Dice are excellent for illustrating numerical patterns… or at least, the start of them. Some patterns get out of hand really quickly.
Oh, and we have new prototypes for the Tinker Dice. (Please join the campaign on Kickstarter!)
It’s still not quite right; the photo paper I printed these on via the local Kinko/FedEx store came out darker than designed, and you can see the tape that holds them together and the lines on the face edges… but these are much closer to what we’re looking to get from the factory. I’ll shoot a video with them when I get a minute.
Speaking of numbers, though, we are a little behind on the “track” to getting the project funded. I’m sending out another wave of emails to a variety of places, trying to get some press. If you have a minute, and feel the project merits mention, will you please spread the word? Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, MySpace, semaphore, smoke signals… whatever outlet you have, we’d greatly appreciate a mention!
Oh, and I’ll append this and the to the main post, but also speaking of numbers, I wanted to spotlight the “pound of dice” pledge tier, the “POUNDER” tier. It’s the most cost-effective on a cost-per-die basis, but it is a fair chunk of change. By default, I’ve described shipping those as a 5×8 cloth bag stuffed with 100 dice. There’s another option that might make sense for some, especially when it comes to shipping to places outside of the U.S. (Pesky shipping costs can be annoyingly expensive.)
You can use that tier as a group order, if you get together with some of your interested friends. Instead of putting all 100 dice into one bag, I’ll put them into 16 sets of six (or 8 sets of 12, whichever you’d prefer; the smaller dice bags will hold 12 nicely) with the remaining 4 in an extra bag. It’ll mean a little distribution on your end, but it’s a great way to save on shipping and even get a better price on the dice themselves. I know, it’s a bit of legwork, but it might just prove to be worth it in some instances, so it seemed worth the mention. Just let me know if you do wind up wanting to use this pledge tier this way, and how you want the bags.
Oh, and this is what the small bags look like… more or less. This one spent a little time in the Mad Science lab. If we wind up with 200 backers, all of the bags will spend some time in the lab, witnesses to (and maybe victims of) shenanigans in the lab. Otherwise, the dice will come in clean, white cotton bags (mostly) like this. (And you can always request clean bags, of course.) If we get fewer than 200 backers but still fully fund, I’ll make Mad Science bags available via a small add-on cost.
Thanks again everyone, and we hope you have a great weekend!