Over $100k Canadian Raised! Four Stretch Goals Unlocked!
Time for some real Sweet Rolls!
I created Ice Cream Dice to address the severe lack of nearly edible looking dice in the marketplace. I believe I have succeeded.
OK, OK, that wasn't actually why I started Ice Cream Dice. I wanted dice that were fun, unexpected at a gaming table and a little bit whimsical, all while being usable. I started it because I was so tired of seeing the same dice offered on different sites, by different companies with different names. Names like 'Goblin's Blood' and 'Dragon's Blah Blah Blah'.
When I got to thinking about fun and whimsical, ice cream came immediately to mind and I started on a journey to design the most ice creamy looking dice I could.
Neo, the classic flavor we all love to hate (well a third of it anyway).
Orange Dream, a dreamy mix of orange and cream.
Rainbow, also known as Schubert's Sherbet.
Your Favorite, whether your favorite is chocolate, coffee or caramel, this set has you covered with just a touch of cream.
Bubble Candy, old school bubblegum and carnival cotton candy.
Kiwi, it's even got the seeds!
Razzman, the Kickstarter semi-exclusive set.
After this Kickstarter is done, Razzman will be offered once a year to celebrate the day this Kickstarter was fully funded.
Butterscotch: The epitome of potential.
Butterscotch will be redone in production to look like Orange Dream. The original intent was to swirl white and a light brown with a highlight yellow/brown. Unfortunately, these are what I got and with no time to order more test sets, you'll just have to trust me. As you can see, I take my dice palettes very seriously, and will deliver on the potential of these dice.
The Dice You See are the Dice You'll Receive
Unlike some dice companies, there are no renders here, these are the dice you will receive.
Butterscotch will get the Orange Dream treatment with a brown and white gemini/swirled result.
Kiwi's numbers will be re-inked in a pale/golden yellow.
The Waffle Dish
This waffle dish is a Kickstarter Exclusive. They will never be made or sold again. These are each individually hand blown glass waffle dishes. They are made with borosilicate glass, which is often used in cookware. They are not as delicate as soft art glass, however, they are still fragile.
I could easily have done what most dice companies do and locked the popular dice designs behind fake stretch goals, but I won't. I could have easily found something that was sort of related to dice and offered that as a stretch goal, I didn't.
I'm a very small company (it's just me) and this is my first Kickstarter, so over complicating things to make it 'look' cooler seemed both dishonest and foolhardy. There's enough moving pieces already, and I'm confident I can deliver on these stretch goals.
QUICK EDIT: If you're stoked about the D6/D10 Sets and mini D6 Bricks, please read update #17. The graphic below will be changed to reflect the updated information later today.
Right about now you're saying to yourself, well, that's great and seems like you can deliver it all, but I WANT MORE! To that, I say, take a gander.
Add-ons, or...more ways to give me your money!
I have worked with small creators in our community to bring you two add-ons. These will both be available to add on to your order in Backerkit after the campaign ends.
Flavour of the Month
For $5 (approx. $4 USD / €3 / £3 ) You can take your kids, your friends or both on an Ice Cream Adventure written exclusively for Ice Cream Dice by Andrew Morley. The local ice cream maker has disappeared! It's up to your party to discover what happened to him. Along the way you may meet yourself some new elementals inspired by Ice Cream Dice. You'll receive a PDF copy of this sweet adventure by late June.
Handmade d4 Dice Bag
For $15 CAD (approx. $12 USD / €10 / £9 ) you will get a custom, handmade d4 shaped bag that holds over 100 dice!
These are Ice Cream Dice exclusives. I partnered with people that could create things that were special, a bit whimsical and useful. These d4 dice bags aren't likely to be produced again. If you want one, this may be the only time to get one. The inside of this dice bag will be a waffle cone pattern, rather than polka dots.
For $5 CAD (approx. $4 USD / €3 / £3 ) You'll receive a soft enamel pin that will not only shout to the world you love dice, but also, ice cream.
If you love pins and just need a couple extra for every lapel you own, I got you covered! The pins are soft enamel with a rubber backing.
Ice Cream Dice Custom Dice Box
For $110 CAD (approx. $83 USD / €75 / £65 ) you can get yourself an Ice Cream Dice exclusive dice box made by the wonderful folks over at Dog Might.
For $150 CAD (approx. $114 USD / €100 / £85 ) you can get yourself an Ice Cream Dice box made out of stunning Wenge wood. This rare dark chocolate colored wood is stunning and sustainably sourced.
The folks over at Dog Might reached out to me after seeing my project and told me they had a great idea for a dice box. They weren't lying. These boxes have a lifetime warranty and are gorgeous. Dog Might only works with the best of the best in the industry. I will update this with more details and pictures once I have the prototype in my hands and have all the information.
From Dog Might: The Dog Might Ice Cream Dice Box is crafted from Flame Birch wood and features a hand applied finish. It comes with a removable foam insert cut to cradle your set of dice perfectly. Remove the foam to easily carry two full sets of polys. Like all Dog Might products, the Ice Cream Dice Box comes with a lifetime guarantee.
These boxes are prototypes and a couple of small changes will be happening in the final production. The edges of the D20 top will be a little crisper, and the front facing number will be a 20, because we all know that's the number we like to see the most!
Flat Pack Ice Cream Dice Dice Tower
For $25 CAD (approx. $19 USD / €17 / £15 ) you can get yourself an Ice Cream Dice dice tower made by the awesome folks over at Galaxy Gaming Gear.
Galaxy Gaming Gear makes a slew of flat pack minis, terrain and buildings for all your gaming needs. Their designs are particularly kid friendly and it's great to have them on board. I will continue to sell this tower after the campaign, though the price will likely be $30.
I know, Mom said not to talk about the 'S' word, but we have to...Shipping.
Shipping is the one spell that neither creator, nor adventurer, can break. Being based out of Canada, I feel your pain. I have partnered with a Canadian company that ships straight from China. This is hugely beneficial to all of us, myself included, for a few reasons.
- We don't have to wait three months for the dice to arrive by freight ship to North American shores, and then wait further while it's unpacked and sent to different shipping centers which then finally get it shipped to you.
- It's reasonably affordable and delivered with tracking number and insurance to everybody.
- I save money on not having to ship it by sea, which means I pass that savings on to you.
So here's the shipping breakdown, it doesn't cover every possible currency, but it covers a lot.
There, we did it, we had the dreaded 'S' talk.
Matte or Glossy, that is the Question:
Here are the side by side shots of the Matte & Glossy versions of each set. Some key things to keep in mind:
- The glossy look is achieved by tossing the dice into a rock polisher, so the matte dice are a little larger because they've haven't been polished for as long as the glossy sets. The matte Rainbow and Neo d20's are a little larger than the rest, due to being cast in resin.
- The powdery look on the matte Neo and Rainbow will eventually wear off. The colors are still softer than gloss, but the frosty look is not permanent.
- If you prefer your colors to be vivid and brighter, you'll want to go with the gloss.
- Matte isn't very shiny, I know this should seem obvious, but if you like your dice shiny, go with glossy.
- They do feel different, but the difference isn't night and day like it is with matte and glossy paper.
- With less polishing, there is occasional color bleed around some of the numbers, it is negligible when it does happen and it only happened on a couple of single numbers on a couple of individual dice in the 25 test sets I got. This may be fixed in production, but I felt it was worth noting
Let's get to the comparison shots...
Let's End this on a High Note
Thank you. They're two simple words that we often toss around without really thinking about what they mean. I think about them a lot and how they relate to this company.
'Thank' is defined as: to express gratitude to or to hold responsible.
So, let me say it again. Thank you. I hold you all responsible for the gratitude I felt every single day leading up to this launch, and will always feel. You cheered me on and you cheered me up, you shared my dice on your podcasts, streams, tweets, instagram, on Facebook. You made sure people knew about me and Ice Cream Dice.
This company was inspired by some pretty amazing kids and my desire to make D&D and other TTRPG's more accessible to schools and kids. It is my belief that the skills learned and demonstrated while playing tabletop games, of any sort, are the ones we want our next world leaders to possess. Risk taking, problem solving, learning that you can't do everything by yourself, the value of friendship, exploration, listening to multiple viewpoints, among many other things.
I didn't get here because of a marketing budget or the right analytics or targeted ads. I got here because of my own work and your support. I didn't get here because I hired a team or had an unlimited amount of money to throw at things. I've said from the beginning, what you see is what you will get. Initially I thought I meant my dice, I soon learned I meant that about myself as well.
This community we're all a part of is amazing. I am proud, and humbled, to be a part of it. Here's to many sweet rolls with friends new and old!
Marc Schubert, aka Ice Cream Dice
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk in this project is the production & shipping time required to manufacture the dice and get them to you, my backers. I have been working with my factory for a while now and they are expecting my order at the end of March. Production time is usually in the 45 - 60 working day range. So somewhere between 9 - 12 weeks. However, complications can occur, holidays happen and to be safe, I have estimated a 9 - 18 week production range into my timeline. This allows for the custom molds to be created that are required to honor the stretch goals that may become unlocked during the campaign.
I have partnered with a Canadian company that has years of experience shipping dice. They ship from their warehouse space in China which allows me to ensure a lower shipping cost that I can pass on to you, the backers. By choosing to ship from China I save time on the actual mass shipping of the product to North America.
Typically, shipping can take up to three months to get to North American shores, and then you still have to wait for it to pass through customs, get unloaded and then get shipped to the shipping companies who then, finally after a couple of weeks, ship to you. By shipping directly from China, using a Canadian company to do it, it'll take a few days to get to the warehouse and then the shipping to backers will start.
This is my first Kickstarter, and I've done everything I can to ensure that you receive a quality product on time and I have researched and learned from the mistakes of those that have come before me.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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