Dice Delve: Chessex Pound-O-Dice
Still, these bulk buys are not without their charm, especially when you have a company like Chessex, who are known for their awesome speckled dice, offering a big-ass bag of them for a relatively low price. Sounds great, right?
|from the front|
|from the back|
Let’s break this product down and see if it’s worth buying. Specifically, I'm going to see how many sets of dice I can make out of this pound-o-dice. They don't have to match (how could they, really?) so we are just looking for usable random number generators.
There were 97 loose dice in the bag, along with the unique Speckled polyhedral set, bringing the total up to 104 dice. Over a hundred? Check! Here was the breakdown:
|As a group, this is a nice looking bunch of dice.|
|Dear God, what am I looking at? Seriously.|
The worst of all was the Mystery Speckled set. Look at that pink on pink monstrosity. LOOK AT IT! I chose the d20 only so as not to expose you to the horror all at once. I can’t even take it all in. It's making my eyes explode, on the inside, just a little bit. I feel as if I am being punished by an indifferent and alien god.
|These are some attractive colors. Also, complete random|
one-off colors. No way of getting a full set.
|While charmingly ugly, at least these d20s are the|
same material as the regular Chessex opaque dice.
Recommendation: while I didn’t like the Gemini dice and most of the speckled combinations in my Pound-o-Dice, I realize that many collectors would, in fact, like them, for exactly the same reasons that I don't. Unless you agree with me. And then you won’t. If you just need bulk dice to bolster your collection, this is a cheap way to get some classy shabby-chic dice. Treated as unicorns, these interesting Speckled dice are great for adding flair to your dice horde or giving away to friends to start them in dice collecting (you filthy enabler, you). But if you’re looking for a bunch of matching Speckled dice colors, here’s what I would suggest you do instead:
You can purchase bags of 50 Speckled
dice in every style from D4 to D20. It WILL cost you way more, but the thing is
this: those dice are made up of existing and current speckled dice stock, so they
will (A) match sets you already have, and/or (B) bolster sets you already have
by adding affordable multiples. And get this: on the label, it tells you what
colors are included and how many of each color! These bags cost $25-$30 bucks
or more, per polyhedral, but again, it’s centered on dice in the current
styles. That way, you’re sure to get more of what you can really use.
|These few translucent dice |
made it into the bag.
|These two-color fake-metallic dice made me angry. I wanted|
them to not actually exist. And yet, they thwarted me. If
I could punch these dice, I totally would.
|AIEEEEEE! IT BURNS! MAKE IT STOP!|