Archive for October, 2019

House Keeping 10/31/19

Happy Halloween all!

So, it’s been awhile hasn’t it? I’m still fighting my way through classes, dealing with work and all that. It isn’t fun, but I’m making it I think.

The Halloween Dice Giveaway is still running until midnight central tonight, if anyone is still wanting to enter.

No idea when regular content is returning. Possibly some time after December finals. Hopefully sooner. I certainly have enough “Sunshine’s Journals” entries to write up and dice to review.

Really excited for dice reviews in the near future. The Ice Cream Dice Kickstarter should be shipping now and arriving sometime in the foreseeable future. Then other dice Kickstarters besides.

On a side note, Dice Envy is releasing the remaining sets of Avocado Toast and Heart Dice sets onto the site. If you’re interested, you can use the promo code AVOCADO this weekend for 10% off your purchase.

And that’s about it. I’m a bit of a mess when it comes to reading lately, so nothing on that front.

As always, if you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a comment or a like. I always dig the positive attention. And, of course, if you really like what I’m doing here you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. I’ve also set up a page with links to my referal links and to my ko-fi page. In any case, have a safe and happy Halloween and a great rest of the week!

It’s getting to that time of the year when spooky things of all varieties spill out into the world. The veil between worlds thins. Scary movies are all stocked in the Red Box and on streaming services. And the local book store remembers that horror is in fact a genre. All well and good. Those things make the season all the more interesting. But they aren’t what we’re here for just now. Right?

I have a treat for you all.

Thanks to the nice folks at Dice Envy I have so many sets of dice and an awesome dice vault waiting to be won. Some of them I’ve reviewed already, others are coming up.

Let’s check them out!

From the top: Confetti Dice, Hylian Infinity d4, Magic Missile Infinity d4, Absinthe Glow Dice.

Following those lot, I’ve got a bit of a trick for you all.

Mystry Bags HGW

Mystery Dice bags! I enjoy the surprise of things like this and figured it would be fun to see if anyone wanted to give these a shot.

And, of course, the Dice Vault. This one is sandalwood and it looks fantastic!

Dice Vault HGW

How can you enter to win one of these sets of dice or the dice vault?

Simple as possible. Just follow my blog here and post a comment on this post. Tell me about what your table top group does for Halloween sessions or, if they don’t do anything like that, tell me about your favorite spooky moment in one of the games you’ve played in.

Standard stuff, I can only ship within the United States. This giveaway is going to run from when it goes live until 11:59 central time on Halloween night. So that’s one week.

Good luck!

Heart Dice

I get to talk about dice again, definitely excited for that. This is the set from September’s Dice Envy Originals box. I’ve been meaning to talk about it for the past couple of weeks, but work and classes and all that stuff. No time like the present to get to them, right?

Heart Dice 1

Not going to lie, the Heart Dice kind of threw me for a loop when they arrived. The theme feels a bit out of season and I had been hoping for something spooky going into October. That said, the inking is really clean on all of the dice and I appreciate the second d20 being a different color. It’s a little touch and not totally necessary, but I still dig the difference for advantage/disadvantage rolls.

Heart Dice 2

I do like the look of them, separate from seasonal expectations. They’re easy to read. The pattern is nice and simple, it doesn’t crowd out the numbers and gets the point across well. Something about how clean they look is just oddly nice.

Of note, this is a ten dice set rather than the standard seven. I like the novelty of that, it feels like a nice bonus to have the extra d20 and the extra two d6. It’s a set that I could roll up a new rogue with and use immediately without needing to pull more d6 from other sets.

Heart Dice 3

The Heart Dice set feels good in hand. Pretty standard there, but it always feels worth mentioning. I don’t know that I have a character concept that comes to mind for these. I mentioned a rogue earlier, but the theming seems a bit more appropriate for a cleric or a bard. I do know that I want to use these at some point. I really enjoyed the extra three dice and the second d20 contrasting the other dice. So, I’m going to hold these back until February and give them a five out of five.

House Keeping 10/15/19

I am officially midway through midterms. Once I’m done with them I’m going to pass out and sleep as long as I’m allowed to. It’s sort of hit that point where the stress is starting to break, so I’m not super keyed up and just constantly want to nap.

Of course, this all just means that I get to jump into the next half of the semester and try to keep up with things better this time. I actually missed one of my midterms because I was looking for them on the web calendar rather than the class page. There was a make up midterm, and I think I did okay on it, but still.

I’m hoping to get the dice review and a “Sunshine’s Journals” post up sometime this week, but I don’t know if that will happen. Fingers crossed I guess?

That’s about it for this time. If you like what I’m doing here, or what I’ve done here in the past, feel free to leave a comment or a like. Positive feedback gives me the warm fuzzies. And of course, if you really like what I’m doing here you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. In either case, have a great rest of the week!

House Keeping 10/8/19

So, I am super nervous about a midterm tonight. It isn’t even one that should pose a problem for me. It’s just that the fact that midterms are happening reminds me that the semester is halfway done. And this is only the first midterm, the gate way to the ones that do concern me.

It’s hitting harder than expected. Nothing I can’t handle though. Just have to adjust a little and keep going!

That as a given though, I’m not going to make any promises for content for the next couple of weeks. I have a couple of days off where I might be able to get something posted, but I need to study more just now if only so I feel better about the whole deal.

I’ve got some plans on the back burner. More on those probably next week.

I’ve got a little yet to hash out for those and I want to make sure that I can make them work before I go talking a big game here.

And that’s about it for this week.

Standard stuff. If you like what I’m doing here, as little as I’ve been doing lately, feel free to leave a comment or a like. And if you really like what I’m doing here you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi or treat yourself to a set of dice using my Dice Envy referral code. In any case, have a great rest of the week!

Mammoth Bone d6

So, this one is a little different than usual, both because it’s a single die instead of a set and because the material is fascinating.

Mammoth Bone Dice 1

Back during Magic City Con in June Misty Mountain Gaming ran a charity drawing for one of two dice made from fossilized mammoth bone. All proceeds went to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, so I figured I’d buy a few tickets. This is a d6 that I should by no means have been able to get my hands on, the tickets were sold all three days of the con and this one had two winners before I was drawn. Sometimes luck shines through.

Mammoth Bone Dice 2

This is a truly gorgeous d6. The colors are amazing and I love the way the brown peeks through the clear bits and the black banding throughout. That it’s all natural just adds to my appreciation of it. The only bit about it that I’m not entirely about is the numbering. While the numbers are well engraved, they’re also very thin and the red of the inking doesn’t show up well against the bone itself which makes it a little difficult to read.

The mammoth bone d6 is also a dice that I’m not likely to use much for a variety of reasons. Largely this is down to the material itself, being made of fossilized bone means that if anything happened to the dice I wouldn’t be able to fix or replace it. It also means that, with bone being porous and the stone filling in being stone, I don’t know how balanced a die like this could be. Testing so far suggests that it tends to land on the 5 side more often than the others, though I would want to do more testing before confirming.

Mammoth Bone Dice 3

That said though, I can’t really knock the die for being unbalanced because of its material. And, since I’m not planning on using it much, the numbers not being super visible is only a minor issue. Once I’ve got a good place to display it and a fine enough brush, I might re-ink it in a blue or something that’ll show up better. My score is mostly based on how cool I find the concept of a dice made from fossilized mammoth bone, and I really can’t say that enough because seriously, and how happy it made me to win something like a dice made of fossilized mammoth bone. So, all told, I’m giving it a five out of five.

House Keeping 10/1/19

Had my first speech in class today. Talking about putting together a basic Pathfinder character.

I went over.

It’s bothering me some, but that just means that I have to do better on the next one. Given the professor’s reaction, I don’t think I’m allowed to do a speech on brown recluse.

Sad really, they’re fascinating little spiders.

On to other things though! I’m planning on doing my dice review tomorrow. The dice that I was waiting on arrived and it looks excellent!

Hoping to get the “Sunshine’s Journals” post up for Thursday this week. Wound up with my days off being eaten by class and chores last week, so it just didn’t happen. This week though. Maybe.

Still no ETA on when I’ll have a book review out again, which is a little frustrating because I’m still working on one and haven’t touched the book I’ve been reading in a week and a half. After doing the readings for two English classes I find myself just wanting to sit and do nothing most times.

But that also means that, as of now, I don’t really have a plan for a Halloween event for the blog. I’m hoping I’ll get something worked out between now and then because I enjoy throwing Halloween stuff at you all. But unless I wanted to do a book vs web series vs novella for Carmilla, I’m kind of sitting at nothing.

That’s about it for this one.

Standard stuff. If you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a comment or a like. I enjoy shouting into the void as much as the next person, but it’s nice to see what folks think once in a while. And, of course, if you really like what I’m doing you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. Either way, have a great rest of the week!