Alas, the Tinker Dice campaign didn’t meet its base goal. I am nevertheless very grateful for everyone who backed it and/or plugged it on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, G+, forums and a smattering of other places. It’s been a good ride, and I’ve made new friends.
Thank you very much, everyone!
Since I hate to leave anyone empty-handed, though, here (at the bottom of the post) are a half-dozen files that you can use to print out your own paper versions of the dice to play with, if you’re interested. The 4×6 files fit neatly onto a 4×6 photo print, and photo paper tends to be nice and sturdy. That’s what the beta prototypes are made from. Just cut them out, fold them together and put some tape around the seams, and you’re set. You can glue the flaps and put them together that way, but in practice, that’s more fuss than it’s worth most of the time.
Alternatively, the 8.5×11 one can be printed on a standard sheet of paper or cardstock. It’s black on white to save ink, but if you all want an 8.5×11 of the colored dice, I can make those pretty quickly.
I know, I know, it’s just not the same, but these should be the same size as the plastic dice would be, so it’s hopefully better than nothing.
You can take these and print them up and play with them, just please don’t sell the designs.
I am also working on another Kickstarter campaign for metal Tinker Dice, as well as metal Gearpunk dice. I’ll have those up as soon as I can; I’m just waiting on some prototypes I can take photos and videos of. It does seem that the metal dice were intriguing enough to some to merit a separate Kickstarter, and the base goal will be a mere $1,000, which should be more accessible than the $3,000 we needed for a production run of plastic dice. I am actively looking for other production options for the plastic dice, but so far the search hasn’t borne fruit. It’s certainly possible to get places like CustomDice.com or Chessex to make these, but they are significantly more expensive that way.
…speaking of which, if any of you really want to go that route, please just email me at tishtoshtesh at gmail, and I’ll see if I can help you out. I’m not opposed to individuals taking my designs and making their own dice, either via homebrew tech like this, or asking Chessex to do it. I ran the Kickstarter campaign to see if I could get the dice out to more people at better prices, but I’m not going to say that’s the only way they can be made.
I also have the beta version of Tinker Dice up for sale in my Shapeways shop thisaway. These will be the designs we use on further Tinker Dice campaigns, with the corner screws scooted around to allow rounded corners, which allows more printing options. Again, it’s a more expensive option, but it’s a viable one. The Shapeways dice are hollow to save costs (except for the solid singletons), but they are printable as far as I can tell; they are printing up a few for me to show for the next campaign. There are plastic versions and metal versions; they differ only in the interiors; the metal dice require more interior structure to meet the Shapeways printing guidelines.
Thank you again!
Oh, and while we’re talking about dice, might I recommend the Daft Dice Kickstarter? They do fine work with a laser cutter. I have one of their simple numbered wooden dice, and it’s a solid, handsome bit of work.