Knot Dice Squared: More Celtic Knot Art, Puzzles, & Games

Created by Matthew O'Malley

An expansion and reprint for Knot Dice - Celtic knot games, puzzles, and art on large, beautiful dice.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Rules, Manufacturing Update, PAX Unplugged, & Holiday Gifts
28 days ago – Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 01:20:42 AM

Hello!

I hope you are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season. Knot Dice Squared is still on track to be shipped out in February.

Rules

I just got confirmation from the print manufacturing company that I did everything right with the rulebooks, so that part of the process is well underway now. If you'd like to take a sneak peek at the full rules, here they are as PDFs:

(If you notice anything you think could be improved, drop me a line ASAP and I might be able to make adjustments.)

Manufacturing

And here are a few more photos of the manufacturing process:

On the left is a huge pile of the dice before painting or finishing. The blue and green all mixed together makes me feel a little crazy.

On the right is a bunch of the rounded green dice, already painted and going through a very slow finishing process, custom engineered for these dice.

PAX Unplugged

The weekend after Thanksgiving is PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, and I'll be there with Knot Dice at the Black Oak Games booth (that's the name of the company). I'd love to say hello to anyone who wants to drop by, and you're welcome to check out the prototype set of Knot Dice Squared and perhaps try out a game or puzzle at our table.

Holiday Gifts

While Knot Dice Squared won't be available until after all of you wonderful backers have your sets (early next year), I do still have a very limited number of the original Knot Dice remaining.

Those will be available at PAX Unplugged, and also for purchase on the Knot Dice web site until they sell out.

If you're looking for a holiday gift, consider giving a copy to a friend or family member.

And thanks again for your continued support!

Still on Schedule for February
2 months ago – Tue, Oct 09, 2018 at 01:14:07 AM

Hi everyone! I know I haven't sent out many updates lately, but no news is good news. I'm always happy to drop an update, though I have a tendency to hold them for more substantive news. Feel free to let me know if you'd like more frequent posts!

Schedule

Everything looks like we're still on schedule for February, as posted in the campaign. If anything happens to change that, I will let you know right away.

As of a few weeks ago, the dice manufacturer had finished molding all of the blue dice, and was moving on to painting and finishing those along with starting on the green.

Here's a photo of a ton of blue dice:

They've had some difficulty, especially with the squared dice, but that's pretty much par for the course with these dice, and it's why there are so few manufacturers willing to take on the job.

One of the manufacturing steps is polishing the dice, and when we did the first manufacturing run (for the original dice) they found out they couldn't use a normal dice polisher and had to switch over to a jewelry polisher. The dice come out looking great, but it does make the manufacturing process take longer than normal. I'll see if I can get a photo of that when they get around to that part of the process.

Fall Events

Meanwhile, I just took Knot Dice to the Takoma Park Street Festival yesterday to show them off, and ran into a couple of backers who got a chance to see the Knot Dice Squared prototypes.

I'll also be bringing them along to PAX Unplugged (November 30 - December 2 in Philadelphia) where I'll have a full booth for Knot Dice, under the company name Black Oak Games. So if you want to drop by, I'd love to say hello or play a quick game and show you the new dice prototypes!

I hope you're starting to enjoying the fall weather, and I'll be in touch again in a few weeks.

Surveys and Add-ons
4 months ago – Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 08:36:16 PM

Hi again everyone!

Surveys

We only have about 60 backers left who haven't completed their surveys, so let's see if we can get all of those in.

If you think you haven't gotten a survey, head on over to https://knotdicesquared.backerkit.com/ and you can request another or get in touch with BackerKit support to troubleshoot any survey email trickiness.

Or, if you're having trouble with anything at all, or just have a question, feel free to message me directly here on Kickstarter, I'm happy to help.

Add-Ons

If you want to select or add some blue dice, time is running out. Here's a shot of the two colors out in today's sun (you can see more of the depth in the blue die than the green in this photo, but both have the same pearlized look as the original green, which really "shine" when you can hold them and move them around):

The Original Green and Limited Blue
The Original Green and Limited Blue

I know I'm biased, but I love how these look in the light and I often take them to picnics or other outdoor events.

I'll be locking in the surveys early next week, cutting off more orders for the blues, and charging the credit cards through BackerKit. After that point, you'll still be able to change your address, but if you want to add anything else you'll have to reach out to me directly.

As always, get in touch through direct messages with questions, and I hope you had a wonderful summer!

It's August Already? Locking in the blue dice September 1
4 months ago – Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 01:20:07 AM

Hi everyone! I hope you've been enjoying your summer - it was great to meet a few of you at Gen Con last week, which was a ball as usual (though I was just wandering the halls as an attendee this year).

Blue Dice on Lock Down

(That sounds ominous, doesn't it?)

This is just a quick message to let you know things are moving along swimmingly with the manufacturing, contracts and all. On September 1 I'm going to lock down the option to add-on more blue sets in BackerKit, so if you want them, make sure you've gone in and made your selections.

This is necessary since I'm only doing a limited run of the blue sets, and I want to make sure I can satisfy everyone from this campaign who wants them.

I'll also run the credit cards in BackerKit then, so that's when that should show up.

I won't take up more of your time right now, but hopefully I can get a few photos from the factory for an update soon...

It's Time for BackerKit!
5 months ago – Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 12:52:12 AM

Hi! I hope you've enjoyed the past couple of weeks. I spent them in talks with the manufacturers, setting everything up in BackerKit, working on the rulebook illustrations, and taking a little breather.

The next step for Knot Dice Squared is for everyone to get set up in BackerKit.

BackerKit

In the next day or so, you'll receive an invitation to manage your pledge in BackerKit. When you receive it, please go ahead and make your selections. The sooner you can do this the better (though I won't cut off changes until sometime in mid to late August).

In BackerKit you get to choose the color(s) you want and select any items you want to add-on to your pledge level. It's very simple to do in their system.

Most importantly, if you want to select some of your sets to be blue, please do that as soon as possible. Since I'll only be making a limited quantity of those, I want to get a count soon to be sure I order enough.

Retailers

If you are a retailer, I'll manage your pledge personally (without using BackerKit), so you'll receive a direct message from me.

Questions

If you have a question and you think the answer will be useful to everyone, please go ahead and ask it in the comments, either on this update or in the main comments for the Kickstarter. However, if you have a question specifically about your situation (your backer level, your address, etc), please send me a direct message through Kickstarter so that I can respond to you personally, and so that I can keep those notes associated with your account.

Let's get those selections made, and I'll be back in touch in a couple of weeks with an update on manufacturing.