Sometimes it’s fun to get a little away from technology, settle down with a few friends, and play an entire role-playing game with just pen, paper, and lots of dice. But if it’s a little low fi for you, then it’s always Pixels, a new set of electronic dice with built-in Bluetooth and RGB LED lighting. The dice were launched on Kickstarter, with prices starting at $ 39. At the time of writing, more than 14,000 people have already supported the project for a total of more than $ 2 million.
The main attraction here, of course, is the colorful RGB lighting, which promises creator Systemic Games to be customizable and programmable via a companion app. The Pixels are also waterproof, charge them wirelessly using an accompanying drawer, and can charge for about five hours, or more if you are willing to live without the lighting. There is a range of shape styles available including D20, D12, D10, D8, D6 and D4.
But for me, the most interesting thing about the dice is how they will apparently be able to communicate with Roll20, Foundry and other online platforms that allow you to play table games over the internet. Right now, a service like Roll20 relies on virtual dice or a traditional dice and then you report to your game master. On the other hand, the Pixels can offer the best of both worlds by rolling a physical dice and reporting the result automatically.
Yes, there are a lot of obvious jokes about not being able to play a pen-and-paper RPG because your dice are not charged. But if you like the idea of having Bluetooth-enabled dice that light up like Christmas trees, then the Pixels are available on Kickstarter until April 8th. One die (charger included) starts at $ 39, or you can get a set of seven dice and a chest of drawers for $ 199. All the usual warnings about supporting Kickstarters apply, but if all the Pixels plan must shipping within about 12 months.