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

Created by Hal Zucati

A more complete alternative to the Wyrmwood Magnetic GM Screen. More options. More features. Integrated storage and transport included.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Walnut, the other white meat...
about 2 months ago – Thu, May 09, 2019 at 12:23:40 AM

Not really, 

It's Black Walnut actually and its pretty dark.

Closed, packed and lashed. Ready for transport
Closed, packed and lashed. Ready for transport
Angle view of packed state.
Angle view of packed state.
Whiteboard in alternate posisiton, (Front of panel) and no that writing isn't permanent, just peel the film off (as it says) and it comes right off.
Whiteboard in alternate posisiton, (Front of panel) and no that writing isn't permanent, just peel the film off (as it says) and it comes right off.
All five panels from the DM's perspective. Everything seen is shipping. (on the walnut panel set),  I'm not shipping my game table.
All five panels from the DM's perspective. Everything seen is shipping. (on the walnut panel set), I'm not shipping my game table.

Thanks everyone, now I just have to pad, pack and ship this set.

 - Hal

More screens shipping
about 2 months ago – Fri, May 03, 2019 at 09:00:53 PM

I've got three screen sets completed and shipping this week.

That's 27 shipped and 32 remaining, getting close to half way!

Takes quite a while 1-3 days sometimes to finish sets like these, and they're not even the most complex pledges I've got.

Including pictures of shipping screens and some other work in-progress.

One thing I'm finding as I go is that there are small refinements possible which I'm implementing on each screen set. This means cleaning up angles, machining paths and some small magnet coverage spots.

Nothing to alter the pieces you all pledged for functionally just making good better.

Shipping Screens

Holy stacked DM screens Batman! What a mess.... but for me the creation process usually is. From chaos, order.
Holy stacked DM screens Batman! What a mess.... but for me the creation process usually is. From chaos, order.
Yes, that same stack, from a new angle. and a bit more order.
Yes, that same stack, from a new angle. and a bit more order.
The three shipping screens.  3 panels (Right) , 4 panels (left) , and one 5 panel setup (middle).
The three shipping screens. 3 panels (Right) , 4 panels (left) , and one 5 panel setup (middle).
Three panels and a Dice Core. Map and Character (left), Cliffls (center), and Dice and Flume (Right). Dice core and strap in foreground.
Three panels and a Dice Core. Map and Character (left), Cliffls (center), and Dice and Flume (Right). Dice core and strap in foreground.
Four pannels Three Map and Character, and one Cliffs with a pine Flume with Deepwater base.
Four pannels Three Map and Character, and one Cliffs with a pine Flume with Deepwater base.
Five pannels Two Dice and Flume (ends), two Map and character (right and left of middle), and one Cliffs (center). Leather straps in foreground.
Five pannels Two Dice and Flume (ends), two Map and character (right and left of middle), and one Cliffs (center). Leather straps in foreground.

Works in progress

The mysterious Portal Pannel, I made that Iris from scratch. Shown here in 100% Purpleheart wood.
The mysterious Portal Pannel, I made that Iris from scratch. Shown here in 100% Purpleheart wood.
Same pannel, showing iris action.
Same pannel, showing iris action.
Black Walnut wood shown. Some of the things you run into when maching solid wood. Knotholes. I personally like these, but not everyone does, if you don't we can re-machine using non-knotty wood. Mostly, in rare cases only this type of wood is available and in those situations we can always fill.
Black Walnut wood shown. Some of the things you run into when maching solid wood. Knotholes. I personally like these, but not everyone does, if you don't we can re-machine using non-knotty wood. Mostly, in rare cases only this type of wood is available and in those situations we can always fill.
Back view of same panels. Functionality may or may not be affected, depending on how non-transparent you want your screen to be, and the the use... with a map or paper in the slot, those holes are no longer see-through.
Back view of same panels. Functionality may or may not be affected, depending on how non-transparent you want your screen to be, and the the use... with a map or paper in the slot, those holes are no longer see-through.
Some revisions and updates to the cliffs panel, upgrades mainly and some room given for magnet placement. Mini storage slots added as well as dice pockets. Will be using this design moving forward and all new cliffs panels will features these channges. Screens already machined will not be updated.
Some revisions and updates to the cliffs panel, upgrades mainly and some room given for magnet placement. Mini storage slots added as well as dice pockets. Will be using this design moving forward and all new cliffs panels will features these channges. Screens already machined will not be updated.
Another view with the shelves (cliffs) installed. Again, this and the previous pic shown in Black Walnut wood.
Another view with the shelves (cliffs) installed. Again, this and the previous pic shown in Black Walnut wood.

That's all folks...

So that's this update, we'll continue to make and ship these sets until they're all done.

In some cases we may need to talk to you directly to confirm art work or things like knotholes, so if you get a call from ZucatCorp… 

Thanks everyone!

 - Hal

Where has Hal been?
3 months ago – Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 06:54:06 AM


What has Hal been doing all this time?

Slowly dying over the last year and more....I'm serious.I've spent the last year, most of 2018 and some of 2017 fighting a problem I didn't know I had for some time now and it almost ended me.I've been fighting sleep apnea and it's related side-effects, namely sever edema to the point that I was unable to walk across the room or take a full breath.During this period both my physical and mental states were affected. I gained close to 200lbs in water weight and I would regularly pass-out during the day from lack of sleep.I've been unable to leave the house for more than a year and because of my reduced oxygen blood-gas levels due to the sleep apnea and pulmonary edema caused by the edema I've been spiraling down to 10% lung capacity. That's when I checked myself into the hospital and things began to turn around.I lost 40lbs of water the first few days and am still loosing water on the medications I'm on.I began noticing all the things I thought I'd done, but hadn't and I've become much more alert and have not passed out since my 5-day hospital stay.During the last year, I believed that I was making progress and that I'd soon be finished with all my projects but that was just happening in my head only, a dissociation problem caused again by the lack of oxygen. I'm now on oxygen most of the time and I'm preparing to enter a sleep study to determine which c-pap machine will best help my sleep apnea. I'm on a low-sodium cardiac diet and I'm both sleeping better and more already. I've also started a regular exercise program and am making time each day too exercise.In addition to this I've placed employment advertisements online looking for new employees to help speed up our production of your pledges. I've got several great candidates already.

So now what?

I'm  winding back up to human normal again and with that production and shipping of your pledges will follow. I'm going to hire 1-2 employees to help with this and I'm looking to have all kickstarters caught up by the end of this year 2019. This includes all wood and metal dice campaigns, and the single open plastic dice campaign.Right now, and for the rest of March I'm re-visiting all our open campaigns and am recalculating pledges, numbers and timing. When I'm done I'll post a rough schedule for each with all looking to be complete this year.I took me years to wind this far down, its going to take me some time to wind up again and I have to be careful not to go to fast. I appreciate everyone who's stuck with me during this rough time and I want everyone to know that you're not forgotten, I'm not ignoring you, and I'm working hard to resolve the issues that have stretched out this pledge delivery period so far.

E-mail

If you've sent mail that has not been replied to, don't fret. I've likely seen it but have not been able to get back and reply. Regardless if its been some time, please contact me again. I'm fielding hundreds of e-mails per week, things do get lost with me. hal@zucaticorp.com 

Refunds

ZucatiCorp is not a hobby business and it's actively paying my bills and day to day expenses along with keeping the shop open and paying salary's (soon). This means that refunds have to come last on the list or I  can't keep the lights on for myself or the business some weeks if I were to refund everything all at once.  I do regular refunds every 2 weeks,  sometimes a bit longer when I've got the money for it. I do fairly regularly but not all the time and not on demand.

Want to pitch in and help directly?

I'm putting this last as its the least important thing I want to talk about, but can still seriously affect how fast we're able to move on all fronts. If you want to help ZucatiCorp out of the time and money hole we're in you can become our patron and donate any amount per month to us directly. We use Patreon.com.https://www.patreon.com/zucaticorpThere's a couple levels of support that may or may not fit your budget, but the more support we get the faster we can go and the more products we can release. I've got a big backlog of new products waiting to introduce after all current pledges are taken care of.

Thank You!

Whether you've stayed, been refunded, or whatever, thanks for your interest, support and time you spent with us on this journey. We're on the mend an will be doing better and better moving forward. - Hal ZucatiZucatiCorp 2019 

Another screen out the door.
6 months ago – Mon, Jan 07, 2019 at 01:10:22 AM

Pine, Cliffs, Keep, Leather, the works.

Shipping Monday.

Packed and ready to travel. 5 panels and a keep.
Packed and ready to travel. 5 panels and a keep.
Hand-cut and assembled leather straps.  Custom logo snaps.
Hand-cut and assembled leather straps. Custom logo snaps.
Ready to deploy
Ready to deploy
All five panels, flume and whiteboard insert. Everything shown here packs away inside screen for transport. Home phone on top of keep is not included.
All five panels, flume and whiteboard insert. Everything shown here packs away inside screen for transport. Home phone on top of keep is not included.
Detail on requested Tree of Life Engraving on Character and map panels.
Detail on requested Tree of Life Engraving on Character and map panels.

Thanks for your patience everyone.

I'll be doing a couple more of these back to back in the next few days, so stay tuned.

 - Hal

Magnets...
10 months ago – Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 11:32:40 PM

Man o man is it all about the magnets.

Installation and finishing is what I'm up to the next few days.

Then onto finishing and shipping out some more screens... 

 - Hal