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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.

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.

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.

Ca$h Monet

Another week, another round of talking about dice. This one is Dice Envy’s super sparkly Ca$h Monet, the dice with a truly terrible, truly delightful pun for a name. Let’s roll!

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Right, so the obvious first thing about these dice is their colors. The colors are rich and bold and shot through on every layer with micro glitter. This is a set where the d6 having a vastly different color balance doesn’t make it feel out of place with the others because they all have fairly broad varieties of color balancing. Also because the use of three colors makes for really nifty effects so, for me, it feels less like it’s out of place for the set.

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The inking is interesting here. It’s a sort of creamy gold, with sparkles through out but the color muted. It winds up being nicely visible against all the other colors, even the yellow, while not being quite so stark as having them just inked in white would be. There were a few places that were under filled or over filled. Nothing that made the dice hard to read, but it did make some of the sides look a little ragged. This is the one place where that creamy gold isn’t great, if it weren’t for the non-standard color it would be an easy fix. As is, it would take a lot of tinkering to match it.

As usual, the Ca$h Monet dice feel nice in hand and roll well. I did not get these tested as thoroughly as I would have liked, but I did not notice any instances of them tending towards a favorite side. They’re pretty standard with regards to rolling.

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Which brings us to this bit. I really love the look of this set and the idea of the glittery muted gold inking is really cool. Unfortunately, I think it might be the very same glittery element that made the inking here a little rough and the fiddly nature of mixing up my own paints to match what’s already there makes it a difficult fix. That brings the set down more than a little for me because I like the colors together, but I really don’t like the unevenness of it. And that leaves the Ca$h Monet dice set with a four out of five. Perfectly usable, just not as well finished as they could be.

As to what kind of character I would use these for, I’m not sure. Almost definitely a spell caster of some sort, but then I sort of lose steam. A fae blooded sorcerer or a warlock with a fae patron could work well, I think.

This is a thing I’m hoping I’ll get the chance to do more often. There are a lot of subscription services for dice and other table top accessories. I adore that I want to talk about as many of them as possible. This week, the nice folks at Awesome Dice sent me March’s “Death Metal” subscription box to check out. Let’s roll!

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Right, going to start with a quick overview here. The Awesome Dice Monthly Box of Awesome has a curated collection of two to five items per month, with each month’s box having a core theme that everything is centered on. The contents of each box are guaranteed to be valued at at least $30 USD and are selected by either the folks at Awesome Dice or selected members of the Table Top RPG community. It’s a really cool concept and, something I appreciate, the boxes can contain both dice and other Table Top accessories.

 

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I feel like the “Death Metal” box was all but ideal for a first review. Counting the Awesome Dice stickers it has three items, but those items are really solid picks and feel like they were paired together for a reason. It’s also curated by Awesome Dice themselves, so it feels like a good example of what they meant the Box of Awesome to be.

The dice themselves were surprising on a couple of levels. As a pleasant surprise, it’s a metal set and contained in a tin box with a really solid foam liner. The box was a really nice touch, this is the only metal set I’ve ever gotten that included something like that. It means that I’m not worried about accidentally damaging my dice just moving them about, which has been part of why I don’t generally use my metal dice.

The other surprising bit was the colors of the dice. My camera did not capture the colors as well as I would like, but these are brass and a rather nice royal purple with an almost scale pattern in the purple bit. Not colors that I tend to think of with relation to death metal, but a lot more fun than anything I’d imagined before the box arrived.

The other item was an excellent inclusion here and ties into one of the other reasons that I seldom use metal dice. I worry about damaging the kitchen table, it’s probably a little silly, but a nice dice tray goes a long way towards solving that worry. This dice tray feels rather nice, it’s sturdy and held up nicely to my testing the dice in it. Having it set up for a long while, it still unfolds flat. I like the black and red contrasts for the out and insides, it’s a bit more what I expected of the theme while also being the Awesome Dice logo colors.

So, where does that leave me? At $29 USD plus shipping per box, the price is pretty reasonable compared to other dice subscription boxes. That said, the value guarantee is still much appreciated, I feel a little silly admitting that but still. The “Death Metal” box again feels like an ideal box to have being introduced to the Box of Awesome with because the metal dice alone would meet their guarantee, but then the dice tray makes it feel like they thought ahead for something their subscribers might need with the metal dice. It feels like both an added value and like the folks behind the box have thought through their customers using the items in the box. It leaves me wanting to subscribe as soon as I’m able. So, five out of five.

One more thing I want to note before signing off. Something cool they do is that they rotate through who curates their boxes. The April “Pixie Stix” box is going to be curated by Roll for Dameage‘s Amanda McKnight. You can find her thoughts on the “Pixie Stix” box here.

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!

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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.

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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.

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!

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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.

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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.