Publishing Goblin's Oracle Dice, 2nd Edition

Publishing Goblin's Oracle Dice, 2nd Edition

The Cover Results | The Keeper and the Collector | The Stones
3 months ago
by Publishing Goblin, LLC
We will definitely be breaking 3,000 backers today, I can feel it in my bones! When we do, I will announce when the day of Instagram Live Readings will be! :)

The Cover Voting

You all voted, and the results are in. The front cover will feature the 4 Seasonal Lords gathered around a table as the Gambler casts her dice over it, with the Caretaker whispering some obscene joke in her ear.

On the back cover, the Publishing Goblin, the Alleyman, and the Chronicler will be featured around the back-of-the-book-blurb!

The Keeper and the Collector

If you follow my projects, you might know by now that I make a lot of things. Card games, board games, video games, novels, poetry, tarot, dice-- but one thing I pride myself in is using the artifacts of these various things to found items in my fictional worlds. The Maiden of Winter and the Heir of Earth are actually from unique cultures I made for my game world, Solare. The Maiden is an Ithcaian-- someone who was cursed with a finite undeath as long as her mortal life. She is pale as bone, has red eyes, and must survive on raw flesh and blood, ostracizing her from the masses and typically cursed into servitude. But she killed those who cursed her and lives in an icy palace of her own making. The Heir is a Naiar, meaning People of Grass in their language. They live in harmony with the natural world, but have within them an explosive and transformative rage, where they use the pelts of animals to become them to defend themselves and their lands. The Gambler, for clue-sniffing sleuths, is from the same world as the Alleyman, mentioned in one of the podcast episodes in relation to the Secret Halls.

In this way, the Lords are pieces of my various fictional worlds, and the dice and the cards themselves are artifacts from those worlds, the same way the Alleyman's Tarot was an artifact from the world the Alleyman Podcast took place in.

The last two of the original 14 dice we have to reveal are in this same boat. The Tarot Keeper, lord of the die of suits, is an Alfira, a ratfolk, who came to love the concept of tarot that humans brought with them from their strange other world. His depiction here is abstracted from reality, as are many of the lord's illustrations, but he loves his portraiture in the card as the Tarot Keeper. He has most excitedly added the card to his vast collection of oracle decks.

The Collector of Selves, lord of the relations die, is one of my original designs. They are an Umbran, a strange, 6-armed being with a bone mask for a face. Umbrans consider it a rite of passage to break the connections of their face plating and remove the one they were born with, choosing a new one for themselves. But the Collector never could make a decision, instead rotating through an ever-growing collection of masks day to day as they find who they are in this world, as related to the world, as related to other people, and as related themselves.

If you're interested in my weird game world, be on the lookout for Confluence news in the next year. I've been working with a team of people for over a year now to finish the journey my big tabletop roleplaying game, Confluence, has taken for years and years. You can follow up on this over on twitter, soon on our instagram, tiktok, and elsewhere!
Or check out the old (old) playtest materials which are pay what you want over on my itch. The new mechanical system looks nothing like this now, but a fair amount of the world is still quite similar!

The Stones

Someone asked if I could share the dice from the catalogue I picked from, so here we are! It's a bit slapdash, but until I have a set made this will be the best I can share.

Actions Die (Pink w black) 58 Natural light amethyst with black ink
Alchemist (dark blue with white/green) 44 Natural Amethyst with very light green ink

Autumn (Orange with black) 53 Natural Tiger Eye Color with grey ink
Element Die (Beige with black) 51 Natural Flower Green with white ink
Fate (Bone with Purple) 54 Natural Wood Grain Stone with metallic purple or red ink

Majors (Black with red) 42 Natural Obsidian with red ink

Mariner's (Teal with white) 43 Natural Lazurite with teal ink

Metamorphosis (Purple with orange) 5 Synthetic Wood Grain Stone with Purple ink

Obstacle Die (Red with black) 46 Natural Red Stone with black ink

Relations (White with black) 48 Natural White Jade with black ink
Spring (green with yellow) 52 Natural Indian Agate with Yellow ink

Suits (Gray with black) 41 Natural Cardinals with gray ink
Summer (yellow with red) 49 Natural Yellow Jade with Red ink
Winter (blue with white) 57 Natural Snow Stone with light blue ink

(And as good a time as any to remind people the colors and designs on the new dice are subject to change!)

Wounds 59 Natural Colored Fluorite with red ink
Kindness 39 Natural Opal with gold ink
Attention 63 Natural Flash light stone with silver ink
Longings 47 Aventurine Jade with purple ink
Goblin 56 Natural Hematite with dark green ink
Alleyman 55 Natural Picture Jasper with bronze metallic ink
Influences 40 Finch Stone with off-white ink

Alright, talk to you all very very soon!


user avatar image for Celticswan
3 months ago

Though I agree with some of the comments about the stones not being exactly what it says, I'm thrilled there will be a stone set. I want to comment on the box top and for some reason, I can't find that comment place. I like that the dice designs will be an option and like both ideas of putting them in a circle on the edge or following the inside placement. If which designs are shown for each die is up for comment, I'd prefer ones that aren't violent. I know some of the designs are in the process of change, but from what I can find, I like the butterfly for Metamorphosis, Wounds: plain hand, Kindness: hands with present, Attentions: candle or door, Longings: Yoga pose (?), Publishing Goblin: feathered quill, Alley: kneeled performer or cat, Influences: marionette or sun on flower (?), Autumn: hourglass or carriage (not skull), Summer: sun or celestial, Spring: birds or seedling, Winter: ice, Action: scales, Obstacle: (depends on the new design, 2 swords, peace, or tower OK), Element: (depends on the new design, maybe heart), Relations: ? all seem plain, Suits: crown, Majors: path, Gambler: cards with or without hand.

user avatar image for kiakiali
3 months ago

Proud to be the 3,001st backer! (was trying for 3,000 but missed it by a few minutes)

user avatar image for Jennifer Bisson
3 months ago

Love hearing about the Lords....The Collector of Selves is SO me LOL The stones picked for the dice look really awesome

user avatar image for Kim W
3 months ago

Your creative mind is wonderful - these back stories are so interesting. I look forward to learning more! I did initially misread the collector of selves as the collector of sieves, which would not be quite as interesting as a back story...

user avatar image for Zigo
3 months ago

Is there any way you could get pictures of other stone dice sets the manufacturer has made so we can see what they look like?

user avatar image for Anonymous Seagull #1719378
3 months ago

I definitely want a stone set. I have an affinity to stones and surround myself with them. Yes, they may show wear, tear and damage with time and use … developing a patina that makes them all the more remarkable.

user avatar image for Softa Larry
3 months ago

The stone dice are a wonderful concept, but, as someone has said some stones are pretty soft to use over and over. Maybe stones for display and plastic to play?

user avatar image for Anonymous Bluejay #1012208
3 months ago

That is actually my current plan, 100% absolutely.

That's what I'll be doing myself!

user avatar image for Anonymous Bluejay #1012208
3 months ago

I love the cover you've described, it looks just about perfect in my head! Can't wait to see what the sample drawings look like. I am super happy I'm getting a stone set now.

user avatar image for James
3 months ago

Bring on the stones 🤩

user avatar image for The Perky Hedgewitch
3 months ago

Reading the stone descriptions, I think there's been a mistake. That's not natural opal; it's opalite, which is a manmade glass. Natural opal would be way, WAY more expensive and far too soft for use as a die.

user avatar image for Anonymous Duck #1746427
3 months ago

Also the varying hardness of the stones is a big concern at this rate, damaging stones over time because the owner shuffles/shakes them in their hands before casting. The same reason why a lot of crystal confetti doesn't work out.

user avatar image for JennD13
3 months ago

I'm also confused, the picture for the goblin die is definitely not hematite. It's pretty, but hematite should be solid metallic dark gray.