NewbieDM Review: Tomb of Annihilation dice

Posted on September 21, 2017 by


Wizards of the Coast was kind enough to send over a box of Tomb of Annihilation goodies to review. I’m still digesting the adventure, including the D&D Beyond version I purchased, so that review is forthcoming (spoiler: the adventure is really good), but I thought I’d at least give you a look at the dice.

The idea of themed dice is kind of odd to me, as I’m used to having a big old dice bag full of random dice (I’ve never been a dice snob to be honest), but here we are–marketing is strong with this one!

The dice come in a green-tinted tin ( 4.7 x 1.7 x 4.7 inches) with the iconic green devil face embossed on it. The tin itself is pretty cool, and I can imagine using it to store the shredded character sheets of characters killed as they make their way through the module keep your dice in it.

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As far as the dice, the set includes 10 green tinted (maybe french grey) polyhedrals:

  • 1d20 (mysteriously of a different color than the rest of the dice)
  • 1d12
  • 2d10 (one being a tens die)
  • 1d8
  • 4d6
  • 1d4

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The dice come on a removable foam tray, allowing you to use the tin for other things…. Like storing the shredded character sheets of characters killed as they make their way through the module.

A few thoughts:

  • 4d6? Is that for new players to have enough d6 to roll stats at character creation? if so, nice touch!
  • 1d20? Wait… Advantage/Disadvantage is a new ICONIC core mechanic for 5e…. In my opinion a new sacred cow for D&D. Why not include an extra d20?

The included d20 is of a different tint, which leads me to believe that maybe there was a plan to include another d20 of the same color as the rest of the set. Or not. Who knows? It seems like a missed opportunity.

Themed D&D dice sets should really include 2d20’s moving forward, especially considering the Adv/Dis core mechanic. Just a thought, WOTC!

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By the way, I rolled the d20 a few times and it rolled well, so PCs beware!

So to close up this mini review…. the dice are nice. The tin is cool. I don’t know that I would pay $19.95 for a set of dice, but again, your mileage may vary, and you can probably find them cheaper online.

Disclaimer: Wizards of the Coast supplied the dice set for review.

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