A couple of a weeks ago, while hanging out on Twitter, I saw a tweet from one @GeekyLyndsay, the owner and operator of Dragon Chow. She wanted to know if any bloggers out there wanted to review her new Tall Pencil Strap Dice Bag. I thought back to the raft of stuff that I brought back from GenCon and realized that one of the items I’ve not reviewed yet was the set of Steampunk Dice that I got from Q-Workshop. Inspiration struck and I immediately let Lyndsay know that I would love to review her dice bag, as I had new dice with which to test it. A week or so later, I got the dice bag and I had a chance this past Friday to put it through its paces. As well, I gave the Steampunk dice a workout. My thoughts on both are below.
The Dice Bag
The dice bag arrived in a padded envelope and included a business card for Dragon Chow and a lovely hand-written note from Lyndsay. With apologies to the note-writer, I had disposed of the packing materials before I had time to take my pictures. I’ll admit that, when I looked at it, it looked a little small to me. As you will see, my worries about its size were grossly misplaced.
Two of the selling points of this bag are its ability to stand flat on the table and the pencil strap that you find inside. Both of those features are welcome in a dice bag and are featured in the next two images.
Having the bag be able to stand flat makes it a lot easier to manage at the game table. It’s one of those things that I hadn’t considered prior to using this bag, but your traditional, Crown Royal-style bag has a tendency to shift and let the dice fall out. As well, it’s nice to have a place to store your pencils, aside from a random pocket in your gaming bag. I like to keep my game materials organized, so this was a nice addition.
Now, the question is, can it hold everything I use to kill my players?
I said above that I thought the bag might not be able to hold everything I use on a regular basis. Let’s see how it worked out.
It all fit, with no problem. Did it make the bag unwieldy?
Turns out my testing of the bag only put a moderate amount of stress on it. If I wanted to, I might even be able to put all of the dice I own into it. That amount of dice is excessive to take to a given game, so for my purposes, this bag has plenty of room. Now, what about some of the dice I put in there?
The dice came in a nice package which showed them off well so the buyer could see what they were getting before purchase. Since I’m apparently bad at this and threw away the packaging, let me just show you the dice.
The dice are made of a nice, solid plastic and the designs you see are all etched into the dice, so there’s no worry about the paint wearing off. As you can see on the d20, the 20 has been replaced by a symbol indicative of the set. There are other colors of dice in this same style, so if the combos don’t look good to you, there are other options. As I’ve seen with Q-Workshop dice before, the quality of craftsmanship and design is very, very high, but you mileage may vary when it comes to your ability to read the dice quickly. As I looked the dice over, all of them seemed to be pretty legible in this set. The only ones that I would be worried about are the d4 and the d20, as they require much smaller numbers in order to fit the salient data on the faces of the dice.
Both of these products are pretty spiffy. The dice bag is tall, spacious, sits flat very nicely and has a great place to store pencils. The dice are well made, are full of style and look great, although some of the numbers might be difficult to read quickly. I like both of these products very much. They are a little pricey, but not enough to detract greatly from their overall scores.
Tall Pencil Strap Dice Bag ($16.50 + shipping): 4.5 out of 5 stars
Q-Workshop Steampunk Dice ($16 + shipping): 4 out of 5 stars
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