So we’re tackling yet another dice set this week – unfortunately they are the only photos I have prepared due to personal issues, but I’m incredibly excited to finally get my hands on Die Hard Dice.
First impressions are lovely – these dice are an oil-slick style multi-color metal set that may possibly go with every other color set you own. Unfortunately Scorched Rainbow dice are out of stock, as are most of them, on the Die Hard Dice website, but if you look around enough you can find them from other sellers!
Let’s look at everything these dice have to offer – ONWARD into the review!
We see the return of the ever popular stamped metal case. They’re a cheap and sturdy option for most dice companies and I love the uniformed look they offer. I will say, DnDiceUK has them beat with their logo/icon. Without listing what type of dice are inside the case, it does mean with multiple sets you’ll have to pry ’em all open to see what’s in them. Even then, I completely blanked on the name of these and had to look them back up. Having the name on the lid is a cheap addition that offers a huge boost to quality.
The case keeps up the quality lid foam and body foam, which I love to see. Shaking the hell out of this case makes almost no noise, which is always a positive.
It’s a tiny complaint, but the dice are not uniform in spacing – the foam insert is very slap-dashidly cut, and it shows. Tiny tiny complaint, but it does mean I won’t be using this case or insert as an “open lid” display case – quality control here would be quite easy, so not seeing it hurts a bit.
Likewise, the lid on this case is HORRIBLY warped. Hopefully the lid soaked up some of the damage that would have otherwise been transferred to the case/dice. Hate seeing it warped, but unless it was manufactured that way (I don’t believe it was), then it’s doing it’s job!
Transparency isn’t just a quality of dice materials. Having adequate and forthcoming information from companies on their dice sets is incredibly helpful and shows a willingness to stand by their product.
As such, Die Hard Dice posts individual weights for their dice when compared to their other competing sets as well as plastic dice (Chessex is still the biggest dice company in the World, after all). Hands down, it’s the most adequate weight chart I’ve seen.
But while maintaining this weight, the dice are cut very compactly – giving an interesting feel in the hand and a strange bit of shock when rolling traditional sized dice with them.
Take note of the d10 being smaller, the d6 being both smaller and rounded, and the d8 being more flat and angular than the plastic counterpart. The d20 is nearly the same size, d4, d12, and d% are almost identical in size. Strange, but not a deal breaker!
Lots of people mistake these dice for “titanium” – but 9/10 companies take zinc dice, plate them with chrome or another metal depending on the color they like (brass, aluminum, etc) and then blast the metal with a blowtorch or an electric current. The rapid heat causes a chemical reaction that colors the dice.
And now you know!
The highlight of this set, by far, is the color pallet. A rainbow on all sides, the very definition of the dice and coloring means that no two dice are the exact same.
The choice not to color the lettering lets a “base” color have a place on each face while the rainbow colors surround. Generally the numbering looks good – though the lack of contrast can be very hard to deal with, particularly when in heavy light or odd angles.
Each number relief is cut in a very similar fashion, but some dice appear far more crisp and clean than others: by example the 20 of the d20 looks a little shallow/wonky, but the letters of the d% are incredibly easy to read. Hopefully you’ll luck out – but all of them are serviceable! And in the worst case scenario – you can add paint into the letters for easier viewing.
The chrome coating does still show off finger prints and dust very well, but due to the color of the dice, it really helps hide those small blemishes.
Regardless of the angle or light, these things look like a Mardis Gras parade, and they can combine with almost any dice set, just check it out:
I grabbed the two sets and crammed them together – not bothering to situate the dice to look best, but they still work pretty well with all three extremely different sets.
The storage is acceptable but not impressive. They will remain safe, but that’s pretty much all you’re getting outside of a Die Hard logo. (Also, send me a business card next time so I can show off that logo better!)
The dice themselves are actually pretty lovely – hefty, well cut, and capable of combining with dozens of colors of other dice: these dice could be a great choice for anyone unsure if a solid color will work for them.
Sadly, it’s hard to find dice from Die Hard that are not SOLD OUT all the time, and while that’s quite flattering and good to see, it’s also pretty difficult on the consumer. Hopefully they can get stocked up before the holiday season, so you can check them out for yourself – for a very average and accessible $35 price tag!
I don’t always advocate rolling, but when I do… be sure you have to Drop the Die.
Review by JB Little, Follow me on twitter for more “useful” information.