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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

The 3D Geekery has some amazingly cool items that every Dice Master should check out and this review article is going to give you a brief look at some of those items. You can see my review video on YouTube, here.

Note – I mentioned in the video that I couldn’t find the prices for the items, but it turns out that I’m not very good at using Facebook and totally missed the prices. I’ve noted the prices in this article.

Dice Storage

The 3D Geekery has a few different sizes for their storage cases and they’re working on even more! The one pictured above will hold 32 character dice, which is two Team Packs or two Starters worth of character dice. This storage unit is perfect for holding each Team Pack or Starter separately. The dice fit comfortably in each lane and are held in by a gate that slides and snaps in place. The gates are not easily shaken lose or jarred lose, which prevents accidental spilling of dice if the unit is dropped. If a gate should ever slide open, it will only affect that one lane of dice, unlike a tackle box or bead box which spills all of its contents if it were to accidentally open.

They can customize the units with lettering on the sides, making it very easy to label each set, Team Pack, and Starter in its own unit. The colors can be customized as well, so you can color code your sets or color code by IP.

This storage unit passed all of my durability tests, which is a major bonus. Tackle boxes and bead boxes do not pass my durability tests.

Here are the links to the different albums:

Small Storage Units ($5.00)
Large Storage Units ($10.00)

Card Shields

I mistakenly called these ‘plates’ in the video. Here is a direct link to the album for their Card Shields. You can get a set of two for $3.00 which is really awesome! These are the ones that I featured in the video.

Blank Tiles

I really love the Card Shields! They are a must have for players that play in the more competitive scenes because DWiz and Shriek are such highly used cards. These are totally worth the price and you can customize the colors and lettering as well.

Tokens

They also make a variety of tokens that are generated by certain card abilities. They’ve already made Squirrels, Plants, and Stun Tokens! They are priced at $2.50 per set and each set has four tokens. Here is a link to the album, here. I featured Squirrel Tokens and Stun Tokens in the video.

Squirrels

The Squirrels are super cute and look like chocolate! Don’t eat them! You can change the color of the Squirrels if you don’t like chocolate. But who doesn’t like chocolate?

Squirrel

Stun Tokens look so much cuter than a regular six sided die or glass beads. Their Stun Tokens are very thematic and can be made in any color. I absolutely adore my pink Stun Tokens!

Colors!

The 3D Geekery has a wide range of colors and they add new ones periodically. You can see an album with all their available colors, here.

Final Thoughts

My friends at The 3D Geekery have done such an amazing job with their products and they’re very affordable as well! The storage units are so amazing and I must have more! I plan to order a set of the plant tokens for Poison Ivy and would love to see what they come up with for the Experience tokens that they’re working on. There is a Drizzt card that produces a Guenhwyvar token that I’d love to have a token for too.

All of my locals thought the items were amazing, cute, and very useful. Functional accessories are always the best and everything they’ve produced so far is functional and cute too!

The 3D Geekery has made accessories that can help every Dice Master out there and also kept those accessories affordable! On a scale of one to ten, one being “don’t bother with it” and ten being “Must have!”, all of their Dice Masters accessories get a ten from me!

If you missed the link above, here it is again: The 3D Geekery. Go check them out!

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Greetings Fellow Dice and Clix Fans!

 

A friend of mine that plays Dice Masters decided he would try his crafty hands as making dice trays. While I’m more of a tower person, I’m totally not opposed to using a dice tray for the other various games I play, like HeroClix and Dragoborne. Dice trays are super convenient and very mobile, where towers need assembly or careful transport.

I can honestly say that I was impressed with the quality and speed of his work. He uses various types of wood and can stain or paint the dice trays to suit. He stained the one for me and then coated it with a beeswax finish. Oh my goodness! It’s so soft, I almost want to cuddle it like a stuffed toy! I would most certainly recommend staining as opposed to painting because it looks so natural and it’s just gorgeous!

 

 

Details

These are the details on the dice tray you see in the pictures. Measurements are not going to be exact as this is handmade and not mass produced, so each dice tray will be slightly different. The measurements will all be very close though.

Dimensions (Inches):
Outside Wall – 6 3/4′ x 6 1/8′
Floor (Inside Wall) – 5 1/2′ x 6′
Outside Height – 1 1/2′
Inside Height – 1′

I took some pictures for size references. That is a Skyscraper Wonder Woman HeroClix figure that’s standing in the tray. These trays would make for a great HeroClix box to transport your pieces between matches, and also roll your dice in!

 

 

Stain Color: Cabernet

Finish: Beeswax

Floor Cover: Bare

Price:
For a dice tray identical to this one (stains can possibly be interchanged), he charges around $20 not including shipping. Shipping prices will likely vary, so be sure to check with him on the shipping.

If you want a dice tray that’s sanded and ready to be stained or painted, he charges around $15 not including shipping. Now, that’s just a bare bones tray – no paint, no stain, no finish – just assembled and sanded. It’s stain and paint ready though, so if you want to get crafty on your tray, you can!

Additions

Normally, the sound of dice rolling on wood can be loud and distracting, but this dice tray has a nice, soft sound to it. I still wanted to add felt to the floor for that additional sound buffer, and also to help that gorgeous stain color stand out. I grabbed a few sample colors to see which one I would prefer:

 

 

I couldn’t possibly decide between them so I made three floor covers that I can change out. I actually like all three colors equally. They all have their own charm about them. And the felt fits so well because of the size of the tray, that I don’t have to glue it. It doesn’t move or buckle when the dice roll across it.

 

 

Craig also told me that he can do wood burning as well, so he can burn designs into the sides of the tray or into the floor of the tray and seal it. Anything extra that he does will increase the price of the tray.

Contact Info and Ordering

Craig just recently created a Facebook page so that players from across the country can get in touch with him to place an order or ask him about making a custom piece. You can find it listed under Daten’s Game Supplies.

If you want a dice tray with different dimensions or a completely different custom item, you will have to discuss the pricing with Craig.

Final Thoughts

Even though I prefer towers to trays, I have discovered that I actually can use a tray like this in a variety of games. This tray made for a great HeroClix team tray to carry my team around between matches and as a dice tray to roll my dice in during the matches. I even plan to use it when I play Dragoborne, to roll my three tiny dice in. I can roll them, then set the tray to the side until I’m ready to assign the dice. This tray will definitely come in handy! Mr. DDK is absolutely tickled with it. He told me that he was feeling a little accessory neglected because I had a tower and he didn’t, but he’s totally a tray person so everything works out! He used the tray and put it over his Reserve Pool while he was playing and it kept everything neat and tidy.

One of the things I love most about this accessory is that it’s all hand crafted and all the materials are local materials. He uses beeswax from a local beekeeper and he uses mostly aged and reclaimed wood. He is very good at his work and he aims to please his customers!

If you would like to see it in action, check out these two videos from our Saturday Dice Masters featured matches, Round Two and Round Three.

What do you think of the Dice Tray?
Are you a Tray or Tower person?

Do you have a unique accessory or an accessory you adore?
Leave me a comment here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty!

As always, thank you for reading and watching. I wouldn’t be doing this without all of you out there that are reading my articles and watching my videos. You’re all awesome!

Roll on Dice Masters!
Clix, may your crits never be misses and your probs never wasted!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I hope that you found my site because of Dice Masters, HeroClix, board games, or just superheroes in general! While I like a variety of different games, my main love is Dice Masters and I’m here to help other players grow. I’m not an expert and I’m not affiliated with WizKids, but I like to think that I have enough knowledge that I can do some good.

First, I want to be sure that all of you potential Dice Masters out there have links to various resources, official and unofficial. As my HeroClix followers grow, I’ll add another section for HeroClix links!

Official Links

Dice Masters Rules Forum
I use the Wizkids Forums to find rulings or at least a base for rulings. That’s one of the most important sites out there!
Wizkids Official Rules Forum (WORF) Home
This is the Forum Home Index. They have the rules forums for all their games here.
Wizkids Info Network
The Wizkids Info Network is where you need to sign up so that you can play in events at your friendly local gaming store (FLGS) and find tons of other info.
Wizkids Home
This is Wizkids’ home page. If you don’t know already, they make Dice Masters.
WizKids Keywords Page
This is an official comprehensive list of all the Keywords in Dice Masters.
WizKids YouTube
For all of their official videos – check out their YouTube!

Community Links

There are so many sites out there for Dice Masters, and I’m honored you’re looking at mine! There is just too much information out there to be shared and I want to share a few of my favorite sites (in no particular order). If you think your site should be on here, or you know of another site that’s not here and should be, let me know!

True Mister Six Blog
A fellow blogger and long time blogging buddy! I’ve been blessed to have such an awesome friend as my one of my earliest (and I think my first) follower!
The Reserve Pool
TRP has several different podcasts and is a wonderful resource site for any player.
Double Burst Website and Facebook
This is a great resource for new players and veterans alike! I’ve enjoyed their podcast and recommend it for any Dice Master out there.
Dice Masters Reddit
This is a forum where you can trade and discuss everything Dice Masters!
DM Retrobox
This site is great for team building and researching cards.
Pro Dice Circuit
This is an unofficial tournament group – first to implement a rotation in Dice Masters as well as localized competitive draft events.
DM Armada YouTube
You can find all kinds of videos on this site, from unboxings to gameplay strategies. Definitely worth checking out.
The Dice Tower with Tom Vasel
The Dice Tower covers all kinds of games, not just Dice Masters. Tom Vasel is the dude that covers all the Dice Masters reviews and I’ve seen much of his other work – he’s an inspiration when it comes to the video part of my work! Be sure to give their channel a peek.

Dice Dice Kitty Links

Dice Masters Dyersburg
This is a link to the group for my FLGS. If you’re in the area, stop on in for a few games!
Dice Dice Kitty Facebook
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Facebook page!
Dice Dice Kitty Instagram
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Instagram!
Dice Dice Kitty Twitter
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Twitter!
Dice Dice Kitty YouTube Channel
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty YouTube Channel!

Sellers of Nifty Accessories

These are folks that I have ordered accessories from and have reviews up for their products.

The 3D Geekery
They have a lots of 3D printed goodies for Dice Masters and Board Games too! They even do custom orders that are non-game related. Check them out! Their Dice Masters storage units are amazing! You can also type in the3dgeekery.com and it will take you straight to their Facebook page.
Litko Game Accessories
Dice towers and tokens galore!
Turn One Gaming Supplies
Seller of awesome sleeves and if you want a Roll Master Mat, they have them.
PlaymatMasters on Etsy
Want an awesome custom playmat design? Check this dude out!
Inked Gaming
Have a playmat design but need it printed? This is who I use.

About Me and My Blog

The first time I ever did an ‘article’ was on July 18, 2015 in our local Dice Masters group on Facebook about Captain Cold: Leonard Wynters. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Facebook wasn’t the best place for publishing articles. I dug up an old WordPress site I’d started and hadn’t done anything with and began transferring my previous articles. My Dice Dice Kitty persona was born at that moment on November 8, 2015 and has spread to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

My blog is primarily about Dice Masters, but I’ve grown it to include HeroClix, Board Games, and other various superhero related material. I’m also a huge fan of My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so you’ll see I use lots of screen shots from those IPs for article pictures and other various things. If I go to a convention and take cosplay pictures, you’ll likely see them in the sidebar from Instagram or Twitter.

I try to focus my articles and videos on reviews, unboxings, rules help, strategies, and accessory ideas but I’m always open to suggestions! I am always looking for Confusing Card of the Week suggestions, so don’t be shy – drop me a line! I know some folks are worried that they’ll be made fun of or laughed at because they don’t understand how something works. I do not promote those elitist type attitudes and I do not tolerate others that make those types of remarks. This is a safe place to ask sincere questions. We’re all here to learn and we’re all on different levels of understanding in regards to how things work in Dice Masters. I want to help each player elevate their understanding of the game in any way that I can.

I hope folks find my reviews helpful and informational. When it comes to my reviews, I do not play favorites with companies and I always give my honest opinion. My opinion is not fact, of course, but it is at least another perspective to take into consideration when it comes to products that folks want to spend their hard earned money on. I encourage everyone to seek out multiple reviews for a product so that they have as much information and perspective as possible!

Basic Rules

I keep my private life out of my blog, so you won’t see articles about politics or religion. This is not the place for it, so I do not condone any political or religious related content – regardless of any good intentions.

I do not approve of anything obscene, vulgar, or offensive being posted in comments on any of the sites I host from.

I don’t like folks being mean to each other. There is enough cruelty in the world and I don’t want it on any of my content. Please, express your negativity in a more constructive way and don’t direct it at anyone.

Please, do not spread rumors about other players or WizKids. Even if you have proof of a player being less than honorable, I am not the person to speak to. I do not ‘call out‘ folks on any of my social media outlets. I also do not allow players to bash WizKids on my outlets. We all get frustrated, but being rude doesn’t get anything accomplished.

Contacting Me

While I have folks from the community on my private Facebook page, I do not share my private social media pages with everyone. I have a Facebook page (Kitty Masters) that I use to share my content on Facebook. If you message Kitty Masters, you will not get a response. You can contact me through email at dicedicekitty@gmail.com or on my official blog Facebook page, here.

Closing

I hope that you find at least one thing you enjoy or that is of interest to you in my content. I’m so thankful that you visited my site and I appreciate all the likes, followers, and subscribers for taking that extra step and hitting those buttons. The bigger my sites get, the better variety of content I can provide!

If you’re looking for my old rating system, you can find it in my original intro article, here. I have retired that rating system and now do an Opinion and Strategy section instead.

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

About a month or so ago, as Mr. DDK and I were strolling around Wal-Mart, we happened upon some tiny boxes. They were cute, compact, and appeared to be the right size for cards and dice. I picked one up and instantly knew it would hold a full team of cards and dice. Mr. DDK was unsure, but when you’ve worked in a gaming store as long as I have, you just know these things. We decided to buy one and test it out. There were lots of colors and I wanted them all, but I wanted take one home and give it a good test run.

03 Open View

The handles snap over the extended part of the lid and all the boxes I have snap fairly tightly. I wouldn’t suggest throwing a loaded box as it would likely come open and spill everywhere, but dropping it on a table probably won’t cause a spill.

01 Stack View

Colors (top to bottom): Purple, Berry, Blue, Mint, and Clear.

Team Box

We arrived home and I loaded up my current team’s cards and dice into the tiny box and snapped the lid into place. It was glorious. Not only did all ten cards and action reminder cards fit, so did all twenty character dice, eight Sidekicks, six Basic Action dice, an extra D6, and my pony life tracker. I went back to Wal-Mart and bought the remaining colors.

04 Contents

Here is the team box and its future contents.

05 Cards

Sleeved cards fit nicely in the box.

06 Side Card View

Sleeved cards will take up a little more space than unsleeved cards.

07 Dice

After the cards, the dice go in! And so does my Rarity life tracker.

08 Lid

The lid fits perfectly, even with dice forming a second layer.

09 Side View

Side view of the sealed team box.

10 Demo Team

These make great demo team boxes. Each team fits perfect into one box.

11 Stacked

They stack perfectly too.

12 Box in Bag

Or you can slide your team box into your dice bag, if it’s big enough.

13 Box in Bag

Mine fits snug in my smaller bags.

I love these boxes for demo teams. I put together a Batman Family team and a Deadpool team as demo teams. Each box holds all the cards, dice, an extra D6, and the dice bag. And because they’re in such an awesome little compact box, I now have more space in my tackle box. I can also keep these boxes in my car with my spare playmats, so I always have demo teams on me without needing to tote my entire duffel bag everywhere. And since these boxes are clear, I can easily see what teams in the boxes without having to open them like I would a deck box, risking a spill.

There are plenty of uses for these adorable boxes. Stickers seem to take well to the smooth plastic too, which is great for someone who loves to sticker their boxes – like me!

FAQ

These are the questions that I’ve been getting from my locals. My locals absolutely love these boxes too!

What are the dimensions?
Roughly 3.5 x 4.75 x 1.5 inches.

Where can I find them?
I found all of mine at Wal-Mart. I’m not sure where else these can be found in person, but it appears that Amazon has them too. I found another site that also has these same boxes, called Classroom Direct.

How much are they?
Amazon is super overpriced and definitely don’t go through Wal-Mart’s online site either! I would only use them if it was a last resort! I got all of mine for $1 each at Wal-Mart. It looks like they are normally $1.23 when not on sale. Classroom Direct was the cheapest online site that I found for them.

What other colors are there?
There are the colors I found and I think there is a reddish-pink one and a green one out there in the wild somewhere.

Bar Codes

Box Barcodes
If you take the bar code to your local store, they can probably tell you if they have it in stock or if they can get it.

Final Thoughts

WizKids – this a great example of how you can package a Team Pack and get the max number of dice for each character in it. I know it works – I did it.

For anyone out there that carries around demo teams or extra loaner teams, I would highly recommend checking out these boxes. There are so many other uses outside of Dice Masters too, so if you find something you like better or just get tired of the boxes, you can easily find another use for them. And they’re so affordable, it won’t make you cringe if you do replace them later. I’ve definitely gotten my $1 worth of use out of all of them, likely ten times over already. Functional accessories are the best kind!

Rarity Accessory

There are even smaller boxes than these that I use to hold my HeroClix Relics. I’ve used it for almost a year now and it was only $0.88! I never knew there were boxes that would accommodate Dice Masters.

relic Box

This is my Relic Box for HeroClix. The figures are to help with size comparison.

I’ve got a brief video on my YouTube channel that shows just how easy these are to pack, unpack, and use. Be sure to check it out!

What do you think of the cute, tiny boxes?
Do you have a unique accessory or an accessory you adore?
Leave me a comment here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty!

As always, thank you for reading and watching. I wouldn’t be doing this without all of you out there that are reading my articles and watching my videos. You’re all awesome!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

I was recently browsing the Dice Masters Reddit when I came across an interesting post. It was someone asking folks what they wanted on a playmat, if they could have anything. I jumped on the opportunity to share my idea of the perfect Dice Masters playmat. The kind soul on the other side of the screen offered to create the design for my playmat – which made me super excited! When he was done, I couldn’t have been happier.

full-mat

Artwork

Mr. Glen put the images together on the playmat. He did everything he could to find the perfect images and edit things to make them exactly how I wanted them. He went out of his way to adjust his regular layout to match what I wanted, such as moving the life tracker, removing certain custom zones, and shuffling things around to how I wanted them. He has several designs available on his Etsy page (PlaymatMasters) for folks to order. Please be sure to check out his work, because he has this uncanny ability in choosing the most perfect images as well as a great editing sense – making him a unique and amazing talent.

If you want him to make a specific design with a certain character(s), you can message him with your request. He’ll be able to tell you if he’s taking on new design projects, pricing, and how long it’ll take to design if you’re wanting something that’s not currently offered in his Etsy store.

The communication between Mr. Glen and I was great. He was always polite, friendly, and open to discussion. I feel like I made a new friend in my dealings with Mr. Glen.

So if you like a design he currently has available or you want him to add a character design to his store, send him a message.

The pictures below have some closeups of the artwork that Mr. Glen put together. Click on any image to get a better look at it.

Inked Gaming

After Mr. Glen sent me the PDF file, I needed to send that file to a place that prints playmats. I had never used Inked Gaming before, but I have seen their playmats around my FLGS. I felt comfortable enough to send them the file and have them print my playmat.

Ordering and Pricing

There was a little confusion when I first tried to order my playmat. Inked’s website is mostly user friendly, but when you upload the PDF, you don’t get a preview of your playmat. That’s what had me confused, but I messaged Inked on Facebook and they promptly responded and assured me that I was using the site correctly. The pricing is $24.99 for a 14″ x 24″ custom playmat. The thickness is 1/16″ which is about the same as other playmats from companies like UltraPro.

Processing, Shipping, and Packaging

My order processed fairly quickly, I assume. I ordered my playmat on a Wednesday and it arrived that Saturday. I’m fairly certain that they processing didn’t take more than a day. I wasn’t given a notification in regards to when the order finished processing, which is fine with me. They did notify me when it shipped. Shipping for orders over $40 is free (in the US) through Inked. Since I only ordered the one playmat I had to pay shipping. Shipping was only $5.30, which isn’t bad for standard shipping on a package larger than an envelope. The playmat was shipped in a cardboard shipping tube with the ends taped thoroughly to prevent any potential damage or loss of item. I was very happy and impressed with the processing and shipping.

Playmat Quality

The quality of the playmat from Inked is about what you would expect. They’re very much like a playmat from UltrPro, which should hold up for a long time if treated well. I’m not disappointed in their quality for the price. Most playmats with artwork are priced around $19.99 – $29.99, or $6.99 – $9.99 for plain colored mats. For a custom mat, $24.99 seems more than reasonable. If you add in the shipping charge, I paid just over $30 for my playmat from Inked.

As a side note, many folks prefer a mat that can be washed. Inked sent me a response in regards to washing and drying their mats and mousepads.

Thanks to the dye sublimation process, our playmats and mouse pads are machine washable. Use the delicate cycle (or handwash) with a typical laundry soap. (DO NOT Bleach) Lay flat to dry.

Final Thoughts

I will be adding Mr. Glen’s Etsy store to my list of nifty sellers, as well as a link to Inked Gaming.

My Turn One Gaming playmat is officially retiring – or moving over to Mr. DDK’s side of the table. I loved that mat so much, but my new custom MLP mat is definitely the best mat. There are many reasons beyond the obvious that make this mat the best. Mr. Glen added the Pinkie and Rarity cupcakes in the Basic Action areas just to fancy it up. It was a happy accident that they are pink and purple, and that he put them on the same sides that I use my pink and purple Basic Action indicators on. I wanted Pinkie and Rarity’s cutie marks as my life tracker. I love the clouds as the card spaces because they give the illusion that my cards are floating on puffy cloud pillows. I wanted Luna’s cutie mark somewhere on the mat, and he found a great place to put it – right where the cards go! It’s like Luna is protecting each card. Mr. Glen added a cute detail that made me giggle by calling the Field Zone, Equestria. He wanted to fancy the background up, and what works better than confetti and stars!

I chose each pony to go in each area for specific reasons. I chose Sombra to represent the Attack Zone because no matter how hard he fights who he is, he can’t change it. He will always be the evil king that everypony sees, regardless of how he actually feels. His quote in the speech bubble says, “You want to fight monsters, little pony? I’ll give you monsters.” I chose Nightmare Moon for the Used Pile because she was used by the Nightmare Forces to do hateful and evil things. They amplified the resentment buried inside Princess Luna and made her into a monster. She was able to come back from that with the help of Twilight Sparkle and her friends, which is why I chose Luna for the Field Zone. She came back from the corruption and stands by her new friends and family to protect Equestria from any evil or hatred that would try to invade. Her speech bubble says, “Together we will defeat the Nightmare Energy and it will never hurt anypony ever again.” Of the mane six, my two favorites are Rarity and Pinkie Pie. I wanted Rarity in my Prep Area because of how hard she works to prepare gifts for her friends throughout the show. She’s also the representative of the Element of Generosity. I feel like rolling extra dice from my Prep Area is a generous gesture of the game mechanics. If you know anything about MLP, you know that Rarity can be a drama queen at times – which is why Mr. Glen added her drama chaise just above the Prep Area as a little ‘KO’ reminder. I love it so much – it’s so perfect! I saved Pinkie Pie for last. I wanted her in the Reserve Pool because she has an endless reserve of happiness, friendship, and joy. She is a very special pony to me.

Pinkie Pie – She’s the favorite pony of my dear friend, Colt. Colt passed away in August of 2016. He was a young, up and coming teacher, and a very good friend of Mr. DDK and myself. He was highly intelligent and was a quiet fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. And his name really was Colt. We even joked about his name being Colt and him being a fan of a cartoon about ponies. He asked me to keep it between the two of us that he was a fan, but he had eventually told others before he passed. I know he wouldn’t mind me telling folks about him now. If not for Colt, I would have never given MLP: FiM a chance. He convinced me to give the show a chance, and I did. I shared many of my memories with Mr. Glen as he was making my playmat and I don’t mind sharing a few.

I was down in the dumps one day, while watching over my FLGS, and Colt had stopped in for a visit. He told me, “One can not be sad while listening to Pinkie singing about smiles.” I hadn’t seen the newest episode yet, so he pulled it up on iTunes and I watched one of my soon to be favorite episodes, “A Friend in Deed”. That episode is basically me – I want to be friends with everyone and it makes me sad when folks don’t like me. One of my favorite MLP songs is also in that episode, Smile Song. That song makes me feel better when I’m having a bad day, so Colt’s logic has held true – even today. Colt and I both had tiny Pinkie Pie figures from the mystery bags and we carried them around in our pockets for the longest time. Whenever we saw each other, we would each pat our own pocket and smile at each other. Folks come and go in our lives. The memories are sometimes all we have left. Colt will be missed very much by all of his friends and family, but I will always have Pinkie to remind me of the best memories of my friend. His love of Pinkie lives on through me. Friendship truly is magic – don’t let anyone tell you different!

Thank you, Mr. Glen, for such a special playmat.

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I recently received the fantastic birthday gift of a personalized acrylic dice tower by Litko Game Accessories, from Mr. DDK. They make all kinds of different accessories for many different games. They have accessories for just about any kind of game from RPG’s and board games to ‘Space Fighter’ games like Star Trek: Attack Wing and Star Wars X-Wing. You can find almost any type of enhanced accessory that you want on their site.

Ordering and Pricing

The ordering process was not complicated and the customer service was fantastic. I emailed Litko about a custom dice tower since there wasn’t an option on their website for it, and I was promptly emailed by a gentleman by the name of James H. James was very polite and professional and made every effort to be sure I was happy with how my product was going to look. It was a very positive ordering experience with.

The price was not what I was expecting. It was only a little more than their standard pricing. The towers are very affordable and not that expensive to have customized. The amount for the tower, customization, and shipping was under $30 in total.

Processing, Shipping, and Packaging

The processing for their custom orders is a minimum of two weeks. I placed my order on December 15, 2016 and it arrived on January 9, 2017. That seems very reasonable to me, considering I placed my order so close to the holidays. I was expecting it to take at least another week, so I was not disappointed with the processing of my order.

They shipped my order on January 5 and it arrived on January 9, which is a total of three business days. The shipping time was appropriate and what I expected. They provided a tracking number as well, which is always appreciated!

My tower pieces were banded together with a rubber band and then placed in a large plastic bag. The bag was placed in a shallow box with lots of packing peanuts for company. The tower was secure and safe and didn’t have much room for any internal shipping damage to potentially happen. They wanted to make sure my order arrived safely, and it showed.

The Tower

I’ve had acrylic towers in the past, but they always felt brittle and I was afraid I was going to break them. They were also really loud as the dice tumbled through them. The towers from Litko do not have that brittle feel to the acrylic. The pieces feel sturdy and I don’t feel like I may break it while assembling it.

The assembly is just like any dice tower and I have the diagram that Litko emailed me pictured below. Assembly is not overly complicated; you just need to pay attention to which piece is which before beginning to assemble it.

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After I assembled the tower, I tried to pick it up by the front and back pieces – not a good idea. The tower will fall to pieces, just like any other dice tower. I then tried to pick it up by the sides, and it moved easily with no problem. The tower does flex and move a little, but that’s expected as all towers have that wiggle room. I would not recommend gluing any dice tower together. The edges of the tower are smooth and not sharp or raw looking.

The tower itself has two tumbler shelves and the bottom ramp for the dice to roll through before entering the tray area. I’ve rolled 12-15 dice through the tower without much trouble. Some of the dice will end up outside the tray or on top of other dice when rolling that many at once. It’s not a huge issue for me, but if you want a larger tray, Litko sells larger towers. Rolling 4-10 dice, which is more likely in your average tournaments, the tower performs as expected. The dice are well randomized by the tumblers and it helps contain the dice so that they don’t fly all over the play area.

I asked for the fluorescent pink acrylic, but the picture on their website looked more red than pink. I asked about the coloring and he told me that it appears to be more red in color to some folks, which didn’t matter that much to me. Looking at the tower in certain lighting makes it look a little red, but it looks mostly neon pink to me. The edges where it was cut look like they have an orange hue to them, but it looks really cool.

Etching

I requested my logo be added to the front and back of the tower, and that they increase the size of their logo on the sides. The etching is clear and legible, and it looks so cool! There are really small details on my logo and they all came out clear and crisp. I couldn’t be happier with how the etching looks. It shows up really well on the color I chose too.

The pictures I took do not do justice to the dice tower, but you can view them below.

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Final Thoughts

I love accessories and I love finding ones I can customize. I’ve been eyeing the Litko dice towers for a while and Mr. DDK told me to order one as my birthday present. I was super excited and I was not disappointed at all when it arrived. The tower exceeded my expectations all around and the customer service that I received from James was exceptional. I look forward to scoping out more of their accessories for several of the board games I like to play a lot. My tower will not be the last thing I order from Litko.

Litko will be added to my list of ‘recommended sellers of nifty accessories’!

If you make custom goodies and would like me to write a review article about your product, please contact me and I’ll give it a good look over and see if it’s something a Dice Master may be interested in. I’m always looking for something unique, cool, and useful for players.

Thanks to Litko for making such a fine product and being so accommodating with my order.

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I finally had an opportunity to purchase a T1 Roll Master Playmat. We recently made a trip to Comic Cellar in Memphis and while browsing the store, we came across a box of playmats. As I glanced over them, my eyes fell upon the familiar designs of the Roll Master mat. It was as if the clouds of heaven had parted and a band of pony angels descended, singing the most glorious of tunes. My search was over and I was no longer upset about passing on one of these mats at Origins.

But angelic ponies aside, if you’re not familiar with Turn One Gaming Supplies, you should check out their site. They have goodies for lots of different gamers out there, as well as a variety of accessories for different games.

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Art and Color Scheme

The art on the playmat is very fun and appropriately designed for a mostly comic book themed, dice game. I especially like that there aren’t pictures on the card spaces. This sometimes bothers me about custom playmats because when you place your cards on the mat, they cover the art.

The bomb and Kaboom! on the Used Pile fits perfect with the theme of the game and function of the Used Pile, just like the hand in the Transit Zone that appears to be sinking into the Used Pile. The tumbling dice in the Reserve Poll are fun, and I like that they don’t have numbers or pips on them. I prefer the blank dice with the giant Roll! in the Reserve Pool. The character falling from the window in KO area and the hero swinging into action in Prep Area are perfect fits in those areas as well. I especially like the Batman nod with the hero and the T1 spotlight. The Field Zone looks as if a huge character just landed in that area and the Pow! in the Attack Zone is just glorious! I love the color scheme for the life tracker and how the bursts change shape size just ever so slightly as the numbers decrease.

What I Would Change

I don’t see much of anything that needs to be changed with the art or color schemes. They’re all amazing, bright, and lots of fun! The only suggestion I have is maybe the addition of a small design or watermark type detail on the white area. It doesn’t need to be super fancy, maybe just comic dots, swirls, or lines of some sort. I would love to see the addition of a girly color scheme mat at some point in the future but that’s not a change to the current mat – it’s an addition to the line of awesome mats T1 offers.

Design and Layout

One of the biggest issues that I have with the WizKids playmats is that the life tracker is at the bottom of the mat. This really bugs me – a lot. I feel like it’s wasted at the bottom of the mat and moving it to the top makes it easier for both players to see, and eliminates most of those accidental bumps. This is a great change that T1 did with their mat.

Another issue I have with WizKids mats – which is definitely a problem now – the absence of the Out of Play or Transit Zone. The Transit Zone (Out of Play) has been a functional part of the game since the second set and T1 fixed that problem with this mat. At first, I was not excited about it being above the Used Pile but that’s only because I got used to using the Dice Bag section on the WizKids mat as a Transit Zone. But after test playing on my new mat, I found it to be very useful above the Used Pile and not below it or the Reserve Pool.

I love these two major changes that T1 made on their mats. I like the other minor changes they made too. The dice placement is above the character card instead of beside it which allows for more play area space. This also means that the card space is slightly larger than the cards, but it’s not a big deal when you realize how much additional space you have in play area. In the picture below, you can see just how much larger the play area is on the T1 playmat. T1 really fixed all the major design and layout flaws of the standard Dice Masters playmat and I absolutely love playing on this mat.

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Speaking of extra size, the T1 mat is just a little bigger than my WizKids TMNT mat. I like my new extra space! The picture below shows the extra space when the TMNT mat is placed flush with the top of the T1 mat.

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The one thing missing from the Roll Master playmat that’s on every WizKids mat is the Turn Order text. While this text comes in handy during demos and teaching, it’s not something I desperately have to have on my playmat and I don’t mind that it was left off of the Roll Master playmat.

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What I Would Change

They’ve done such an amazing job on these mats and I hate to sound like I’m looking for something to complain about, but the separate KO area throws me off a little while playing. I feel like they could have left the K.O. text at the top of the Prep Area box, as one box and not two, and it would be perfect. Sorry to sound so nit-picky with such an amazing design. But other than that, the Basic Actions only need three dice squares and that would allow them to make those spots more snug with the card size. Everything else is perfect though and like I mentioned, those are only minor issues and not serious functional issues.

Quality

I have a lot of playmats. I’m serious. I played the WoW TCG and I have all the playmats from the Epic Collections (similar to the Collector’s Boxes), which is quite a few just with those. I’ve also got five official WizKids Dice Masters playmats. Other than WoW and Dice Masters playmats, I have loads of MtG and Pokemon playmats as well as tons of other miscellaneous fantasy art playmats. So when I make this next statement, I want you to understand, I have lots of different comparable material. This playmat is the thickest and most durable of all the playmats I own. I’m fairly certain that it wouldn’t be smart to try to wash most of the mats I own, but the T1 mat is machine washable. This is very handy since accidents happen! I’ve got several mats that someone has either spilled a drink on, marked on (accidentally), or gotten dirty and I’m way too afraid to put them in the washer. Knowing that I can wash this mat, makes me feel more secure in my playmat investment.

The picture below is the best picture I could get of the thickness comparison but I tried, and it does not do justice to the T1 playmat. I promise you, it’s thicker than it looks. It also feels more firm than other playmats.

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I love the way my dice roll on this playmat too. I’m not sure if they’re statistically rolling better or if it’s my imagination, but the dice don’t seem to fly all over the place either. I think the firmness and thickness has something to do with that.

Price vs Quality

The price vs quality of this mat is amazing. T1 shows an MSRP of $19.95 for all their standard sized playmats. That’s about the same price as the WizKids playmats as well as most other gaming mats. I usually don’t like spending $20 on a mass produced playmat, but the Roll Master playmat from T1 is well worth the money. You would expect a playmat of this quality to cost more than $20.

What I Would Change

I can’t think of anything I would change with the quality of this playmat. It’s the highest quality mat I own and it costs roughly the same as all of the standard playmats out there (prices do vary at some locations).

Final Thoughts

I just can’t say enough about this playmat to adequately show just how great this playmat is. I don’t have much to say in my final thoughts because I feel like I covered everything as thoroughly as I could in the article. If you have any questions about the playmat, feel free to message me or comment here. I am very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend the Roll Master playmat for every Dice Master out there!

The Reserve Pool also did a review of the Roll Master playmat and you can find it here.

Turn One Gaming Supplies Links

Website
Playmats
Ordering Info

Be sure to drop by their website and check out all their accessories. I would love to check out the Kaboom! sleeves for my Dice Masters teams. If I can find them locally, I will most definitely purchase a pack and review them.

Comic Cellar Info

Comic Cellar FB
Comic Cellar Website

Address and Phone
3620 Austin Peay Hwy Ste 2
Memphis, TN 38128
(901) 382-8623

If you live in or around the Memphis area, this store is more than willing and happy to host Dice Masters events. There are a few locals there that I’m sure would be thrilled to have more folks on a regular basis. This venue has plenty of space for folks to play, it’s comfortable and clean, easy to get to, and it’s close to food (always a plus when food is near). Stop by Comic Cellar and let them know you’re a Dice Master! I also want to say that the locals that were there playing other games were very courteous as well. I want to send thanks to Comic Cellar for having us and being very accommodating.

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Special thanks to The Reserve Pool for the use of their site!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I just wanted to give a shout out to a fellow blogger from across the sea and also to The Reserve Pool.

We’ll start with True Mister Six, British Dice Roller, who was one of the first likes on my blog. I enjoy reading his blog as well because he has a good understanding of the game and he also appears to enjoy a growing and thriving community. I love seeing how folks from different countries can come together and share ideas and thoughts about a common interest. I recommend that anyone who enjoys reading my blog should visit his (if you don’t already) and give him a follow as well!

My next shout out goes to The Reserve Pool. I post a link to this blog in my blog on TRP. Had I started on TRP, I probably wouldn’t be on WordPress. I didn’t know that TRP had a blog section for members though. As much as I visit TRP, you would think that I would have known, but I thought the blogs were for official TRP crew and staff. What I wouldn’t do to be part of the TRP! But then again, I think most of the serious Dice Masters players would almost give an arm or leg to join TRP. But I want to thank TRP for allowing me to promote my blog on their site.

The Reserve Pool just announced this contest that sounds like loads of fun! They have playmats from Turn One Gaming Supplies which winners of the contest can get. The prizes are a Roll Master Playmat or a Roll Master Mini Playmat. I wish I had these products to do a review on, but I do not. From the video review on TRP, the regular size mat looks really cool. I agree with all the pros and cons that they listed in the video, just from what I can see in the video.

One thing I have to add is that I would like to see some different styles with the same or upgraded layout. I would like to see the Turn Order bar on the mats. I think the reason the Transit is above the Used Pile is because when a character attacks and is not blocked, it goes out of play or ‘in transit’ until the end of turn. At the end of turn, it then goes to the Used Pile. But I agree with Dave on this too, I prefer Transit to be under the Used Pile. I have used the Dice Bag section on the WizKids mats as my Transit since they added that to the game back in Uncanny. That will be a hard habit for me to break! It wouldn’t be hard for WizKids to swap the words ‘Dice Bag’ for ‘Transit’ (hint hint WizKids!). But overall, the mats look cool and the layouts are superior to WizKids mats. If I had a My Little Pony one featuring Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Luna, I would just die! Or maybe just a girl-themed one would be cool too (hint hint T1!).

Back to the contest info – sorry for getting off topic a little.
You can enter the ‘Pimp My Mat’ contest via The Reserve Pool. They want you to show them what your worst Dice Masters play surface is! Due date is April 18th to their mailbag address (mailbag@thereservepool.com). Be creative, have fun with it, and show your worst!

~ No product destruction.
~ Has to be a play surface – no bare tabletops though, too easy.
~ Don’t put yourself in the picture. They plan to do a blind judging type thing.
~ No due date flexibility, April 18, 2016.

I’m not completely sure if I’m going to enter this contest or not. I think I might, if I have time to come up with something. I also don’t like trying to win prizes if I don’t need them. I prefer seeing others that need the prizes win them. This contest is totally worth entering though. And if you don’t win a mat, you can always get one directly from T1.

You can also find The Reserve Pool on Facebook and Twitter.

If you know of a blog about Dice Masters that I should be reading, drop me a line here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty.
Thanks for reading!

Roll on, Dice Masters!