November 5th, 2010
Review - Pirate Dice & Battle Dice: Sniper Set
Like many tabletop and RPG gaming enthusiasts, I'm also a fan of dice. I've covered some of Q-Workshop's other offerings here in the past, and today I'm here to talk about their Pirate Dice set and Battle Dice Sniper set.
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the whole pirate motif, so these dice caught my eye right away when I saw them at the Q-Workshop website. This is a 2-piece set of D6 dice. They're quite large dice too. Upon measuring it turns out that these are actually 19mm size D6. Standard D6 are usually 16mm. These are also white dice with details engraved into each die, and then painted black.
A piece of a pirate map is depicted on each of the six faces, with a compass graphic to represent the pips. To represent a roll of six is a Jolly Roger, the classic pirate skull and cross bones flag on a black background. This set sells for $6 USD direct from Q-Workshop's website.
Battle Dice Sniper Set
I covered the country specific BattleDice before in the way of the US and German WWII sets, which are ideal for Flames of War players. I didn't see this set last time, or I'd have covered it too back then, because this is a set of 10x 12mm size D6, only with Sniper reticules on each face. There's no pips, instead there's numbers in the middle of the aiming reticule to define the value of each die face.
I also like the fact this is a 10-piece set, because the sets I reviewed before were 5-piece sets, which I though wasn't enough at the time. Since my review they've changed the sets to all offer 10-pieces per sets, so it's nice to see that they're listening. This set carries a price-tag of $6.99 USD. This set also comes in yellow with black details. This set was also designed by Thomas Pasieka, winner of their Dice Design Contest in 2007.
Last time I reviewed their products Q-Workshop had released a video announcing their new pricing structure, and some new product lines. As recently as last week they had sent a long news of another video they've put together on the making of that video, so for your entertainment pleasure you can check it out below...
It's nice to see some of the suggestions that I, and that other gamers have made are being heard, because a 5-piece set of Battle Dice used to be $7 USD, and now they give you twice as many (10x total) for the same price! At $7 USD for a 10-piece set the Flames of War crowd will eat these up.
The 2-piece set of 19mm size Pirate Dice are also really impressive. Quite frankly, I think this is the nicest set I've seen from them yet. I should also add that all of the Q-Workshop dice are engraved. The designs aren't simply printed on, they use a complex 3D engraving process, and they also claim that the paint they use won't come off after time either. So these are a step above even what Chessex has to offer, and there's about 1,500+ designs in all to choose from. If you haven't checked out Q-Workshop yet and you enjoy unique dice, then you really are missing out.