MDG Engraved Aquamarine 16mm Polyhedral Dice Set
MDG Engraved Aquamarine 16mm Polyhedral Dice Set
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Metallic Dice Games makes polyhedral dice sets and accessories from gemstones that run the gamut. This set is made from aquamarine: a calming, cleansing gem that evokes the purity of crystalline waters ... Read More

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reswright
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Jun 17, 2019
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Another set of hand ground irregular dice made out of an engineered material. I can see slight irregularities in the shapes just by looking at the picture, and the reviewers say the same thing. The numbers also look pretty patchy, and if they look bad on the ad copy what do they look like when you get your dice? Seriously, what, does Drop have a warehouse of these things they're stuck with? At least this ad doesn't say the stone is natural. (Just as a minor point of reference a real hunk of gem quality natural aquamarine is going to cost you way way more than these dice will, if that helps you understand what you're buying.) You know that friend of yours who bought something that he thought was really cool and distinguished and he was all 'look at my thing I bought' and you looked at it and realized he'd been taken for a ride? And you were like 'um dooders, not so much' and then the two of you prolly bickered a little bit because no one wants to be that guy who bought the bait and then got teased by their friend. Right after that he stops showing it off to everyone. Funny how that works not as intended, isn't it? Well, if you read the reviews for these MDG dice carefully, you're going to see people saying the same thing again and again -- they look pretty but are bad at being dice, they crack when rolled, they're irregular. Just read them. They're all like 'wow these are really pretty! But they broke when I rolled them and my buddy noticed from across the room that the 20 sider was irregularly shaped. But that's ok right?' Uh, is that really ok? You're the customer. You tell me. My own personal take is that no, that's not ok. My word of advice -- if you just like how they look in the light and want your friends who don't read Drop reviews to be impressed at your buying power, go ahead and buy them. if you want something that won't break and will roll true, go find a nice pretty set of Chessex. You can literally buy two pounds of Chessex dice for the cost of these. of course, they aren't made out of gemstones, but as everyone here has been steadily discovering with each purchase, dice made out of semiprecious stones are just an expensive way to buy bad dice and feel like you got taken for a ride. People be like 'don't blame the workmanship' like the workmen weren't the one who decided to make dice out of bad ideas. Like if you bought a set of these dice and you're listening to me talk and it sounds all haughty and superior or whatever, just understand that I've bought my share of dumbass stuff like this in my life too, and worse. That's why I have such a deep seated opinion about build quality being important. There's a lot of people who make things like dice who know that some of what customers want is a bad idea, but they don't dare correct their customers, they would rather keep their mouth shut and sell the customer what the customer thinks they want and need. I much respect the Steve Jobs approach which realizes that while the customer THINKS they know what they want, their ideas are often well off base, and you do more for your clients by using your own expertise to have a better idea of what they truly want and need.
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Jun 17, 2019
JeffWilder
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Jun 18, 2019
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In counterpoint, I bought a set of these, and they are, so far as I can tell, just as good in faces and angles as any of the high-quality acrylic or resin dice I own. In fact, I keep waiting for MDG to offer their mint-green set with engraved numerals, so I can get those, because these dice are genuinely, strikingly, gorgeous. I use mine regularly, rolling in a leather dice tray. No issues whatsoever. I don't think people should just suck it up if they get a set with problems. Contact MDG. I spoke to the MDG rep (owner?) at GenCon '17, and he told me that if I had any problems with the dice -- including breakage, if they were treated reasonably -- that MDG would replace the affected die or dice. I believed him.
Jun 18, 2019
reswright
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Jun 18, 2019
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It all depends on the problem, and how much you value your time. There are things you can reasonably expect to happen to a decent item while shipping, there are minor imperfections that can sneak through QC, there are occasionally larger ones that get through. Sometime someone's just making an artistic product like handmade dice and the fact that they're irregular shouldn't surprise you. They're handmade. You the buyer had a different standard from them, that's all. Stuff like that's all above board, it might indicate a problem with the vendor but not necessarily deceit. But there are also things that when you get them, indicate that something else is systemically wrong with the vendor, and the odds just aren't in favor that it was an accident. Like, say, the vendor advertises dice made out of natural cats' eye chrysoberyl, and dice arrive that are made with a green resin binding simulant crystals. It would be impossible to mistake one for the other while working with them. That didn't happen by accident. No one slipped, tripped, fell down the stairs and accidentally did that by mistake. No one's elbow innocently jostled a box full of simulants that had just innocently and accidently been left right next to the line making all the dice out of the real cats eye that obviously we were all intended to get instead. There's intentional deceit somewhere in the process. Either the owner knows about it or he's got so little control over his facility that you can't trust his trademark anyway - either way, it's a no go if you understand game theory. The way this works is they sell a bunch knowing they'll take a hit on a few, but only a few because, quite reasonably, most consumers don't have a digital microscope or a jeweler's loupe or a micrometer, only those people who can see a defect by eye are going to report it. And to be fair they might not even care, they might just like how pretty they look. Those consumers if they speak up can often be managed by existing assets in the community (like so!), or they can be diverted, or any number of options -- with modern storefront tools, suppressing a poster's statements is not only easy, sometimes it's close to automatic -- based on machine learning. The point is you're dealing with a company that sees customer service not as a means of taking care of customers, but as part of a deceptive process. I'm some kinda weirdo -- and I know that enough of these 'mistakes' are nothing of the sort, that I don't always feel any particular compulsion to play along with everyone who runs it up the flagpole and goes 'but but but this doesn't sound right, you should call our customer service line right away'. It might be different if I were spending money on dice that I need for food or something, and I just absolutely didn't feel like i could afford to get taken on this deal, but I try not to put myself in situations like that. If it costs less than what i make an hour, and it will take longer than an hour to get my refund, they're offering me a lose lose proposition and believe me they count on it. I try to take that into account before I buy. Besides, I don't want to buy things from people who only did the right thing because someone was willing to call them on it. I figure I can't trust them to act in my best interest and I don't want to bother wasting the energy staying on point with them, ever vigilant for the lurking bamboozle. Only way to win is not to play, you know? At least that's how I see it. I freely acknowledge that there's other ways to see it -- this one's mine. :)
Jun 18, 2019
AronBC
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Apr 19, 2019
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Argh, I always want 3d6 in my dice sets. I guess they aren’t sold that way. <sad>
Apr 19, 2019
anro
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Oct 1, 2018
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Is this the same material as the cat's eye aquamarine, or is this a different stone?
Oct 1, 2018
iansannar
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Oct 3, 2018
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They appear to be the more expensive engraved variant of the cat's eye aquamarine, yeah. https://metallicdicegames.com/product/engraved-cats-eye-aquamarine-full-sized-16mm-polyhedral-set/
Oct 3, 2018
Sava
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Aug 5, 2018
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I got the dark blue ones for my bday aug 3rd and love these MDG dice. Brother has a bunch for dnd and they are amazing. I already join the drop and can’t wait to see them.
Aug 5, 2018
Boov
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Jul 27, 2018
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Absolutely beautiful dice. They look different from every angle and the lettering is really crisp. They have great weight and satisfying sound. A perfect compliment to my aluminum dice. d20 weighs 13.85g. I have one issue though, the d20 is way oblong. The second and third pictures show the non uniform angles on the d20.
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Jul 27, 2018
CSMACA
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Jul 26, 2018
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Just got these dice yesterday, and I have to say that they're really high quality. Great etched and painted numbers, no defects, came individually wrapped and packaged in a seperate but together package (think a weekly pill container). I would advise, as others have, not to roll these on a hard surface, or rolling them into each other, as they are definitely susceptible to cracking.
Jul 26, 2018
Regulith
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Jul 2, 2018
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I'm definitely not an expert, but no matter how closely I look at the numbers on these dice they look very much painted-on and not engraved. Am I missing something?
Jul 2, 2018
DocSharpe
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Aug 5, 2018
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This is a buyer beware situation...some of these come with engraved numbers....others have come with just painted. They really should sell them separately, since the painted ones are still cool.
Aug 5, 2018
Sava
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Aug 6, 2018
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My brother has a set and they are engraved then painted in the engravin.
Aug 6, 2018
Jalara
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Apr 20, 2018
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Are these natural gemstone or a synthetic gemstone?
Apr 20, 2018
Iliamel
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May 22, 2018
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ro my humble opinion, they look to NICE to be natural real. They more like like synthetische real.
May 22, 2018
YdidIBuy
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Apr 18, 2018
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I've seen a similar set on Etsy but the color for the set on Etsy looks more green-blue aquamarine. Does anyone know the true color of this set?
Apr 18, 2018
amw253
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Apr 17, 2018
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The shop.metallicdicegames.com website shows a picture of "engraved" Cat's Eye Aquamarine with Gold Ink at $80, and a "painted" Cat's Eye Aquamarine with White Ink at $45. Looking at the D20 image, the digits have a slightly rough look to them, which matches the "engraved" process, not the smoothness of the painted process. Factor in the font colour and the price, and these are *probably* engraved. But not all their gemstone drops have been. Just my opinion.
Apr 17, 2018
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