D&D Sapphire Anniversary Dice Set – Wizards of the Coast / Level Up Dice


Welcome back to the Gallant Goblin! I’m Grady and as usual, this video is brought to
you by The Deck of Many and Humblewood.Net Today we have for you the Dungeons & Dragons
45 year sapphire anniversary dice set. These went on sale on the Wizards of
the Coast web store on Dec. 12, 2019 and celebrate the founding of
Dungeons & Dragons in 1974. As a result, this is a limited
collector’s edition run of 1,974 sets, plus however many unnumbered
promo copies are out there. As of the recording of this video, there
are still sets available to purchase so you can check the link in the video
description below to buy one for yourself. We also include timestamps in the description if
you want to jump to a specific part of the product. We’re going to go ahead and do a traditional
unboxing of this product to start with and then go into detail on each included item after that. Let’s get to it! Here is our box. It looks like something an Apple product might come
in, but I assure you it is from Wizards of the Coast. And inside we have another box! This is the box that actually contains the dice. As we take it out you’ll notice that there are a few other
goodies in the back, but we’ll get to those in a moment. The box itself is made of reinforced cardboard. It feels quite sturdy though, and on the bottom there
is felt on both the box and what is actually a dice tray attached to it. So we’ll get to the dice tray and take
a closer look at that later as well. The box itself is quite hard to open—
that’s what that tassel’s for. So don’t cut it off to play with your cats
or dogs, you won’t be able to get it open. And whoops, there goes another item! This is basically a thank you note
from Wizards of the Coast. It has the numbering of your limited edition product as well as signatures from various
employees from Wizards of the Coast. These are not hand-signed each,
they are prints of the signatures. So in the box itself, it comes with four d6s,
two d20s, and two d10s for your d100 rolls. And then one of everything else—
the d4, and a d8 and d12. According to Wizards’ site, the dice is made
of hard anodized grade 6063 aluminum alloy and cut via computer numerical
control (CNC) machines. By relying on computer controlled tools to cut the dice, the creation process is supposed
to be much more precise and the resulting dice, if designed
correctly, should be very balanced. Wizards has a lot more information on their
website, linked in the video description below. The other notable feature is that one of the d20s has a
sapphire embedded where the number 20 should be. This is a 1.43 carat lab grown sapphire and the
rest of the die is supposed to be weighted such that the sapphire doesn’t affect the balance. This set comes with two d20s and the other one has the Dungeons & Dragons
ampersand logo where the twenty should be instead, so only one sapphire for you. All the other dice have the ampersand
as well where their max value should be. Now I’ve seen some debate online about
how expensive a lab grown sapphire is and whether that, or the creation process of
these dice, justifies its $299.99 [USD] price tag, which by the way, does not include tax or shipping. Also that shipping is reasonably fast—I think we
got these dice about a week after they shipped. And you do it have to sign for it, though,
which was a problem for us. Anyway, all I have to say is that while
everything in this set looks nice enough, it’s pretty clear you’re paying a
premium for the limited time, limited quantity, anniversary celebration aspect of it. These are however supposed to be
extremely durable and balanced dice. We have no reason to think that claim is questionable. We have seen online that you can do
a float test to see if a die is balanced. You take some water, add salt or sugar to it so
it becomes denser, float a [die] in the liquid, tap the [die] to see if the same side
keeps floating back to the top, which would indicate irregularities
that make the dice unbalanced, especially if it keeps floating back
face up rather than point up. A balanced die shouldn’t favor any side when floating so if you tap it you should get
different numbers coming up. Now we tried to use sugar, partly because we had
heard it works better than table salt for metal dice, which are heavier and thus harder to get to float. We couldn’t get it to float. We also read online that boiling epsom salt specifically
and letting it cool a bit is actually the best method but we weren’t thrilled with the idea of dropping $300
metal dice into boiling salt water so we passed. If you decide to give it a try, we take
no responsibility for that decision, but please let us know your
results in the comments below! In any case, as a general rule, metal
dice are usually pretty balanced, and Level Up Dice is a major dice company, so without testing the dice ourselves, those
are all points in favor of their balance. As for durability, check back next week to see if we
decide to do a special edition of “Will it blend?” So speaking of weight, we also had
a not very precise kitchen scale so here’s the rough weight of these aluminum dice versus metal dice that Theo bought
last year from Die Hard Dice. The error on the scale seems to be plus or minus like 4
grams so that d4 might actually be negative 2 grams. We also weighed a plastic d20, the aluminum
sapphire d20, and the heavy metal d20 which roughly came in at 4 grams,
12 grams, and 30 grams respectively so as a general rule of thumb, these sapphire dice
about three times heavier than plastic dice but less than half as heavy as heavy metal dice. I think it’s a solid middle ground, especially since we
have players who like to roll dice against tablet screens. Don’t roll these on anything valuable. They’re not sharp edged dice but they’re still heavy. As we mentioned before the dice tray
is primarily reinforced cardboard. There is felt on the bottom and the interior is
visually textured to look like black faux leather. It feels a little smoother to the touch than the white
exterior but I’m pretty sure it’s still cardboard. There were two other items that came in the box. One is this stat sheet for an adult sapphire
dragon and the other is a sticker sheet. There are five stickers on the sheet and it’s quite shiny. The gem dragon is definitely intriguing. It reveals that fifth edition will
have five types of gem dragons: amethyst, crystal, emerald, sapphire, and topaz, as well a single ruby dragon who
rules them all, like One Ring. Consider it a sneak peek as Wizards has stated
all the gem dragons are coming in 2020, so I have no reason to think any of the
information here is exclusive to this set. Presumably we’ll also get stats for the
other life stages of the sapphire dragon, wyrmling, young, and ancient, at that time as well. The reveal of the gem dragons is in line
with all the new Unearthed Arcana we’ve gotten this year that involve psionics. Gem dragons are solitary, neutral dragons
with strong psionic capabilities. The sapphire dragon’s tail tips and the horns all float
in place rather than being physically attached. They’re still dragons, though, so they like
hoarding gold and other precious items. Sapphires are perhaps the
counterparts of bronze dragons in that they are fascinated by objects of warfare. Their breath attack deals thunder damage. And that’s it for this anniversary dice set. Big thanks to our sponsor, The Deck
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