Mystery Dice Goblins are a UK-based dice maker (they also ship overseas) run by Lee and Lucy. Lucy contacted DnD5e.info earlier this week and offered some dice from their Mystery Dice range for review. I don’t know a single role player who can refuse dice so, of course, I accepted.
The dice arrived today in a small, letterbox-friendly cardboard box with a little packing material and a business card alongside three Mystery Dice pouches. Each pouch is of the rip-top variety but with a zip-lock mechanism so you can re-use them if you wish.
Tearing into each pouch I found three different sets. I couldn’t see any set names within the pouches but I believe I’ve found them on their website.
DnD Tombstone Dice
Mine are a little darker in person than the photo above and those shown on the Mystery Dice Goblins website and, unfortunately, that makes the black numbering a difficult contrast colour. Some of the dice look like may be difficult to read in a non-well lit room. That said, I do like the stone-washed base effect. Perhaps a white ink for the numbering would be better.
Blue Fog DnD Dice
I love the flecks within these and the way the light bounces off. The contrast colour is nice too, although the number font is a little too busy for me (it reminds me of the Harry Potter movies). If I could have these with the font of the other dice that would be perfect. You can find them on the Mystery Dice Goblins website.
Ogre Green DnD Dice
Perhaps the best in terms of contrast with the gold (yellow?) matching well with the green swirls. I can see myself using these if I was playing a druid or ranger. (I can’t be the only one who uses dice themed to their characters sometimes?) These can be found here on the Mystery Dice Goblins website.
The Acid Test
How the dice are numbered is the acid test for me. That is, there appears to be two styles of number that I tend to label:
- Traditional (where the opposite sides of each die, with the exception of the d10, total the die type plus one)
- Modern (where the opposite sides of each die don’t always follow this pattern)
The die that highlights this best is the d8. The 8 and 1 will always be on opposite sides on traditionally numbered dice. I realise it sounds silly but I just don’t like dice that don’t follow the traditional numbering method. All dice are random number generators but I have my preferences. Thankfully, Mystery Dice Goblins follow the traditional numbering method so we’ll all good.
I really liked each of the sets that were sent to me for review. My personal favourites were the Blue Fog DnD Dice set. The Ogre Green DnD Dice set were a close second while the DnD Tombstone Dice set would have been first if the contrast colour was a little lighter.
Looking at the Mystery Dice Goblins website these dice sets, if bought specifically, would be £9.50 each (at the time of publication) but you can take a gamble and pick up a blind pack for £5.94. There’s no guarantee as to what you’re going to get inside but, based on the three sets I received, it’s a worthwhile punt.
Thanks to Lucy at Mystery Dice Goblins for offering these dice in exchange for an unbiased review.