Every year when I go to GenCon or Origins, I try to get some interesting new dice. In 2011 I bought the GenCon polyhedral dice set for the first time ever. In truth, I have no use for polyhedrad dice, except that I use D20s for life counters when playing Magic the Gathering ™. But I must admit that they are intrinsically cool, and so I have some, and if I found a D7 lying in the street, I wold stop and pick it up.
Over the last several years I have watched as the dice available have gotten cooler and cooler. My Tunnels and Trolls game uses D6es. The Death Dice from Flying Buffalo are excellent for playing T & T. Their gimmick is that the ones have been replaces by skulls on the dice. Thusly:
Flying Buffalo has several other distinctive dice. Many of them are gimmicks, good for a laugh, and not much else. Examples include the Pizza Dice and Decision Dice.
Game Science, a company founded by Lou Zocchi, is famous for their many strange dice. I saw some real beauties at their booth during Gencon. The one I just had to buy was this everything die. Each face has a value for all the regular solid dice. See if you can figure it out!
Perhaps Zoccchi’s most famous die is the D100. The first time I saw one, I knew I had to have one. It is practically a ball, and you want to roll it in a box or something so that it won’t simply roll away from you and disappear into the far corners of the room.
While I’m talking about Mr. Zocchi, let me put in my belief that this man is the single greatest expert on dice and the creation of dice in the 20th century, and maybe the 21st. It is an education just to hear him talk about what it takes to create a D100 or D30 or everything die. Being an extremely lucky person, I have had these experiences.
A big hit at GenCon were the so-called Iron Dice. These were metallic dice in various colors–gold, silver, bronze, iron, coldsteel, etc. They were gorgeous to look at, heavy as hell, and cost a fortune. It was a minimum of $12 for a single die. I didn’t buy any. Don’t know what I would have done with them if I had, but they sure looked fine.
Dice aren’t just about numbers. Sometimes they are all about pictures or symbols. Steve Jackson Games is especially good at producing such monsterpieces.
Losing your sanity has never been quite this much fun before. And if gibbering mindlessly to the Elder Gods doesn’t turn you on, how about the neverending quest for brains. As food. Yes, it’s zombie dice from the same lunatics that brought your Cthulhu dice and Flux.
Well, I could go on, but by now you either see the fascination of dice collecting or you don’t. I like them. I have a lot of them. I’ve invented several little games that are really nothing but dice rolling. Tunnels and Trolls uses lots of dice, mostly because I like dice.
(I began this blog in August of 2011 shortly after GenCon was over. I finished it on March 19, 2012. Just goes to show that when one of my projects gets interrupted I have a very hard time coming back to it. Sigh. But, at least this one is done now.)
If you like any of these dice, or have some pretty cool ones of your own, why not leave a comment about them?