#RPGaDay2016 Day 1 Real Dice, Dice App, Diceless how do you prefer to roll?

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I have experience with each of these and like them all for several reasons. So I think that I will touch on my thoughts on all of them. So let’s have at the First RPGaDay question!

Real Dice, Dice App, Diceless how do you prefer to roll?

Real Dice

So First up, my thoughts about real dice. There is just something about the heft and feel of dice and the sound of hearing them clatter along the table that really gets me going as a gamer. Board games, Card Games, Wargames & RPG’s dice are everywhere and much like Pokemon if you love dice as much as I do you got to catch them all!

For the longest time, I had a bad habit. I would go into my FLGS and if there was not a product on the shelf that I wanted I would pick up a set of dice. It was my little way of feeding the beast as well as supporting my store. For years if I had a new gamer join my table I would allow them to pick their own SET of dice from my HUGE collection. This stopped after a few years when I realized that if I did not curb this addiction I was going to need an oil drum to store my dice. These days I still collect dice. But I have become more eccentric in my selections. I search out dice that others will go wow.. those are cool. Often to the fact that is also followed up with. I don’t know if I would spend that much on dice man. But that’s okay! I love showing off I am a gamer. I have several Dog Might Games products, So If I am going to have a high-end wooden box of awesome I don’t want to have a “regular” old set of polys in that box.

These days I still collect dice. But I have become more eccentric in my selections. I search out dice will evoke the utterance of “WOW.. those are cool!”  I love showing off I am a gamer. I have several Dog Might Games products, So If I am going to have a high-end wooden box of awesome, I don’t want to have a “regular” old set of polys in that box.

Dice Apps
If I had this question to answer three of four years ago, I would say I am not a fan. Since then, Dice Apps have come a long way. I have seen them go from not being allowed at any of the tables I paly in, to now being used extensively in some games. Right now in my very own Friday night RPG game of Star Wars Edge of the Empire. Five of my six players use the dice app! This is partly due to several of the features that the App offers. But the main reason is because the App is far cheaper than the dice set for the game. Most of my players are of the opinion that they do not want to spend 15 bucks on Dice that are only usable for one system. When you can opt to buy the Dice App for only 5 dollars. This has caused my table to opt for Digital dice at my Friday game. In this case, I would never insist that my players purchase the physical dice for the table. And with the FFG dice app you get even more than the SWEOE Dice. The App gives you Star Wars: Rebellion Dice, Imperial Assult Dice,Star Wars Armada Dice, SWRPG Dice, X-wing Dice & a set of Standard d4-20 dice.

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I also think that with the Growing trend of Boardgames Apps that gamers, in general, are becoming more comfortable as a whole with Dice Apps.

Diceless
When you say “Diceless,” I think most people jump straight to diceless systems like Amber, or Minds Eye Theater. But for me when I think of Diceless games I still think of D&D. I recall hours and hours of Diceless D&D as a kid growing up. It was not that we did not have dice. But rather haveing Dice was just simply inconvenient.

We were kids! I was a young teen when I started playing RPG’s seriously. Granted I started running games at 9. But by the time I was 12, my friends and I were playing D&D daily… HOURLY.. CONSTANTLY!
Yet unlike the Cliche of old we were not chained to tables in the basement. Instead, we were fishing and riding bikes and building tree forts. All the while we were still locked in our fantasy worlds gaming the entire time. To have carried dice along and try and find someplace flat to roll them would have just slowed us down!  Have you ever tried to roll a D20 in a pool? Trust me we had plenty of combats while cooling off in the pool or lake.

I had several diceless options or “Tricks”up my sleeve. Everything form  Paper Rock Scissors.” to pick a number 1-10 and I would show another player behind my back the number. I even used Scrabble tokens numbered 1-10 in my pocket. I would tell a player to call out a target number. If you picked the number I drew you crit. If you were within 1  you hit plate mail , 2 chainmail, 3 everything else.  I would keep a tiny notebook and tear off pieces of a page to represent damage. When it was gone the creature was defeated. I just wish I could have recorded the fantastical stories we had again! Later when I joined the service we pulled numbers from a hat or carved dice from soap. Or we went back to my early years. Deployment never stopped us from gaming.

I would like to note an Amazing diceless game that deserves a boost as well. Fate of the Norns is a Viking RPG where the players cast Runes instead of rolling dice. It’s also beautiful !

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Personally, I like them all. I love the look the feel and the sound of Real Dice. With so many awesome Apps out there I can go to a game as a GM or a Player these days with Just a Smart Phone and run an awesome game! And I will alway’s love a well come Diceless system. That said what dice do I like best?

That said what dice do I like best?

 

DogMight Treats: A gift to RPG Readers.

With Convention Session upon us. DogMight Games reached out to me and wanted me to offer up a sweet deal to anyone of my readers heading to GenCon or Origins. If you make your way over to take a look at some of their fine products in person. Just show them this coupon printed out or on your phone and they will give you 20% off your purchase.

That’s a pretty good deal considering if  like me. I waffled a lot at the decision to make the purchase of their products because of their price point while only looking at pictures of their stuff.

But wow when you see it in person. You are going to be glad you got this coupon with you. So go forth and enjoy! As always, thank you for coming to my blog. Thank you for making all of this so much fun and GAME ON!

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Wallet Warning, Current Killer Kickstarters.

Just going to give a quick run-down of all the new and about to end Kickstarter Projects that are begging you to empty your wallet and get in on their sweet goodness. This blog will not be for the thin of wallet or faint of heart.

Ending Soon get in on the action!

The Dragon Sheath

If you love beautiful wooden RPG accessories. This one is going to drain your wallet to the tune of at least $65.00. With over 50 covers 10+ Interiors and 25 different wood types and stains you are sure to get a dice box that will stand out and you will own for a lifetime.

7th Sea: Second Edition

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7th Seas 2E is in its Final days. This is a massive project, to say the least. Hoping to only get 30k they destroyed their goal and the RPG fandom came running throwing money the whole way. Over 800k right now this was a pretty solid kick. This little Beauty will set you back $40.00 for the E-Book level. There are so MANY diffrent levels you can pick with this kick its crazy and the $40.00 add-on of all of the First edition books in PDF as well. Your wallet will not go quietly into the night on this Kick.

There are so MANY different levels you can pick with this kick its crazy and the $40.00 add-on of all of the First edition books in PDF as well. Now that 40 dollar add on is going to get you 39 more books in PDF!

Your wallet will not go quietly into the night on this Kick.

 

And New projects.

Sandy Petersen’s Cthulhu Mythos for Pathfinder

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New Rules, Lore, Statistics and Miniatures for Over 100 Cthulhu Mythos Monsters brought to you by Sandy Petersen.

Including:

  • A bestiary with over 100 entries, almost half never before seen in a Pathfinder book before.
  • Over 25 Mythos Entities: Creatures in the Pathfinder Bestiaries I-V now authoritatively revised & updated in this book. Additionally, the original entries as found in the Bestiaries I-V are also included for easy reference and comparison.
  • Over 50 NEW Mythos Entries: Creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos that have never before been published in any Pathfinder Bestiary.
  • Over 40 ‘Unusual Suspects’: Creatures that could (and maybe should) be in the Cthulhu Mythos, found in the pages of the current Pathfinder Bestiaries. Some have been updated to reflect our new rules.
  • Adventures: Plot Hooks and Campaign starters by Sandy Petersen and others.
  • How to run horror in a heroic sword and sorcery setting by Sandy Petersen.

The thing is with this one… it’s the mini collection that is going to turn into a Tidal wave of Shoggoth proportions. The crazy thing is if you want to qualify for all of the streach goals in this project. Your ponying up $200.00 right out the gate.

Worlds of the Cypher System

This is a three book kick for the cypher System by Monte Cook Games. Back this project and you will be getting up to three new settings depending on what level you come in at.
The settings they will be developing are.

Gods Fall
The old gods are dead. Burning and crumbling, the divine realm dropped from the sky and smashed into the world like a vengeful star. The earth was plunged into darkness. Hope shriveled. Life has become cheap, brutal, and short. But from the ashes of this catastrophe, you can awaken your own divine spark. Claim a dominion; declare yourself the god of War, of the Hunt, of Winter, of Fire, or of the realm of your choice. And if you can complete your divine labors, fulfill prophecy, and throw down the despots that rose in place of the fallen gods, you might redeem a world fallen into evil. You might truly become—a god! 

 

Predation

An asteroid will soon wipe out all life on earth. You know this—and you know when—because it’s in the history books your grandparents brought back to the Cretaceous period with them. Now your small society is trapped in prehistory, desperate to find a way back to your time. But at least you’re not alone. You have tech, weapons, vehicles, and science from the future—you even have the ability to bioengineer the dinosaurs around you. Can you use these tools to survive a dangerous world on the brink of extinction? 

Is that the sound of thunder you hear? 

Unmasked

 

When they locked you up, you made the mask. When you wear it, you can do the impossible. Just like the comic books.

But the mask has always done more: It shows a world beyond the everyday grey skein of cities and people. Something golden and perfect. But the longer you wear it, the more your old self slips away. It’s like drowning. But the power calls to you.

There are others like you, good, bad and indifferent. All searching for what they call Magonia—the place from their ruined childhoods, where they once escaped from this broken down world. And they all know, as you know, that something terrible is coming.

Each of these books is slated to be 192 pages. The project rolls in smartly at 15 bucks for a PDF and 50 for all of the PDFs. Or $45 for one book with a $45 dollar add on if you do not wish all three. Or you can go up to $175 and get all the books in Print & PDF as well as any addition books such novel streach goals that have been added as the project goes on.

Dwarven Forge’s Castles: 3-D Modular Terrain for Gamers

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And for the mother of all wallet stoping Projects. Dwarven Forge is back and they are taking no prisoners. This insane 2 year project is now here. Trust me when I say this thing is going to lay sige to your wallet.

The beauty of this set is breathtaking. The Dwarven forge team has taken 3D Terrain to the next level. Having become masters of Magnets they have reached a level or craftsmanship that is just stunning.

The insainty of it all is how badly the geek in you will want this project! To put it mildly, The high end of this Kickstarter is $980. That sounds crazy when you say it, yet how crazy is it when you look and see that as fo this blog. There are over 450 backers at this level ALONE!

 

 

Dog Might Games: The Dragon Sheath Review

Today I received my Dragon Sheath for review in the mail. I won’t lie I was excited to have the chance to get a look at this product before the end of the Kickstarter. As this is the second opportunity to take a look at another piece of this company’s outstanding work.

download (3)Now before I get into my review of the product I will bring you all up to speed in case you have not heard of Dog Might Games or had missed this Kickstarter. Dog Might Games are the makers of high-quality natural wood accessories for all your gaming needs. Well maybe not all, give them a few more projects.

 

The Dragon Sheath is their newest project on Kickstarter. So what is it, well in their own words The Dragon Sheath is:

A sculpted customizable carrying case for your gaming gear. Available in a variety of woods, colors, and interiors.

At this time, the project is well past its funding goal and only has a week to go. I can tell you that they are already cranking some of these out. Add the fact that I and a few other reviewers already have boxes in hand should set weary backers at ease. So it will not be a matter of when will DMG get started on this project after it funds as much as it will be what place in the production order you fall into so that work begins on your box. 


So when will work begin is likely your next question?

Dragon Sheaths will be built in the order pledges are received with the exception of the WONDROUS tiers – these will be built and shipped first. We are currently projecting completion of approximately 50 Dragon Sheaths per month. We have fulfilled thousands of orders over the last few years and on time delivery is a top priority for us.

Now that said if you jump in now everyone will have their boxes before Christmas unless they go over 400 backers. Then you might be on the outside edge of getting it in time to tuck it under the tree. Have a gamer on your Christmas list?  Here’s the gift to cross off him your shopping list months before JULY!
On to my review.

The Pro’s:

So the number one Pro in my mind is the quality.  Like I have said back in my review of the Dice Chest. This product may come with a higher cost than other gaming accessories. But you are paying for quality that will last. These are products that you will be able to pass down to your children. This is the stuff Heirloom’s are made from. A solid piece of work crafted by hand. They are not flimsy, you can feel it when you have this in your hand. They will stand the test of time as well as a rough gamer.

That sturdy quality is more pronounced in this project then the others that I have seen. These cases are impressive at 8.5″ x 2.25″ x 2.0″ and even hollow they have a subtle heft to them. You know when you hold this in your hand you are holding something that was once a tree.

The outside at the time of this writing has a STAGGERING number of optional sculpts. When I posted the Kicks launch Here. They had close to a dozen covers. Now they have over 50… 50!

 


Added to this you can pick a different sculpt for each side! You want a box for your Wizard. Pick a Fireball cover. But you know you play Star wars on the off weeks. Stick that sweet looking bounty hunter like Space Marine on the other side. Or whatever you want. your options are just only limited to 50! covers in any combo you can think of..GESH! That is unless you are worried that your Dragon Sheath might not be unique. Then you can have the guys just make you a unique one. BAM! problem solved!

On the inside, you have 12 options for whatever gaming need you may have. They have options for pens, coins, mini’s, dice and I have even checked for you savage worlds fans. Bennies will fit in some of the options as well.

From there you have another tough choice in the 25 different types of woods and finish options they can make these things out of.. man the choices. Even without making a custom order it is still going to be very hard to run across the same case more than once I bet. The odds are in your favor to not see the same case twice. (just my opinion)

And then we have Protection, for me, I am likely to store my Thorn dice in this beauty along with my solid wood stylus pen. They will look great together. As well as be far better protected than if they were in a crown royal bag. or even a leather bag. In my case, I will have expensive dice and an expensive stylus in a beautiful case when I come to the table. Oh well, I’ll take it even if it is a little Geek Chick.

 


Each case is held together by 4 rare earth magnets and Wow.. they are strong! Dog Might Games says they give a satisfying snap. I tweeted they give a Thunderous Clap! like Thors hammer. My wife said stop it your giving me a headache! Hahaha, they are no joke. I put a set of dice and my stylus in my case and shook it for all I was worth and got nothing from them. They do not wish to come apart and if you get them close together. They are eager to be rejoined.

The magnets are 0.25″ rare earth neodymium and give a satisfying snap when closed (they are incredibly strong!).

I have on the Kickstarter heard some question if the case sits flat with covers on both the front and the back of the box. I have not seen an issue with this. Personally, I would just set the case on its side when not in use so that the artwork is seen for full enjoyment. The case is more than thick enough for this and due to the impressive magnets is not at risk of spilling open.

Lastly, the packaging for this product was simply awesome. It came in a huge box. About twice the size of my Sheath. Inside wrapped in packing paper was my Dragon Sheath. The Dragon Sheath itself was wrapped in several layers of bubble wrap. I said this box was sturdy. But Dog Might Games packed it and shipped it to me like it was fine china!  THAT is worth mentioning alone.

 

Con’s:

So, what if any cons might this project hold for you? I can only imagine two cons on this project. First the wait that for some will feel like an eternity. This might be a turn off to some but I feel this is offset by the company’s advance notice of exactly how many boxes they will be producing a month up front. As well as their record of meeting all of their goals of their previous Kickstarter’s in the past.

Runkle Ranking

 

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I am ranking The Dragon Sheath at a 17. As a 17 this is an outstanding product. This is something I would and could recommend to any gamer proudly. As an outstanding product, this is also something I would be proud to display openly for people to view.

I could not rank it higher for only a very few reasons. Cost keeps it from being accessible to every gamer and even with the immense amount of internal customization. Once you pick your interior that is what you have for the products life. Short of modular inserts, I do not see a way around that factor. That said it is in no way a bad thing it is just a fact.

I love this box and am very grateful for the opportunity to review it. I hope to review more fo their products to come. I will be getting another box as I have backed this project myself. I hope you find this review helpful and let me know if you get a case yourself or this blog helped you make your decision!

Click here to go to the Kick!  The Dragon Sheath By Dog Might Games!

 

 

 

The Dragon Sheath By Dog Might Games

Recently you may have seen I did a blog review of Dog Might games dice chests. You can see that blog HERE. Well my review posted the day before Dog Might launched their latest project. The Dragon Sheath. So since its launch a week ago they have not only passed their goal. They pretty much have utterly destroyed it. With over 1800% of the asked goal they are trending nothing but upwards.

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So what is a Dragon Sheath, well it is a custom dice box made just for you. They have a ton of interiors and exteriors  wood and stain styles that you can select. With so many choices one of the coolest parts about this project is even if your entire game table were to back this project. It is unlikely any two cases at your table are going to look the same!

You can pick from dozens of covers and 10 or more interiors! As the kick goes on they are adding more of everything so I will not be posting numbers or types at this time. The boxes are held together with very strong magnets and from the video they are impressively strong.

So this is definitely a project to get behind if you want something that will stand out as well as protect your favorite set of dice. Several of these cases have designs for props and mini storage as well. Coins, Pens minis and one interior is even sized right for a Bennie.


The buy in for this project is $35 if you just want case without any other features. Or $60 to come in and get the Interior, sculpt and stain of your choice. Like everything that Dog Might makes. These are not the most inexpensive dice cases you may ever own. But they will last a lifetime. Most likely be able to hand them down to your children. That is something

So head on over and give their project a look !

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Dog Might Games Dice Chests

I recently tweeted to Dog Might Games about how much I wanted to get one of their boxes with my Blog Logo emblazoned on it to use at the cons I attend. They replied and we chatted a bit and they offered to send me a box to review. I was thrilled with both the offer and the opportunity to do  this and promptly accepted.

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From that point on my discussions with them were much like any other customer would have. This is how I wanted it so that I could better review the overall experience of working with them from start to finish. They had me select the wood and felt options as well as corner options. I also chose a custom symbol sending them my blogs D20 RPG logo to be the center piece of the box. In our discussion about the box I had shared my idea that I had thought that a card stand would be a great addition for my Numeneara Games. Dog Might Games said that they could cut one down to fit the box they were making for me. They confirmed that they could make that happen as they had done something like this in the past for other customers. Just another example of the outstanding customer service.

My order was then placed into the queue and the wait would ensue. When you work with someone like Dog Might Games there is a wait. Because Dog Might Games are the makers of fine wood gaming accessories. This is not fast food and you are not walking into your local game store and grabbing a dice bag. You getting a hand crafted product. Made from hand-picked high quality wood. Occasionally like it was in my case they might not even have our wood in stock. Because of demand or it is not a local wood. In my case I could have waited longer until they got more of that type in stock or I could choose another wood. But the guys at Dog Might Games are experts at what they do. Offering alternatives and suggestions to make sure I was able to pick the perfect product for them to craft for me.

Now if you simply can not be bothered to wait they do have some products on hand ready to sell on their page. But you are going to have to take what is on hand and already finished. This by no stretch of the word is a bad thing theses boxes are beautiful. But if you’re going to buy a product like this for yourself, I recommend you go the extra mile, pay a few more bucks and get exactly what you want. After all this is going to be something you will have for years to come as a gamer.

So when it arrived, was the anticipation and weeks long wait worth it, absolutely! Opening the box and seeing my logo in brass and aluminum riveted to the top of this simply epic box still has me smiling just typing it! The wood is Hickory with a lacquer called Demon Blood I am not sure if that is a real lacquer type, but even so it sounds pretty epic. Imagine your players reactions when you ask them to pass you your Demons Blood box!
The lid serves as a makeshift GM screen if you want to set it up in the slot cut for just that reason. It stands off the table on nickel pedestal legs. I chose the legs because with such a nice box I wanted reduce the risk of the box being scratched from surfaces or spills that might happen over time.


So enough of the gushing over how wonderful of a job they did making this box. let’s get down to what we all want to know. Is it useful, how much stuff can I put in it? It looks nice but does it do its job well?

Well the only way to be sure is to put it through its paces and that is just what I did. The website says the Dice Chest can hold 96 dice. On this I trusted them, after I don’t see the need to tote around 96 dice in a cool box that I am going to be using as a dice tray! So Instead I packed it a few different ways that I might find myself using it in and out of game. I packed mine two separate ways. As a rolling tray it is excellent and gives you more than enough room to really give the dice a nice toss. Or if you feel like it you can chuck them off the back of the screen for an added satisfying thunk as they roll. As a carrying style case. I have put it together several different ways. Here were the two that I likely will use most often.

The first holding nearly 80+ cards and 30 dice, the card stand plus pencil comfortably.

And the second holds an extended set of 12 dice plus card stand, three decks of cards and more with ease.

I used the card slot for character display and NPC cards and such. Like so…

With all the very cool things that this box can do there are some things that this box can not do. It cannot hold Minis, at least not standard Pathfinder or D&D plastic style figures. And it is just barely shy of being able to store pathfinder map packs inside of it.. SO close.

Overall I am tremendously satisfied with this product. It was a pleasure to do a review for Dog Might Games and for years to come I will be using this Dice Case. If you are interested in any of Dog Might Games awesome products stop reading now and head on over to their website.

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Keep your eyes out on Kickstarter if you like Dog Might Games products. As they plan to launch a new product this week!