I’ll admit, I was just a little stumped about what to write today. Oh, I have things for tomorrow and Thursday, no problem. But today I was struggling.
And then it arrived. The package I have been waiting for since I placed my order ten days ago. The parcel that had me staring out the window everyday as the postman dropped off the mail, my shoulders slumping in disappointment when no package materialized.
Today my Dragonchow dice-bags arrived!
Now, you may say to yourself, what’s the big deal? A dice-bag is a dice-bag, right? Oh my friend, how much you have to learn.
Let’s look at design first. Unlike the traditional dice-bag which is basically a draw-stringed envelope of fabric, the Dragonchow dice-bag has a flat bottom and four sides. This keeps the opening upright, thus keeping your dice from spilling all over the table. This design also makes the bag extremely spacious for it’s size. Both it and my old dice-bag are the same height, slightly over 4″. But my old envelope-style bag could hold two sets of dice, three if I crammed them in. I just dumped all the sets I use for playing/GMing into my new bag; this includes three full sets of dice, an extra four d20s, about ten assorted other dice, and a “brick” of 36 d6s (in case of an emergency Shadowrun/Star Wars game). And it is only half full. Two obvious conclusions: I need more dice, and this bag is gold-pressed awesome!
Other great design points? Each bag is fully reversable, so if you want to change things up for another character you can do it with ease. The drawstring has a locking toggle, so when you pull the string tight and slide the toggle in place your dice remain locked up tight! And if you get one of the super-awesome tall bags with a pencil strap, you have a built-in location to hang your pens and pencils.
With all of that, if these were just plain black bags they would be swell enough. But along with this wonderful design, Dragonchow offers a wide range of fabric patterns (56 in the standard bag, 21 in the Pencil Strap bags currently), enough to suit every walk of gamer. And should you stroll through the site and not find something to suit your fancy, you have the option of ordering…a custom dice-bag! How can you possibly go wrong? (Hint: you can’t)
And if all that were not enough, Dragonchow’s owner/proprietor Lyndsay is an absolute delight! My package arrived with a “Finally, they’re here!” scribbled on the envelope flap. Inside I found a little thank-you card hand-written by The Lyndsay herself. And as an added bonus, each of my bags came with a complimentary d20 (which I of course rolled right away. I got a 14, 5, 17 and 8.) And if you are lucky enough to follow her on Twitter, you will know she has a wicked sense of humour.
I cannot recommend these bags highly enough. If you aren’t lucky enough to track Dragonchow down at a con, then don’t hesitate to slide over to their site and order a bag or three. Your dice will thank you for it!