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Oblivion Crystal Dice — Something Different To Roll

Crystal Dice

Role playing gamers are an unusual bunch, and I should know. I’ve been active in the RPG scene since Ronald Reagan was President. Of course, like most gamers I cut my teeth on Dungeons and Dragons, but I’ve played just about everything through the years, including Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, Traveller, Starblazer Adventures, and the Ghostbusters RPG (please, don’t remind me!). Though the games I’ve played are different and have varying mechanics (everything from D6 to D20 systems), one thing remains constant: if there is one signature trait of role playing it’s undoubtedly the game dice.

For years, role playing game dice have pretty much been standardized. A traditional polyhedral dice set includes all the favorites (d4, d6, d8, d10, d%, d12, and d20) in those funky geometric shapes that we’re all familiar with. Familiarity though can breed contempt, and like I said, role playing gamers are an unusual bunch. I have more dice in my collection than one gamer could possibly need in a lifetime — an entire shoe box full of RPG dice in every color you could imagine. Sure, I have my favorites, but I’m always on the lookout for something different.

Oblivion Crystal Dice (Available In Six Colors)

Last year at GenCon I found that different “something” in the form of Oblivion Crystal Dice. These dice are quite unusual, looking nothing like the traditional polyhedral sets that have been around for decades. Each die has its own unique crystal shape with sides exactly the same size to guarantee they roll true (probably the most important thing to look for in a set of RPG dice). All the necessary dice are present and accounted for in a crystal set (d4, d6, d8, d10, d%, d12, and d20), but they look totally different. As the crystal dice increase in number and facets, they grow fatter, giving rise to the name “barrel dice” by some gamers. For me though, “barrel” is an unflattering term and these dice are far from it, looking more like gemstones than containers used to store beer.

American dice manufacturer Crystal Caste owns the intellectual property rights to these uniquely shaped dice (at one time they sued and beat Hasbro in court for ripping off their crystal design). I personally own the orange and red sets, but the dice are available in a total of six Oblivion colors. If you’re looking for something different to roll on game night, these dice may be just what you’re looking for.



Kid Icarus Uprising Sneak Peek

Kid Icarus Uprising Release Date

Hello there fellow gamers. Have you been following the latest handheld console of Nintendo? You probably heard a lot of doom and gloom prophecy floating around about the 3DS, but look at it now. The 3DS is now the top selling handheld console in history, even surpassing the greatness of the Gameboy Color. Yeah! Fanboys will whine once again and say that the “3DS has no games.” To kill that yapping and whining here’s Kid Icarus Uprising. Kid Icarus Uprising is the third installment in the Kid Icarus series. It has been around nineteen years already since the first Kid Icarus game was released, so long time Kid Icarus fans will surely be delighted that a third game is coming out for the Nintendo 3DS. The game was developed by Team Sora, so expect that the game will be of high quality.

In Kid Icarus Uprising you take the role of Pit, who is basically an angel armed with many dangerous weapons. It is a fast-paced action adventure game. Each chapter of the game is either an air or land combat. The air combat is basically an on-rails shooting while flying deal (you can dodge and shoot enemies while on the wing). On the other hand, you have land combats which also involves dodging and attacking enemies, but with added control as you can now traverse the level and not be limited to on-rails shooting. You can either use melee or long-range weapons to clear up the chapters. You can choose from weapons such as bow, claws, blades and many more. You should develop familiarity with the weapons though, as they have their own advantages and disadvantages. As you progress, you will be able to unlock new and more powerful weapons that you can use to defeat the bosses.

Kid Icarus Uprising also offers an added challenge, because you can now increase the difficulty or the “intensity” of the game by collecting hearts from defeated enemies. This is sure to be a popular feature, and if this is not enough to win you over, Kid Icarus Uprising features online multi-player besides the single player story mode. The multi-player supports both local and via Wi-Fi. The multi-player supports up to six players with  game mode options such as Team Deathmatch and Free-For-Alls. Still not convinced? Let us not forget the little additions such as the AR cards which allow players to play exciting mini games. Kid Icarus Uprising is set to release on March 23, 2012 and the game comes bundled with a 3DS stand accessory which will make long gaming sessions comfortable. The game also supports the Circle Pad Pro which is said to improve the controls. There you have it, another 3DS game worth owning.