Tag Archive: Chessex


Right, so this is a set that I’ve been looking for for months. It’s one of the newer Chessex sets, readily available at your local game shop, I just didn’t have the luck of finding a set until a couple of weeks ago. So, really excited for this.

Borealis Maple Green Yellow 1

The big thing that had me interested in the Borealis Maple Green/Yellow was, of course, the combination of that bright warm green and the almost holographic sparkles that shade whole sides of the dice a sort of red gold. It’s just really pretty and it photographs well and I already sort of default to green or blue for dice colors when left to my own devices. Those are the eternal favorite colors.

Ninety percent of my thought process dealt with for this one, these are pretty standard Chessex dice. They feel nice in hand. The inking is evenly done, and the yellow contrasts enough with both the green and the sparkles to be easily read. They roll reliably randomly. And this set is clear, so you can see if there are bubbles that might throw off the rolls.

Borealis Maple Green Yellow 2

My d20 for this set actually has a bubble, which worried me a little but it seems to roll fine all the same. I’ll test it more later, but the bubble seems close enough to the middle of the dice for it to sill be randomized.

Honestly, if it weren’t for the bubble this set would be a five out of five just for how excited I was to find them. Also, again, how nice they look. Unfortunately, they did have that bubble, so they get a four out of five instead.

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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.

Lustrous Shadow 2

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.