Can’t play without Dice!
Saving throws, attack rolls, damage rolls, percentiles, skill checks… All of these aspects of Dungeons and Dragons are determined by a roll of the dice.
D&D dice can bought individually or in sets. Typical sets come with: a 4-sided (d4), a 6-sided (d6) an 8-sided (d8) two 10-sided (d10) one 12-sided (d12), and one 20-sided (d20).
Although a set of seven dice is enough to get you started, this is the bare minimum. There will be times when you’ll need more. Some rolls might require several d6’s, in which case you’ll have to roll the one die several times. It’s much more convenient to have several of each.
A trip to the hobby shop can be a great time, but it’s not always convenient. Fortunately the internet offers us an alternative!
It’s not uncommon for D&D players to have large collections of dice. Some players like to purchase sets of dice that are specific to a character.
-Grunor the Barbarian deals ridiculous amounts of damage on the battlefield, so his dice are red to symbolize the blood he spills!-
Others like certain dice specifically for certain types of rolls. Other still… don’t care what they roll, but spilling a pile of dice from a dice bag is like dumping a pile of gold from a purse.
Dice come in all sizes and materials. The most common material is acrylic, which can be marbled, clear or opaque. I’d recommend starting with these, as they’re relatively inexpensive while still being fun to look at. Remember, these dice are being rolled across the table. Chances are at least one is eventually going to end up on the floor and possibly end up lost.
For the true collector, simple acrylic dice are perfect for rolling across a table, but nothing compares to specialty dice. They can be fun to look at as well as a terrific conversation piece.
Carved: Amazon.com is an excellent source for dice, and they offer a wide array of carved dice. These are made of resin, and have intricate patterns carved in them with numbers in the style of Elvin writing.
Metal: RPGShop.com has an impressive assortment of Metal D&D dice available. Chrome, brass, pewter, aluminum, and more.
The thing to remember about metal D&D dice, is… they’re made of metal. They’re heavy. Be careful when rolling these, they will chip glass table tops, and they will leave dings in wooden tables.
(If you’re like me, you sometimes find yourself spinning your dice like a top. Nothing compares to a metal D&D die, these things spin like crazy and for a very long time!)
FRPgames.com has a wide assortment of dice cut from gem stones like amethyst, clear quartz, opal and more.
These dice, while fully functional are rather expensive and should be cared for. These are probably not the best choice for young players or die spinners like myself.
With …soap?: Geekyclean.com is the perfect stop for you to buy your basement dwelling teen a bar of soap, and a new d20. Your teen will thank you, and so will his friends!
Perhaps you’re not interesting in dice in the least. Well, Wizards of the Coast offers a D&D Dice roller. It’s not made of acrylic or gem stones, but it’s certainly handy to have in a pinch when your dice are not handy and you need some random numbers generated.
Whether you’re fan of cheap and replaceable acrylic, a collector of brass, or completely indifferent, I hope this information helps you find what you’re looking for!