About a year and a half ago you all helped bring Fantasy RPG coasters to life. Since then I've still been making sawdust, developing new products and taking the coasters on the road. While exhibiting at conventions (GenCon, GameHole Con, GaryCon) the question I had the most was "Do you have anything for Cthulhu?" To which I had to reply "Cthulhu F'htaghn!" and also "Not yet."
Well now I've got a few and if it pleases The Great Old Ones we'll make quite a few more!
Why Kickstarter... again?
Artwork is expensive and there's so much in the realm of Cthulhu RPGs that can be brought out with your help. I also need a new table saw, the tentacle-laden heart of any workshop, which is where the initial goal will be going! The old Fantasy Coasters will also be available through this kickstarter again for the folks that missed the last Kickstarter.
I'll be partnering again with Dan Warren, who you may know from those awesome Steve Lichman campaigns. Dan has worked on a ton of stuff and I'm delighted to be working with him again to bring these maddening coasters to your game table.
About the coasters
All of the coasters I make are made from solid hardwood and are about 3.75" in diameter by a quarter inch thick. They've got 1/16" felt on the bottom to provide a nice cushion and not scratch any of your beautiful tables!
New Products & Add-ons
Since the last campaign, I've made a couple new products that have been well received. I'm offering them at a discount through this campaign. They'll be Add-ons to any backers pledge. When inputting your pledge amount add an extra amount to cover whatever the Add-On is that you'd like. After the campaign you'll be able to manage your add-ons with Backerkit.
The dice boxes are 5.5" in diameter and work well for dice storage and rolling, and they fit perfectly behind a Keeper/GM screen. The lid is held in place with four magnets that defy the natural order with their strength. It's quite tough to pry the lid off, but a simple twist will open them right up. The suede flocking on the inside is red or green.
Warning - The magnets in any of my products are very strong and can be dangerous, especially if swallowed. They're not toys and shouldn't be given to children. Please see the manufacturers guidelines. I've not had any installed magnets come out of my products, but I thought I'd mention it.
Do you love some of the artwork enough to put a huge 13.5" diameter wall coaster on your wall? This is for you!
Finish & Care
There are no stains or dyes used in any of my products. All of the color you see is the natural color of the wood itself. Everything gets a three step finishing process. There's a first coat of polyurethane, followed by a polymerizing oil and then a final clear coat of lacquer. Caring for your hardwood coasters is easy! I recommend using a spray type furniture polish like Pledge. Spray it on a cotton rag and wipe down the coasters to revitalize their luster.
I control just about every aspect of production except for the growing of the trees! I receive rough sawn lumber then cut and mill it all down to size in my basement woodshop.
I run a couple home-made CNC routers that do most of the heavy lifting for the coasters. The blanks are routed out and then the artwork is carved into them. They then get some sanding and final touches and are ready for finish.
I have a pretty good idea of what my production capacity is and am planning tiers accordingly. Each time a tier fills up, I'll add a new one that will deliver a month later.
I'll be using BackerKit this time around for surveys and Add-ons. I'll be shipping again via the USPS. I'll ship internationally and if you see that your country isn't on the list, let me know and I'll add it.
Risks and challenges
Well the risks for this project are fairly minimal as I currently make coasters just like these but with different artwork. Speed bumps do occur though, and I'm well versed in all of my processes and am ready to fix whatever might arise. I've also got plenty of felt on hand this time!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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