Greetings, readers! Every third week of the month is character profile showcase week, which means that we choose a character submitted by a member of the Little Dragon Corp community to feature on Dragon’s Digest. This week, we’re sharing Jiro Hazewater, who is one of our resident artist Amanda’s characters. Learn more about Jiro below:

Name: Jiro Hazewater (he/him)

System: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Age: 34

Race/Heritage: Human

Class: Cleric: Grave Domain

Equipment: Wooden mace, shield, holy symbol, and prayer book

Appearance: Jiro is 5’11 with blue eyes and red hair. He wears a plate armour set and a striking blue and silver hooded cloak.

Personality: Jiro is serious and likes to be in control. He is reserved, but can work in a team when the situation demands.

Goals: Jiro’s main goal is to get well enough mentally so he can see his children again.

Remember that we’re accepting character profile submissions on a rolling basis and featuring one character per month. If you’d like to see your character featured on Dragon’s Digest, see this post for details and fill out this form.

Greetings, readers! We hope this post finds you well. We’re loving the support you’ve always shown for us, but especially the past year or so with the pandemic. It’s been tough but we’re still making it through with online orders. We’re proud of the updates we’ve made to our site and we hope they’ve helped you, too. The only thing that’s missing are reviews of the different dice sets–we always love hearing what you think, what you liked, what you didn’t like–everything you tell us helps us learn more about what works and what we could improve upon.

That’s why we’re launching a new monthly contest: just write a review of a dice set you purchased and you’ll be automatically entered in our monthly draw to win a resin dice set of your choice. You’ll be asked to enter your contact information when you post your review, so if you win, we’ll be in touch. 

That’s all for this week! Stay safe and keep rolling those dice.

Greetings, readers! We’ve been hard at work over here, with several projects on the go at once.

First of all, thank you so much for your support of Gabrisaur Dice’s first Kickstarter campaign! We smashed through four of our stretch goals, which means the full collection of Pinkasaurus Rex, Neonasaurs, Blueceratops, Dice Tail, Brachioblue, and Pterodactyellow are on offer and all pledges have been upgraded from seven pieces to 11 pieces. You also unlocked Sunset, and we’ve made the Orange Orange set available as well! Be sure to check the Kickstarter page for frequent updates.

Right now, we’re running a 25% off store-wide birthday sale since it was Colette’s actual birthday on March 25. The sale runs until March 31 and you can apply the discount using the code birthday25 at the checkout.

And finally, we had the chance to hire a professional to take pictures of the store, and they are stunning (they really do put mine to shame). Check out the gallery below!

Greetings, readers! Every third week of the month is character profile showcase week, which means that we choose a character submitted by a member of the Little Dragon Corp community to feature on Dragon’s Digest. This week, we’re sharing Philine “Phil” Bjørneskinn, who is one of our resident artist Amanda’s characters. Learn more about Phil below:

Name: Philine “Phil” Bjørneskinn, she/her

System: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Age: 17

Race/Heritage: Kalashtar, but she thinks she’s just human

Class: Barbarian: Path of the Totem Warrior

Equipment: Great axe, two hand axes, javelins, explorer’s pack

Appearance: Phil is 5’2 and has long brown hair. She has amber eyes and wears a reddish-pink cape and a distinctive belt with a bear-shaped buckle.

Personality: Phil is soft spoken and curious, but she also encourages the people around her. She is also fond of company and likes to make friends. She strongly dislikes the colour yellow and would never wear it. Phil also has a fear of holes.

Goals: She has yet to be played in a campaign and is waiting to find out what her goal will be!

Remember that we’re accepting character profile submissions on a rolling basis and featuring one character per month. If you’d like to see your character featured on Dragon’s Digest, see this post for details and fill out this form.

Greetings, readers! We’re delighted to announce that you funded Gabrisaur Dice one day after launch! Thank you all so much for your support. We filmed a short and heavily-edited video of Gabriel thanking you for all your support. He is delighted that you’re interested in his dice and he cannot wait for you to receive them!

You’ve unlocked Pinkasaurus Rex, Neonasaurus, Blueceratops, and Dice Tail, one of the stretch goal sets. There are still more stretch goals to be unlocked — check them out in the image below and learn more on Kickstarter.

In other news, we’re still updating the site with detailed descriptions of each dice set, and we have a new shipment of Chessex borealis dice sets for sale. We’ve also restocked on gemstone dice sets on the Dragon World site. Finally, your resident blogger Sebastian is moving house at the end of the month so you might not hear from us for a bit, but rest assured that we’re still here. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for sales and new products.

Greetings, readers! We have a very exciting update: we’re preparing to launch a new dice collection from Gabrisaur Dice, which is run by Gabriel and Alex. The collection features three all-new sets (plus three more if unlocked!) inspired by different dinosaurs and is coming to Kickstarter very soon, with shipping and fulfillment by Little Dragon Corp. This week, I chatted to Gabriel and Alex to find out more, and to gather an exclusive preview for Dragons’ Digest readers.

Gabriel designed the dice for Gabrisaur Dice by choosing colour combinations from the pantone website with Alex. He also chose the glitters that he wanted and took inspiration from the dice sets made by Little Dragon Corp. When I asked him what his favourite colour was, he named pretty much all of them. He also loves dinosaurs of all kinds and came up with these sets based on dinosaur figurines that he owns.

All dice included in this Kickstarter will be a single print run, never to be produced again afterwards. This campaign will also be shorter than some of our previous ones, lasting only 15 days. We’re starting with three sets: Pinkasaurus Rex, Neonasaurs, and Blueceratops. If they are unlocked, you’ll be able to choose from three more sets: Dice Tail, Brachioblue, and Pterodactyellow. Check out the previews below!

Pinkasaurus Rex

P-Rex is a transparent Fuchsia base die infused with orange and purple injections. It is filled with orange glitter and written in a orange font.

Neonasaurus

Neonasaurus is a transparent light pink base die infused with a neon green and blue injection. It is filled with pink glitter and is written in a pink font.

Blueceratops

Blueceratops is a transparent light blue base die infused with a Azure blue and a dark Blue Injection It is filled with silver glitter and is written in a gold font.

Unlockable: Dicetail

Dicetail is a transparent violet base die infused with aquamarine and mustard yellow. It is filled with a fine silver glitter and is written in a black font.

Unlockable: Brachioblue

Brachioblue is a transparent turquoise base die infused with a light green and a baby blue injection. It is filled with silver glitter and is written in a silver font.

Unlockable: Pterodactyellow

Pterodactyellow is a transparent yellow base die infused with green & dark yellow injections. It is filled with gold glitter and written in a black font.

In addition to the above dice sets, we will also have some of the sets that Gabriel designed for Little Dragon Corp’s Hidden Gem Kickstarter available as add-ons. These are: Sunset, Orange Orange, and Fruits.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for announcements, and check out the preview page on Kickstarter here. Click “Notify me on launch” in the top left-hand corner to be the first to know when our campaign goes live. A very special thank you from Gabriel and Alex for all your support!

Greetings, readers! Every third week of the month is character profile showcase week, which means that we choose a character submitted by a member of the Little Dragon Corp community to feature on Dragon’s Digest. This week, we’re sharing Maximilian Veracruz, submitted by Ryan! Learn more about Max below:

Name: Maximilian “Max” Veracruz, he/him (pronounced MAK-si-MIL-ee-uhn • VERR-uh-KROOZ)

System: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Age: 27

Race/Heritage: Kobold

Class: Fighter, Eldritch Knight

Equipment: Longsword, shortsword, handaxe, shield

Appearance: Max is 3 feet tall and has blue scales. He often wears sunglasses that he bought in Emon that have the text”I ❤️ Emon” on the side of the frame.

Personality: Max is very excitable! He can be easily distracted by information and is always very enthusiastic in general. He is a bit of a mess as he is frequently distracted by potential romantic encounters. He is also easily wowed because he comes from a humble background.

Goals: Max’s main goal in life is to become a dragon! He is very passionate about this quest and has been spending his life doing all that he can to become one.

Most memorable moment: Max once rushed to a friend’s rescue and cast thunderwave to push aside the guards who were trying to arrest his friend. He was proud of it at the time, but the ramifications of this were rather long-lasting.

Fun fact: Max has met two dragons now and managed to get along decently with both!

Remember that we’re accepting character profile submissions on a rolling basis and featuring one character per month. If you’d like to see your character featured on Dragon’s Digest, see this post for details and fill out this form.

Greetings, readers! We hope you’re settling into 2021 and that it has been pleasant so far. Don’t forget to take advantage of our sale–use the code sale20 at the checkout for 20% off your order. Also, remember to add this promotional dice set to your basket for free, and to comment the word bubbles for a free d20 bath bomb with your order!

Onto the today’s blog post: you may have seen that our social media is abuzz with an all-new line of dice… the Dragons of Little Dragon Corp collection! It’s based on the adventures of Moonie the Dragon, who is our mascot. She’s been travelling across the globe and has met many more dragons, including some of her family members. We’ve made dice to represent each one of them, and you can check them out below:

Moonie the Dragon Dice

Moonie is our brand leader and the dragon closest to our founder Colette’s heart. She is the one who goes on adventures, finds all her friends and explores the world. She was left on the moon as a young dragon and grew up virtually alone. Her dice are a nebula blend of her main colors with the stars of the galaxy embedded into her colour structure. These dice are inked with a lovely silver, which makes them easy to read.

Zen Dragon Dice

Zen Dice Set- Dragons of Little Dragon Corp set. Blue and Brown

Zen has such a story to tell: once he saw the age of man, gentle and kind filled with curiosity and friendly. But then he watched as they turned on each other then began to blame the dragons.

They banded together to destroy the dragons, killing them all. Luckily for him, his village protected him. He flew to the highest mountain to hide where no man could reach him.

Over the eons of solitude, the elements became his closest friends, he felt his shape change as he became sturdier like that of earth. His mind became quick like wind gusting, his body sinuous like water rivers and his eyes sharp like that of a crackling fire.

These Zen Dragon Dice were an experiment in making a layered nebula effect. The solid brown layer reflects Zen’s core nature of being solid, then the nebula of green and blue represent water and fire. The clear base they have to flow in is the air that surrounds us, finished with silver ink.

Littlest Dragon Dice

Littlest Dragon is the youngest of all the dragons. His siblings are ancient but he just didn’t feel like hatching. Full of curiosity, he’s like a candy you have to slowly eat to finally get to his gooey centre. Littlest Dragon is based on Colette’s son Gabriel: full of joy and happiness.

The Littlest Dragon Dice are made with five layers of resin. The outer layers are a marbleized yellow, the inner first layer is a glittery pink, and the final layer is a translucent vibrant green. Inked with Silver ink this makes this set easy to read and fun to look at. In making these dice, we decided on five layers because children are made up of many magical layers with a pure inner core.

Mom Dragon Dice

Mom dice set Purple sparkle Dragons of little dragon corp

Mom had to make the ultimate decision when she flew back for her children, save one or try to save them all. Little is known about Mom, except that she fought the men who were trying to cut her and her children down.

Dad Dragon Dice

Dad Dice set- Dragons of little dragon corp dice

Dad Dragon Dice Was designed around the concept of stealth. Dad is the one you can only catch out of the corner of your eye because he blends with nebulas and the stars all across the galaxy.

Frump & Grump Dragon Dice

Frump & Grump are the two heads of one dragon with very different personalities. These dice are a solid layer with nebula on top. The solid black layer represents Grump, who is a very serious dragon, and the nebula side with glitter pink and green represents Frump, who is much more carefree and easygoing.

Terra Dragon Dice

Terra Dice Set Dragon of Little Dragon corp dice Yellow and orange

Terra grew up in the Amazon. When her mom was trying to save her, she was attacked and she had to drop Terra as she flew over the Amazon forest. The flowers are her friends and she grew up on the essence of the rainforest. Fully in touch with nature, Terra’s dice contain the vibrancy of flowers with hints of green for the leaves and stems.

Book Dragon Dice

One thin solid blue line with a light blue injected with brown nebula dice set with silver ink

Book Dragon was designed around the concept of imagination. The solid blue line represents the covers of the book, and the nebula with brown injected in is the creativity exploding out.

Puppy the Dragon Dice

Puppy Dice Set- Dragons of Little Dragon Corp set. Blue and yellow

Puppy the Dragon is perhaps the most loved of all the Little Dragons. He’s actually a Newfoundland beagle cross-breed that wears dragon wings and horns and thinks that he’s a dragon.

One day he wandered into a graveyard with massive bones everywhere. His eyes lit up with glee at all the tasty treats to eat, bury, and gnaw upon. He leapt into the air, landed onto a pile of bones and bit as hard as he could, when suddenly he heard a huge “ROAR”!

Scared, he whimpered and tried to run off when a big claw hand picked him up. In a much lower, calmer voice, he heard, “Oh, you’re just a wee pup. Do you want to stay and be my friend?”

Puppy was elated, he could chew on bones and had a nice friend who would take care of him. He has lived with the big bone dragon for the last 200 years.

The Puppy the Dragon set is a mixture of clear resin, opaque yellow and muted light blue. In a marbleized fashion, it’s one of Colette’s favourite sets. The window potential on these dice are indescribable.

Hello, Dragon’s Digest readers! For this week’s blog post, we have another character profile: Mahala Stonebringer who is another character from our artist Amanda! Learn more about Mahala below:

Name: Mahala Stonebringer, she/her

System: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Age: 21

Race/Heritage: Human

Class: Fighter, Champion

Equipment: Longsword, backpack full of supplies

Appearance: Mahala is 5′ 7″ and she has long black hair, light brown eyes, and tanned skin. She usually has at least a part of her hair up at any given time.

Personality: Mahala is adventurous, headstrong and loves a competition. She enjoys sports, being in the mountains, and gambling and drinking. She dislikes the arts, sweets, and the Raven Queen.

Goals: Her main goal is to find exciting adventures to go on.

Most memorable moment: Mahala was cursed/blessed with the tattoo of a blue bird and ordered to destroy all of the ravens following her party as they were ravens of the Raven Queen, whom she was the only party member to not follow.

Fun fact: Mahala was raised by dwarves in the mountains.

Remember that we’re accepting character profile submissions on a rolling basis and featuring one character per month. If you’d like to see your character featured on Dragon’s Digest, see this post for details and fill out this form.

“That’s 17—sorry, 18—18 damage,” I said.

I was rolling my damage in my weekly D&D game and I misread my dice, again. I have dice with numerals on each face and despite my best efforts, I’m not always correct. It didn’t occur to me that there might be a reason beyond my own brain not being great at reading numbers, until I read the article “Dice Design Deserves Discourse” by Sofiia Yermolaieva and Joseph Alexander Brown of Innopolis University.

Yermolaieva and Brown view dice as both tools for gaming and objects that players are attached to. The researchers set off on a quest to find out how important dice design is in making a “good” set of dice. To do this, they conducted a study with 50 people and five criteria tests of dice: numeral type, colors, symbols, shape, and size, to test the usability of the dice.

The dice used in the experiment are in the photo at the top, clockwise from top left: Large Symbolled Die, Large Numeral Die, Large Contrast Numeral Die, Large Pips Die, Medium Pips Rounded Die, Medium Pips Square Die, and Small Pips Die.

Specifically, the researchers’ goal was to determine which of the design characteristics have an effect on the users’ choice of the most functional die, which they defined as the one which requires the least time from the roll to making a move in the game, and to determine if the most usable die is the die selected by users.

“Dice come in a multitude of shapes, colors, materials, and symbols outlining the values. They are objects of both utility and art used since prehistory to allow us to control and be controlled by randomness. Yet, which of them is more functional from a user perspective, which ones provide the best of a mix of operational use and aesthetic from. Dice are not just objects of play in a game, but objects of emotion for players.”

— “Dice Design Deserves Discourse” by Sofiia Yermolaieva and Joseph Alexander Brown.

The experiment involved a modified game of Knock Out. Each of the seven dice were given to the participants in a random order for ten rolls of each die during the game to prevent both boredom and practice bias. So that the study wouldn’t be biased, the participants weren’t told about the objective of the study, they were only told to play the game.

The researchers timed the participants from the start of their roll to the point of them declaring the value of the roll to the other player. In order to ensure the accuracy of this timing and reduce human errors, the sessions were taped and the values were extracted from the video.

At the end of the session, the players were given a short questionnaire about their experience with the dice and other questions on skill level. Players were asked to decide what die was the best to use during the game and explain what influenced their choice.

Mistaking a 6 for a 5, an error. Photo by Yermolaieva and Brown.

The values for the Large Symbol Die were the hardest to recognize for the users. Nine of the 50 players were mistaken at least once when announcing the result of their roll, with five players seeing the value of six on the die, a roundel of stars, as being the value five. Six of the nine players corrected themselves within a few moments of noticing their mistake, but the other three or their opponents realized their error.

The players’ mistakes can be attributed to optical or visual illusion, or when the players rolled a new type of die, having the conceptual model of the previously used one. Eighteen percent of users had conceptual activation errors in recognizing the correlation of a value to a symbol on the die.

Fifty-eight percent of all users who participated in the test voted for the Symbol parameter, which means that it has a rather high influence on their choice of the best die in the test. Out of all dice represented in this set, the Large Pips Die had the greatest number of votes; 9, in contrast with Large Symbolled Die, which has 2 and Large Numeral Die, which had 6 votes.

Contrast was also a factor in determining users’ perceptions of the “best die,” with 38% of players stating that the colour contrast (e.g black numerals on a white die) influenced their choice of best die. This percentage was the same as the percentage who deemed the shape of a die to be important in making their choice.

The most valuable variable turned out to be the size of the die, with 88% of participants saying that the size of the die factored into their selection of the “best” die.

Ultimately, the medium-size die with its values shown as black pips on the white background with rounded corners has the highest number of votes for its usability.

What do you think? How important are the design of dice to you when you consider your “best” dice? Are these the same as the dice that you find easiest to read accurately? Share your thoughts in the comments below.