Bit of a small post. Bit of a less serious one too. We game a lot. We talk about our games a lot. We probably think about our games a lot. However, how much time do you spend thinking about the tools we use to game? For some of you, I'm willing to bet the answer is a lot. For others, not so much. So, today, let's talk about dice.
Not Just The D6
Most of you are saying "well duh" at this. However, some of you are also going "huh, what?" Even for the RPG players in the room the fact that there are dice beyond the six sided cube may be unfamiliar. Of course, for those of us who do like dice, and like playing with dice, we know there is a whole world of dice out there. They come in every shape and size, and they don't even have to conform to even numbers anymore. Seriously, grab a Game Science dice pack and you can find a D3 and a D5. The D5 is particularly awesome - and significantly more useful than the D3 in my opinion.
Course, with all these die types, we do also have some useless ones that may look cool despite the fact that they've never really had a game to call home. Dice like the D30 sit in a lot of people's dice bags just waiting to be used. Sadly, the die is just not quite that useful when you think about it. 30 doesn't break into 100 nicely for easy percentaging, and while it does provide more variance than other dice, a lot of games now a days seem to prefer less variance rather than more.
Variety of Costs
The last major point is the variance you can get in die costs. Some of them are ridiculously expensive - i.e. bone dice, steel dice, etc - while some are almost dirt cheap. The price doesn't necessarily affect the randomness - in a really meaningful way at least - but it can have some effect. Some dice just feel nicer. They seem like they roll smoother and give a better experience. That, when you roll them a lot, can be worth the extra price point for some people.
Your Favorite Die?
So, you have a favorite die type? Some people love the D20, others the D100. Personally, I really like the Game Science D5. It just looks awesome, feels neat, and well, it works quite well. How about you?