About this project
Welcome to our Kickstarter. Please watch the video above (if you haven’t already), and take a look below, which shows what 2-set backers get. It includes 54 free stretch goal pieces (27 for each set) so far! Click to see the latest Stretch Goal Map or our Offer Guide, which lists all our latest Add-on Packs.
If you’d like to back this Kickstarter, there are two key parts: 1) Main Cavern sets, now with lots of free, included stretch goals (pledge for as many main sets as you’d like); and, 2) optional Add-on Packs, which add incredible variety to your setups. You must pledge for at least 2 main sets to order add-on packs.
Our modular game tiles are like beautiful, highly detailed, handcrafted Lego for gamers, made of a specially developed material called Dwarvenite. Dwarvenite feels great – and it’s nearly indestructible.
The links below provide a gallery of photos and Offer Guide, with more videos here, and lots of details below.
Please note that the water is pure Dwarvenite, not an added acrylic layer. We have found this look is better, and the product much more durable.
THIS NEW VIDEO BELOW SHOWS DETAILS OF OUR WATER, STALAGMITE, MUSHROOM AND ELEVATION PACKS.
Click on the image below to use our free online Mapmaker program. You can see how all the new set and add-on pack pieces work together to form amazing layouts.
The background: Last year, after 17 years devoted to our beautiful resin terrain, we decided resin just wasn’t good enough! Why? While resin holds great detail, it is costly and a little bit fragile. But what to do?
After nearly a year of research, we developed an incredibly durable, more affordable and high quality casting material called Dwarvenite. We launched Dwarvenite dungeon tiles last April on Kickstarter -- and your support was staggering.
Now, we aim for the next level – deeper detail, more intricate shapes, dramatic depth and complexity. We’re proud to present: Dwarvenite Caverns!
Just like last year, we face the same challenge: to produce Dwarvenite Caverns, we must commit to costly steel tooling and a high production run. So once again, we're asking for your help. In return for your support: exclusive pricing that won't be available and incredible stretch goals that won't be included after this Kickstarter.
We hope you'll read on -- and join us in making Caverns an even more exciting campaign than last year!
What is Dwarvenite?
It’s a non-toxic, PVC based material, specially compounded to hold precise detail, take paint well, and withstand a serious beating. About the same density as resin, Dwarvenite has a wonderful, tactile feel. And the pieces look great. In last year’s Kickstarter, Dwarven Forge President, Jeff Martin threw the original Dwarvenite Game Tiles off a 10-story tower, and then ran them over with his truck – and there was not even a scratch. While we don’t suggest doing that at home, Dwarvenite will stand up to almost anything
Although their complexity makes Cavern-shaped pieces a little more costly than last year’s straight dungeons, perhaps no environment has the dramatic visual impact of a Cavern. Yet creating a great Cavern is no simple task. You need exceptional textures, vivid shapes, rich detail – and the ability to create a nearly infinite variety of subterranean scenes.
Design and sculpting took months to perfect. Before starting, Stefan traveled to Mammoth Caves, the world's largest cave system, to study their formations. From the shapes of the stones in our cavern floors, to the subtle curvature of the stalactite covered walls, to the striking formations throughout, our Caverns will bring your game alive. The Main Set has beautifully detailed floors, walls and “corners,” along with a ton of Kickstarter-only free stretch goals. Special add-on packs (passages, lava, water, stalagmites, mushrooms, elevations) add much more!
Dungeon Gray or Expertly Hand Painted?
You may choose either of two finishes.
Dungeon Gray is infused with a single color that looks great right out of the box. You can embellish these tiles by adding paint yourself. We offer custom formulated paints and brushes made specifically for painting Dwarvenite. (Please note that add-on set features like lava or water will also be gray on Dungeon Gray sets.)
Or, for a reasonable premium, pledge for Expertly Hand Painted sets. These are completely hand painted precisely to Stefan’s specifications, perfect for a Cavern, and a great complement for your other Dwarven Forge terrain, including your Dwarvenite Dungeons.
Why We Need Your Kickstarter Support
Dwarvenite is less expensive to produce than the classic polyresin in large production runs. But the large steel molds make up-front costs extremely high, and that makes small production runs impossible.
With a successful Kickstarter, we can commit to a single, large production run -- and offer these Caverns to backers at an exclusively low price. The stronger your support, the more efficient our production, and the more generous our stretch goals. If our total reaches levels close to last year’s Game Tiles Kickstarter, you’ll be able to cover your table in incredible new pieces!
The amount of your pledge is up to you. But certain pledge levels qualify for specific rewards. The cost for (ground) shipping your Caverns to a US address is included with your pledge. To ship your Caverns outside the US, an additional payment must be added to your pledge as specified below.
These pledge levels are not eligible for stretch goals:
- $10: Your Dwarven Forge forum account receives a Caverns backer graphic.
- $25: You will receive a Dwaven Forge Caverns Backer canvas tote. (Non-US shipping: add $25.)
- $75: 1 Dungeon Gray Cavern Set (plus graphic and tote). (Non-US shipping: add $50.)
- $110: 1 Expertly Painted Cavern Set (plus graphic and tote). (Non-US shipping: add $50.)
These pledge levels all qualify for free stretch goals (1 set of stretch goals for every set you back) and make you eligible to purchase add-on packs, shown here. Each level also receives a forum graphic and a tote:
- $145: 2 Dungeon Gray Cavern Sets. (Non-US shipping: add $75.)
- $205: 2 Expertly Painted Cavern Sets. (Non-US shipping: add $75.)
- $210: 3 Dungeon Gray Cavern Sets. (Non-US shipping: add $105.)
- $285: 3 Expertly Painted Cavern Sets. (Non-US shipping: add $105.)
- $325: 5 Dungeon Gray Cavern Sets. (Non-US shipping: add $165.)
- $455: 5 Expertly Painted Cavern Sets. (Non-US shipping: add $165.)
- $615: 10 Dungeon Gray Cavern Sets. (Non-US shipping: add $350.)
- $875: 10 Expertly Painted Cavern Sets. (Non-US shipping: add $350.)
Photos of the various pledge levels are shown below (most show the Expertly Painted Sets).
If you would like add-on sets, please add the amounts for those sets (plus any applicable international shipping) onto your total pledge amount. Please use this pledge calculator to determine your pledge total.
Keep in mind you must (and can only) select a single pledge level listed in the right hand column, even if your are pledging for additional items. Please be assured that after the campaign closes, our Pledge Manager will capture the order details.
The graphic below shows the amazing amount of FREE Stretch Goal pieces you get with EVERY SET you back. So, if you back up for 10 sets, you will get TEN TIMES the amount of pieces shown below (in the paint finish you backed).
Who gets stretch goals?
Backers for 2 or more sets are eligible for stretch goals (a 1 set pledge does not qualify).
What are stretch goals?
Many are free individual pieces; others are optional, larger paid “add-on” sets, available exclusively to 2+ set backers at especially low prices. New stretch goals unlock as we hit specified total pledge levels.
Free Stretch Goals: 2+ set backers automatically receive one (of every) free stretch goal per every main Cavern set in their pledge (e.g. a 3 set pledge receives 3 sets of free stretch goals). The finish of your free stretch goal pieces (Dungeon Gray or Expertly Hand Painted) will match your pledge. So, if you pledge for (2 or more) Dungeon Gray sets, your free stretch goals will also be Dungeon Gray. If you pledge for (2 or more) Expertly Hand Painted sets, your free stretch goal pieces will be Expertly Hand Painted.
Paid add-on packs: 2+ set backers may purchase as many paid add-on sets as they wish by adding the appropriate amount to their pledge, i.e. “over-pledging.”* You can calculate the correct amount to "over-pledge" by referencing this Offer Guide and using our online Pledge Calculator. (Buying paid add-on sets does not affect your free stretch goal rewards in any way.)
*You may also over-pledge to obtain more than a single pledge level (e.g. for one 2-set pledge and one 5-set pledge).
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $2,100,000 Wicked Cavern Add-on Pack -- based on backer input
We will open an online survey to get our backers’ votes for pieces they want for this pack. Stefan will pick the best ideas and he will sculpt the pieces this week (or as quickly as he can). Then backers can add funding to order theWicked Cavern Pack inside Fundafull, our Pledge Manager. The Wicked Cavern Pack will also feature a memorial piece in memory of Stefan’s loving mother who passed during this project.
CLICK HERE to give us your ideas for pieces that should be included in the Wicked Cavern Pack! Thank you!
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $2,000,000 ONE FREE Straight Wall Mine Entrance
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,875,000 ONE FREE Convex Corner Chasm Ledge Piece
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,775,000 ONE FREE Pointed Chasm Ledge Piece
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,700,000 ONE FREE Straight Chasm Ledge Piece
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,650,000 Floor Add-On Pack
This has TWO NEW pieces!
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,625,000 ONE FREE Concave Corner Chasm Ledge Piece
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,550,000 Lava River Add-On Pack
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,500,000 Large Pedestal Add-On Pack
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,475,000 ONE FREE 2" Archway
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,410,000 Chasm Add-On Pack
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,400,000 Stalagmite Add-On Pack
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,350,000 ONE FREE Free-Standing Curved Wall
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,335,000 Narrow Dungeon Passage Add-On Pack
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,315,000 Mushroom Add-On Pack
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,300,000 ONE FREE Free-Standing Straight Wall
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,250,000 Elevation Add-On Pack
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,200,000 ONE FREE Floor "D"
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,150,000 Water Cavern Add-On Pack Released!
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,100,000 TWO FREE 45-Degree Passage Pieces
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,050,000 5 Dungeon Passage Add-On Packs
If we hit $1,050,000 in funding, we will immediately offer 5 Dungeon Passage Add-On Packs.
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,050,000 ONE FREE Narrow Stalagmite Piece
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $1,000,000 ONE FREE 4" Flexible Spider Web Piece
UNLOCKED! Surprise Stretch Goal of 3,000 Backers! Lava Cavern Pack
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $900,000 Narrow Passage Add-On Pack
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $850,000 FREE Updated Mapmaker Program
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $750,000 ONE FREE Passage End Cap Piece
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $650,000 TWO FREE Curved Corner "C" Pieces
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $550,000 TWO FREE Floors "C" Pieces
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $450,000 TWO FREE Straight Wall "C" Pieces
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $375,000 TWO FREE Curved Corners "B" Pieces
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $300,000 TWO FREE Floors "B" Pieces
UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal! $225,000 TWO FREE Straight Wall "B" Pieces
UNLOCKED! First Stretch Goal! $150,000 TWO FREE Passage Pieces
The Cavern Set comes complete with 26 base pieces:
·9x Straight Wall "A"
·9x Floor "A"
·8x Curved Corner "A" plus:
All 2+ set pledges receive one set of free stretch goals pieces per set. As of today, this includes 19 additional free pieces per set!
You can get them in Dungeon Gray (shown below) or Expertly Hand Painted (shown on most photos on this page).
To USA addresses (including US territories and US military bases): Ground shipping (with tracking but without signature required) is included.
Outside the USA: Backers outside the US must add the international shipping charge.
Import Duties and Fees outside the USA and Canada: While we will make every effort to mitigate import duties (as we did last time), all backers outside the USA and Canada are responsible for paying any import duties/fees. Please consider this in advance since we cannot return product to the US or refund pledges after shipment. (While Canadian recipients must pay international shipping, we will handle Canadian import duties/fees.)
Risks and challenges
Several factors that could affect the delivery time. These include weather and labor related events that could slow down shipping. We’re very grateful to our team of resources that we shipped our last Kickstarter on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Sure. The easiest way: click on our Pledge Calculator link. Enter your country and the quantities of the items you want. The Pledge Calculator will tally your correct total. Then go to make your pledge (or modify an existing pledge). Enter your total into the “pledge amount” box. You only need to check off one of the multiple categories you want (the largest category is easiest). As long as your total is correct, you don't need to mark the other pledge category.
After the campaign closes, you will receive an invitation to our pledge manager, Fundafull. It will list your total pledge amount, and ask you to fill in the specific items you wanted to match your total pledge. This includes all pledge levels and add-on sets. (All free stretch goals you qualified for will be included automatically.)
Yes. But for Canadian recipients, we will cover all import duties and paperwork.
Since Kickstarter only allows backers to select a single pledge level, adding an Add-on Pack to your pledge isn’t so intuitive. But it’s pretty simple. You simply add the cost of the add-ons you wish to your total pledge amount. Many people who use Kickstarter regularly call this “overpledging.”
For example, if you want to add 1 Painted Narrow Passage Pack ($55) and 1 Painted Lava Pack ($75) onto an existing 2 set Expertly Painted Pledge ($205), you just add these together ($55 + $75 + $205 = $335). Feel free to use our Pledge Calculator. Then, make sure you’re signed into Kickstarter, and click the “me” tab in the upper right corner. Select backer history, and edit your pledge total by typing in your new grand total ($335, in this example) and confirming it. You don’t need to touch your base pledge selection. That’s all you need to do for now.
About 10 days after the campaign closes, you will receive an e-mail from our Fundafull Pledge Manager. At that time, you confirm all your specific set selections (and your shipping address). After that, you will receive a confirmation, and you’re all set.
For Main Cavern Sets: No, all pledges close at the end of the Kickstarter. This is both to maintain the integrity of the Kickstarter and to allow us to organize and commence production of the base sets with a clear final quantity.
For Add-on Packs: If you have a qualifying pledge in place (2 or more sets), yes -- but for a brief time and quantities will be limited. To guarantee the Add-on Packs you want, we recommend adding them in before the Kickstarter ends.
We will offer the Cavern sets and add-ons on our Dwarvenforge.com website, but website orders will not ship until after all Kickstarter orders are fulfilled (probably after Christmas). Quantities will be limited; we regret that we cannot guarantee that everything will be available. (Kindly keep in mind that pricing will not match this Kickstarter, no stretch goals will be included, and that US shipping will not be included, and will be charged separately for website orders.)
The straight answer is no. The discounts last time were based on our shipping cost model, which specified that odd numbers of Add-on Packs left expensive empty space in the shipping carton. We tried to reflect that in our pricing.
Our model turned out to be oversimplified and underestimated our costs, since nearly everyone who wanted Add-ons was cajoled into rounding up or down to an even number. It wasn't a huge problem, but it didn't make sense to repeat the error.
We also decided this time to discard the universal Add-on Pack price, so Stefan and I could compose Add-On Packs with the quantity and mix of items that we believe are optimal. Then we can determine the very best price we can offer for each new Pack based on its cost.
During the campaign, Kickstarter doesn’t have a mechanism to provide us with anything other than your base pledge selection and your e-mail address. To fill in missing details, we use a customized online pledge manager system called Fundafull. (It worked very smoothly during our last Kickstarter and we plan to use it again.)
Look for an invitation to complete your Fundafull account shortly after the Kickstarter ends (probably about 2 weeks). Using this easy tool, you can specify key information related to your order, including your add-on selections and shipping address. You can then return to check this account anytime. For now, one key thing: ensure that your Kickstarter and Amazon Payments accounts use an e-mail address that you check routinely.
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