I was recently contacted by Antonio, the person behind the Sculpted Dice Game Pack campaign currently on Kickstarter. He asked me to review his campaign, and when I responded to him privately with less-than-pleasant feedback he still asked that I write my full review. In my mind, that attitude goes a lot further in inspiring confidence than the actual campaign.
Antonio’s campaign is for sets of hand-crafted and hand-painted dice. He has a variety of color schemes backers can choose, as well as add-ons for hand-sculpted dice towers. Because I haven’t actually handled the product, all I can review is the campaign itself. While that’s not nearly as good as getting a hands-on look at the product, it can tell you a bit about how the creator thinks and whether they receive your support.
The Sculpted Dice Game Pack Campaign’s Best Points
To be honest, there are few enough of these. I like customized dice, and I think that having dice that are hand-painted could be really cool.Some of the color schemes that Antonio has chosen have some really great potential. Additionally, the sculpting of the dice towers look very cool and thematic. But that’s all I can really say about the content and product of the campaign.
The creator however, has several things going for him. Antonio took the time to find and contact me and ask for a review. When I contacted him with my honest opinions on his campaign, he said (some minor grammar and spelling issues fixed):
“I know it has many flaws and I appreciate your feedback. As my first real campaign I though it wouldn’t have any support. Knowing there are both good and bad things, somehow comforts me and lets me improve for upcoming projects.”
That statement struck me as a really honest and humble response. Too often we, as creators, put everything into our projects and when they are judged harshly, take the criticism personally. Antonio, on the other hand, took my criticisms and responded with grace and optimism. It was for this reason alone that I backed the project for a couple of dollars.
The Sculpted Dice Game Pack Campaign’s Worst Points
Unfortunately, the list of worst points is going to be significantly longer than the best points. Although I haven’t handled the dice, just looking at them gives me concerns about their ability to roll randomly. I cannot see with the designs and photos on the campaign page, how the dice could be balanced enough to not roll one or two sides consistently. Additionally, the numbers and symbols on the dice are difficult to read in the pictures. Part of that is due to the style of the numbers themselves, and part because of the paint.
Overall, the Sculpted Dice Game Pack campaign is a mess. From what I could tell almost all the details of the campaign are pasted atop flat images with colors that clash terribly. The backgrounds make the wording and images of the dice difficult to see clearly. There isn’t a picture at all for the d20, which is a huge oversight.
The spelling and grammar for the campaign are very, very poor in English. Some of that is excusable, given that Antonio is based out of Mexico City and English is not his first language. I recommended to him that he seek out native English speakers to proof-read his campaign before taking it live. From what a fluent Spanish speaker has said about the Spanish text in the campaign, it’s only somewhat better. This campaign really needed a proof-reader.
Although I won’t go into details, the shipping is far more expensive than the dice themselves (by a lot), the typography is hard to read and fails at pulling me into the theme of the campaign, and the campaign lacks even the level of polish backers have come to expect from even small first-time campaigns.
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