Last March, the table-top gaming world was pleased to learn that Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine were teaming up to release a new line of accessories for the Dungeons and Dragons game. I’ve used Gale Force Nine products in the past, particularly during my miniature painting and kit-bashing phase. I’ve always found the quality of their tools be great and I was eager when I recently found the Cleric Token Set at my friendly local gaming store.
The set comes minimal packaged, and you can get a good idea of the quality of the tokens by looking at them. The tokens are felt backed, with about 1/16th inch of plastic on top. The tokens have a sturdy feel to them, something I’ve come to expect of Gale Force Nine. The majority of the tokens are non-specific and can be used to represent effects of various cleric powers. Most, but not all, form fit to the curved edge of WotC D&D miniatures and the felt backing works pretty well with a vinyl battlemap. A variety of status effect tokens are included as well. The included torch token finally puts to rest the worry of who is holding the light source!
The item I found the most use for was the character status tile. Often I use my iPad for my character sheets, and the tile worked well in conjunction. It let me track of the most common game play changes with ease while keeping the other players informed as to my status. I found it works perfectly with the wet erase markers used on vinyl maps.
There are a few things I didn’t like about the set. It was upsetting that with all the quality put into the tokens, no one thought to include a quality bag. Additionally, the mount token was an odd inclusion. I’m not unhappy to have it, but I’m more likely to find a use for it as a GM than as a player. Another complaint is that the bloodied token doesn’t form fit to the miniatures. This led to me trying to figure out how to use it. Ultimately, I just ignored it and didn’t use it. Lastly, the clear cleric standup is a complete waste. WotC has a comprehensive line of miniatures, including plenty of great cleric minis. This clear, 2D representation is a useless and it would have been better instead to have a combat advantage token.
All things considered, the $12.99 priced set is a good buy. The quality in the materials is a big selling point, and the tokens are generic enough to be used when you play other classes. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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