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The Dice Bag of Mapping is a potential powerful item when used correctly.  An unassuming drawstring bag at first glance, it has an unusual design – the bag will sit open on its own due to the unique construction.  It is large enough to hold a handful or two of dice, enough chalk to mark a labyrinth, and/or various other small items.  When used correctly, the bag will display a map of the wielder’s surroundings for 500 feet in all directions surrounding him.  Handy for moving through dungeons, and even in wilderness environments!  Some versions of this dice bag also allow the user to make a “pinch and zoom” motion with his thumb and index finger on the fabric to see a larger or smaller mapped area.

Get one of your own at Greyed Out.

 

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I’m slowly getting to the point where the Morkanaut is done.  Right now I need to finish a few sections and then go over the model and make sure I haven’t missed anything.  While it may not be great in-game, the model is incredible and really fun to work on.

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I’ve been making dice bags for about four years now, and it still always amazes me how supportive and incredible the gaming community is.  I still get a kick out of mailing out every order, and like seeing new countries to send a dice bag to.  I’ve done a few giveaways before, but this time I thought I would be a bit more “official” and use Rafflecopter to help make things a bit smoother.

 

In this giveaway, I’m going to letting go one of my Greyed Out Dice Bags, in the Orc Clan style, along with a set of five orc-themed dice from Q Workshop.  I own a set of these in red, and they’re fantastic.  

 

Find Greyed Out online at Greyed Out or on Facebook at Greyed Out.

 

 

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Dice Bag Sale!

20% off sale at Greyed Out! Click on the image to get to my Etsy shop. Use coupon code SAVE20 to get the discount.

I’ve been roleplaying in various games like Shadowrun, Dungeons and Dragons, and so on since high school. I also started playing Warhammer 40,000 in high school, and in 2005 or so I began playing Warmachine. All of these games use dice of various denominations to determine a multitude of issues during gameplay.

I have always had terrible luck with dice.

I am the guy who will need to roll a five on two 6-sided dice(2d6) to hit an enemy model, and will roll a 3 and a 1. Or who will roll triple 1’s on a crucial attack roll. Or miss 14 out of 16 possible attacks, because the dice just aren’t cutting it. I’ve always been that guy.

People have commented on it, and I’ve always thought it was somewhat amusing, that I can’t roll high numbers to save my life. Until a few weeks ago, when it happened again, and my opponent said something along the lines of “I have bad luck with dice, but you probably have the worst rolls I’ve ever seen”. That was when I decided that I had to change something. I needed to take action and find a fix for my dice. So I approached David, my friendly local game store owner, and told him I’d like to order new dice.

I had used Chessex and Games Workshop dice for years, and due to being a Shadowrun player, where 6-sided dice are rolled in the dozens sometimes, I had a big block of 36 12-mm dice in the color “Strawberry”.  Meaning red speckled with bright green pips.  They’re small dice, and a handful is about a dozen dice.  I’d also heard that the Games Workshop dice(12mm, red and black dice with white pips) were often terrible rollers and not terribly well made.  “Superstition and poppycock!”, I cried.

In an effort to try something new, I ordered slightly larger dice – 16mm Chessex “Recon” dice.  Green with white pips.  These come in a block of 12.  As luck would have it, they failed to arrive in time for last night’s Warmachine games, so I made due with the only two larger 6-siders that I had in my dice bags.  And lo and behold…. my dice rolls were mostly average and not terrible.  I’ve come to suspect that one of the causes of my years of bad die rolls was the small size of the dice I was using, especially after the games I played last night.  So I’m very much looking forward to trying new dice and seeing the results.

 

Chessex – if any of your reps are reading this, I’d be happy to test any dice you’re willing to send my way!  I ordered the Recon, but I’m partial to any speckled dice you make, particularly Stealth, Ninja, and Water or Veronica.  *grin*

The past few weeks I’ve been working on new dice bag designs, and I’ll also be working on a few wargame themed commissions.  One of the Privateer Press Pressgangers at my local gaming store asked me to make a few dice bags as prizes for a Halloween tournament, so they’ll be Warmachine faction icon dice bags with a Halloween influence.

I also made a wolf’s head icon, which I’m rather proud of.  It works well for House Stark, Space Wolves, Twilight fans, Battletech’s Wolf’s Dragoons or Clan Wolf, and much more.  And if you just like wolves, and want a dice bag to represent that, that’s cool too.

 

 

I’m planning to grab some grey fabric when I get the chance, so that I have a bit of variety.  I can also print the icon on black, green, or red fabric, in either black or white ink.

That’s right, I got some red canvas – I’m going to print one of the orc skulls on it, for proppa orc bags.  Pics will be going up once that’s done.

The Greyed Out Fall Sale is still going strong!  Remember, until October 31 you can free shipping with coupon code FREESHIP or 25% off your order using the coupon code FALLBASH – please spread the word!  It’s never too early to pick up Christmas gifts, and these dice bags(if I may say so) are too cool to pass up.

 

Greyed Out is the Etsy store where I sell my handmade dice bags. I’ve been a gamer for 15 years, starting with AD&D 2nd edition, and eventually moving to roleplaying games like Shadowrun, Vampire: the Masquerade, as well as tabletop miniature wargames like Warhammer 40,000 and Warmachine. A few years ago I decided to try my hand at making my own dice bag, and the designs evolved from there. Greyed Out currently has 35 different dice bags listed, which offers enough variety for anyone. I also do custom orders, and am always happy to discuss design ideas.

Hey everyone,

 

It’s finally starting to feel like fall outside.  The air is starting to smell crisp, trees are beginning to change colors, and the nights are cool now.  In order to celebrate that, I wanted to have a fall sale at Greyed Out.

From now until the end of October, you can get free shipping using the coupon code FREESHIP or 25% off your order using the code FALLBASH.

 

I believe I mentioned it in my previous post, but I do think that everyone who has a dice collection should have an awesome dice bag to carry them in.  It’s simple and easy to get a mass-produced dice bag when you’re first starting out in your Dungeons and Dragons adventures, but why settle for that?  Greyed Out has a great selection of dice bags available, and while I do sell the same design multiple times, the chances of running into another person with the exact same dice bag are slim.  Get something cool and unique and give your dice a happy home.

You can find Greyed Out on Etsy at: greyedout.etsy.com

 

A few examples of my dice bags:

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a nerd, and I freely admit it.  I get excited about dice, and roleplaying games, and moving little pewter miniatures around on a tabletop battlefield, pretending to be a great general.  (I have very little in the way of tactical skills.)  I think that’s part of the reason I really like sewing dice bags.  Everyone who games in some form or fashion needs a good dice bag, or at least that’s how I feel – and not just because I sell dice bags.  All those funny-shaped polyhedrons are an integral part of gamer culture, so why not have a snazzy way to carry yours and keep them safe?  I know that Knights of the Dinner Table can often be a roleplaying stereotype taken to an extreme, but just look at Brian van Hoose, who almost always has his dice bag hanging from his belt.

I’ve seen gamers keep their dice in little plastic compartmented containers, I’ve seen dice in ziploc bags, I’ve seen dice in Crown Royal bags.  Some people have “dice buckets” where the dice live, ready to be pulled out on game night.  Me, I’ve always had a dice bag, at least as long as I can remember.  My mom got me my first one, and that little black dice bag with the faux-leather rim stayed with me for almost twelve years, until I started making my own.  I’ve come a long way since that first dice bag, and there’s probably still room for improvement.

This summer I started trying to screen print designs on my dice bags, starting with a few orc skulls.  One customer put up a great review on his own blog, and you can read the entry here:

http://duelsanddice.blogspot.com/2012/08/artisian-dice-bags.html

I love hearing about customer experience with my stuff, and it’s great to get good feedback.  One thing that I do sometimes worry about is my price point – my bags are listed in my Etsy shop, Greyed Out, for between $16 and $18, with $3.50 in shipping.  I think that feels a bit high to some people, but I also think it’s reasonable for what I offer, and here’s why.

I make all of these dice bags myself.  It takes about an hour, sometimes a little more, to sew each dice bag.  That includes cutting the fabric, putting everything together, stringing the drawstring, and so on.  Each bag has about $2 of fabric in it.  I purchase all my own fabric, and I don’t drive, so each trip to Hobby Lobby with public transport takes a while.  That also has to be factored in.  Add in the time to wash the fabric, then screen print it, let the ink dry, set the ink, and so on, and it all adds up.  I’d like to make at least some profit on each sale, and I feel that my time is worth more than minimun wage.  Sure, you can get a dice bag manufactured in China for $3.99.  But why do that when the alternative is something sewn right here in the United States by someone who loves what he does?  To me, handmade means quality, and I do my best to make each of my dice bags perfect.  I don’t send out anything that I’m not happy with.

That said, I do have some new designs to show off.  Check them out, as always, at greyedout.etsy.com and feel free to email me with any questions.  I do have wholesale deals available if you’re interested in carrying my dice bags in your game store, bookshop, etc.

 

White orc skull on dark green cotton canvas.

 

A second orc skull dice bag.

 

Red suede bag with a hidden Inquisition symbol inside.

 

Black cotton canvas Inquisition bag.

 

Open dice bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I’ve been bitten by the ork bug.  Again.  For those who might not know, orks are Games Workshop’s big greenskinned baddies, at times silly, crude, clumsy, hysterical, and brutal.  Someone on the Dakkadakka forums posted to see if there was interest in a kustom greenskin dice order from Q Workshop.  The greenskin dice are custom ork dice, with an orc skull on the 6 face and crude slashes on the other sides, counting up.   I looked at pictures, and they are some of the purtiest dice you’ve ever laid eyes on.  Naturally, I want in.  The last several times that kustom orders were placed, there were a ton of different color options; you could get black dice with white marks, green dice with yellow marks, and so on.  They look really, really cool!!  I get excited about stuff like this.  It looks like there is enough interest in an order(about 2K dice have to be ordered to make it worthwhile), so I’m looking out for the thread detailing how/when to order.  Dice cost is apparently somewhere around $1.30/die, which isn’t bad for fully custom dice.  At least, to my limited knowledge it isn’t.

In the meantime, I got bitten by the ork bug.  I have a Warhammer Orcs and Goblins army in Texas, and I’ve always really liked the greenskins.  In Fantasy I prefer goblins, but in Warhammer 40K it’s all about the orks with guns.  Lots and lots of loud, crude firearms in the arms of 7-foot tall green monsters.  I haven’t played Warhammer 40K in about a decade, and have been sitting on a chaos space marine army for ages that I’m trying to trade/sell.  6th edition just came out, so I thought that this year might be the time to start collecting.  So I’m looking to begin an ork army at some point, because I love all the ork miniatures out there.  Playing the game will probably be secondary to just having a huge horde of orks.  I get a lot of enjoyment out of painting miniatures, so it’s something to look forward to.

Orks are a fungus/animal hybrid, and they spread wherever they go.  They’re born with intuitive knowledge of mechanics, firearms, etc.  They’re big, and they keep growing throughout their lives.  Ork nobs are the bigger orks, who’ve been around for a battle or fifty.  As orks age, their green skin also gets darker.  Orks love a good fight, and going fast – a lot of ork hordes(or Waaaghs) consist entirely of orks in trukks or on bikes, traveling as fast as they can from battle to battle.  They’re simplistic, but fun.  From what I’ve read, orks don’t win too many battles on the tabletop, because they’re a complex army to play properly.  That’s alright though – a ton of the ork players I’ve seen online seem to collect orks purely for the fun of modifying and scratchbuilding.  They are some of the most creative modelers out there, and it’s always fun to see what an ork player will come up with next.

As I said, I got bitten by the ork bug.  I channeled some of that energy into a creative endeavor, and made some orc skull print dice bags, both for myself and for my Etsy.  I used a screen printing tutorial I found online, a cheap and easy way of doing it that doesn’t require a ton of money to set up.  I think materials and supplies cost me less than $20 – the most expensive items are the Mod Podge glue and the fabric paint(at about $7.99 each).

Ork skulls are easy to draw – lots of straight choppy lines, and big teeth(teef).  Take a look at the pictures below to see what I came up with, and check them out at Greyed Out, my Etsy shop.

 

 

Occasionally I like to put up a few links to my Etsy store, and let everyone know what’s been going on. I’ll try to mark those posts clearly, so that people can skip over them if they choose to.

I haven’t been adding a lot of new items to the Greyed Out Etsy store lately, but I did renew a few items.
The Wilderland map sold, so it was renewed just yesterday.

As always, the Drawstring Bag section of the shop has a ton of options, everything from Freestanding Brown Suede dice bags to a variety of dice bags in colorful prints. I’ve even got a commercial up for the dice bags on Youtube.

If you’re interested in fantasy art, the Monster Skull might be a good choice… I based it off a hyena skull, but changed the proportions around a bit. There’s also a Skeletal Hand painted in acrylic on matte board.

Last but not least, my crooked houses.

This is just a small selection of the items I have listed, so please stop by and take a look. I also have a secret, unlisted coupon code – it’s 15% off your order when you enter THNXMUCH as your coupon. Pass the word along to friends, as well!