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Dice Base: Master - Magnetic Game Screen - RPG and Tabletop

Created by Hal Zucati

Dice Base: Master - Magnetic Game Screen - RPG and Tabletop
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64 backers pledged $12,612.00 on Kickstarter

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Estimated Shipping Date: October 2017
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Leather Strap with Brass D-Rings
Fine quality black/brown leather strap with 100% brass D-rings for cinching it down tight. Sold ... more »
$15.00
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Dice Base: Player Sheath
The Player Sheath is a solid piece of hardwood milled to fit your favorite RPG book, some paper, ... more »
$100.00
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Custom Engraving
Choose from any of these available patterns or submit your own for use.
$25.00
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Saddle Leather Play-Mat / Screen Wrap
Protect your screen during travel and have your own personal surface to touch during games. Best ... more »
$50.00
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Dice Base: One (7 Pocket Case)
The best, strongest and most protective dice case made. Put your dice in here and never worry again.
$25.00
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Dice Base: 3/4 (5 pocket case)
Lots of woods, lots of looks. Get the right case for your dice. The only one that was designed f... more »
$15.00
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Dice Base: Hero Case
Made to be bullet proof but still stylish, this Hero Case features space for your favorite and pr... more »
$25.00
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Dice Base: Two
Made for the best blend of playing and protection. Store your dice around the rolling surface an... more »
$50.00
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Dice Base: The CORE
The Core, the center of any serious dice collection storage system. Made from a single piece of w... more »
$25.00
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Zucati Magnetic Signpost - Just stick it on for added style.
Stick it on The TOWER , The KEEP or your MASTER Screen using one of our iniative markers.. or whe... more »
$15.00

Custom Shop Service

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Prearranged Custom Work
This is where you add in the money for custom work that goes beyond small or incidental. Having m... more »
$35.00

Dice

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Zucati Logo Dice Set of 5
The Zucati Logo dice are from Chessex and feature their Scarab dice mix and the Zucati Logo in go... more »
$10.00
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Fibonacci D12 Aluminum Random Color Anodized
Want to roll with the power of the Fibonacci? Now you can. Get you some! Features the Fibonac... more »
$10.00
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Fibonacci D12 Golden Spiral in Solid Brass
Roll this solid brass die with the power of Fibonacci. Features the Golden spiral in the 144 fac... more »
$25.00
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Retro Aluminum Polyhedral set of 7 + Crayons
Finest quality pure aluminum dice with retro flair. Color in the numbers and you're rolling with... more »
$100.00
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2 x 6 D12 Random Color Anodized Aluminum Die
Why roll a cube, when you can roll a polyhedron! BAM 2 D6 in one roll. Get some!
$10.00
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3 x 4 Random Color D12 Anodized Aluminum
Hate pyramids? Hate Caltrops? This is your die. Roll it once and multiply by three and you're go... more »
$10.00
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Death By Die™ Dice Sets in Random Colors
Death by die™ - Death and Dismemberment dice come in sets of 8 dice packaged in retail tube packa... more »
$25.00
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Pale Blue Die - Aluminum Anodized Laser Etched
Inspired by the universe and one of the most influential astronomers, this expression of life, hu... more »
$5.00

Hardware

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Chrome Steel Hinge Ball Set of 12
12 chrome steel balls are included in this set. Use these balls for hinges as designed, or as hol... more »
$12.00
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Small 1/4" x 1/4" N52 Magnet Pack of 10
Ten stupid strong magnets you can use to configure, re-configure or customize your Dice Base: Mas... more »
$20.00
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Large 1/4 x 1/2 N52 Magnet Pack of 10
Very strong just like its little brother. Use these to update, upgrade or modify your Dice Base:... more »
$25.00

Master Screen Panels

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Pine Wood Master LT Screen Panel
Shown here in Jatoba, the pine is made exactly the same. This 1/2" thick panel is great for a hyp... more »
$25.00
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Cherry Wood Master LT Screen Panel
Shown here in Jatoba, the Cherry is made exactly the same. This 1/2" thick panel is great for a h... more »
$50.00
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Acrylic Whiteboard Panel Insert 8.5" x 11"
Use Expo markers for best results. Write on, wipe off. Inserts into your Map and Character pane... more »
$20.00
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Master Portal Screen Panel
Made from scratch, built by hand. Super cool and fun to play with along with adding a new dimensi... more »
$150.00
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Master Portal Reflection Pool Screen Panel (For Clam Shell)
User by itself as a giant reflection pool or with the Portal Panel as a backing panel. Store dic... more »
$50.00
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Master Character and Map Screen Panel
One of the most deceptively simple panels this one allows you to store your maps, characters, whi... more »
$50.00
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Master Panel Frame Kit
Wood frame kit that allows you to frame your interior or exterior 8x11 content with style. Made i... more »
$25.00
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Master Dice and FLUME Screen Panel
Store your favorite GM dice, Polyhedral sets and your FLUME and FLUME BASE. Comes with Leather, ... more »
$50.00
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Master CLIFFS Screen Panel
This is one of those panels that when you see it in action, you'll just have to have it. Made to ... more »
$50.00

Must Have Extras

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Master LED Lighting Kit
This kit comes with Two wooden shades and two LED light inserts. These LED's burn continuously f... more »
$35.00
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Initiative Marker Cube Set of 26 (2x pcs each wood type.
Set of 26 matched cubes from exotic and hardwoods. Includes cubes that connect to each other and ... more »
$125.00

The FLUME

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The FLUME
Simply the best dice tower ever made. Computer designed and hand made to maximize the randomizat... more »
$25.00
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The FLUME BASE
Pick a base style, deep water or staircase standard and then pick you wood. Fun for your dice awa... more »
$25.00

The KEEP

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Dice Base: The KEEP
The biggest, baddest most useful chest of drawers you'll ever find to connect into your Dice Base... more »
$200.00

The TOWER

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Dice Base: The TOWER
The tower comes in multiple woods to match your Dice Base: Master Screen perfectly. More than tha... more »
$150.00
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The TOWER Magnetic Dice Tray
Sold individually and in multiple woods these trays are lined with leather or cork. They attach t... more »
$25.00

Learn About Our Project:

The final incentives. Some are good and some are GREAT!
The final incentives. Some are good and some are GREAT!

The Great Wall of Disappointment 
(And how you can tear it down)

You are "The Master", the head honcho, the big cheese, numero uno. It's your game, it's your world, and it's your ass on the line if things go wrong, or right. 

You've invested uncounted hours of your life to bring a new world into existence, you've planned, prepared and now its showtime.

But despite your best efforts, all your work and effort there's a weak link, one glaring oversight that holds you and your world back. It prevents you from being your most creative, it limits the information you can keep secret and share with your players. Worst of all its made of cheap, common paper.

Or perhaps its made of something a bit more stylish but its HUGE and HEAVY and requires that you make compromise after compromise just to use it. It seems like its using you more than you're using it.

The DM Screen, the partition between your most guarded secrets, plans and surprises and the gatekeeper of more than just your books, dice, pens and paper, but your life essence, and all the time and energy you've invested into your world. 

Its holding you back.

Its standing in your way.

Its blocking your creativity

No more.

Dice Base: Master

I've been an avid gamer since the late 1980's and the one thing that's been a constant all these years has been my desire for a REAL master-level screen. Even today when you look at what's offered you get the same grouping of too-thin and under-featured screens or massive monolithic solutions that require their own seat in your car to transport. 

Fail. Fail Fail.

There is a solution, and one that I've spent more hours than I can count designing and refining.

The Dice Base: Master

Just the right size

The Dice Base: Master is 12" tall by 9.2" wide by .67" deep each panel.

The dice pockets are 1.1" deep and nearly an inch wide to accommodate all standard and plus standard plus (20mm) dice both polyhedral and standard casino style.

The Map and character space is on the large side of 8.5" by 11" to accommodate standard notebook and graph paper and the cavity is .9" in total height so you cans even store your dice, miniatures or anything just shy of an inch along with your papers.

Between your essential books and the paper screen that's holding you back lies the solution to all your problems.
Between your essential books and the paper screen that's holding you back lies the solution to all your problems.

 The first order of business was to size and create a tool that would not be something that required a forklift to move or a trailer to haul from game to game.

Solid enough to give it an authoritative table presence without becoming a burden.
Solid enough to give it an authoritative table presence without becoming a burden.

 12" x 9.2" x .67" per panel.  Four panels giving the whole screen a total footprint about the same as three of your current 5E books, on the table, on your shelf and in your bag, and at about 1/3 the weight of those same books. 

Perfect.

Modular and adaptive

Use one set of panels, two sets or more. You make the rules!
Use one set of panels, two sets or more. You make the rules!

Another issue I've seen with screens is that they force you to use them in an "all or nothing" manner. Use the whole thing, or don't. Not very accommodating for something that's supposed to enhance your game.

Using High-Polish Chrome Ball Bearings the individual screen panels can be connected on any of their four sides to each other.
Using High-Polish Chrome Ball Bearings the individual screen panels can be connected on any of their four sides to each other.

 The Dice Base: Master allows you to create the screen that best fits your needs. Want a really high wall like you remember from 2nd Edition? Connect them along the long edge. Want a short screen to match today's 5E aesthetic? Connect along the short edge. Want a castle battlement? Oh yea... Battlement. Connect two along the short edge in the center and add-on two on the outside along the long edge. The choice and the flexibility is yours. 

With more than 4lbs of pulling force each magnet you can be sure that your screen will remain standing no matter how exciting the game gets.
With more than 4lbs of pulling force each magnet you can be sure that your screen will remain standing no matter how exciting the game gets.

 Because the joints of the Dice Base: Master screen are ball bearings you have a full 180 degree freedom of movement EACH PANEL. Want to flex them about... no problem. Classic "C" shape. Done.

Flexibility

Each pair of panels is designed to provide you with the most flexibility and utility possible.
Each pair of panels is designed to provide you with the most flexibility and utility possible.

 Panels are made to work in pairs. You can mix and match panels together of different layouts but some few compromises will need to be made to accomplish this. Magnetically they'll attach and work, but you will loose some functionality. Still... the choice is there for you to make. You're in charge.

The Dice and Flume panel set with luxurious cork and leather appointments.
The Dice and Flume panel set with luxurious cork and leather appointments.

 Each set has its own strengths and are excellent alone and amazing when used together. The cork is lightly press-fit in so you can remove it or pin it in place.... you could also glue it down... but it stays put nicely. 
The leather is glued in place. (If you'd rather it not be.. just let me know.)

The map, character and notepad panel set, simple and effective.
The map, character and notepad panel set, simple and effective.

 Everything you need and nothing you don't. Simple, elegant. Purposeful and precise. Just right.

Fill the dice and FLUME panel set to the brim with your favorite polyhedral dice, standard D6 dice, pens, coins, markers and whatever else you can stuff in there. Each set comes with a matching Dice Base: FLUME.
Fill the dice and FLUME panel set to the brim with your favorite polyhedral dice, standard D6 dice, pens, coins, markers and whatever else you can stuff in there. Each set comes with a matching Dice Base: FLUME.

 The map and character panels are sized to fit standard 8.5" x 11" paper and pads. How cool is that... no fuss, just lay them in there and you're set.

Print out mirrored maps for the front and back of the map panels and use magnetic markers to show players exactly what's going on...
Print out mirrored maps for the front and back of the map panels and use magnetic markers to show players exactly what's going on...

 Put all the pieces together

Put it all together and use with your existing screen...
Put it all together and use with your existing screen...

 Or

Customize to your heart's content... the features are only limited by your imagination.
Customize to your heart's content... the features are only limited by your imagination.
  • Vertical and horizontal dice storage
  • Local and world map display and use simultaneously
  • Magnetic pass-though for all panels
  • Dozens of magnetic hotspots on both sides of all panels.
  • Purpose made "Initiative Ridge" 
  • Corkboards
  • Optional whiteboard inserts
  • Optional real slate inserts
  • Leather and cork padding for dice and accessories
  • Integrated storage for all hinge bearings
  • Compatible with other Dice Base components.
  • Gallows feature for hangman
  • Crane overhang to attach LED lights for dark games.
  • Fully engraved with custom options for individuals or groups
  • Expandable from a single screen to as many as you want.
Initiative Ridge... magnetic or non-magnetic and with many options for showing individual and group initiative
Initiative Ridge... magnetic or non-magnetic and with many options for showing individual and group initiative

 

Super-Strong magnetic hot-spots mean you can use anything ferrous or magnetic to hold your papers and secrets securely...
Super-Strong magnetic hot-spots mean you can use anything ferrous or magnetic to hold your papers and secrets securely...

 

Just need to stab something... You got it. Dual cork boards mean you can affix your favorite stuff in a nice satisfying way... again and again without damaging the screen.
Just need to stab something... You got it. Dual cork boards mean you can affix your favorite stuff in a nice satisfying way... again and again without damaging the screen.

 And while you're stabbing those notes up above, you can sticky-post directly below for a nice satisfying peel and stick feel again and again... the leather surface loves to have things stuck to it.

What's that? Room for you? Books, papers, pens dice, dice tower and everything else and still room for more?
What's that? Room for you? Books, papers, pens dice, dice tower and everything else and still room for more?

 Not just spare space, but intelligently designed space.

The FLUME means you can roll all your favoirte dice from plastic to gemstone and even the heaviest Tungsten without the fear of damaging the dice, tower or your table.. and they're kept securely in its flume tray.
The FLUME means you can roll all your favoirte dice from plastic to gemstone and even the heaviest Tungsten without the fear of damaging the dice, tower or your table.. and they're kept securely in its flume tray.

 The Dice Base: Master works with the full Dice Base system of accessories to allow you to mix and match your tools. Never feel like your dice vault is good for only one thing... how sad that would be...

Have a Dice base One? Want one? They work with the Dice Base: Master screen to allow more dice storage and display. Don't hide your favorite dice!  Battlement Display!
Have a Dice base One? Want one? They work with the Dice Base: Master screen to allow more dice storage and display. Don't hide your favorite dice! Battlement Display!

 But wait... it works upside-down too!

Use your Dice Base One as a "Gallows" for hangman or for LED lighting or to hang, whatever.
Use your Dice Base One as a "Gallows" for hangman or for LED lighting or to hang, whatever.

 What do the players see?

So what do your players see? Exactly what you want them to.
So what do your players see? Exactly what you want them to.

 Positions on the magnetic pass-though maps you print out... initiative markers and oder as you place them on the initiative ridge or whatever else you want to share with them... you can post it magnetically or with any metal object... the options are numerous and as creative as you want.

Use as many or as few options as you need.
Use as many or as few options as you need.

 Nothing is wasted or out of place.

Everything has its place...
Everything has its place...

 So you said: ENGRAVING?

Here's some real wood engraving examples to give you an idea what's possible. I'm including the art I've got ready to go after these as digital renders. You can also submit you own art, logo, text or other graphic to have engraved at (mostly) no extra charge. Some art may require additional work and additional fee to get to work. 

Hyper-complex
Hyper-complex

 

Beautiful and organic
Beautiful and organic

 

Logo - Symbol  - Classic
Logo - Symbol - Classic

 

Club saying or personal moto
Club saying or personal moto

 

Intricate or repeating design
Intricate or repeating design

 

Zebrawood with Celtic calendar engraving pre-finish
Zebrawood with Celtic calendar engraving pre-finish

 

Zebrawood with Citheron engraving pre-finish
Zebrawood with Citheron engraving pre-finish

 

Bloodwood with Rock Wall pre-finish
Bloodwood with Rock Wall pre-finish

 

Bloodwood with Yin/Yang Dragon pre-finish
Bloodwood with Yin/Yang Dragon pre-finish

These options are offered as part of your pledge but I can work with just about any black and white line art or text you can come up with... additional fees may apply but if you can dream it... its likely I can do it. We're only limited by your budget and creativity.

Digital art available and ready to go

Note that some works nicely in portrait mode, some in landscape mode and some works equally well in both modes. Keep this in mind as you pick and request panel layouts. All are labeled with their name at the bottom.

Astro-Signs
Astro-Signs

 

Celtic Year
Celtic Year

 

Dragon Scale
Dragon Scale

 

Elder
Elder

 

Keep Calm
Keep Calm

 

Tree of Life
Tree of Life

 

Citheron
Citheron

 

Yin Yang Dragon
Yin Yang Dragon

 

Brick Wall
Brick Wall

 

Stone Wall
Stone Wall

All packed up

And ready to go... This is the best part of this Dice Base: MASTER screen. The ability to stow all your tools in one place... securely and safely and then keep them all together for your next adventure. This is a ZucatiCorp exclusive and one that we're very proud of.

All panels are attracted to each other... so storage is a snap
All panels are attracted to each other... so storage is a snap

 And just for good measure...

Two full-grain leather straps with 100% brass fittings are included to lock down your Dice Base: Master for even the most energetic transport.
Two full-grain leather straps with 100% brass fittings are included to lock down your Dice Base: Master for even the most energetic transport.

 Here's what you get

The base Dice Base Master screen pledge includes the following:

  • 2x Flume and Dice panels (With leather and cork padding)
  • 1x FLUME and FLUME base
  • 2x Map and Character panels
  • 12x Steel Chrome Hinge Balls
  • 2x Leather and Brass straps
This is the Dice Base: Master screen (Straps and ball hinges not shown but are included)
This is the Dice Base: Master screen (Straps and ball hinges not shown but are included)

 Pledge Levels

MASTER: $250 - Complete - Includes everything. All four panels, FLUME and FLUME BASE, ball hinges and leather straps. Includes engraving with any of the shown designs or your own custom art (custom art may add additional fees - contact for quote)

Accolyte: $200 - Limited - Includes all four panels and ball hinges.
Includes engraving with any of the shown designs or your own custom art (custom art may add additional fees - contact for quote)

Apprentice: FLUME: $150 - Compact - Includes 2x flume and dice panels and a matching FLUME and FLUME BASE, ball hinges.
Includes engraving with any of the shown designs or your own custom art (custom art may add additional fees - contact for quote)

 Apprentice: $100 - Basic - Includes either the FLUME and Dice panels OR the Map and Chaaracter panels. One or the other set of two panels. Includes engraving with any of the shown designs or your own custom art (custom art may add additional fees - contact for quote)

 Dice Base: Master LT

When what you need is just the basics, in beautiful clean style.

 

Randomize to your hearts content
Randomize to your hearts content

 

The keep, refinments and secrets coming... as you see it today. It will only get better.
The keep, refinments and secrets coming... as you see it today. It will only get better.

 

The Player Sheath... Bare Bones game night style and protection.
The Player Sheath... Bare Bones game night style and protection.

The PORTAL panel

Only you can determine if the portal is opened, or remains shut!

Keeping the gaming world safe, one aperture at a time.
Keeping the gaming world safe, one aperture at a time.

 

When its time to unleash HELL... OPEN THE PORTAL!
When its time to unleash HELL... OPEN THE PORTAL!

 

100% custom milled and hand finished and fit... The PORTAL is a thing of beauty.
100% custom milled and hand finished and fit... The PORTAL is a thing of beauty.

 

Rotate the master control ring to unleash the energy of the PORTAL!
Rotate the master control ring to unleash the energy of the PORTAL!

 

Unlock the mysteries of The PORTAL!
Unlock the mysteries of The PORTAL!

Pine vs Hardwood vs Exotic Wood

So here's the deal with the wood types. These are really big sections of wood. The more exotic the wood, the harder to find it in the dimensions required to make this product. In some cases it may not be possible to find wood of the species (in the case of the exotic custom wood) requested so the selection may or may not be limited by what's available.

These are the woods I can count on finding in the right dimensions and the prices are based of what it costs to buy them:

  • Pine
  • Cherry
  • Oak
  • PurpleHeart
  • ZebraWood
  • BloodWood
  • YellowHeart
  • White Maple
  • Walnut

The bottom line is that Pine and all the hardwoods are no problem. Exotics may or may not be possible depending on availability and cost. Be sure and ask if you've got something in mind. 

I can, also make a composite layup using multiple woods of narrower width... this can get very time consuming but the results can be breathtaking. Really with the exotic pledge levels a lot can be done for the right price.

 

Click to track!
Click to track!

 

 Dice Base: Master LT

Designed for those who don't need storage or transport options but do need a kick-ass screen to use and enjoy. Does not come engraved by default but can be engraved with any options shown in this campaign or your own art or logo. (Engraving is extra)

Features full edge magnets just like the Master and has some face magnets filled it for use in hanging your papers and other stuff. Finish is smooth and ready for post-its and there are lots of holes left open for you to use for whatever you like... use wooden pegs, metal pins or come up with your own ideas! They're ready for you to play with.

The hing balls store on the edges of the panels when folded as seen and the set comes with the four panels and nine edge ball hinges. That's it. its Light and Simple... just what some folks are after.
Four panels with matching magnets and space to add your own touches
Four panels with matching magnets and space to add your own touches

 

                                              
No storage for dice or anything else.. but simple pure screen goodness out of solid wood,
No storage for dice or anything else.. but simple pure screen goodness out of solid wood,

 

                                              
Fold it up for easy stowage
Fold it up for easy stowage

 

                                              
Same footprint at a bit smaller overall width.. panels are .5" vs .67" in thickness
Same footprint at a bit smaller overall width.. panels are .5" vs .67" in thickness

Add-Ons (See the top for the most recent)

 

  Light Kit

This LED and custom hardwood shade combination in either Oak, Cherry, Walnut or White Maple will serve to light the inside and outside of your MASTER screen where ever the night is the darkest.  Both the lights and the shades are made to stow along with the screen. The LED lights have a burn time of 5 hours before you'll need to replace the batteries and at 25 lumens each you can regulate the amount of light very easily.

Note: 1 "LED Kit"  = 1 light + 1 shade (Two kits are shown in the pictures below)

Shades can be made of: (Same cost for all woods listed)

  • Pine
  • Cherry
  • Oak
  • White Maple
  • Walnut

Shades seen are not the final design and will change moving forward to allow the most broad use of the lights possible.

Overhead light on, LED's on (Two LED's Burning)
Overhead light on, LED's on (Two LED's Burning)

 

Lights off, LED's on top position (2x LED's burning)
Lights off, LED's on top position (2x LED's burning)

 you can put these far apart for nice broad light or you can put them right next to each other for concentrated spots. The choice is yours. 

VIDEOS

These videos show how the Dice Base: Master screen and its components work together. Each focuses on a separate area and function, some may overlap as the whole system is designed around a core, the Gamer.


Screen  Deployment

 Panel Frames 

 TOWER and KEEP

 TOWER, KEEP, FLUME and Storage