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The Best Destiny Tokens Yet

Aurbits tokens for Star Wars: Destiny

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This article was originally going to be a lengthy Holiday Buyer’s Guide for Destiny, reviewing a bunch of items sent to us from various manufacturers and creators. Well, turns out all that stuff was crap, all of it except for a token set from Aurbits: an established creator new to the Destiny token scene. Instead of bashing all the other items we got to review, I have decided to stay positive for the Holidays and focus on the fantastic product made by Aurbits. Full disclosure: I didn’t pay for any of the review items I received including the Aurbits.

Before I dive into Aurbits, I want to give a shout-out to two items I have reviewed in the past that would make for a great holiday gift for the avid Destiny player: the Destiny Dice Vault ($15.99) and the Pirate Labs Backpack $(119.99). 

The Dice Vault is the best answer to dice storage and organization we have found. The sturdy cardboard boxes hold two custom foam trays that perfectly hold an entire set (or more) of Destiny vice. Once your collection is in the Dice Vaults it is incredibly easy to put together decks and see what dice are checked out. If you are the kind of person who puts all their cards in binders instead of throwing them into a shoe box, then you’ll really appreciate the same level of organization for your dice collection.

The Pirate Labs Backpack’s modular storage means you’ll never accidentally forget a piece of your load-out after a busy day at a tournament or convention. Most of the Crew have had these backpacks for a year now and we’ve hauled them to cons and tournaments all over the country and they still look brand new. The backpack is even roomy enough for me to haul the bulk of our streaming rig in and still have room for deck boxes and play mats. 

The review starts here…

I rant and rave a lot about FFG prize support, and occasionally I ponder what premium prizing would look like. Well the new token set made by Aurbits definitely fits the bill. This is a premium product that checks all the boxes for me. At $40 this is on the high side for Destiny tokens, but the quality and utility is well worth the price tag. Let’s dive in.

Look and Feel 10/10

These tokens look stunning and they feel cool. And by cool I mean literally cool, as the real gold and copper these are made out of tend to be cold to the touch when you pick them up just like you’d expect real metal to be. If J.J. Abrams played Destiny he would use these tokens because he’d get some amazing lens flares off all the light the gold and copper reflects and refracts as you handle the tokens.

Aurbits
Aurbits

The red, black and white portions of the token look enameled and really help the metallic areas pop. After using and handling Aurbits for a couple weeks, other tokens just feel like cheap toys now, and if it was only about looks I’d already be hooked by the Aurbits but…

Playability 9/10

So what, they look bad-ass. Doesn’t matter if they suck at their job of being a token. I have seen a lot of metallic tokens have the metal bits look black when viewed from an opponent’s angle, making the tokens difficult to read. I think this might be due to those metallic tokens being a semi-transparent metallic plastic, with a black backing. Since Aurbits are made from real metal and are completely opaque they don’t suffer the same issue. From many different viewing angles and different lighting conditions the numbers and symbols on the tokens were as easy or easier to read than the cardboard tokens or the other guys’ custom tokens. A real nice touch is the different shading on the reversible damage tokens. It’s enough to have them visually stand out, but not so much to detract from the crisp design they were going for.

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Aurbits Readability 3
Aurbits Readability 3 Aurbits Readability 1

My only gripe is the decision to stick with the black and red theme on the shield tokens. The shield shape is enough to easily distinguish them from the damage tokens but I’ve come to expect shields to be blue and it has taken a bit to train my eye to see a different color.

Beyond readability my other big concern was the damage token’s double sided nature. When it comes to local play I used to use the other guys’ double sided token set, and when I traveled or played in larger tournaments I packed along single sided tokens. Why? Because most double sided tokens flip far too easily from a stray dice strike. Not a big deal at a casual game, but at something I’d like a shot at winning the last thing I want to worry about is a dice strike accidentally flipping two extra damage onto a character or,equally as bad, win by cheating an opponent by accidentally flipping away two damage. It stinks because, except for the flipping possibility, using double sided tokens is a lot easier than having to fuss with tokens of different values. Fortunately, the Aurbits don’t flip at all under normal playing circumstances, and are actually quite hard to flip even when you try.

Flipping Aurbits

Quality 9/10

A close examination of the tokens shows some slight variations, mostly on the metallic parts of the tokens. It is subtle, and you can only tell it if you’re comparing two tokens side by side close up. It does not detract from the beauty of the tokens, and I sort of expected this from a handmade item that incorporated metal inlays. The edges or cut of the tokens are all nice and sharp and don’t show the variations I’ve come to expect from items like this.

Durability 10/10

The creator says these tokens were made to last, but they probably don’t know how hard nerds throw dice. I dug out a few ol’ BB-8 dice, stood up on a chair, and started throwing them at a few hapless Aurbit tokens I had set on the floor. I managed quite a few good strikes on the damage tokens and thought I had managed to scuff the gold, but a quick wipe of my thumb took out the marks I had made. After some “what the hell” looks from my wife I decided to stop throwing dice at the floor and instead clamped BB-8 into a vice-grip wrench, making the world’s first dice hammer.

BB-8 Hammer

Many solid strikes of the dice hammer made some similar scuffs on the tokens, but they were all smoothed away by a simple thumb wipe. Conclusion: nerd proof.

Overall Rating – Just Buy Them Already

If the title of the article didn’t give it away up front, I really like these tokens. I did have one last complaint – the set doesn’t come with a token for overwrite or power action. A workaround I’ve been using is to use the rebel side of the shield token for shielding and the empire side for power actions and overwrites. It works well for now but I hope to see Aurbits put out a set of non-standard tokens in the future.

Galactic Qualifiers

Draw your blaster. Ignite your lightsaber. Reach out to the Force and fulfill your destiny…

The Galactic Qualifiers arrive to Star Wars™: Destiny as an ongoing program of epic events, built around thrilling competition and fantastic prizes. These large, high-energy events take place at conventions and similar venues, and they offer rewarding experiences for players of all skill levels.

At these Galactic Qualifiers, you’ll find players coming from across the region to test their mettle. You’ll find top-level events for your favorite tournament formats. You’ll find alternate art cards, spot-glossed plastic characters, and game mats. And if you conquer your foes, you may even secure your seat at the World Championships.

Fun and prizes await you, so activate and roll in. Find a Galactic Qualifier near you!

Why Should You Attend a Galactic Qualifier?

Even as the upcoming Boba Fett Starter SetLuke Skywalker Starter Set, and Legacies Booster Packs promise to propel Destiny into exciting new territory, the Galactic Qualifiers bring new challenges and rewards to the game’s fast-growing Organized Play.

  • The main events are the six-round, namesake Galactic Qualifier tournaments.

These are top-level tournaments in which you’ll confront the greatest heroes and villains from across the whole Star Wars saga. Armed with only your characters, your deck, and your dice, you’ll take on all comers, and every game you win is a bounty you can collect from the event’s loaded Prize Station. Go undefeated, and you’ll earn a spot at the World Championships!

Moreover, these Galactic Qualifiers can appear in any of the game’s formats, but at least one Trilogy format tournament will be scheduled for every Galactic Qualifier event. This means newer players will find these tournaments easier to navigate and veterans will find plenty of reason to experiment outside of the Standard format.

  • Additionally, side events like the Escape Pod offer alternate Destiny experiences and guarantee a full weekend of non-stop Star Wars action.

As soon as you and seven other players have registered for this casual event, you can Force leap immediately into action, rolling dice and earning prizes.

Want to learn more about the different formats of play for Star Wars: Destiny? Read the article What Lies Ahead.”

Exclusive Prizes

Why else should you attend a Galactic Qualifier? These massive events are loaded with some of the coolest Destinycards and swag you’ll find anywhere.

  • Each Galactic Qualifier features a prize station loaded with goodies, ranging from extended art cards to custom game mats. Alternate art cards, game mats, and even spot-glossed plastic character cards—they’re all on hand at the Prize Station, and you can claim your favorites by spending your Prize Credits.

You’ll win Prize Credits by participating in events, and each of your wins earns you additional points, meaning there’s always incentive to play. Also, because the points are yours to spend, you get to decide which prizes you want to claim.

Want the spot-glossed plastic Emperor Palpatine card? You just need twelve Prize Credits. But if you’d rather use those twelve Prize Credits toward the exclusive Galactic Qualifiers Hera Syndulla game mat , you’d be halfway to the twenty-four you need. Either way, the choice is yours!

Activate and Roll In

Star Wars: Destiny has grown rapidly since its release, and players across the world have enjoyed the dramatic back-and-forth laser fights and lightsaber duels that its cards and dice bring to life on your tabletop.

Now, the Galactic Qualifiers afford you a new way to enjoy the game and its challenges. The balance of the Force is always shifting, and these epic events offer both a welcoming environment and top-level testing grounds where you can try to learn or master the ever-evolving Star Wars: Destiny metagame.

The battles between the light and dark sides of the Force resound across the galaxy, and the Galactic Qualifiers introduce an exciting range of new battlefields where you can join the action.

Make your plans to activate and roll in. Head to our Galactic Qualifiers event page to learn more about these events, the prizes, and to find a Galactic Qualifier near you!