Dungeon Master's Advice Dice

Created by Donald Papp

Does the DM need a little help or inspiration? Roll the dice and take their advice! (or don't) The DM's Advice Dice are a fun way to add variety, spark ideas, or just plain let the DM take a breather in your favorite RPG! Can't quite think? Stuck in a rut? Players getting complacent? Roll the dice, consider the results, and incorporate into your game!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

DM's Advice Dice, Available on Amazon
3 days ago – Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 02:31:31 PM

Hello backers! 

I have big news! The Dungeon Master's Advice Dice are now available on Amazon.com. If anyone missed out on the campaign, they are now available at retail! (And for retailers who have expressed interest in the past, I'll be reaching out to you over the next week or two with new details.)

I've been busy lately working to get this off the ground, but it has finally reached the finish line. Whew!

Next update, I'll answer some questions people had about how the Collector's Box works. But for now, I just wanted to share the good news about me getting my little dice project, something I made myself and funded on Kickstarter with your help, out into the world. Thank you all!

A Few More Collector Box Pictures
20 days ago – Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 08:22:44 AM

Collector Box Hidden Feature

 I'm going to share a few more pictures of the Collector's Box design, as well as reveal the hidden feature in each one.

Because they were a limited edition, each collector box has a unique number. That number is hidden inside the box itself, and can be revealed by the hidden feature.

Those of you who guessed it had something to do with the angled crypt, you're absolutely right!

 The "mirror" on the wall activates when the crypt (the one with the book in the robed figure's arms) is moved.  The mirror ceases to be a mirror, and glows with a blue light, revealing the unique number of the collector box.

Major components of the collector's box

 Every part of the collector's box had to be designed and made in my workshop, then assembled as needed.  To do this, I used 3D printers, laser engraving, paint, and of course some 3D models for inspiration as well.  Plenty of ideas didn't quite work out, but that's the creative process and I'm happy with what I ended up with.

Credits and Acknowledgements

Here is a list of tools, things, and sources I found useful in making the boxes.  Check them out!

  •  OpenForge by Devon Jones was super useful!  Thank you Devon, for granting me permission to use some of your fantastic floor shapes and wall shapes while designing.  It really helped me out! OpenForge is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Share Alike as well, which I wish more people did.
  • I found some of the models in this Underground Cathedral assets pack useful, and I purchased the (not expensive) asset pack.  Note: these -- as well as most other models on CGTrader -- are art assets intended for things like computer graphics, they aren't made with fabrication in mind, but it was still useful to me.
  • Paints: too many paints and supplies to mention, but in particular I found the Blackest Black paint from Culture Hustle super useful, as well as a variety of Contrast paints from Games Workshop.  (This guide was invaluable in choosing which contrast paint colors to test.) I mostly used Basilicanum Grey and Snakebite Leather
  •  Galaxy Black 3D printer filament from Prusa3D was super useful.  As was Standard Grey resin from Formlabs.  Everything 3D printed was done in my workshop on my own printers (and lots and lots of testing...)

An Exclusive Look at the Collector's Boxes!
about 1 month ago – Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 11:28:13 PM

See The Collector's Boxes!

I offered a limited number of Limited Edition Collector's Boxes during the campaign, and never really talked about them for this reason: I wanted people who got them to be surprised.

Now that enough time has passed, I'd like to share some pictures, and talk about designing and building them over the next few updates.  

These were designed and built by me.  The ones out there, in people's hands, are the only ones that exist in the entire world.  Here is what they look like: 

I designed the holder to resemble a room in a dungeon, and each die sits in its own little room with a little arched doorway!

A test piece from when I was still figuring out how best to paint features. Each die has its own little room and doorway!
If you look very closely, you may recognize the Necronomicon (from the Evil Dead movies) being clutched by the robed figure decorating one of the crypts.

Each box (each one numbered from a total of 35) has a hidden feature that was for the owner to discover

Why Include a Secret Feature? 

Mainly because I wanted a small secret to share with those who pledged for a box, and I felt that a secret feature was very apropos for something that was themed after a dungeon room. What's dungeon without hidden switches, after all?

I'll be sharing more about how I designed and built the boxes in future updates. The campaign might be a wrap, but I feel like enough of you will be interested that it is worth sharing!

Online Sales are Coming

If you liked the dice and think they might make a good gift, they will be available to purchase online in the future. You'll all be among the first to know when it happens!

Post-Campaign Thoughts

A small number of international backers are patiently waiting for their dice to be delivered (international shipping can be a VERY slow process, sadly) and with the exception of a small handful of folks who haven't filled out their surveys for one reason or another, the campaign is a wrap.

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly threw a wrench into things, but all in all things went alright. Thanks to all of you for helping make this happen.

Interpretation Guide for DM's Advice Dice
3 months ago – Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 11:48:28 PM

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Shipping is All Caught Up!
3 months ago – Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 07:42:51 AM

All There Is To Do Now Is Wait!

Here's a quick update to let you know that shipping is all caught up! In the last update, I told you all I expected to have everything (except remaining collector's boxes, more on that in a moment) shipped by the first week of February, but I'm happy to say it's already done!  At this moment, virtually every reward has been mailed and is on its way. Pre-orders have also shipped.  All there is to do now is wait for delivery! 

How long will that take? If you don't have your reward yet:

  •  If you are in the USA or Canada, your reward might need a week or two for delivery.  (If you are in the USA you will also get a USPS tracking number from BackerKit.)
  •  If you are International, delivery will take the longest - from 4 to 12 weeks. However, every package is correctly documented with accurate customs information, so delays from customs should be minimal.
  • For the people who pledged for a Collector's Box and don't have theirs yet, more on that below.

A Special Note About Collector's Boxes

As I mentioned in the last update, I am still working on the final number of Collector's Boxes, and will ship them when done. I currently expect this to happen around the end of February.

The Collector's Boxes are very special to me, I designed them from scratch and make each one all by myself in my workshop.  To those of you who pledged for one (and don't have it yet): I hope you are as delighted when you open it up as I was to make it for you.  Every single Collector's Box has a hidden feature, which I look forward to you discovering!  All there is to do is wait a little longer.

Side Note: When To Call Something Done?

This part is only for people interested in some behind-the-scenes details about the Kickstarter campaign itself.  I'm going to talk about what "done" means.

Even when a campaign and shipping is "done", the job is rarely actually 100% done.  This is because there are always edge cases; things that fell through the cracks.  

How many?  About 2-3%, which means for this campaign it was about 20 people.  This is the number of backers who never responded to the backer survey, which means I don't have shipping addresses for them.  I will be handling these on a case-by-case basis.  That's not even counting other issues that could crop up; that's just the number of people who pledged and never responded.

This means that even a campaign that is "done" is rarely actually 100% done, because it's such a long process to weed out those final elements.  If you're planning a Kickstarter campaign of your own, it's probably worth thinking ahead of time about how to handle these edge cases, because they are guaranteed to happen.