WIZARD TAG

Dice

My last convention visit exposed me to hundreds of options for dice to use in tabletop gaming.

When I started writing about my experience with all of these dice, it made me think about which was best and what the dice and maybe even the dice bag can tell us about their owner.

Before I go on, I should note that I realize the singular form of dice is die, however I will mainly use “dice” since I am talking about lots of them, and I don’t want you to have to read die, die, die!

What Dice Do You Have in Your Collection?

What kind of dice do you use for your D&D 5e or other gaming system adventures?

I went to GENCON 2022 with some friends and had a great time!

Unsurprisingly, the most common item in the vendor area was dice.

At the convention, you could find any color or combination of marbling, transparent or opaque.  Some dice had items embedded in the plastic like little bones or gears.  Some were cheap, but you could also spend hundreds.

They were made of plastic,  glass, metal,  precious metals, and even semi-precious stones.  In fact there were numerous vendors offering high-end dice options.

I found a set that was made of three layers composed of lapis-lazuli, turquoise, and malachite, which I got as a present for my wife!

Some of my dice.

How many dice do you bring to play your favorite TTRPG and what do you carry them in?

Dice are ubiquitous in Tabletop Role Playing Games, but the dice you bring to the table say something about you.

Some dice sets are optimized for your player character class, like wizard dice with lots of 4-siders and 8-siders for spell damage.  Somebody usually shows up with a nearly useless 30-sider, or dice with pictures instead of numbers.

One guy had a die that floated above a display platform, rotating in the air without support!  And that is the essence of magic.  It is something ordinary or extraordinary that has a little extra spice thrown in that we cannot explain.  How does it float?  Magic!

Most people use a dice bag, which can be felt or leather.  Some carry dice in scroll cases, wooden boxes, or special dice holders.

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

  1. How many dice do you own?  
  2. Which is your favorite and why?
  3. How do you store your dice?

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