In case you’re sitting around with a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, I’m back with some suggestions upon which you might spend it.
Lately, with the coming of summer, I’ve been drafted into grilling something almost every night. My wife is a big fan of grilled corn, which is great, but it takes 30 minutes to cook. So I often find myself sitting there on the back patio, all alone with iPhone in hand. What better way to pass the time than checking out what’s shaking on Kickstarter? As a service to you, my loyal readers, I sift through the crap so you don’t have to, and bring you two gotta-have projects from the always mouth-watering “Tabletop Games” category.
First up are Precision CNC-milled six-sided dice from Kyle in Utah. It’s no secret I loves me some dice. I own a few and I’ve seen even more. So I was pretty surprised to stumble upon something new. Simply put, these dice are really, really cool. I’m no machinist and I still can’t quite wrap my head around how this even works, but it does.
Kyle figured out a way to machine a solid cube of metal (aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel) so that the center portion comes free from the outer while remaining trapped inside. It reminds me of those dudes that carve chains out of a solid block of wood. I sprung for a pair of anodized aluminum 6-siders but am seriously considering upgrading my backing level to get some copper ones as well.
These metal bones will go nicely with another Kickstarter project I recently backed (which was successfuly funded) for a set of 2 inch foam rubber game dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12 and of course a d20). Not even sure what I’m going to do with them. I may just end up chucking them at our stupid tabby cat everytime I hear her gnawing on a bagged comic or magazine. Apparently she has some kind of plastic/celophane jones and it ain’t working for me. A foam d20 upside her furry little melon may cure that addiction.
Next up, we’ve got the 7th Edition of the Call of Cthulhu RPG from Chaosium, Inc. I had a pretty nice collection of CoC rulebooks and supplements that were destroyed in the fire. I’ve been slowly building back up through Amazon and eBay, so this was pretty much a no-brainer for me. Apparently it was for a bunch of other folks as well. At the time of this writing, there are over 2,300 backers with pledges right around $276,000. Pretty good considering the initial goal was $40,000. As of this writing, you’ve got ten days left to get on board.
Well, that’s about it for me. As always, remember that I don’t represent Kickstarter or any of the individual project creators mentioned above. I’m just a nerd with a smartphone and a credit card. Until next time…stay nerdy my friends.
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