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Fantastic Dice Bag

finn
I have acquired the most magnificent dice bag I can envision. I'm not going to say it's the best dice bag ever because I have no desire to pick a fight with your handmade chainmail bag or that crown royal bag you've had since college that has such serious mojo. Similarly, it's not the most beautiful dice bag ever made, since I have seen some of the really nice japanese silk ones, and if you can get your hands on one of those, then more power to you!

So with those qualifiers, I am speaking as a pure bag nerd here. This bag is fantastic.


So, this is the bag, with a fudge dice over on the side to give a sense of scale. It's a little wide and squat, and though you can't tell by looking, it's made out of 600-denier polyester (which means it's really, really rugged). This thing is actually designed to carry around several pounds of nails, so the wear and tear of your dice just aren't going to be a problem.


Here it is hanging by its strap, and this is the first design point I really want to draw attention to. While the bag has a drawstring to close, that drawstring explicitly does not double as the carrying cord. If anyone has ever had the cord break, they know why this is so important, because if you are carrying the bag by the cord and the cord breaks, the bag opens up, and dice go everywhere. Not so here. Not only is this strap incredibly tough, keeping it separate is just a better plan. Heck, it even means that you could hang it from this loop, and open and close the bag as needed. It makes it easy to attach it to your main bag with a carabiner, without any concern for it coming off.


This is where the real magic begins. Yes, the bag is sitting that flat and open without any assistance. That wideness that you saw in when it was closed was a result of the fact that this is the natural shape of the bag. They're designed to settle into the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket, and be stacked on top of one another, and to be very easy for a guy to reach in and get the right nail, so it's very stable.


Here it is from a slightly higher angle, which I think gives a better sense of how it ends up working. The 6 compartments make it easy to segment up your dice, but are large enough so that if you have an egregious number of d10s or d6s, they still fit in very nicely. I've already aggregated my d4s and d12s as the unloved dice, and only have the d8s separated because I have a bazillion of them, but it would be easy to throw all three together and have a spare pocket for counters and tokens.


I admit, as soon as I laid it out, opened up, I immediately thought that this was very nearly _designed_ for Dogs in the Vineyard. For those who have not played it, it's a game that's made vastly easier by keeping four bowls of dice in the middle of the table, so people can pull dice out and put them back as needed. Because it sits open so easily (in fact, the more full it is, the more easily it sits open) the bag can serve the same purpose as the bowls very easily.

Now, the reality is that it is very rare that I need to carry all my dice anywhere. Even at cons, I just tend to go with a pocket sized subset, but then I'm also not really running stuff much. If I intend to run stuff at the next dexcon/dremation, this may come in quite handy.

Anyway, this bag is from the Duluth Trading Company, a company I absolutely love. They basically make things that are useful for people who actually use tools, so it's a lot of practical clothes, bags, containers and other crazy stuff. These bags are called Clinchers. They run about 10 bucks, and as I noted earlier, they're designed to carry around nails and screws, so in terms of durability and quality, it's totally overkill.

In the end, there are only two complaints. First, it doesn't come in black. Now, I'm happy with blue, but I know that for some gamers, only black will do. Second, because the mouth is so wide, the drawstring is VERY long when it's drawn tight, and you need to be careful to tuck it inside itself or the like. I wish there was a small hoop on the opposite side I could run it through when it was closed, but this is ultimately a very small complaint.

It is not often that my gaming nerdery and my bag nerdery meet in one place, but when it does, I admit it's something I get very excited about, and anyone local can very much expect be to trot this out to show off at the drop of a hat, so, well, apologies in advance.

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gamera_spinning
Apr. 8th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's just neat.
solarbird
Apr. 8th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
I admit, as soon as I laid it out, opened up, I immediately thought that this was very nearly _designed_ for Dogs in the Vineyards.
BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA yes.
dharshai
Apr. 8th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
My sense of design compels me to point out the simplicity of design.

Freaking fantastic. I might actually buy one. Do they make one that's pretty??? Let's find out!
weaver42
Apr. 8th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Oooooh.

And I feel uncomfortable with the term "Bag Nerd." Don't know why, exactly.

-- c.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 8th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
This bag fills me with excitement. Sadly, I don't think my modest, precise collection of opaque polyhedrals is worthy of it.

--Jason M
dscleaver
Apr. 8th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
My first thought, before scrolling down was "it should have compartments for dice". This looks really nice and tempting.
rob_donoghue
Apr. 8th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Because I'm slightly crazy, and because D6's are the easiest to count, I checked. I currently have 95 d6's in one of the pockets, all of which are normal size (16mm) or larger. I kept the smaller ones in their cubes because I admit they seem more tidy that way, but I could dump two cubes more in with no real trouble, so all told I feel comfortable saying the bag could hold 5-600 dice.

I also discovered that the cord is long enough that I can run it under the bag, and tuck it under itself when it's drawn tight, so that's a good discovery.

rfrancis
Apr. 8th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
I currently have 95 d6's in one of the pockets

Suitable for Champions!
boymonster
Apr. 8th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
But that way lies madness!
rfrancis
Apr. 8th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
No, that way lies an energy blast that averages 332 stun!
boymonster
Apr. 9th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
I'm spending ALL my points to get a kick ass Presence attack.
spiritualmonkey
Apr. 8th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Heh, I used to use a couple of those for their original intended purpose when I was a handymonkey. And DT rocks!
amnesiack
Apr. 9th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Did you/can you pick one of these up at a retail location, or do they have to be ordered directly from the company? $8.50 for shipping seems a bit much.
rob_donoghue
Apr. 9th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Catalog - I was ordering other stuff, so it was no big deal. That said, I suspect home depot probably carries the same thing wherever they have the buckets and bags.
digitalpoetry
Apr. 9th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
That's a great idea - I'd buy one, but then I think I'd end up going on a dice-buying spree to try to fill it up, and that would be bad. :)
evilmagnus
Apr. 9th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
My measly 2lb of dice have found a new, non-freezer-bag-based home.
denyse
Apr. 9th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
in general, you are the person I intend to ask for advice should I ever decide to splurge on getting nice bags of any kind (computer, dice, etc)
renatoram.wordpress.com
Apr. 9th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
Wonderful
If they ship to Italy, I think you have found them at least two customers :)

These bags really look aweseome.
renatoram.wordpress.com
Apr. 9th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Wonderful
Uh... does anyone know if there is an European supplier of these?
johnoghue
Apr. 9th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Oh

My

Goodness.

Damn that thing is kickin!

I still use one of these: http://www.metarinka.com/grc/can30cal.gif


rob_donoghue
Apr. 9th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Dude, tinyurl! :)

That said, The ucket boss looks intriguing because of its outside pockets, but They look better designed for staying open thatn keeping closed. Still, something I'll chew on.

And if nothign else, a few of those other ones are close enough in style that even if they cost $5 more than the duluth one, the convenience of amazon might be enough. The milwaukee and the bucket Boss both look pretty solid.
justinjacobson
Apr. 9th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
I just ordered the Bucket Boss. (I'm a Prime member at Amazon, so two-day shipping is free for me.) I'll let you know how it works when it arrives. This is a really neat idea. I don't have nearly as many dice as you all do, but I know I can use a couple of the pie slices to hold some metal figurines too for my D&D game.
strider13
Apr. 9th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Dude!

SWEET!

tenacitydrader
Apr. 10th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Holy crap. The compartments are off the hook. *loves*
drcpunk
Apr. 12th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Wow. My own big dice bag is not dissimilar, but -- wow. That is sweet.
macklinr
May. 4th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
I just ordered my bag. I decided to go with copper, as I have a blue canvas one I'm currently using.
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