BLAC

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Black Lives Are Critical.

A young black person sits holding a sign at a protest with a D20 drawn on it and the initials BLM on the 20 face. Their sign says Black Lives are Critical

What happens when a random Twitter conversation brings together a diverse group of people that are truly passionate about D&D and driven to end racism?

A set of dice that are beautiful and celebratory with a statement.

These are renders. We are getting samples made currently, based as closely as possible, to this design. The dice will be a translucent black with brown and black vapor inside and gold and aurora glitter throughout, with an emphasis on the gold glitter.

The typeface will also change, but if you'd like an idea of what it looks like, you can check out the Float or Candy Corn sets.

The final set will include the following: A 35mm D20 with BLAC on the 20 face and the following dice in standard sizes: 1 x D4, 1 x D6, 1 x D8, 1 x D10, 1 x D%, 1 x D12

Due to manufacturing, all dice will be unique. We're also working on some stellar packaging so you can show these beauties off in style.

*****THIS IS A PRE-ORDER****

We will get these into production after we receive samples.

 

Expected Shipping Timeframe: Fall/Winter 2020.

All profits from the sale of the BLAC set will be going to Iko and Chelsea's Charity.

Ice Cream Dice and Matthew Lillard/Beadle & Grimm's will receive none of the profits, now, or ever.

Mission Statement:

A critical success is always celebrated, no matter the media. Black Lives Are Critical was born from that idea.

Our goals are to raise money for Chelsea's Charity, which is built on the importance of helping children through art and to help me start a business that allows me to give back and bring more recognition to diverse voices in our communities.
Twitter: @blacklivescrit
Charity: 
Instagram: @chelseascharity

Let's Meet the People Who Brought this Idea and Design to Life

Ikodiya

My name is Ikodiya, but you can call me Iko. I am a creator and artist by nature. I love, anime, manga and games; Studio Ghibli being one of my biggest influences and inspirations. The fantasy genre has always been a huge part of my life ever since I can remember, so naturally I was drawn to Dungeons and Dragons. I am a dungeon master, player, dice hoarder and most importantly a person that is proud to be black. 
Being Nigerian, something that has always been a core of my culture is celebration. These dice were made to celebrate not just the black gaming community but black people everywhere. 
Each design aspect was carefully thought out to find the best way to make an impact. When you hold these dice in your hands we hope that you feel the power of solidarity and the power of a people, because we want you to be a part of this celebration too.

Summer

I'm Summer, and I'm an artist by trade! I went to school for Drawing and Painting, I'm big into cartoons, anime and games, and I love creating more D&D characters than I can ever use.

The BLAC dice were created to celebrate the black community through gameplay, fun experiences and critical successes.
We wanted to find a beautiful mix of color and shine to make a unique set of dice that anybody would love to have on their shelves, but which also brings to light a message of utmost importance; Black Lives Are Critical.
We want these dice to see you through your adventures as you grow and travel, to help you celebrate your successes, and to be there as you go forth with confidence down whatever road you gotta roll.

Love you guys. Live your best You.

Marc Schubert aka Ice Cream Dice

When I saw the tweet of Iko's protest sign, and I saw the conversation that followed Matthew Lillard's retweet of the sign, I felt like I had finally found a way to make a positive impact in this incredibly important time where we, as a people, across the globe, have finally had enough of racism, and the systems that perpetuate it.
I hope that you love these dice, and the statement they will make at every table you bring them to.
Black Lives Are Critical.

Matthew Lillard and Beadle & Grimm's

My niece Betsy saw Iko and her sign at a protest march in Dallas and sent me the photo.  I immediately fell in love with the message, the sign and the young woman holding it. In this time of unparalleled changed we at Beadle & Grimm’s are proud to support Iko and her and her message of strength.  As a company, we aspire to be force of positivity and inclusion in the RPG universe.  We look forward to watching the world change as leaders like Iko step to the forefront of this social revolution.   

BLACK LIVES ARE CRITICAL!  

 

Matthew Lillard

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