Samples Coming, a Dresden Decision, and the Final Mystery
TL;DR Summary: Samples are coming for the Valentine, Vampire, and Final Mystery sets, hoped to arrive on Monday. The Dresden Fuego vote is both inconclusive and conclusive. And what the heck, let's go ahead and launch into our last weekend with the revelation of the Final Mystery Set!
It's our Final Fate Dice Friday... so let's make the most of it!
Samples Inbound: Monday!
We got word from our supplier yesterday that they're expecting to have more samples to send to us by Monday, right inside our final 48 hour project window. These samples are test runs on the Valentine, Vampire, and final mystery sets, so we'll have a chance to show folks what these dice actually look like before the campaign concludes.
Of course, there's a chance we'll want to make a tweak or two depending on what the results look like -- that's the nature of manufacture! -- but it does mean we'll have fresh pretties for you to feast your eyes upon in our final campaign days. Exciiiiting!
Dresden Fuego Decision: Conclusive?
With over 580 responses in on the survey, we've gotten some interesting information. Here's what we're able to tell.
A very small number of you are less likely to buy the set if we change the "fuego" die. While the majority of you (51%) said their decision wouldn't be affected one way or the other, fewer than 10% said they'd be less likely to buy, and only 3 folks said they flat out wouldn't. That leaves us with over 200 folks on this kickstarter alone who'd be more likely to buy in the event of a change. Seems like a change would be a move towards a more "buyable" set -- this is valuable info!
Yellow ink is the winning ink. Two-thirds of those who responded said they'd prefer one of the two yellow ink options (B or C).
The top two dice styles ended in a practical dead heat. There's only a 2% difference between the tallies for the two yellow-inked dice styles. We consider this too close to call! And so...
Material preference tilts towards orange instead of red-orange. When we look at the vote tallies for the two bright-orange-material styles vs. the two red-orange-material styles, bright orange wins out with a nearly 54% majority.
All this adds up to an indication that the best option for us to pick would be bright orange material with yellow ink as best for the set. I at least feel like this side by side image helps make it clear -- the orange material complements the blues of the set better than the redder one; the redder one's "gate mark" is particularly blotchy-ugly; and yet, the yellow ink on the redder dice looks, at least to my eye, more like it belongs with that set, where the black ink feels more like a weight that doesn't quite fit. (I've been wrong before, of course...)
We'll make our decision for sure by Monday. While a Kickstarter campaign favors speedy decisions, we need to balance that need for speed against a desire to consider things carefully, and to make sure whatever choice we make plays well with the theme and the viability of the set beyond the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
Thank you so much for your input -- it's made our impending decision a much more informed one!
The Final Mystery Revealed
We've decided to move up our timetable to reveal the final mystery set -- our $70,000 stretch goal -- to today. Successful Kickstarter campaigns often see a big surge in their funding on the final few days, so there's a very real chance we could hit that goal, along with the $60,000 Eldritch set.
Even if we don't, we still want to take this opportunity to hear from you as to what you think of this final set. It's in a palette I don't normally see a lot of in dice, but we think it has a real chance to be a showstopper. Your comments could influence our decision about whether or not we eventually make this set even if it's not funded as a stretch goal for this campaign.
And the $70,000 stretch is... our Leather, Ivory, and Brass set!
This set's a little bit steampunk, a little bit western. Whether you're juggling gears in a retro-futuristic London, pistol-duelling at high noon, or flying out into the 'verse like a big damn space cowboy, this set is the one for you.
Our samples due to arrive Monday are:
- A pearlized mix of ivory and white material with brown ink. The white mix-in might not work, but we think it could produce a really interesting result. If it doesn't, we'll fall back to pure pearlized ivory. The brown ink should lend just the right air of "antique" to the look.
- A rich pearlized brown with ivory-yellow ink. This should also produce a nicely textured die with an antique feel, with subtle ripples of warm brown color.
- A pearlized coppery/brassy toned metallic dye with ivory-yellow ink. For those who speak Pantone, this is PMS 872C material, which should produce some stronger contrast swirls when pearlized. Turns out the metallic pantone dyes already produce some pearlized-like swirls when used, and if you use pearlized material on top of that you can get some nice strong contrasts. We're particularly keen to see how this works in the samples coming on Monday.
So what do you think? Is this the sort of set you'd like to see us produce? Will it scratch that dice itch you didn't even know you had? Let us know in the comments!
Thank you everyone for your support, and check out our giveaway contest over on Evil Hat's website to help us get the word out in the campaign's final days.
To tide you over until Monday, here's a look at the packaging design for our Ivory, Leather, and Brass set. Have a great weekend!