The Pioneer Dice recently launched a Kickstarter where they are making the world's first Spacecraft Themed Metallic Dice. The dice specifically were designed to celebrate the exploration of the planet Mars and the hope one day of being able to force a settlement on the planet as a secondary home for humanity as we explore our solar system. The company was kind enough to send us some dice to review as we took these out of their special canister and give them a spin or two.
So getting right to the look of it, each of these has been designed to resemble something from either NASA's actual missions to mars, or something sci-fi-related. As you can see we have a rocketship, a drone, a storage container, a radiation canister, two different types of flying saucers, and an escape pod. Each of these has the tiniest of designs that make them lovely works of metal artwork, as you can see they went to great care to make these feel extraordinary beyond just making some random shapes to fit what they needed. Some of them clearly have the numbers printed in them, even in the tiniest aspect with the large D20 flying saucer with them on the borders of the ship. But a few of them use a dot system like traditional dice, as the D6 drone and the D10 storage container have. The oddest but coolest of the bunch is the D4 rocketship with a number on each side of the booster rockets, which makes for an interesting piece to roll.
Which brings us to the other half of the equation: how well do they roll? Half of these roll pretty decently as they have a roundness to them where you can simply let them fall out of your palm and they'll roll across the table or in a tray with ease. When it comes to the saucers and the drone, you're going to have to spin them like a top if you want fairness. Also, you're going to be in for many a debate with whoever is running the game over what constitutes a roll with those. The one that's the biggest issue is the D4 rocketship, as we tested these out, this one usually just stopped on whatever came out of your hand and never really rolled. The design of this one kind of prevents it from getting good RNG unless you huck the thing and force it to be propelled into randomness. But then you risk scraping the design or breaking something nearby, since it is a metal object.
Overall, The Pioneer Dice put together a pretty decent set, and put it in a nice collector's case to boot. They look cool and will be a conversation piece at any game you bring them to. As far as whether or not they're worth the money, that's entirely up to personal preference. If you're a sapce/sci-fi kind of player who is really into collectibles, this is one of those must-own items. If you're just looking for some cool-looking dice, it might be up your alley.