Monstrod Dice from France-based Maow Miniatures consist of the following six-sideds:
- A screaming maw. A big tongue surrounded by sharp teeth. You can see all the way inside down to the tongue.
- A goblin’s grinning face — just eyes and a jaw full of teeth, no nose, looking sideways.
- A beholder-like single eye with a big grin full of teeth.
- A tentacle swirling with suckers.
- Perhaps the top of Cthulhu’s head, with four tentacles and suckers visible.
As variety goes I enjoy the screaming maw, the tentacle, and Cthulhu, but could do without the grinning faces. This set seems appropriate to Warhammer, which is a fun mix of grim humor and Lovecraftian horror, than it is for a straight horror game.
The detail on these dice are amazing, and certainly enough for even amateurs to competently paint them. There are, however, several flaws with these dice.
The dice are quite light. They’re cast in resin, a feature that doesn’t matter much until you roll them. They bounce all over the place as a result.
There’s quite a bit of flash on these dice. This is a problem because if you don’t trim them well they won’t roll correctly. It’s fixable, but it’s a big problem when it comes to dice.
The biggest flaw is that none of the dice agree on which side features the “special” face. As a result, there’s no consistency amongst the dice. I personally prefer that the special face be the worst news for players, which in my d20 game is a six. Each die picks a different number to feature the unique face, so one die might have a face on the 6, while another might have the face on the 1. If you don’t know which face lines up with which number, you have no idea what you’re rolling, making these dice useless for actual gameplay.
So what I did was paint the dice black and then only fill in certain pips, ensuring that the “six” face was always the special face. I regularly use these dice in my D20 Call of Cthulhu game and my players can easily see things have gone south merely by glancing at the number of horrific faces staring back at them.
These dice are actually made to be played in a combination dice/card game. You can download the rules and the cards from Maow Miniatures’ site.