Category: Dice


Monday again, and that means I get to talk about dice. This set has a kind of funky name and a gloriously glimery aesthetic, it’s Dice Envy’s Happy Birthday, Katie! dice set. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Katie 1

My adoration of sparkly things is, at this point, well beyond well documented. I like dice with colorful glitter in them. I like dice with nifty inclusions in them. I like dice with interesting color combinations. These have all of the above. The Happy Birthday, Katie! dice set are split between one side that has clear blue acrylic and star shaped confetti and the other side that is absolutely packed with purple micro glitter. The pairing really shouldn’t work together, but the effect is really fun.

The inking is, per standard, well done. I didn’t see any thin parts or over filled places and the silver ink is readily visible regardless of which side of the dice comes up.

Happy Birthday Katie 3

Rolling the dice feels nice. There don’t seem to be any places where the confetti sticks out. Despite having what seems like two very different sets of inclusions, none of the dice in my set have major bubbles visible. The d10 did have a few very small ones, but that does not seem to have effected how it rolls just based on my testing. None of the other dice showed favorite sides either.

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Which brings me to this bit.This is a dice set that makes me think about the Jem and the Holograms comics and the fun of sharing terrible 80’s video clips with my friends. It’s bright and happy looking and rolls well. The part of me that says good enough is good enough gives the Happy Birthday, Katie! dice set a five out of five. But, given that there were bubbles on the d10, regardless of how minor, I’m going to bump it down to a four out of five and suggest giving your set a look over and a few test rolls for these.

As to what sort of character I would use these for, I’m split between wanting to just roll up one of the Holograms as a bard and wanting to use the incredibly sparkly dice for just the dourest basic fighter I can work up. The more I think the more I lean towards the bard, never played one before so I might as well give it a try.

Dice Envy Mask Drive

Just a quick thing because I think this is nifty as all get out and deserves to be spread.

Save a Life: N95 Mask Drive

Dice Envy is doing a drive for the N95 Masks that so many hospitals need right now. They have a supplier that they can get them from and they’re going to donate them to the Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California.

As cool as that is, they’re going a step further with it. If your local hospital is accepting donations you can send their contact information to Dice Envy and they will consider them. There’s more information on the drive’s page here.

Edit: The shipping issue has been fixed!

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.

Vibe Check Dice

I am later on this than I would have liked to be. Things have been wild recently and I do not know when they will slow down. But I’m doing what I can as I can. Today though, I’m here to talk about dice. Specifically Dice Envy’s Vibe Check dice because I like sparkly things. Also, Dice Envy has a coupon active right now, FEBRUARYCURSE, that will net you 25% off your next order. But on to the dice!

Vibe Check 1

So, Vibe Check is definitely a set of dice where what you get can vary greatly from the display set pictured on the site. The set there has a much more even split of the sparkly peach color and the yellow-green. This is, for people who are me, kind of a cool example of how the acrylic pouring process works. But I also think that the colors work much better either blended more evenly or dominated by the sparkles. That said, I am certain that if my set had been mostly the yellow-green with a largely peachy d20 I would be saying the same thing in reverse.

Vibe Check 2

As ever, I am a massive fan of sparkly things and the peach works really nicely here. Also, while the gold ink does work better with the peach it is nicely visible on the yellow-green as well. That isn’t as obvious as I would like in these pictures, but it is nicely visible. No obvious thin spots. Just all around well inked.

The Vibe Check dice set also, as expected for acrylic dice, feel nice in the hand and roll well. There don’t seem to be any bubbles in my set, since the dice don’t seem to have favorite sides. Yeah, just in general these are enjoyable to roll.

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I am at a bit of a stand still on how to rate this set. With exception to the d20 having such a wildly different blend of the two colors I really like the look of the Vibe Check set that I got. It isn’t quite what was advertised, but that is somewhat to be expected when a set is a blend of two acrylics. That’s the thing I keep coming back to. I think this set, rather than the Vibe Check dice as a whole, gets a four out of five from me. If Dice Envy added these to the al a carte dice and I was able to order a d20 that might better match the rest of the set it would probably bump up to a full five out of five. I’ll just have to wait and see on that though.

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.

Vespertine Dice

Got a lot of excitement tonight, I’ve been given a coupon code by Dice Envy to share with you all. It’ll get you free shipping on your order, just type in Tympest10 at checkout. I suggest checking out the Vespertine dice that are featured here but they have a lot of sets to check out. Regardless, enjoy!

Vespertine 1

I am, as ever, a fan of interesting dice so a set of smokey grey dice with sparkly gold flake and micro glitter sprinkled through is definitely a set that I wanted to check out. The balance of the grey and gold are really nice together and the purple micro glitter complements both well. On the sides with a great dealĀ  of gold flake the darker purple inking stands out well and looks really nice. It’s all together a nice looking set of dice.

There is a bit of an issue with visibility on the set though. With the acrylic and the inking both being as dark as they are, especially when set on a table, and the visual confusion caused by the gold flake and micro glitter they are a bit difficult to read at any distance.

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Now before I go too far with the inking, it is well done. There weren’t any thin spots that I saw or places where the paint went over the edges of the numbers. The color itself is quite nice and, as much as I love the purple used for it, I think I want to try re-inking them in a lighter shade of it. Save the overall aesthetic but also increase the readability.

As can be expected of acrylic dice these feel nice in hand and roll well. Despite the gold flake inclusions there do not seem to be any bubbles in my set. They seem well balanced, none of the dice have favorite numbers as far as I’ve seen.

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It’s really easy to think of this as a sort of sister set to the Celestine dice I talked about a couple of weeks ago. Both feature a clear colored resin and gold flake as major parts of the design, and of course that means that both have the same visibility issue in common. That’s a pretty easy fix though and one that I’m excited to try out. Plus I really enjoy the aesthetic of the set and have found myself using them for my online game regardless of readability. So, all told the Vespertine dice set earns a four 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.

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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.

Celestine Dice

New week, new dice review, and this is a set that I’ve been wanting to talk about for a little while. So, thanks to Dice Envy, here is their Celestine Dice. Enjoy!

Celestine 1

This set is one of those instances where I really dig each part individually. The soft clear pink of the acrylic is a nice color, readily complemented by both the gold leaf and the pink micro glitter. The gold leaf is a really cool idea for an inclusion and the way it settles through the acrylic gives the dice a nifty effect that is only enhanced by the micro glitter. Even the inking being gold complements the pink of the acrylic and offers a good visual follow through to the gold leaf.

The inking is, as usual with Dice Envy, well done with no notable thin spots on my set. The only issue I have with the inking is a largely personal one. Because the inking is gold and the dice have gold leaf scattered through them some of the sides where the gold leaf has settled can be a little hard to read from the table. It isn’t a really big deal, but if I was going to use them as my main dice for a campaign I would probably either use a dice tray and keep them close or consider re-inking them. Possibly just re-inking the sides that I was having trouble with, because that could also be used to good effect.

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Also as expected, the dice roll well and do not seem to have favorite numbers. Considering the gold leaf inclusions and some of their crinkly shapes, this impressed me a good deal more than usual.

The Celestine set is something of an oddity, being a nine die set rather than the seven or eleven that seem to be standard. Part of this is likely due to the inclusion of the extra large 33mm d20 which I admittedly have a fair amount of affection for, so it isn’t like I’m missing there being more d6. I like the chonky dice, it’s fun to fiddle with.

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Which brings us to the last bit. I like these dice, not unexpected, they’re sparkly and visually interesting. I do wish that it was a little easier to read all of their sides, but that’s an easy fix. And the extra large d20 just makes me kind of happy. So I feel like the Celestine dice earn a four out of five.

The more I play with them the more I want to use them for a character that’s just Sailor Moon but in D&D, maybe some kind of celestial warlock bound to the long dead Queen of the Moon or something to that effect. I would have to think about it. Think about it and probably home brew some stuff for how her patron would even work.