Funded Vampires, Eldritch Samples, and More
Happy Tuesday, Fate Dice fans!
We've reached the final week of this campaign, and things have been going gangbusters. Excitement! Vampires! Eldritch horrors from beyond time and space! Samples! Let's get to it.
Our first big news: We've hit our $50,000 stretch goal and funded the Vampire Dice set! Thank you everyone, so much, for making this set a possibility. We're excited to bring it to you, and we know it'll be a handsome addition to our growing product line. That's two additional sets made possible by this Kickstarter -- and a real shot at making our third stretch set, Eldritch Dice, a reality as well at $60,000 by the project's end.
Normally on Tuesday we'd reveal another stretch set, but we've decided to hold off on talking about our $70,000 goal for now. So instead, when we reach $55,000, we'll announce it! In the meantime, here's a teaser image.
Instead, we want to talk more about Eldritch Dice today. Because... samples!
As we've said before the Eldritch Dice set is going to require some experimentation to get right. So the samples we're going to show you here are merely the first round. Here's what we've discovered.
- The ink isn't the yellow-green we thought it would be. It's more of a textured white. This is fine though! The contrast is good, and it does a good job of glowing after just a little light exposure.
- The ink is thick as we expected -- in fact, it fills the whole indentation, such that there's practically no depth to the markings on the dice.
- When we picked colors to swirl together in a pearlized format, we picked what might have been too subtle of a difference -- the contrasts don't stand out as much.
- This may be fine in our green/dark green die (which is really handsome), even if it's not immediately clear there are two different shades of green at play. We're still going to push that further
- This may or may not be fine in our purple/gray die. Strangely the gray doesn't read as that different from the purple sometimes, possibly because the purple is similarly dark.
- In both cases, the swirling is not particularly vigorous -- we've got some gentle swirls instead, and on the gray/purple a sort of "half this, half that" look to the dice rather than a lot of intermixing of the two. For our "tentacular" theme to play as strong as we want, we really wanted the colors to be more marbled together. It's possible the pearlized material is working against this, but we're not sure yet; we've got some questions to the supplier about that. So we're due for at least a second round as we try to get results that are more marbled. We might need to drop pearlized to get that, or we might not, or our supplier's manufacturer might just not be able to produce the level of marbling we're looking for. The only way to find out for sure is... you guessed it, more experimentation. :)
- We may not go with a translucent die in this set. While what we've got is a handsome indigo (kinda blue, kinda purple), and the glow in the dark ink on the opposite side does glow through the die just a little (you can see it in our long-exposure photo below), that might not be enough of an effect for us to justify the inclusion. Still, we'll keep it on the table as a possibility for the set, potentially with some color tweaks.
No matter what, we are committed to giving the Eldritch set an eye-popping final form. We consider the green pearlized die you'll see below is the anchor for this set, and we'll work in our other colors too to make this work.
Personally, I think that the set needs more green, so in addition to cracking the marbled look with our manufacturer, I also want to do a second round that mixes green together with some of our other key colors -- the purple and the grey -- and see what those results look like.
We will, of course, keep you in the loop all the way through the process, and whenever we get stuck on a decision point, we'll consult with you in the comments and if necessary through surveys to dial this thing in. We're already off to an exciting start.
Thanks for your support, and please do continue to get the word out about this project. Your word of mouth has already made a difference!
We'll talk to you again later this week. And now... the pictures!