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Encounter Dice are a range of full colour accessories designed to bring a bit more imagery and flexibility to your RPG sessions.
Encounter Dice are a range of full colour accessories designed to bring a bit more imagery and flexibility to your RPG sessions.
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Important Updates!
#19: Completed stretch goal art for Gender and Treasure
#21: Updated Pledge Calculator and Pledge Questions
#23: Production Schedule, Risks and Backer Survey

The list of Stretch Goals as we move into the final week!
The list of Stretch Goals as we move into the final week!
The production prototypes for the six NPC Dice. This is what the final product will look like!
The production prototypes for the six NPC Dice. This is what the final product will look like!

Update: All of the Encounter Dice have a protective Lacquer coating allowing them to stand up to regular, perhaps even frenzied, use.

What is the NPC Pack?

Simply put; it is a set of six 16mm dice with full colour RPG tropes on them that allow you to quickly and inventively generate NPCs, characters, adventures, items, treasure, locales, monsters, bosses etc...

In our initial set, the focus of this campaign, we have a set of six dice covering the following concepts/characters and items; Race, Class, Alignment, Weaponry, Armour and Loot. With these dice you can create NPC archetypes for your party to encounter and also add a character’s demeanour, intent and with the “item” dice add some variety to chests, drop treasure etc…

These can be used for quick character generation too. If someone's late or dropping in for one session then get them to roll up their character quickly so you can all get on with the game. Similarly, if your group won't leave the tavern to get on with your carefully planned adventure and want to spend their evening with NPCs you hadn't planned out, use Encounter Dice to generate someone for them to interact with.

Some examples of NPCs you can create with the NPC Pack.
Some examples of NPCs you can create with the NPC Pack.

The images and videos of the products we have on this page should give you a good indication of the style and feel we’re going for. These represent “practical” characters existing in a world similar to our own and we shall represent them as such. The quality and finish that the manufacturers have been able to produce on a 16mm square is breathtaking.

In terms of both race and gender our goal with this range is to be as inclusive as possible. With a fairly equal gender split and a broad mix of racial types. This will be skewed somewhat depending on who, if anyone, selects the “Your Face Here” perks. We will endeavour to bring balance across the range as a whole… Also, bikinis (metal or otherwise) are for beaches, not for adventuring. Our female characters will be dressed just as fully as their male counterparts.

Who are they designed for?

Primarily these are GM/DM aids allowing for quick creation of NPCs, small to medium adventures or side quests and encounters. Players can use them too for fast character generation or for adding a bit more flavour to an existing character. As the campaign is for the NPC pack let’s have a bit of a closer look at what you will get and what you can use them for;

Class: A standard term for what a character intrinsically is as opposed to what they do. Potentially you could use this for a characters profession but TBH we have a couple of other dice planned for that further down the line.
Faces: Bard, Barbarian, Ranger, Thief, Magic User and Warrior

Race: The six big hitters in RPGs are still the most popular. At first glance these seem limited to one use but think of using them as the demeanour of a character; an elf could mean haughty, half-orc could mean confused or angry and halfling could mean mischievous. Used in conjunction with the intent as defined by the Alignment die it could certainly add a deeper social aspect to some sessions.
Faces: Human, Elf, Dwarf, Halfling/Gnome, Half-Elf and Half-Orc

Alignment: This follows the traditional alignments and can be used as such. It is also useful for defining NPC intent, monster/opposition reaction i.e. your party encounters a group of Mercenaries. Roll the alignment die, good results mean the party is welcomed or tolerated, evil means they are attacked, neutral means perhaps that the mercenaries are on a mission of their own and choose not to interact at all.
Faces: Very Good, Good, Neutral, Evil, Very Evil and Unknown

Armour: From none to full plate this die gives you an idea of the type of armour worn by the NPCs. It can be either a full suit or the most predominant type of armour they wear. It can also be used to provide an impromptu armoury, contents of a chest or they type of armour available to purchase at a settlement.
Faces: None, Shield, Leather, Chainmail, Scale Mail and Full Plate

Weapons: A selection of typical Fantasy weaponry in 6 groups. This die defines the type of weapon rather than the actual weapon itself. As with the Armour die it can be used to provide an armoury, loot or the type of weapons available within a given settlement.
Faces: Single Handed (Blunt), Single Handed (Edged), Dual Wield, Two Handed, Staff/Spear and Ranged

Loot: Representing the items the NPCs have for trade or for your players to take from their cooling corpses. Handy for rolling out drop treasure, chest contents etc… without too much preplanning.
Faces: Gold, Gems, Potion A, Potion B, Scrolls and Backpack (equipment)

Packaging

I had two main concerns when coming up with the packaging solution;
    - Safely ship and store these tiny works of art
    - Allow the actual product to be displayed

As such the packaging needed to be strong, soft and transparent, not a small consideration at all... I think we've hit the right tone with the foam tray within a blister pack. It hits all three criteria and addresses both concerns. A retailer can place them onto a rack with the product fully visible. A customer can, should they wish to discard the blister pack, keep the the dice safe in the foam tray. I would suggest keeping them in the zip-loc bag they come in just to be extra safe.

Prototype Retail Packaging
Prototype Retail Packaging

The Cards

In addition to these dice we thought that having fancy dice is one thing but what about tailoring the specific images to your own games? That's where the cards can come in handy! With the same images as the dice you can jot down a quick note for stats, further divisions or even change what the image means to you. We go into it a bit further on our blog (Article Here). The cards will be available as editable/printable PDFs for most of the rewards.

What is the current state of the project?

Getting down to brass tacks what we're asking for is £1800 to put the NPC Pack into production. The vast majority for the cost is the actual printing of the dice, the remainder being used to cover the art used on the dice and the graphics used in packaging as well as the actual packaging for the range. The dice are very expensive and I believe that this is the first RPG dice product range that attempts to use them.

We’re pretty much ready to rock and roll here. The prototypes have been signed off and barring any art changes due to campaign rewards we can pick up the phone and get the run started as soon as we clear the total. In short though;

  • The NPC Pack. Everything required is in place and the order can be placed with a single email/call if the campaign is successful.
  • Packaging has been prototyped and costed for the retail product. Images and a video are available to showcase it.
  • Art for the stretch goals is around 20% complete and examples of it will be provided as we near any prospective goal.
  • Artwork for the other Encounter Dice sets is fully briefed but not yet started as we did not want to pull the trigger on this too soon.

Who is the Manufacturer?

Encounter Dice will be manufactured in the UK by Plastics4Games (P4G). It was this company that supplied the finished prototypes seen in the videos and photographs. They have been very supportive of the project and patient with our first venture into dice production (thanks Ingrid & Lyn!). They have confirmed that we have supplied everything they need to produce the NPC set. 

What about delivery?

Given the reduced volume we are envisaging for the initial run we can handle this quite easily.In terms of dates we have based this on an order of 50-100 sets and as such the dates are;

  • December 2013: NPC Pack, All Stretch Goals, the Art Cards and T-Shirt Add ons.
  • March 2014: Phase #1 Add ons, if unlocked.

Should there be a larger demand for the dice we will review the delivery dates but given the speed of production P4G can manage it would take a massive order for this to be an issue. 

Reward Levels

Pledge Calculator: http://encounterdice.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/ed_calc_271013.xls

Trade terms: Pledge the money, which includes shipping, and get the product. How you sell it is up to you. This is applies to this single instance and does not represent an ongoing or rolling contract for either parties.

As the Social Positions are "booked" we will cross out their image on the right
As the Social Positions are "booked" we will cross out their image on the right
As the Class types are "booked" we will cross out their image on the right
As the Class types are "booked" we will cross out their image on the right
As the Races are "booked" we will cross out their image on the right
As the Races are "booked" we will cross out their image on the right

Stretch Goals

These seem to be oxygen to KS projects and we hope we have pitched these at the right levels. If the campaign total hits the appropriate number any backer who has bought in as NPC Pack Plus or higher will receive the following at no additional cost. Four are shown below but we have over twenty defined.

Apply gender physicality and perhaps gender identity to your NPCs. THis is now included in all rewards starting from NPC Pack Plus! Faces: Male, Female, 3rd Gender, Transgender Male, Transgender Female & None Of Your Business
Apply gender physicality and perhaps gender identity to your NPCs. THis is now included in all rewards starting from NPC Pack Plus! Faces: Male, Female, 3rd Gender, Transgender Male, Transgender Female & None Of Your Business
From Noble to Beggar give your NPCs a different type of class. Faces: Noble, Knight, Trader, Merchant, Commoner & Beggar
From Noble to Beggar give your NPCs a different type of class. Faces: Noble, Knight, Trader, Merchant, Commoner & Beggar
Six types of Magic items. Use them as the objectives for the quest or as drop treasure for powerful opponents.
Six types of Magic items. Use them as the objectives for the quest or as drop treasure for powerful opponents.
Define the motivation of an NPC, the mission they are on or even as a core for your own adventure..
Define the motivation of an NPC, the mission they are on or even as a core for your own adventure..
From maces to fingertips impact weapons cause some spectacular injuries.
From maces to fingertips impact weapons cause some spectacular injuries.
Anything with an edge can create some devastating hits ranging from incapacitating to prejudicially fatal.
Anything with an edge can create some devastating hits ranging from incapacitating to prejudicially fatal.
Last time you saw something like this it was on the Bayeux Tapestry.
Last time you saw something like this it was on the Bayeux Tapestry.
Grappling, wrestling call it what you want but choking out a Minotaur is cool.
Grappling, wrestling call it what you want but choking out a Minotaur is cool.
The shambling dead in all their rotten glory.
The shambling dead in all their rotten glory.

Add Ons

These are available for you to flesh out your rewards, simply add the price to your total pledge;

Phase #1: NPC Pack Expansions
We have great plans for the Encounter Dice range as I hope you can see. Listed below are the first two packs of the five we have planned and these are all fully detailed at the time of writing and need only art from Carlos to be put into production. They will become available to add to your reward if the total hits key numbers. Each consists of 4 dice giving you sub-races, positions, weapons and magic items tailored to each race.

The more exotic denizens of fantasy RPGs
The more exotic denizens of fantasy RPGs
The oft underestimated race in RPGs. Includes a little nod to the D&D cartoon as well..
The oft underestimated race in RPGs. Includes a little nod to the D&D cartoon as well..

I also have sets planned for Elves, Dwarves and Halflings/Gnomes

Risks and challenges

With the core product pretty much ready to go and the manufacturer confirming delivery the risks to the project are small but let's not pretend that issues don't arise.

Volume Shipping Issues: As we are a very small company if the campaign is popular it may potentially delay sending out perks to contributors.
- Solution: We have a number of people available to us to get over a short term spike in shipping (see the Delivery section above).

Staff Issues: What happens if you or the artist/manufacturer become unavailable due to X?
- Solution: We have access to a pool of resources meaning that we have minimized the impact of one or more person dropping out. Additionally we have identified back up artists and manufacturing companies should any of these key resources become unavailable.

That's it! Thanks for taking the time to read this far down. We love the idea of these being a common GM tool to help make planning sideline adventures, NPC's and treasure hauls easier. Well, we love the idea of them being used for a whole heap of things and we hope you guys like them too!

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    Pledge £12 or more About $19

    ($19 - €14.50) THE CORE PRODUCT:

    6 full colour dice defining Race, Class, Alignment, Armour, Weapon and Loot. No packaging, no extras.Note: There is minimal packaging with this reward and UK Shipping Included

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    ($24 - €18) THE NPC PACK PLUS:

    As per the core product + access to the PDF card templates used with the dice to allow for extra customization. UK Shipping Included. ALL STRETCH GOALS BEGIN WITH THIS REWARD

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    ($63 - €47.5) GM SET:

    NPC Pack Plus set + all the unlocked stretch goals + any 4 dice available from the range at completion + GM t-shirt (Live To Die Another Day). Global Shipping Included

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    ($63 - €47.5) COLLECTORS SET:

    NPC Pack Plus set + all the unlocked stretch goals + The Collectors T (I encounter risk, danger and dice with death) + 6 Art cards showing the art of NPC Pack dice in the set. Global Shipping Included

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    ($238 - €179) YOUR FACE HERE - CLASS DIE:

    Be immortalised in a tiny format! We will use your likeness on the Class die transforming you into a Warrior, Thief, Bard, Barbarian, Wizard or Ranger. THIS IS STRICTLY FIRST COME FIRST SERVED AND WE WILL UPDATE WHAT IS LEFT/GONE ON THE MAIN PAGE This also includes the full NPC Pack Plus set with all unlocked stretch goals, a print of your art signed by the team and a set of 6 Class dice for you to give as gifts, lord over your friends etc... Global Shipping Included

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    ($238 - €179) YOUR FACE HERE - SOCIAL POSITION DIE:

    Be immortalised in a tiny format! We will use your likeness on the Social Position die transforming you into a Noble, Knight, Soldier, Trader, Commoner or Beggar. THIS IS STRICTLY FIRST COME FIRST SERVED AND WE WILL UPDATE WHAT IS LEFT/GONE ON THE MAIN PAGE This also includes the full NPC Pack Plus set with all unlocked stretch goals, a print of your art signed by the team and a set of 6 Social Position dice for you to give as gifts, lord over your friends etc... Global Shipping Included

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    ($315 - €236) YOUR FACE HERE - RACE DIE:

    Be immortalised in a tiny format. We will use your likeness on the RACE dice transforming you into a Human(!), Elf, Half-Elf, Dwarf, Halfling or Half-Orc. THIS IS STRICTLY FIRST COME FIRST SERVED AND WE WILL UPDATE WHAT IS LEFT/GONE ON THE MAIN LISTING This also includes the NPC Pack Plus set with all unlocked stretch goals, a print of your art signed by the team and a set of 6 Race dice for you to give as gifts, lord over your friends etc... Global Shipping Included

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