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Sorry about the delay today. I’ve been pretty exhausted the last few days, who’d have thought. In the spirit of the fun horror that comes from being stuck at home with no idea what’ll happen, I figured that I’d talk about one of Infinite Black’s sets from their The Colors out of Space line, the Kadathian Ice variantSigil of the Dreamlands dice set. Let’s roll!

As I’ve said before, I really love the presentation of the various Elder Dice sets. The magnetic grimoire box is just cool, especially the included art. It makes for a good scene setter and just looks nice on my table top gaming shelf.

The dice themselves are brightly colored in colors that make me think less of the realms of dreaming and more of wild berry poptarts. Part of this is that my set in particular seems fairly low on the pink, leaving it more a bright purple than anything. This is not a complaint. I also appreciate that the Sigil of the Dreamlands is on the high side of each die, rather than just the d20. They look good, with the color swirls both standing out nicely against the inking, leaving them readily easy to read.

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The inking is nicely done. I didn’t notice any thin spots or odd clumps. There were a few places of minor overfill, but nothing that made them hard to read. I will note that, while I’m not likely to re-ink them, the Sigil itself doesn’t look like it would be any more than a little fiddly to re-ink if need be.

As with most acrylic dice these feel nice in hand. The set seems well balanced and rolls with acceptable randomness.

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Overall, I really like the set. The extra two d6 are a nice addition. The colors of both the acrylic and the inking work well together. It’s pretty fantastic. Which, of course, means that I’m giving the Kadathian Ice variant Sigil of the Dreamlands dice set a five out of five.

I would definitely use these dice for some manner of sorcerer or an eldritch pact warlock. Looking at those three d6 though, I think the most immediate use for this set is going to be as my DM dice for Tiny Cthulhu in a few months.

Genesis Dice

As is, perhaps, expected at this point I’m going to wind up posting the book review tomorrow. Which means that we have once again reached the part of the week where I get to talk about dice. These guys were the Libris Arcana subscription set for June, Genesis, they’re also the first of their new run of exclusive resin sets. I subscribed a little late in the month so they tend to arrive towards the start of the next month. Regardless, let’s roll!

Genesis 1

Something a little fascinating about the Genesis dice set is how very differently they show up in pictures as opposed to real life. They’re full of this just fantastically sparkly gold mica powder that just didn’t get picked up as well as it might have been. The flip side to that is that the teal of the resin itself absolutely pops in the pictures while it’s much more muted in person. The dice look very nice either way, but it did strike me as interesting.

The swirling of the mica powder through the resin is really pretty though, it is known how very much I like the sparklies and this is no exception to that. It does almost feel like some of the dice have almost too much mica powder. Like it almost overwhelms the teal of the resin itself on some of them, which can make them a little difficult to read. Part of that is down to the color on the inking though.

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The inking is, as shown, also gold and while it’s quite well done it means that the numbers tend to blend into the back ground of the dice. Which is something of a shame because the engraving on the numbers in nice and deep and the font for the numbers is nicely readable. The inking itself is well done, no thin spots that I could find and no major spots of overfill. I am really tempted to re-ink the set though, just for the sake of readability. The gold looks nice, but it really isn’t a good pick for actually using the dice.

The Genesis set feels nice in hand. They’re a little bigger than most of the dice I’ve got. This is something that is most noticeable with the d10 and d100, largely due to them being notably longer than what I think of as standard. They’re a little heavier than usual too, which makes for a nice differentiation from other sets I’ve got. They feel nice to play with and the added size and weight make them feel just a touch nicer than usual. The set also rolls well, no real favorite sides that I noticed.

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So, I’m pleased with the Genesis set all said. They look nice, they feel nice, and I can easily re-ink them for better readability. I’m thinking going for a nice deep brown or something similar, sort of tie in with the teal and gold there. More than anything, this set leaves me excited to see what else Libris Arcana cooks up for their exclusives. I give the Genesis set a five out of five.

I don’t know entirely what kind of character I want to use these for. I’m thinking something like an elf or half elf life cleric. Something very classic the healer. Failing that, probably a druid, since I haven’t played one of those before and the green and gold gives a nice earthy magic feel.

Genesis bonus items

Last thing, because this is a subscription review, extras! The Libris Arcana subscription always comes with a bonus dice, a d12 from the HD “ancient” line. I’ve reviewed one of these sets before, the texture effect is really cool. And stickers, one World of Warcraft, one Princess Mononoke, and one for the Genesis set itself that immediately went on my dice box. I really want to find out who the artist is for the fandom stickers, they’re nice in a way that makes me want to see if the artist does any work in fandoms I’m into.

Electric

Look at me being late with this again. I swear, I’m not trying to do this, it just sort of keeps happening. Busy with work. Busy with other stuff.  But I’m here now and I’ve got dice to talk about. These guys are Dice Envy’s Electric set, initially from this January’s subscription box, you can currently get your hands on a set of them at the site. Let’s roll!

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The entire black and yellow electric theming for the Electric dice set is something I enjoy, like it makes me think of Saturday morning cartoon rival characters and comic books and any number of things that are a little silly to associate with this particular set of dice but that make me smile nonetheless. What can I say, some times it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

The little lightning bolts that surround the numbers bring the dice character without making them so busy that they can’t be easily read. Which is helped along by the contrast between the black and yellow. Much more, I feel, on the main set than on the mostly yellow advantage d20 but the contrast is good and most of the set winds up being highly readable from a good distance. The exception here being the d20s and that is mostly down to the size of the numbers for them rather than a pattern flaw.

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The inking is done in a thick paint that has a few pits or cracks throughout the set, but it doesn’t seem like it’s in danger of falling out or wearing away any time soon. The material used though does mean that, if I wanted to, I’m not sure I would be able to re-ink these without prying the existing paint out and risking damaging the dice. Not a real concern for me, but I also kind of want a set in black and blue now.

As to feel, they’re pretty standard for acrylic dice. There’s the occasional rough bit from the inking that’s texturally interesting. They’re nice and light and seem to roll well, no notable favored sides with this set. So definitely enjoyable to use.

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So, of course I love this set. They look nice. They feel nice. Even with the inability to reink it if I chose, the Electric set is just overall one that I enjoy. So it gets a five out of five.

I really want to use this set for an engineer or hacker rapscallion type in Starfinder or maybe build my own Tracer and go for a speedy tech rogue. They do feel more sci-fi than fantasy for me despite having the advantage die for 5e, so it would definitely have to be a sci-fi campaign either way.

Running late with this. I had something important earlier in the day and just sort of checked out afterwards. It was an exciting thing, but kind of exhausting. Away from that and on to the dice, these guys are from Dice Envy, the Carina Nebulaset. Let’s roll!

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These dice are sharp as all get out. The red solid red and translucent black with its included glitter and the silver inking work together so nicely. The swirling folds of red in the black give this nice sense of depth, playing into the nebula theming. It kind of makes me want to just sit and turn them in my hands, there were no bad sides on any of the individual die.

The silver inking stands out fantastically against both colors, making them easy to read. They’re nice and fairly neat, there’s no places where the paint used comes out onto the dice themselves. Though there were a couple odd places where it looked like a little extra paint had dripped into the numbers themselves. It doesn’t effect reading them and it doesn’t seem to effect the way they roll, so no real issue just interesting. I’m left curious how it got that way.

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As is expected of acrylic dice, the Carina Nebula set feel nice in hand and roll enjoyably well. It almost feels like there’s a little bit of bounce to them, which is fun. They don’t seem to have favorite sides. There’s plenty of random chance to how these dice land so they should be more than fair for game night.

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I would like these dice even if they didn’t roll acceptably for game night though. The Carina Nebula set is just so pretty that it makes me want to find one of those jumbo d20s in this style to add to my display set. It also makes me want to get my hands on one of the other sets that are in this same general style but different colors to see if they all turn out this well. I give them a five out of five.

I’m thinking that I would wind up using these for a spell caster of some sort, probably a sorcerer or a warlock. Something that has an inborn or traded for style of magic rather than a learned style. Maybe a character that splashed rogue in with the casting class. It’s the swirls and the glitter I think.

So, this was something I’ve been excited for for a good while. I’ve covered Cerberus’ #DICE4MASKS campaign before, because it still feels like a really awesome thing for them to be doing. Now these guys are randomized between something like a hundred different sets, so it’s pretty exciting to have gotten a color and style I like as much as I do these. All that said, let’s roll!

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I don’t generally bring much attention to the bag for things like this, but I liked the design and that the bags are meant to be reusable. They feel a little flimsy compared to the cloth ones I’m used to, but they reseal well and made it through shipping no problem.

We’re here for what’s in the bag though, so on to the dice. I do not know what this set is called, but I do know that I like the look of them.

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As ever, I am a fan of sparkly things, so the combination of green and silver foil glitter is much appreciated. There’s actually so much color from the glitter and enough of it that the clear acrylic takes on a pale green color as well, which is delightful for me. Plus, it manages this without feeling busy, which is also appreciated.

Part of that not feeling busy is probably down to the inking being in that nice contrasting gold. The inking itself is nicely clean. There weren’t any notable over fill places and the places where the inking is thin are uniformly down to being places where the glitter came through the acrylic. Those places aren’t noticeable from table distance though and the numbering seems to be the only place where the glitter has come through, so it isn’t a tremendous complaint.

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In hand, they feel as nice as any other standard set of acrylic dice could be expected to. Again, there aren’t any strange places from the glitter coming through. They don’t seem to have favorite sides, so it can be assumed that they’re acceptably random for game night.

I like this set of dice. They’re a nice color combination and read easily, even in the comparative low light I’m in now. I do have that quibble about the foil peaking through in the numbers, which loses it some, but the numbers are deeply cut enough that it doesn’t effect the feel of the dice in hand. Plus, I like that I felt like I’d done something nice ordering these guys. I give this set a four out of five.

As to what kind of character I would use them for. I think I’m going to use them for my upcoming tiefling bard. The sparklies are a nice tie in for bardish flamboyance, while the green ties in nicely with the earth and flower tones I want to use for her dice.

Ghibli Dice Set

Another Monday, another chance to talk about dice. I don’t really have anything else to put here, so let’s get into it. These are Dice Envy’s Ghibli set. Let’s roll!

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Blues and greens and sparkly things are all qualities that make me happy when it comes to dice. The Ghibli dice set has all three of those things in concert if not in abundance. This is a set that combines a deep blue base with thin swirls of teal and enough micro glitter to make the whole thing sort of remind me of a night at the beach. I will note that, while the glitter is much more impressive in real life, the teal green stands out more in the pictures.

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The gold stands out really well against the blue, meaning that the Ghibli set reads easily from where ever they land. The inking is crisp and clean with no noticeable spill over or thin spots. I find myself happy to leave the inking on this set alone rather than thinking about other colors I might use on it, so bonus.

These dice roll nicely and don’t seem to have preferred sides, so they’re definitely random enough to use in game. Hand feel is good and they roll well.

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I like the Ghibli dice set, I think I would have preferred more of the teal in them but that’s sort of a luck of the draw thing on swirled dice like this. The blue still looks good, especially with the gold inking, so it works out. There’s nothing bad I can think to say about them, five out of five.

I admit, they sort of make me want to use them for a sea side druid or, failing a campaign that would allow for that, maybe a fae pact warlock. Something that I could tie those lovely deep colors and the sparklies into.

So this is the first set of dice I’ve received from my Libris Arcana subscription. It’s also the last set of dice before their Premium subscription flips over to being mostly exclusive resin sets. We’ll see how that starts off later in the month. For now, let’s roll!

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So, the combination of a deep blue and the silvery grey are already something I knew I liked. It’s a good combination and works especially well with the translucent blue here. The way the two colors are folded around each other gives a sense of depth and the impression that there are more shades of blue than were actually used. If the light catches them just right the blue almost seems to shine.

The inking is highly visible and quite neat, with no major thin spots that I could see or places where it had been over filled. Full points there. I do sort of find myself wishing that it complemented either the blue or silver a little more, but anything I come up with wouldn’t be as readable as what’s already there. And it does have the effect of contrasting with the swirling colors of the dice, leaving a sense of something like controlled chaos. I might be being a bit poetic there, but I do like it.

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The dice feel nice in hand and do not seem to have any preferred sides. There seems to be a little less bounce to them than some sets I have, they like to hit the table and stop. So it might be worth using a dice cup or just shaking them more to ensure more fair rolls.

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Overall, I really liked the Ice Steel set. The colors are good, the feel is good, the inking is well done, and if I ever decide I want to re-ink them there shouldn’t be any issues with doing so. They get a five out of five and I’m left excited to see what comes next.

As to what sort of character I want to use these for, I think I would go paladin. Assuming that I’m using this character for Pathfinder, I’d probably lean towards a neutral good paladin of Shelyn, the goddess of art, love, and beauty. Assuming Dungeons and Dragons, I might lean towards Tyr and make a paladin who came into it from a less than savory back ground, do the whole path of redemption and justice thing while still being able to interact with my game group’s generally chaotic tone.

Special bonus, the Libris Arcana Premium subscription comes with a bonus die from their “big bucket o’ random dice” that could be any number of things. Mine this time was a Joe Fixit die from Marvel Dice Masters. It’s a fun extra that leaves me curious about what’s going to be included next time more than anything.

 

OGND Dice

I have been busy today. I got some gardening done while the sun was out, got some cleaning done, all that fun stuff. Now I get to talk about dice! These are Dice Envy’s OGND set. If you like them, you can use the promo code NOTEARS for 10% 0ff your order. Let’s roll!

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OGND is sort of a throw back to the dice available in the 80’s when D&D first came out, so they’re pretty simple and straightforward. Red acrylic, white inking, though the acrylic itself does have some variation in color. I’m fairly certain that variation is on purpose to make the set seem a little more like the mismatched sets from back in the day.

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The white inking is a good continuation of the simple throw back idea and it’s nicely visible against the red acrylic. The inking is well done, no notable over or under fill, I didn’t notice any major thin spots. It works.

As expected for acrylic dice the OGND set feels nice in hand and does not seem to have preferred sides when rolled. So they roll acceptably randomly.

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All in all, I like this set. It’s way different from most of the sets I collect, given its simplicity, but I like the differences in the dice and how clear the inking is. As a retro throw back the OGND set is basic in the best way, with super clear numbers and nice casting. So they get a five out of five from me.

As to what kind of character I would use these for, I’m thinking a Human Fighter, probably Lawful or Neutral Good. I’d probably go for a sword and board build, something that would let me tank.

Alpha Dice Set

I missed the first round of Dice Envy’s Alpha dice set, so it was a long wait to see if they would be remade. This being Dice Envy’s first Kickstarter set it seemed likely that it would happen eventually, especially in light of the company’s anti-FOMO stance. The wait was worth it I think. Let’s roll!

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I like the starkness of the black and white on the Alpha dice. The movement lines on most of the numbers offer a dramatic flair while the high numbers on most of the dice have what looks like targeting sights, which feels excellent on nat 20s as a nice bit of extra confirmation. I would have liked to see the same pattern on the d10 and percent dice, while they still look cool the lack of the sights on the high numbers makes them feel a little less than the other dice. Even the d4, something that cannot follow the pattern due to its shape, had the pattern adjusted to make it work better there.

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The inking on these is interesting, the numbers and pattern have been filled until they’re level with the rest of the die rather than the engraved numbers having been painted. This results in the dice being texturally interesting. The filling should be level, but there are places on many of the dice that it either sank in or was gouged out a bit somewhere along the lines. It winds up being a bit frustrating because I’m not sure how to fix it.

They do, as expected, roll well though. The d6 seems to have a little bit of a preference for its 3 side, but it is the only one and the preference is minor enough that I don’t think it would effect things to terribly much. The filled in inking does not seem to have any effect on the way the dice feel when rolling them, so they still feel quite nice to roll.

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I do feel like the Alpha dice set was worth the waiting for the restock. I like them quite a bit and find the pattern fun but not overly busy. They do lose a point with me for the issues with the inking, more because of how hard it would be for fix than just for the issues existing. So, Dice Envy’s Alpha set gets a four out of five from me, I’m left looking forward to the Omega set arriving on the website.

This is a bit of an odd set to decide what sort of character I would use them for. I definitely want to use them in Starfinder, Pathfinder’s science fiction sibling game, but I’m not certain which class I would go for, probably an android mechanic or technomancer. I might come back to this after DMing a game or two.

Eggbite

I’m late on this one. It’s been an odd day and it feels like I’ve simultaneously done nothing and all the things. Mondays, right? These guys are Dice Envy’s Eggbite dice. Let’s roll!

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I think I initially wanted to check out the Eggbite set because they didn’t look like anything else I have right now. The pictures are, as ever, a case where my camera does not do the color of these dice justice. The yellow of them is sharp and vibrant and stands out so well with both the white bits and the inking. That very clear delineation of the opaque white and the clear yellow is delightful and gives the dice a very clean blend of colors. It’s bright and happy looking.

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I think the use of blue for the inking is pretty brilliant. The blue used is a nice bright color so it fits the dice even as the contrast with the yellow makes them easier to read. I did not notice any thin spots or spill over on the inking. this set turned out really well there.

There were a couple faces on the d4 that seemed over sanded. The numbers were fully filled in with ink, the engraving was just super shallow and worn partially away. It didn’t make the die unreadable and it doesn’t seem to have greatly effected the balance on the die, it just doesn’t look as nice as the other dice. These being acrylic dice, the balance seems fine on all of them. There were no visible bubbles and the did not seem to have any preferred sides.

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I really like the Eggbite set. It’s bright and fun and I more than kind of want to either chew on the dice or go make scrambled eggs from playing around with them for the review. They do lose a point for the over sanding. While it is not going to greatly effect my using the set, since it’s on the d4, it is a technical issue that the manufacturers should have been keeping a better eye on and I don’t trust that it hasn’t effected other dice in less harmless ways. So the Eggbite set gets a four out of five from me.

I also know exactly the character I want to use them for. I’ve got a catfolk baker turned adventurer fighter planned up for the next time we run Pathfinder, Gib Baguul. The colors and name just make these feel like they’ll be a fantastic fit for one of the sets I use for her. Planning out the sets I want to use for her just gets me more excited to play her later on, so she’ll probably crop up here again.