New Warlock Dice

The New Warlock Dice Will Put A Spell On You

At Dark Elf Dice, we pride ourselves on carrying one of the world's largest, and best collections of roleplaying game dice for collectors and TTRPG players and game masters. As such, we're continually adding new products to our ever growing catalog. There are so many new dice coming out this summer we can barely keep up!

The New Warlock Dice

One of the early releases this season are the new Warlock dice. Two new additions are joining our ever popular Chain Lightning and Blood Rage dice sets -- the Dark Foresight and (one of my personal favorites) Crown of Madness.

Warlock dice feature a spell-like, cracked pattern design resembling a pure energy/ electric charge. The dice are cast in solid metal for a durable, nice and heavy feel and the cracks and numbers are filled with a colorful enamel paint. The end result is a unique dice set just bursting with character.

Warlock Dice 1Warlock Dice: Dark Foresight

Warlock Dice 2Warlock Dice: Crown of Madness

Putting A Spell On You

As you can imagine, being the founder of Dark Elf Dice is a lot of fun. Not only do I get to meet fellow gamers and collectors from across the globe, I get to bring new dice to market with the help of my family and production partners. When I reviewed the first Warlock dice prototype, and was blown away by how different the dice are. There's been a lot of technological advancements in the dice making biz over the last decade, and we keep pushing the boundaries in what's possible to create. A cracked pattern design wouldn't have been possible back in the day.

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During my initial review, I was also impressed at how Warlock dice could fill a niche. A lot of the metal dice we sell are geared towards melee character classes. This makes a lot of sense if you think about it -- nice heavy dice that roll like thunder just scream fighter or barbarian (our Bersker metal line is a perfect example). With Warlock dice however, we can offer metal dice for spellcasters. This is awesome for players and game masters who enjoy matching up dice with their character builds. Nothing says you can't use Warlock dice for a tank Barbarian of course, but the dice were designed with magic-users in mind.

Warlock Dice 3Warlock Dice: Chain Lightning

Warlock Dice 4Warlock Dice: Blood Rage

Final Thoughts

So that's it for this week fellow travelers :) I hope you like our new Warlock dice as much as I do. Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the Comment section below, and never forget that you're special and have the power and privilege to make this world a better place. You have been, and will always be amazing. Keep rolling nat 20s each and every day!

June 19, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
The Dragon Issue 1

Looking Back At The Dragon Issue 1

I’m sure no one knew at the time, but TSR did something magical way back in June 1976 when they published The Dragon issue 1 (only later would the company shorten the title to Dragon and then finally Dragon Magazine in the late 80’s). Taking its roots from an earlier publication called The Strategic Review (a wargaming periodical), TSR established a magazine that focused completely on role-playing.

The Dragon Issue 1

Timothy J. Kask was hired by Gary Gygax to oversee The Dragon and be its editor. In the premier issue, Kask clearly stated what the publication hoped to accomplish when he wrote:

That mission is to publish the best magazine devoted to
Sword & Sorcery, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Role Playing
gaming. It is a newly developed field, and we admit to being only
as old as the following. However, we feel that our experience,
gained from publishing the STRATEGIC REVIEW, the pioneer
in the field, will stand us in good stead.

In 1976, fantasy role-playing was still in its infancy. Despite the growing popularity of Dungeons & Dragons, TSR was still taking a risk. Gary Gygax himself wasn’t sure what to expect, and years later said: “At no time did I ever contemplate so great a success or so long a lifespan.” By the time Dragon Magazine ceased publication in December 2013, 430 issues were published (the later ones online).

The Dragon Issue 1 Big

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Looking Back

When I look back on The Dragon issue 1, I’m immediately transported to a simpler time. No computers or graphic design programs were used to put the magazine together, and no email or text messages — hopeful contributors were encouraged to include a SASE with their submissions (+1 History check bonus for the rest of the session if you know what SASE means!).

The magazine is raw, yet powerful and truly captures the roots of our hobby in a historic, beautiful way. There’s the Bill Hannan cover illustration of a dragon painted in psychedelic colors, advertisements for gaming miniature companies now long since departed, a notice for Gen Con IX promising three full days of gaming, and a written piece by fantasy and sci-fi great Fritz Leiber. In a word, The Dragon issue 1 is magic. Pure magic.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for letting me ramble and wax nostalgic :) I have an old Citadel Tom Meier dragon circa 1980s that I'm planning to paint in a similar color scheme as the illustration on The Dragon issue 1. Hoping to get to it at some point, but it always seems I have a million things to do. Anyway, in my imagination the miniature looks amazing, and when I do finally finish the project I'll be sure to post pictures on the website.

So there you have it, fellow travelers. Hope everyone has an amazing day and as always, happy adventuring! Until next time.

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June 13, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
Tags: RPG News
D&D Books

Two New D&D Books Announced

The good folks at Wizards of the Coast have been busy! It's only been a few months since the publishers of the world's greatest roleplaying game released Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, Candlekeep Mysteries, and Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft. If that wasn't enough new material for eager Dungeon Masters and players, Wizards just announced the release of two new D&D books.

D&D Books: The Wild Beyond The Witchlight

Billed as a "wickedly whimsical adventure for Dungeons & Dragons," The Wild Beyond The Witchlight is slated for a September 21 release. The D&D book will bring the Feywild to 5e for the first time and promises new characters, monsters, mechanics and story hooks. More will be revealed at this year's D&D Live 2021 (scheduled to take place on July 16 and 17), but I'm already excited. A Feywild-inspired adventure will make an awesome one-shot or two, or better yet, an entire campaign.

D&D Books The Wild Beyond Witchlight

D&D Books: Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos

The second D&D book announcement is for Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos. According to Wizards, the book will be available on November 16 -- just in time for the holidays. Like the Guildmasters' Guide To Ravnica before it, Strixhaven is another book set in a Magic: The Gathering world. More details will be shared at D&D Live 2021, but the book will include new character options, monsters, mechanics and story hooks.

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D&D Books: Strixhaven

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, fellow travelers: two new D&D books to add to your collection this fall. Personally, I know I'll get both books (I'm a sucker for new character options and monsters), but the book I'm looking forward to the most is The Wild Beyond The Witchlight (strictly because of the Feywild setting).

So what do you think? Which D&D book are you most excited about? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below. Keep rolling nat 20s my friends, and don't forget to live each and every day with passion and kindness. Happy adventuring!

June 08, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
Tags: RPG News
Virtual Gaming Convention

The Rise Of The Virtual Gaming Convention

Hello fellow travelers! If you're like me, 2020 was a year to forget. As the Covid-19 Pandemic ravaged the world and disrupted our lives, I felt isolated and lonely. Our Wednesday night Pathfinder group stopped meeting in person and I retreated to the safe confines of my office, hidden away from friends and family as the world waited and hoped for things to get better. The months dragged on, but now as summer approaches in this promising new year, life is slowly starting to get back to normal.

Gaming Convention Shut Down!

It wasn't just my Pathfinder group that had to cancel, but it was the gaming cons as well. In a move that would have been thought of as inconceivable a few years back, gaming conventions such as Origins and Gen Con were shuttered. There were economic ramifications from shutting down of course, not to mention the thousands of disappointed would-be attendees. Still, most everyone understood that the health and safety of our fellow gamers came first.

Cancellations were unfortunate, but some cons that had enough time to prepare, like Reaper Con 2020, got creative and went completely virtual. I participated in several of the online painting classes at Reaper Con, and I can attest that the event was an amazing success. Thousands of gamers worldwide were able to attend the convention and take classes on everything from airbrushing to glazing from the likes of Anne Foerster (one of my favorite miniatures painters).

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The Virtual Gaming Convention

2021 is shaping up to be better than 2020, and in-person gaming conventions are already happening and being planned. This is exciting news of course, but the Pandemic has given rise to the virtual gaming convention, and I hope this format continues to grow.

Reaper Virtual Expo

Some organizers (using Reaper again as an example) are holding live conventions as well as dedicated, virtual events. Due to the success of last year's online version of Reaper Con, the inaugural Reaper Virtual Expo was born. This event, held earlier in March, is to be followed with the normal, in-person Reaper Con slated to take place in September.

Other groups, like Gen Con, are going the hybrid route, with both in-person and virtual events taking place concurrently. Even though this year's Gen Con was pushed back to September, organizers hope this hybrid approach will result in the largest number of gamers being able to get their game on.

And that really is one of the amazing possibilities of the virtual gaming convention format -- having an increased number of attendees being able to participate. Yes, I can't wait for in-person cons, but I would be seriously disappointed if the virtual conventions were completely done away with. Not everyone can go to Denton for Reaper Con, and not everyone can go to Indianapolis for Gen Con. Live streamed events on Twitch and Discord allow gamers from around the world to be part of the action.

As disruptive as the Pandemic was to the gaming community, perhaps something good has come about and virtual gaming conventions will be a permanent fixture...

Final Thoughts

So what are your thoughts fellow travelers? Have you participated in a virtual gaming convention or would you do so if given the opportunity? What do you think are the positives and negatives of an online format? Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions below, and as always, happy adventuring!

May 29, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
Tags: RPG News
Sharp Edge Inclusion Dice Blog Post

It's All About Sharp Edge Inclusion Dice

I've been in the dice and gaming business for years, but every now and then a new innovation comes along that knocks me and my pointy wizard hat to the floor. First it was metal dice, then layered dice -- commonplace enough now, but only made possible by creative manufacturing techniques that were new back in the day. In the dice biz, things progress rapidly and the latest innovation making its debut are inclusion dice -- Sharp Edge Inclusion dice to be more exact.

Sharp Edge Inclusion Dice

So what exactly are Sharp Edge Inclusion dice, and what makes them so special? Well, there are a number of things that makes these dice extraordinary, but for me two things stand out:

  • First and foremost is just how absolutely breathtakingly beautiful they are. At Dark Elf Dice, we pride ourselves on carrying one of the largest selections of dice on the internet, and there are many beautiful dice in our ever growing catalog. Sharp Edge Inclusion dice though are something extra special -- these are dice with a beauty factor +10. Crafted with pure resin and filled with a holographic foil "inclusion", these dice capture the light in a remarkable way. Just sitting on the game table they seem to have an inner fire and a life of their own. Amazing!
  • Secondly, Sharp Edge Inclusion dice are handcrafted in small batches, each set being hand-poured. The molds used to make these dice are slightly larger than a standard set (makes it easier to add the inclusions). Once the resin cures, the dice are washed and finished by hand. The dice aren't tumbled like acrylic and most resin sets (resulting in rounded corners) so the dice retain their sharp points and edges. Though the edges are sharp, the face of each die is glassy-smooth with an almost gem-like feel.
Making Sharp Edge Inclusion Dice

Sharp Edge Inclusion dice: lovingly made by hand!

Small Batches

As you can imagine, making Sharp Edge Inclusion dice is a time intensive process, and we just can't keep the numbers in stock that we'd like to. By their very nature, Sharp Edge Inclusion dice are a boutique product made in much smaller batches than mass produced dice. While this in turn adds to the specialness of the dice, it will result in dice going out of stock fairly frequently. In fact, we sold out of the Dark Adaptation color within a few days of its initial release. More are coming, but it takes time and the manufacturing process really can't be rushed.

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Final Thoughts

So how about it fellow travelers? What do you think about our Sharp Edge Inclusion dice? I've posted photos below of two of the other colors we currently have available: Blood and Ice and Polar Vortex. The dice are beautiful and we hope to have even more colors in stock shortly.

Stay tuned, and here's hoping that all of you have an amazing week with many opportunities for gaming and camaraderie! Always remember that life is special -- that you're special -- and that you have the ability to touch people's lives in so many important ways, and the power to make this world a better place. Happy adventuring!

Inclusion Dice: Blood and Ice

Sharp Edge Inclusion Dice: Blood and Ice

Inclusion Dice: Polar Vortex

Sharp Edge Inclusion Dice: Polar Vortex

May 23, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
Dungeons & Dragons Inspiration

Do You Use Dungeons & Dragons Inspiration?

All right fellow travelers, lets talk about inspiration. Dungeons & Dragons inspiration to be more exact. In my humble opinion, inspiration is one of the more interesting (yet often overlooked) game concepts in the fifth edition of the world’s greatest role-playing game.

What is Dungeons & Dragons Inspiration?

So what is inspiration exactly?

*clears throat and does his best "rules lawyer" voice*

As explained on pages 240 and 241 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide, inspiration is a means to encourage role-playing, risk-taking, and for rewarding players for taking “actions that make the game more exciting, amusing, or memorable.”

Inspiration basically allows a character to gain advantage on one ability check, attack roll, or saving throw. Inspiration is a reward given to a player from the Dungeon Master (or as a variant, from other players if the DM so chooses).

  • A character can only have one inspiration at a time.
  • A player can award his or her inspiration to another player.
  • Inspiration must be declared before the dice roll.
  • Inspiration as a game concept is optional, and is at the discretion of the DM.

When Does a DM Award Inspiration?

Dungeons & Dragons inspiration is awarded as the DM sees fit. According to the Dungeon Master’s Guide (again using my "rules lawyer" voice), a general rule of thumb is to reward inspiration to each character once per session. Inspiration can be awarded to a character for:

  • Good roleplaying (a character makes an important decision or takes a notable action consistent with their character’s personality, bond, or flaw),
  • Acts of heroism (encourages characters to get involved in the action and take risks when fighting monsters, etc.),
  • A reward for victory (awarded after characters defeat an important opponent, complete a goal, etc.).
DnD Inspiration

Dungeons & Dragons Inspiration can be awarded for good role-playing and risk taking.

The Negative Aspects of Inspiration

As a game concept, Dungeons & Dragons inspiration should make the game more fun for everyone. Inspiration isn’t OP (overpowered) and advantage on a d20 roll won’t break the game. Still, there are a few potentially negative aspects to keep in mind:

  • The awarding of inspiration is more-or-less subjective. As a result, some players may feel upset or irritated that they weren’t awarded inspiration for something their character did that they believed was worthy.
  • Again, because of the subjectivity of inspiration, it runs the risk of being awarded unfairly.
  • Inspiration gives a busy DM another thing to keep track of during a game.
  • Although inspiration is supposed to encourage players to be good roleplayers and risk takers, players may lose sight of the bigger picture — the game at hand — and may find themselves focusing too much on earning inspiration instead of having fun.

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Do You Use Inspiration?

Personally, I’ve experimented with Dungeons & Dragons inspiration in my own games. Generally I find that my players like the concept. Following one of the suggestions in the Dungeon Master’s Guide, I award inspiration by giving worthy players special d20s to use for their advantage rolls. Once inspiration is spent, the d20 is handed back and tracking doesn’t become an onerous burden.

I always try to be as fair as possible (like any good DM does), though awarding inspiration once per session (as suggested ) doesn’t always play out.

One thing I noted with more experienced groups is that inspiration seems to stand in the way of the game. The award almost becomes silly in some respects. Players are already practicing good role-playing and risk taking for no other reason than that’s what’s expected of their characters. In these instances I forgo inspiration all together and simply grant all players one “re-roll of the night” (at their choosing, a player can make a re-roll once per session to see if they can change fate and improve a bad die roll). Re-rolls can't be carried over to the next session (use it or lose it), and, unlike inspiration, players don't have to declare the re-roll before the dice are cast.

Final Thoughts

So how about you? Do you use Dungeons & Dragons inspiration in your group? What are your experiences (good and bad)? Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below. And as always, happy adventuring!

May 17, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
Tags: RPG Tips
Remove paint from miniatures

The Easy Way To Remove Paint From Miniatures

If you paint miniatures for any length of time, you'll inevitably come to a point where you need to remove the paint from the model. Perhaps it's an earlier paint job you're just not happy with, or you bought some second-hand minis and want to strip the prior owner's handiwork. I collect old miniatures from my youth (Ral Partha, Grenadier, Heartbreaker Hobbies, etc.), not to mention metal Oldhammer models. For me, paint removal is a necessary, and important part of the hobby.

Back in the old days, I used brake fluid to remove paint from miniatures. The process was miserable :( On top of that, I later found out that brake fluid is toxic. Thankfully, I found a safe and easy way to remove paint from miniatures.Remove paint from miniatures

How To Remove Paint From Miniatures

Stuff You'll Need

In order to remove paint from miniatures, you'll need a few things. Thankfully, nothing on the list is too expensive or hard to get:

  1. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. Make sure you get the concentrated formula. You can buy a 67 oz bottle of the stuff for $5.96 (just like in the picture below). If you have a lot of minis to strip, you can get a 1 gallon jug for only a few dollars more. The cool thing about Simple Green is that it's non-toxic and biodegradable (unlike brake fluid). For the sake of convenience, I buy mine at Walmart, but I've seen it for sale at Home Depot and Lowes as well. Note: Even though Simple Green is non-toxic and biodegradable, it's still a chemical used for cleaning everything from countertops, appliances, and laundry. Simple Green is recognized by the US EPA's Safer Choice Program as safer for people, pets and the environment, but caution must still be used when using the product. The manufacturer's instructions should be followed and personal protective equipment should be worn (safety glasses and disposable gloves -- more on that below). Removing paint from miniatures should be done by adults or under adult supervision in a well ventilated workspace.
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  2. An old plastic container with lid. I repurposed a sliced deli meat container and wrote "Paint Remover" on the lid so it's easily identifiable and won't accidentally get thrown out.
  3. An old cookie sheet or newspapers. Removing paint from miniatures gets messy, using an old cookie sheet or newspapers on your work surface will keep cleanup to a minimum. Helpful Tip: An old cookie sheet can also double as a protective surface to prime miniatures on. I've been using the same cookie sheet for over 10 years now, and its proven to be an invaluable part of my miniature painting toolbox.
  4. An old toothbrush or nylon brush. Removing paint from miniatures is easy, but it does take elbow grease. Try to find an old toothbrush with firm bristles (a soft bristle brush doesn't work very well for removing paint -- trust me) or use a nylon hobby brush. You can find small hobby brushes at most hardware and home improvement stores. Helpful Tip: You can use a brass brush with soft bristles (like in the picture below) to remove paint, however make sure the bristles are soft and flexible. NEVER use a steel brush or a metal brush with firm bristles. Your minis will scratch and look like they lost a fight to a gang of sharp-clawed, angry cats. Hiss!
    Miniatures paint removal brushes
  5. Disposable gloves. When removing paint from your miniatures, your hands will get wet with Simple Green. Even though the cleaner is non-toxic it's not advisable to bathe your hands with the stuff. Disposable vinyl or nitrile gloves are your friend, and can be purchased just about anywhere (Walmart, Walgreens, etc.).
  6. Paper towels. Removing paint is easy, but as mentioned earlier, the process can get messy. Having a roll of paper towels on hand will make cleanup easier as you go.
  7. Safety glasses. Make sure you wear a pair that offers full coverage (direct and peripheral eye protection). Scrubbing to remove paint from your miniatures may flick bits of paint and Simple Green upwards, so it's important to protect your eyes.
  8. A cup of water. As you scrub your miniature, the Simple Green will foam up and it will be hard to see what your doing. I periodically dip my mini in water to rinse away the foam, then start scrubbing some more.

The Easy Steps

All right! That wasn't too bad. Once you have everything you need, it's time to get to work. Helpful tip: I do my paint removing projects in the garage. Personally, I don't mind the smell of Simple Green (to me, it smells like licorice), but my wife hates it. To keep her happy (and to give me space to make a mess), the garage works best for me. Regardless of where you work, just know that removing paint from miniatures can get messy and you should have good ventilation/air flow at all times (even if you don't mind the smell).

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Here's how to remove paint from miniatures:

  1. Put on your safety glasses and pour some Simple Green into your plastic container. You're basically creating a Simple Green bath to soak your minis.
  2. Carefully place your miniatures in the container. Make sure the minis are completely submerged in the Simple Green (no bits sticking out), then seal the lid.Remove Paint From Minis Simple Green
  3. Let your miniatures soak for at least 48 hours. Waiting is the hardest part, but you need to give the Simple Green time to work its magic, so plan accordingly. Note: 48 hours is the minimum. If the paint doesn't easily remove from your miniatures, you may need a longer soak time.
  4. After enough time has elapsed, put on your safety glasses and disposable gloves. Pluck a miniature from the Simple Green bath and gently scrub with your brush of choice. This is the cool part: the old paint will slough off like snake skin and you'll see the original mini underneath. Helpful tip: As mentioned earlier, the Simple Green will foam up as you scrub. Rinse the mini in water now and then so you can clearly see the miniature and check the progress of your work.
  5. Try to remove as much paint as possible. Old paint can be stubborn and hide in crevices and folds of cloaks, etc. so take your time and try to do the best job you can. It's all right if some paint still remains on the surface (it's rare to able to remove all the paint from a miniature). Just be sure that any remaining paint is not loose or it will cause problems when you prime the mini later. Helpful tip: Use a toothpick to pry or scratch away bits of paint stuck in crevices and folds. Again, you probably won't be able to remove all the paint, but you'll get most of it.
  6. When you're satisfied with the results, rinse your miniature in fresh water to remove the Simple Green. Let the mini air-dry, or place in front of a fan.
  7. That's it :) You've successfully removed the paint from your miniature and it's now ready for basing, priming, and painting.Strip paint from miniatures

Final Thoughts

So there you have it fellow travelers: the easy way to remove paint from miniatures. Collecting and painting minis is an amazing and rewarding hobby. If you have any tips and tricks on removing paint (or on the mini hobby in general), please leave a comment below.

Until next time, and as always, happy adventuring!

May 08, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
Star Wars Day

Is It Star Wars Day Already?

Happy Star Wars Day fellow travelers. May the 4th be with you! If memory serves, the original Star Wars was released on May 25, but "May the 25th be with you" just doesn't cut it. So May 4th it is :)

Star Wars Day Is Every Day

It's hard to believe, but 44 years have passed since I watched Star Wars for the very first time. In so many ways, that movie was life changing for me and my generation. Yes, it sounds cliche, but you have to remember that back in those days life was pretty simple for an 8 year old kid. There was no fandom to speak of. No internet. No video games. No epic summer blockbusters. There were books, comics, and television of course, but nothing truly inspired my imagination like Star Wars.

I still have a crystal clear memory of that warm night in May, sitting in the movie theater with my mother, heart pounding as Luke Skywalker nosed his X-Wing into the Death Star's trenches, the whine of blaster fire ringing in my ears. Mom had seen Star Wars the night before, and I remember her coming home, feverish with excitement -- she insisted that I see the movie the next night. This was a rare treat, because she practically never brought me to the movies. I walked into that theater a kid, and walked out a geek newly minted, head filled with color and the possibility of limitless adventure.

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Yoda Dice

To Infinity And Beyond

A few years later, I discovered Dungeons and Dragons, rolling up my first character as I sat cross-legged on my best friend's living room floor. The excitement I felt playing D&D for the first time was in many ways similar to the experience I had watching Star Wars. True, I don't remember my heart pounding, but I was filled with excitement and wonder as I rolled those strangely shaped dice and imagined a story where I was the hero...

And here I sit now, decades later in an office overflowing with those strangely shaped dice. Not cross-legged on a living room floor, but slouched comfortably in front of a computer screen as I type this week's blog article. I'm living a future that my 8-year old self could never have imagined, but I'm happy to say that I'm still that geeky little kid, head filled with color and wonder. Yes indeed -- this life still offers the possibility of limitless adventure.

Final Thoughts

So again I wish you a happy Star Wars Day! From one geek to another I encourage each of us to live our best possible lives -- lives filled with happiness and everlasting adventure.

Thanks Mom :)

May 04, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
Tags: RPG News
Koi Fish Dice Giveaway

Koi Fish Dice Giveaway!

The Koi Fish Dice Giveaway Is Now Closed

Congratulations to the three lucky entrants of our giveaway!

Mr5ever

Corey H.

Matthew G.

Also, we sincerely thank everyone who submitted an entry. The Koi Fish dice giveaway had a total of 471 entrants. We had a lot of fun, and plan on running future giveaways on our website and social media. Thank you again and happy adventuring!


All right! Hang onto your pointy wizard hats because it’s time for another Dark Elf Dice giveaway! This time we're giving away a set of Koi Fish Dice to three lucky people.

Dice Giveaway Rules

  • Entering for a chance to win is super easy. All you need to do is click the link above to complete a giveaway entry.
  • Please Note: Your information WILL ONLY be used to contact you in case you win. You do have the option of subscribing to the Dark Elf Dice newsletter, but this is completely optional and does not improve your chances of being randomly selected.
  • Entries will be collected through May 15, 2021 at 10:00PM. Three winners will be chosen at random via Random.org on May 16.
  • Only one entry per person please. Multiple entries will be discarded and will not improve the chances of being randomly selected.

May 03, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
Tags: RPG Dice
d100 Dice

D100 Metal Dice Are Monster Big Fun

I've always been fascinated with metal dice. I suppose I just love the way they look and the weighty feel of the dice in my hand. Back in the old days (1980's, I'm looking at you!), we didn't have a lot of options when it came to game dice, and it'd take an entire generation until metal dice became readily available for the tabletop.

D100 Monster Metal Dice

So this brings me to this week's new product blog post where I discuss the newest addition to the Dark Elf Dice catalog: D100 Monster Metal Dice. In regards to these one hundred-sided dice, all I can say is "Whoa!" These d100s are freaky huge and each one weighs 14.8 ounces -- that's almost one pound of solid metal.

When I saw the d100 prototypes in person, and was able to handle the dice for the first time, I honestly laughed out loud. I've been involved in the dice business for years, but I'd never seen anything quite so massive. The dice are flat-out gorgeous, but what struck me was how heavy they were -- 3X heavier than our Giant D20 Kickstarter dice. Seriously, these metal d100 dice should not be rolled on a glass tabletop or dropped on your foot. Doing so will give a new meaning to "critical hit."

d100 Dice Metal Rainbow

Are D100 Dice Even Practical?

For collectors, Monster Metal d100 dice meet all the criteria for coolness: they're big, beautiful, and look absolutely stunning on a display shelf or desktop. For gamers though, are these one hundred-sided dice even practical for use in a tabletop campaign?

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Before I say anything else, let me clarify that gamers don't need d100 dice to play D&D, Pathfinder, or your tabletop roleplaying game of choice. If you need to generate a random number between 1 and 100, a traditional RPG dice set has a ten and a percentile die to do the dirty work for you. That said, if you're looking for something completely different (and want a "Wow!" factor on game night), bring out one of these bad boys every time a player needs to make a roll on a critical hit or fumble chart. Rolling almost one pound of metal to determine a character's fate? Yeah, it's going to be epic :)

Final Thoughts

Longtime fans of Dark Elf Dice may have noticed that we've been launching a lot of new products lately. We actually have a huge backlog of dice and accessories just waiting to hit the website. The Monster Metal d100 dice are just the beginning of this month's new releases, so stay tuned for more awesome stuff.

Until next time fellow travelers! Keep gaming and keep having fun.

May 02, 2021 — Shane Scarbrough
Kraken D&D Miniatures

Release The Kraken! New D&D Miniatures Boxed Set

For whatever reason, I'm particularly drawn to D&D adventures featuring an oceangoing, seafaring theme. I really don't know why this is. In truth, I don't have any nautical experience to speak of and I've only seen the ocean once in my life. Perhaps it's the mystery of the water that draws me -- not knowing what lies beneath the waves and the untold possibilities of adventure that await.

Kraken D&D Miniature

One of my earliest D&D homebrew campaigns involved my players sailing the ocean, fighting pirates (Arrgh!) and a sea monster from the deep. I drew out the ship on a vinyl game mat and we had a blast. In those days, there weren't a lot of options (if any) when it came to oversized miniatures and I resorted to using a hard plastic dinosaur as a stand-in for a sea monster. It wasn't too difficult to suspend our disbelief, and we had an amazing time role-playing the adventure. Still, it would have been cool to have a sea monster mini.

Kraken D&D Miniature Boxed SetNeedless to say, I was pumped when WizKids added a monstrous Kraken to their excellent D&D miniature collection (to see the Kraken on our website click here). The Kraken is actually part of a boxed set that includes:

  • A huge Kraken body surfacing from the water
  • Six waving tentacles
  • A row boat with oars and a treasure chest

The pieces are secured nicely in the box, and like other WizKids minis the Kraken and all accessory pieces don't require assembly. In addition, the pieces come primed and ready-to-paint so gamers can get started painting right away with zero prep time.

Final Thoughts

Kraken D&D Miniature 2I've been collecting and painting miniatures since the 1980's, and I'm truly impressed with the attention to detail and the Kraken's overall size. The model is huge in relation to a standard 28mm miniature, and the separate tentacles can be positioned however you want to give the illusion of an even bigger menace. I can't wait to release this beast on my current players and see how the battle unfolds (cue maniacal laughter).

Until next time fellow travelers! If you like WizKid miniatures we have a lot to choose from on the site, as well as Reaper, Dark Sword, and Tomb Guardians. We try to stock minis that will inspire your imagination. Keep on role-playing and having fun!

August 25, 2019 — Shane Scarbrough
Dark Elf Dice Move

The Move To Idaho

As many of you know, Dark Elf Dice recently moved from Wisconsin to Idaho. The move was a long process, and things went relatively well as we traveled over 1,500 miles across six states (we got lost once in the Black Hills of South Dakota -- that was an adventure in and of itself, and if you're curious I'll tell you all about it if you shoot me an email). We reopened the shop last month, and things are now just starting to feel normal again.

Why Idaho?

You know, it's a question we get asked a lot -- why'd you leave Wisconsin and move across the country to Idaho? There really isn't a simple answer to the question. We don't have family here (some amazing friends though!) and only visited the state once before. I suppose like most things in life it's complex. My family and I were proud to call Wisconsin home for many, many years. My wife and children were all born in the Dairy State, and I've been a Wisconsinite for most of my life (the last 35 years). Perhaps we had grown too comfortable in our lives and needed a change. Maybe we felt time slipping away as we grew older, and honestly wanted something different...

The move here was two years in the making. We visited Idaho for the first time in the autumn of 2017 and truly fell in love with the state -- the people, the mountains, the weather. There really is an allure to the American West. In the end, things just seemed right for a new adventure. We cast the dice, rolled a nat 20, and decided to go for it.

More Space, More Dice

From a strictly business viewpoint, the move made a lot of sense. Our new workspace is huge (much larger than our old one) and we're able to stock and add more inventory (you'll be seeing lots of new dice and miniatures in the coming months!). Move to Idaho DiceAlso, we're much closer to a major postal hub in Boise, so our packages are being transported and delivered across the country and the world much faster. This definitely is an added bonus, because our business model has always stressed quick order fulfillment.

The End Result

So in the end, we find ourselves in a brand new place at the beginnings of a tremendous adventure. We're truly happy here in Idaho and find ourselves in the unique position of providing an even greater selection of products and even greater customer service than ever before.

Until next time fellow travelers! The year is more than half-way over, but there's a lot happening still in regards to new dice releases from Chessex, Koplow, MDG, Q-workshop and others. Stay tuned! And don't forget to live your best life ever :)

August 18, 2019 — Shane Scarbrough
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