Privateer Press announces new custom faction dice

By Polar_Bear
In Accessories
Mar 13th, 2013

Privateer Press announced they’re coming out with new faction-specific dice.

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  • CaseyJone5


  • blkdymnd

    Ugh, way too busy

    • Piston Honda

      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.

      • Piston Honda

        duh, I mean “fancy facing”

        • jedijon

          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?

    • Piston Honda

      Considering they are Q shop, they should be etched, if not I would be surprised.

  • kalamadea

    Blech! Should’ve just remade the Gale Force 9 ones. Or better yet, simply have let GF9 continue making the old ones.

    • joesmokem

      Battlefront owns GF9 now. PP probably doesn’t want to fill their coffers more than they have done already.

  • GhedJennar

    When it comes to dice, less is more.

  • maestro

    Ugly. Just, plain ugly.

  • Gailbraithe

    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.

    • Soulfinger

      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.

      • KelRiever

        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.

        • Soulfinger

          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.

        • KelRiever

          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?

  • McMordain

    “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.

  • Ghool

    Way too over-designed for me.
    I`ll pass.

  • Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks these are terrible. Way too much going on for no good reason.

  • tuco

    Wait, what? How the hell do you sell dice without Kickstarter?

    • Ghost

      ^ lol

    • KelRiever

      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.

  • mathieu

    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…

  • Nightbee

    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.

    • jedijon

      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.

  • Soulfinger

    My dice were designed by M.C. Escher. I struggle just to pick the damn things up.

  • Wolverine-X

    Nice…they look pretty sweet to me! I like the faction specific aesthetic.

  • jedijon

    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.