I’ve come to the conclusion that when I see a rare piece of gaming paraphernalia that I like, I need to purchase it immediately before it’s discontinued. So when my three-year-old son wanted his own dice bag I decided it was time to give him mine and upgrade to something awesome. And that awesome is the Cthulhu Dice Bag.
The Green Cthulhu-shaped plush dice bag is 15″ long from wingtip to tentacle-tip, and 9″ wide from tentacle to tentacle. It retails for $29.99 from Steve Jackson Games.
Although the dimensions are clearly labeled in the bag’s description, you don’t quite get the sense of scale from this sucker until you have it in your hands. The Cthulhu Dice Bag is huge. Unless you plan to dangle the dice bag from a belt loop, perch it on your shoulder, or wear it on your head, the bag is just plain unwieldy. You can bring it to your next tabletop role-playing game, but expect to be mocked about carrying a purse.
The craftsmanship is top notch. Cthulhu’s eyes glare adorably at you from beneath a beetling green brow. Spots on the sides of Cthulhu’s temples complement the wicked rune-like pattern inscribed on his head. Ear-wings protrude from the back, with the lines expertly stitched to ensure that the dice bag can put up with some wear. There are three tentacles on each side, all of which curl. These tentacles are only somewhat flexible, guaranteeing you won’t easily stuff this dice bag in with a pile of books.
It seems designer Alex Fernandez was more interested in style than usability, as the tiny pouch inside Cthulhu’s head is quite cramped. The dice bag is made for tokens from the Cthulhu Dice game. Cthulhu Dice consists of 18 glass “Sanity Marbles” (get it, you lose your marbles!) and one large 12-sided die. This dice bag is not really suitable to hold dice for any other game. I crammed in a full complement of traditional tabletop dice: D4, D8, D10, D12, D20, and several D6s…and they practically exploded out of the dice bag. The image is apt – dice will literally fall out of the back of Cthulhu’s head.
Since I blew twenty bucks on this thing, you better believe I’m going to use it. But I can’t help but think that this is a highly impractical way to carry dice. And that’s a shame, because there’s enough room in Cthulhu’s head to easily expand the interior pouch and fit more dice. Apparently Cthulhu’s extradimensional existence does not apply to the space in his head.
You can buy it at Amazon.com.