The Summoning is Complete – Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice Set

I don’t know if I’ve previously made this obvious or not, but I am a big fan of dice. I love ’em, and I wish I had more. There are some companies out there making dice out of amazing materials, but of course, the cost is pretty amazing too, and not in the cheap way, either.

I went for the more affordable option, and from probably one of the best known dice manufacturers out there, Q-Workshop.

Back in March this year, Q-Workshop collaborated with Chaosium to put up a Kickstarter for a set of metal Call of Cthulhu dice. I already had a couple of sets of Cthulhu dice from Q-Workshop, but I didn’t have a set of metal dice, so I signed up. I paid my $69 US for a full-sized adventure set, plus stretch goals. A lot of others obviously wanted them too, because they got $283,207, beating their $50,000 goal quite significantly.

Now, I have stated a few times how I don’t like Kickstarter anymore, but some things I just can’t resist. And besides, Q-Workshop, as I mentioned, is a well known and well established company that has made countless sets of dice, and they had a successful project prior to this. Q-Workshop also have their own factory, so they don’t have to rely on someone else to make the dice. They can design, produce, test and improve all within their own factory, which is greatly beneficial.

Now on to the important part, the dice themselves.

Being metal, of course they are heavy, which I like. To quote Boris the Blade:

Heavy is good. Heavy is reliable. If it doesn’t work you can always hit them with it.

These dice feel like you could use them as bullets, and after digging them out of the corpse, or the wall behind, go straight to a game and roll for sanity (leaving a trail of blood and chunks across the table top, of course). I am lucky I have a dice rolling tray with a layer of foam at the bottom, because these dice could destroy wooden table tops. The detail is superb, even on the smaller die sides, like the D20. One might expect the finer point detail in metal to be poor, but Q-Workshops moulding techniques must be pretty good. The style and design is very good with tentacles and tiny fanged mouths at each corner and an Elder Sign instead of the high number on each die. The black paint filling all the deep areas has great coverage. It is everywhere it should be and nowhere it shouldn’t. They also produced another set of the same dice, but with green paint instead of black, but I didn’t get those.

I feel like I’ve forgotten something….

Oh yeah….

THE STRETCH GOALS!

Kickstarter projects normally have stretch goals, and this one was no different. Some of the goals were add-on items, like play mats, but most of them were bonus sets of dice added to the pledge levels. In addition to the metal dice, I also received four sets of plastic dice, all custom made for this Kickstarter. While the metal dice will be available for retail sale once all the Kickstarter pledges have been shipped (and at a greater price), the plastic sets will never see retail distribution.

The four sets are:

Red – Nyarlathotep

Green – Cthulhu

Yellow – Hastur

Blue – Azathoth

These are all up to the normal high standards of all Q-Workshop dice. Each set has a different design that is relevant to its character, with the high number replaced by an icon representative of that character. They really are superb. The amusing thing with these die sets is the packaging. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, these dice will not be made available again, but they made retail packaging as one of the stretch goals. A nice touch.

One of the other stretch goals was a small dice bag. It is pretty standard in its construction and materials, but the picture printed on it is cool.

The final component in the box was a bonus die. Q-Workshop have a tendency to throw a promotional die into the packages they send out. It is a D6 with a different pattern on each side, obviously showing off those patterns to tempt you into buying more. A cool little bonus, since I like unique dice.

The metal Call of Cthulhu dice are not available for purchase right now, but they will become so in the future. Going by the price of the Pathfinder metal dice (their previous Kickstarter), the price will probably be around $99 US. But that shouldn’t stop you heading over to Q-Workshop for a look at all their interesting dice. They even make custom dice, too.

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