We are a group of gamers dedicated to growing and promoting the board game hobby and those who enjoy it. Tom Vasel, Sam Healey, Zee Garcia, and many others produce weekly videos covering hundreds of different games both new and classic. Additionally, Eric Summerer, Suzanne Sheldon, Mandi Hutchinson, and Tom produce a weekly podcast all about games and the people who play them.
But that's not all! We will also provide you with news, variety shows (such as Board Game Breakfast), a series of popular "Top Ten" videos, shopping guides, and more! All of this can be found at our website - www.dicetower.com.
Our show gets a majority of its funding from our Kickstarter campaign each year. We have six full-time employees, as well as two part-time employees. Last year, our focus was on getting more live content out and increasing our convention coverage. This year, our goals are:
- Produce regular live content on a set schedule
- Increase interaction with our listeners
- Continue to increase the quality of our current YouTube shows
We're asking for your help as we pursue our goal of covering the entire world of board games. We have a myriad of cool rewards, but we hope that your main goal in supporting this campaign is keeping The Dice Tower on the air. We are dedicated to keeping the show and our videos free for download and viewing, and appreciate those who join us in reaching that goal.
Here are our stretch goals for the campaign this year!
$210,000 - Mandi and Suzanne will start a bi-weekly show in which they play games against each other live! - DONE!
$220,000 - We will have a booth and show at the Essen fair. - DONE!
$230,000 - Tom and Eric will bring on 5 special "third chair" guests over the year. - DONE
$240,000 - Bryan Drake will do his top 100 Games of all Time! - DONE
$250,000 - We will hire a second video editor, helping improve details and more in our videos. We want to continually move towards a more professional production.
$260,000 - Crystal and Ambie will do their top 100 games of all time
$270,000 - We will send some of our core team to Origins.
$280,000 - We will do, at some point in 2019, a short live gaming marathon. Maybe 24 hours - something along those lines. It will be in our studio, and possibly have fewer people than we have in the past.
$290,000 - I will fly in a special guest(s) for said live gaming marathon.
$300,000 - Impossible? Let's find out!
We have a pile of wonderful rewards to send out to you as a gift for backing our campaign. We know the value of these rewards does not come close to the amount you are donating to the show, but they are simply a small "thank you" gift that we are sending as a token of our appreciation.
The following promos each have their own pledge level, but also can be added to a regular pledge. Simply add the amount to your pledge, and you can choose which ones you want at the end of the campaign. Realize that some add-ons will accrue more international shipping at the end of the campaign.
A brand new custom Gloomhaven Scenario designed by the Dice Tower team - delivered via .pdf
If you missed it last year, get one of our custom packs of people for Time's Up!
Get two sticker sheets with one of each of our eleven new Dice Animals!
Pick two of our large 3-inch stickers. Choose from Cow, Lion, Bear, Panda, or Tiger. (stickers to be chosen after the campaign)
Get a set of 10 of the same Dice Animal tokens to use in your games! Animal will be chosen at the end of the campaign.
Get a set of five component bins. These can be used to store components in the game box, and also used to keep things organized during game play!
Get a pack of fifty card sleeves (choose between Bear and Tiger) to protect your card deck! (Dimensions - 63x88 mm...standard American size)
Get one of our new Dice Animal Pins! (choose between Panda or Cat)
Get a small plushie Dice Panda. Treat her well. We're currently working on the design of the panda, but it will be about the size of a small beanie baby.
Get a pair of custom Dice Tower dice! Colors can't be chosen, but both dice will be the same color. The "6" side will have the Dice Tower logo.
Get a game tote to carry your games around! (Dimensions - 38x34x25 cm)
Get a bag in which to keep your dice! (Dimensions - 150x100 mm)
Get one of each of our five "motivational" Dice Posters. (Dimensions - 8.5" x 11")
The posters say
"Rolling Dice and Taking Manes"
"Monday Critical Miss"
"Cooperation is a Myth"
"Slow Down and Play"
Get eight different animal coasters to protect your tables!
Get our new 2019 Playmat! (Dimensions - 23.75" x 14")
Wear a custom Dice Tower tie to your next formal event! Available in four colors (black not shown).
Get a pair of aluminum dice. Some of the nicest dice we've ever seen! Dice will be the same color, randomly chosen. These are the same dice from our 2018 campaign.
Tom will give you a verbal shout-out of thanks on two of our Board Game Breakfast shows this year!
The whole Vasel family will sign and send you a Christmas card.
The Sultan of Soothing Sounds himself, Eric Summerer, will record you a short voicemail to use on your phone. (no commercial use, please).
Choose one of our custom dice towers!
The gang at Dice Tower HQ will record a video for you or a friend. Videos are a few minutes long, and we'll do a congratulations, birth announcement, or whatever you want! We need two months notice, and will send the video to you a week before you need it.
Want to spend time eating with the Dice Tower at a convention? Check the reward section for times and places to join the whole gang for a fun meal!
Thanks to all the publishers who are sponsoring this Kickstarter!!!
This is a brand new set of 15 Season cards for Rising Sun, designed by the Dice Tower staff! This can be added to any pledge, but a limit of one per backer. It is already included in the "All In" pledge. NOTE: THIS CANNOT BE ADDED TO THE $1 PLEDGE.
This is a new figure for use with Zombicide: Invader! Now, due to the limited numbers we have of these, there are two ways to get it. One is a single pledge level. The other will be in a new "ALL IN" pledge level that includes all promos and this miniature, as well as a soon-to-be-disclosed cool promo that I can't wait to tell you about.
If there are extras at the end of the campaign, you will be able to add them using pledge manager, but do not assume that! I'd love to offer them as an unlimited add-on, but we simply can't do that.
A pack of ten new cards for Nemesis!
A pack of ten brand new cards for use with Lords of Hellas!
An exclusive follower for the new version of Run, Fight, or Die!
An exclusive epic monster for Champions of Midgard: Valhalla.
A pack of seven Gremlin Tech Cards for Agents of Mayhem!
A new card for Bunny Kingdom!
Two brand new cards for Onitama.
A new card for Cytosis!
A set of Stephen Hawking cards for Subatomic.
A new promo card for Joan of Arc!
A new companion for Vindication!
A new set of towns for Raccoon Tycoon!
A new souvenir card for Fireball Island!
A two card pack for Hostage Negotiator.
A new promo card for Shards of Infinity.
A new tile for Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig.
The Flamme Rouge: Stage Cards promo pack - five stage cards for the game!
A new promo card for Star Realms!
A pack of two negative cards to hand out in Goodcritters.
A six pack of interesting goods to hand out in Goodcritters.
A new tile for the upcoming new edition of Suburbia.
A pack of 12 location cards for use with the upcoming Spyfall: Time Travel (releasing at GenCon). Also, compatible with all versions of Spyfall.
A pack of 5 cards that contain rules and 4 unique scoring variants to play Drop It!
A new card for Fields of Green! (You get three of these cards).
A new quest card for The King's Guild.
A new technology card for Dice Settlers.
Five new alien system cards for Alien Artifacts!
4 Gadget cards that give special powers to their owners for Ice Cool!
A new search card for Deep Madness!
A new promo tile for City of Gears!
Three new cards (two of them double-sided) for Ophidian 2360!
A new castle (delicious!) for Kingdomino!
A new pack of 6 carbine cards for Western Legends!
A new custom card for Monster Lands!
3 New Suspects for missions in Chronicles of Crime (the middle guy is innocent!)
3 Promo Cards for the new second edition of The Ancient World!
A new cruise tile for use with Expancity!
A new hero for Catacombs that actually flicks a six-sided die! Includes 14 cards.
A pack of two new pilots for the new version of Battletech!
Two new cards for Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops!
A six card promo set for Roll Player's expansion: Monsters & Minions
A new promo card for Dice Hospital.
The CN Tower for use with 7 Wonders.
Some bonus cards for Pictomania! (final number may vary)
Two copies of a new phantom for Haunt the House!
A promo tile for Warpgate!
Two new weapons for Critical Mass.
A new promo card for Wander: The Cult of Barnacle Bay.
Previously available in store demo kits, get Titans for some of the Smash Up factions!
Four new cards (one for each season deck) for Kami-Sama!
A new forgotten spell for Black Rose Wars!
A set of cards to use with Reef.
NOTE: Further promos might be added to the packs as the campaign moves ahead. If you are a publisher and want to get involved, email us!
Risks and challenges
Though this is not our first campaign, there are a number of factors worth mentioning. First, we are dependent on the publishers who make us the promos for our campaign. All deadlines for delivery of these promos to the Dice Tower have been communicated prior to launch. We have also taken steps to improve the speed and efficiency of the deliverables for this campaign from past campaigns. Lastly, we have brought on more help specifically to help run this campaign, as well as assist with fulfillment of deliverables to our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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