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Nautically inspired Solid Gold Dice.
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The Admiral's Vice by Oceanus Brass

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The Oceanus Brass Admiral's Vice are a solid gold gaming instrument. They are custom made, hand finished and are indescribably nice to roll. Envisioned while at sea, conjuring images of treasures transported in days-gone-by and designed for the most nautical among us, quality, excitement, and nostalgia come packaged inside every perfect cube. 14K gold smelted and crafted in the USA combined with care, professional craftsmanship and attention to detail, makes the Admiral's Vice second to none.

For those who may have never given a dice set a second thought, I challenge you to feel the weight, craftsmanship, and history of our SOLID GOLD Dice and not feel the magic of the ocean in your hand. These dice feel good and just seem to make average games extraordinary.

Cast from high-quality American gold, hand-poured into wax molds, and finished by our master Craftswoman Victoria Warren, the Admiral's Vice were designed to be a premium gaming accessory. These are not the boring 'standard' dice you grew up with. Whether you’re a sailor looking to spice up board game to pass time on a long voyage or a table-top game enthusiast or a collector of finer things we think you'll love the Oceanus Brass Admiral's Vice as much as we do.

Dice have been used since before recorded history, and it is uncertain where they originated. The oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City, an archaeological site in south-eastern Iran. 

                                                           Bone die found at Cantonment Clinch
Bone die found at Cantonment Clinch

The ancient Indian Rigveda, Atharvaveda, and Buddhist games list  games featuring dice. Several biblical stories to "casting lots," like in Psalm 22, show that when the psalm was written, dicing was widespread. Knucklebones was a game played in ancient Greece; a derivative form had separate characteristics like modern dice on the four sides of the bones.

                                                                          Knucklebones
Knucklebones

Even though gambling was unlawful, several Romans have been known to be keen gamblers who enjoyed dicing. Playing dice was even an emperor's famous hobby. Augustus ' letters to Tacitus speak of said hobby. Roman dice used to have two sizes. Tali were large dice engraved on four sides with one, three, four, and six. Tesserae were smaller dice of one to six sides. 

                                                                           Tesserae Dice
Tesserae Dice

In modern times, dice collecting began with the popularity of gambling and then the Dungeon & Dragons series of board/role-playing games. Since it's inception, players have grown attached to and have collected a wide variety of dice. There is something special about having a personal connection with those dice you are rolling. 

Although here at OceanusBrass, we prefer to machine our products out of solid metal stock, with Gold, the lost shavings would make machining in this material cost prohibitive. Following in the footsteps of the great metal craftsmen (and women) who came before us, we have chosen to produce our Solid Gold Admiral's Vice through metal casting. 

Casting is a technique used to make objects, wherein a valuable metal or metal alloy is subjected to high temperatures, and when in liquid form,  cast into a mold representing the object to be reproduced. This process results in an object having [near] identical dimensions and shape of the original one. 

The first step we have taken is to finely craft the dice in brass on our metal lathe. We then create a wax copy through negative casting and then place it in a flask where plaster is poured in it. 

Once the encasement plaster material is set, the wax is melted out in a furnace and the remaining plaster becomes the mold we will use. The product is revealed once the plaster breaks away and the metals removed to be cleaned and polished.

Gold is produced in different alloy configurations. We have chosen to use 14K gold whereby this gold has some of the greatest durability. 14K gold is an alloy composed of gold, copper, silver and a splash of zinc.

The Admiral's Vice have been manufactured to thrive over decades of use, through all of the conditions you intend to throw it though. What was once a labor of love, is now a timeless gaming instrument available for all, but we need your help to make this dream a reality.

Our products are steeply discounted off retail prices because we want to reward our very first customers. The opportunity to purchase dice of this magnitude at this price is rare. With our solid gold, our finishing assembly, our master craftsmanship, the Admiral's Vice, with your help, shall be accessible to all.

We stand behind the quality of our tools and the uniqueness and complexity of our hardware. Each piece has its own unique character that we hope will bring joy and nostalgia in their gaming moments.

With our design roots in Boston, our company draws creative inspiration from the hub of America’s rich nautical history. In developing our product, our original prototypes and inspiration came from the old shipyards of East Boston.

The nautically-inspired Admiral's Vice harkens back to a time of adventure on open seas, its durability a testament to the harsh demands of that bygone era. Our hardware is tied to the art and science of sailing and exploration. We’ve spent five months refining the Admiral's Vice into its final, perfectly balanced form.

Inspired by nautical-grade hardware, the Admiral's Vice is Oceanus's signature gaming instrument. Its unique rich color and practical beauty are perfect for everyday use, travel, or adventure.

 Solid Gold 

Our primary choice of material was gold. It is bright, vibrant and precious. Gold has captured our imagination for centuries and is as timeless as our brand. The Admiral's Vice D6 - Gold  measures 10mm in each direction and features a smooth and shiny 14K gold.

 Solid Silver 

Silver can showcase intricate details, offering a very professional, finished look and feel. A fun aspect of silver is that it will tarnish over time, allowing it to be polished back to achieve a brand new surface. The Captain's Vice D6 - Silver measures 10mm in each direction and is made with high quality Sterling Silver (92.5% silver).

 Brass 

Brass is versatile. Brass is reliable. Brass is for those things that have value to us, that we intend to last. Brass is our signature material. The Deckhand's Dice D6 - Brass is made with solid brass and measures 15mm in each direction.



We launched Oceanus because we wanted to share our nautically inspired dice with the world and turn an idea into action. A project that was both challenging and rewarding, the Admiral's Vice is something we are very proud to share with you. We hope to encourage others to try their hand at something new just as we did, to build something of their own, to go through that exploration process of learning and bringing inspiration to fruition. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the many relationships we’ve built along the way with industrial designers and manufacturers who helped us push the boundaries of what we were told was possible. 

Since launching our first product, the Oceanus Brass - Bow Shackle Pen, we are so proud to have been embraced by the ocean-loving community. Below are a few of our favorite excerpts of what the experts are saying about our products;  

Life In The Slow Lane | Blog: "It's a beautiful pen and we'll enjoy having it on our boat, and it'll make a wonderful heirloom to pass down to our grandson one day. Maybe he'll even have a special boat to keep it on."

My2Fish | Blog: "The solid brass construction is nearly indestructible, so for the cost of pen ink refill every couple of years, this pen will likely last forever."  

Sailing Britican | Blog: "In the past, I’ve been known to tape string to the end of a pen or tie string around a cap but it inevitably fails when someone gives a little tug and off my pen goes. In other words, my efforts to prevent other pen thieves has failed miserably…but not with my bow-shackle pen! I have it attached to my nav station book rail." 

Dinghy Dreams | Blog: "Even though I’m ink rich right now I keep navigating back to the same one, my shackle pen by Oceanus Brass. Nautically inspired and hand crafted by a small start up company in Boston, Mass., this pen is nearly impossible to lose as it has a shackle to attach to log books, dry bags, or wherever you see fit aboard your vessel. As I’ve been route planning for my upcoming voyage this pen has been seeing much use and it writes just as smoothly as the day it came out of the box."

There are six possible results when a die is tossed. A die is deemed fair if all results are equiprobable, i.e. they are equally likely to occur. The only way to know if a die is reasonably certain is to throw it a large number of times and watch the results. The higher the number of throws, the greater the certainty level. If the number of times each number appears from 1 to 6 is almost the same, we can argue that the die is fair.

When designing the Admiral's Vice D6, we wanted to reduce the rotational moment of inertia as means of creating a die that would roll to stop at mathematically even outcomes in each of the six possible results. By drilling spot faces in dice, we were able to replicate the classic die pattern. By adjusting the drill depth of each "hole" we were able to match the geometric centroid to the center of mass, making these dice fair for every game.

We ran a test using our dice prototypes and with the help of the chi-squared test we were able to get great results. 

To keep up the momentum, please share the campaign on social media and or tell your friends, co-workers, and neighbors about us! We are so excited to start making your Oceanus Brass Admiral's Vice!

These are targeted milestones for us to hit as a community. If we do hit these goals, each and every backer benefits! We'll send out the item from the corresponding tier with each Admiral's Vice, depending on where we finish. Below is the breakdown of stretch goals:  

  •  $10k -- We will start manufacturing the dice before the campaign ends, which will move the shipping date up by up to four weeks (depending on when we unlock the reward!)  
  •  $20k -- In addition to the $10K goal, we will also increase the size of the dice from 15mm to 20mm

Twice The Dice

Based on your feedback, we have decided to launch our "Twice the Dice" program! Backers who wish to double their reward (twice the dice) can do so by just doubling the pledge amount and sending us a message on Kickstarter! There is no need to pay for extra shipping! 

Risks and challenges

For once, there are really limited risks here. This is a simple device, which has already been mostly developed. Through previous engagements, our Master Craftswoman has worked with many of our prospective manufacturers in the past. As well as being produced on a smaller scale, this is the simplest product many of our team members have ever worked on, and it allowed us to focus on build quality.

We are confident and passionate about delivering quality goods. We have spent months designing and prototyping our products, executing pre-production runs to ensure we can meet our high standard. We have internally funded the design and production of our signature brass hardware. Our resources and team are based here in the United States, primarily on the East Coast, so we do not foresee any issues with our ability to deliver your new Oceanus Brass Admiral's Vice D6 upon successful funding of our project.

We will keep you up-to-date on the progress of production and let you know of any issues impacting our ability to promptly deliver your new Oceanus products, including steps we are taking to get back on track. We will do our best to manufacture in such a way as to produce the highest quality products as we have done to date but may shift focus onto manufacturing overseas if doing so will result in delay avoidance or further improved quality consistency. We stand ready to resolve any challenges to make sure you have a positive experience with our service and product!

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    Thanks, matey! Your support is crucial for our brand. We will be sure to keep you updated with any news about Oceanus Brass.

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    Deckhand's D6 Brass — SUPER EarlyBird

    75% off retail price!

    Thanks for believing in us as we try to make this project a reality! Your support is so important for the success of our campaign. Here is your opportunity to purchase a solid brass DeckHand's D6, to help us reach the minimum order quantities required to make this dream a reality.

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    Deckhand's D6 Brass — KS Special

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    Thank you! Your support on Kickstarter will help launch this project into prominence, and you can take advantage of this amazing, Kickstarter-exclusive deal for the solid brass DeckHand's D6.

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    Captain's Vice D6 Silver

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    Thank you! Your support on Kickstarter will help launch this project into prominence, and you can take advantage of this amazing, Kickstarter-exclusive deal for the sterling silver Captain's Vice D6.

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    Admiral's Vice D6 Gold

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    The Fleet

    Ahoy! Welcome to the Oceanus Brass team. With this Fleet pack, you will be able to gather your entire crew together for many hours of tabletop adventures. The winner keeps the gold die! :P

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