, some cotton candy skies, and all the bubblegum you’ll need to be out of to kick a few more butts!

Bulletproof Heroes is an arcade style Shoot ‘Em Up RPG designed specifically for use with the D-PAD D6. Drop one liners and wreak havoc with your squad of misfit heroes as you lay waste to the bad guys and anything that gets in your way. Collateral Damage to be expected. 

Blue-jeans Tommy, God bless you. I can’t frigg’n count the amount of rogue governments we toppled, how many alien facilities we’d destroyed, and all while side-by-side, back-to-back, deep in alien crud screamin’ to high heaven. We got our flat tops together. Fought off the Dragolork and its ten-engines of destruction, punched a Russian cloned Reagan, and vacationed in Dade County. Our blood runs from the same river, Brother. I'll always love you, and I'll always watch over your family. Mullet-Mauler Sam certainly can’t replace you, but he’s a good man, one who knows how to keep his head straight. He’s got a keen sense of humor, just like you, and has already taken to blasting through Soviet machinemen, werepandas, and the rotmen from District 66. He also got your daughter the damned cutest puppy, and though it rained on your patriot’s funeral, that beautiful girl found her smile despite it all. Tommy, there's an enemy in those jungles, and we ain’t got time to sob, but watch over me Brother. Give me the strength to Continue, and maybe throw a scattershot my way...

Once we hit our funding target we aim to offer up a selection of games that use the D-PAD D6 dice, such as The Other Castle and Backyard Brawlers. We will also offer up Retro Dice Specials and some other fun items along the way.

If selecting a Reward tier that has MIX & MATCH you will be able to select any of the available dice unlocks.

You found these dice buried in a sandlot just down the block. Ever since that day your mom’s been hanging Christmas lights and talking to white noise. It’s totally strange, but it leaves you plenty of time to toss your spooky dice without a lecture. Sometimes the black dice roll all 1’s, and sometimes the eerie inverted dice all show 6’s. You think nothing of it when the star-faced abysshopper shows up to play hopscotch with your little sister, so you keep throwing dem’ bones and you’re pretty sure that maybe, possibly, that this was a bad idea. Your toys coming to life was pretty cool, but the sulphur winds smell like bad egg-farts and the ooze monster outside really hasn't learned its boundaries. Maybe it’s time to put away these dice… just after one more roll.

Hearts signify your heartiness, which means with enough of them you can walk on lava a few more times than your average One-Heart Joe. In this case you can either keep track of those hearts or just throw some love and death around the table like Thanos and Eros. We’ll let you decide.

Most Stretch Goals that we unlock during the campaign will be made available as an Add-On. Should you decide to add any of these to your Reward Tier, be sure to adjust your pledge accordingly.

Help the project grow and earn some cool rewards.

Whether it's through spreading the word via social media or the project hitting backer milestones, we will be offering up extra content that unlocks as the Retro Dice Kickstarter grows. Each unlock will be added to all pledges that are $15 or above.

The first batch of production samples on the Core Set and Skully Hearts have been received and they look FABULOUS! You can see below shot of these RETRO-FABULOUS dice. Our final product with have tuck box packaging suitable for retail.

All shipping will be handled via BackerKit and will be charged around one month prior to physical delivery of the Kickstarter Rewards. We use fulfillment partners in the US and EU and we aim to keep the costs to ship as low as possible.

The below estimates are for shipping a package with 5 or 6 sets of dice so smaller orders may be cheaper. Keep in mind these are just estimates and final costs may vary.

USA: $10 • CANADA: $10 • EUROPE: $10 • AUSTRALIA: $14 • REST OF THE WORLD: $17

Risks and challenges

Over the last few years I have established a great relationship with the factory that will be producing the dice for this project and together we aim to deliver a premium quality product to all of our backers in a timely manner. I have also developed partnerships with shipping, distribution, and printing companies around the world to ensure that delivery goes as smoothly as possible.

There will always be variables outwith our control such as delays in production and shipping but I will always be transparent and keep the backers well informed on project status.

If you have any questions or issues then contact the team directly via the KS messaging service or contact me directly at: mark@dirtyvortex.net

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    Arcade Hero

    Every quarter counts! You may have stopped playing at the old Arcade, but your legendary record and three letter abbreviation still haunt this town. There is no reward here, just the satisfaction of being great.

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    Retro Gamer - OG Gray

    You will receive 1 set of the Gray D-PAD D6.
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    This is where dreams were born, the great equalizer, where children and adults alike could vanquish dragons and blast sprites into pixel-dust from the comfort of their living room. This reward tier smells like the best Christmas gift you still remember, feels like the finest paycheck you’ve ever spent, and though none of that is actually true, we hope you love these sweet OG dice. This is where it starts.

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    A New Challenger! - Elite Black

    You will receive 1 set of the Black D-PAD D6.
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    It’s been years since your console released. Your collection swells and the buttons on the ol’ OG Gray just aren’t clicking in the way you’ve grown to love. That’s when you see it. So slim, so sleek, so ELITE BLACK! You hit the inhaler in disbelief. It’s too splendid not to buy! When you try the new controller it feels like driving a blacked-out Pontiac Trans Am, racing through the Midnight streets, an 8-bit saxophone soaring in the background as you repeat the same pixelated scene a thousand times over.

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    Sunshine and Synthwave! - Bubblegum!

    You will receive 1 set of the Pink and Blue D-PAD D6.

    Golly, you’d never seen someone so beautifully radical. You went to the mall and there they were, standing apart from the crowd, dressed in a pastel scarf, a sunny jean jacket, long droopy pink socks, and sporting the wildest pixie-hawk you’d ever witnessed. They were a natural. A legend. Capable of the slickest comebacks and the flyest combos. Their custom bubblegum controller was holstered on their hip between matches, making them look as if a gosh darn Shogun of the Arcade. You were gobsmacked and determined to one day look so cool while doing what you love.

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    2 PLAYERS - Battle Together!

    You will receive 2 sets of D-PAD D6.
    Colors available are OG Gray or Elite Black.
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    It’s the day you’ve been waiting for. FINALLY. Someone to share your enthusiasm. Someone to shout with, throw your controller with, drink straight sugar and binge play with! The neighbor’s kid is just the coolest person you’ve ever met. Soon it’s all you two can ever talk about. Maze Castles, Ghouls and Gobbies, Bulletproof Heroes, you’ve lived a lifetime by the age of 10. And you’ve done it with your best-friend by your side.

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    3 PLAYERS - The Next Generation!

    MIX & MATCH - You will receive 3 sets of Dice. Select from any of the dice sets made available during the kickstarter.
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    High School's starting and your old console is jumbled up in a bird’s nest of cables. Dead controllers. Cartridges you’ve blown into like a trumpet. You’re just too busy to be a kid anymore! But winter comes and it’s an especially bad one. The snows have kept everyone inside, and one day, out of the blue, your BFF brings in that shiny plasticy beauty. Holy smokes! It’s gorgeous. Next level! You, your BFF, and your younger sibling play the same game for months on end waiting for the next release. Suddenly, High School dates and team sports don’t seem so important. You have your team, and they’re ready to play.

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    4 PLAYERS - Home! Sweet Home!

    MIX & MATCH - You will receive 4 sets of Dice. Select from any of the dice sets made available during the kickstarter.
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    It finally happened. After the years of triumphs, after so many losses and victories, so many trials and tribulations, they sat down and picked up a controller with you. The regular squad comes over to find you shoulder to shoulder with your parent, the two of you laughing as PUNCHED OUT! explodes onto the screen. Soon there’s four of you crammed on the couch, hunched forward with your faces glowing in the glory of the game. You’d never felt closer. Literally, their elbows are crushing you. But you wouldn’t have it any other way.

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    Retail

    This is a reward tier for brick and mortar retail stores only (we will check!).
    MIX & MATCH - You will receive 6 sets of Dice. Select from any of the dice sets made available during the kickstarter.
    Add $10 per additional set above $60.
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    Most of the Arcades have closed. The only times you hear the jingle and jangle of games are usually at Casinos and Bowling Alleys. Yet, ever faithful and stalwart, is that local games shop. Still there to make your town feel like home. Decked out with pinball machines, two small arcade stations, some card tournaments, RPG nights, and the most excellent Super Night LAN! This is your community, where you take your family and see your friends. And when you dug up your sweet OG Gray relic? Unburied your console from the decades of dust? Well, you couldn’t help but smile when it booted up. When the crowd formed, abandoning their PCs and flashy next-gens, you stood tall shouting joyously at the screen. That night you finally beat Ghouls and Gobbies, and everyone was there to see it. Even your kids.

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Funding period

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