Dungeon Crate was conceived on the idea that role-players needed a subscription box specifically designed for them, a box where every item can be used by the player. Dungeon Crate is a monthly subscription service put together by role-players for role-players, to provide a whole box full of great tabletop gaming products, instead of other boxes that are more broad ranged, and might have an occasional item pertaining to Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, War Gaming, and other tabletop games.
In addition to their subscription service, they also have a store on their site, where one can buy individual items. Also in the store is what they call a Dungeon Crate Sampler Box. This box contains a mix of items from previous Dungeon Crates. It is a nice mix of items, to give you an idea of what to expect from a Dungeon Crate, or also can make a great one-off as a gift, or just to beef up your tabletop gaming collection.
Dungeon Crate sent me one of their Sampler Boxes to check out. The design of the box is pretty cool. It looks like a little treasure chest. Luckily I didn’t need to put skill points into Open Lock (or Disable Device for you Pathfinder fans) to open this box.
Upon opening the box, and removing the packing material, I was pleasantly surprised by how much the box had in it.
The first thing I pulled out of the Sampler Box was a miniature of a Water Weird from Reaper Bones Miniatures. This is a pretty neat miniature. Although, I am not sure how often one needs a miniature of a water weird (I don’t think any group I have ever been in has encountered one), there are plenty of monsters one could use this mini to represent.
The next thing I pulled out was this set of mini polyhedral dice, and a metal D20, from Metallic Dice Games. Included with this set was a discount code for a full set of metallic dice, that knocks it down almost half price. I have never been a big fan of mini dice, but I love the metal D20, and will probably end up using the coupon code to get a full set.
After that I pulled out this cool Throne dungeon decoration from Knight Watch Games. It was wrapped in a layer of bubblewrap to protect it, which is good, because it feels a little delicate. This would work for an addition to a dungeon, or for a throne room. It would also just be a cool piece to decorate a shelf.
Next out of the box was a set of 6 flat elemental minis. These are from Arc Knight, and feature highly detailed prints on each side of the mini. They look really awesome, and as much as I prefer 3D miniatures, these could be handy. My only problem is with the set of 6, you only get 4 bases, so if you want to use these you have to keep switching the bases around.
I then pulled out this little beauty. A D20 drink coaster!!! It is carved from wood by Pigsey art, and is great. I definitely see myself using this at future games, and really just to put my drinks on in general.
The last few items in the box were printed materials for gaming. The first of them I pulled out of the box was a rule book for a miniatures microgame called Brutes. It is an interesting little game from Precis Inermedia, and is an all-inclusive game, as the miniatures you need to play are actually printed in the back of the book for the players to cut out and use. I personally would probably sub in real miniatures, or maybe make a copy of that last page and cut those out.
The next of the gaming materials was a booklet for an interesting short adventure called Heroes Of High Fantasy: Creaking In The Dark written by Chris Haskins and Ralph Stickley, from Nord games. It is designed for the 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons. It is an urban-based adventure that is designed to be played in any campaign setting, and at any level. Its beginning is urban-based, but with a little tweaking, could be used almost anywhere. I don’t play 5th Edition, but it is set up simple enough, where it could be easily converted to other editions and really most things based in the D20 system are relatively easy compatibility-wise in general.
The last of the printed gaming materials, and basically the end of the box, is a Buried Council Chamber Adventure Card drop-in adventure. This full-color, glossy card printed front and back on cardstock, contains a stand-alone encounter that is designed for 4-6 characters around levels 2-3, and can be used anywhere in a campaign. It is designed for Pathfinder, but can easily be used in most other games. This is a neat little card. The level range kind of limits its usefulness, but it could be adjusted to service higher levels or just be used as a little flavor piece leading into something bigger.
Also included with the box was a Dungeon Crate sticker and a card with a coupon code to save $10 on a subscription to Dungeon Crate.
At just $20 (plus shipping), Dungeon Crate’s Sampler Box is a great value! There is a lot in there, and it is totally worth it. If this is an example of how their boxes are, their subscription service must be excellent! I highly suggest that if you are a role-player, or really any tabletop gamer of any kind, you should check this out. Go order yourself a sampler or send one to a friend as a gift!
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