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Review: Metal Mistborn Allomancy Dice


Whether you know Mistborn or not...

Okay, first of all, why don’t you? Do yourself a favor and go read them. 

You're welcome.

Ahem… As I was saying, you don’t have to know anything about Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn novels in order to appreciate what we’re going to talk about. Of course, you’re here to learn a bit more about the Metal Mistborn Allomancy Dice! Dice are an important aspect of so many games, and you know when they have done you wrong. Well, these Allomancy dice started out in my good books just from looks alone. Once I got them in my hands? They could do no wrong.

Alright, of course they still rolled some crummy results, but I got some good ones, too! Balance in all things—that’s what I like to see! But really, these metal dice both look and feel amazing. They have some wonderful features, and I was even able to put them through some rigorous testing (more on that—including videos of said testing—further down). Before we get to the tests, though, let’s talk about first impressions and overall quality.

First Impressions
The first thing you’ll most likely noticed is the metallic look. Given that these are Mistborn dice, that is 100% appropriate. But they're not just “metal” dice; they actually look good, rather than some block of steel chopped up to look the part. These dice have been polished and prepped to stand out. 

The Heft


When you see gorgeous dice, you’ll most likely want to pick them up. If not… I don’t know what to tell you. At any rate, when you do pick up these dice, there is no escaping the heft that comes with them. I even weighed each die to see how heavy they really were (more on that below). And, because these dice are so solid, they are very satisfying to roll. Just be careful not to roll them from great heights onto a glass table. Damage may ensue.

The Symbols and Die Faces
Since these are six-sided dice, you already know what to expect: numerals, 1-6. However, these are special d6. Where the 6 should be you will find a symbol matching one of the Allomantic metals from the Mistborn novels.


I was able to match all four of my dice to their Allomantic metal, which is pretty cool, if you ask me. 


Another cool bit the manufacturer pointed out to me was in regards to the different faces each die has. For you Mistborn fans out there, you know that there are pulling metals and pushing metals. This has been taken into account in the way each die looks. Dice with Allomantic symbols used for pulling have a raised face, making it look like the numbers and symbols are being “pulled” from the face of the dice. The pushing metals have a more traditional look, with the numbers and symbols seemingly "pushed" into the dice. It’s details like this that I love to see in a product that could just have easily been all one style. Anyone can tell they’re different just by looking at them, but Mistborn fans will know why they’re different. Way to cater to our nerdom. No really, I appreciate it! It makes me more happy than it probably should.

They’ve also manufactured the dice in such a way that the pulled faces won’t get in the way of your rolls. I’d try and explain it, but I think a picture will be easier. Here you go.

The die on the left shows the 2 being pulled up from the die, whereas the one on the right shows it being pushed into the die.

Rounded Edges
I know this is standard in many dice, but the rounded edges and corners of these Metal Mistborn Allomancy Dice are wonderful. And, because the dice weigh more than their regular counterparts, the rounded edges and corners help them to roll better, as opposed to straight edges and sharp corners. The production quality of these dice really is great.

How the Dice are Made
If you don’t care how the dice are made, that’s entirely your prerogative, and you may skip ahead accordingly. However, I find the process quite interesting, so I’m going to go over it briefly. I’ve been in communication with the manufacturer as well, and I was given a look at the production process, which is pretty neat. Without going into too much detail, here’s what it takes to make these dice:

The longest part of the process, apparently, is deciding on the look and feel, including shape, font, and special symbols. As mentioned earlier, the push/pull look was a great choice. The ideas are tested digitally first, using CAD software. Once they feel they have a good design on their hands, they take it to the 3D printer for prototype testing.

3D printed prototypes (which look like something out of a Lovecraft story).

Once they’re happy with the testing and prototyping, they move on to digital renders for the final finish of the dice. Each die is given a different color to correspond with the metal represented by the symbol. For example, the copper die looks like copper, as opposed to some generic metal. Fancy!

Digital rendering.

The actual metal of the dice themselves will be pretty much the same (from an internal perspective, at least). Using hot chamber die casting, molten zinc is injected at high pressure into steel molds based on the digital designs. Finally, the dice are electroplated, which is what gives the dice their final color. (I hope you weren’t expecting each Allomantic die to be made of its proper Allomantic metal. After all, this isn’t Scardial, so good luck finding lerasium, one of the God Metals.)

From what I’ve gathered from my communications, a lot of time and thought has gone into both the method and material to ensure the Allomancy dice look right. If Wayne (Waxillium Ladrian’s friend) had access to these dice, I’d bet all the atium in the world that he’d approve.

The Tests
When I review board games, I’m kind of limited to what the game brings to the table (literally). Sure, I can do some extra stuff, but nothing compared to this. With components such as dice, I can really put them through the wringer.  Thus, the following tests.

The Balance Test
As with all newly acquired dice sets, it’s imperative to make sure they’re balanced. Otherwise, you could be doing yourself a disservice (unless they’re weighted in your favor, in which case, don’t tell anyone). So, as is natural, I mixed up a test—consisting of 1/3 cup of water and about 3 tablespoons of salt—to determine if these dice are weighted properly. You can see the results in the video below.


The Weight Test
Have you ever wondered how much one of these metal dice weighs? No? Well... you're going to learn anyway. 

Alright, so perhaps not so much a test of ability, but more of a test to see if these dice all weigh the same. Keep in mind that this kitchen scale (mostly used for chocolate and other delicacies) may not be the most accurate, but the results were satisfying.

I weighed each Allomancy die individually, and the results came up the same. So that’s a win!


And now you know.

The Dice Tower Test
One of my initial thoughts after handling these dice was that they would absolutely destroy my 3D-printed dice tower. So, obviously, I had to try it out. Below is a short compilation video of what happened.


These dice make some solid noise as they tumble to their fates. Fortunately, my dice tower held up to the abuse. Of course, I did have a few dice escape its confines, but as long as there isn’t any glass right in front of the exit, you should be fine. (Protect your cups.)

The Kid Test
Perhaps the most important test of all is The Kid Test. After all, kids are brutally honest and hold no bars when talking about what they do or do not like. So, I brought out a regular die and some Mistborn Allomancy dice and, well, here’s the video of what went down.


As you can see, two out of two children will choose the Allomancy dice every time. That’s 100%, which is nothing to scoff at. I will also say that they loved rolling them. I mean, they love rolling dice in general (how could they not, growing up with me as their father?), but in all honesty, they were enamored by these Allomancy dice. Their fate is sealed, and only I am to blame.

Alright, so those tests may not have been conducted in the most scientific environment, but my honest-to-goodness thoughts on these Metal Mistborn Allomancy Dice are that they are wonderful. They have heft; of that, there is no doubt. Their edges and corners are rounded, which helps them roll well. The Allomancy symbols are everything I wanted in Metal Mistborn Allomancy Dice. You can see the quality radiating like metallic luster. I don't claim to be an all-knowing master of dice, but I do know quality when I see it.

Now, for some random thoughts that didn’t really fit anywhere else.

Steelheart’s Favorite Dice


I know this isn’t Mistborn related, but it is Brandon Sanderson related. If Steelheart (from Steelheart the novel) played games, he would definitely have these dice. Actually, I’m not entirely certain he wasn’t the one that made them, considering his Epic ability.

Balanced Dice

I only got two to balance like this before I bumped the table and ruined everything.

A strange phenomenon happened to me once as I was mindlessly rolling these dice on a soft surface where I work. One of the dice stopped rolling (well, they all stopped eventually) and balanced on its corner. Now, I was able to replicate that easily on the soft, velvet-like surface (it’s not velvet; it's an old table cover—see the first image under "Review" at the top of the page). However, replicating the phenomenon on a table surface was beyond difficult. But I did it, and I was pleased with myself. I don’t expect this will ever happen again, especially on a hard surface, but it was pretty cool. 

Speaking of Cool...
Me: You know what I like about these dice?
Wife: What?
Me: They're cold. *Me holding them tenderly and bringing them up to my face to feel their coolness*
Wife: You would.

That's an actual conversation we had, word for word. I know, I know...you're totally jealous of our deep philosophical discussions. As this dice are metal, they do feel colder than regular dice, and I like that.

Final Thoughts


I love Mistborn (obviously), and I love that these dice exist. Not only do they have the Allomantic symbols on them (which blows my nerdy little mind), but they’re good dice. Good quality, good looking, and good feeling. And three goods make one amazing set of dice. As requested by my oldest, we most certainly will be swapping out our boring, generic dice (which were also pretty nice, just not metal or Mistborn) for these when we play my home-brew RPG with the kids. I mean, how could we not?

Speaking of RPGs, these dice are absolutely perfect for your Mistborn Adventure Game. I don’t play it (unfortunately), but after playing around with these dice for the last few weeks, I’m ready to take the plunge.

All in all, I like these dice a lot. Sure, they roll louder than normal and don't feel great when hit against your head (thanks to child #1 for that impromptu test), but come on; you expected that when you saw the word "metal." There's definitely something special about rolling heavy Allomantic dice. Just one piece of advice...

Don't roll these against any fragile surface.

Players Who Like
If you like dice in general, you will love these Metal Mistborn Allomancy Dice (say that ten times fast). If you’re a fan of Mistborn or the Mistborn Adventure Game, you will be even more enamored by these dice. 



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Benjamin Kocher - Editor and Reviewer

Benjamin hails from Canada but now lives in Kentucky with his wife and kids. He's a certified copyeditor through UC San Diego's Copyediting Extension program. He's a freelance writer and editor, and covers everything from board game rule books to novels. An avid writer of science fiction and fantasy, it comes as no surprise that his favorite board games are those with rich, engaging themes. When he’s not writing or playing games, Benjamin loves to play ultimate Frisbee, watch and play rugby, and read the most epic fantasy books available. Follow him on Twitter @BenjaminKocher and Instagram @Kocherb, and read his board game-inspired fiction at BenjaminKocher.com.


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Metal Mistborn Allomancy Dice Kickstarter Preview Metal Mistborn Allomancy Dice Kickstarter Preview Reviewed by Benjamin Kocher on November 19, 2019 Rating: 5

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