Category: Dice


Hey all, running late because of job hunt related stuff. Things are turning out pretty well just now. In any case, it’s time for dice. This set’s a little different from others I’ve reviewed because it’s from the Dice Envy subscription service and isn’t available for ordering yet. I lucked into a subscription before car issues ate my savings, so I’m planning on reviewing the monthly set until the subscription runs out. Enjoy!

Cyclone 1

The Dice Envy Cyclone Dice set is an interesting thing for me. I’ve never done much with metal dice before this set. Ease of use on getting other materials and all that. Now, something that’s just really cool for me is that the mold on these is split between the Sixteen Candles set and the Oathkeeper’s Armor set. It makes for a fantastic design clash. The difference in the blue of the Oathkeeper’s sides and the purple and teal of the Sixteen Candles sides works really well for that.

These dice are super heavy compared to acrylic or resin sets. It’s a nice difference and makes them feel much different. Admittedly that’s kind of an obvious thing to note, but it’s still pretty nice.

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I do admit that the weight is part of why I haven’t tested these as much as I usually do. I don’t currently have a dice tray and didn’t want to risk damaging my table. Four of the points on the d8, in particular, are very pointy. They still seem to roll just fine, from what I tested they don’t seem to get hung up on numbers. The big exception to this is the d4, it was miscast, but Dice Envy is already aware of that and is replacing that dice with the next month’s set.

Overall, I’m quite happy with the Cyclone dice set. They’re something very different from anything else in my collection and, while I don’t have any particular plans for a character for them, I look forward to trying them out. Just for the niftiness of design and that I’ve enjoyed what testing I’ve been able to do with them enough to be planning for finding a dice tray, the Cyclone dice get a five out of five.

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Summer Fey Dice Set

Running late, running late, but at least running. Here’s two sets of dice that’re two of a kind. Enjoy!

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So, this week’s a bit interesting. When I opened the sets of mystery dice I usually use for a couple of my reviews per month I found that both were from the Summer Fey set, just in different colors. It’s actually kind of fantastic for me because it makes for some awesome comparisons.

The Summer Fey set has sparkly bits in it, much like the Kosmos dice, but finer. Less like glitter and more like pixie dust. Depending on how it catches the light, the sparkles can seem either golden or a pinky purple, which complements the orange nicely and clashes with the green in a way that makes it feel fresher somehow. I think I prefer the green for that, but they’re both quite nice.

As to how they roll and feel, both sets are pretty nice there too. They don’t get caught on numbers. They do feel a little lighter than I’m used to, but not uncomfortably so. There was a little bit of a casting error on the orange d4, nothing major, but notable none the less. A last thing, the inking is a little thin, this is more noticeable on the green than the orange.

So, overall, the Summer Fey dice are pretty nice and I would happily get the pink set as well. So, barring the casting issue, they get a five out of five from me. Things like that occasionally happen and I’m sure I’d be more worried about it if I used d4 more. I’m also certain that if I contacted Dice Envy about it they would do something to fix it.

Magic Missile Infinity D4

Running late this week, but I’m doing something a little different this time. When it comes to dice, standard d4 are probably my least favorite. They’re odd little caltrops of dice that function fine but just don’t quite work for me. So of course I wanted to check out Dice Envy’s Infinity d4, and since they have a fantastic sale on a set of the Magic Missile Infinity d4 this seemed like the time to give them a try. Enjoy!

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I’m not super sure how to talk about this set exactly, but I do like them quite a bit. The dark blue and gold is a pretty standard color pairing that works really well together. I like the way the magic missiles are engraved into the dice rather than painted on. Both the decoration and the numbers are fairly deeply engraved and have awesome visibility.

Now, the big thing with these dice is that they aren’t standard d4. Obviously. A standard d4 is, of course, a sort of pyramid with the numbers assigned to each angle. I’m not a huge fan though I’d be hard pressed to say why exactly, I think part of it might just be that they aren’t as satisfying to roll as other dice. That’s not a problem with the infinity d4 because they roll a lot like a d6 and just feel nice to roll.

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I like how clear the numbering is on these, even with the decorations, they’re super easy to read. I like how they feel in the hand and just enjoy rolling them. This is a set of one single type of dice that makes me want to find an excuse to use them, like I found myself wondering what kind of character I could use these for while I was playing with them for the review. For the feel of them and the novelty of how they’re shaped, the Magic Missile Infinity d4 get a five out of five.

So, just yesterday Dice Envy posted up a thing on their blog talking about how they plan on dealing with the fear of missing out effect of limited edition dice. Essentially, they’ve chosen to reprint their limited edition dice so that people who missed out the first time around don’t have to worry as much. Just ask for an alert to when they’ll be available again so Dice Envy can gauge interest.

That means that if you wanted the recent Frost Dice, you can hit a button and get an email alert when they’re available again. Either set of the Healer’s Edition infinity d4? The ever out of stock Alpha Dice?¬† Same deal.

It’s a really cool idea that I hope other dice shops pick up as well. So, the best thing to do is to encourage them on this. Give it a read and let them know how cool their approach to this is at the post itself.

I might be having trouble getting a book review done but dice? Dice are easy to talk about. This set is an interesting example, they aren’t on Dice Envy’s site on their own just yet. So I’ve been waiting to talk about them to see if they’d go up so I could grab the name for use here. Maybe in the next couple of weeks. In any case, enjoy!

Confection Dice 1

So, a lot of the dice I review here come from the Dice Envy Mystery Acrylic Dice bags, largely because of the affordability. I also just like the element of surprise that comes with them. Usually the sets that come in the mystery bags are already on their site. Not so with the Confection dice, that’s just the name I’ve been using for them because it feels like a good fit.

The layered effect is nifty, this is actually the first set I’ve gotten like that. It does pose an interesting issue, that the fully pink sides can be a little hard to read in bright light. Kind of the opposite of my usual problem with reading dice. The purple and layered sides don’t have this issue though.

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As usual with Dice Envy acrylic dice, this set rolls fine. No signs of them getting caught on numbers or anything like that. The paint job on the numbers is well done, with few to no thin spots.

This is a set of dice that, as soon as I saw them, I associated with both a character type and a specific character. From the pastel colors to the velvety shine these are so, so very much magical girl dice. Specifically, this set makes me think of the celestial warlock baker one of the players in my game group is running for our current campaign. So, of course that immediately makes me like them. Five out of five and can some one please make candy dice that look like this?

Late with this, but so excited for it. I feel like I need a tag for dice from Kickstarter. Probably going to go ahead and add that, since I’ve got more coming up later in the year.

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These guys are the Metallic Dice Games Icy Everglades Unicorn dice, plus a Kickstarter exclusive logo d6. Now, these dice combine three things that I’m starting to find I really like in dice sets. They’ve got a fantastic vibrant green color that’s slightly muted by the acrylic and the sparklies. The sparkling bits are super fine and show up from just about any angle on their sides, but the color reflects differently depending on which side you’re looking at. And, the semi-translucent aspect of them with the swirls of green and the clear acrylic makes for some really fantastic play of light and color peak through makes each dice seem more suffused with color than the swirls would normally afford them.

They also feel really nice. The numbers are engraved reasonably deeply and the paint job is, largely, fantastic. The set is bright and easily readable and honestly just looks really nice.

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Now, another bonus from the clear acrylic is that it’s easy to see that there aren’t any bubbles to throw off the balance. And the set does roll fantastically. They feel good in the hand too.

So, this is decidedly a set that I’m a fan of. I’m actually planning on getting a couple more of the Unicorn sets later on because of how much I like these. The only real question I’m left with is whether I’m going to use them for a druid or a cleric. Dual classing is always an option, right?

I’m down to the wire on getting this posted on Saturday. Sorry about that, I scheduled badly.

But! Here’s the important part! I’ve got two winners for the dice giveaway.

Goldiefc8, you’ve won the Confetti Dice.

drakedourden, you’ve won the Tombstone Bone dice.

Congratulations to both of you!

Shoot me a message in the next few days with a way to get in touch with you and I’ll get your new dice on the way!

Brimstone Dice

Running a little late today. This set is a Dice Envy exclusive and thanks to Dice Envy. Enjoy!

Brimstone 1

So, the Brimstone dice set is one that I’ve had my eye on for a while because they just look delightfully ridiculous. I mean, these are black dice with red flame patterns on them. It’s great in a way that reminds me strongly of doodling stick figure battles in my school notebooks. So, fun in concept and a well balanced set of dice in practice.

Something that I land on with this set of dice though is that the font for the numbers isn’t very good. A lot of the numbers have flourishes¬† or extra filled in bits that can make them look like they’ve been engraved in upside down. This can, of course, make the dice a little hard to read, especially the d20 due to its smaller sides.

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The numbers and designs on the dice are also, largely, shallowly engraved. The shallow engraving is likely to maintain balance with the odd font. The paint job on my set is also a little messy, particularly on the d6, and thin in places. Neither of those is an immediate problem, but they do detract from the over all appearance of the set. A brighter red might help with the visibility of the numbers.

This is a set that I like pretty well. It greatly amused my entire game group, to the point that our current DM wants to roll up an anti-paladin based on them. But the font and shallow engraving take away from it some. The set gets a three out of five from me for those two things. It isn’t a bad set and I certainly had fun rolling them around for testing them, but I do feel like they’re limited in their active use.

Chessex Lustrous Shadow Dice

Another week, another Monday, another dice review. These guys go way back for me, so I figure this is as good a time to review them as ever, I’m feeling nostalgic.

Lustrous Shadow 1

For me, I’ve been sort of keeping an eye out for this set since back when I first started playing table top games. And that, is because it’s the set that my favorite d20 is from. Way back in high school I picked up a really nifty d20 at a pop up shop in Mobile’s mall, it struck me because I’d just started running the Planar Chaos: Unraveling Mind Magic deck and the colors felt like a good match for the set. Plus I needed a life counter any way, so it fit.

I do love the colors on this dice set. It’s a deep swirl of dark cool colors, almost velvety in the way it reflects the light. There’s bits of lighter colors swirled in too, sill cool but bright enough by comparison to make them stand out when you see them. This set is heavy on the blues, where my old d20 is more purple, but it’s nice all the same.

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Now, Chessex is kind of the standard basic polyhedral dice. They’re the ones you can find at the Books-A-Million, at the local comic shop, I even found some at a video game shop once. They’re good enough and a good place to start without breaking the bank. So quality is pretty standard here.

This set might be a little lighter than the ones I’ve been using the last couple months, but they still feel nice in the hand. They roll well, though I admit, I haven’t done enough with this particular set to see if they get hung up on one side or the other. They didn’t seem to when I was just rolling them around to look at the colors. And if this set is anything like the old d20, they’ll be knocking around for a good long while.

Over all, I like these dice. That’s tinted quite a bit by nostalgia and my finding them out in the wild after not seeing the pattern for years. So, yeah, these dice get a five out of five. They remind me of good times.

Right! So, Dice Envy likes to see their dice in the hands of people who will use them regularly. Thanks to them, I’ve been able to review some really nifty dice this past month. And I appreciate that a lot, it’s been something I found myself looking forward to.

So, it only made sense then to celebrate my birthday by sharing the awesome dice they’ve sent me with you all. Bonus here, they were willing to provide a set of the Confetti Dice for this giveaway, so that’s each set from this past month.

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So, what does it take to get your hands on one of these sets?

 

Simple as ever, just follow my blog and post a comment here with which set you want to enter for and telling me about your favorite table top character. Doesn’t matter if they’re from Dungeons and Dragons, Starfinder, World of Darkness, or any other system. I just want to hear about them!

And, of course, the frame work bits.

I’ll be running the giveaway here from today, Friday, May 3rd, until midnight Eastern Time on Friday, May the 17th.

Winners will be selected on the 17th using a random number generator and announced on Saturday, May 18th. I’ll have a post for that then.

Winners will need to be comfortable sharing their email and mailing address with me. Neither will be posted here, I just need them to get your dice to you.

Unfortunately, I can only ship the dice within the United States.

And that, should be that! I’m excited to see where this goes and to hear about you all’s characters. Best of luck every one!

Edit for clarification: I tried to hard to make things sound good and didn’t words well enough. I’m wanting to hear about characters you all have played and enjoyed. Like my favorite TTRPG character so far has been my Drow sniper, Celestine, from a couple of campaigns ago. Total Widowmaker rip-off, but she was a lot of fun to play off of the wackier characters the rest of my group rolled up. That said, if you haven’t played any table top games before, characters from Critical Role or other media like that are fine. Just tell me about them, because I’m not super familiar with any of those characters.