IntroductionHello. My name is Hugh and I'm a dice collector. It started when I was a child; about the same time that I began to play wargames. Now I have more than I'll ever need...
Let's leave out dice games, at least from this article. Yes, I have a fair number of these, from straightforward sets of poker dice to a modest collection of collectable dragon dice (and much else in between). However, for now I'd like to talk about general-purpose dice.
The "Ready Box"
|Contents of the Ready Box|
So, how many of the dice in the box do I really use? It depends on the game, of course, but roughly speaking, this many:
- Multiple small d6s in 2 different colours are useful in ATZ (especially for melee), for Full Thrust and for the Rules with No Name. From memory, most other games I play typically use only 1 or 2d6 at a time.
- Direction dice are very useful in ATZ when spawning new zombies. I measure 12" from the spawn point in the direction indicated and place the new figure there. To save time, if the indicated location is impossible (off the table or in the middle of impassable terrain, for example) then I just select the diametrically opposite direction instead of re-rolling the dice.
- Percentile dice are something I use only occasionally; a few rule sets need them. Tooth and Claw springs to mind.
The Home CollectionMost of my dice don't travel much. Instead they are kept in dark boxes at home, only to be brought out on rare occasions when I feel the need to gloat. They're all mine, preciousss. Oh, yes...mine!
However, today I'm feeling generous and I'll let you have a look. Here's a sampler:
Dice with varying numbers of sides:
From left to right, top to bottom:
- d3, d4, d5, d6, d7, d8
- d10, d12, d14, d16, d20, d24
- d30, d100
Dice with unusual distributions:- On the left are some weighted dice. These are watched carefully when they come out of the packet, so as to make sure they don't get mixed up with any regular dice!
- On the right, from top to bottom:
- Average dice (2,3,3,4,4,5)
- Demon dice (1,1,2,2,3,3)
- Extreme dice (1,1,2,5,6,6)
Dice with unusual shapes:Casino dice, bouncy dice, "bone" dice, round dice.
Double Dice:Translucent dice enclosing another dice with the same number of faces: 2d10, 2d12, 2d6.
Decision dice:Where to go, what to drink, how to spend the evening, what to have for dinner.
Dice with unusual faces:
Artillery dice, weather dice, mood dice, direction dice, blank dice.
Dice made of unusual materials:
Wood, rubber, stainless steel, pottery. The rubber dice lights up when it is thrown. The steel dice would probably kill someone if thrown hard enough (it's very heavy). The pottery dice might break if thrown; I've never dared!
Just to show that a dice doesn't have to be a regular polyhedron. d4, d6, d6, d8, d12, d20, d%.
Big diceThere's a regular 10mm at the bottom of the picture to give the scale. The digi-die is electronic; you press the button rather than throwing it and the lights show the result.
And finally...Fluffy dice. A present from my loving wife, who thinks that I'm bonkers. They roll really poorly...
So, what's in your collection? Do you stick to "working" dice for games, or do you have a vanity collection as well? Do you call a single one "a die" or "a dice"? It's not a subject I've seen discussed much by gamers, yet it is central to our activities.