In Focus: Chessex
Lets face it, when it comes to gaming, if you’re an RPG-er, wargamer, or even a clix-enthusiast, you need and use dice to play. Chessex is well known for their dice and gaming stone offerings. They’re one of the few major players in the way of gaming dice manufacturers in the industry. They certainly offer up some extremely gorgeous dice and a few other interesting gaming products as well, which most gaming enthusiasts might not be aware of.
First up, we take a look at their dice. Two of the newest dice lines are their Signature Series and Menagerie 2. From the Menagerie 2 series we selected the Royal Blue/gold Scarab design 7-piece Polyhedral set to look at. These truly are some of the most stunning gaming dice on the market today. The swirling bright cerulean into a dark sea of royal blue design is outstanding, definitely an eye catcher. From the Signature Series the Purple w/white Borealis design 7-piece Polyhedral is next on the list. Depending on the lighting, these dice even shift color a little, gleaming with a glitter-like glow, while still being somewhat translucent in appearance. All in all, another absolutely fine set of dice.
For the Warhammer 40k or Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game enthusiast, and those who require a lot of D6 dice, they also offer the standard bricks of 16mm and 12mm D6, in the same colors and designs as their 7-piece Polyhedral sets. That’s a lot of designs overall. Some of the more striking designs include those from their Vortex Dice™ line. The Green w/Gold pipped 36-count 12mm brick, and Purple w/Gold pipped 16mm 12-count bricks are absolutely striking designs, and they’re just a few out of the many offered by Chessex, most of which should definitely appeal to the D6/wargaming crowd.
We also previewed a variety of single dice from Chessex, showcasing some of their other new designs, like their new Leaf™ colors, the new Aquerple Borealis™ color, and a couple of their re-released Vortex Dice™. Be sure to check the images that accompany this article, for a good look at all of the products mentioned.
Chances are if you’re looking for a specific color, or design they’ve got it. At about $8.75 each their 7-piece Polyhedral sets are priced competitively with what the competition has to offer, and are very nice sets for the RPGer, and miniature gaming enthusiast alike. The 36-count 12mm D6 bricks run $11.95, and $7.95 for the 12-count 16mm D6 bricks. If you’re looking for just a handful of maybe D20s or any of the specific dice offered in the Polyhedral set; they also sell some of the dice from those sets in single form from their website. For instance, any one of the dice from the Polyhedral sets run $1.15 each piece from the Vortex Dice™ series.
While they’re primarily a dice manufacturer, they also offer a variety of single-sided vinyl gaming mats, of various shapes and sizes, with specific designs imprinted upon them. Since we’ll be looking at Reaper’s CAV soon, we decided to take a look at their 1-inch hex-design Battlemat. The mat is 23.5 X 26-inches and is made of sturdy vinyl. It’s a nice size mat for some small skirmishes, and ideally suited for a quick dungeon crawl just the same. At $13.95 it’s also priced competitively with what else is out there.
Other designs offered include 21mm and 1-inch squares, 16mm numbered hexes w/LOS dots, 21mm hexes, 1-inch numbered hexes w/LOS dots, 30-mm hexes and 33mm hexes, which overall allows them to appeal to far more different gaming needs than most competitors. In terms of color they offer black vinyl, blue vinyl, clear vinyl and oyster (somewhat a light beige and darker beige mixed together, giving the appearance of texture), which is the color we looked at.
While many of their competitors offer two-sided designs, it appears Chessex is appealing to the most gaming genres overall by offering blue for naval encounters, black no doubt for space conquest games and clear and oyster for RPGs and what ever else anyone could think up using them for.
Lastly Chessex has been in the business of storage cases for quite some time now, and we got a chance to take a look at their small 14 figure capacity case. The case comes with a two levels of foam and has pre-cut slots, which fits most 25mm-28mm figures comfortably. Granted it’s nothing fancy, as it’s a fairly simple grey hard plastic case, but it does a good job of keeping miniatures protected, and due to its compact size it can easily be tossed in a backpack and carried off to play somewhere. At $12.95 it won’t break the bank either. There’s definitely something to be said about being practical when doing so leaves a few bucks left in your pocket for other things.
To sum it up, Chessex has a variety of very useful products for most any RPG or war-gaming enthusiast, because we all need dice, and thankfully they do offer some of the most stunning examples out there. What’s more, their mats are topnotch and their storage boxes while having been around for a while, are practical by design; so they definitely serve their purpose, and are readily available at most gaming retailers across the country. Having an online presence these days is a must too, so while most local gaming stores already carry Chessex products, if they don’t or can’t, they do have everything that they have to offer online via their website as well. So finding their products is much easier than ever before to boot. For more information on Chessex be sure to check the web links provided below.