SpinPins looking for funding

By Polar_Bear
In Accessories
Feb 4th, 2014

Foam Brain Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new SpinPins. They’re like dice, but they’re pins, and they spin… So they’re more like those spinners from board games, really.


From the campaign:

SpinPins are metal pins that contain a back piece with an arrow and a free spinning front piece with a random element such as numbers. By spinning the front, you can randomly select one of the numbers on it (similar to a prize wheel or wheel of fortune wheel). The pin back allows them to easily attach to a bag, shirt or jacket. By ensuring the varied distribution of numbers around the wheel and by keeping the wheel a uniform weight, SpinPins produce a fair random number when spun.

SpinPins are about 1.5″ in diameter and weigh about 1.5 ounces. They attach in the back via a butterfly clasp. While they’re not nickel-free, you can get a rubber backer instead of the traditional metal clasp. It doens’t prevent the pin from spinning as much, but it does mean the part that makes contact with the interior of your shirt, bag, etc is nonmetallic.

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  • mathieu

    I feel that this is yet another “dice alternative” product designed by people who have zero experience playing games that use dice. In particular it looks like rolling a handful of “dice” (which happens just about all the time in just about every game) would turn into a chore real quick.

  • 4tonmantis

    wasn’t there a dice posted that was basically a dreidel a few months back?

    • mathieu

      You’re probably talking about the Md6 (for merged d6). Which was barely readable on a flat, hard surface already, and therefore completely unusable in real-life gaming situations. The KS is still up for about a day, and miraculously (imo) reached its funding goal.

      We’ve had a number of such incredibly impractical dice kickstarter projects lately, and I’m really impressed that gamers buy into that sort of stuff. I suppose quite a few of us really like unusual dice, regardless of how useless they might be.

  • blkdymnd

    Can I get a pinwheel version? So, I can have fun with my spinny dial?