Special Note: BackerKit Post-Campaign
We will still be offering these Tinker Dice over on BackerKit, even after the campaign here closes. If you'd like to pick some up, please come visit the BackerKit system here:
And please spread the word! Thank you!
What are Tinker Dice II?
Tinker Dice II are plastic dice, standard sized (16-20mm), with custom engraving and plastic colors. They will be available in common RPG and gaming designs, namely, the D4, D6, D8, D10, D10 decader, D12 and D20 shapes.
They will be made in seven different colors, two of which are in the photo above (the brown and green), and the remainder are in the concept phase, as seen here:
The first two, the dark brown and pearlescent green, correlate with the color themes in our Tinker and Rusty Tinker decks from last year. We also have a pledge tier that you can use to pick up a few of those decks if you'd like, at a slight discount over adding them in as Add Ons. (There are more photos of the cards over on our Pinterest page.)
We've already paid for the moulds for all seven dice, and as seen above, we have some samples of the D6 and D20 dice. The factory is finishing up other moulds right now, with prototype dice seen in our update over here:
What's with the II?
Once upon a time, Tinker Dice were proposed steampunk-themed custom plastic dice. That campaign didn't get enough traction to fund, so the Tinker Dice designs were resurrected in metal. They proved to be more popular, largely because metal dice are really cool, but we still want to make the designs available in plastic. We can do more with color using plastics, and the dice won't be as rough on your table.
So, the II is simply to differentiate these Tinker Dice from those two previous projects. We're also taking this opportunity to expand the Tinker Dice line to include some other polyhedral designs instead of just the D6 designs. We're expanding what we can offer with the Tinker Dice designs.
There are plenty of custom dice out there. There are a bunch of mechanical or steampunk styled custom dice. I've even designed some of them. So why make more? I say, why not?
Dice are among the most affordable pieces of gaming art that can be made, at least if you can leverage the economy of scale and get a nice, big, juicy order to a manufacturer. Dice also are just fun little tactile toys and game components.
I'd love to have some of these dice in my collection, and I'd love to get them to other people who might be interested as well. So, I'm bringing these designs to Kickstarter to see if we can put together a sufficiently sized order to make these Tinker Dice II happen at a good price point.
We have a few options, mostly sets of the most popular D6 dice, as well as the full sets of Game dice. Each set would consist of a D4, a D6, a D8, a D10, a D10 decader, a D12 and a D20, all in one of the seven possible colors.
There is also a Spectrum Set that will have one of each color in it, though which die is which color will be random. (So you might wind up with a Brown D20, a Green D12, a Royal D10 decader, an Amber D10, a Scrimshaw D8, a Verdigris D6 and an Obsidian D4... or some other mix. You'll get one of each die size and one of each color.)
There are a few other options, like D20, D10 and D6 groups, ready-made for some of the different wargames and RPGs out there.
I collect dice, and have found many kindred spirits in the Dice Maniacs' Club on Facebook. It's an excellent resource for collectors and filled with great people. We have a "collectors" tier specifically for those who want one of each die (seven sets, one of each color), the First Generation Collector's tier.
In the past, we have offered "Add On" items if you wanted to pick up some of our past goods that we still happen to have on hand. Kickstarter doesn't have a native system for this, so we've become fond of BackerKit. It's Yet Another Place To Login, but it's a nicely crafted site and it's well suited to picking up extra oddments in a project.
Since we're now funded (thank you!), we'll be using BackerKit at the end of the campaign to sort out what everyone is getting. If you want to pick up any of our older oddments like the metal Tinker Dice or the Tinker Decks, you can add money to your pledge now for them, or later in BackerKit. It is another couple of hoops to jump through, which we're sorry for, but at present, it will be the best way for us to offer you those remnants.
You can add money to your pledge here in Kickstarter, which will help us unlock the remaining colors, or you can add money in BackerKit. Either will actually help us get the other colors, but if you add money to your pledge here, it might be a bit more visible to the stretch goal process which can help generate more interest.
Also, if you want to pick up more than one of this campaign's pledge tiers, say, a 6D6 set and a 10D10 set, please just pick one tier to pledge for, it doesn't much matter which, and add the tier values together and enter that as your pledge value. That sort of "merger" of tiers can be clarified in BackerKit, or you can simply tell us what you want to merge together in the surveys at the end of this project.
I know, it's unwieldy, but at the moment, it's easier than making dozens of tiers to cover possible permutations. Thank you!
We have a few plans for making spiffy new packaging for the dice sets. With the current budget, each set of dice will ship in a small plastic bag inside of a bubble mailer or box, as appropriate. If we get to $10,000, each set will come in a plastic tube like you might see in your local game shop. This will be a free upgrade for each set.
Thank you for your interest! Please spread the word and let's see what we can do with Tinker Dice II!
Risks and challenges
The designs have been preapproved by the production companies, and some of the moulds have already been completed, so there shouldn't be trouble there. The dice will be molded and shipped from overseas, so they have a fair distance to travel, and Mother Nature could cause trouble. Once I get the dice and the packaging, I'll need a bit of time to get everything prepped and sent, and human error might occur, but I'm careful and thorough, and I'll do as much as I can as soon as I can. There could always be troubles once the dice are en route, but again, those would be tied to random, unforseeable problems.
In the interest of disclosure, we are still processing shipping for our Tinker Gearcoin project from last year, but that will not interfere with this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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