Some nice dice up for grabs (giveaway)

Spotted this giveaway for some extremely pretty dice thought I would share it:

http://www.elderdice.com/giveaway?kid=18XNVC

Also, I don't know if anyone else does this but sometimes games come with very plain dice: I'm looking at you #War of the Ring (Second Edition) (the action dice are gorgeous which only goes to make the battle dice look duller in comparison) and #Eldritch Horror. I often quite like to replace them with fancier dice, as they are often one of the things you interact with most in a game. Does anyone else do this?

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Supporter6 months ago

I've been so tempted to buy some super fancy dice for this reason. Though usually the alternate material ones are just the rpg set of 7 which isn't enough for a game with lots of dice.

6 months ago

I got lucky and picked up a boat-load of translucent dice in various colours cheap on eBay which included a tonne of d6's. But I agree, it can be tricky to find a matching set that isn't just DnD related.

Supporter6 months ago

I'm also looking for a dice tray thing, if anyone has recommendations. 

6 months ago

Are you looking for a collapsible/transportable one or a more substantial one for when you host?

Supporter6 months ago

Collapsible

Supporter6 months ago

I might give the Lotr one a try. Want something with a cool design like that. Ty!

6 months ago

You are so welcome, enjoy!

6 months ago

thanks for the tip. :)

6 months ago

Now that I think about it, I have very few games featuring dice, and the ones I have are custom ones. #King of Tokyo has awesome dice, as does #Wingspan. We have #Munchkin and #Farkle, but I'm not about to upgrade those, lol. #Horrified also features custom dice. I should get another game with dice, lol.

6 months ago

They got the dice for #King of Tokyo just right, so satisfying to roll, matched the theme so well! 

6 months ago

Yeah I love the huge dice! My favorite dice on a game I've seen are in #Sentient

6 months ago

Have not come across it before, will check it out!

I always used to be of the opinion that components and visuals were entirely unimportant and that mechanics were all that mattered. However the last few years I have really started to appreciate what components can add to an experience and enhance the fun-factor of a game. Of course, fancy components cannot hide a bad game, but can give a good game that something extra that makes me pull it off the shelf more often.

Supporter6 months ago

Just curious, but was there a particular game that "opened your eyes" on how important that can be? Personally, I experience that quite often with Stonemaier Games and they're usually my point of comparison when I come across a game that's really lacking in that area.

6 months ago

Hmmm, great question! I remember really appreciating the meeples that could hold stuff in #Tiny Epic Quest, and even though the game wasn't mind-blowing the act of physically equipping your meeples was so satisfying (as well as actually serving as a really convent way to track who had what). That is one that leaps to mind.

I also think the artwork of Odin's Ravens is so gorgeous that even though it is a pretty uninspiring game I still pull it off the shelf to play (and keep it on the shelf to begin with)

On the other end, something like #War of the Ring (Second Edition) which I think is a marvelous game: pushing a massive army of actual physical units into a new territory gives so much more heft and tension to the action than cubes or especially tokens might give. And when you are the poor free people's player with your 3 dudes there is a real sense of 'oh crap'. It really elevates that aspect of the game. 

Supporter6 months ago

Great examples. When I first saw pictures of Tiny Epic Quest on instagram or facebook, I really thought the owner had glued on the equipment just for the photoshoot haha. I saw later that the meeples have holes in them, but I agree, those seem very fun to play with.

I really like that aspect of #Root for that compact war scene, where you can immediately see the board state and feel the tension from all of the units that are present from different factions.

6 months ago

I have been wanting to play root for ages! The little forest meeples look wonderful, and I am a big fan of asymmetry. Plus the idea of getting mobbed by angry mice just tickles me. 

I think some of the later Tiny Epic's use the same mechanic (I only have the one) so if there's one that appeals for the broader game I would recommend the meeple aspect all day long. However, in no way would be a sole reason to get one. 

6 months ago

Also, another early moment was playing #Agricola for the first time. Again, a solid game, but the meeple animals and resources so matched the theme and helped immerse me into the role of farmer that I feel wouldn't have been the same with tokens or even cubes.

Supporter6 months ago

I showed my wife a picture of the original edition with those tokens/cubes on the board and she just wondered why they would do that haha. I'm so glad I got the revised edition (coming my way real soon!)

6 months ago

Can't beat a good flock of tiny wooden sheep!

6 months ago

Exactly! They can't save a game, but they can convince you to try it the first time, and make the experience more enjoyable each time you play!

6 months ago

Exactly! Also, not going to lie, having nice components to fiddle with as you think is a bonus for me!

6 months ago

Haha, I don't blame you!

Supporter6 months ago

I’ve never replaced dice! Thought hasn’t really ever crossed my mind, to be honest. Makes sense though. 

6 months ago

It really started for me with WotR, everything else in the box is so nice, it just seemed like a shame, and I happened to have a bunch of slightly more exciting dice that I'd bought cheap on eBay. 

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