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    Thank you Easy Roller Dice for sending us this set of dice for review!

    Easy Roller has also send us the Serpent's Blood set, which we reviewed here. The main details of these dice are the same, except the text is green rather than pink. I have not personally held the green ones, and I prefer green as a color, but it surprised me that these pink dice do not offend my masculine sensibilities at all. ;)  Despite being pink, they look great.  The color is a very nice high contrast with the dark gun metal gray.  They also feel great to hold.  Even if I don't have a pen and paper RPG session coming up in the near future, they are just so much fun to hold that I occasionally bust them out anyway.

     

    These gun metal dice are much heavier than normal plastic dice, and that is part of their appeal.  But they are also much harder than other dice – indeed, harder than many tables.  It is very easy to unknowingly make a bunch of many tiny dents into a typical wooden table (or office desk!) if you are not careful.  I would highly recommend a dice tray or something like a mousepad to roll on instead.  Thankfully, the lid of the fantastic leather-like container they come in can be used in a pinch.  Whatever you do, please be careful!

    Dice like these are probably more for show than practical use, though they can be used if you take proper precautions.  I did notice a few imperfections, especially on the d4.  They look like line dents of some kind.  I also see a strange bump on the d6.  If I had paid the approximately $45 for these dice, I would have been a little disappointed.  Wear and tear is inevitable, so it's not the end of the world for me.  Despite that, I really enjoy the look and feel of these dice, and have every intention of using them the next time we get together for a role playing game with the old crew.

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    Thanks a zillion to Easy Roller Dice for sending this set to be reviewed!

    I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons since 1989 so it's safe to say I've seen all manner of dice over the years.  Generally I put dice, in my mind, into two categories:  Utility dice and novelty dice.

    Utility dice are the sort of dice that are ideal for use in game when what matters is how easy it is to read the numbers on the face and how evenly distributed the results are.  In other words, I want dice that aren't weighted and are easy to read during a pitched battle with a pack of wraiths.  By contrast, novelty dice are dice we get just for fun but may not necessarily be all that useful in game.  It's like that big red d20 you can get that lights up and flashes when you roll a natural 20.  Cute, but doesn't make it a better die.

    Serpent’s Blood Dice Set

    So what about the Serpent's Blood set from Easy Roller?  Well, they're a very nice set of dice cast from zinc and plated in black nickel, according to their website.  They're the standard set of dice for use with roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons; A d20, d12, percentile dice (a d10 and a d10 printed in tens instead of ones), a d8, d6 and d4.  They have nice, sharp edges and the bright green paint used to fill the numbers is easy to read, most of the time.  I say most of the time because the surface of these dice is highly polished and depending on how the die catches the light you may have to move your head to the side to get the black nickel to contrast better with the ink.  Still, they're a great looking set.  

    They came in a foam tray surrounded by a leather box, which in turn came in a reversible red/black cloth drawstring bag with a dragon patch on both sides.  (Red dragon when the bag had the black cloth on the outside and a black dragon showing when the red was on the outside.)  The bag is really nice and large enough to hold all of my other dice in addition to these.  I worry that the dragon insignia will eventually crack and flake off, but for now it looks really cool.  The leather case was spiffy, and the lid made for a decent rolling tray.

    Why did I need a rolling tray?  Well, these are metal dice and when we play Dungeons & Dragons at my place we have a plywood tabletop we lay over the top of our dining room table to make sure there's plenty of room for everyone.  Roll these heavy metal dice on that surface a few times and you'll be reaching for your favorite headache medicine.  I had the same problem with the stainless steel set I got a few years ago.  Very nice looking dice, very loud on the table surface.  Don't even consider rolling these on a polished counter or table top unless you want to destroy the finish.  You can roll them on a book or in the leather case lid these dice came in, but the corners and edges will tend to leave dimples in the material you roll on.  Use a harder surface and you risk chipping.  I don't know how resistant the nickel plating will be on the Serpent's Blood dice over the long term, but I wouldn't even consider storing them without putting them back in their foam tray.  

    Serpent’s Blood Dice Set

    On the upside, the sharp edges tend to help with more even results when rolling.  Dice with rounded corners tend to be more sensitive to being weighted if bubbles are inside the plastic during the manufacturing process.  (This is why casino dice are clear and sharp.)  I didn't notice any tendency to favor a particular number on any of the dice during our combat-heavy D&D session last week, though that isn't much of a scientific test.  

    The only other concern I have is some of the numbers aren't perfectly centered on the face of the dice, but that's minor.  They're not that noticeable unless you're specifically looking, which I was.

    Overall, this is really a nice set of dice and I enjoyed using them in game.  Are they utility or novelty?  Well they could go either way.  I probably wouldn't have bought them for myself, though they make a great gift for the RPG gamer who has everything else.  If you love collecting different sets of dice then I would certainly encourage you to pick these up, though your wallet will take a moderate hit for this set.


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    Thank you Easy Roller Dice for sending us these dice to review!

    There are many colors and brands of tabletop gaming dice out there.   Most dice are made out of plastic, but there are metal variants available as well.  The metal ones are three times as expensive though.  Starter dice can be obtained for fifteen dollars or less on sites like Amazon.

    This review is based on the Purple Dawn 7 Piece Dice Set.  This set includes a velvet carrying pouch ($5.95 value) that can hold up to twenty-one dice.  This seven dice set includes:

    • 1 D4
    • 1 D6
    • 1 D8
    • 2 D10s (One with single digits and one in 10s)
    • 1 D12
    • 1 D20

    Along with this set of dice, we also received the ten-piece purple translucent dice set and the Wyvern reversible large dice bag.  The large bag is high quality and made with microfiber and velvet.  It can carry over two-hundred dice, no matter what brand they are!  Since I don’t want to compare the Easy Roller Dice against each other, I’m going to use my son’s seven-piece teal translucent Chessex dice set.

    Chessex has been around longer than Easy Roller Dice and they have an impressive catalog of low-cost dice out there.  Their dice are cheaper than Easy Roller’s, but their quality isn’t as good.  While both dice sets have decent paint jobs, I have to give the nod to Easy Roller’s since some of the paint is a little thin on the Chessex.  The translucent dice with the white have a nice contrast and it’s easier to read the numbers compared to the gold and purple set.  The Easy Roller dice are slightly bigger in size (16mm to be exact) and felt heavier in my hands.  Unfortunately, my food scale isn’t sensitive enough to detect a weight difference between them. One last thing I’d like to mention is that the Chessex dice use a marginally larger font for the numbers making them even easier to read.

    The Chessex dice set comes in a plastic carrying case that arrived cracked on the top.  The dice themselves have a couple of scratches out of the box as well.  Easy Roller Dice hand inspects their products to make sure they are defect free. They stand behind their products with a thirty-day money back guarantee and will replace any damaged dice at no cost to the buyer.  I doubt this includes bad rolls in tabletop games though.

    In the end I prefer the Easy Roller Dice over the Chessex Ones.  They feel better, have given me some good rolls, and the carrying pouch is really nice.  I'd rather have a velvet pouch in my pocket than a rectangular plastic carrying case.  The price difference is only a couple of dollars and is well worth it in my opinion.  My kids have claimed these dice and when I’m in need of some more, I’ll be sure to check out Easy Roller’s offerings to help fill up that large carrying bag we received.


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    Thank you Easy Roller Dice for sending us these dice to review!

    Everyone has a favorite color and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that mine is purple. My youngest daughter also likes purple and snatched up these dice the day they arrived.  Sadly, before I could get my review written she managed to lose one of the unique D10 dice. Why couldn’t it have been one of the multiple D6s?

    To complete the set and review, I have ordered an opaque purple set on Amazon.  Although the price on Amazon is $1 more than EasyRollerDice.com’s website, the shipping is cheaper there (especially if you’re a Prime member).  If you spend $50 on EasyRollerDice’s website, the shipping is free in the USA.  They also have a 20% off coupon code (whoohoo) at the time of this review. 

    Easy Roller Purple Translucent Dice

    This review is based on the Purple Translucent 10 Piece Dice Set. This set includes a velvet carrying pouch ($5.95 value) that can hold up to twenty-one dice. This ten dice set includes:

    1 D4

    4 D6s

    1 D8

    2 D10s (One with single digits and one in 10s)

    1 D12

    1 D20

    Along with this set of dice, we also received the seven-piece purple dawn dice set and the Wyvern reversible large dice bag. The large bag is high quality and made with microfiber and velvet. It can carry more than two-hundred dice, no matter what brand they are! Since I don’t want to compare the Easy Roller Dice against each other, I’m going to use my son’s seven-piece teal translucent Chessex dice set.

    Easy Roller Purple Translucent Dice

    Chessex has been around longer than Easy Roller Dice and they have an impressive catalog of low-cost dice out there. Their dice are cheaper than Easy Roller’s, but I like the carrying pouch over the plastic box.  Both sets use white paint which makes reading the numbers easy.  The paint jobs are about the same between the two and I saw some minor flaws in both sets.   The Easy Roller dice are slightly bigger in size (16mm to be exact) and felt heavier in my hands. Unfortunately, my food scale isn’t sensitive enough to detect a weight difference between them. 

    There are some differences between the two Easy Roller Dice sets we received.  The purple dawn set has the D4 score number on the top like the Chessex, but this translucent set (and my replacement opaque) have the score number on the bottom.  The Chessex D4 uses a bigger font and is easier to read overall.  The opposite is true on the double digit D10 where the Easy Roller Dice puts the numbers at a different angle and uses a bigger font.  It’s a tie here since I prefer the Chessex style D4 and the Easy Roller’s D10.  

    The Chessex dice set comes in a plastic carrying case that arrived cracked on the top. The dice themselves have a couple of scratches out of the box as well. Easy Roller Dice hand inspects their products to make sure they are defect free. They stand behind their products with a thirty-day money back guarantee and will replace any damaged dice at no cost to the buyer. I doubt this includes bad rolls in tabletop games though.

    In the end, I prefer the Easy Roller Dice over the Chessex Ones. They feel better, have given me some good rolls, and the carrying pouch is really nice. I'd rather have a velvet pouch in my pocket than a rectangular plastic carrying case. The price difference is only a couple of dollars and is well worth it in my opinion.


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