First, we want to thank all of our supporters, whether you pledged, liked, or followed us on social media. Second, we want to urge you to be a part of our next campaign: Level Up Dice: Monsters and Mayhem Relaunch. We've learned so much from this project, and we've used that information to bring us forward with our new campaign.
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Level Up Dice is our first product in the gaming world. These custom dice have a range of artfully crafted and unique designs. Being gamers ourselves, we found how much more of an enjoyable experience we had playing our favorite games with a special twist . Have you ever found yourself thinking that those boring standard dice take away from the thrill of victory, or the sting of defeat? How about the time you thought to yourself, “If only I had something to make my faction unique?” We are thrilled to bring this product line to our fellow gamers through the awesome community on Kickstarter. Now is your opportunity to join us in this exciting venture.
Prepare to level up…
A large portion of the proceeds of this Kickstarter will go toward purchasing our own laser cutter, without which this project will not be possible. These illustrations may not be exact and colors may vary, however the basic design will be consistent. Updates will keep you informed of any changes.
In order to give you an idea of the final product, our team here at Level 3B went to visit the nearest Epilog dealer and had a handful of prototypes engraved. In addition to the dice, we also had a prototype of one of our custom dice boxes produced. Check out the custom box section for more information.
Below you will find all six faces for each of the six core designs. Our dice work with a plethora of games on the market and are selected to fit common themes.
While the campaign is running, the pledge levels give you the choice to determine the quantity, without your personal customization. After the campaign ends, you will have an opportunity to let us know exactly how you want to customize your order when we send you a detailed survey containing the options found below.
When you receive your survey, first pick whether you want an ivory, or original, dice blank; then, pick any of the designs from the six core Level Up Dice and any of the options available through the unlocked stretch goals. Next, you have the ability to choose the inlay color for those designs, (available colors shown to you below). All this will be accomplished with the use of Backerkit. Not only will you be able to provide us with all the details of your individual order, you will also indicate the design and quantity of any add-on boxes that you purchase.
Add-ons:In order to give you more options to choose from, we decided to include an add-on for the custom boxes. Add $30 for each box that you want to purchase (this includes the shipping). We will be using Backerkit to help with the logistics for you to tell us the number of designs you want.
Each of the four Level Up Dice boxes are created to be one quarter the size of a standard game box for convenient storage. The four designs include: "Core 6 design," " Monsters and Mayhem," "Bosuns and Buccaneers," and finally "Sellsword's Gambit." (see top image in the prototype section for the Core 6 design, and the stretch goals for the later three).
Designed for the storage and transportation of your Level Up Dice and other gaming accessories, these wooden boxes are thematic and sturdy.
NOTE: These boxes will NOT be assembled when they are shipped to you. This decision was based on the effort to save you shipping cost and the time constraint for manufacturing them ourselves. We will provide you with the detailed instructions for the simple assembly.
Along with our stretch goals, we are excited to introduce our social media challenge. This will offer the possibility of unlocking two new inlay colors to choose from and a pack of two unique dice available as an add-on, when the campaign funds.
Our stretch goals are mainly organized into three themed tiers containing separate unlockable dice designs and dice boxes specific to each theme. Along with these categories, we have a surprise mystery design to celebrate the community’s efforts and support.
The following infographics demonstrate the options to choose from. The Pledge levels indicate the number of dice you would like (in groups of 4, 6, 12, 24, 48 or 120 ~ with savings on larger quantities) and a couple of package deals with dice and box options for maximum savings.
As a token of our appreciation and gratitude for pledging at our highest level, you will receive one of only three unique 3D printed and hand painted 4-inch tall statues.
Below is an accurate representation of what you will be receiving. As each of the three statues will be individuality printed and hand painted, the final result may vary.
Our biggest challenge in the launch of Level Up Dice is covering the cost of the $25,000+ (see info-graphic below), for the laser cutter and the additional equipment and supplies. Because shipping is also included in the necessary total funding amount, we have had to increase the goal to $35,000 to ensure that every order’s shipping will be covered. This funding level is our break even point.
Meet The Team:
The team here at Level 3B has a wide and diverse set of skills ranging from design, color theory, motion graphics, video editing and sculpting. We also have several years experience operating, fixing, and modifying a range of 3D printers and other fabrication equipment. In addition to the primary team of co-founders, Level 3B is assisted, behind the scenes, by a large group of family, friends, and supporters like you.
Come Follow Us
So how did we get here... telling stories, quoting movies and playing games. Not to mention lots of time imagining how we could change these outlets with our own creative spin. You have been there too, at the table with good friends, and before you knew it you had crafted your own unique experience. ~ complete with accents and quotes from pop culture. Then someone pipes up, “wouldn't it be cool if....” and your imagination went wild with thoughts of ways to create the ultimate board game experience. Well, that was how Level 3B was founded. Our company name and brand was forged out of the concept of linking multiple design elements like gears in a machine. A machine that fuels the imagination and drives the connection for countless hours of memories with family and friends.
Our goal is to give you a framework to craft your own experiences and to enhance the games you already love. Level Up Dice came to the forefront as a fun project to introduce ourselves to the gaming community. Together we realized that this was an opportunity for us to show you some iconic design images that add a new flair to some rather standard dice.
As the project became an active prototype, we began to craft the best way to bring this to life. We investigated several types of dice manufacturing options, and found the best path to follow is in personal engraving via a laser cutter. We have had so many crazy brainstorming sessions to figure out the best way to financially account for all the necessary tools, and means of distribution to our supporters. In fact I think the manager of our local restaurant thought we were moving when we had our off site get together.
To further refine these projections we worked with a mathematician to construct an equation to determine the baseline Funding figure. Now that is getting geeky, but it was reassuring to know how to predict the break even point to make sure everything was accounted for (see the pie chart above).
This is why we need your help to get this project off the ground. With a goal of $35,000, a pretty lofty but achievable objective, we'll be able to purchase a $25,000 laser cutter with accessories to give us the precision and speed that will deliver a quality but custom product. The remaining $10,000 is allocated for all the tools, dice, postage and fees needed to break even.
This isn’t just a campaign about dice, it's about the future of Level 3B. By helping us to do this you are facilitating Level 3B to create high quality games and accessories, multimedia and e-book content. Your investment in this Kickstarter project not only provides an opportunity to bring this fun product to life, it provides our team with the tools needed to launch so much more to the gaming community in the days to come.
Now that we have begun our first Kickstarter we invite you to join us in this exciting venture by finding a pledge reward that tickles your fancy, embellishes your high seas adventures, travel the stars, or wards off an ancient doom. We have even thrown in some awesome custom dice boxes and the ultimate reward of a limited edition dragon from our very own character developer and professional sculptor Jason Burns.
Risks and challenges
Since this is our first Kickstarter, we have taken every precaution to pre-test and refine our entire manufacturing process. This process includes four major steps: design, engraving, painting, and post processing.
Design: we provide you with simple readable graphics
Engraving: we have chosen a 60 watt laser engraver to give us a noticable difference in surface quality and considerable increase in speed. Yes, this laser is more expensive but the results are worth it.
Painting: here we have spent a considerable amount of time, effort and resources to discover which paint would fill the following 3 criteria: most durable, ease of application, and gives the highest quality finish.
Post Processing and Quality Control: it is unavoidable to engrave potentially 20,000 plus dice without having some small issues with a select few. We will do our very best to address them and deal with customers on a case by case basis. Furthermore, we will give you updates on solutions we have for buffing your dice for paint residue and ways to get your dice to optimal shine, if necessary.
Because of the myriad options we are providing, we realize this creates logistical challenges on our end, but we have researched ways of collecting your choices in an organized and trustworthy survey. This will help to organize all our orders and streamline fulfillment.
Due to the research we have done into other dice projects funded on Kickstarter, we have taken time to investigate potential problem areas. Furthermore, we have visited a laser engraver who uses a similar model that we wish to purchase for this project to analyze prototype quality and speed. During this time we also have spent hours developing and testing different painting techniques and tumbling options to give the most pleasing visual appeal and clean final product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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