In 2016, I received probably one of the coolest gifts I could imagine from the benevolent Fancy Duckie. The Adventure Case from Dogmight Games is essentially a wooden box to carry all manner of things for your TTRPGs. I previously did a review of this product, and in short, I absolutely loved it despite a few nit picks. For anyone who didn’t read the review or is visiting this post not knowing what to expect out of these products, the adventure case has an insane amount of customization with some really quality craftsmanship to back it up. You pay for it, but you get what you pay for, without question. Also, Dogmight has a kickass policy when it comes to taking care of their customers in the unlikely event of any defects or shipping issues. It’s been a little over a year of having this bad boy, and having been used every game night, so I figured it was time to revisit the scenario. Not much has changed in the scheme of it all, but there are a couple things I’d very much like to point out.
Overall, the metal pieces on the case have held up exceedingly well. A couple of the surfaces have some wear on them but nothing major. At a closer look, it almost seems like the polish is just being worn off from rubbing around in my backpack. An easy fix, if this is the case. Just run to the store, buy some polishing compound and get to work. Personally, I like the lack of flawlessness. It gives the whole box a bit of character!
The chape pieces on the corners are holding up nicely while protecting the wood. Pictured above is the only one that is giving me an issue, showing some signs of either dirt or a small amount of corrosion (too early to tell, methinks). Dogmight uses aluminum or brass for their metal decals on the lid of the box, I would imagine that all the metal fittings follow suit. This is good because both metals are pretty dependable and easy to take care of. However, I’ll admit that I’m not entirely sure if the brass is actually brass or aluminum with a plating. They don’t really specify, and when considering the properties of the two metals, it doesn’t really make much of a difference for this application.
Pointing this stuff out feels really nit picky, as it doesn’t detract from the functionality of the case itself. The piece in the worst shape is probably the inside buckle. My best guess as to why is that damage likely occurs when opening the case, laying the top lid flat on the table, and opening the doors only to plop the faces down on the table while I transfer my dice from the top compartment to the lower. I could just open the doors with the lid upright, and let everything flood out into the lower part of the case. I’m not the chaotic type to let hell come pouring out of a storage container, but if you care enough about keeping this pretty, not a bad idea. I usually keep a lot of stuff in there. Both the hinges and the buckles squeak, but that’s nothing a little WD-40 can’t fix.
This is where the real problem kicked in for me. For those who don’t know, I live in New England. We have a saying up here: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.” It holds true, this part of the country seems to be in a constant flux of weather for whatever reason. To further paint a picture, it tends to be very humid up here in the summer months. My adventure case definitely showed me that it didn’t like all that extra water in the air.
It’s rather hard to see, but the wood on the door, closest to the top of the lid, has some wear on it. There’s definitely no surprise here. Wood absorbs moisture from the air and swells, I deal with it in regards to my guitars all the time. What had happened here, though, is it swelled so much that the corner was contacting the upper part of the lid and wore the wood down a little. Thankfully, the case was never difficult to open or close, but you could definitely feel that contact only on the one door. Since it didn’t sacrifice the functionality of the case, and it didn’t damage the case in a significant way, this is expected and quite minor. Now that it’s winter, it’s not contacting any longer and has served as a comical quirk of the case more than anything.
In full confidence, I can say that this thing took a year of some not so nice treatment and help up just fine. I fully expect that it’ll last me for a long time, and If I’m being 100% honest, this thing is my favorite piece of RPG equipment I own. It’s so practical and functional that when you pair it when the overall beauty of the thing, how could you go wrong? Just like in the review, I wholeheartedly recommend picking up one of these if you have the dough to burn. If you don’t Dogmight has a range of similar products to fit your needs and wants. Thanks for reading and as always…
Stay Metal! \m/
Especially when it’s that metal on kickass wooden boxes.