The Mimic Chest
At first glance, it looks like a normal treasure chest. Roll high enough in perception, and you can see that it's actually a precision-crafted, compact, durable, magnetic transforming caddy for all your tabletop game gear.
Ready to play? Take off the straps, dice vaults, and pen cases from the top of the chest. Snap the two halves of the coaster together, then turn the sides of the Mimic Chest into a dice tower. Turn over the dice vaults and pen cases to use them as card stands, then unload all the tablets, hero vaults, hundreds of dice, and whatever else you carried in there, and you're ready to play!
Hero Vaults are available, plus free dice!
Now you've done it. Hero Vaults are available as add-ons to any pledge! They will fit up into the space under the dome of a Mimic Chest and they'll fit snugly inside a Tankard.
To add a Hero Vault (or two or three), simply increase your pledge amount! You'll be able to choose Hero Vaults as an add-on in our post-campaign survey. Three Hero Vaults will fit stacked inside a Tankard or nestled in the top of a Mimic Chest. Basic/Standard Hero Vaults are $15, and Premium Hero Vaults are $25. There is no shipping charge for Hero Vaults, when they are added on to a Mimic Chest or Tankard pledge.
Now every Mimic Chest comes with three sets of dice to fill your dice vaults! Keep telling your friends, family, foes and FLGSs about us, and we could easily reach the LASER ENGRAVING goal at $80,000.
First Look At Hero Vaults
How We Started
Polymorph Crafts began in December 2016 when Matt put his engineering and woodworking skills to work to create a portable, affordable, simple wooden chest that would hold everything he needed to play Dungeons & Dragons. But that wasn’t enough. What if he could figure out a way to turn it into a dice tower and rolling tray, too?
Matt went right to work on the computer, and soon we were looking at a 3D model of a Mimic Chest and all its components. He took measurements out to the shop, and made our original prototype by hand. It wasn't perfect, but it was functional, and we knew we had something special. In order to share Mimic Chests with you, we knew that we would need to be more efficient and precise.
We purchased a CNC router, and Matt created prototypes two and three. He made custom jigs and toolpaths, and we found local magnet, leather and wood suppliers, and we decided the time was right to launch our Kickstarter.
How Your Mimic Chest Is Created
After every piece is cut to size and the holes are drilled, we carefully glue in the magnets, apply stain and clear-coat, and glue down the felt or suede rolling tray surface.
Over two hundred magnets keep the Mimic Chest sturdy while allowing for quick and simple transformation. Then we add rivets and clasps to the leather straps, sew the nylon straps together, do one last quality check, and send the Mimic Chests out the door!
Basic, Standard, and Premium
Our Basic tier was designed for the budget-conscious gamer. We kept costs down by using high-grade plywood, nylon straps, and wool felt.
The Standard tier is a bit fancier, made from the same wood but upgraded to leather straps and suede.
If you really want to make a statement, choose a Premium tier reward; they're made from solid wood and include leather straps and a suede-lined rolling tray.
Choose Your Own Mimic Chest
When our campaign ends, we will send a survey to all backers so you can choose your rewards. This includes choosing the color for your wood and rolling tray lining, and the colors for your free dice sets! You can also choose a vegan-friendly option: a $0 add-on at checkout to change Premium leather straps and suede lining to nylon and felt.
Dice Tray Linings
Basic Mimic Chests have wool felt color options:
Unlocked Felt Colors!
Standard and Premium Mimic Chests are available in four suede colors:
Unlocked Suede Colors!
Note: we are on the lookout for a more foresty-green suede to add as well. More info to come soon.
Stains and Woods
Basic and Standard Mimic Chests are available in five stains:
Premium Mimic Chests are available in four woods:
Dice Vaults and Tankards
If you don't need a dice tower and rolling tray, consider backing us for a Dice Vault or Tankard reward level! We have taken the Dice Vaults from the Mimic Chest and are offering them separately or as a set of ten, combined into a Tankard. Tankards are made from seven dice vaults, three pen cases, and two coasters, and include straps for easy carrying.
Tankards do not include a dice tower or rolling tray.
From Our Friends
Did you back the Deck of Many? We are proud to have partnered with them in creating a special card for those who backed their campaign at $49+ and ours at $99+!
Do you live outside of North America? You'll get a coupon code good for 25% off a set of dice from DnDice, a wonderful dice vendor in the UK.
If you pledge for a Basic Mimic Chest, you'll get a 15% off coupon for a set of dice from the guys at Settling Geek!
Did you pledge for our Standard Mimic Chest? You're going to get a coupon for 50% off a set of dice from our friends at Tabletop Loot!
If you pledge for a Premium Mimic Chest or Tankard, you'll get a set of 7 polyhedral dice free with your reward, courtesy of Critical Hit Collectibles!
Relevant coupon codes will be sent out after our campaign is closed.
Already Backed Us? Tell Your Friends!
How Will We Use Your Funds?
One set of dice and pen vaults takes about three hours in the CNC, so our wish list starts with a few more CNC routers to make everything more efficient. Our goal will also allow Matt to work for Polymorph Crafts full time until the rewards are completed.
Less Interesting, But Still Important
After the end of our Kickstarter, we will email you a survey where you can finalize your reward options. This includes stain, felt and suede colors, and wood type. It is also your chance to make sure that we have the correct mailing address for you.
A note on shipping: If you want us to ship to you but your country isn't listed, please let us know! Also, Premium rewards weigh more than Basic and Standard ones, so that's why they have higher shipping costs. And of course, if anything arrives damaged, please let us know and we will do our best to make it right!
For our backers outside of North America: please note, we are not liable for customs fees or taxes. This is why we are happy to provide Standard and Premium backers with a 25% off coupon code at UK dice vendor, DnDice. Hopefully that helps soften the blow when your rewards arrive.
Also, we now have a distributor in Germany, which should cut down on any customs fees or taxes you'd have to pay when your reward arrives. We are also adding countries to our ship-to list as requested, so if you don't see your country listed, send us a message!
When will my rewards arrive?
If we reach our funding goal, the first products will likely ship in Spring of 2018 (other than the December rewards). This will give us a chance to get the funds from Kickstarter, purchase material and machines, and create all your rewards! We will be shipping rewards as soon as they're ready to go, so not everyone will have the same shipping date. We plan on letting you know when your reward begins production and when it ships, but volume may make this tricky.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns throughout the campaign and fulfillment - we know how exciting and nerve-wracking it can be to have to wait for your rewards!
Important Note About Magnets
Your Mimic Chest, Tankard, and Dice Vaults are held together by 1/8" x 1/8" neodymium magnets. Each magnet has almost a pound of strength. We have done everything we can to make sure that the magnets do not come out of your Mimic Chest, Tankard, or Dice Vault. If any do come loose, please keep them away from children and animals!
We take pride in the things we create, but we also understand that wood is sometimes imperfect. If your rewards arrive damaged or if they break through regular use, please let us know! We are happy to replace or repair damaged pieces. You can always find us on Facebook or Twitter, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
There are always hurdles during the transition from small-batch to full-scale, high-end production, many of which can be overcome with better tooling and more time. In order to address any issues with our tools, we will purchase carbide saw blades and router bits for precision cuts, a miter saw for improved consistency, and a small-gauge pneumatic nail gun to eliminate the risk of splitting wood during assembly. We need better tools to work with the leather straps and rivets, too.
Other improvements will be realized via improved processes. Your pledge will enable us to dip stain instead of brushing, which provides deeper, more uniform color. We will also have a spray booth for clear-coat application, which provides uniformity and efficiency. Perhaps most importantly, we will manufacture better jigs to ensure that cuts and holes are precise to within thousandths of an inch.
Polymorph Crafts is committed to producing the best product possible, and we will continue to share updates in the shop and during assembly, showcasing these improved tools and processes and their results.
We have a working prototype; we have relationships with vendors for wood, magnets and leather; design and production processes are set; shipping has been calculated. We are confident that the boost we will get from your pledges is all we need to make Polymorph Crafts a grand success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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