Quick Look at a Set of Dice: VHS Dice: Surge
If you’d prefer to get a Set of Dice from the same decade but with a slightly different look check out my: VHS Dice: Plasmic Punch Review instead!
Publisher: 1985 Games
Year Published: 2022
No. of Players: 1-Infinity (it really depends on how many hands you want touching your dice)
Ages: Not intended for use of persons 9 years or younger.
Playing Time: How long can you roll dice?
-On 23 May 2009 Patricia Demauro of New Jersey, USA, was playing craps at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, and threw the dice a record 154 times before a 7 finally terminated her lucky streak – a craps roll lasting a total 4 hours 18 minutes.* So shall we say 4 hours and 17 minutes if you’re just using these dice to play craps? Otherwise, I’d say unlimited. Plus, there’s a Lifetime Warranty! Oh, wait, that’s just a space filler, my bad😭.
* according to Guinness World Records
From the Publisher:
These 7 handcrafted video cassette dice will melt through your table. Roll at your own risk. 1985 Games is not liable for any fires or explosions caused by their presence. D20’s are known for rolling excessive crits to the point that you’ll lose your sense of smell. That’s normal. Good luck and have fun.
Disclaimer: The publisher provided the VHS Dice: Surge. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own.
If you knew me on any real level, you’d know that I’m a sucker for anything from the 1980’s and/or 1990’s. My daughter calls all the stuff I’m into “OLDIES”. As I write the review “All 90’s” is currently playing on my Amazon Music. Barbie Girl by Aqua just finished up and 3AM from Matchbox Twenty just started. The first couple of seasons of Stranger Things was something I geeked out on recently. I was ecstatic when my son got me a couple dvd’s disguised to look like they were actually VHS tapes. Luckily they weren’t because we got rid of our vhs player a while ago. One of the best trilogy’s out there in my opinion is
Lord of the Rings (nope, I’m not that kind of guy) Back to the Future which I first saw on, you guessed it, VHS tapes. Anytime I see anything on kickstarter or anywhere for that matter that takes on the form or disguise of vhs or cassette tapes I go all googly eyed. I’ve probably seen more, but the first one I saw and backed, or one that I can readily see on the shelf is that of Dated | Trivia Card Game. So when I saw 1985 Games Presents: Sharp Edge VHS Dice I had to have it. So when 1985 games sent me a couple dice packs from this Kickstarter campaign last year I was in HEAVEN and am now a dice collector.
Rules & Setup:
The only somewhat printed rule I found on the box was the fact that these dice aren’t intended for those younger than 9 years old. Luckily I didn’t get them until my youngest child was already nine. Otherwise, the 🎲 👮♀️ probably would’ve frequented our home. But, now they can’t get us! Unless, I pick up dice that are only intended for those of an older age.
Because of how long it took me to get from the packaging to the review, I don’t recall if the pack was shrink-wrapped or not. So, my setup may be easier than yours.
Set-up with these dice is easy enough.
First find out what kind of dice the game requires be rolled. For example, you’re not going to want to use a D6 for Brad’s upcoming game Cavern because it calls for a D20. Then all that needs to be done is simply to pull the Styrofoam * (I think that’s what kind of material it is, but I could very well be wrong, and the 🎲 👮♀️ could very well end up locking me up over this 🤬) out of the miniature VHS box and then extract the dice from the needed orifice. May I suggest, holding the styrofoam* up vertically with both hands and then pressing your dominant thumb against the needed dice until it comes out of the hole it had been placed in. (Note: Don’t do this if you’ve sprained your thumb from playing basketball. Trust me I speak from experience)
Finally, Either roll or place the dice into your dice tower. If you’re one of my children, I’d emphasize rolling and not just dropping the dice, as I see this as cheating… 🤫, don’t tell the 🎲 👮♀️.
Theme and Mechanics:
They nailed it! The box reminds me of those VHS tapes that you could pick up at the store, pop into your VHS player and hit record when your show comes on. Note: don’t forget to stop or pause when the commercials come on unless you’re recording the Super Bowl. (For all you Young’ins this was the OG DVR) One thing theme wise that was missed was a small cube that you could remove from the VHS cassette to prevent having what you just recorded being recorded over by a younger sibling or your older parent. If you’re the only one reading this review and you really want to record the season finale of the X-Files, get some scotch tape and put a piece flush over where the missing cube was taken from. Don’t forget to remove it after recording it, or you’re going to end up re-watching X-files and 3/4 the way into the tape Barney the Dinosaur will start singing about how much he loves you. You’ve been warned!
They roll well enough. Nothing crazy there.
Roll the correct dice for the game you’re playing. Otherwise you’re going to loose and/or get called out for cheating. It’s not the right way to win friends and influence people.
Artwork and Components:
The artwork and especially the graphic design is PERFECT if you want to be reminded of those days when the most important thing you needed to do so you weren’t the biggest jerk in the neighborhood was to follow the adage “Be Kind Please Rewind” you would’ve seen on VHS Tapes you rented from the place that this game (Gift Idea, if you want to get me something in 10 months. Hint, Hint.) was inspired by :
Image taken from Big Potato Games: ( website ) the publisher of the BLOCKBUSTER RETURNS game which was published in 2020.
All of it! Especially the Nostalgia feeling it brought me with the case design and the graphic design that puts it all together just like the recordable VHS cassettes from my yesteryear and childhood. The dice, they’re okay too. Pretty and roll well.
As previously stated, they forgot to add that little cube that can be removed to make sure your family videos don’t end up getting recorder over with the latest episode of Maury Povich and/or Jerry Springer.
I wouldn’t have enough money to get that many, but it’d be cool to be able to get like 3-12 packs like you could do when buying the packs at the store. lol.
If you need something to roll for your next RPG or anything else for that matter and you miss your glory days of the 1980-1990’s like me go no further.
Players Who Like: Dice, Nostalgia
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