The Last Mystery Solves Mysteries... With Fire and Ice
TL;DR Summary: Our fourth set, the last of the Early Batch, will be a blue and fiery orange themed Dresden Files Winter Knight set. Fred loses control of his mouth and talks for 11 minutes by video to explain: original all-iridescent set only worked for 1 out of 3 of its styles. A mixed material set replacing the rejected styles with pearlized dark blue with silver ink, and pearlized fiery orange with black ink, is currently on order with the manufacturer, but prototyping takes a while, so we had to digitally mock up some concepts for you here. This set costs $3 more than the others due to the license costs for the Dresden Files, which lights a "fuego" under us to make sure this is as high quality and on point as we can possibly make it.
As many of you guessed, the last mystery dice package is indeed a Dresden Files themed set! We're happy to return to our best-known game to create some officially licensed Dresden Files Fate Dice™. With that licensing comes a slight bump to pricing -- this set runs $18 -- and a little Harry-style chaos, as this is our least settled of the prototypes for our Early Batch.
We started out with an idea of this as an all-iridescent set, two colors "icy" and one "fiery", but we found that we weren't happy with two of the three styles that resulted.
The style we did like was a lovely, chilly light blue iridescent die with white ink that really conveys the frosty air of the Winter Realms of Faerie.
The first we didn't like was a vivid red with the iridescent material ended up being too strong: it blasts out the color spectrum of the iridescent effect, and the iridescent material gives it an almost powdery look that blunts the effect of the strong striking red.
The other we didn't like was an untinted "clear" iridescent material with blue ink. This could have worked as our winter ice style, but next to the light blue it was just outclassed -- it didn't quite catch the light as wonderfully as the blue, and as a result it just felt like it was playing second fiddle at best in a set that we wanted to be all hits.
So we've been regrouping on those two styles! Now we're considering a mixed-materials set that replaces the two not-quite-right styles with pearlized dice instead.
One will be a pearlized fiery orange with black ink celebrating both Harry's use of fire and his birth date of October 31st. This color choice should give us some really great flows of varied color once the pearlizing process is applied (see Fred's video at the end for some discussion of the details) and strike a nice contrast with the blues of the set.
The other will be a pearlized dark blue with matte silver ink -- silver calling to mind Harry's pentacle, and the dark blue echoing night, darkness, and the chill of Winter power. With our nice wide markings on the die, we should have plenty of opportunity for the silver ink to shine, too.
We've done our best below to digitally mock up a general idea of what the replacements look like, as well as show you the original set that we're modifying, below. But the reality is until we get the new prototype samples in hand, we're at best only sort of in the ballpark as to appearances. And once we have those prototypes, we might make some further changes -- such is the process, and it's a process we'll want to involve you and your feedback. So keep those comments coming!
With that in mind, we'll definitely get you some detailed photographs once we get the new prototypes in, but that may take a few weeks -- maybe even longer than we have left in the campaign. That kind of time factor is one of the realities of developing a dice product, though -- month-long turnarounds on your adjustments. This is part of why it can take at least 6 months to take a dice idea from concept to shippable execution!
At the end of this post, you'll find a video in which Fred completely fails to keep his rambling under control, but hits all of the above topics in somewhat greater detail. Have a look! (It's possible we'll post this before reaching $30,000. If that's the case, please ignore the fact that Fred's talking like we hit $30,000!)
Now that we've revealed the final item in the Early Batch, our next updates will focus on talking about where we might go next as we stretch towards $40,000 and beyond to build a Second Batch. We've got some exciting plans to share with you already, and we're eager to find out your ideas as well.
But for now...
In case of difficulty, you can also get the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2ZyNDB411Y