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It’s the last 24 hours of the Tinker Metal Dice project, and we’re rolling out another last minute stretch goal.  I know, I know, it’s yet another choice to keep track of, but we think it’s worth it.  You all have been surprising, especially in these last few days, so it’s our turn to surprise you a little.

Pretty soon, we’ll most likely be unlocking the Gearpunk D20 Spindown die.  It looks something like this:

Gearpunk D20 Spindown

We’ve also added two new pledge tiers to honor the last 24 hours of the project.  Specifically, a tier for 24 Tinker Dice and another for 24 Gearpunk Dice.

It’s been awesome so far, many thanks, everyone!

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Many thanks to all of you for your backing on the Tinker Dice project!  We’ve crossed through the $14,000 number!  It’s all kind of crazy and surreal, humbling and flattering at the same time.  I’m really glad that people are liking the designs, and I’m looking forward to getting them out to everyone.

I didn’t have anything planned, but I did, on a whim, go ask some local jewelers if they could make solid or hollow 14 karat gold Gearpunk Dice.

I’m pretty sure they thought I was kidding, since I haven’t heard back.  I wasn’t… but then, it’s also highly unlikely that such dice would sell.  Just like “plastic isn’t steampunk” (as cheerily noted by Kimberly Babb in the comments over here), gold seems a bit too… rich.  Sure, it’s metal, and gold wouldn’t have been unknown to an alternate history steampunk era, but it seems to be that brass, bronze, and steel would have been far more common.

Anyway, I tried.  I’m sure someone, somewhere got a laugh out of it.

Speaking of different metals, though, we’re entertaining the idea of a new stretch goal.  I didn’t want to commit to one earlier, but the numbers will work out, now that I’ve pestered the production companies a bit more.  (I think they are getting tired of me, but since this campaign has been a success, I’ve been able to promise them business, and they are looking forward to making the dice.)

This will mean some more work on our end, come shipping time, just making sure everything is perfect, but if we get to $15,000, we will offer a second choice for a finish for every die design except for the Pentagear Fudge dice.  (We’re keeping those in the antiqued bronze to honor the exclusivity of the Mechanika crew and our production collaboration with them.)

The trick is… what now?  We’re only going to be offering one different finish.  I’m partial to having the second option be the pure zinc dice, which is a nice silverish finish.  I’m willing to be convinced that antiqued copper is a better choice.  The former allows for a greater difference in look between the two, the latter is more steampunk, and allows for a different set of post-production patina experimentation.  (Like the recipes found here… though I’m not at all certain how easy or safe any of those are.)

So, what do you think?

If you’ve a minute and care about such things, please note your opinion below.  We’re going to go with mob rule on this one; the finish with the most votes by midnight my time (UTC/GMT-7) Thursday the 22nd will be the one we produce as an alternate, so if you have a strong opinion, lobby for votes!  If this seems like throwing you all to the democratic wolves… yes, yes it is.  Let’s call it an experiment in rudimentary democracy.  That’s steampunky, right?

This alternate finish will be available in any pledge tier, for any dice but the Pentagear Fudge design.  You won’t have to do anything special except let us know what finish you’d like on your dice, and we’ll ask that in the end-of-project surveys.  As with the designs themselves, you can mix and match.  This is even true on the SEEING DOUBLE tier, so you can use that tier as a sort of “super collector” tier if you want one die of each design and each finish (excepting the Pentagear Fudge, of course).

Sample coins from the company making the Gearpunk Dice with relevant finishes… noting that these are coins, not dice… but it should give some idea of what the end result will be.


Thank you again everyone!  These are exciting times for the Project Khopesh crew!  (To be fair, at this point, it’s just me running the show, but there are others in Project Khopesh that are excited for the project.)

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The Tinker Metal Dice campaign is sort of winding down (it’s losing steam now that most of the stretch goals have been unlocked).  There are still 11 days left, but it’s just not chugging along with the same head of steam that got it through the point where backers unlocked all of the Gearpunk gaming dice.  That’s not a complaint, by the way, just an observation.  I’ve been very grateful to see the positive reception it’s had so far.  We’ve unlocked all of the Gearpunk dice designs, and might even get to one that I haven’t even prototyped yet, a Gearpunk Fudge die.

It’s been interesting to watch things proceed, actually.  The typical “midproject slump” of a Kickstarter project was forestalled a little by the stretch goals.  Time will tell if we see a “late game rally” and hit our last two stretch goals, that Gearpunk Fudge die and leather bags.  I could have introduced more dice designs to make a full set of Tinker-style gaming dice to complement the Gearpunk ones and try to ride that wave of stretch goals, but it’s already running the risk of being a bit overcomplex.  (I’m still considering the Spindown D20, but it just didn’t seem as exciting as the others, so I’m not sure it has the pull to make it worthwhile.)

Whatever happens, though, it’s been wildly successful as far as I’m concerned, and I’m looking forward to getting the dice made and shipped out to everyone.

Thanks, everyone!


Oh, and speaking of Kickstarters winding down, please go check out Daft Dice!  They do really good work, and their designs are sweet.  Also, Mechanika, Empires of Blood and Steam, who we’re doing a cross-promotion with for some of their “Pentagear” Tinker-style dice.

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OK, so over 100 awesome people have blasted through the Tinker Dice base campaign funding goal and hit the first stretch goal in just a little more than 24 hours.


Just… awesome.

As a result, we have before us a fantastic opportunity.  I’ve had my Gearpunk Dice available via Shapeways for a while now, but now, finally, we have the chance to make them in solid metal.  I dreamed of this, but didn’t think it likely.

It might just work.

So if you have the time, please go check out the Tinker Dice campaign on Kickstarter and please spread the word!  The more the merrier, and maybe we can make these Gearpunk dice happen!

Thank you all!

Gearpunk Set

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So, the metal Tinker Dice are funded, and we’re approaching the $2000 mark we need to get the Fudge/FATE dice made in addition to the standard numbered dice.  Exciting times around here!  Thank you again to everyone involved!

Incidentally, here are a pair of articles on that “Fudge” dice thing and the FATE system, in case you were wondering what that’s all about.

Speaking of links, these may also be relevant, while we’re talking dice, gaming and steampunky goodness:

Customized Leather Dice Bags … the WWII designs might be especially relevant, if they unlock the stretch goal for those.  It’s close, but doable.

Dice Bags

WarMachine Tactics … OK, technically, it’s a computer game.  But it’s based on a tabletop game with miniatures and steampunky goodness.  These would be a nice fit to a WarMachine collection… though you’d have to be careful not to hit the minis with the dice.

Daft Dice are producing a variety of dice-related goodies, well worth checking out.  I have one of their prototype wooden dice, and it’s a solid little piece of work.  It’s the strangest die I own, but it’s pretty cool.

…oh, and I’m setting up some new stretch goals, built around my Gearpunk dice, presently over at Shapeways. (OK, technically, this photo uses the alternate D4 instead of the D20, but that’s just because I haven’t finished painting that one.)

Gearpunk Seven Set

Yeah, we can get these in solid metal.  If we get enough interest.  They won’t have these colors, since they will be solid zinc plated with antiqued bronze like the other dice, but the shapes should be as close as the mouldmakers can get them.

Steamroll on!

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Holy schamoley, guys, the Tinker Metal Dice project funded in less than 12 hours!


I’m… floored, and extremely grateful for all of your support!  I’ve been more than a bit preoccupied of late trying to get these things going, and it’s been a humbling and exciting morning for me and my cohorts at Project Khopesh.

Just… wow.

Thank you, very, very much!

We do still have plans in the works for the FATE/Fudge dice, and it’ll be great if we can get those as well, so there’s potentially more good news in the pipe… but man, it’s been a really good day so far.  Thank you to each and every one of you, and I’m looking forward to getting these made up and sent out to you!

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The Tinker Metal Dice campaign has begun!  It just seems right, somehow, to have metal dice for this steampunky project, and I’d appreciate whatever you can help me with in spreading the word!

Tinker Metal Dice on Kickstarter

I know, it’s missing a video, but I just don’t have the time.  I’d like to think that the design speaks for itself.  The photos are of prototypes, but the finals shouldn’t be too different.

Tinker Dice Metal Splash

Thanks for looking!

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A Dicey Future

The Tinker Dice campaign didn’t make its goals, sadly, but we do have other plans for Tinker Dice.  I’m planning on launching a campaign for the metal dice in a couple of days, actually, I’m just waiting on the prototypes so I can show them for the campaign.  It’ll be a shorter campaign, since I do have other plans afoot, but it’ll have a lower goal that, with luck, we can hit.

In the meantime, though, I’m getting numbers from other plastic dice production options.  It looks like one significant way to reduce the base pledge cost is to go with solid color dice (not a big surprise, really, but it’s still a little sad to leave the speckled rust design behind).  So, I’m curious about what colors you would like to see.  As such, I’ve turned to PollDaddy to see if I can get some feedback.  If you have a minute, please chime in, and I welcome further discussion down in the comments.


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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.

New Tinker Dice Prototypes

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.

Tinker Dice plastic D6 pair

Tinker Dice plastic Fudge/FATE set

Tinker Dice metal D6 pair

Tinker Dice metal Fudge/FATE set

Tinker Die solid D6

Tinker Die solid Fudge

Tinker Dice collector’s pair plastic

Tinker Dice collector’s pair metal

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.

Wood Die

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Dice are also excellent building blocks for tabletop RPG sessions, or planning out Minecraft structures.  More dice mean a greater palette.  Tinker Dice could fill in the crucial rusty old shed or even nice peaty ground areas.  I can only imagine what The Dice Collector could build.


Speaking of building stuff, though, we do have plans for the future for Tinker projects, and we’ll let you know as soon as we can what’s afoot.  In the meantime, might I recommend the Daft Dice project?  (Here’s one video review.)

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