Caverns Deep! by Dwarven Forge: Handcrafted Game Terrain
Beautifully sculpted, fully modular underground gaming terrain, available fully hand painted. Join our campaign!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 15 2018 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.
Dwarven Forge -- makers of the world's finest gaming terrain -- presents: Caverns Deep!
Over $2.5MM! THANK YOU ALL!!! NEW ALL-IN PLEDGE LEVELS POSTED!
- VIDEO PLAYLIST
- PLEDGE LEVEL GRAPHICS
- ENCOUNTER GRAPHICS
ADVENTURE PACKS GRAPHICS
- CORE PACKS GRAPHICS
- UNIVERSAL PACKS GRAPHICS
- Sets By Category: BUILDING ELEMENTS || CRYSTAL CAVERNS || DREADHOLLOW FOREST || DRESSING PIECES || ELEVATION || GRAND PIECES || ICE PIECES || PASSAGES || TERRAIN TRAYS || UNDERDOOM || WATER ELEMENTS || ALL ADD-ON SETS
- PRICE SHEET and PLEDGE CALCULATOR
- STRETCH GOAL MAP
- KNIGHTESS JENNEY OC'S LIST OF FAQs AND OTHER INFO
Our goals for this Kickstarter campaign:
- Design the most immersive, organic and fantastical subterranean terrain you've ever seen.
- Set a new, higher standard for sculpting and painting with depth, detail and beauty -- every bit by hand -- that makes Caverns Deep! our finest terrain yet.
- Produce the richest assortment of features we’ve offered -- crystal, ice, water, ruins, gorges, bridges, elevation, and much, much more.
- Lastly, offer 15 amazing encounters (along with dozens of add-on sets) that offer unparalleled modularity and provide their own compelling adventures right out of the box.
DESIGN. Our creative team spent nearly a year developing this ultimate Cavern collection. We started with research, foam mock-ups and advice from our tooling experts, and designed organic forms and enveloping curves that go far beyond the shapes you could build with any previous terrain.
SCULPTING AND PAINTING. A key part of making Caverns Deep! special was deepening the cave-like overhangs and textures to build astonishingly dramatic and perfectly colored formations. Our artists painstakingly sculpted every single crevice, stalagmite, ledge, swell and pool by hand – and our painters meticulously applied just the right mix of color to capture all the depth and detail. In our opinion, it’s the best sculpting and painting we’ve ever done.
THEMES AND FEATURES
Caverns Deep! includes an extensive variety of terrain, features and enhancements. We have crumbling Ruins, a pestilent Mushroom Grotto, perilous Ice Catacombs, reptilian infested Water, illuminated Crystal Caverns, the treacherous Underdoom, and Dreadhollow Forest, a brand new Wilderness terrain system.
Many pieces come with working (even some multicolor) LEDs. Most Caverns Deep! pieces also come with standard Anchor Magnets inset underneath, so your builds stay firmly in place on our colorful (metal embedded) Terrain Trays.
There’s dramatic elevation, traps, minis, bridges, even a modular dock and boat. And, at long last, a “Dwarven Forge”!
All the sets you see come fully hand painted, right out of the box. Or, if you prefer, order your sets unpainted (and try our custom designed Pokorny paints, available on our website).
At the heart of Caverns Deep are its 15 exciting Encounters. Every Encounter is a self-contained adventure with its own unique theme and pieces – and it's ready to play right out of the box!
These 15 Walkthrough Videos do a great job of showing you what makes each encounter special.
The Module. Also included in your pledge is a full Caverns Deep! Module that journeys through every single Encounter – with photos, illustrations and complete stats, via PDF download. Since the domain of Caverns Deep! is the actual setting for its storyline, the pieces and builds are depicted within and integral to the narrative. So the module and terrain work symbiotically to immerse your group in your game like never before!
One of the essential features of all Dwarven Forge terrain is its modularity. Caverns Deep! is no exception. You can build the Encounters we’ve pictured -- or you can build something completely new every time. You can also combine your Caverns Deep! pieces with any of our other terrain. The only limit is your imagination!
HOW TO PLEDGE
You’ll see photos of the Encounters followed by photos of the pledge levels further below. But first, let's just lay out the basics of making a pledge:
1) To pledge, the first thing you'll want to do is select a Main Pledge level. These are the pledges shown down the right-hand column of the page.
2) Once you select your Main Pledge, you can add any other set(s) you see on this Kickstarter, as long as it has a price listed on our Google Sheet or our Pledge Calculator (that means it's unlocked). These include anything from small add-on sets, to full Encounters -- or even another Main Pledge level.
3) To pledge, click on the pledge level you want, then enter the total cost (including shipping/taxes) of your Main Pledge + any additional set(s) you want, and press "continue," then "pledge". You can modify your pledge as many times as you want until the campaign ends at 9PM US Eastern Time on August 14th.
How do we know which sets you've chosen?
I. When the campaign is over, Kickstarter will charge you for your pledge. Kickstarter takes their commission, and then they send the remaining funds to us. They give us: your e-mail (the one you use with KS); your main pledge level; and your pledge total. It's then up to us to collect all remaining information. We do that with our online pledge manager.
II. About 4-6 weeks after the campaign closes, you will receive an e-mail invitation to this online pledge manager. It will be pre-loaded with your main pledge and your total pledge amount. You'll then enter your name and shipping details, and reconfirm your set choices from our online menu, which will be a much enhanced version of the pledge calculator. Once you're done, you can download a copy of your order, or even upgrade your selections (subject to availability). (If you didn't include shipping/import fees with your pledge, the pledge manager will also collect them.)
III. This will be our 6th pledge manager, so please don't worry -- this part is easy and fun. Any questions at that time, we are absolutely available to help!
CHOOSING YOUR PLEDGE LEVEL
We offer 4 different types of Main Pledges:
These will give you a great start on building your cavern. These include Cavern Starter and Cavern Entrance.
II. Build Your Own
III. Adventure Essentials
The Caverns Deep pieces are detailed, feature-filled and more costly to produce than most of our previous pieces.
With that in mind, Nate assembled Adventure Essentials 1-3, 1-6, 1-9 and 1-11 from subsets of the first 11 Encounters to provide a maximum variety and utility for the least cost. Nate's goal was to cherry pick all the key Adventure pieces that define each Encounter, and provide a Universal set of Core pieces so you can build each Encounter you pledge for -- just not all of them at the same time.
These pledge levels reflect our recommendation for maximizing the versatility and efficiency of your pledge.
Adventure Essentials 1-3 contains:
- 3 Adventure packs with all the Adventure pieces from Encounters 1-3.
- Universal Core Set 1-3.
- 4 Add-on packs that are part of Encounters 1-3
You can build Encounters 1-3, but not all at the same time.
Adventure Essentials 1-6 contains:
- 6 Adventure packs with all the Adventure pieces from Encounters 1-6.
- Universal Core Set 1-3 and 4-6.
- 8 Add-on packs that are part of Encounters 1-6.
You can build Encounters 1-6, but not all at the same time.
Adventure Essentials 1-9 contains:
- 9 Adventure packs with all the Adventure pieces from Encounters 1-9.
- Universal Core Set 1-3; 4-6; 7-9.
- 18 Add-on packs (this includes 2X of 2 sets) that are part of Encounters 1-9.
You can build Encounters 1-9, but not all at the same time.
Adventure Essentials 1-11 contains:
- 11 Adventure packs with all the Adventure pieces from Encounters 1-11.
- Universal Core Set 1-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-11.
- 25 Add-on packs (this includes 2X of 3 sets) that are part of Encounters 1-11.
You can build Encounters 1-11, but not all at the same time.
IV. WHOLE ENCOUNTER BUNDLES
These are bundles that include every single piece shown from various Encounters.
Uncharted Underground. It includes all the pieces included in Encounter 12/Ice Cavern, Encounter 13/Crystal Cavern and Encounter 14/The Underdoom. (This pledge does not include Encounters 1-11.)
Caverns Deep! For those of you who want to go all-in, this pledge includes: Everything from the Adventure Essentials 1-11 (please see that pledge level for details); and complete Encounters 12/Ice Cavern, 13/Crystal Cavern; 14/The Underdoom; and 15/Dreadhollow Forest.
You’ll be able to build every single encounter (just not all at the same time). It’s a big pledge, and reflects a savings of more than $500 over the cost of all components ordered separately.
Deluxe Caverns Deep! This absolutely mind-blowing assortment includes the complete version of all 15 Encounters -- you can display them all at the same time. This enormous pledge covers a 4'x12' table, and includes a savings of more than $750 over the cost of all the Encounters ordered separately.
One final note on the main pledges: Except for Build Your Own Cavern, each Main Pledge offers a discount off the à la carte price for its components. (The percentage of the discount actually goes up as the pledges get larger.)
And here are all 15 full Encounters. Remember, any of these can be ordered as an Add-on set.
Click here to see the Encounter 1 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 2 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 3 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 4 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 5 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 6 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 7 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 8 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 9 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 10 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 11 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 12 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 13 Walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 14 walkthrough video.
Click here to see the Encounter 15 walkthrough video.
For Caverns Deep!, we are also offering a wide array of Add-on sets. If you have a Build Your Own Cavern or higher pledge, you may add any Add-on Set to your order. Please use our online spreadsheet or our Pledge Calculator to view the prices for all available sets.
As the funding level of this Kickstarter grows, our production run gets larger and more efficient. This enables us to add in free stretch goal pieces that "unlock" -- and are automatically added to your pledge -- at specified funding milestones. These milestones are eligible to unlock until the Kickstarter ends on August 14, at 9PM US Eastern time.
Each stretch goal fits into a specific set within one of the Encounters. If your pledge includes that set, you receive that stretch goal when it unlocks; if your pledge does not include that set, you do not receive that stretch goal.
You can keep track of the stretch goals using our stretch goal map.
WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS CRITICAL TO US
Even though -- with your help -- we've run 5 successful Kickstarter campaigns, we are still a small company in a niche business. Kickstarter -- primarily through our amazing backers -- provides a platform uniquely able to support the rich assortment of products you see. This wouldn't be possible doing "business as usual."
Before Kickstarter, we typically launched 1-2 new sets per year. Caverns Deep! will tool nearly 200 pieces and produce well over 100 different set configurations. With that contrast in mind, here are the main hurdles that your backing surmounts:
First, the product development: The support and enthusiasm you've already demonstrated gave us the confidence and inspiration we needed to devote our resources to designing, sculpting and prototyping this colossal line. All this work is already done!
Second, the tooling: We could never risk the cost of nearly 150+ massive steel molds (almost one for most every part) without your backing.
Third, the inventory: Producing the variety of products you'll see in Caverns Deep isn't possible without the backing we receive. Imagine a small company having to order over 100 different sets (painted and unpainted encounters and add-ons) for inventory without knowing customer demand. We might get by producing the wrong quantities for a few sets, but never something of this magnitude. This is perhaps the most overlooked reason why crowdfunding helps us make this offer so much better.
This is also why we offer backers:
- Kickstarter-exclusive prices that will never be as low again.
- Guaranteed availability of backers' set selections (which, although we try, is nearly impossible to offer on our website).
This year, shipping (US and Worldwide) is not included in the pledge and set prices. You can see exactly how much your shipping will cost on our online spreadsheet or our Pledge Calculator. (Kickstarter cannot provide you with these amounts because it does not capture any shipping associated with shipping add-on sets.)
Please include the shipping in your total pledge. If you choose not to include the shipping, our post-campaign "Pledge Manager" will collect your shipping charges.
The listed shipping charges on the spreadsheet and ultimately, the pledge calculator, will also include all taxes and fees for shipments to the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Duties, taxes and fees for shipments to other countries are not included and will be collected by the courier upon delivery.
We deeply appreciate the interest of backers from all over the world, and we apologize that we aren’t able to make any exceptions to these extra charges.
PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY
While production of our last campaign, Dungeon of Doom, is complete, actual backer shipments are still in progress, and production time took 2-3 months longer than we anticipated. We are very grateful for everyone’s patience during this time, and it since we’re now promoting Caverns Deep!, it seems appropriate that we address the topic of delays.
We hate being late; delays are disappointing to our backers. And since you are the core of our business, your opinions matter to us very much. Yet, even after 20 years of producing terrain with great production partners, our ETA is still really an estimate—albeit a sincere one.
With more 200 pieces (some of which are always “pushing the envelope”) to tool, cast and paint, we always have unforeseen obstacles that create delays – and we actually pad the production schedule to anticipate them. We also work double time to fix problems – and so does the factory. Sometimes we still don’t anticipate enough.
What will happen with Caverns Deep!?
First, we should note that we launched the Kickstarter now (instead of waiting until August when Dungeon of Doom shipments will be finished) because it’s important to complete the tooling needed to start casting at full speed before the Chinese New Year. This wouldn’t happen if we waited, and we hope you understand.
Second, we – and our factory – promise as always to run a disciplined process, to work hard and smart to produce your sets, and to keep you informed. Most importantly, we will remain dedicated to making the best product we can, and – only if unavoidable – taking a little more time to ensure it’s worth waiting for. June, 2019 is our best projection for when your sets will start shipping.
Please help spread the word -- and join the conversation in the Comments section. Your input helps us make the campaign better. Interested in reading more? Visit Jenney OC's Answer Board, hosted on our forum and organized by subject.
1) You can modify your pledge until the campaign closes on August 14th.
2) Don't worry that Kickstarter doesn't capture your Add-On Set selections. We actually do that after the campaign ends, with our online pledge manager. Kickstarter tells us how much you pledged. We then give you an online order form that shows your total paid pledge amount and your main pledge selection. You can then fill in all your specific set choices (as well as your shipping address).
3) Please spread the word and join in the Comments section. Your input helps us make the campaign the best it can be. Interested in reading more? Visit Jenney OC's Answer Board, hosted on our forum and organized by subject. Thank you all!
Risks and challenges
We have been in the terrain business for over 20 years, with a constant dedication to quality and service. We are very familiar with the technologies, skills and resources required to produce and deliver the rewards promised in this Kickstarter.
Delivery time is an estimate based on our best available information. Of 5 Kickstarter campaigns, 3 have shipped on time, although the last two have shipped late.
We intend as before to have all our product tested for safety and reliability. All the of products shown in the stills and video are resin prototypes. While our actual production should be even more refined, there might be some minor changes made to facilitate production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter