Archive for July, 2013

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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Dice can be excellent conversation pieces.  These little gems, for instance, left on my desk at work, have proven to be eye-catching and good to start conversation.

Gearpunk Seven Set

These are my Gearpunk dice, ones I designed, Shapeways printed, then I dyed and painted.  The hollow D4 (front, left) is my favorite of the bunch, simply because it’s a design that plays to the strengths of 3D printing, making a shape that would be difficult to produce with traditional dice molds, and a solution to reading the numbers that isn’t common among four-sided dice designs.  Maybe this blurs the line a little between simple dice and wargaming miniatures, but I’m happy playing in that space.  The Tinker Dice designs are more traditional, but the Gearpunk dice are more fun.

Speaking of wargaming, minis and art, WarMachine Tactics is rumbling along nicely, and I highly recommend you go check it out.  I’ve wanted them to do this for years, and it’s exciting seeing them find success.  Oh, and just because it’s relevant, go check out  the Awash site.  Some great photos of well-decorated minis.

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Dice are one way to carry your team’s banner on the tabletop battlegrounds.


For Davion!

…of course, there’s not really a Tinker faction in BattleTech, but Tinker Dice will fit into a WarMachine play session nicely.  Unless you’re going to play WarMachine digitally, thanks to this project, but I digress.

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Dice are excellent little pieces of art, perfect for decoration:


Of course, they tend not to be edible, unless you go for Chocolate Dice or make your own fondant dice.

Tinker Dice would be perfect companion pieces to steampunk cakes, of course, like this bit of work my sister did a while back:

Iron Man Steampunk cake

Steampunk Iron Man Cake

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Welcome back from the weekend!  We’re looking a little shy of the goal, and I’m sorry.  I just haven’t hit that magic sweet spot of talking to enough and/or the right people and hitting a viral sweet spot.  I’m very grateful for all of your support thus far, and I’m going to continue to spread the word where I can.

Tinker Dice

If this campaign doesn’t work out, we’ll work with the numbers under the hood and reboot it.  Maybe I can find another company to produce the plastic dice to the specs I’m looking for at a lower base price.  We might even split this into two different campaigns, one for the plastic dice and one for the metal dice, since those seem to be appealing, and they have a lower base price.  (Though I do wonder… Gearpunk metal dice or Tinker metal dice?  Thoughts?)

In the meantime, though, I’m still spreading the word, and thank you again for your support and interest!

Oh, and because it might be of interest to you, please go check out this campaign that a friend of mine is running for custom dice and accessories.  He and his cohorts are doing excellent work with their laser wizardry:

Daft Dice

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With a bit of imagination, dice can appear to be something else, say, a Creeper.  For an extra dose of fun, set one of these up in the dark recesses of a computer desk, just barely in view.  See if your Minecraft-loving kids notice.


(Oh, and those dark dice around the beastie are the closest approximation I have of what we’re aiming for with colors for the Tinker Dice.)

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10 is a nice number.  Most of the world’s math is in base 10 (OK, or binary, but that makes 10 different math bases, and we’ll just ignore the other one), we usually have 10 fingers, and volume dials go up to 10.  Usually.  There’s even this spiffy metric system of measurement that’s all about tens and powers of ten.

We even just recently passed $1000 in the Tinker Dice campaign, so we’re all about the metrics today.

Naturally, then, it’s time for another measurement system:  Dice!

If feet, yards, hands and cubits can work, why not dice?  They are sorta standardized.  This, for example, is a 6.8D6 HXBT with a .8D6 head.  It might take a practiced eye to really get familiar with this system, but I’m confident that gamers are up to the task.

Metric Dice

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I have the card art finally polished up and finished for my final version of the Steampunk playing card deck I’ve been working on.  Just in case any of you were wondering, amidst all this crazy dice Kickstarter stuff.  (I should note that this is not final art; I need to submit it to the Bicycle people and let them do their once-over for branding.)

Tinker Deck Tuck Box

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