Campaign Coins Review: D20 Crit/Fails Coins

Dice are my love, but Torm help me – I enjoy some well made coins. Campaign Coins, a lovely company out of Melbourne, Australia, has been on my radar for over a year. They are extremely friendly, helpful, and passionate – working closely with Geek & Sundry as well as many other companies to manufacture some of the highest quality coins I’ve ever seen.

Knowing that several of you had reservations about buying a coin you couldn’t “use” for something each week – today we’ll be reviewing the D20 coin series: perfect for those 50/50 moments in every game!

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Colors

The “collector’s pack” I got has a Copper, Silver, and Gold finished metal D20 coin. Each coin has a semi-gloss polish giving the coins a vibrant highlight but a subtle, much darker base color.

Copper

Probably the brightest of the lot, mainly due to the warm color catching so much light, the copper coin has just enough luster to give it a warm metallic look (it is quite easy for metal coins to look like plastic if too matte).

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Silver

Closer to a steel coloration, the silver coin inadvertently looks like a plastic game piece you’d find with any number of tabletop board games. It’s quite a shame, really, as silver is my favorite metallic color – but I wonder if excessive use will help polish the high-points to a more mirror-like shine. I’ll try to keep you updated.

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Gold

Here is where the impression is really made. While the copper is quite striking in its own way, the gold coin actually has a very keen luster with a nice blend of gloss and matte finishes to give the coin depth that the copper seemed to lack. If you look closely, the gold coin has three layers of color. The outer-most region is brightest, the “stone wall” texture in the base of the coin has a mix of matte and gloss, and the dark recesses of the coin are nearly grey. Overall, this is my favorite of the three.

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Weight

Each coin has a uniform weight of 10 grams (all three coins weigh just over 1oz). They have a wonderful feel to them with noticeably more heft than your standard U.S. Mint Quarter, while being quite close to it in size.

Size

I would have been happier to have a coin closer to a fifty-cent piece, as they are less likely to be dropped, misplaced, or inadvertently handed to someone as loose change, but the sizes of each coin in this pack are extremely close to that of a standard quarter.

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It makes for a smaller and easier to use (yet easier to lose) option. These coins tip to tip are right at 2mm. I feel that if a 4mm option were available, it would actually sell as a more table-friendly coin for common use.

Stackability

Near flat, well balanced, easy to move and position: these guys are 100% approved for stacking just as high as you’d like. I can imagine a pile of 100 of these, ready for use at a local hobby shop.

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Bonus Round: “A Nuisance of Kobolds” 500 mark Dhum Coin

If you didn’t notice, an additional coin was sent with my package for me to take a look at, a more traditional offering from Campaign Coins to contrast the D20 coins – and I will spoil it. I’m impressed.

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Easy to see packaging with relevant information on the back, always a plus. Love the character art and the likeness is quite good.

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The heavy and deep etching make this coin pop! Deep recesses, that we don’t see on the D20 coin, allow for a much more contrasting face. The back of the coin is pretty much my aesthetic.

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The base of the back of the coin looks to be a texture akin to carbon fiber – which is quite gorgeous in even dim light.

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Again, we see a uniformity and likeness to other coins offered – very close to a quarter in size while having a bit more weight.

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As far as themes go, the coin slips right in. I would have liked to see the same amount of texture on the base of the D20 coins, but there are also a lot more details cut into the face of the D20 coins, including EVERY face of an actual D20 – even if they’re 100% for show, so I will abstain from holding any judgement against Campaign Coins for that.

Overall

This is the first time I’ve had Campaign Coins in my hand, and I am quite impressed. I love the idea of having a quick coin-toss for those 50/50 moments. How many times have you heard a DM say “high or low” – only for an argument to occur after the die is thrown about which one (high or low) was “supposed to be good!”

This is a very affordable ($4.99 at the time of this review) purchase to make if you think you may enjoy having coins at the table. In a world of fidget spinners and cell phones, I’d much rather have my players stacking and unstacking coins they can actually use in my game.

While I’d like to see a larger more heavily polished coin, I completely understand that the process of making them would be substantial. Though, if the opportunity arose – I’d highly suggest Campaign Coins take it. Pick some of these up and tell me what you think.

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I don’t always advocate rolling, but when I do… be sure you have to Drop the Die.
Review by JB Little, Follow me on twitter for more “useful” information.

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