Dice Throne: Season Two!

Created by Gavan Brown of Roxley Games

Go to www.dicethrone.com for the current Dice Throne storefront!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Status Report - 2018.04.05 - Backerkit survey sendout pushed to April 12, 2018. New art stream Monday April 9.
about 1 year ago – Fri, Apr 06, 2018 at 02:01:16 AM

TL;DR - Due to a few factors, we will be pushing the survey send out to next Thursday instead of tomorrow.  Manny to do art stream of card sleeve creation at Monday, April 9th, 8pm pst.

BackerKit Surveys

Roxley's logistics director, Adam Wyse, has been working hard to set up the surveys. Between the 5 shipping zones, the setup of this BackerKit is quite complex.  By far the most complex survey/addon store we've set up to date. This is nothing we can't handle, but we do really need to ensure we do it right.

At this moment there are a few things left to do:

1) Testing correct setup - We are nearly done with the backend setup. We still have to test all of the pledge levels out, as well as ensure we have artwork applied to each of the add-ons and pledge levels so they are easy to understand. 

2) Sleeve/playmat artwork completion - Manny has been cranking out artwork like a maniac.  It's all looking really amazing as usual.  As he completes the character art, he is handing them off to Gavan, who applies some graphic design to them.  Damien Mammoliti has been providing awesome line art for the background images.  Manny is now done with all the character illustrations for the playmats and is now half done with the card sleeves.  Gavan and Damien are about half done with the graphic design portion for the playmats.

Sample of Playmats (Barbarian and Moon Elf)
Sample of Playmats (Barbarian and Moon Elf)

3) Battle Chest quotation - We have finally arrived on a battlechest design that we are extremely excited about. We are currently awaiting a finalized quote from the manufacturer on it to ensure we know how much extra we need to charge for people who want to upgrade their Season Pass to the Eco-Friendly Battle Chest option. We also need to create some sweet looking renderings for them to present with the survey. 

Due to the 3 factors above, we have decided to push the survey send out until next Thursday, April 12.  

Artwork

Enjoy some more playmat and sleeve art. 

A Sample of more playmats (Pyromancer and Vampire Lord)
A Sample of more playmats (Pyromancer and Vampire Lord)
 
Sample of art for card sleeves
Sample of art for card sleeves

Manny Live Artstream

Next Update

The next update will be on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at ks@roxley.com.  

Keep Rollin' Ultimates,  

Gavan, Nate, Manny & Team Roxley

Status Report - 2018.04.01 - Work continues. Pledge manager survey coming April 6
about 1 year ago – Mon, Apr 02, 2018 at 01:53:02 AM

TL;DR - Final development continues as pledge manager is on track to be sent out by the end of the week. We will be offering a Season Pass Eco-friendly shipping option.  Surveys will be sent out for the Pledge Manager on April 6.

Season-Pass Level - Eco-Friendly 

Note: The following does not apply to Epic or Legendary Collector Tiers

During the campaign we had many people ask if they can get an eco-friendly option where they could order the large battle chest box instead of the 4 separate battle boxes.  Some have asked "well isn't the battle chest just a box?".  The answer to that question is: no.  We want the battle chest to provide additional functionality and display the new vac trays in a way that maximizes usability.   As such, the Battle Chest box will be more expensive to both manufacture and ship than a single BattleBox.  As such our objective is to provide an eco-friendly Battle Chest addon option for Season Pass  holders at a discount from the $25 usd price tag.    

We will call this something like "Season Pass Eco-Friendly Battlechest" that you may upgrade to.  There will be an additional cost to this, but it will be lower than simply adding on a Battle Chest.

We are working toward a Battle chest design for it this week that is really quite cool and works well with the new GameTrayz.  A mock up and further details will be revealed when we launch the pledge manager.

Pledge Manager

Over the last week, our team has been working on logistical analysis to ensure that we have all the correct pricing in place for retailers, as well as what to charge for Eco-Friendly shipping.  Our plan is still to launch the pledge manager and survey on April 6.

Bonus art!

Here is a work in progress playmat for the Huntress. She's neat.

Huntress playmat art (work in progress)
Huntress playmat art (work in progress)

Next Update 

The next Dice Throne Update will be sent Sunday, April 8, 2018. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at ks@roxley.com. 

Hoppy Easter Everyone, 

Gavan, Nate, Manny & Team Roxley

Status Report - 2018.03.25 - Survey (Pledge Manager) coming April 6
about 1 year ago – Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 01:12:45 AM

TL;DR - Manny has returned from GAMA and our team is working hard on artwork, graphic design, rulebook, and gearing up for the pledge manager. Surveys will be sent out for the Pledge Manager on April 6. 

Rulebook

This week our team went over the 2018 rulebook draft in great detail. We discussed possible changes that will resolve basic commonly asked questions like "Can you use evade AFTER rolling for defense?" or "Does X stop/reduce the damage from an ultimate?" to more advanced rules for tournament level play. Our objective is to make the rulebook more robust, not only teaching you the game but also answering the most commonly heard questions about Season 1. 

Remaining Art

 Manny and Nick Malara continue to work on illustration. We will reveal more as we complete these. Over the last week, Manny has been working on play mat illustrations. We are still working on the background graphic design for these, but they will be revealed soon.

(Hero art is final but overall graphic design is still work in progress)
(Hero art is final but overall graphic design is still work in progress)

Pledge manager

We have set a date for the pledge manager survey send out: April 6. We believe this will give us enough time to ensure all our ducks are in a row including presenting a proposed design for the Battlechest box. Retailers - Adam and myself went over everything in fine detail for our final specs for the game and we have a draft of what we are offering to retail backers. We will reveal these details closer to when we launch the pledge manager.

Next Update  

The next Dice Throne Update will be sent Sunday, April 1, 2018.  

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at ks@roxley.com. 

Keep Rollin' Sixes, 

Gavan, Nate, Manny & Team Roxley

Status Report - 2018.03.18 - GAMA Show & The Way Forward
about 1 year ago – Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 01:39:38 AM

 

TL;DR (too long; didn't read synopsis) - Manny was at GAMA all last week, response was awesome.  Text only version of the new 2018 rulebook in in the works.  Target deadline for manufacturer file submission is mid-May 2018.  We will be using BackerKit as a pledge manager (target survey date: March 30).  Retailer pledge details coming soon.

Status Reports 

Welcome to the first of many Roxley-style status reports.  From now until you receive your games, you will receive a report like this every two weeks.  However, toward the beginning of the campaign and closer to fulfillment, we actually send them out more frequently (usually 1 per week).  

GAMA Trade Show

Some of the team got to celebrate the Kickstarter with a few days rest. Everyone except for Manny Trembley, who had to immediately jump on a plane to Reno where he demoed Dice Throne for retailers and distributors all last week at GAMA.  We are very grateful for Manny's unrelenting efforts to make Dice Throne a big success, not just in Kickstarter, but in the the FLGS as well!  Retailers are very important to us, so we were super excited to hear that there was a TON interested in Dice Throne!  

2018 Rulebook Revisions

Simon Rourke, the editing talent behind the tightly written Santorini and Brass rulebooks, has joined forces with Aaron Hein, Gavan Brown, and Nate Chatellier to edit the Dice Throne Rulebook going into Season Two and beyond.  To be clear, we are not making any actual changes to the rules, we are trying to compress and to clarify them where we can to alleviate many of the questions that we've seen since the release of Season One.  Once we have completed the new ruleset, we may invite members of the community to take a read through them.

Remaining Art & Preparing for Production

Our team is gearing up this week for the pushing to get the heroes and files ready for production at the factory.  As hero art is completed, we will be revealing it.  Still to be revealed are Huntress, Seraph, and Vampire Lord.  Manny and Nick Malara will be working hard on these in the coming weeks.

Our tentative deadline for all files to get to the manufacturer for production is mid-May 2018.  

Pledge Manager - Backer Kit

I'm new to Kickstarter, what is a "pledge manager"?   Now that you have backed the project, we will send you a link to a survey, which will allow you to input your shipping address so that we know where to send your reward.  It will also allow you to change your pledge, and add more things on to your pledge.  All available add-ons and options will be described in more detail there.  You will be able to change your shipping address in the pledge manager at any time right up until when fulfillment begins.

We have decided we will be using BackerKit as a pledge management service for this campaign.   BackerKit is one of the industry leaders in pledge management services.  They take user security and privacy very seriously, and their interface for both creators and users is amazing.  

When will I receive my pledge manager survey?  We do not rush the pledge manager setup, as it is a massive headache to undo mistakes.  As such we will taking our time and making sure everything is setup properly and tested in order for us to reduce the probability for error.  Our target date for Pledge Manager survey send out is March 30, 2018

Errored / Dropped Pledges

A few of you have received an email from Kickstarter saying there was a problem with your payment, and that you will be dropped.  This is totally normal and happens with every Kickstarter campaign.   If this happens, do not panic.  We've got you covered and you will be added to the pledge manager as a backer!   Simply email us at ks@roxley.com and we will make sure you are taken care of.

Retailer Pledges

We are this week working out the numbers based on the final specs of the game offered so that we can figure out the pricing details on retailer pledges.  Thanks so much to all the participating retailers for your patience.  

Season One - Early Shipping Requests

We have had a lot of requests from people on whether or not their copy of Season One addon can be shipped early.  This should be possible in most areas, however we will of course have to charge an additional shipping wave fee.  For example, in USA & Canada it should be a non-issue.  In other countries there will be a ton of logistics required, so we need to discuss and plan it carefully with our fulfillment partners before making promises.

Next Update

The next Dice Throne Update will be sent Sunday, March 25, 2018.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at ks@roxley.com.

Keep Rollin' Sixes,  

Gavan, Nate, Manny & Team Roxley

Final FQ's, *Important Update* Please Read!
about 1 year ago – Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 10:06:39 PM

All Heroes, 3 Months Early! Single Wave Shipping For All!

Over the last few months we have not only been able to expand the Dice Throne Community, but also our team. On the art front, artist and game designer Manny Trembley has taken on Dice Throne as his full time gig. We have also added the talented Nick Malara as a support artist to help with card art. On the development front, our network of play testers & beta testers has increased tremendously. We also now have Noah from Game Trayz directly assisting with the engineering of our new trays.

So what seemed like a ton of remaining work a few months ago for our tiny team, now seems like a reasonable amount of work for our expanded team.

Therefore, we have decided to take on the challenge of shipping everything in a single shipping wave in November. This means you will no longer have to wait an additional ~3 months for the second half of your order! Not only will you get it early, but the vast majority of the pledges will save money by not having to cover the costs of 2-wave shipping!

Final FQ: Deluxe Vac Trayz by Noah of Gametrayz.com

We are excited to reveal our final Funding Quest: a deluxe tray! Designed and engineered by the industry leader in component storage, Noah Aldeman from Game Trayz.

We absolutely love the idea of a tray that not only holds your dice, cards and dials, but your entire hero!  

The deluxe tray design is of course not compatible with Season One heroes, and we therefore had to make a difficult decision: the Battle Chest will not support season one heroes and will no longer come with 6 vac trays for these heroes. This was a very difficult choice to make. But doing so allowed more freedom for Noah to create one of the coolest deluxe trays we have ever seen. These trays are double the cost to produce than we had previously planned, but after Noah presented it to us, we couldn't possibly say no to this hotness!

This design means that your entire hero will always be contained within a single tightly designed tray that you can grab, open, and start playing. And yes, the trays will of course support sleeved cards!  

Collector Pledges: Eco-friendly Shipping = Bonus Play Mat!

When we send out the surveys, collector level pledges will now have the ability to choose an eco-friendly option and receive all components in a single Battle Chest. As a motivation for the eco-friendly option, we will give you a third play mat at no charge! 

Play Mat Designs: Choose your favorite hero!  

As an additional thank you, we have decided to add 14 new play mat designs! All Collector levels will now be able to choose between the following options for their play mats (2 free at this tier, or 3 free if you choose the eco-friendly option):

  • Season One Montage
  • Season Two Montage
  • Dice Throne Minimalist 
  • ANY HERO OF YOUR CHOICE! (from S01 or S02) 

Please Help Spread the Word!

We have 24 hours left to go. Please share about the campaign anywhere and everywhere you can. Let's make one final push together to make the best Dice Throne we possibly can!

Thank you all for your support! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at ks@roxley.com.

Keep Rollin' Sixes,

Gavan, Nate, Manny & Team Roxley