Tinker Metal Dice are a set of custom designed dice, mechanically themed, inspired in part by the steampunk design world and old machinery. They are standard engraved 16mm six sided numbered (or Fudge/FATE) dice, cast in zinc with an antiqued bronze finish, which, while probably not exactly like these prototypes, should be similar.
We also have Gearpunk dice available as seen above, though those are plastic Shapeways prototypes that I've dyed, painted and color shifted (on top), whereas these Tinker dice are metal Shapeways prototypes. The Tinker designs and the Gearpunk designs will all be cast in solid metal for the final product.
It should also be noted that these dice are already available via Shapeways over in my shop, Tish Tosh Tesh Toys, which is where the dice in these photos are from. I have them there in collector-ready form, singletons or pairs, ready to be printed. They have been hollowed out to save cost, hence the holes in the corners, and they are still much more costly than they would be via this campaign's group order... but they exist.
We're trying to get a big group order together so everyone can get them in higher quality at a better price. The final product will be solid, with no holes in the corners, coated with antiqued bronze, and will be cleaner. Shapeways does fantastic work, but the nature of 3D printing simply leaves artifacts that a nicely moulded die won't have. This does give them a certain character, though, which has its own charm, to be sure.
There are plenty of custom dice out there. There are even a bunch of mechanical or steampunk styled custom dice. I've even designed some of them, the Gearpunk Dice over at Shapeways. So why make more? Well, 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 simply just fun little tactile toys. Metal dice are somewhat less common as well, and these designs just seem to really work well in metal.
I believe these designs to be unique and appealing, fitting with games that have a mechanical theme. 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 Metal Dice happen at a good price point.
I am T. Eshelman, or more frequently, just Tesh. I am a happily married father of four, technical artist and animator in the video game industry by day, game designer, artist and photographer in my hobby time. I fit the occasional blog post in as well, over at Tish Tosh Tesh. I love machinery and I love to see how it ages over time. I have a series of game components and games in mind that fit this Tinker theme, and this is one of the simplest, smallest piece of the puzzle. It's a good start to the larger experiment that is the Tinker world. Good machines are made of good parts, and I'm excited to see what we can build. Thank you for stopping by, and I look forward to hearing from you as time goes on!
Each pledge tier has some mix of Tinker Dice, Gearpunk Dice or both. You may mix and match in each design type, selecting from any of the unlocked designs for that type. For example, an order of six Tinker Dice might consist of four Fudge/FATE Tinker Dice, and two numbered D6 Tinker Dice. An order of 12 Gearpunk Dice might consist of a set of seven "gamer dice" (the D4, D6, D8, D10, D10decader, D12 and D20), a set of four Gearpunk Fudge Dice, and a spare D6 to make a neat pair with the other D6.
International shipping rates have been adjusted downward, I just can't change the pledge tier descriptions. Please adjust as follows. I'm sorry there isn't a better way to do this (U.S. shipping is unchanged):
If you're pledging for 4 dice (of either type), please subtract $1 from the Canadian and international shipping I ask for in the pledge description
If you're pledging for 6 dice (of either type), please subtract $2 from the Canadian and international shipping I ask for in the pledge description
If you're pledging for 7 dice (the GEARPUNK GAMER tier), please subtract $3 from the Canadian and international shipping I ask for in the pledge description
If you're pledging for 9 dice (the NICE NINE DICE tier), please subtract $4 from the Canadian and international shipping I ask for in the pledge description
If you're pledging for 12 dice (of either type), please subtract $6 from the Canadian and international shipping I ask for in the pledge description
The newest pledge tiers, SEEING DOUBLE and 31 FLAVORS, are unaffected by this, as they have the new numbers for shipping baked in.
Also, as noted in the Twisted Metal update, we're teaming up with the Mechanika: Empires of Blood and Steam RPG campaign to offer a Tinker variant of their Fudge dice design, which will be available as one of the Tinker designs you may choose from.
Also, in addition to the Pentagear Fudge Tinker Die design being added to the design pool, we'll also give you an extra one of them as a bonus (not another Tinker Die pick, just one of these specifically) if you pledge at any level with six or more dice of either type, and if you back their campaign (at any level, noting that you'd need to be at $35 or more to get the exclusive serial adventure, too... which may or may not have a "kill ten rats" easter egg).
Pentagear Tinker Die Mockup!
Of special note is the NICE NINE DICE tier. It functions as the collector's tier, where you are guaranteed seven Gearpunk Dice picks and two Tinker Dice picks. (Which you may use on any designs, as in the other tiers, but it's tailor made for one of each die design.) We're also throwing one Pentagear Fudge Tinker Die into that tier (whether or not you back the Mechanika campaign), and we'll also add one Gearpunk Fudge die since we cleared through the $10,000 goal that unlocked that design. Yes, that makes the tier very cost-effective. We kinda like it that way. (Note that alternate finishes for the dice do not count as new dice picks. If you want one of each design and finish, that's going to be the SEEING DOUBLE or 31 FLAVORS tier, if we hit $18,000.)
ALSO, because we appreciate those of you have pledged for a dozen dice in either type and don't want to seem like we're just paying attention to the NICE NINE DICE tier, we're going to make those 12-dice tiers a Baker's Dozen (13 dice) now that we've hit $10,000. I can't edit the pledge descriptions, but I'll make a note of this where I can, and we'll be sure to note it in the surveys at the end of the project.
Since we've hit $11,000, each order will come with one (or more) of three types of bag: Simple Cloth Bags, Mad Science Cloth Bags or Leather Bags. Just let us know which you prefer when the final surveys come to you.
Cloth bags that have been through the Mad Science Lab will look something like this, though there's not much predictability to the processing.
You blasted the campaign through $11,000, so we'll order a big batch of these leather bags and upgrade everyone at no extra charge. (Though if you want up to 3 extra bags, those are available as Add Ons at a charge of $2 each.)
Colors will be random. You can request a color, and we'll try to get it to you, but we can't guarantee anything.
We've stretched significantly past the base goal in the time we've been running so far. Many thanks, everyone! As such, we've unlocked the Tinker Fudge design:
...and we've unlocked all of the Gearpunk designs as well.
Here is the plastic prototype set of these Gearpunk dice, dyed a dark brownish purple and painted with a bronze paint to catch the highlights. Of course, once cast in metal, the corners will be filled in (these are also hollow Shapeways prototypes).
Here's another beauty shot by a kind lady who printed them in black via Shapeways then did some painting on them:
It is important to note that the company I have lined up to do these weren't able to use my source 3D files, but I gave them the 2D art for the faces and plenty of photos of these prototypes and Shapeways renders, and they are confident they can match the shapes. Since we are dealing with this sort of secondary setup, there's a bit of risk involved, that we may not get a precise translation, but I'm going to work hard with them to make sure that it's as close as possible.
Specifically, they are ready to make four sided dice (D4), six sided dice (D6), eight sided dice (D8), two kinds of ten sided dice (D10, D10 "decader"), twelve sided dice (D12), and the important twenty sided dice (D20).
We're getting them all in standard sizes (16mm for most, 20mm for the D12 and D20), so they should fit into most dice collections.
The Gearpunk dice do cost more to produce, so there are different pledge tiers for them, and there is an add-on system (see below) so you can get some of each type, since mixing and matching the Tinker dice and the Gearpunk dice would make for too many variables.
Thank you all again for your support thus far! It's great to see these received as well as they have been, and I'm really looking forward to getting them made and shipped out to all of you!
Since you all pushed the campaign to the lofty heights of $14,000, we're talking about a new stretch goal at $15,000, wherein we'll offer all but the Pentagear Fudge die in an alternate finish. As yet, we're undecided on what finish that will be, so please go check out the poll at my blog, Tish Tosh Tesh, and let us know what second finish option you'd add to the antiquated bronze base: a pure zinc finish or antiquated copper! (Yes, these are photos of medallions, not dice, but they are from the production company, so should be at least relevant.)
Kicking it Forward
We've also updated and decided to participate in the Kicking it Forward initiative. There are a bunch of great projects out there, and this community is filled with awesome people.
Since we've introduced the Gearpunk designs, and the prices are necessarily different, we're using Add Ons to let you pick up some dice from the type other than your base pledge's contents.
Please note: Just to keep things cleaner, you may only do each of these once on your pledge. So, you could add on up to twelve (12) Tinker dice and seven (7) Gearpunk Dice and up to three (3) bags, if you felt so inclined, but no more.
To add TWO (2) Tinker Dice to your order (any mix of the three designs), please add $8 to your pledge.
To add FOUR (4) Tinker Dice to your order (any mix of the three designs), please add $16 to your pledge.
To add SIX (6) Tinker Dice to your order (any mix of the three designs), please add $24 to your pledge.
To add ONE (1) Gearpunk Die to your order (any of the available designs), please add $6 to your pledge.
To add TWO (2) Gearpunk Dice to your order (any of the available designs), please add $12 to your pledge.
To add FOUR (4) Gearpunk Dice to your order (any of the available designs), please add $24 to your pledge
To add ONE (1) Bag to your order (any available type), please add $2 to your pledge.
To add TWO (2) Bag to your order (any available type), please add $4 to your pledge.
To add THREE (3) Bags to your order (any available type), please add $6 to your pledge.
Risks and challenges
The designs have been preapproved by the production companies, 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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