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Moonstone Dice Contest Winner

Happy Labor Day weekend! I just want to take a moment and thank everyone who entered the Moonstone dice giveaway. We had a lot of fun this week and recorded a total of 97 entries. I wish we had enough Moonstone dice to give to each and everyone of you, but alas, there can only be one contest winner.

And that winner, as decided by random selection at Random.org, is…

Karla Pickford

Congratulations Karla! You now have a brand new set of rpg dice to use on game night. We can’t guarantee that you’ll always make a successful savings throw or perception check with the Moonstone dice, but we do guarantee that they’ll look fantastic as you roll them across the table.

Thanks again everyone! We had so much fun that we’ll do it again next month. If you follow us on Facebook you’ll have an opportunity to pick the dice we giveaway. Stay tuned!


Indigo -- The Newest Moonstone Color

One last thing: if you think you just can’t live without a set of Moonstone dice we recently added two brand new colors on our website: red and indigo. For the next week you can save 10% off the sale price of these dice by using the coupon code MOONSTONE.

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9 Items Your RPG Character Needs to Stuff in a Backpack NOW!

The Boy Scouts have a saying: Be Prepared, and believe me, these are words to live by — especially if you have a brand-new rpg character seeking action, adventure and a wee bit of mayhem. Far too often I’ve seen gamers poorly equip new characters at the onset of a campaign. These characters simply aren’t prepared and lack the basic necessities needed to adventure in a fantasy world chock-full of dungeons, dragons, tunnels and trolls . Whether it’s the gamer’s inexperience, or simply the fact that a new character blew all their starting money on fancy armor and weapons, poor planning makes for poor results. So if you’re a role playing newbie or just need a refresher we here at Dark Elf Dice proudly bring you 9 Items Your RPG Character Needs to Stuff in a Backpack NOW!:

1.  Rope. Rope is arguably the single most important item your rpg character needs in their backpack. Rope is simply amazing. You can tie up bad guys, pull buddies out of quicksand, use it to climb up or down castle walls, span chasms, etc. Without rope, your character is vulnerable to many basic situations your GM may throw at you. Tolkien’s Samwise Gamgee knew rope’s importance: “Rope!” he muttered. “No rope! And only last night you said to yourself: “Sam, what about a bit of rope? You’ll want it, if you haven’t got it: Well, I’ll want it. I can’t get it now.” Trust me — he wasn’t called Samwise for nothing.

How else you gonna scale that fortress wall?

2. Grappling Hook. A grappling hook goes together with rope like peanut butter goes with jelly. Fasten one of these bad boys at the end of your rope and you’ll be scaling walls and swinging from trees in no time.

3. Tinderbox. Have you ever tuned in to Survivor and watched the castaways try to start a fire? Not an easy process. Rubbing two sticks together is ridiculously hard. In the real world we have matches and lighters. In fantasy worlds we have tinderboxes — small containers that hold fint, steel and (you guessed it) tinder (small bits of straw, bark, etc.). Have your character use a tinderbox to kindle a fire and he’ll be the envy of all his friends the next time he hosts a barbeque.

4. Flask of Oil. A general all-purpose incendiary device as useful as it is dangerous, flasks of oil are a fantasy world’s equivalent of hand grenades. Light ’em, toss ’em and watch the ensuing fireball. Great for marauding orc patrols, goblins, and flea infestations. Fire in the hole!

Just don't bring it to a gunfight.

5. Knife. Why carry a knife when you carry a sword? Great question, but have you ever tried to cut an orange with a sword? Sure, it’s possible, but awfully messy. A good knife is a useful tool for close quarter work and every character should have one (or better yet two if your character tends to lose things).

6. Rations. Even in a fantasy world your character needs to eat. If your character is in the midst of exploring a ruined crypt it’s not as if he can pop-off down to the nearest McDonald’s and grab a burger and fries. While not as tasty, some hardtack, salted beef and a bit of cheese will come in handy the next time your character hears a rumbly in his tumbly. Feed the machine!

A waterskin is great for wetting one's whistle.

7. Waterskin. Think of your character’s waterskin as his Gatorade bottle. A full waterskin is your character’s best friend when thirst comes knocking. It’s said that up to 70% of a human’s body weight is made up of water. The same ratio can probably be said for elves, dwarves, etc. It’s important to stay properly hydrated and besides, you got to wash that hardtack down somehow, right?

8. Healing Potion/ Med Kit. In all good fiction the hero must suffer — think Frodo and the One Ring. It wouldn’t have been much of a story if my main man Frodo simply walked carefree to Mordor and chucked the ring into Mount Doom without so much as a bump or bruise. And believe me, your rpg character will get bumps and bruises (and much worse) as he explores dungeons and completes quests. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? Well to avoid being killed prematurely your character wants to keep at least one healing potion and med supplies on hand (bandages, antiseptic, herbs and the like).

The pen can indeed be mightier than the sword.

9. Parchment (And Something to Write With). In 1803 when Lewis and Clark made their historic expedition to the Pacific Ocean they mapped the lands they traveled through and kept a journal. I’m not saying that your rpg character needs to write a journal of his exploits (although it would be way cool if you have the time and inclination to do so), but pen and paper will undoubtedly prove useful for mapping the twists and turns of caverns, dungeons, etc. Besides, if your character becomes famous during his adventures he’ll be able to sign more autographs for adoring fans than Leonard Nimoy at a Star Trek convention.

Happy gaming!


Dark Elf Chocolate Chip Cookies

The next time it’s your turn to host game night, surprise the troops with fresh baked cookies. Not just any cookies mind you, but Dark Elf Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are easy to make and very chocolatey; your friends will appreciate the fact that you made treats rather than purchasing store-bought snacks. You will need…

1 cup of butter, softened

Dark Elf Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slaying dragons is hungry work! Fresh baked cookies are a game night treat.

1 1/2 cups of white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 cups of all-purpose flour

2/3 cups of cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon of baking soda

2 cups of chocolate chips

All right, now that you have your ingredients, put on your favorite apron, and get cooking!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Now the fun part — adding all of the ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, add in the butter, the sugar, the 2 eggs, and the vanilla extract. Stir until it’s all light and fluffy. Then, you can add in the flour, cocoa powder, and the baking soda. Lastly, you add in the chocolate chips.

Now that you’ve added in all of the ingredients, put the cookies onto the cookie sheet. Don’t make them too big, or else they won’t cook in the middle. A rounded teaspoon-full of dough should do it.

Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven.

Once they’ve cooled, you can top with chopped pecans if desired. Eat up and enjoy!


Who Would Win in a Fight? Shredder or Wolverine?

All right ladies and gents, time to gather ringside for the first installment of Who Would Win in a Fight? Every Friday we at Dark Elf Dice hope to bring you the world’s greatest slap downs — hypothetical match ups between two opponents ready to brawl in a no-holds barred fight to the finish. This week we have a great title bout between two juggernauts of comic book fame and it’s time to ask:

Who would win in a fight? The Shredder or Wolverine?

And in this corner: The Shredder!

The Shredder: A Turtle's Worst Nightmare

If you know your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles then you know The Shredder is one bad dude. He’s the ninja leader of the Foot clan and made his first comic book appearance in 1984. He’s been kicking since your daddy’s worn parachute pants and has been the Turtles’ arch nemesis ever since. He’s strong, he’s intelligent and he sports freaking armor — samurai inspired duds with sharp spikes and Freddy Kruger blades extending from his hands. Ouch!

  • Strength: 15
  • Endurance: 15
  • Dexterity: 16
  • Intelligence: 16
  • Wisdom: 17
  • Charisma: 17
  • Willpower: 16
  • Special Abilities: crazy ninja skills, leadership skills (like Donald Trump, but without the hair)
  • Favorite Weapon: shredder blades
  • Favorite Saying: “Foot! Attack!”

And in this corner: Wolverine!

Wolverine: The X-Men's Resident Wild Man

If you’re a fan of brooding tough guys, then you gotta love Wolverine. He started in 1974 as a Canadian superhuman agent in The Incredible Hulk #181, but Wolvie will forever be known as the second-hairiest member of the X-Men (Beast being first). What’s not to love about the world’s favorite mutant? He has super healing powers, an adamantium skeleton, a bad temper that puts even the crabbiest DMV clerk to shame (“Next!”) and six razor-sharp claws that spring from the back of his hands whenever he feels the need to rumble in the jungle. Snikt!

  • Strength: 16
  • Endurance: 18
  • Dexterity: 16
  • Intelligence: 13
  • Wisdom: 14
  • Charisma: 12
  • Willpower: 17
  • Special Abilities: mutant healing powers, martial arts master, superhuman senses (sight, smell, etc.)
  • Favorite Weapon: adamantium claws
  • Favorite Saying: “Outta my way, bub.”

And the winner is… Wolverine!

On the surface this is a real compelling fight. Both opponents face off with similar weapons and a knowledge of the martial arts. It’s a spirited brawl with lots of pushing and shoving, but Wolverine takes Shredder down hard in Round 2.  Shredder is undoubtedly one nasty customer, but the ninja leader tends to let his Foot clan do the bulk of his fighting for him. He just doesn’t have the moxie to go one-on-one in a street fight with Wolverine for an extended period of time. And don’t forget, Wolvie has his mutant healing ability. Hard to keep a guy down who keeps getting back up.