Back when I first started into the world of tabletop roleplaying games, it felt like my dice choices were limited. I had some handed down from my cousin, and eventually it was picking up some basic colors from the local shop. Well, now, there is an amazing array of makers out there creating lovely custom stuff. One of ones that caught my eye recently is the Keyfish Crit by Green Leaf Geek.
At a very basic level, this is a set of resin dice – originally a 7-piece set, but it’s been expanded to a full 11-piece set due to the funding levels that were reached. Where these shine are in what they actually capture. As you can see from the photos, these look like polyhedral drops pulled out of a pond (or fish tank), each one capturing a small goldfish. Goldfish show up in a number of real-play podcasts, particularly Critical Role and The Adventure Zone. So, it makes sense that these dice are here, and are as popular as they are.
Now, you might be wondering if these math rocks are actually balanced (and therefore “fair”) given the fish inside. The plan for these is to have both the fish and the dice both made out of resin, so things should be materially balanced and therefore be truly random dice. You can think of it as a shaped bit of color (since it’s the same material) inside the dice.
The campaign for the Keyfish Crit is running through April 14, 2020 with delivery anticipated for January 2021 (and is sitting at 440% funded!) You can jump into the campaign for $5 – which gets you a PDF of a one-shot campaign for 5E, $11 for two D20s, or $20 for a full 11-piece set (2 D20s, 1 D12, 1 D10, 1 D%, 1 D8, 4D6, and 1 D4). There are some levels higher than that, but that’s where things start. While these dice aren’t precisely my cup of tea, I really appreciate the creativeness here, and I think many people are going to appreciate rolling these dice at the table. project page