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All the RPG Games You can Play with a Polyhedral Dice Set

Looking to expand your tabletop gaming further than D&D? With a set of polyhedral dice, there are many more games you can play. Some of these games are simplified to play with just a 6-sided die, while others require you to use the same array of dice you do for D&D.

1. Pathfinder

Pathfinder is a fantasy tabletop dice-based RPG, very similar to Dungeons & Dragons. Players will travel the world solving problems, unraveling mysteries, and collecting treasure. As you travel the world, you’ll encounter brutish monsters and deceitful traps, mysterious ancient ruins, and politically corrupt cities.

Pathfinder 1st Edition is based on D&D 3.5, while 2nd Edition Pathfinder diverges from the formula to be more unique. You can also take the ruleset out into the galaxy with Starfinder, a science fiction variation of Pathfinder.

2. The End of the World

The End of the World is an apocalyptic dice RPG comprising 4 books – Zombie Apocalypse, Wrath of the Gods, Alien Invasion, and Revolt of the Machines. As the names suggest, each book offers a different apocalyptic scenario to explore. While each book shares the same rule system, they exist independently and are completely self-contained experiences. At the cross-section of horror and adventure, The End of the World is a great option for those wanting to branch out of fantasy roleplay with their polyhedral dice.

3. One Deck Dungeon

One Deck Dungeon is a more straightforward and comprehensible dice RPG. Conquer every dungeon, defeat every foe, prevail over every danger. Sounds easy enough, except there are enemies lurking around every corner ready to take you down. Once you clear all three foes, you can then take on the boss. But if your party runs out of health, it's game over. Compared to some other games on this list, One Deck Dungeon is a quicker game, but that doesn’t mean it’s easier to win!

4. Blades in the Dark

Who doesn’t love a good steampunk setting? Blades in the Dark is a dice RPG game about overcoming the darkest troubles and hardships of society with wit, instinct, and communication. Players are members of a thief gang who steal from the ultra-wealthy in the city of Doskvol. Each session is centered around a job or operation. The gaming setup allows each session to flow smoothly, letting players make their plan as they go along rather than spending a large chunk of time doing so at the beginning.

5. Cyberpunk Red

From steampunk to cyberpunk, here’s a dice RPG game that’ll take you into the future. Players can create characters for all walks of nightlife. You’ll navigate the city’s social stratosphere as you fight for survival, interacting with gangsters, corporations, and everything in between. You’ll tackle various missions and jobs, with each player in your party bringing a different skill set to the table. This RPG dice game tackles all kinds of topics, ranging from unregulated capitalism to environmental devastation and the nature of humanity. Cyberpunk Red is just as topical and fun today as it was when its first edition came out back in 1988.

6. Quest

Quest is a highly accessible tabletop game, perfect if you want to include friends who aren’t as familiar with the format. Instead of focusing on details and rules, Quest focuses on the key actions of the roleplaying – explaining characters’ actions and immersing players into the world. Creating characters in Quest takes about five minutes and campaign preparations are more geared towards giving players fun and engaging storylines to follow. Additionally, the rule book is easy to follow for new players, so anyone can get involved. Because of all this, the Quest dice RPG game is especially recommended for playing with children.

7. Call of Cthulhu

A good scare is always a good time. Call of Cthulhu is the quintessential horror RPG dice game. Players take on the roles of investigators, scholars, and journalists who travel around the world, uncovering cults and conspiracies, and even otherworldly monsters. Unlike other dice RPGs, Call of Cthulhu focuses on the characters' psychological erosion as they uncover ghastly truths and oftentimes, players should run away rather than fight, giving Call of Cthulhu a distinctively terrifying vibe. Given its spooky atmosphere, it’s only appropriate that this polyhedral dice game got its namesake from an H.P. Lovecraft story.

8. Coyote & Crow

This dice RPG is as socially relevant as they come! This game presents a futuristic version of Earth that has been transformed by the global climate crisis. But that isn’t all; this game goes one step further, and imagines a world in which colonialism never happened, thereby breaking from the ranks of traditionally eurocentric RPGs. Players take on roles that are indigenously inspired, using technology and a force known as Adanadi to navigate this post-apocalyptic world. The rulebook even details how non-Indigenous players can respectfully portray characters without relying on stereotypes and cliches.

9. A Game of Thrones

Many of us are familiar with the source material, but often this RPG dice game has flown under the radar. A Game of Thrones takes players into the low fantasy world of Westeros, where you can explore the political intrigue, magical mystery, and harrowing adventures. While this game is a rare find, for those who do have access to it, it’s definitely worth the time. This dice RPG is especially good fun for those who are fans of the books and show.

10. Fiasco

Think of the neo-noirs of the 90s - Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Grifters - and put them into an RPG dice game. Fiasco divides the gameplay into a number of scenes, allowing players to develop their characters and craft their relationships as if they were in a crime movie themselves. Unlike other RPGs, there is no game master in Fiasco. Instead, players take turns describing what happens in each scene. This RBG is truly a cinematic experience (complete with an unexpected third-act twist) that’ll take players through numerous settings and scenarios, with both tragic and comic results. Fiasco is highly recommended for those wanting a non-fantasy polyhedral dice game experience.

May 11, 2022 — David d
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Playing a Cleric in D&D for Beginners

Faithful servants of holy deities, clerics used to be a class people would hesitate to play, as they’d end up being used as healing machines. That changed in 5e. Thoughtless bots no longer, clerics can now be played in a myriad of ways to suit your chosen character path. Be the classic designated healer, pick up a mace, or carve a destructive path forward fueled by holy fervor with a combination of awesome abilities. Here’s how you can begin playing a Cleric in D&D 5e.

What Are They?

If you’ve played a game of Dungeons and Dragons before, you’ll know there’s a lot more to it than just really cool dice. Knowing the kind of background clerics generally come from, and the one yours comes from in particular is the first thing you should do before you begin playing.

Your cleric could be an exalted priest of a holy deity in a faraway temple, or just an ordinary follower who’s been chosen for greater things. If you’d like to spice it up, clerics in D&D 5e can be spiced up with inventive new backstories. Perhaps your particular cleric doesn’t worship a merciful god, but rather a destructive and maleficent force of destruction. The fun in D&D comes from what you can bring to your character, so consult your DM and feel free to play your cleric in 5e a way that speaks to you. 

Once you’ve chosen a backstory, you can always tweak the way you’d like to play your heretic by specializing into a particular playstyle. Clerics can be played in a similar way to paladins that tank damage for the party, or even as melee characters that get into close range with enemies using faith-based magics. If neither of these appeal to you, you can always play your cleric in 5e the classic D&D way - standing afar and healing your party.

Class Abilities

Actually getting down to play a cleric in 5e will involve at least a basic understanding of what your character can do. 

  • Spellcasting: Spellcasting is a cleric’s forte. Using the blessings of the particular god that is your patron, you’ll be able to cast a range of spells from generic area-based and individual healing to faith-based enchantments that increase a weapon’s damage. The first thing that determines the strength of your spells is the Wisdom ability. The higher this attribute is, the more spells you can prepare, the higher your attack modifier and the higher your spell save DC will be for enemies to resist your abilities.

    Clerics are prepared casters, which means you’ll be choosing a set of spells at the start of the day, and you’ll have to rely on these for the remainder of the day. If you’re having trouble keeping track of all the spells you’ve got available, a combat tracking pad might come in handy.

  • Channeling: As you’d expect from a cleric in D&D 5e, a major portion of your power comes from channeling the grace and fervor of the god you’ve chosen to worship. The most widely known use of channeling holy power is to ‘turn undead’, where, if you roll correctly, you’ll have the chance to cause all nearby undead within 30 feet to run away.

  • Later levels: People who play clerics in 5e will pick up a significant amount of power as they level up, which means the class scales very well into the late game. An example of this is the ability to simply destroy undead units if chance favors you. At level 10, you’ll even be able to commune directly with your god and ask them for a favor!

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Choosing a God

Channeling divinity isn’t the same for every cleric in D&D 5e. One of the most exciting aspects of playing such a class is the fact that the god you choose to follow as a cleric can completely change your playstyle as a cleric. Choosing different gods for different campaigns will completely alter your experience and is a perfect example of the kind of versatility that clerics can bring to the party.

Since the gods you can choose may change depending on the campaign you’re playing, it’s easier to classify them into domains rather than going into detail about every divine being. 

  • Death Domain: This domain is an edgier offshoot from what you’d typically see from an undead-busting cleric. As the name might imply, the death domain allows you to play a 5e cleric that’s more oriented towards dealing high DPS rather than sitting behind and healing, although you’ll still have access to rudimentary healing spells. Most of your damage will come from cantrips.

  • Arcana Domain: The arcana domain allows clerics in 5e to dip their toes into D&D wizardry. You’ll gain access to the classics like magic missile as well as cool new wizard cantrips that do much more than just firing spells off from a distance. An underappreciated quirk of the Arcana domain is the ability to create a melee-focused cleric that can get up close and personal while still having access to ranged abilities.

  • Life Domain: If the edge and violence of the nonconventional cleric divinities don’t appeal to you, playing a life/holy domain-based cleric is the way to go. If you’re looking to play a standard cleric build that focuses heavily on healing, it would be hard to do better than with the life domain. You’ll be able to use multi-member healing spells that can easily bring your entire party’s health back up after a grueling battle.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Pick your domain and squeeze the most out of it to really see how versatile clerics can be. If your chosen domain seems difficult to play or understand, stick with it for a while, you’ll be surprised how many struggling players later end up getting dice that match their characters.

The ‘Life’ of the Party

Clerics are one of the best classes to get into D&D 5e. They’re versatile enough to deal damage heavily in close quarters or rain magic from far away, there’s always going to be a play style that suits what you’re looking to do. Whether you’re looking to get into playing clerics, or aspiring to be the DM of your dreams, you’ll find a veritable arsenal of dice and D&D accessories to match your campaigns at Dice Envy.

April 11, 2022 — David d
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The Best Types of Tabletop Gaming Accessories

The best tabletop games always go a step beyond what’s expected. When you’re guiding your party through the Ghosts of Saltmarsh or alien Warhammer worlds, it’s the little things that make those long gaming sessions memorable. The right set of tabletop gaming accessories can make a big difference in the way you play.

It’s got to be said that there is no strict ‘best’ board game accessory. The tools you decide to keep at your side through those long tabletop sessions should be determined by what you’re actually playing and personal preferences. For example, A set of standard polyhedral dice is always fine when playing a cosmic D&D campaign, but a special metal set decorated in starry colors can do so much more for creating an incredible experience. 

Dice Bag

No one begins playing tabletop games with the intention of racking up accessories, but somewhere between your first nat 20 roll and your latest victory over a cataclysmic threat, you’ll end up with a sizable collection of dice. This board game accessory is one of the best ways to get all your precious dice together in one place and also protect them from the elements. Not only are dice bags handy for carrying your dice around to a friend’s place, but they’re also designed in a way that adds character to any gaming session.

Shelf Liner

Shelf liner is an unlikely hero when it comes to tabletop game accessories. Anyone who’s played an intense game of Catan has experienced the infamous ‘earthquakes’. A single jolt of excitement or even an accidental nudge into the table can send the tiles flying all over the place, making you lose track of where your settlements and roads were placed. Shelf liners save the day by keeping your board in place even through the roughest of games and campaigns. Just roll your shelf liner out on the table first before putting down your game board or tiles, and the textured surface will help keep everything in place.

They’re pretty much universally applicable to any tabletop game, but they’re especially useful for tile-based and role playing games that need absolute precision in unit placement. As a bonus, they usually come in a variety of colors that you can mix and match for a more atmospheric experience.

A Campaign Notebook

What was the name of that chaotic Elf wizard we met last session? What’s the potion we need to lift that curse? Great note taking saves campaigns, and a notebook just for your campaign keeps them all together. It’s a great way to save all the epic moments of your campaign, and let's face it, you’ll probably run out of room on the back of your character sheet by session three.

The best board game accessories make your life easier while still making the game an even better experience for everyone involved. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a beginner or even an expert player, we’ve all had moments of confusion struggling to remember a cantrip or ability in the heat of battle or the middle of roleplay. Juggling a veritable mountain of new information that comes with every new D&D campaign can be a brutal task.

We’ve also got to give a shoutout to combat tracking pads a great tabletop gaming accessory for keeping last combat’s damage totals out of your main notes so you can find the important stuff sooner. You can use these to stay on top of all the developments that happen through a game. Keep track of your active buffs and when they expire, your abilities, any debuffs, and more with a simple sticky pad designed for tabletop games.

Gaming Tables

It’s one of the best board game accessories around - the mythical gaming table. Expect to find these in the home of a die hard tabletop gaming aficionado, and for good reason. This tabletop gaming accessory is designed completely with the player in mind, and every facet of it suits a particular need.

Gaming tables often have grooves to accommodate cards and tiles. They’re generally also made of special material that suits dice rolls. And some models even have removable tops to save your combat session for next week when you need to. The trade-off is that they are much more expensive than other gaming accessories, so don’t feel pressured to trade up from that old folding table before you’re ready.

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Trays!

As far as tabletop gaming goes, trays are some of the most inexpensive accessories you can buy for yourself and your friends. Component trays, for example, are inexpensive ways of keeping all the different moving parts that go into a table top RPG in one place. As different dice, tokens, and markers change hands throughout a long session, keeping track of everything can be a hassle, a problem that component trays solve.

As for those people who are fully specced into D&D, a padded dice tray is a must have to keep your premium wood dice safe from damage, or keep your metal dice set from damaging the table. It’s also a great way to keep them from rolling onto the floor. Dice trays are some of the best board game accessories in terms of the value you get for your money.

Stickers

If you’re an avid DM or just a frequent member of a gaming party, chances are you and your friends probably have an accessory or two in common. The best way to differentiate yours from theirs is with a cute or kick-ass sticker.

Stickers are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of tabletop gaming accessories, but the right set of stickers can add so much more personality and charm to your gaming desk or dice clutch.

Gaming in Style

The charm of tabletop gaming was and always will be that all you really need for a good time is a solid surface and friends to play with. That’s a vision that’ll keep tabletop gaming alive, but there’s no reason not to make this incredible board game tradition your own with some of the best accessories and dice from Dice Envy.

April 08, 2022 — Coalition Technologies
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How to Play Bard: Being the Best Bard You Can Be

So, you want to play a bard. Maybe you’re new to D&D, jumping on the post-Stranger Things trend, or you’re an experienced player looking to try a new class. Either way, this guide will walk you through the basics of how to play a bard in D&D. Having a fundamental understanding of this class will not only help your effectiveness as a player, but it’ll also make the game more fun!

How to Play Bard in D&D

Bards are an extremely versatile and complex class, as they have the ability to be proficient in many things; they can cast spells, fight in combat, and possess rogue skills. While this versatility puts bards at a great advantage, it does mean that they don’t have the sheer innate power of more focused classes, like wizards, rogues, or fighters.

Above all, bards are performers. This is important to remember because most of their skills and spells involve interaction with other creatures and NPCs. They thrive in the spotlight and in social interactions, making them a natural front-person for the party. As such, charisma is arguably the most important stat for playing a bard successfully. Other stats that are well-suited for bards are wisdom, constitution, and dexterity—which you choose to focus on will depend on how you want to play your character.

Wisdom is a helpful stat in social interactions, usually fit for bards that act as the face of the party. Constitution is great for players who want to focus on bards’ spellcasting abilities, as it will help them keep concentration on complex spells. A high dexterity stat is beneficial for offensive bard fighters.

You’ll want to keep these stat preferences in mind when choosing your race because certain races improve certain scores. Typically, half-elves, tieflings, and halflings are your best bet for a bard, but changelings, satyrs, and humans could work, too.

Choosing Your College

Colleges are subclasses for bards that you gain access to starting at third level. Each college has a distinct focus, which can slightly adjust how to play bard in your campaign.

If you’re playing D&D 5e, you can choose from the following colleges for official, non-homebrew campaigns:

  • College of Lore - focuses on magical abilities, all about knowledge and truth-telling
  • College of Valor - good option for an offensive bard, tells classic Homer tales of heroes, battles, and adventure
  • College of Glamour - focuses and charm and beguilement for mind manipulation
  • College of Swords - weaponry-focused, for rogue-leaning bards
  • College of Whispers - the sneaky, Littlefinger-esque bard with psychic powers
  • College of Creation - perform bard duties with the belief that all life follows an unseen work of art
  • College of Eloquence - uses logic and wordplay as an artform, think debate and forensics
  • College of Spirits - uses spirits (the dead kind) to tell tales, like a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark bard

Spellcasting

Bards usually rely on magic during their adventures. Many of their spells are of the supportive variety, to help heal and aid their allies in battle. Their spell list does include some damaging spells, but this is typically not the bard’s strong suit. When you’re learning how to play bard, keep their charisma stat in mind, as this will affect their spellcasting.

One attribute that distinguishes bards from other spellcasting classes is their magical instruments.

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Instruments

While not all bards will have an instrument, they almost all start out with one, and many will use them for their spells. You’ll want to pick a good musical instrument—after all, you’re a performer!

Here are some of the basic musical instruments available:

  • Bagpipes
  • Drums
  • Dulcimer
  • Flute
  • Lute
  • Lyre
  • Horn
  • Pan Flute
  • Shawm
  • Viol

Remember that you’re able to change your instrument throughout your adventure and that it can be a useful tool for roleplaying!

Backstory

A great backstory is essential to playing a bard in D&D. Bards are storytellers, so their backstory is especially important! There’s no formula for crafting a good backstory—just keep in mind what a bard does and what that means for their lifestyle. Traveling from town to town, meeting different locals in taverns everywhere… Bards lead interesting, adventurous lives, and your backstory should reflect that!

Start Playing a Bard

Now you’ve caught up on some of the basics of playing a bard in D&D, it’s time to get started! Make sure you’ve got all the supplies you need, including your dice, a pen and paper (if you’re playing in-person), and your character sheet. Once you’ve got your group and your tools, all that’s left to do is play the game and have fun!

March 31, 2022 — David d
How to Play a Rogue in 5e

How to Play a Rogue in 5e

Now, we believe you should play a character however you feel like it, but if you are stuck, uncertain on how to play a rogue in 5e, we got you covered. But remember: watch your back and keep a blade handy (and some dice nearby) because you never know who's going to strike first. Along those lines, before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to create and play a rogue, there are two golden rules to playing a successful and powerful rogue: understanding the importance of dexterity, and choosing a sneaky playable race.

Prioritize Dexterity!

When building your character, your abilities will help define that character. A rogue’s strengths are not in strength, and while there are other abilities that can help your class (we’ll get into those when talking about subclasses), when building a character remember that dexterity is what makes your rogue be a rogue. When learning how to play a rogue in 5e, remember that dexterity is what will save the day.

Races

Along those lines, research playable characters. While you can be a rogue regardless of what race you choose, there are a few races that have natural advantages and will help you get an advantage in the early game when playing a rogue:

Halfling

  • The classic, from Bilbo Baggins to today’s D&D games, halflings have always been known as the classic rogue of a party.
  • They are small, skilled, and nimble with their fingers.
  • Naturally, they have a +2 to Dex (essential if you want to have an easier start when learning how to play as a rogue in 5e), along with lightfoot.

High Elf

  • Elegant, mystical, skilled with a bow, another perfect example of a great rogue.
  • They start out with +2 Dex, +1 Int, and get a free wizard cantrip to start.

Forest Gnome

  • Another nimble race, the forest gnome has talents that make them a skilled rogue.
  • They start out with +2 Int and +1 Dex and the spell Minor Illusion to start, which is great if you want to trick a wary guard or distract a merchant.

‘Just Between You and Me…’

This is a tip that can really be applied to any type of D&D character, but if you want to know how to play as a rogue in 5e and have fun while doing it, it would be helpful to know your character before you play. Knowing whether your character is good or bad, chaotic or orderly, and what their backstory is can be monumental in how your character will act. Having a backstory is a great way to build this character, giving a logical explanation to why you are playing a rogue a certain way. But of course, writing a backstory off the top of your head can be intense, so if you feel overwhelmed when trying to think, I highly recommend talking to your other players and the DM, who can help flesh out your character, and therefore how you can play as a rogue in 5e.

Workshopping your character with your fellow players and the DM doesn’t just help build your own character’s background, it’s a great way to create world-building together. By workshopping your character with your DM, your DM might open up the possibility of quests focusing on your past, and how you and your fellow players have known each other and the world around them. Working together is what D&D is really about, it’s about collaborating and creating an exciting and heart-pumping story that you can live in with your friends, and all you need is a bit of imagination and a bunch of dice.


But don’t worry! If you can’t build a backstory, a lot of people build a character through simply playing. The best way to learn how you can play as a rogue in 5e is by playing.

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Sneak Away

Rogue’s are essential to any D&D party because of a few skills:

  • Stealth—the selling point of any skilled rogue. Stealth is how you perform sneak attacks, sneak around and pickpockets, steal vital quest items, and cause general mischief as a rogue.
  • Lockpicking—who else is going to shimmy open windows, crack open prison cages, and reveal the treasures inside of chests? The answer is no one.
  • Detect Traps—another skill that will make your dungeon diving adventures a little more bearable, the ability to detect traps is a literal lifesaver when playing a rogue.
  • Sleight of Hand—snatching keys, stealing emeralds, grabbing the map to the treasure, this is how you can (and should!) play as a skilled rogue in 5e. Pickpocketing is a skill invaluable when it comes to finding an alternative to fighting your way through the world.

When building your character, make sure to prioritize these skills. As the rogue, you have a special set of skills no one else in your party can fulfill. And the more you use these skills, the more you realize how invaluable you are to the party.

Knowing Your Subclasses

You can always play the classic rogue, but below are a wide variety of subclasses, and each one can be played a certain way, and changes how you can play as a rogue in 5e.

Arcane Trickster

  • If you want to bring magic to the rogue class, this is the subclass for you.
  • Not only can you bring illusions and optical trickery, but powerful destructive spells as well.

Assassin

  • Assassins are great at infiltrations and (duh) assassinations.
  • This means you’re the ultimate sneaky killing machine, doing even more damage when doing a sneak attack.

Inquisitive

  • If you want to try playing a rogue that is insightful and perceptive, this subclass is meant for you.
  • This is a perfect character to play if your campaign is filled with trap doors, invisible doors, and liars (like a court drama).

Phantom

  • If you want to learn how you can play as a rogue in 5e who speaks to the dead, like a walking, talking, and stabbing ouija board, the phantom is right for you.
  • You also will have the ability to use necrotic damage without casting spells.

Mastermind

  • Like the inquisitive, the mastermind is best used in a game with a lot of social interactions.
  • If you want to manipulate, lie, deceive, and trick your way to the top of the world as a silver-tongued devil, look into being a mastermind.

Scout

  • The scout is built for a ranged character, so if you want to be a sneaky rogue that mostly attacks with a bow, the scout is meant for you.
  • If you want to know how to play as a rogue in a 5e campaign that is in the woods, this is a great choice because the scout has survivalist abilities as well.

Soul Knife

  • A creature all its own, your playing is psionics-based, coming from a pool of psionic energy allowing you to attack the enemy with psychic blades.
  • If you want to try playing a psychic rogue, the soul knife is for you.

Swashbuckler

  • Ahoy! The swashbuckler is a reliable combatant (even when compared to the other subclasses).
  • Along with their combat skills, a swashbuckler is a charmer and it is recommended to dump skill points into Charisma. If you ever wanted to see how you play as a rogue a la the classic Jack Sparrow pirate in 5e, the swashbuckler is the perfect fit.

Thief

  • The classic rogue: reliable, sneaky, and nimble.
  • It might sound boring choosing the thief over these other subclasses, but if you want to have a lot of fun without being in over your head, the thief is the perfect place to start.

Losing is Fun

Depending on your DM, D&D can be a difficult game, and sometimes your character just might die. But remember, that thrill—the fear where you don’t know if your character will be caught or will even be alive at the end of the battle—is what makes D&D so much fun. And more importantly, it’s how you learn to play a rogue in 5e. The more you play a certain role, the better you are going to be. Failure is an essential part of life, without failure you won’t learn how you can be the best version of your character, and nowhere else is this more relevant than when you are playing a rogue.

Get Creative

Items are a whole new way to learn how to play a rogue in 5e. Before a character goes out and adventures, they are going to need tools, and a rogue, as a master of tricks and traps, is going to need a whole lot of tools. Do your research on items in 5e.

You’ll fall in love with researching every item because every item could be a new way to solve a problem. Grappling hooks, props, disguises, as a rogue, the world is yours, you just have to be mischievous enough. Playing a rogue is about being invisible, and navigating the world your way.


The rogue is a class full of fun and mischief. Its versatility allows you to learn how to play a rogue in 5e the way you want to. You just have to get out there and see what you like. Don’t be too afraid to break a rule or two. There’s a reason you put all those points into stealth.

 

February 08, 2022 — Coalition Technologies
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RPG Dice that Match Your Character

When making your next character you want everything to be perfect. The tragic backstory, the personality, and their portrait need to fit that fantasy of yours, but shouldn’t your rpg dice reflect your character as well? There are an endless amount of RPG character dice sets out there for you to choose from, so it might feel a little bit overwhelming. Here’s a helpful guide for nine classic classes for you or somebody in your life to get the perfect dice set that reflects your character’s class, making you entirely immersed in the role-playing experience.
December 16, 2021 — Coalition Technologies
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D&D Dice Explained

D&D dice sets are the heart of any D&D or other tabletop RPG game. They’re the tools that you use to traverse the world, battle enemies, calculate the flow of events, and possibly create some new timelines along the way. They are fate distilled directly into an object in your hands. However, with so many pieces coming together to make a full set, there’s a lot to know before comfortably using them. Once you get familiar though, it doesn’t take a galaxy brain to understand. We’re going to break down the basics of D&D dice one by one.
November 17, 2021 — Coalition Technologies
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10 Gifts for the D&D Enthusiast in Your Life

The holiday season is approaching, and we all know what that means: presents. And quality time with loved ones. But everybody loves a good present. The key, of course, is the “good” part. You wouldn’t give a movie enthusiast a Suicide Squad Blu-ray. That would be like a punishment. Similarly, you want your D&D gifts for the special people in your life to be great. This list is a good place to get started. Below you’ll find the ten best Dungeons and Dragons-themed gift ideas that will be sure to wow that special someone. Give them a look and be the cool gifter this holiday season.

1. Arcane Vein

Arcane Vein is a metal D&D dice-set that ranks as one of our most popular offerings. It makes a great D&D-themed gift because it’s sleek and versatile. It’ll offer something for a wide range of players, no matter their interest or skill level. People love cool-looking things. This is one of the coolest looking D&D gifts you can get for a DM or other players.

2. Holoverse

Holoverse dice set

Holoverse can be best summed up in one word: colorful. Players can leave behind reality and enter the endless bliss of the Matrix with these dice. Colors are brighter, things feel more real. Your loved ones are going to love this D&D gift for how eye-catching it is. They don’t even need to play D&D to appreciate it. They can just stare and admire it.

3. True Neutral

It’s smooth, it’s transparent, it’s what Apple wishes the iPhone looked like if not for technology limits. True Neutral is the perfect Dungeons and Dragons gift idea for those who enjoy the mysterious qualities of crystal-clear coating or just like a classic aesthetic that will never go out of style. Black and white is classic for a reason.

4. Woodwind

Woodwind is a premium wooden d20 die that’s designed specifically for music lovers. Each side has music notes in place of numbers for the user to add up. It’s a great D&D gift for bards or anyone who appreciates a classic musical feel.

5. Pumpkin Dice Latte

Pumpkin Dice Latte dice set

Okay, so we’re a little basic for this one, but that just means we’re widely appealing. Pumpkin Dice Latte captures all the greatness of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the essence of fall. This D&D gift for a DM or anyone else works perfectly if they love pumpkin spice or love fall so much they wish it wouldn’t end.

6. Infinity Dice (Metal Healer Gold Edition)

There’s no denying it: everybody loves gold. It looks elegant, luxurious, and valuable. Combine gold with our unique patented infinity d4 design, and you get Infinity Dice (Metal Healer Gold Edition). In addition to its glossy feel, the dice have golden pixellated hearts as marking symbols. It’s a perfect D&D gift for any gold or retro lovers, ideally both. Both is good.

7. America’s Ass

America’s Ass dice set

The MCU isn’t the largest film franchise of all time for nothing. This Dungeons and Dragons gift idea captures the classic feel of Captain America for any lovers of the franchise, or those who simply enjoy playing by a code of honor. With America’s Ass on your side, anything is possible. Your loved one will appreciate you for it.

8. Combat Tracking Pads

They may not be flashy like our other D&D gifts, but Combat Tracking Pads are a crucial tool for any serious D&D players. They keep track of all the valuable combat and stat information so your loved one doesn’t have to! The greatest gift you can give to your loved one this holiday season is having to do less math.

9. Desert Planet

If your loved one was as hyped for the release of Dune as we were, they’re going to love Desert Planet. Or maybe you just happen to really like the desert. Either way, this is a great D&D gift for a DM or anyone else. It has a smooth, reddish-orange finish mixed with light magenta to produce a dreamy, textured feeling that people love.

10. Midnight Sigil

Help your loved one conjure power from intricate runes using Midnight Sigil. This D&D gift is a classic gold-on-black design that gives the impression that they were crafted long ago for magical purposes. And now they’re going to bring magic to the table. No Dungeons and Dragons gift idea is better suited for arcane enthusiasts.

Christmas present boxes

Make Holiday Shopping Easy

Beyond securing the best gifts for D&D lovers in your life, you can be assured that getting them through us is as simple as possible. Not as simple as reading your mind simple, but pretty simple. Our online ordering system makes it easy to get dice shipped straight to your door. And you can contact us if you have any questions or issues that come up. You can gift smarter and easier this holiday season with some help from Dice Envy.

October 14, 2021 — Coalition SEO
New Art DND Work

New Art DND Work

What is your favorite part about Dungeons and Dragons?

Personally, I love the crunchy number systems like 3rd edition. I love a good crit at an opportune moment. I love a character that slowly matures from a one note joke to a complex hero with motivations beyond what I originally had in store for them. But most importantly, I love my D&D community. I think in a world that can feel impossibly isolating D&D is a promise to sit down with friends regularly.

Dice Envy's New Look

If you've been a fan of ours for some time you might notice are website has a new look. I want to talk about specifically about the banner image that welcomes people to our shop. You'll notice something different here from our competitors. Usually, a dice company will put their best and newest product on the top of the page. This is a totally intelligent move. However, after thinking about what makes D&D great we choose a new route. Instead of focusing on product we are focusing on the joy that emerges when playing with friends. We started a series of art commissions. The prompt is "Dungeons and Dragons Characters Playing D&D." Other than the prompt, we are giving creative license for the artists to draw whatever that means to them.

Who are the artists?

Fan art is so important to what it means to be in the larger D&D community. Not only do we have so many people that love art in the space, they love drawing their favorite characters from both their home games and from the streaming world. We wanted to include those voices in this project. We are reaching out to independent graphic artists and D&D fanatics to get some truly unique art that celebrates the joy found at are weekly (hopefully) game nights.

Our first artist is by @lassflores. You should check out her Twitter and totally hire her.

 

September 10, 2021 — David d

March 2021 Pride Box Update

Hi Subscribers,

I just wanted to give you a heads up about the March Pride Box. We had a little production error and it pushed back the completion of the order by a week or so. This pushed fulfillment back too. The Pride and Gluttony subscriptions should ship out next week. I apologize for the delay.

 

 

David

Dice Envy, Owner

March 31, 2021 — David d

Subscription Box Update : April - May - June

As we close in on month three of grappling with Covid-19, we know many of you battle grief and exhaustion.  

We don't take lightly the opportunity to bring some joviality to your lives through the small act of slinging math rocks.  Know we're grateful, and we appreciate your continued business.  Right now, we're asking for your continued patience.  

Covid-19 unexpectedly delayed our second batch of dice this year.  We custom-mold every set, which takes time.  Our overseas partners are experiencing a backlog of orders, which has impacted our April and May shipments.  

The good news is: our June dice will be on schedule.  And you should have received all dice for February and March. 
 
Pride Boxes

April’s dice are all in the mail. Everyone should have received the “Liches Get Riches” set. 

May’s dice will ship next week but lack the additional d6. We will include the late dice in a future subscription. If your subscription expires before then, just send us a request for the late dice at hello@diceenvy.com, and we'll get it to you. 

Envy and Gluttony Boxes
The Envy and Gluttony boxes for April and May will arrive in June. 

April subscribers should have received an email with a $20 code to our site as an apology.  We want to offer you a set of dice on the house.  If you didn't receive the code, email us at hello@diceenvy.com. 

We want to avoid this from happening again. 
To prevent this kind of delay in the future, we have pre-ordered our dice for the next twelve months.  In addition, we are now contracting with multiple factories in multiple countries to stabilize our supply lines.  

Check our blog for any future updates.  And as always, we appreciate your business and your patience.  

Stay safe.  Stay well.  Play games. 

6/16/2020 Update:  We received the dice in the mail for all the prior month's. We are currently prepping the sub for shipping now. We are shipping everything (April-May-June) next week.

 

May 27, 2020 — David d

Backordered Dice Are Here

All February and March dice have arrived and we are working like mad to ship them off to you. We expect them to all be in the mail by Friday.
April 21, 2020 — Aabria Iyengar