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The Tinker Metal Dice Kickstarter campaign is over, but there are miles to go before we sleep.

One thing that we need to get cleaned up and sorted is the spreadsheet of who ordered what, and where to ship things to.

To facilitate that, there are the Kickstarter surveys that I sent out, but there are a few oddments here and there, like forgotten shipping for those unfortunately expensive international orders, or people who wanted to add something on but just didn’t get there in time.  Kickstarter doesn’t have a mechanism for this sort of last minute, post-project tinkering.

Thankfully, PayPal will suffice.  This is hooked up to my Project Khopesh PayPal business account, which is where the campaign funds will be going, so we keep it all together.

So, for a little while, we’ll have this PayPal link to catch these last minute concerns.  Also, since it has come up, we’re also going to allow last-minute orders for the next several days, until September 4th.  So, please go check out the Kickstarter page for reference, since that’s the pricing and structure that we’re maintaining, including the limit of one “tier” and the add on limits of one of each Add On.  I’m sorry, we’re offloading the research to you on this one, since we don’t have a proper storefront set up.  This is a quick, short term fix.

We are looking into longer term solutions, including an Etsy shop or something else, but that’s something we’ll do after we get all of this squared away.

If you’re adding on to an existing pledge, please let us know your name over there so we can keep things together.  If you’re doing something new, please let us know what dice designs and finishes you’re ordering, and what sort of bags you want and colors if relevant.

Yes, this will mean a bit more work on our end, and we’ll be in touch with everyone who goes through PayPal to make sure we’re all squared away, but we think it’s worth it.

Thank you everyone!  This has been a wildly successful project, and we’re very grateful for your support!

Tesh and the Project Khopesh crew

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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!

Wow.

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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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 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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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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