It’s our CrowdFUNding Spotlight, and once again I am talking about dice. I love polyhedral dice. Their
Well, apparently I wasn’t the only one with this problem, because Matt Fleming of Arlington, Virginia created the DoubleSix, a 12 sided die that counts to 6. Listening to the requests of his backers, he also made a TripleFour design, for those of us who still don’t know how to read (or roll) a D4 pyramid. The tag line for this Generation 2 campaign is “why are we still rolling cubes?” and based on the success of the first DoubleSix
The pledge levels for this campaign are fairly reasonable. For $11 (USD) you get the Small Bag o’ Dice, which includes a dice bag and 12 dice (3 sets of 4). The Large Bag o’ Dice is $17 and has 20 dice (5 sets of 4) in the same black bag. For $23 you get “The 1723”, a bag containing 7 sets of 4 dice. Matt assures us that there is a significance to the number, though I haven’t figured it out yet. Finally, for $41, you get the Bulk Pack. Two bags, and a total of 52 dice (13 sets of 4) plus unlimited add-ons (4 dice at $4) without adding to the shipping.
Yes, shipping is extra. For the first three pledge levels, shipping is $4 in the USA, $10 to Canada, and $14 to the rest of the world. For the Bulk Pack, it’s $5 in the USA, $17 to Canada, and $23 to the rest of the world.
On the Campaign page, Matt explains all the effort he has gone through to keep his product quality high: hand-poured resin, deeper and clearer pips, limiting the number of times a mold is re-used, standardizing the polishing proceedure. He even promises a money-back guarantee for unsatisfactory dice.
There are several things I like about this campaign. I love the concept, both the DoubleSix and TripleFour designs. I like the fact that a bag is included with every order, instead of being an add-on or a stretch goal. I like that a single pledge can include multiple designs/colours/finishes. I like the fact that the hard work (finding a supplier, designing and producing the molds) has already been done. There is only one thing that concerns me, and that is the fact that the designer has chosen to do a poll to decide which colours and finishes will be produced, while the campaign is still taking place. Based on the comments I have seen on the campaign page, quite a few people have found this poll to be confusing.