I have a previous post about dice, but thought I’d make another, This time to talk about the wonderous explosion of hand made art dice that has been spawned by the mainstreaming of TableTop RPGs.
Confession time: I’m a Dice Goblin, and I’ve infected others with the fever.
The Dice Goblin Mantra – the shiny math rocks make click-clack sound. Needs the more. All the more.
My gaming didn’t start out with dice, my first D&D boxed set was the print run where they ran out of dice to include, instead I got numbered chits to cut out and randomly draw from a cup. Living in the edge of Appalachia there was no dice to be had. Luckily my grandmother lived in Dayton, Ohio and there was a game store that carried them. I will forever be in my grandmother’s debt for my first set of polyhedrals. Shortly there after I picked up the Gamma World boxed set and it had dice. Both my first set and the GW set were, by any standards, pretty crappy dice. I still have them, but the plastic has deteriorated and they are ugly as sin. TSR later provided sets with their box sets and you had to fill in the numbers with crayon. Still, in my youthful mind they were beautiful.
For a quick fix for your dice goblin heart there are sellers on Amazon that can get you a bag full of nice sets for not a lot of money, pretty, but not necessarily the prettiest, but good for extras to loan out. But the true dice goblin must have a set or two of the specially crafted shinys. Metal, wood, sharp edged, hand made, liquid core, with everything from gold foil to rubber duckies included, the art of dice has taken a myriad of directions in recent years. Etsy is full of people selling beauties and the prices can be down right reasonable. Some, like Crystal Maggie, source their dice from China, so that might be an issue to consider. I have bought from Crystal Maggie and my purchases have been quality product, though they take a little longer to ship. Elsewhere on the internet are the purveyors that raise the humble dice set to staggering heights, along with prices that wound. Fans eagerly await the next release of stock into the wild and they sell out quickly. New dice sets are lovingly produced and some of the reputable artists even auction them off,
Making resin dice looks deceptively simple, I got a set of molds and gave it a try, the results were less than spectacular. Less than serviceable would be a better description. Resin can be a pain to mix in small doses, the smaller amounts are less forgiving in the mix. For truly professional looking dice without bubbles I hear that having a pressure pot can make the difference. Resin dice are usually a bit lighter than the old reliable acrylics like you get from Chessex but well within the “good feel” range.
I’d recommend rolling your special shinys on a dice tray or even just a mousepad to protect them. I’ve not had any issues, but one can’t be too careful with your investments.