Ice Caverns : Gaming Terrain made from high-quality polymers
The coolest Ice Cavern 3-D Modular Gaming Terrain you can find anywhere. Hand made in the USA.
--- Though this Kickstarter may not have hit its funding goal, it's not going anywhere! I will be relaunching the project in January 2018 with some amazing updates. Please see this link for complete details. ---
Ice Caverns are a hand made Dungeon Terrain accessory created using premium materials and then hand finished. I use the highest quality in clarity materials that I can get my hands on to make the best tiles I can. Ice Caverns are amazingly clear and wonderfully sculpted. It's time to take your gaming table to the next level.
I love Dungeon Terrain. Have been using the stuff for years. From as many different companies as I could get my hands on. I always felt that it enriched my game and brought a different atmosphere to how my games were run without it. My players got to "see" the Temple of Elemental Evil and "feel" the raw emotion of Castle Ravenloft. Dungeon Terrain has always been more then just a backdrop to place my combats on, it sets the stage in a way that no other prop does. It is exciting and connects you to the game on a deeper level. It has enriched my gaming table and thus my life.
I backed Dwarven Forge and their fantastic first Kickstarter, ( way more then I should have! ) and with it their Ice Cavern sets made from clear Dwarvenite. Like many other Dwarven Forge projects I had purchased in the past I was ecstatic about getting these tiles in hand. Dwarven Forge and Stefan never fail to dissapoint with the amazing things they made. Everyone on their team did a amazing job to bring us a metric ton of tiles at dirt cheap prices. As a long time buyer of many of their higher quality resin sets it was wonderful to see a opprotunity granted to so many gamers that would allow them a chance to get into a part of the hobby that may have otherwise been inaccesable to them because of price.
When I got the tiles in hand I was impressed with the durability of the new materials as well as the scultps. They were great! But I could never quite shake the feeling that the tiles could have a improved clarity to them. In my eyes Ice was almost always ultra super clear and translucent. I guess I just had this image in my mind of sprawling underground caverns made out of a material that would look and feel like ice. And as great and amazing as the new tiles were I felt like they were a bit lacking. These new tiles were made so that everyone could afford to get huge sets and thus had to be made out of a affordable material.
But what if they wern't?
When I started this project a few years ago I wanted to make a tile that would really stand apart from everything else. And to do that, I had to start at the beginning.
So I started out doing research. To find out what various different types of ice looked like in the real world. Fantasy best emulates reality when it looks as close to reality as possible. After spending some a fair amount of time in the cold and tons of hours online I knew what I wanted to make. Organic and flowing. Rich and beautiful. Ice is majestic in a way that no other thing in earth can match and I wanted to create that for use at my table.
The problem is to get that pure and clear look of ice took materials that are not commonly used for Dungeon Terrain and more commonly used to make Acrylic Sheets. I tried everything on the market and nothing really came out the way I wanted to. So I had no other choice but to work to find a hybrid material solution to get the clarity I wanted. After a few months of trail and error I came up with a modified formulation that really gave my terrain the pop I was going for!
The trick was in taking this
And turning it into this!
For a complete breakthrough of my creation process, including techniques and build quality and materials used as well as a short Q/A please view this link.
Or see Update #1.
This is going to be a huge photo catalogue of all the different types of tiles in the Kickstarter.
Intended for use with 25mm miniatures. Scaled at 1 square per five feet, industry standard. They work perfectly fine with 28mm, as do most tiles now a days.
Exact size of each tile is
Floor Tile = Or 48mm wide. 10.9mm high. 1.8 inches squared.
Wall tile = 48mm wide. base 10.9mm high, wall total = 47.8mm. 1.8 inches squared
Corner tile = 48mm wide. base 10.9mm high, wall total = 47.8mm. 1.8 inches squared
One of the advantages about doing the tiles all in house instead of overseas is to be able to create things as the backers want them to be created. I can make a wall or floor tile with just about the same amount of work. I don't need to have orders in the 1,000+ quantity in the way some other companies would need to. They do this to keep the cost as low as possible, but I have no minimum order numbers to hit. The other advantage is I can make some really crazy exotic tiles in low runs that you would never see from one of the larger companies because of minimum order numbers.
Because of this I was able to create some Pledge Rewards I think you are really going to love.
For this campign I will have three brackets of pledge rewards and various shipping times.
First we have the Add on Pledge. I wanted to make it to where you could purchase any type of tile that you wanted to buy. Instead of having to buy massive amounts of certain types of tiles to get the ones you want, you can just buy each tile that you need. Many players like to have longer rooms with more walls while others may prefer big massive floor mats for epic fights with Dragons and Giants. If you have ever wanted to build your own set they way you wanted then this reward level is for you. And the best part about doing things at this tier level is you pay the same price for the tiles as you would if you purchased them in a set!
The Add-on Pledge is super simple. Go to the Add-on section of the Kickstarter and find the tiles you want. Add up the cost of those tiles and then select the Add-on Pledge option. Then enter the total cost of the tiles you want to purchase. After the campaign ends I will send out a survey allowing you to select which tiles you wanted. Thats it!
This is a perfect answer if you want to select some of my more exotic creations and less of a basic set.
Second is the "One Set" level. After using Dungeon Tiles for years this is what I would consider the base level set. A base set includes 13 Floor Tiles, 9 Wall Tiles and 9 Corner tiles. This is the basic set.
This is a great introduction set into premium gaming tiles. If you are just getting started or are looking to add a small set to your already massive collection then this set is for you. With this set you can also add any number of tiles or speciality pieces that you want during the pledge manager after the campaign ends!
The third option is the "Two Set" level. This set has everything that the "One Set" level has in double portions! It comes with 26 Floor Tiles, 18 Wall Tiles and 18 Corner Tiles. This Pledge Level allows you to build large massive rooms and caverns that will awe your players. If you are looking to really up your collection of tiles or start out with a bang, this is the set for you. And just like the other two Pledge Levels you can Add-on tiles or specialty pieces during the Pledge Manager!
Each Pledge is locked to a maximum amount of orders. For the Add-ons and "One Set" Pledges that is 30 orders. For the "Two Set" Pledges that would be 15 orders. Because I make all of the tiles in house this is the maximum that I can make over a two month period. To be able to accommodate as many backers as possible I have created different waves so that if the first ones sell out the next ones will be available to ship two months later. The earlier you back the sooner wave your order will ship in!
Add-ons are dead simple. If you back at any Pledge Level then you can add any amount of extra tiles for the cost listed above. "One Set" and 3 additional Corner Tiles = $126.00 ( $114 for the Set and $12 for the additional three tiles )
As we continue with the campaign future Add-ons and Stretch Goals will be unlocked. All of these items will show up in this section of the Kickstarter. Please look forward to it!
To see the update about Ice Arch A as well as more photos, please check update #2 or click this link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twinravengames/ice-caverns-gaming-terrain-made-from-high-quality/posts/2038110
Update! The Ice Arch A now comes on its own set of base tiles instead of being placed on top of other tiles. This will create a larger dungeon for backers without increasing any cost!
Rough size of the Ice Arch is 140.9mm wide or 5.5 inches. Estimated height 71.9mm or 3 inches high.
Ice Arch A is a Add-on available now that can be added to your pledge for $24.00
To see the update about the Stalagmites pack as well as more photos, please check update #3 or click this link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twinravengames/ice-caverns-gaming-terrain-made-from-high-quality/posts/2041258
The Stalagmites pack is a Add-on available now that can be added to your pledge for $14.00
To see the update about Ice Arch B as well as more photos, please check update #4 or click this link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twinravengames/ice-caverns-gaming-terrain-made-from-high-quality/posts/2041322
Update! The Ice Arch B now comes on its own set of base tiles instead of being placed on top of other tiles. This will create a larger dungeon for backers without increasing any cost!
Rough size of the Ice Arch B is 6" wide, 4 1/2" deep and 3 1/2" tall.
Ice Arch B is a Add-on available now that can be added to your pledge for $35.00
To see the update about Ice Floor A as well as more photos, please check update #5 or click this link.
Rough size of the Ice Floor A is 57mm wide and 95mm length.
Ice Floor A is a Add-on available now that can be added to your pledge for $9.70
To see the update about Ice Floor B as well as more photos, please check update #6 or click this link.
( Photos show the prototype tile. Finished tile will have clean edges and slightly sharper details. )
The Ice Floor B is the largest tile I have ever made and is a whooping 6 1/2 inches wide and 4 1/2 in length. ( 156mm x 95mm )
Ice Floor B is a Add-on available now that can be added to your pledge for $20.00
As great as it would be to have a Kickstarter with hundreds of different tiles and 50+ stretch goals, that is not really what I want to do. I want a Kickstarter that is well laid out and without so many overwhelming options that will both be hard to choose from and difficult to create and ship. Because everything is made by my hands I think it is a better idea to make this first Kickstarter a success and get everyone their product on time. After that, I can always run a huge mega multi-wave set.
Having said that I certainly have some things in the pipeline that I will be showing off in the next few weeks. There is certainly some exciting things coming and I can't wait to show it to you. I have a few Giant surprises in store. Some of these sculpts may change the way you think about Dungeon Terrain!
Each Pledge Reward had it's own shipping time. I estimate these dates at the latest as I am already working on tiles and have been for some time. Hopefully I will get everyone their product months sooner but if not the listed time is my worse case fall behind scenario.
Shipping for the base sets are included in the price. Add-ons are going to be handled differently. Because I don't know what tiles are being ordered until after the Kickstarter ends I have no way to give a accurate price quote. I am working with a USPS rep to keep shipping as low as possible, but I will really need to know through the survey if you are ordering 5 tiles or 500. Thus shipping will be charged through the Pledge Manager for any Add-ons that you purchase. I promise I will keep shipping charges as low as possible. They should remain similar to what I charge for shipping for my base sets, which is $15 and $20.
And this is the saddest part of the Kickstarter for me. Sadly I am only able to offer US shipping. I want to do this Kickstarter first and get everything shipped. Because I am a one man shop and with International shipping prices being what they are it is not feasible for me to offer any international shipping. This idea was not taken lightly, as I am greatly disappointed that I am not able to offer a option to so many wonderful gamers overseas.
However I do plan on getting things into play to remedy that in the future. After this Kickstarter is done I want to come back and create a Second Wave just for International Buyers that will offer shipping anywhere in the world. I promise that you are not forgotten and I will do everything in my power to get ordering options up for you as soon as possible!
Thanks for reading through that mountain of text and photos! It was fun to share the adventure with you. I wanted to close with a few additional things.
I own buckets of PVC tiles, and I love them. My gaming group would not be complete without them. I use fantastic 3D printed tiles. I am not putting down any of those material types, nor the fantastic amazing folks who make them. I tried very hard to sign the praises of everyone that has come before me and to impart on you how important each and everyone of them have been. So many wonderful creators and companies have given me toys to play with and they are the ones to thank for the tiles I am able to create today.
So thank you.
I would be eternally greatful if you would share this page with your friends and groups. The more support I can get the more tiles can be added and created and the faster I can get orders made and shipped out!
And finally I am very proud of this project. Now it's time to turn it over to you guys and see if you love them as much as I do!
Risks and challenges
Can't think of many!
The sculpting is already done, molds are made. Prototypes are finished. Friends and Family have been enjoying prototypes for over a year now while I got everything up and running. But even with that there are a few challenges involved.
I don't own all of the equipment and machinery I need to make enough of them to hit my shipping quota. Most of the minimum Kickstarter funds are going towards equipment cost. It is possible that the machinery I need will go out of stock ( Unlikely to impossible ) but I guess there is a chance of it.
Of course something could happen to me. I do make these tiles myself. If the Kickstarter blows up and I bring in extra help no worries there. But if it stays small in the pledged amount I will still be running things solo. And if something were to happen to my health or hands for example it would cause delays in shipping. ( Unlikely at best )
The only other final risk is orders taking longer to ship then intended. I have formatted the Kickstarter campaign in a way that I don't see that happening, but something unforeseen like materials going out of stock could happen. Honestly I only see smooth sailing ahead!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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