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:

Heather McDonald
over 1 year ago – Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 11:12:56 PM

Your screen is ready.

Packed up and ready to go
Packed up and ready to go

 

Portal Panel and Mirror Pool. A very sturdy set.
Portal Panel and Mirror Pool. A very sturdy set.

 

Cliffs and Map and Character.
Cliffs and Map and Character.

 

Pull it all together
Pull it all together

 

Move things around, it can take it, and its made to be moved.
Move things around, it can take it, and its made to be moved.

 

 

Fully upgraded portal metal, plastic with mylar washers for silky smooth movement that's 100
Fully upgraded portal metal, plastic with mylar washers for silky smooth movement that's 100

 

percent adjustable, cleanable, and repairable.
percent adjustable, cleanable, and repairable.

 

Want to share your whiteboard with the players?  Go ahead.
Want to share your whiteboard with the players? Go ahead.

 

More coming in the next few days and then none till after March 1-5th

Jeff, I believe I'm on yours next.

 - Hal

Three sets of screens shipping out this week.
over 1 year ago – Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 12:00:38 AM

One is boxed up going out in the mail tomorrow and two are drying and will be boxed up tomorrow and sent out later in the day.

Who's the lucky backers?

I'll leave it to them to reply back to the campaign what they got and what they think.

More screens coming.

Just FYI here's what we're seeing for time it takes to complete one set of these GM screens.

Wood prep - 2 hours for 4 panels
Machine time - 4 hours for 4 panels
Sanding time - 1 hour for 4 panels
Hand-Sanding - 30 minutes for 4 panels
Magnet Install - 2-3 hours for 4 panels
Finish work  - 2-3 hours 
Engraving - 30 minutes/panel
Packaging and shipping 1 hour per set.

That's a total of: 12-15 hours or so each set. When nothing goes wrong. 
These are by far the most labor intensive item we make right now and due to the size of the panels we've had to literally invent new processes to prevent damage and keep the wood ready for next step. We're getting pretty good, but all this time we've been working on this process and pieces. 

And that's for a standard set in easy to work with Pine.

Thanks again for your patience.

 - Hal

2018
over 1 year ago – Sat, Jan 06, 2018 at 07:59:45 PM

New year with new goals and rewards for us all. So, here's what's up.  

1. OrcaCon is happening January 12-14 here in Seattle (Bellevue actually) We're going and we're using it as a test of our new booth setup for the main event (Comic Con 2018 in March)  

2. ComicCon is happening in March: We're going and we're going to present the best of what we've become so far. Check us out here: https://www.emeraldcitycomiccon.com/en/Exhibitors/3952235/Zucati

3. We owe lots of backer rewards which we want to get done before ECCC. That leaves about 6+ weeks to get a mountain of work done and finish prep and stock for the show. Here's the plan as of today:  

1. Finish and ship GM screens. We've got 90% about 60% done. Due to the nature of how these have to be made we've had to slow the process down to make sure they have time to properly air-dry and cure before we proceed into each next step. We had some serious failures before we found the right method, so these are going to take the time they do. But we've go literally stacks and stacks of milled and drilled panels ready for magnets and finishing. Heather, your portal is not started yet... .if the panels are hard, the portal is hard x10. We're getting the wood for it ready to plane this week and we should start on it next. When we ship your panel or need art for engraving, we'll be in touch, in the mean time, hang in there... your GM screens are not forgotten or lost, merely aging naturally as they must for now.  

2. We're running as man Player Cores and Flumes as we can in the next few weeks to take to both conventions. We won't be selling Half or Quarter Cores, nor the same version of the Flume Fusion that were in either of those campaigns. We did work out an exclusive with ECCC so there will be a Flume Fusion version available at the show, but it won't be what anyone pledged for. 3. FLUME 2's - Half and Quarter Cores - and FLUME Fusions will all be in-process during and after the GM screens are finishing and complete.

 WHEN WILL YOUR ORDER SHIP? 

  •  GM Screens before March 
  •  Half and Quarter Cores March - April 
  • FLUME2 - April-May (You folks with the prototype cases... these are going take longer... Juneish...) 

All other stuff like the two metal dice campaigns are on schedule for February/March delivery. That's what we know today. Thanks everyone for your support and patience.

 - Hal

Next two bases ship end of this week or early next...
over 1 year ago – Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 12:58:04 AM

Depends on how fast we can make the portal.

Thanks everyone... we're on it and moving forward.

 - Hal

Heather W - Your Screen is Done
over 1 year ago – Tue, Dec 05, 2017 at 11:48:00 PM

That's right, I got one finished.

Its got all its parts and its been boxed up and is now waiting for address confirmation.

Here's what it looks like.

All packed up and ready to go.
All packed up and ready to go.

 

Heather went with a 5 panel setup including the Cliff's panel. All in Cherry
Heather went with a 5 panel setup including the Cliff's panel. All in Cherry

 

She also chose to add-on a whiteboard and two frame kits.
She also chose to add-on a whiteboard and two frame kits.

 

The frame kits and the whiteboard work on both the front and back of both map and character panels.
The frame kits and the whiteboard work on both the front and back of both map and character panels.

 

Heather also chose the Tree of Life engraving option for all panels.
Heather also chose the Tree of Life engraving option for all panels.

 

And she rounded it all off with an initiative marker set and two leather straps to hold it all together.
And she rounded it all off with an initiative marker set and two leather straps to hold it all together.

 Also included is a single LED light kit, with two halves and a set of extra batteries.

Note that the holes left empty in the screen are for use as peg holes that can be inserted or removed as desired, or can be filed with metal pegs for magnets, or with magnets themselves.

This gives Heather lots of options for attaching and organizing both on the front and back of her screens... and don't forget, all the screens edges are magnetic too... for even more options.

Thanks so much for your patience Heather W, and for the case of mistaken identity with Heather M (she's still waiting).

So, that's what's going out to Heather as soon as we get address confirmation.

Who's next?

  • Jeff Obenschain  - 4/5 panels machined (Cliffs needs machined) All need sanded

We're starting on Jeff's tomorrow (12/5) for machine and hand sanding.

  • Grant Dagg    
  • Geoffrey Alleger 
  • Gary James  
  •  Robert Biskup  
  • Erik Ingersen  
  • Emma Farrow  
  •  Doug Jacobs  
  •  David Speakman  
  • David Morgan  
  • David Di Muro  
  • Daniel Wentzel  
  • Christopher Anderson  
  • Charles Wasserman  
  • Brett Williams  
  • Barbara Paul  
  •  Amber Black

And the rest of our backers after these folks are shipped.

When will YOUR'S be done? I'd love to have a specific answer, for those in this list... in the order you see here... for the rest, likely in groups.

One thing we've found with this project, and one of the main reasons its been delayed so long is that it is very complex. More complex than all our other projects put together for machining, finishing and assembly. Not to mention all the customization folks added.

Its good, but slow.

Here's how we're going to tackle this moving forward. We've stopped work on all our other Kickstarter projects (that require my direct attention) and I'm focusing on this one by itself until its done.

That will not get these screens done for many of you for the holidays, or anywhere in the time-frame we estimated at the beginning, but it will speed up the process considerably. 

Up till now I've been delegating and relying on my team to fill in the gaps while I bounce between multiple projects and its meant a lot of re-work and on the job learning... which is good for everyone, its just too slow. 

We're going to work smarter, and harder and get these out before I take on anything else that will slow this process down.

Lessons learned, back to work.

Thanks everyone!

 - Hal