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The most perfectly proportioned, best rolling plastic dice ever created. Enjoy the best role playing and table top gaming experience.
The most perfectly proportioned, best rolling plastic dice ever created. Enjoy the best role playing and table top gaming experience.
The most perfectly proportioned, best rolling plastic dice ever created. Enjoy the best role playing and table top gaming experience.
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Since 1984 I've been a role playing gamer.

Back then you only got 6 dice, and they almost never matched. Want this set, you can ADD IT ON! (Prices at bottom of campaign)
Back then you only got 6 dice, and they almost never matched. Want this set, you can ADD IT ON! (Prices at bottom of campaign)

I've played using standards sets of 5, 6, 7, 10 and custom created sets of polyhedral and standard pipped, numbered and pictographed dice.

For more than 30 years I've played using the same type of dice. Dice made by Koplow, The Armory, Chessex, Flying Buffalo, Game Science, and too many small and large named and un-named companies to count. 

All these dice are based on the same basic principals and are judged based on these same principals.

  • Balance - How centered is the mass of each die around its outer perimeter.
  • Symmetry - How accurate and consistent are the angles, edges, and flats that make up the exterior of the die.
  • Edge Style - How easily the die rolls after you release it... rounded edges tend to roll more, sharp tend to roll less.
  • Mass - How much inertia each die has after you roll. The more mass, the less each of the above properties tends to matter.

Apples to Apples Comparison

One thing we've found helps people understand the fundamental difference between our dice and all others is a direct side by side comparison. Check this out.

All the kids together side by side... Top row. Our retail competitors from Q-Workshop (Black) to Chessex (Swirl black and blue with red numbers) to Metallic Dice Games (Black and gold swirl)
All the kids together side by side... Top row. Our retail competitors from Q-Workshop (Black) to Chessex (Swirl black and blue with red numbers) to Metallic Dice Games (Black and gold swirl)

 

Our Perfect Plastic Blue, next to Chessex dice. Notice not only the proportional differences but the overall readability of the two sets?
Our Perfect Plastic Blue, next to Chessex dice. Notice not only the proportional differences but the overall readability of the two sets?

 

Same comparison but this time with a set of Q-Workshop dice. The differences become even more apparent.
Same comparison but this time with a set of Q-Workshop dice. The differences become even more apparent.

 

Finally a set of our yellow Perfect Plastic dice next to a set sold by Metallic Dice Games. Hard to miss the huge size variance here.
Finally a set of our yellow Perfect Plastic dice next to a set sold by Metallic Dice Games. Hard to miss the huge size variance here.

Our Perfect Plastic dice have all these qualities and some that no other dice have.

Proportion is critical and unlike all other mass-produced dice made today our dice have the perfect proportion.
Proportion is critical and unlike all other mass-produced dice made today our dice have the perfect proportion.

Over the years many tests have been designed, performed and then argued to prove the superiority of each manufactures dice, and some, like Game Science have based their entire business model around these tests.

One thing that always bothered me about how these dice were judged is that an important, maybe THE most IMPORTANT aspect has been completely ignored, overlooked, or simply dismissed:

Overall Size and Weight

Our polished D20 measures 0.780" flat to flat. That's 19.8mm to you and me.
Our polished D20 measures 0.780" flat to flat. That's 19.8mm to you and me.
 
Our D6 is a perfectly complementary 0.680" flat to flat or  17.27" flat to flat.
Our D6 is a perfectly complementary 0.680" flat to flat or 17.27" flat to flat.

Weight

Not only is there a difference in how our dice look. Our 100% acrylic dice are MADE of heavier material that is used by our competitors. Its more consistent and provides a nice hard long-lasting die. Have a look at how our dice measure up in weight to these other dice:

Lightest of them all. Q-workshop
Lightest of them all. Q-workshop

 

Next up is Chessex
Next up is Chessex

 

Followed by Metallic Dice Games
Followed by Metallic Dice Games

 

And finally the heaviest of the bunch. ZucatiCorp Perfect Plastic Dice
And finally the heaviest of the bunch. ZucatiCorp Perfect Plastic Dice

Proportion

The size of each of the dice in a set relative to all the other dice in the set.

Take a look at any of your current sets of dice you own. You'll see the same thing, regardless of manufacturer, age, style, numbering or material.

They are not well proportioned. Some dice are larger than others. Some smaller, and many radically different across the 7-10 piece set. This difference means that not only are the dice vastly different weights, but they all feel very different in your hand right before you roll.

when viewed from the side its easy to see the perfect proportion of the dice to each other.
when viewed from the side its easy to see the perfect proportion of the dice to each other.



This causes a huge disparity between the force required to roll each die type and therefore causes inconsistency and poor rolling. That last die you rolled that shot across the table or bounced out of your rolling tray, or missed the dice tower opening? That's bad dice proportion in action.

Not only do they roll perfectly on their own, they look amazing together. Shown here next to the dice that inspired them, our Silver Natural Aluminum EleMetal dice.
Not only do they roll perfectly on their own, they look amazing together. Shown here next to the dice that inspired them, our Silver Natural Aluminum EleMetal dice.

In addition to the rolling disparity there's also the visual and hand-feel issues which come into play when rolling dice that are poorly proportioned. They just don't feel good in your hand when rolling  and that discomfort means you won't be rolling as well as you could. Less accurate, less consistent and always worse than if you used properly proportioned dice.

Lined up side by side or in groups, its easy to see the quality and unique die to die proportion that makes all the difference.
Lined up side by side or in groups, its easy to see the quality and unique die to die proportion that makes all the difference.

Zucati Perfect Plastic™ Dice

First we created, then we refined, and released our Zucati Elemetal™ metal dice. Dice machined by hand in multiple metals and alloys to be the most refined, best made metal dice ever created.  With the success of this line we've created the same dice, in plastic. Transferring all our research and technology from our metal dice to plastic is easier said than done, but with our Zucati Perfect Plastic™ dice we've succeeded.

Our Perfect Plastic™ dice are molded using our metal dice and the resulting dice are the best ever created for role playing and tabletop gaming.

Being molded from our machined EleMetal dice these retain their perfect proportional size even when polished. These are the lightly polished dice I inked silver as a test. Your dice will come fully polished and inked in the noted color combinations.
Being molded from our machined EleMetal dice these retain their perfect proportional size even when polished. These are the lightly polished dice I inked silver as a test. Your dice will come fully polished and inked in the noted color combinations.

They are the best rolling, best feeling and most proportional dice ever created by any manufacturer. 

These dice are exclusive to ZucatiCorp and are available in 10 solid colors with pre-inked numbers.

From the beginning of the molding process to the final polish. The dice retain their key proportion. These are our fist draft dice... our production dice will have less rounding than seen in these polished and painted dice.
From the beginning of the molding process to the final polish. The dice retain their key proportion. These are our fist draft dice... our production dice will have less rounding than seen in these polished and painted dice.

When rolling our Zucati Perfect Plastic™ dice you'll have more fun, roll better and find that your overall gaming experience is enhanced.  These dice are the dice you've been wishing you had but up to now could not buy.

It  all begins here.
It all begins here.

 

Next tree proofs are made
Next tree proofs are made

 

Next we get un-polished or inked dice off the casting trees....
Next we get un-polished or inked dice off the casting trees....

 

Finnally we get get our first set of prototype sample dice. These have been polished too much and the corners are rounded out more than we want.. but they're great for a first try!
Finnally we get get our first set of prototype sample dice. These have been polished too much and the corners are rounded out more than we want.. but they're great for a first try!

 Get the dice the way you want

You can get our dice in one of three finishes.

1. Sprue fresh, right off the tree, no polish, no ink. Shown in the pic below as the top set. Sharpest edges with some minor clean-up and inking required. 

2. Single polish but no ink.  These dice have been through a minimal polish cycle and have clearly defined edges but are less sharp than the sprue fresh dice. Take them out of their package and roll. The depth of the number indicies is such that you can easily read the numbers due to the shadowing effect. Paint or finish polish if you like.. they will burnish somewhat over time to a light matte finish. These are the dice in the middle of the picture below.

3. Full gloss polish and colored ink. The standard retail version of our dice. Fully polished with more rounded edges and a high-gloss finish. Already inked and ready to play with no further work required. These are the dice at the bottom of the picture below.

Your post-campaign survey will ask which style you want for each set you pledge to support. Pick your finish, Pick your color and you're good to go!

Three finished styles shown. Back - Right from the mold, no paint. Middle - Light polish - no paint. Front - High polish with paint.
Three finished styles shown. Back - Right from the mold, no paint. Middle - Light polish - no paint. Front - High polish with paint.

Colors

 Available in the following solid color combinations:

1. Black - Red Numbers  

2. White - Red Numbers  

3. Black - White Numbers  

4. Red - White Numbers  

5. Blue - White Numbers  

6. Green - White Numbers  

7. Yellow - Black Numbers  

8. Orange - Black Numbers  

9. Brown - White Numbers  

10. White - Black Numbers

We're starting off with 10 sets of beautiful bright solid colors with painted numbers.
We're starting off with 10 sets of beautiful bright solid colors with painted numbers.

 

What you get

Sets of perfectly proportioned dice with clean clear corners and the perfect balanced combination of 100% acrylic die bodies with beautiful polishing and inked numbers in the combinations noted.

Add-Ons

1. Single Dice (Any one of the 7 in the set) (Any offered color) $1 

2. Single Sets (7pcs - 1 of each die)
(Any color offered - all dice the same color) $5 

3. Retail packaging - (We're working on this now) (Perfect for gifts) Custom box with printing and clear window showing off the dice. $1  

4. Retro random set of 6 dice. Just like your first set that came in that original starter kit. Random color D20 - D12 - D10 - D8 - D6 - D4 - $4 

5. Retro custom pick set of 6 dice. You pick the colors from the available offered color choices. Re-create your old set. $5

6. Dice Base: Player Core dice cases and rolling surfaces (As seen in the main campaign photo and video can be purchased from us directly via our website: www.zucaticorp.com . Find the Player Core's right here: PLAYER CORE. For the dice tower, tray and rolling surface shown in the video in Walnut, you can pledge for one (FLUME 2 Deluxe) or its little brothers at our currently running campaign here: FLUME 2. If you do pledge for both, and are willing to wait we can ship your dice next spring with the FLUME 2's when the ship out and refund your shipping on this campaign.

Stretch Goals 

All stretch goals will have a NEW DELIVERY DATE SET when they're reached. It WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE to deliver ANY of these offerings this holiday season 2017. As each stretch goal is reached we'll begin planning and scheduling its production and delivery. 

The number to hit is $27175.

This nets us $25000 after fees which is what we need to make new molds and create a secondary project.

We've been getting lots of requests for both huge dice 40mm - 60mm - 80mm - 100mm and fudge / FATE dice. Both require new molds (for each size of huge dice) and so both require a large investment up-front and then a minimum run to cover our costs. Given that, it seems obvious to make these dice stretch goals based on what we'd need to make them.
You asked, here you go... this is how these dice get made. Spread the word, get every one you know to back this campaign and you can have exactly what you want.

If pledges reach $27,175 Pick one new dice type to be made.
(Via online poll voting)

  • 40mm Full polyhedral set
  • 60mm Full polyhedral set
  • 80mm Full polyhedral set
  • 100mm Full polyhedral set
  • Fudge / FATE dice
  • D10 Sets
  • D6 Sets
  • Alternate color combinations in both paint and acrylic

Testing

We constantly use and test our products and because of this we are always looking for and implementing improvements.

Here's some of the tests we've done on these new dice. 

Salt Water

Yes, this old pip... see how we did.

 

Follow our progress from Day 1 - Tell all your friends!
Follow our progress from Day 1 - Tell all your friends!

 

Risks and challenges

Most important consideration with this campaign and with these dice is that we're 100% ready to go. The machines are ready, our workers are ready and everything is lined up for purchase.

Unlike many of our projects where we' still have a lot of work to go after the campaign, by the time the end comes on this one we're going to be ready to push the button and start making dice.

That means a very short turn-around with lots of time to correct any errors or issues that may arise.

I have a proven track record of delivering my rewards on-time and even ahead of schedule.

I have a proven track record of running multiple Kickstarter projects simultaneously with no slowdowns, delays or complaints.

I source my materials as locally as I can from the highest quality materials, most environmentally conscious suppliers and with the best factory certifications available.

On projects I create in my own shop you can expect the same quality and attention to detail and always know you're getting a true Zucati original.

I plan my projects to succeed and I deliver pledge rewards that earn my brand continued success.

Pledge with confidence.
I'm the real deal, and yea, I am just that good.

- Hal Zucati

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    Choose a Player Core in Cherry, Oak or Walnut and add in three sets of your favorite Perfect Plastic Dice.

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