What just happened? Dispel Dice just launched their first-ever Kickstarter and like so many others we’ve seen this year it is for gaming dice. In less than 24 hours, the campaign has smashed $1.5m in pledges and is racing towards $2m.
You can see the quality of the dice yourself and join in the pledge-frenzy at the campaign page.
My thoughts are with Karen Wang, aka Dispel Dice, who must be both thrilled and terrified at what is happening.
Wang does everything right. There’s a pitch video, and it focuses on the thing that so many dice buyers focus on – the aesthetics. The shine. Dispel Dice’s look luxurious and glamorous. These are dice you can give as a gift, even to a veteran gamer, or will want yourself.
The dice are made from resin and silicone molds, made by Wang herself, and the glitter is suspended in the resin during the creation. The numbers on the dice stand out so well as they’re painted by hand. At the time of writing, there are 13,780 backers, and one more every few seconds, so Dispel Dice will hopefully have enough funds to hire helpers to finish all those handpainted dice at the same standards that Wang would want.
A pledge of $48 (about £38) will get you a set of dice. About half the backers of the campaign have settled at that. The other half? They’ve gone higher to the $94, $138, $264, $430, $630 and even $840.
As this blog post goes live, over 200 gamers have pledged $840 each on dice. That’s how stunning these polyhedrals look.
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