Privateer Press announced they’re coming out with new faction-specific dice.
Ugh, way too busy
Yup, that is what Q workshop is known for.
I prefer to have more simplistic style dice with a facing etching on the 6 face. Perhaps I am just boring.
duh, I mean “fancy facing”
No – you’re right though. These are BS from a playability and readability standpoint. The already released series had achieved the perfect balance. Q-workshop is just too cool for school.
Hopefully ONE of the releases [since we’ve only seen one of ~10 so far] will be worth it.
Printed or etched?
Considering they are Q shop, they should be etched, if not I would be surprised.
Blech! Should’ve just remade the Gale Force 9 ones. Or better yet, simply have let GF9 continue making the old ones.
Battlefront owns GF9 now. PP probably doesn’t want to fill their coffers more than they have done already.
When it comes to dice, less is more.
Ugly. Just, plain ugly.
In my RPG group I ban Q-Science dice. They’re too easy to cheat with, since their impossible to read from more than a few inches away. These are horrible, far too busy and overdone.
Do you really have to worry about your players cheating like that? That makes me feel kind of sad.
Anyways, the shoulder pads are too small on these dice to fit the PP aesthetic.
Picking up quick dice was used to cheat by at least two players in one Privateer Press tournament I went to at GenCon in 2007. People do damn stupid things. I had to spend one game calling my opponent on it each time.
I know people don’t like soft scores. But until there’s actually a neutral ref for every single game standing over it for the entire time, which is impractical, you can bet without soft scores you’ll continue to hear douschebaggery like picking up dice quick.
Personally, I don’t care about game specific dice. The best kind are black on a white surface and that is that.
I would expect it at tournaments, but Gailbraithe was talking about his RPG group. That would be a miserable bunch of players to run a game for.
I have no idea what soft scores are. If you want better dice for a tournament though, I have found that Gamescience do in fact give genuinely random rolls, which actually improve your odds. A handful tend to roll “better” results on average because the individual dice aren’t inadvertently weighted toward a specific result. May just be me though.
Soft scores are basically a lesser of evils way of trying to get you and your opponent to score each other in good faith. Basically, invented (as far as I can tell) at GW tournaments, with the intention of driving people to have fun rather than be obsessed with winning (and therefore cheating), you would score your opponent on painting, army composition (cheesy or a good idea, for example) and sportsmanship.
Of course, jerks would reduce scores of opponents just for losing. Despite the hate of that, it still proved to happen a minority of the time, despite the hype and superstition of it happening all the time. Also, people winning the tournament generally deserved to win. It wasn’t the best system, though, for seeing how each and every individual ranked, and created a lot of butthurt.
Q-science and Q-Workshop are two different companies, right?
“Anyways, the shoulder pads are too small on these dice to fit the PP aesthetic.”
😀 That was good, sir.
I don’t see the problem. The numbers can be seen clearly, and the rest of the design is simple enough compared to the black-orange dice.
I like dots better as well, and I have the GF9 set, but I will buy one of these too.
Way too over-designed for me.
Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks these are terrible. Way too much going on for no good reason.
Wait, what? How the hell do you sell dice without Kickstarter?
I DON’T KNOW!
Must be magic dice.
Hilarious comments aside and there have been some good ones, I don’t see the problem with these. They’re completely readable to me anyway. I’ve seen much worse, and they fit in pretty well with the PP aesthetic.
I’ll echo the “way too busy” sentiment. I don’t really see the appeal for a dice on which the design takes priority over the number we’re supposed to read…
It’s cool that they Q-workshop can achieve that level of detail (which Chessex and other manufacturers of laser-etched dice cannot match, in my experience), but it often feels like they’re showing off rather than trying to present a coherent design.
If you think that’s cool – check how many of the “supposed to be etched and filled in w/ink” portions of most of my current Q dice are…and I’m not JUST looking at you green dragon dice.
I can’t use the one’s I’ve got. Even the glamor shot is a fail. The real things will not deliver and will slow your game down trying to add up stuff you can barely read.
My dice were designed by M.C. Escher. I struggle just to pick the damn things up.
Nice…they look pretty sweet to me! I like the faction specific aesthetic.
Here’s a thought Q – how ’bout an Escutcheon on the 1, a faction symbol on the 6 – and friggin BIG NUMBERS on 2-5…
This is a game, not art appreciation. The same crap on 5 sides just looks boring anyway – no matter how involved the design.