Friday, July 25, 2014

A Wiz Dice Review (With Pics)

The other day, I came home to a pretty cool surprise--my wife had raided my Amazon Wish List and purchased a bag of 100+ Wiz Dice! There they were, on the table in all their dicely glory.

(I should explain that I am normally a Gamescience man, but the recent uncertainties, reported poor dice quality, and ownership change with Gamestation have not been easy on those of us who like our "precision" dice. As a result, Gamescience have become rare, and the price has gone way up. I have hope for their booth at Gen Con under Lou Zocchi, but for now, it's a tough road for the Gamescience fan).

I've been looking for some good dice for my loaner sets, for my box of "reward dice" for my gaming group, and for a couple of other projects. So precisely what did the Wiz Dice bag yield?

The kids and I poured out the dice on the table, and started putting complete sets together. We ended up with 13 complete sets of polyhedral dice. Some were rather plain green or red, but some had a nice sparkle effect or sort of a whorled look:

13 sets of 7 each yielded 91 dice. There were 7 in a small wiz dice dice bag--sort of a blue/gray swirl set. There were another 13 dice that were "strays"--mostly part of a green set and a white set. Overall, I had 111 dice in this bag, almost totally evenly split between each dice type.

As far as the dice quality, they aren't Q-Workshop, but I'd say they're on par with what you'd get from Chessex or Crystal Caste. The numbers are big, and except for one set of white "cloudy" dice, are pretty easy to read. I only found a few where the number paint was chipped at all--of course, at Amazon, it says the bag will contain "no factory seconds", so take that as you will. Compared to the Chessex Pound-O-Dice, there seems to be more complete sets in Wiz Dice, which is going to be a big plus for many.

Overall, this was a really nice surprise, and I think 100+ polyhedral dice for $19.99 is a pretty good deal. I was able  to put together some nice loaner dice bags, and had plenty more left over for the general pool and other projects. Wiz Dice are currently available at Amazon under free Prime Shipping, if you want to check them out for yourself. They'd be great for a group who's just starting out needs to grab some dice for everyone, for folks who like to have a healthy dice stockpile, or for anyone looking for some pretty nice dice at a pretty good price.


Stu Rat said...

That's a very good price, especially if the distribution of dice in your bag is fairly typical.

I got a couple of the Gamestation dice this week, and they were somewhat disappointing. The plastic seems "wrong" as compared to my older Gamescience dice. Hope Lou gets the ship righted.

Unknown said...

Cool! Thanks.

Zachary Houghton said...

@Stu Rat: I agree. I'm really hoping the Gamescience dice this year at Gen Con yields good results.

Zachary Houghton said...

Booth, that is.

Mike Saxton said...

I just ordered a bag of Wiz Dice also. I ended up with 15 complete sets and 6 additional dice, for a total of 111 dice in my bag. We'll worth the $20 on Amazon.