Tabletop gamers have given nearly $140,000 to make Elderwood Boxes Spellbook Gaming Cases a reality.
One of the undeniably fun things about playing tabletop RPGs is the unspoken competition to see who can bring the fanciest accessories to the table. Custom miniatures, mammoth tusk dice, RPGs printed on freaking scrolls; while gamers might not admit it, many of us are in an unofficial arms race to prove once and for all who's the king/queen when it comes to nerdy novelties.
Hoping to give gamers more ammunition for that battle, the folks at Elderwood Boxes recently launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for its new line of "Spellbook Gaming Boxes." Storage boxes designed to look like ancient fantasy tomes and spell books, they'll come in two basic designs -"card deck" and "rolling tray"- and feature a variety of customization options including "an array of luxurious leathers," different wood options, a selection of cover/spine art and foam inserts to tailor the boxes to each person's particular needs. The gaming boxes will also use "hidden magnets" along with a book belt to keep players' "treasures safe and secure." I'm also a big fan of the built-in "reflecting pool" marker boards.
The company originally requested 5,000 dollars to finance their production. That number was blown away in less than a day and, in the weeks since, the campaign has managed to raise nearly 140,000 dollars contributed by more 1,160 backers. Speaking personally, I have no trouble understanding why this has done so well. The fantasy aesthetic, the premium materials, the functionality; who wouldn't want to bring one of these to game night? Granted, they are going to be a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. Check them out for yourself and let us know what you think.