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House Keeping 9/10/19

So, I’ve been sick the past week. Like, calling out of work and class and just trying to sleep it off sick. Mostly better now, I’m just still coughing a lot and have lost my voice.

Good times.

That’s a big chunk of why nothing went to plan last week. I got hit really hard with the sick and just sort of disappeared from reality.

But I’m trying to come back now. No promises on what I’ll get done this week, I do have a fair amount of school stuff to also catch up on, but I’m hoping to finally have something out for you all.

That’s about it for this one.

Have a great rest of your week!

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I’m more than a bit late on this one. I’ve been excited to talk about these though, they’re from a company that I had seen a few times on Kickstarter but never had the chance to back until this set. Little Dragon Corp is actually running another Kickstarter now, if you want to check it out. In any case, enjoy!

Bloodstone 3

This is a set of dice I was excited to back. Little Dragon Corp has run a number of Kickstarters in the past and the dice always look nice. The colors are always good. I just haven’t had the opportunity until the Hidden Gem Dice.

The color here is interesting. The set is meant to resemble bloodstone, which is dark green with flecks of red in it. The green is really pale, presumably to keep the dice transparent and let the red swirls show through. Which means that the red doesn’t stand out as much as it could, but it is still a really nice shade and it does still complement the red. The inking is well done, clear and clean and easy to read.

Bloodstone 2

As is pretty standard for acrylic dice, the Hidden Gem Dice feel nice in hand and roll well. There aren’t any bubbles in my set. I admit, I spent a while just spinning them around to look at them from different angles and play with them.

Bloodstone 1

My excitement for this set skews the score up somewhat. I really like this set and the overall theming for the rest of the Hidden Gem line. The dice feel nice. They look nice. And I find myself really wanting to roll up a dwarven character to play with them. So the Hidden Gem Bloodstone dice get a five out of five from me.

27th of Spring, Year 256

The confrontation with the Yoyabo Goblin pit has, so far, been a slaughter. Between Azurei and Eclair’s magics and the heavy infantry’s martial skills we’ve wiped out the entirety of the Goblin’s surface forces and fought our way into the pit itself. That has slowed our advance down a bit, due to branching pathways and closer quarters, but we reached what seems to be the central hub of the pit and Chonck as sealed the entries to most of the main branches so that we can deal with stragglers more safely.

Unfortunately, despite the damage we’ve done to the Yoyabo Goblins, it doesn’t seem that they would be willing to surrender. I offered the option to a group we found headed by a Goblin called Clever, he used the opportunity to attempt an ambush on the party. A few of them escaped to further down the tunnels, but for the most part. For the most part it’s just been killing.

We did find a source of information on the Goblin King Eebaku though. A rather strange source of information, but still.

The Goblins had imprisoned one of their own at the bottom of a well as punishment for trying to trap Eebaku as a source of power. This Obcobra claims to have been down there for nearly a  year, sustained by her magics. She’s willing, to a limited vengful extent, to help us fight Eebaku and his Goblins and has what I can only hope is information on where we might get a weapon capable of harming him.

It would seem that there is a creature called the Eater of the Dead and that it may have or may provide materials to make a weapon we could use to harm a demon lord.

It’s a ways off, probably several days travel, so we would need to finish driving the Goblins out of Yoyabo and return to Caskfire to report and restock. There will need to be guards at the pit to prevent Goblins from returning to bother Caskfire while we are away. That would also require a change in scouting patterns. And above all that we will be relying on the Obcobra’s directions, so we should plan for extra days out or some manner of trickery.

I will need to talk to Churt about all of this. She may not want to put a guard detail at the pit or maybe she would want to try caving in the side tunnels instead. It would be for me to advise and her to worry over.

(Several paragraphs have been started and aggressively scribbled out.)

The Obcobra said that Eebaku was looking for someone in the area some time before our builders struck the earth. The time line seems to have coincided with when we were first scouting for a good place to start digging. Who would be important enough to a demon lord to bring him into the Plains of Burning?

Should I warn Churt that there might be cultists in Caskfire? It seems ridiculous to think. No one in the family would worship a demon lord. Would they?

Could the Obcobra be lying to try and secure our trust more securely? She is our only source on this. This and the Eater of the Dead too. If that were to be a trap, it could be a way to wipe out the fortress’s protectors and leave everyone else open to attack.

(A number of pages have been neatly cut from the journal.)

I don’t like any of this.

It’s the first of July, Summer is happening, and you know what that means? That means it’s time for the same thing that happens every Monday. Dice! This is another set from the Dice Envy Original subscription box. Enjoy!

Acid Splash 1

Right, so the Acid Splash dice set’s June’s Origin box dice of the month. These are black dice, with sort of a goldenrod yellow paint, and reverse engraving to make the details pop and add an interesting texture to them. I really like the contrast and the bubbling effect.

That said, since the effect is reverse engraved and stands level with the face of the dice, there’s a lot of places where the paint isn’t even. It’s either too thin or it looks like the dice were turned while it was still wet and it flowed around the design. On it’s own that isn’t a big deal, a lot of dice need a paint touch up, but there isn’t a good, simple way of touching up the paint on these.

Acid Splash 2

Surprisingly, with all the extra detail, the Acid Splash dice are easy to read. That’s definitely helpful. The texture is pretty nice, it adds to the way the dice feel in hand. They roll well, as expected with acrylic dice.

That’s about the size of it. The Acid Splash dice are a solid set of dice with nifty decoration. The only real issue I’ve found with them is the paint being uneven and hard to fix, but that’s pretty minor. I really like the aesthetic of the Acid Splash dice, the bubbling controlled chaos. It makes me sort of wish I could get a set of d10s in this mold, so I could use them for World of Darkness, roll up some horrifying thing beyond the ken of modern mortals to throw at my players. So, yeah, they get a four out of five. I’m looking forward to building a character to use these with.

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.

Cyclone 2

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.

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.

Confection Dice 2

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?

Fall Into Books 9/11

FIB-bookish-quote

I don’t know if this is what was meant by “bookish” quote, since it isn’t literary at all. But it’s from one of my absolute favorite parts of Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids.

“It stayed closed for the quantum time length before Andy swung it open again, but in that unnamable lapse everything beyond the door was gone. Struggling shapes and screams. Light and sound. Kerri and Andy and Tim found themselves peering into a flat black rectangle of darkness and interplanetary silence,

‘FUCK THIS,’ Andy spat at the intended end of the chapter, pulling out the flare gun from her pocket and shooting into the dark.”

That second bit, that space where Andy reacts so hard it alters the intended flow of the novel, exemplifies the sort of meta things that Cantero did with Meddling Kids that made me enjoy it as much as I did. I laughed so hard that I scared my cat. I reread it two or three times because it was just such a thing I’m not used to in novels but it works so, so well here.

 

So, I’m running super late this week. I’ve been sick for a good chunk of it, admittedly, but that’s still no good. I swear, we’re getting fall pollen and summer heat around here.

I should have a review for you all tomorrow. It’s about half way done now, so it’s just a matter of figuring out what I’m actually trying to say with it, getting that down, and polishing it a bit. Nothing big. Right?

That aside, I’m really excited to have won an advance copy of Amy Rose Capetta’s The Brilliant Death through BookishFirst. So that’s a review that’s going to be headed your way in the near future. I’ve read the first few chapters and look forward to seeing where it goes from there.

Beyond that, I’ve got something coming up next month that should be entertaining. A couple of things that should be entertaining if I play it right. That’s for then, though I’m hoping to pull some fun into what’s left of this month too.

Standard closer. If you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a comment or a like. I thrive on encouragement. And, of course, if you really like what I’m doing you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. Anything from the ko-fi fund is currently going towards a replacement video camera so that I can try getting the ball rolling on video ideas. In any case, have a great rest of the week!

Quick Note

This review is killing my ability to write anything, so it’s going to be later than it already is. I’m getting the words equivalent of cabin fever here, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get a bunch done once I’m done with this one.

Sorry for the delay all.

So, this is a little late going out, but my review for The Night Dahlia was meant to be part of a blog tour. Until now, I haven’t had the chance to post up where the other stops on the tour can be found, so I wanted to fix that. Check these out and enjoy!

The Night Dahlia cover

Mon. March 26  Books, Bones, & Buffy

Tues. March 27 From the Shadows

Wed. March 28  Just a World Away

Thurs. March 29 The Qwillery

Fri. March 30 Through Raspberry Colored Glasses

Mon. April 2 The BiblioSanctum

Tues. April 3 The Speculative Herald

Wed. April 4 Tympest Books

Thurs. April 5 Fantasy Book Critic

Fri. April 6 Horror Talk