Category: Five Star


Not going to lie, I’ve been wanting to find a good time to talk about this set since my Aunt got them for me for Christmas. Chessex’s Lab Dice continue to interest me as a concept, so I’m likely to keep talking about them any time I get my hands on a set. Let’s talk about dice!

Nebula Spring Lab 1

The Nebula Spring White Lab Dice have a clear base with various greens and yellows swirled in, giving each set a fair variety of colors between the dice. There is enough cross over between the colors that none of the dice feel out of place though. I quite like the effect of it, there’s something that feels organic in the differences. The effect also meant that the glow in the dark inclusions didn’t feel like distractions so much as just another part of the overall pattern.

Which reminds me. The Nebula line of Chessex dice glow in the dark, but in little fragmented bits rather than the whole dice or the inking glowing. It’s a really cool effect that leaves the set looking like little star fields when the lights are out. It’s something I’ve found myself keeping an eye out for since finding my first set of Nebula dice.

Nebula Spring Lab 2

There were a few places where the inking was thin or not fully filled in. Which is an easy enough fix, though one that I admit I’ve gotten used to not needing to deal with. That said, the white ink is nicely visible against both the clear parts and the various greens and yellows. It works nicely.

The glow in the dark inclusions do not seem to throw off the dice’s balance in any meaningful way. They all roll nicely and seem reasonably random, I did not notice any of them having favorite numbers anyway. And, of course, they feel nice in hand.

And we come to the ending. I like this set of dice a lot, from the look of them to the glowing to the very concept of the Lab Dice. There are places where the inking isn’t as well done as it could be, but it isn’t anything distracting or difficult to fix. So, the Nebula Spring White Lab Dice get a five out of five from me. They aren’t perfect, but they make me happy and that makes up for it.

As to what kind of character I would want to use these for, it almost has to be a druid. Or maybe a fae bloodline sorcerer. I definitely lean towards druid for these, possibly gnomish due to the glow in the dark effects. It’s just that little bit out of what you’d otherwise expect that it feels right for that.

Lich Slap

Working on my grand return by talking about shiny math rocks. These guys are from Dice Envy, the Lich Slap set. I have grabby hands for sparkly blue dice, so on to the review!

Lich Slap 1

The Lich Slap set of dice follows the same combination of a solid color acrylic and an acrylic colored with micro glitter as the Vibe Check set. In this case, blue with purple micro glitter. The blend works really well here, the blue being clear allows the glitter to peak through even on sides where it isn’t directly present. The effect isn’t subtle in the least, which is the exact opposite of a problem. The couple of dice in the set that are mostly purple rather than mostly blue still feel like they belong to the same set as the mostly blue dice.

The inking is, as usual, well done. The white shows up nicely against both the blue and the purple glitter, leaving it nice and visible on the table. There also weren’t any thin spots that I noticed or places where the ink went over.

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Per usual for acrylic dice the Lich Slap set feel nice in hand and roll well. They feel satisfying to roll, both as a unit and as single dice. I didn’t see any evidence of bubbles or voids, and the dice don’t seem to have favorite sides.

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It does feel increasingly like this part could be safely left out. But I quite like this set of dice. They look nice, they feel nice, and they roll nicely. I would very much like to see more dice like this, the colors are complementary and blend nicely. So Dice Envy’s Lich Slap dice set gets a five out of five from me.

I have a bit of a hard time deciding what kind of character I would use these for. Possibly some kind of sorcerous rogue or, if I went with the idea I’d had to re-ink them in a copper or brass color, an artificer of some stripe. It’s fun to consider.

So, both of my current game nights are running World of Darkness campaigns I was hoping to review a set of d10s. By a strange stroke of luck, I had forgotten that my set of Schubert’s Sherbet dice was a d10 set. Unfortunately there aren’t going to be full d10 sets of Ice Cream Dice, because that’s a bit niche, but it still gives a good feel for the dice’s quality. Let’s go!

Schubert's Sherbet 1

The colors on these dice are nice and vibrant with only a few spots of bleed through, few of which are noticeable from any distance. I love how well the colors work together, if it was just that bold magenta and the sort of soft minty green it would feel jarring. But then the yellow is bright enough to hold up next to the magenta without being so bright that it over powers the green. I really wish I had gotten better pictures of these dice to show that off. The manufacturer was not joking when they called these glossy. I am sure that part of this is just a matter of my camera, while the dice do have a lovely shine they aren’t nearly that reflective in real life.

The inking on these is also really nice. My set didn’t have any noticeable thin spots and the white shows up nicely against all three colors without affecting the aesthetic of the set too much.

Schubert's Sherbet 2

Having used these in game I can say for certain that they feel satisfying to roll. I’m sure that part of it is just how much I enjoy World of Darkness, but there is something that just feels great about rolling a handful of d10. They don’t seem to have any preferred sides, so I got about as many success rolls as would be statistically expected.

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I like the Schubert’s Sherbet set really well. The colors are vibrant. They feel nice. And there’s just something about them, possibly more that I’m getting to use them right off in a fairly non-standard game, that makes me happy. Ice Cream Dice’s Schubert’s Sherbet dice get a five out of five from me.

I’m actually using my set for a sort of prequel version of one of the NPCs from the Birmingham Saga, Raven the witch/Mage/a quest giver of some importance/the spider shifter’s grumpy goth girlfriend. She’s far from home, far from her friends, and generally a grumpy little ray of moonlight. So, not necessarily what I’d usually call a perfect fit for the dice, but I like the contrast between the character and the dice I’m using and it feels a little like an in character reflection of the person under the persona.

The Con Season

I’m running behind here, not unexpected but still. Errands got a little away from me. This is one that has me thinking of plans for October and wanting to watch a bunch of horror movies. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun with this one, so here’s Adam Cesare’s The Con Season. Enjoy!

The Con Season cover

Camp Blood Con offers a seriously unique experience. Three day, six iconic horror actors, one terrifying slasher out to slaughter them all. Be one of the lucky gore hounds to join in on the inaugural year for this fully immersive fan experience!

Starting into Adam Cesare’s The Con Season: A Novel of Survival, I expected a certain degree of attention paid to horror movie tropes. Maybe Cesare would spend some time developing his characters in such a way that the reader looked forward to their gruesome fates. Perhaps he would play with the expected tropes so that the turns were fun to look for while still feeling fresh. I did not know what I expected exactly, but I had a lot of fun with the story.

The time spent on set up here feels like it paid off well. The reader is introduced to several of the more important characters and given enough to start figuring where they fit in the horror movie aspect of the plot itself. Meanwhile, bits and pieces of Camp Blood Con’s framework are introduced, enough to tease but it also enough to give a read on the antagonists. It takes a fair amount of the page space given, but I find that it feeds into the more active part of the book well enough. The buildup ends just as it was starting to wear out its welcome, giving a good jumping off point for the pay off.

I am stepping lightly here to avoid spoilers, but the actual con portion of the story is a lot of fun. The slasher is unveiled to the reader and the con goers. The atmosphere develops this delightfully creepy edge as the horror lurches into full view and the characters stumble to the realization that this is all too real. I find myself wanting to just talk and talk about this section because I enjoyed so much.

Which brings me to the end here. I read the entirety of The Con Season over the course of a long work day. And I admit, I want a sequel that winds up being oddly derivative and not quite as good, just like one of the movies Cesare clearly knows so well. It has been two weeks since I read The Con Season and I still want to tell all of my co-workers about it. It gets a five out of five from me. I am definitely going to be looking at Adam Cesare’s other work.

I’ve been wanting to get to talking about the dice from Ice Cream Dice’s Kickstarter last year for a while now. Just getting around to that now, but I have several of these to cover and I think I want to sprinkle them in over the next couple months.

Orange Dream 1

I had to change where I usually take my pictures for this set because the gloss on them was so high that I was losing a lot of the color in my usual location. I doubt that I would have gone for the matte option even realizing how bright the shine would be.

The orange in these is really nice, bright and satiny. The white blends well with it, though it also blends well enough with the ink on some sides that I’ll want to re-ink them at some point. I really like the look of these though.

Orange Dream 2

Per usual with acrylic dice, the Orange Dream set feels nice in had and is enjoyable to roll. They do feel a little more plastic-y than some other acrylic sets I have, I think that might be down to the high polish. I haven’t tested this set as much as some others, but the seem to roll with as much randomness as any other set I’ve had.

Orange Dream 3

I am very much a fan of the Orange Dream dice. The colors work great together. They roll nicely. And I already have a character that I plan to use them with. The set does lose a little for how close the inking is to the white of the dice, but they aren’t as hard to read as a couple of other sets that I want to re-ink. And I admit, I’m being a bit more generous with this set than I have been with others because of how excited I am to finally be getting the chance to play with the dice from this Kickstarter. Ice Cream Dice’s Orange Dream dice get a five out of five from me.

I’m doing something a little different this time, but I’ve been excited to talk about this thing for months. I’ll be doing a second Dice Charger review after the final Kickstarter edition is released as well as some comparisons between this version and the final version. This one’s thanks to Q-Workshop for inviting me to their Early Adopters program and shipping out both the charger and a sampling of their dice to go with it. Enjoy!

Early Adopter Dice Charger 1

Full disclosure as we start out, I absolutely love anything that brings novelty to my game table. More so when the novelty is benign or also excites the folks I’m playing with. Something like glow in the dark dice falls under that combination of novelty and non-distracting fun. Or it would if I had a good place to leave them to soak up light. Q-Workshop’s Dice Charger skips the need for setting dice out to “charge” by shining black lights on them as you shake them in the dice cup, resulting in the glow effect activating after just a few seconds of shaking and exposure.

Early Adopter Dice Charger 2

The Dice Charger itself is made of leather and held together with clear plastic cord. The lighting rig fits tightly in the cap and is held in place by tension, so it’s easy enough to remove but will not fall out on its own. My particular Early Adopters Dice Charger is from a second or third iteration of them so it has a couple of the improvements that Kickstarter backers had requested, importantly this means that it has an on/off switch to prevent the batteries from burning out.

Early Adopter Dice Charger 4

The black lights act very quickly, all of the dice I tested glowed quite brightly after five to ten seconds of shaking. The effect does not last a particularly long amount of time, I think most of my tests glowed for between ten and fifteen minutes, though as this is a dice cup it seems reasonable to figure that the glow in the dark effect fading quickly would be less noticeable during a longer session of game play.

I tested several sets of dice, both the assorted and the set of Q-Workshop’s Classic RPG set that were provided, as well as two sets of Chessex Nebula dice, and a set of Metalic Dice Games’ Mini GLOW dice. They all lit up quite well, though I feel I did not catch the Chessex dice at their best angles. It does seem that the Dice Charger works a little better, or at least in a shorter time, with dice that have glow in the dark inking rather than dice that are made with glow in the dark plastics. I found it quite acceptable for both though.

Which brings me to the last bit here. I admit, my impressions of Q-Workshop’s Dice Charger are a bit skewed by how much I’ve been looking forward to trying it out, but it works great even discounting that. I really like the idea of something like this even as it doesn’t have a huge amount of utility in the space my current game group meets. Though even as I say that I’m really looking forward to using it to help with future dice reviews, since sunlight is a little hard to come by around here. So, the Early Adopter edition of the Dice Charger gets a five out of five for me. It looks good, it does what it’s supposed to, and it resulted in at least two people in my Friday night group nearly blinding themselves playing with it, so the novelty score is through the roof.

I will take a moment to note, now that the review itself is done, there will be some visual differences between the Early Adopter and the Final versions of the Dice Charger. The Kickstarter did not reach the stretch goal to unlock black leather as an option, so all Final version Dice Chargers will either be white leather or a synthetic plastic option of some stripe. The finished edition will also have some differences in the imprinted design.

Festive Fantasy isn’t a huge dice company just now, but based on these dice I think I want to keep an eye on them going forward. These dice were from a Kickstarter that really excited me. It was one set of dice, no stretch goals, and a fairly short time frame. The campaign was really well run and delivered on time, so I’m definitely backing Festive Fantasy’s current Kickstarter for their new Floral Fantasy line.  They have about twelve days left as of posting, so if you’re interested go check it out!

Bloodstones 1

It isn’t well captured here, but a big part of what interested me in these dice was the iridescent red throughout. It’s a pretty fantastic effect that catches the light fantastically and is kind of swirled through the acrylic, interrupting the iridescence and making nice patterns. The breaks in the iridescence has an interesting side effect of almost making the white of the acrylic seem tinted green, it’s nifty. Something about it makes me think about the way velvet looks when the light catches it just right.

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Despite the red sparkles the inking is super legible and easy to read. It’s also well done with few notable thin spots that do not take away from the dices’ usability. In addition to being nicely legible, the Bloodstones set rolls well. I haven’t found where any of the ones in my set tend to favor certain sides more than others. I’ve been using them for my Saturday night game lately and they are really nice to roll and feel good in hand.

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I really like these dice and find myself hoping that Festive Fantasy will make more dice in a similar vein after their current Kickstarter ends. The red iridescence makes for a fantastic trick of the light, leaving them with shining swirls of color that make me very much want to use them for a magic using character. I’m definitely sold on the quality of Festive Fantasy’s dice and the Bloodstones set gets a five out of five from me.

Jazz Dice

More dice! Always more dice, but I’m enjoying the chance to work through the ones I’d wanted to review while classes ate my life. It’s almost energizing in a way. These guys are from Dice Envy as usual. All the same, enjoy!

Jazz Dice 4

The Jazz Dice set is, all told pretty basic compared to some of the other sets I’ve reviewed. It’s a clear blue acrylic with swirls of opaque purple throughout. There’s a nice clean effect from that. The colors pop separately and blend where the purple is thin in a way that makes both seem richer. It’s a good combination.

Jazz Dice 2

The inking shows up well against both colors and I just liked the silver with them. There also don’t seem to be any thin spots, and the inking is cleanly done. My set of Jazz Dice had no bubbles, so the balance on them is good. None of them seem to have any favorite sides or anything. And, like most acrylic dice, these feel nice in hand and to roll.

Jazz Dice 3

So this one is pretty short. The Jazz Dice are a nice looking set. The combination of clear and opaque acrylic works really well for me and I really enjoy the color combination. I give it a five out of five. I’m thinking I would want to use these for a magic caster of some stripe, maybe a sorcerer or a cleric.

Pumpkin Dice Latte

I return to the realm of talking about shiny math rocks with a set that I really wanted to cover back during pumpkin spice season, but I figure this time of year tasty coffee drinks are still appreciated. While these guys might be more fall than Christmas, they’re definitely a set worth taking a look at. Plus, they’re just fun to look at. Clumsy side bar, if you’re still looking for dice for a table top nerd friend’s gift or yourself, Dice Envy has 19% off of everything in stock until 11:59pm tonight, just use the coupon code “DICETHEHALLS”.

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The Pumpkin Dice Latte set combines two things that have been ongoing positives in all of my dice reviews, sparkles and interesting inclusions. In this case both the flakes of glitter and the micro glitter sparklies are gold colored to better emphasize the warm pumpkin orange of the acrylic. As with most uses of larger glitter pieces in dice, the flakes have mostly sunk to one side of the dice, which can create some really nice visual interest.

Due to the contrasting grey inking, the dice remain easy to read from across the table. In addition to the visibility, the inking is well done with no notable thin spots.

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As is pretty standard with acrylic dice, these feel nice in hand and roll well. None of the dice in my set seem to have favorite sides, so the balance is good.

While this set is aesthetically very different from a lot of the dice I usually go for the color works really well and the glitter flakes and sparklies enhance that rather than being the main feature. They roll well, as expected. And I just plain like them. So the Pumpkin Dice Latte dice get a five out of five from me.

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There was one more thing I wanted to cover with this one, while I’m here. The Pumpkin Dice Latte set is one of several that Dice Envy has customization options for. The options vary from being able to build a World of Darkness style set of ten d10s, to picking up extra d6s for your rogue, to just buying a standard set and adding on an extra d20 like I’ve done with these. Right now the individual dice range from around a dollar per to around five dollars per on some of the metal sets, so there are some limits to how viable it might be. I am personally hoping that they will start having sets of d6s and d10s  that are priced more like the standard sets some time in the coming year, largely because I would love to get a set of the Numa Blight, Mermage, or Wizard’s Unpaid Intern for my next World of Darkness campaign. It is definitely worth checking out though.

Warlock’s Work Study

I’m pretty glad to be back to this. Not sure how long it’ll last this go round, but I’m going to do all I can while this little burst of energy lasts. Let’s go with a bit of a trick of a dice set, given that these guys aren’t available on Dice Envy anymore. Similar sets of the same style, Wizard’s Unpaid Intern and Mage’s Indentured Servant, are still available.

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The Warlock’s Work Study dice set is one of those that my camera just doesn’t nearly do justice. Like a lot of the sets I wind up favoring lately, it is full of sparklies that catch the light even when it’s just sitting there and make it look vaguely like it should be a prop in a magical girl anime. The purple star glitter doesn’t hurt that effect either.

This is kind of a thing for me though, even with the sparkling and sort of business that glitter or confetti tend to bring to a dice set, the inking is still nicely clear and easy to read. The gold contrasts nicely with the purple and sort of silver/lavender, making them both enjoyable to look at and to use. And, of course, the inking is well done here with no notable thin spots or overfills.

Warlock's Work Study 2

As is pretty standard for acrylic dice, the Warlock’s Work Study set feels nice in the hand. In my set at least, there aren’t any places where the star glitter sticks out. The balance on them seems pretty good, no sticking or favorite numbers that I’ve noticed so far.

Warlock's Work Study 1

This is very much a set that leaves me wanting to collect the others that are similar to it, just so that I can compare them. I really like the Warlock’s Work Study set and feel like I’m going to wind up using them regardless of how appropriate they are for any given character. Which means that the Warlock’s Work Study dice set gets a five out of five from me.