Hello everyone! We are excited to bring to you our next Kickstarter project: Handmade Zodiac Pure Gemstone Dice 2. Many backers from our previous project mentioned they would like to see our gemstone dice made into polyhedral dice, and we experimented! We are excited and proud to present to you this continued series.
We have kept the main campaign page's text content shorter compared to last time - Please check this campaign's FAQ section for much more detailed information about our dice!
Goals and Objectives
Our goal is to continue the crafting of gemstones into dice but this time we're branching out to polyhedral dice. Our objective is to create dice out of both the same types of material we used in our last project and also include some new symbols and new material as well. The zodiac symbols are back, and this time in d20!
Many 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.
We love gaming and we love collecting dice. Our gemstones are a mixture of natural stone and some man-made stones as well. We also decided that with our gemstone dice series we wanted to add in zodiac symbols to our die (like our last project) to allow backers to collect their own zodiac.
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!
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 because no dice is the same! Each side will be smoothed, engraved, and then polished. We will be using engraving on each stone to etch in the numbers and symbols.
These dice will be made out of raw 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. Please use them on the softest of surfaces if you plan to roll them and roll them gently!
Notes and Changes to this Project
In our last gemstone project every dice we made was a d6 and instead of engraving 6 on the appropriate dice side we engraved a zodiac symbol. In this project we have included d6 in our polyhedral sets but we will not be engraving the zodiac symbol on the d6. We will only be engraving zodiac symbols on the 20 side of a d20. All other dice have regular numbers.
Every one of our dice is handmade and we tried to keep a consistency with each of our dice in the previous project. However, since the dice are crafted by hand not every die was perfectly straight. That was the beauty about working with these gemstone dice: Not every piece is the same and every dice has its own character and appearance, like a stone does.
These polyhedral dice will be no different. Every dice will have its own pattern, have its own unique design and feature. Last time we were simply working with cubes. Now we want to make multiple polyhedral shapes out of both familiar and new material.
Please check the right side of our campaign page to see all of the pledge options.
In each pledge picture below we leave some brief information about each stone's "magical, healing, or spiritual" qualities and some information about astrology and lucky colors that we've researched about online. There are hundreds of descriptions about the powers gemstones gives its users or how the study of symbols in astrology affect life events. We are not experts in these fields so we cannot say that our dice have such powers or astral energy associated with them. We leave it to you, the backers, to decide if the descriptions are true or not!
⭐ The Complete Zodiac Set
This set contains one d20 from each of the Zodiac totaling 12 dice in a single set! For a pledge of $400 CAD you get one d20 of each Zodiac dice!
If you want a d20 from every zodiac please choose the Complete Zodiac Set pledge option.
Pledges (choices 1 - 12)
In this campaign we are offering the following types of pledges:
1) Single d20 dice. These can be pledged for in one, doubles, six, or twelve.
2) Polyhedral sets including 7 dice (d4x1,d6x1, d8x1, d10x1, d%x1 d12x1, d20x1). These can be pledged for in one or double sets.
Dice sets are all one type of gemstone and we will not be accepting requests for custom engravings nor switching what material we have decided to engrave on any set that we present here. Example: Red Jasper dice will only include the symbol for Aries.
We do not allow mixing and matching dice in single sets. A single set will come with 7 polyhedral dice and be made of the zodiac symbol's assigned material.
♈ Choice 1 - Aries
♉ Choice 2 - Taurus
♊ Choice 3 - Gemini
♋ Choice 4 - Cancer
♌ Choice 5 - Leo
♍ Choice 6 - Virgo
♎ Choice 7 - Libra
♏ Choice 8 - Scorpio
♐ Choice 9 - Sagittarius
♑ Choice 10 - Capricorn
♒ Choice 11 - Aquarius
♓ Choice 12 - Pisces
In our last zodiac gemstone dice campaign we soared through space and reached Saturn, but this time we've got extra rocket fuel, so we're adding more planets and attempting to go beyond! We're going to try and fly beyond Pluto! The more funds this project gets the farther the rocket ship will fly, so let us see if this project can reach out into the stars!
Our stretch goals follow the order of our solar system. We first visit the Sun then go on to Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon, Mars, The asteroid belt (Ceres), Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the stars beyond!
PLEASE NOTE* We've unlocked all planet stretch goal options except for the free gifts. We want all of you amazing backers to be able to mix and match the dice you want and so we have taken off the stretch goal funding amounts and have simply unlocked all pledge options.
Since everyone helped us do so well in the last campaign we've decided to in addition to offering these new planet dice as options also offer some gifts in the stretch goals as well. These gifts require certain pledge amounts to obtain and must be unlocked.
How to add-on or receive unlocked dice:
1) You can choose unlocked options as replacements for d20 pledges or full set pledges. No mix and matching a set's dice with more than one material.
2) You can add on a single d20 by adding $35 CAD per d20 to your pledge amount. Extra shipping fees may be required if shipping exceeds a certain weight. Only d20 are available for add-ons.
Stretch Goal Free Gifts
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.
We ship via International Small Packet Air Mail services through Canada Post to deliver everyone's rewards as quickly, safely, and as economically as possible. Canadians will receive regular or expedited parcels. 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 with tracking. There will be additional charges for other options.
1.) All items shipped to a Canadian address have tracking. By law Canada Post requires all domestic parcels to have tracked packets.
2.) USA backers receive non-tracked air mail service.
3.) Europe, the UK, and the rest of the world's backers will have their items shipped by non-tracked Small Packet International Air Mail.
Again, please contact us about adjusting your pledge if you want to include tracking or any other secure methods of shipping. Additional charges will apply.
Risks and challenges
Our last Gemstone project ran smoothly and we delivered during our estimated time. We feel we will be able to achieve the same level of dice production accuracy and efficiency. There are still some risks and challenges with the process of making these dice, however.
In our last campaign we had a moment where our raw material supplier ran out of fluorite and we had to find an alternative source and it wasn't until after the campaign ended that we knew if our Moon dice would be made out of fluorite or opalite. If this happens again we will update our backers on any decisions made as early with as much transparency as possible.
Time again is the other challenge. 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 with the highest quality. But polyhedral dice will take longer to make than d6 since they are more complex. If more time is required to make sure everything runs smoothly then we will certainly keep everyone updated about the project's progress.
Finally, we decided that shipping these items via non-tracked surface postage was simply not a viable option. Surface mail would take months to arrive and have a higher loss rate, so we are using safer air mail. But as always with shipping overseas, there is always the risk that something is not delivered on time or delayed when human errors are made or when different countries customs and postal systems hold items. 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 but sometimes there may still be delays with the post. We will always be here to assist you the best we can to make sure you get your rewards.
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