Unboxing January 2017 Dungeon Crate

Unboxing this months Dungeon Crate “offering symbols of peace, luck adventures, and missteps all things we encounter throughout a year of gaming.”

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January’s box contains a D20 yin/yang t-shirt from armorclass10.com. While we really like the design of this shirt we are not enthused about the way the design is printed on the material, similar styles in the past have cracked and faded rather quickly. It also has the armorclass10 logo printed on the top center of the back.

Next, we have a  Ki-Rin coin from Rare Elements Foundry. “Ki-Rin are a race of aerial creatures whose hooves rarely touch the earth, for they dwell amid the clouds and behind the winds. Females are never encountered and Ki-Rin are always solitary. They sometimes aid humans if the need to combat evil is great. The coat of Ki-Rin is luminous gold, much as a sunrise on a clear day.” This coin has some good weight to it and is a good size, but it is a little awkward for flipping because of its size. It has some fine detail and the aged look it has is nice with a four-eyed Ki-Rin on one side and the Rare Elements Foundry logo on the other. (quarter for size reference)

 

Then we have a critical fumble deck from Nord Games. This is a full set of 52 full-color cards for when you roll natural 1’s. Each card has four entries, one for each attack type; melee, ranged, natural, and magic and includes a severity level in the upper right corner of each card ranging from Awkward (recommended for lvl 1) to Disgraceful (recommended for Lvl 13).  This is our first encounter with the deck and some of the “fumbles” seem silly in the scenario, we were able to play out some of the fumbles but others were unnatural to roll play out.

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We also got a mini adventure “The Pententieyrie” from Adventure a Week, suitable for 5th edition Lvl 4-5. “An ancient carving, an avian goddess, and a demonic path to adventure await.” These are great little adventures easy to throw into a campaign for those times when the DM just isn’t quite as prepared as you would like to be and need a little more time.

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There was also the digital crate that came with a PDF of the Pententieyrie AAW, a PDF Adventure Chronicle e-zine from AAW and a PDF 5th edition character sheet by Javier Aumente that has a layout that we really like because it seems like it will be easier for the kids to use.

That’s it for this months box, there wasn’t as much as there has been in previous month’s boxes the reason for this being that the items in the box were a higher price. At first, we were kinda excited about the T-shirts inclusion but after some thought had a change of mind, while I do like the shirt I would prefer to see more content like from previous boxes. Overall we were a little underwhelmed with this month’s box but do understand the reasons for less content and that sometimes its trial and error with things.

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Adventure Vault Unboxing

Unboxing Dungeon Crate’s Adventure Vault sample box, a great value at $20. Ideal for if you want to try it out before committing to the subscription or  as a gift for the tabletop RPGer in your life. According to Dungeon Crate, the boxes are randomly put together with leftovers from previous months boxes. This is what we got in ours.

First up we got a set of 7 glow in the dark polyhedral dice from Metallic Dice Games.

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There was also a grab box of dice including two glow in the dark d8, a d20, a d12, a d6, and a percentile. Not bad, after all, you can never have too many dice.

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Next, there is a Reaper Bones Water Weird figure.

There was also a wooden d10 coaster from PigseyArt and just like I did with the d12 from the August Box I turned this into a magnet for the toolbox.

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Got one more die, a d6, from CoolGuysNation.  This seems to be a promotional piece for their website.  To the best of my knowledge, they do not have a store to purchase from.

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There were four Adventure A Week mini dungeons, three Pathfinder and one for 5E.

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Finally, my favorite thing in this box, from Advanced Deployment a set of four acrylic Elemental Figures. As well as a set three Magic Circles and Five Blood Spatter Tokens.

Overall I was really happy with everything we got in this box, it was a great value and will probably be something we purchase again in the future.

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Dungeon Crate Unboxing August 2016

Unboxing this month’s Dungeon Crate with the theme Shadows of Darkness it was a pretty good haul.

 

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August box included a Wraith Coin from Rare Elements Foundry. I just love this, it is beautifully done and has great detail. Not sure yet how I am going to incorporate it into my game at this point I think I might use it as a kind of initiative marker in front of the character tents. (nickel for size reference)

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Next, we have a wooden D12 coaster from PigseyArt. This coaster is just great, last month was a D20 and it says there are two more in coming months to make a nice set of four really looking forward to that. I will not be using them as coasters though I’m making them into magnets instead and keeping them on my tool cabinet.

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Then we got a pair of Bones Dice from Koplow Games. It’s two D6 dice shaped like they were made from bones. These are a nice addition to my dice collection because you can never have to many dice.

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Also got a set of 10 bases from Elrik’s Hobbies. The are a mix of round and square 1″ slate bases which are great can always use more bases.

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This month’s box also had a Graveyard Scene from Advanced Deployment. This is a great little 8 piece set including ? tombstones with bases and two fences they are a hard plastic so they are sturdy and really quite cool. The flat colors and slick shininess of the pieces doesn’t really fit the look of the other tiles and pieces we use I will definitely use them anyway but probably be adding some detailing first to break up the flat color and give it more of the worn, gritty look many of the other pieces on my gaming table have.

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We got two figures in this the first a Ghost Miniature from Reaper. It’s an approximately 2″ plastic figure an easy one to paint if you are just starting in mini painting.

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The second figure is a Giant Undead Skeleton from Dungeon Crawler. This figure is pre-painted and approximately 3″. It is a good looking figure although a bit large for anything that my PC’s are currently ready for but I do plan on using it down then the road. The sword on this figure is pretty bent so it will have to treated to a nice boiling water bath and an icy dip to straighten it out but it’s an easy fix.

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So that covers everything that came in the box (Dungeon Crate also comes with a password for a Digital Crate with more fun stuff) overall I really liked this months box I am able to use everything in it so to that alone makes it a good value in my opinion unlike some other subscription boxes I’ve tried where not everything worked for me. Past boxes have all been great as well I haven’t been disappointed in any of them and I am really looking forward to what kind of things they have in future boxes.

I almost forgot there is, of course, the Dungeon Crate stickers too.

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