Where to buy a good set of RPG dice?

Triple BTriple B Bastard of the NorthMARegistered User regular
edited December 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So basically I'm looking to (finally) pull the trigger and purchase my own set of D&D dice. Budget is irrelevant, seeing as dice sets rarely break the $50 mark (and if they do, by all means show me :D.) I just need your standard set of seven dice: d4, d6 (numerical, no pips please), d8, d10, d10 percentile, d12, and d20. The reason I'm asking you guys is because I've absolutely scoured the intertubes and I've found nothing (in stock, anyway) that I would spend money on.

Also, I'm eager to grab a really nice-looking dice bag, too, if anyone's got any advice on where to find one of those. Of course I'm hoping for answers involving online shopping, seeing as I live in the middle of Bumblefuck, MA and a retail outlet that carries such items is hard to find here. Thanks in advance.

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
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  • FonjoFonjo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I suggest these. I have been happy with the results.

    As for a bag, I'll leave that to someone else.

    http://www.gamescience.com/

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against the Irish) Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
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  • DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Chessex is pretty much the go-to company for dice, especially if you want matching sets. If you have a large number of dice, the standard nerd-bag is a Crown Royal (emptied of its contents).

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Delzhand wrote: »
    Chessex is pretty much the go-to company for dice, especially if you want matching sets. If you have a large number of dice, the standard nerd-bag is a Crown Royal (emptied of its contents).

    Shit, that's exactly what my dice bag is

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  • FonjoFonjo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    That is what I use for a dice bag too. Heh.

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    funny thing is, I have never bought or drunk crown royal.

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  • FonjoFonjo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    funny thing is, I have never bought or drunk crown royal.

    Yeah, I had not touched the stuff when I got my first bag. I have since then.

    On topic though, Chessex is the big supplier of dice and I generally used them... but after testing the gamescience dice with some friends at the local shop I was surprised to see a better variety of rolls on the game science dice compared to the Chessex dice. I have used them since then. Buying Chessex is not bad and it won't ruin your game, I just think the game science dice are a better quality and I had the money to drop on some.

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  • E.CoyoteE.Coyote Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    http://www.crystalcaste.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&Store_Code=CC

    Dwarven stone dice, I ended up getting the bone dice and a leatherbound D&D players guide for a christmas present for someone.

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  • NostregarNostregar Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Crystal Caste has some pretty awesome ones, as noted.

    Q-Workshop hasn't been mentioned yet, so I'll throw that out there.

    http://q-workshop.com/

    They have some pretty cool designs, if you like that kind of thing.

    Edit: Oh, and on the dice bag thing: chainmail bags are pretty badass. They are, obviously, quite sturdy and people are always impressed by them. Because I make chainmail as a hobby, I made one for myself a while back and pretty much every time somebody sees one at a game I end up selling them one. I know you can buy them online, so take a look around.

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  • Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I bought a dice bag from this lady, and it is awesome. Highly, highly recommended.

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  • darkmayodarkmayo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Remember that the dice gods are fickle and they can and will curse or bless the dice in your posession.

    Always have a second or 3 set of dice for when those situations happen. When you end up tightrope walking over a pit of acid and your survival is dependant on a dex roll, but all you have is the legendary D20 "Shitroll" which was forged in the mines of SUCK, you will be happy when you can grab another. Its not luck its the gods.

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  • MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Do not buy polished dice!

    Go with the GameScience Dice.

    Dice polishing in tumblers and sanders is what causes "lucky" and "shit" dice. Unpolished dice don't suffer from this.

    They are going to be sharp. They don't travel far while rolling so its hard to roll them off the table.

    They have one little blemish on a face where the mold injection took place but this blemish does nothing to unbalance the weight or surface area distribution.

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  • darkmayodarkmayo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    what do you have against the polish :P

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  • Unearthly StewUnearthly Stew Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Most hobby shops carry stuff from Chessex, I know at least the three around me do. You can buy a set of "premium" dice from wizards of the coast, but usually it's not worth it, they tend to tack on 10-15 extra bucks for no reason at all.

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  • MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    darkmayo wrote: »
    what do you have against the polish :P

    It bypasses the need for your "Dice Gods"

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  • darkmayodarkmayo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    darkmayo wrote: »
    what do you have against the polish :P

    It bypasses the need for your "Dice Gods"

    blasphemy!

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  • NostregarNostregar Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I have never been able to notice any difference between the polished and unpolished dice in actual play.

    You're making it a bigger thing than it really is.

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  • darkmayodarkmayo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Nostregar wrote: »
    I have never been able to notice any difference between the polished and unpolished dice in actual play.

    You're making it a bigger thing than it really is.

    I can see how not having sharp edges on the dice could cause some problems.

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    darkmayo wrote: »
    Nostregar wrote: »
    I have never been able to notice any difference between the polished and unpolished dice in actual play.

    You're making it a bigger thing than it really is.

    I can see how not having sharp edges on the dice could cause some problems.

    Especially if you decide to cut yourself after a bad roll.

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    darkmayo wrote: »
    Nostregar wrote: »
    I have never been able to notice any difference between the polished and unpolished dice in actual play.

    You're making it a bigger thing than it really is.

    I can see how not having sharp edges on the dice could cause some problems.

    Only if you throw them at each other like my friends and I do

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  • DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I've always felt my dice were sufficiently random. Although I did have one of those obelisk shaped d20s that rolled nothing but 2s and 17s.

    Also, I would punish my dice (for show of course) by freezing them in ice cubes or microwaving them.

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  • Fuzzy Cumulonimbus CloudFuzzy Cumulonimbus Cloud Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    There's an iPod app that has all the gaming dice and you click which die you need at that time.
    True probability is best. :P
    Also it's free.

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  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    http://dicepool.com/ is my favored online dice retailer- they have a huge selection from several different makers, and sell Chessex dice cheaper than Chessex themselves sell them for!

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Another suggestion... they're awesome, but stay the fuck away from metal dice. They look cool, and all your friends will be like "whoa, awesome!" But the first time they scratch/chip the table, your host will kill you.

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  • Triple BTriple B Bastard of the North MARegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    I notice chessex.com requires you to email an order form with all the info. I really dislike the idea of emailing my credit card information. Dicepool seems to have some pretty cool designs...

    edit:

    ...which are all out of stock. Jesus tapdancing christ, every set I'm even a little bit interested in is marked "OUT OF STOCK". Fuck me, it's like trying to buy a new video card all over again. You'd think some of these sites would take more action to keep their inventory stocked.

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  • Unearthly StewUnearthly Stew Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Again, I know online is convenient, but a local hobby shop will more than likely have a full set of dice for cheap.

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  • Triple BTriple B Bastard of the North MARegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    I know, I know....it's just that...saying "local" hobby shop in my area has a whole different meaning than most.

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    I suddenly want to buy new dice.

    Now I need new friends to game with.

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  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Triple B wrote: »
    I know, I know....it's just that...saying "local" hobby shop in my area has a whole different meaning than most.

    Well, how about a comic book store? Got one of those? they may have dice

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  • Triple BTriple B Bastard of the North MARegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    So I ended up going with Amazon. I feel better about the method of placing an order, and more secure about my information, seeing as they're more reputable than a smaller site like Dicepool or Chessex. I still ended up buying Chessex dice, for what it's worth.

    It took me a while to decide on a set I really like. I didn't want your standard solid-looking plastic dice. I really wanted something with character, but not too much character, like the "runed" designs I see all over the place. That, and color was a huge decision for me. :oops: I settled on some dice the color of which I really dug, and that had a classy, yet badass look about them:

    I ended up going with these (right-click the picture and hit "view image" for a larger version.) I decided to get four sets. My justification was that you can never have too many dice, especially if you've got deadbeat friends who always ask to borrow them for a night, which turns into a weekend, which turns into six months D:. I figured having four d4, d8, d10, d12, and d20 wouldn't be a bad thing, and I also ordered six (perfectly matching) d6's (seem to need those the most) to bump my d6 total up to 10. Figured that'd be a fairly good number to have on hand.

    My other reason for buying more than just one basic set was so this bag wouldn't feel so empty when I was carrying it around. :mrgreen: That, and I couldn't find a smaller version of the same bag anywhere.

    After all is said and done, I think the dice really "go" well with the bag. Like little purplish-red jewels in a sinister-looking felt drawstring sack. </nerd>

    Edit: And no, Corvus. We don't have a comic store. At least not within a hojillion miles. We don't even have a goddamn cell phone tower.

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  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Triple B wrote: »
    I notice chessex.com requires you to email an order form with all the info. I really dislike the idea of emailing my credit card information.

    That's good, because what the hell are they thinking? That's just ridiculous and shame on them for soliciting orders in such a way, obviously some people are making orders that way if they're doing it and not realizing how dumb it is.

    I have had a few dice bags, including the oblig. Crown one, and right now I have a non-descript blue bag that is similar to those but rather large, it was what a coffee go-cup came in and I use the bag more than the cup. :lol:

    Good move on getting more than a basic set, your dice bag should pull double-duty and serve as a weapon in a pinch.

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  • Triple BTriple B Bastard of the North MARegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Infidel wrote: »
    Good move on getting more than a basic set, your dice bag should pull double-duty and serve as a weapon in a pinch.

    I figure it can double as my +1 Sack of Bludgeoning if I ever drop my berzerker greatsword. >_>

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    If I recall, that's the exact same reason I ordered from Amazon instead of Chessex when 4e came out.

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  • Unearthly StewUnearthly Stew Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Yeah when it comes down to it color is actually one of the biggest deciding factors of dice buying. Good choice on buying a bunch of d6's too, having to roll 1d6 7 or 8 times gets annoying after a bit.

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  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Yeah when it comes down to it color is actually one of the biggest deciding factors of dice buying. Good choice on buying a bunch of d6's too, having to roll 1d6 7 or 8 times gets annoying after a bit.

    Yeah, a cube of smaller d6s is great when you play a lot of different games as well, such as Shadowrun or WEG Star Wars or Warhammer etc. etc. :D And they serve well in D&D where we often use them for monster markers.

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  • MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    My first set of dice was a foggy plastic set that was polished down so much that the d20 was like a golfball.

    That thing would roll for ages.

    I was playing an Elf Wizard focusing on Evocation spells. I bought a big pack of D6s just for my fire damage.

    I also try to roll certain damages with color co-ordinated dice to help out with resistances.

    Fire - Red, Ice - Blue, Holy - White, etc.

    I have a ton of dice so it works pretty well.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Infidel wrote: »
    Triple B wrote: »
    I notice chessex.com requires you to email an order form with all the info. I really dislike the idea of emailing my credit card information.

    That's good, because what the hell are they thinking? That's just ridiculous and shame on them for soliciting orders in such a way, obviously some people are making orders that way if they're doing it and not realizing how dumb it is.

    To be fair, they mention on their order page that if you're not comfortable with email you can call and place your order over the phone.

    I'm really wanting to buy new dice now. I just started playing V:tM and my 4d10 just aren't cutting it.

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  • Triple BTriple B Bastard of the North MARegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    My barb has a cloak that does 7 +1d6 fire damage every time I get hit, and a magic greatsword that does +xd6 (x depending on level, etc...my DM gets creative :D), so the extra d6's will definitely come in handy down the line. Also, the sword does 2d12 baseline +1d8 if I'm raging. I think I made the right decision in buying more than one of everything. :)

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  • ShawnaseeShawnasee Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Yay...off to get new dice.

    I don't even play D&D anymore...

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