D&D Accessories: Wiz Dice

Today I’m going to try something a little bit different. Usually when I discuss Dungeons & Dragons, it is to talk about a book or provide an update on my home game. But there’s so many aspects of this hobby that can be of interest. For example, accessories are an absolutely crucial element to any D&D campaign. Now, when you think about D&D accessories, there’s two things that immediately come to mind; miniatures and dice. It’s dice that I want to focus on today.

A lot of times, when people mention D&D one of the first visuals to pop in my head is that of a Crown Royal bag filled with a slew of sparkling dice. As any D&D player knows, a set of polyhedral dice is required to play. For many players, their first set of dice was included in the D&D Starter Set. Other players often inherit a mismatched collection from friends or family. You’d think something as simple as little plastic dice wouldn’t really change much over the years. But you’d be surprised. Back in the old days, when I first started playing, a set of dice was sold in a plastic tube and often included a crayon. The crayon was used to color in the numbers on the face of the die so that they were easily readable. Back then, most die were either single-color solids or translucent. These days, dice come in a variety of various colors and the numbers are almost always pre-painted. Today, you can buy dice that are solid, transparent, translucent, or even a mixture of colors. Often times, the translucent dice are chock full of various eye candy (glitter, flecks of paint, etc). If you can dream it up, someone’s probably made a die to match.

Typically, a set of poly dice will cost you anywhere from $10-$20 depending on the quality. If you’re like me, one set of dice is just not enough. I’m not saying that with a collector’s mindset, I mean it. Often times you will need to roll multiple of the same type of die at a time. So having a handful of complete sets at your disposal is crucial. That’s why I want to talk about Wiz Dice.

Wiz Dice is a polyhedral dice manufacturer. When it comes to obtaining poly dice for D&D, they are my go-to company. Their products can be found in some hobby shops, but they also have a presence on Amazon. So why do I recommend Wiz Dice over other more popular die manufacturers? The answer is simple: VALUE. A single set of poly dice from Chessex is going to cost you around $12. While a bag containing twenty complete sets of Wiz Dice costs only $30. It’s a no brainer.

Currently, Wiz Dice sells four complete sets of dice. Each set constitutes a full “series” (or design run).  Let’s take a closer look at what they offer:

First up, is a collection called The Bag of Holding. The Bag of Holding contains the entire run of Wiz Dice’s Series 1 offerings. The sets included at as follows:

Bag of Holding – Click to enlarge

 

1) Opaque Black   2) Opaque Yellow  3) Opaque Red  4) Opaque Purple  5) Opaque Green

6) Opaque Blue  7) Opaque White  8) Opaque Orange  9) Translucent Yellow  10) Translucent Orange

11) Translucent Blue  12) Translucent Green  13) Translucent Red  14) Translucent Purple  15) Forbidden Treasure

16) Smoke  17) Copper Sands  18) Serpent  19) Imperial Gem  20) Horizon

 

I REALLY like this collection. For starters, the sets included in this bag represent Wiz Dice’s earliest offerings. It features some really classic looking dice. Here we have eight sets of opaque dice, six sets of translucent dice, and six “fancy” sets. The opaque and translucent sets included here are reminiscent of the type of dice found in the early days of the hobby. By today’s standards, these basic single-colored dice may seem boring to some. But for me, they spark a sense of nostalgia that I absolutely love. For this reason alone, I think this may be my favorite collection of theirs. Not to mention it includes a classic style bag to keep them in. These are my go-to dice.

However, if you’re looking for something a little more interesting, there’s always the Bag of Devouring. This collection features the entire Series 2 run (also known as Alchemic Oddities). This collection includes the following sets:

Bag of Devouring – Click to enlarge

 

1) Royal Bubblegum  2) Dwarven Brandy  3) Sylvan Spirits  4) King’s Random  5) Faerie Fire

6) Cloud Drop  7) Drowskin  8) Dragon Scales  9) Mountainheart  10) Boiled Bile

11) Abyssal Mist  12) Philosopher’s Stone  13) Astral Echoes  14) Stardust  15) Diamond Dust

16) Jade Oil  17) Arcane Aura  18) Basilisk blood  19) Swamp Ooze   20) Lucid Dreams

 

As you can probably tell, this series features a collection that is a little more exotic. Many of the colors in this bag are magic themed. There’s still a handful of translucent offerings, but this collection also features a number of “creamy” looking colors. There’s some really good looking dice in this collection, but it is honestly probably my least favorite set. Still, you can’t go wrong with anything here.

Next up, is a collection that features Wiz Dice’s entire Series 3 (Trickster’s Trove) run. It is the aptly named, Bag of Tricks. This collection includes the following sets:

Bag of Trick – Click to enlarge

 

1) Skystone  2) Dreamless Nights  3) Ambrosia  4) Bloodlust  5) Blighted Grove

6) Desert Topaz  7) Quicksilver  8) Sea Glass  9) Celestial Sea  10) Dragon Berry

11) Midnight Nebula  12) Forge Embers  13) Ghost Jade  14) Enchanted Clay  15) Cherry Blossom

16) Sticky Ichor  17) Goblin Teeth  18) Sparkle Vomit  19) Penumbra  20) Crimson Queen

 

I like this set quite a bit more than the Bag of Devouring. Here we have the return of some solid-colored sets, a couple translucent sets, and even some smokey-colored sets! I can’t put my finger on the reason why, but I really like the dice included in this collection. They are simple, yet colorful. It’s just an all-around attractive collection to look at.

But wait… there’s more! Finally, we have Wiz Dice’s newest release; The Bag of Splendor. As you might have guessed, this bag features the entire collection of Wiz Dice’s Series 4 run – also known as Painter’s Palette. This collection includes the following sets:

Bag of Splendor – Click to enlarge

 

1) Cinderbloom  2) Northwind Breeze  3) Witching Hour  4) Nightshade Extract  5) Death Diamonds

6) Poisoned Apples  7) Precursor’s Legacy  8) Grimstone  9) Blood Oath  10) Harvest Nectar

11) Poxbringer  12) Frostbourne  13) Flamekeeper  14) Winter’s Dawn  15) Midnight Runes

16) Grave Moss  17) Mystic Matcha  18) Argon Ocean  19) Kingfisher  20) Fairy Quartz

 

This collection is probably my second favorite. It features a couple of translucent sets, but the majority of this bag features brighter, colorful dice. And I mean that all the way around. More than a few of the sets included here feature numbers painted with exotic colors. Most dice on the market have numerals inked with either white, black, gold, or red paint. This set features numeral colors like pink, orange, blue, green, etc. All of this makes for a very unique collection!

In closing, I have to admit, I’m a dice addict. I’ve bought multiple copies of these bags over the years. I know, you don’t really need THIS MANY dice. But, what can I say? I’m a collector by nature. Realistically, one of these bags contains more than enough dice for the average person. So if you’re just starting out, I wholeheartedly recommend any one of these collections as a launching point. You just can’t beat twenty complete sets of dice for the price you’d normally pay for three. Wiz Dice offers a quality product at a simply AMAZING value.

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