In 2013, Wyrmwood created the original Dice Vault, a luxurious wooden case for a set of polyhedral role playing dice. Handcrafted, featuring foam lining and a magnetic enclosure, it remains the finest way to store and carry your favorite set of dice.
In honor of this most hallowed season, and in tribute to the beloved work of horror legend H.P. Lovecraft, Wyrmwood presents a limited edition collection of Dice Vaults, with engravings and inlay in a script inspired by the mad cults and dread writings replete throughout the New England author's works.
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Lovecraft's work, most notably the creation of the universe known as the Cthulhu Mythos, persists in a way few works do, both in the broader literary consciousness, but especially in the gaming community. In addition, Lovecraft's work is inseparable from its location - the fictional settings of Arkham, Innsmouth, Miskatonic University and more were all set among the back woods and less traveled paths of New England, where Lovecraft claimed residence his whole life. As lifelong New Englanders and fans of his work, a tribute felt right - and excited us greatly.
And with Halloween fast approaching, there was no better time than now...
The font chosen for this project, inspired by Lovecraft, is an unsettling collection of glyphs that appears meaningless, yet menacing. We like to imagine a cult elder feverishly scrawling, perhaps in a trance, secret messages and notes in a battered journal, intended only for the eyes of other members. The script itself may even have a terrible and ominous power, one that an unwitting observer would come to know all too well, should they have the misfortune to stumble upon it, and be thrust into a world of which they were, mere moments before, blissfully unaware...
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Each and every Wyrmwood piece is hewn, shorn, rasped - all by mortal hand. Every aspect of this summoning we attest to, and our will reigns o'er the process entire: from jagged, unkempt raw lumber, to the moment the finished piece we've forced into being is securely bound, and sent forth to its new, strange masters, to serve purposes unknown. This mastery over our craft and the numerous progeny of our toil allows us to offer our Craftsman’s Promise; this simple vow is the mantra of our customer service philosophy, and its words echo at each pulsation of our heart:
There is only one acceptable outcome for our Craftsmen: a product that they can take personal pride in and an -absolutely- satisfied client. If you are unsatisfied with your product for -any- reason at all, we will fully refund or replace the item free of charge. We always guarantee our products, and we will always pay for shipping.
Exceptional Materials: Earth's bounty has created many wonders; some are beautiful: domestic and exotic hardwoods of surpassing variety and diversity of countenance. Some wonders, though, are so unspeakably horrible and loathsome that the mind recoils from them with a primal terror. We tread lightly, therefore, always striving to preserve the balance, lest we incur scorn from the very ground upon which we tread. A portion of the sales of our most prized and luxurious offerings are always given to support rainforest sustainability and preservation efforts through the Rainforest Trust. More can be learned on our website.
Hand Rubbed Finish: Through history, we move further from the physical sensation of touch; we view things through so many lenses - but there is no substitute for contact with the human hand. No horror merely seen, or heard, can be as terrifying as one touched - the ancient fear it can awaken is unparalleled. So, too, is a hand-applied oil-and-wax finish unsurpassed in allowing the natural character, feel, and colors - for we abhor the use of obfuscating dyes and stains - of the pieces we craft to emerge. Of course, such a process demands more time and effort - but we believe the difference is clear. When you hold the finished piece in your hands, we are confident you will concur.
From Our Hands To Yours: Humans have always gathered; there is great power in this. Sharing one location at one precise moment elevates our experience, and lets us achieve that which we otherwise could not. We can tell epic stories, connect on levels conscious and subconscious... even partake of rituals and seances, awakening things perhaps better left to their slumber.
So, too, there is value in the act of crafting by hand, not merely by touching a screen and allowing automatons to do the work. Of course, technology will always serve a purpose - and by applying it judiciously, man can transcend the limitations set upon him. In this way, we can remove tedium from our tasks, and ensure the utmost consistency where it is needed. But to ascend too far - to walk among the great stars of the void - may have unforeseen consequences; perhaps where man was not meant to go, await that which man was not made to withstand? Therefore, we conclude that there can never be a substitute for a highly skilled craftsman, and the attention to detail they bring. Each and every piece is made, approved and boxed right here in our shop in New England, and you are directly supporting the artisans of Wyrmwood every time you pledge to one of our campaigns, order from our website, or purchase from us at a convention.
As a player, you craft a character, transmitting some piece of your spirit into your avatar; the craftsmen here have likewise imbued your Wyrmwood piece with their own dark energies.
Our Name and Our Word: Wyrmwood stands for uncompromising quality and customer satisfaction, and as craftsmen we stake our name and reputation on that satisfaction. If you aren’t thrilled, our work remains unfinished. This is why we unconditionally guarantee our work - for life. Until great Cthulhu awakens and rises once more... Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!
Risks and challenges
The risks for this project are few. We have most everything necessary lined up at present, and need only the interest and pledges generated here to get it all in motion. Should unexpected issues occur, we will of course be open and honest about them, but our shop is ready, materials are lined up, and all we need is you.
Of course, there are always risks beyond our control. Even now, dark cabals gather, acting as they can to hasten the awakening of great Cthulhu. Should they prevail, the fate of our reality itself may be in jeopardy. However, should that dread eventuality occur, we will do our very best to completely fulfill the project before plunging into the depths of madness.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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