Dice Delve: Chessex Marbelized Ivory Polyhedral Set
Chessex, like other dice sellers, also buys dice to resale from other dice makers--presumably not the same people who make their Speckled dice for them, but you never know, because it's kind of a trade secret. Speaking only for myself, as soon as you move away from Urea as a manufacturing component, it becomes a lot easier to see the flaws in a dice color or a plastic combination. This is not always a good thing, especially if you're the kind of person who has opinions about stuff. What am I talking about? Read on and see for yourself.
This should have been a slam dunk, because this is just the kind of vanilla, boring dice I profess to enjoy. However, the photos of the product make it seem way more attractive than the actual physical product.
The Good: I got nothing, here. Really. I wanted to like these dice. My favorite opaque color is the Ivory set. It’s got a kind of worn and warm tone to it that feels like there’s a story behind the dice themselves. They look dirty to me, and that’s in a good way. But these marbleized ivory are made to simulate the polished stone, like what you’d find in Donald Trump’s bathroom. And that leads me to the word I have been searching for: Tacky.
The Bad: These dice are made—obviously, from the looks of it—by combining two different plastics with two slightly different weights and viscosity levels. They are then slush-mixed to create a swirled effect that runs like veins through the opaque plastic, and then presumably inked and tumbled to polish. Only, the plastic they used feels cheap, rubbery, and slick. I can’t quite explain the tactile sensation of these dice, but they don’t feel like they are done. They need to cook some more.
|This whole color scheme|
looks like a mixing error
at the factory.
|If you like cream-based|
alcoholic drinks, ignore
everything I have said
and buy a set of these
The Ugly: Make that "The Tacky." These dice look and feel tacky. I have mentioned before that I am not a fan of marbleized dice because they always feel and look kinda cheap. It’s the plastic they use. It’s just not my style. But I thought these would really be different. They certainly are not worth the price of admission. I won’t buy another set in this line, for any reason.
Recommendation: I can’t speak to the other colors, and maybe they were awesome, but I suspect this half-metallic, half-opaque swirl was a feature and not a bug. Also, you may not be put off by the feel and heft of these dice, like I was. But either way, before you buy them, make an effort to see them in person. The Internet is usually a liar anyway, but in this case, you really cannot trust the photos of these dice unless you see them in meat-space for yourself.