Hello everyone! We are excited to bring to you our second Kickstarter project. After our first Heavy Metal Dice project went surprisingly well we want to now work on the second project. So here it is! Handmade Zodiac Pure Gemstone Dice.
Goals and Objectives
As gamers we have always been intrigued by the beautiful colors of many types of dice out there. Many of these dice use plastic or synthetic materials to imitate gorgeous gemstones. These stones are absolutely beautiful. And so we thought: why not make dice out of actual stones? Since we are dice collectors we want to make our own versions of true gemstone dice and thought that it be best also to bring them into a crowdfunding project to share online with others who would also be interested. We believe we won't be the only ones who adore the natural looks or solid feel of these amazing gemstone dice.
After deciding to do gemstone dice we had a real look into what amazing stones and minerals from the earth we could use to produce dice that would blow our minds. There are so many different patterns and crazy, unreal vivid colors in these stones. While researching what material was best to use we came up with another idea and we decided to combine another stunning thing in nature: Stars.
But instead of simply putting stars or star patterns on the dice, we went a few steps further. We began looking at constellations and thought that they it would be a good idea to include them into our dice. And while we looked up constellations we felt that some were too large or too complex, and that they would not really bring a personal feel to any dice owners out there. What could we engrave on each of these dice that would not only make the dice beautiful, but also be personal to its owners, while including stars? The Zodiac signs from Astrology was the answer, and we decided to make sets of six d6 dice, where the 6 on every side is one of the 12 Zodiac symbols.
We believe that with the dice we want to make that you will find each stone gives out a different vibe, charm, and meaning. In this way collectors can have a personal connection with the dice and have it turn into a unique piece in their dice collection. If there is something you must add in your dice collection, we are proud to say that this will be it!
Every dice set will use a different type of stone that has a laser engraved Zodiac symbol where the 6 would lie on a regular d6, while the other 5 sides are your typical numbers 1-5. Most of the stones we plan to purchase for this project are naturally occurring in nature while a few are made by man controlled environments (such as blue sandstone because they are too beautiful to not include), but none are made from plastics or other synthetic materials and all dice are 100% pure stone. One of the most unique and wonderful aspects of making these dice is that no single die will be the same. Although one set of dice is all from the same type of stone every single dice will have a different pattern. This is because they are made from real gemstones! And that is truly the unique part. There will be no dice that are exactly the same as another.
We researched every Zodiac symbol and what their special characteristics are. We also looked at Zodiac lucky colors. We wanted to make the best use of the colored gemstones as possible so we tried to match one of many lucky colors that a Zodiac symbol has based on this research. We decided to choose our favorite characteristics and colors when writing up the pledge descriptions that you will read below. Some of the color choices may not match the stone perfectly (see Gemini, Orange for an example) but we tried to find stones that emit the same vibe as that Zodiac and color as well as we could.
As for the gemstones themselves, we also give some brief information about each stone's "magical, healing, or spiritual" qualities. It has been long believed that gemstones could bring various powers and helpful energy to those that wielded them. We cannot guarantee that our dice have such powers despite being made of these stones with their "mystical" properties, but we will cross our fingers and hope that they do for you!
These dice will be hand carved and handmade so you may find slight variances on each side and at every angle. Unlike machine made dice the sides on our dice will not be precise angles but this makes each die extremely unique and they will still roll as any d6 does! Each side will be smoothed, engraved, and then polished. We will be using engraving on each stone to etch in the numbers and symbols. Since these dice will be made of stone and although they will be finely polished we strongly stress that one does not roll them on hard surfaces or throw them against game pieces and miniatures, as they may cause damage to other objects or the dice themselves. They are made of stone, after all!
⭐ Special Offer - The Complete Zodiac Set
Due to popular demand we've added in a Complete Zodiac Set. This contains one dice from each of the Zodiac totaling 12 dice in a single set! For a pledge of $89 CAD, you get one of each Zodiac dice!
If you want one of each dice, please choose the Complete Zodiac Set pledge option.
Regular Sets (choices 1 - 12)
Every set will consist of six dice with a single symbol engraved on each side 6. All pledges of $45 or higher will have access to the reward choices below. Dice sets are all one type of gemstone and we will not be accepting custom engravings nor switching what we have decided to engrave on any set that we present here. Example: Red Jasper dice will only include the symbol for Aries.
♈ Choice 1 - Aries
♉ Choice 2 - Taurus
♊ Choice 3 - Gemini
♋ Choice 4 - Cancer
♌ Choice 5 - Leo
♍ Choice Number 6 - Virgo
♎ Choice 7 - Libra
♏ Choice 8 - Scorpio
♐ Choice 9 - Sagittarius
♑ Choice 10 - Capricorn
Note: For the Capricorn dice we are going to be experimenting with a black outline behind the gold engraving or change the engraving color. This will make the dice easier to read.
♒ Choice 11 - Aquarius
♓ Choice 12 - Pisces
The following Pledge Reward Charts show you how we've planned out each reward tier. The more sets you pledge for the cheaper a single set pledge's cost becomes and the more you will save!
The first chart is for those who pledged for our Special Offer - The Complete Zodiac Set
The following chart is for those who pledged on regular sets (choices 1 - 12), where the dice are all of the same sign per set!
Our stretch goals follow the order of our solar system. Starting with the Sun, then Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and finally Saturn. We have only chosen seven to work with because each Zodiac sign, according to the traditional mindset, has 7 gods (planets, sun, or the moon) that rule over the 12 Zodiac.
There are two methods to get your add-ons.
#1) If you pledged on regular sets (choices 1 - 12) but don’t like any of the Zodiac choices, stretch goal options will become choices.
For example: If you pledged for two sets ($89.00), you may choose two stretch goal sets or one zodiac set and one stretch goal set as you like.
#2)This method will be especially useful for those who pledged for Complete Zodiac sets. Anyone who pledges on any reward of regular sets (choices 1 - 12) or our Special Offer - The Complete Zodiac Set May choose to add on single or multiple unlocked stretch-goal dice for a cost of $7 CAD per die. This amount is the same deal we offer to those who would pledge for 7 sets. This will allow everyone who only wants one, a couple, or all of the stretch goal dice to have access to them in this way.
Please increase the amount of money your pledge is set at by the amount of stretch goal add-on dice you would like. When we send out our surveys we will ask you what stretch goal add-on dice you would like to receive.
For example: If you pledged $89.00 for the Complete Zodiac Dice Set, and want one extra dice from the unlocked stretch goal options, increase your pledge by $7.00. Your total pledge would then become $96.00. If you wanted 3 extra dice from stretch goal options, then increase it by $21.00 , so your total would be $110.
The engraving color used on each stretch goal dice will be the same as the Zodiac symbols, which is gold! Dice symbols and stones are set as seen below.
Note: For the moon dice fluorite as a materiel seems to be short on supply but we will do our best to get it. If we cannot we will use opalite. We currently have two pictures here to show the possible change.
If your add-ons are equal to or less than 7 dice total, then your shipping weight tier should not change. But if you add on more than 7 dice please contact us to see if your shipping charges will be affected if you have any concerns.
These tables show the various shipping costs we offer. All items are shipped out of Canada. All shipping will be added to the pledge through Kickstarter's shipping manager (so for example if you pledge $45 for one set and live in Canada, $18 CAD will be added to your pledge total through Kickstarter).
The first chart is for those who pledge for our Special Offer - The Complete Zodiac Set.
The following chart is for those who pledged on the regular sets (choices 1 - 12).
Weights are an average of the shipping packaging materials and dice together. The weight may vary slightly from package to package.
Note: These dice are small and cheaper to ship for the first three reward tiers, but for those who want 4 or more sets higher shipping internationally comes into play. This is because we want to offer a safer and faster shipping option for the amount of risk and money you are spending. We know that to some countries that the prices are quite high - but this is the cheapest rate we can give you for International Air packets!
For this project we have decided to use International Small Packet Air Mail services through Canada Post to deliver everyone's rewards as quickly, safely, and as economically as possible. If you live outside the USA or Canada and are concerned about tracking or the safety of your items arriving via post, please contact us through private messaging and we will arrange an alternative, secure shipping plan for you. There will be additional charges for other options.
All items shipped in Canada have tracking and are shipped by Canada post. By law Canada Post requires all domestic parcels to have tracking.
Continental USA backers receive non-tracked air mail service for the first three pledge tiers. No tracking is included. For pledge reward tiers 4-12 all rewards will be shipped with tracked packages.
Europe, the UK, and the rest of the world's backers will have their items shipped by non-tracked Small Packet International Air Mail. Please contact us about adjusting your pledge if you want to include tracking or any other secure methods of shipping.
Risks and challenges
We dealt with our last project smoothly and effectively and finished before the estimated delivery time thanks to all members of our amazing and hardworking team. We are confident that we will do well again in our second endeavor.
As always the biggest risk will involve time. Depending on how many pledges and how many dice have to be made may affect the process of getting these dice out to all of our backers. We want to do our best to deliver all items as soon as possible, without error or mistakes. If more time is required to make sure everything runs smoothly then we will certainly keep everyone updated about the project's progress.
This Kickstarter also involves pledge rewards that contain much more expensive items compared to our last project. We decided that shipping these items via non-tracked surface postage was simply not a viable option. To remedy this we're offering everyone the best deals we can give them for shipping via International Small Air Parcels through Canada Post. But as always with shipping overseas, there is always the risk that something is not delivered on time or human errors are made. We always accurately and triple check our addresses and inventory to make sure everything is going where it is supposed to and that everyone gets their rewards!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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