Welcome to Kickin’ Starters, my weekly love letter to all things funded by the masses. Here’s what’s taking money out of my wallet this week:
Easy Roller Dice is an amazing website with wonderful dice. I fell upon them awhile ago now, and while I haven’t purchased from them yet, I am consistently in love with their products. So this is basically no different. An inside diameter of 3″ and a height of 5″ (which apparently the normal sized one comes in at just under 4″ high), it’s a pretty sizable dice cup. It boasts being able to fit 80 16mm d6, and roll 50 of them. Kind of what this to just test out that alone! On top of it, I find the designs are classic gaming styles and overall, quite pleasant. Pretty much a perfect gift item. Let’s be real.
It’s one of those simple, solid concepts, so of course it’s already fully funded. The upside is there are some GORGEOUS designs in the stretch goals, so here’s hoping we can hit those! While I’m not one for dice cups (I’m a tray girl, myself), I still think this is brilliant.
d4s are awful sometimes. They’re caltrops. They’re kind of pointy, and if you have a metal one, that’s asking for trouble. I mean. It’s not like LEGO, they’re not typically just lying around on the floor. So mostly safe. But at the same time, they’re an accident waiting to happen. So it’s about time someone went and redesigned the d4.
I’m a little in love with how this looks – the rounded edges concept is just so cool (and seemingly way more kid friendly, even though I’m pretty sure it’s still not child friendly). The colours are bright and vibrant and cool. Also this is WAY easier to read. I was teaching some people how to play D&D recently, and the one die they have problems with more than anything is the d4. This is fitting a pretty necessary need in the gaming world, and while it’s not the be all and end all, it’s a neat niche to fill.
Also – let’s be honest. I always find dice to feature in this. We know my obsession. This is a pretty cheap and cheerful crowdfund though – it’s already making it’s way through the stretch goals, and if you want one, it’s $5 USD. Which, yes, can be expensive for a single die, but it is metal, so keep that in mind. Also, you can buy 5 for $20 USD, so that’s already bringing it down to $4 a pop. Either way, may be a way to get rid of those pesky caltrops, especially if you have a penchant for magic missile.
I’ve had my eye on this for a WHILE now. It all started when I came across a piece of artwork of a wizard dog, and I basically lost it. We have a lythari in our D&D party, so I told her that her wolf form now has goals. But I digress – this is the cutest damn thing in the ‘verse. So that artwork of a wizard dog was then transformed into Cornelius the golden retriever wizard.
I can also appreciate that it’s only one tier. For that one tier of $35USD, you get all the doggos, a bonus Kickstarter doggo, AND the game guides designed to go with the doggos. While able to use them in your regular game, I’m personally squeeing over the fact that you can just have a game where you’re all dogs. They’re easy one shots that you can get into, and actually might be a great way to introduce friends to RPGs who haven’t been able to try them previously.
Honestly, I don’t know if I can wait for the anticipated arrival date of May 2019 – I want them now!
So that’s it for this week’s Kickin’ Starters! I can hear my money just… flying away. What have you backed this week? Is it any of these? Chat with us on Twitter or use the hashtag #kickinstarters – until next week!