I had a ton of fun at LUGCon this year, but the cherry on top of the whole experience was the chainmail dice bag I won.
When I was younger, I had a friend that was SUPER into chainmail. He made some of it, mostly small projects and sheets of the stuff, but I was always amazed by the way he subtly bent and wove the metal into cloth. I was filled with the same amazement and nerdy giddiness as my dice bag arrived via post Friday morning.
The first thing I noticed was how soft and cool it felt in my hands. It may sound strange, but it really does feel like a sort of ‘metallic cloth’, and the weight, while solid, isn’t overpowering.
The next thing i noticed, from a mechanical standpoint, is how well it held it’s shape and stood up on it’s own. Even without any dice, it resembled more of a ‘cup’ then a bag. I could picture myself sorting through dice, pouring them in, and not having to worry about keeping the damn thing open.
Along the bottom of the bag, the chains come together towards a single loop, which I believe lets the bag retain it’s shape. It’s clear whoever made it was a gamer, and thought hard about the design and practicality of the tool they were crafting.
I also noticed a small business card tucked into the bag itself, detailing the seller’s information. What caught my eye though was this eye-popping guarantee: “If your item eve becomes damaged, return it to us and we’ll repair it free!”
It takes a great deal of confidence for a craftsman to offer free repairs on all his products, and E. Bryan Rumph seems to be a master craftsman. I tend to fiddle a lot with my toys, and it’s good to know that if I manage to fiddle it into broken-ness, a worthy smith will mend what I have wrended.
My bag was one of the smaller models, and comfortably fit about 30 to 40 d6’s once I got it home. It may be a bit difficult to tell, but the draw-string itself is a loop of what feels like synthetic leather and a punctured d20 to ‘lock’ the bag shut. The locking mechanism works surprisingly well. It isn’t too difficult to open, but it certainly stays closed when you need it to. Say, if you decide to turn your dicebag into a chainmail flail.
“The DarkAngel MetalWorks Guarentee: If your item ever becomes damaged, return it to us and we’ll repair it free!”
I did have a concern about the cord used to keep the bag closed. It feels a bit cheap in comparison to the other parts and weightiness of metal. I tend to abuse things a bit, and I am certainly going to be sad if the cord snaps loose. Then again, the DarkAngel guarantee has me covered on that count, so I won’t be wasting too many sleepless nights over it.
DarkAngel MetalWorks is currently selling their wares over at their Etsy shop. While they told me they had recently sold their last ‘pre-made’ dice bag, they are still taking custom orders. Pricing information is as follows:
- Small bags which hold ~25 dice are $20
- Medium bags which hold ~40 dice are $35
- Large bags which hold ~100 dice are $55
Anondized, colorful rings are also available, if you feel like acquiring a dark bronze or firey red set of chainmail.
Furthermore, DarkAngel MetalWorks seems to sell a few items of pretty awesome chainmail jewelry, and I’ve been eyeing a d20 pendant for my lovely lady friend.
In conclusion, if you’re ready to upgrade to a truly epic dice bag, you really can’t beat DarkAngel MetalWorks. And don’t forget to tell them The Hard Six sent you!