Several years ago, I was directed to a web site of an international company that specialized in doing hand crafted and custom gaming dice for set use for such games as Dungeons and Dragons. Being a long time dice collector and gaming enthusiast, I quickly began browsing their wares. Later that year I ordered from them online, despite a pricey tag for some of the custom D20’s and a Euro to Dollar conversion that made it even a little bit more expensive. When I got my assortment of gift dice and dice that I would use in my current DND game, I was tickled as these were a rare find.
Here is it three or four years later and the company, Q-Workshop, continues to grow and grow, as well as put out unique, creative, and just cool looking eye candy Dice for the gaming industry.
Over the past few years, for those of you unfamiliar with Q-Workshop’s dice or body of work, take a look at their website and you will see some familiar names there. Games such as Arkham Horror, custom Pathfinder or 3.5 DND dice can be found there, Munchkin dice, Deadlands dice, Earthdawn dice, great looking DND dice are all over the place, Call of Cthulhu dice, and even custom nationality dice for games such as Axis and Allies, etc. Q-Workshop really covers the gambit from the super popular to the independent, the role playing games to the board games. And their dice look fantastic and unique in a dice industry where the big dice makers such as Chessex, look to put out a new color every year on the same old dice.
Yep, their expensive, I get that. But, you get what you pay for in my opinion. If you want a $20 game, you can find excellent $20 games out there, but if you want to be blown away with quality, miniatures, board, artwork, and all the bells and whistles on a new board game, you will more often than not see yourself drifting over to the Fantasy Flight Games big box editions of board games where your eyes begin to melt with cool things to look at. It is not so different here with Q-Workshop’s dice. You can have a standard set of RPG dice run you $9 – $10 bucks at the local gaming store or at a local gaming Convention, or you could order a $20 set of custom Q-Workshop dice off of their website or a web supported retailer that carrier them and pay a few more bucks for shipping. I will take unique quality over redundant quantity every day for my rollers.
Q-Workshop is also beginning to gain more support in that you can now order them online from multiple retailer sources, not just directly off of their website, although that is still certainly an option. I was tickled to see Amazon.com carrying a wide variety of their dice for this Holiday Season!
If you’re interested in checking out some of their latest dice sets, I have included some shots and pictures on a slide show with this article. I have already picked up a set of the yellow Dwarven Dice which is great and just ordered a set of the new Forest Green nature dice that look fantastic as well. Browse over the very nice Dwarven sets, Elven Sets, and Forest Sets as well as the glow in the dark Elvish Runes set and their eerie black and green Cthulhu Dice set. These are really different and unique dice and commend Q-Workshop for thinking out of the box with their dice creations! I would highly recommend their products for stocking stuffers or Holiday shopping for that gamer in your life!