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Creating a Metal Six-Sided Die

Philip Reed
United States
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As we continue building The Fantasy Trip: Legacy Edition, our team works at expanding not only the adventures, creatures, characters, and treasures for use in the game, but also the game accessories and tools that players and GMs can use when playing the game. One such expansion to the game, started earlier this year during a visit to the factory in China, is a new 25mm metal six-sided die that was inspired by an earlier project.

While working on the Illuminati Coins project, we realized that the same process used for the design of the coins could work for a different style of dice that feature more detail than our usual engraved dice. If we were to recess the image area of the die, sinking it in below the edges, we could create a Bas-relief-style face that carried depth and detail unlike any of our other dice.

It took multiple rounds of discussion and revision with the factory to translate the design from concept to prototype. For months, we worked closely with the GPI team to take the provided image from an idea to a final, functioning prototype that, as you can see, looks incredible.

Now that we have established a language with the factory, and worked through the challenges of translating our concept into a prototype, it is time that we find a home for the die. Since it is based on artwork from the Wizard game (2019 edition), it is only fitting that this die become a part of The Fantasy Trip product line. At the moment, our focus for that line is on the Decks of Destiny campaign now on Kickstarter so we first shared the die design there (posted here). Will the die officially become a part of that project? Let's just say that we haven't revealed all of the stretch goals . . .

Will we use this process for the creation of other dice? Absolutely! An Ogre die, for example, would be a fantastic fit for this design style. We just have to determine what would work best and, more importantly, what you would like to see. Any requests for metal dice constructed in this style? Please let us know!
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