Campaign Coins are an Australian company who make very cool metal coins and tokens as props and accessories for RPGs and boardgames. They ran a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year for a revised run of RPG coins, called RPG Treasure, and of course how could I say no to that?
Of course, crowdfunded campaigns don’t provide the instant gratification that any dice collector desires, and I had noticed that Campaign Coins also featured a couple of interesting dice on their website, so when the end-of-June stocktake sale hit, I took the opportunity to pick up a few coins and dice, and I’m glad I did!
At this stage, Campaign Coins offer two D20s – one metal, one polymer. Both dice feature the same design, matching Campaign Coins’ “Crit or Fail” D2 coin design, and are manufactured by Q-Workshop.
Here you can see both dice, as well as a bonus coin I received.
The Plastic D20
Not specified, but given that it’s manufactured by Q-Workshop, I’m going to guess acrylic.
Very good. Q-Workshop dice don’t tend to feature dramatic materials, so the impact is down to the face design. This is decorative without being excessive, but still clear and easy to read. Black on white is simple, but a classic.
Very good. Some of the ink isn’t quite filled up to surface level, but there are no bald spots and I certainly wouldn’t complain.
The Metal D20
Not specified, and I don’t know enough about how these are made to hazard a guess.
Good. The design is as good as the D20, although there’s less contrast with black ink against the metal die face. Still, the coolness of metal makes up for that IMO – but if readability is a priority for you, go for the plastic die.
Good, although as you can see in the image above, the metal surface isn’t perfectly flat. You can see that in the store’s product images as well, so it’s definitely intended, but it’s more pronounced than the store images showed.
This is unusual for cast metal dice in my experience, so either it’s an intended design feature and the distressed effect is part of the mold, or the dice are made using a different technique. It’s certainly very effective in that it looks like a hammered finish, as though the dice were forged rather than cast.
In any case, the finish wasn’t a dealbreaker for me. It’s also worth noting that my photos don’t do this die justice; the distressed surface is too hard to capture with my current photography setup. (I’ve invested in a macro lens and desktop light to fill out my lightbox, but they haven’t arrived yet.)
The D2 Coin
Not specified, but it’s metal of some kind.
Great! This is Campaign Coins’ Crit or Fail D2 coin design, which normally comes in gold, silver and copper variants. This is the Limited Edition adamantine variant, which is a lovely shiny dark grey. The coin is detailed, nicely weighted, and good for flipping and fidgeting-with.
Very good. Well made, no flaws, and generally just a pleasing object. I’ve not had it long, but I predict it’ll be a welcome addition at the gaming table – I only regret that I don’t play games that need a D2, so I have little excuse for playing with it!
I couldn’t place an order without getting some of the RPG coins for which Campaign Coins is best known, so I took advantage of their stocktale sale to pick out a set of Dwarven Tower coins and a bag of Numenera shims. My group’s main RPG is Exalted, so I was looking for coins that might plausibly look like currency from the Second Age of Creation rather than Euro-fantasy-style gold pieces.
Above are the Dwarven Tower coins (with a D20 for scale); the set is designed for use with Pelgrane Press’s 13th Age RPG, but I felt they looked sufficiently Exalted-y to pass muster.
These are very pleasing coins! They stack beautifully, thanks to the design, and they feel very pleasant in the hand. I’d happily have bought the larger coins as well; these are the “Soldier” size, and they come in the larger and increasingly ornate “Captain” and “General” sizes. Sadly they were out of stock of those sizes, but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for them in future.
The images on the Campaign Coins website absolutely did not do these shims justice. They’re smaller than you might think from the image – you can see them compared against a D20 in the images above, to help give a sense of scale – but they’re solid, high quality, shiny, and absolutely flawless. I love the idea of shims, a currency of equal-value tokens made of shiny relics, and although I haven’t played Numenera much, I think the execution here is great. The designs are also fun in that they blend a fantasy sensibility with hints of bygone technology, which is very appropriate for Numenera.
The set of shims comes with a bag of fifty tokens – there are five styles, ten tokens in each style in several colour variants to create variety in the bag. The first three styles come in Campaign Coins’ gold, silver and electrum (a shiny dark grey/black) finishes, while the other two styles come in copper rather than electrum.
I’m not sure I needed a whole bag of 50, especially as props for a different game entirely, but they’re lovely to play with and I’m not sorry I bought the bag. (Perhaps it’s a good incentive to encourage my group to try Numenera!)
The Long and the Short of It
I’m thoroughly impressed with my acquisitions! I might not be able to justify buying a lot from Campaign Coins, as we generally don’t play the games that their products are designed to support, but I certainly wish I had more of an excuse as these coins are lovely. Many of their coins are designed to support D&D and similar games, and if your group plays games and you’re open to using props, I definitely recommend trying them out.
Dice clearly aren’t Campaign Coins’ main focus, but they’re nice to use and great to look at, and I’m certainly glad I picked them up. I’ll be watching Campaign Coins with interest to see what else they release – and eagerly looking forward to the crowdfunding fulfilment later this year.