Wednesday, June 15, 2011

If you think the DCC rpg is a dice-selling racket...

...there are alternatives to funding Colonel Zocchi's retirement.

My buddy Stuart owns a d6 labeled 1 to 3 twice.  The number is in a weird font so it's easy to pick out on the table.  I'm not sure where to buy one though.

Chessex sells blank polyhedrals.  You could make your own cubical d3.  A d10 numbered 1-5 twice ought to be a snap as well.  The d7 could be d8 with the 8 replaced with an R for "reroll that sucker".  A blank d20 with four or six R spaces could be used for a d14 or d16.

The d24 is slightly trickier.  I'm pretty sure Chessex makes d24's.  I think the non-precision d24's I own are by them.  Another route for a d24 is to number the faces of a d12 "1/2", "3/4", "5/6", etc.  Some rolls you won't need to distimguish which number of the pair you got.  For those times when it would make a difference, any other even sided die could be rolled for high/low. 

(If you don't already own a d30, you need to hop on the bandwagon.)

Maybe someone could talk Crystal Caste to manufacture some of their signature prism-shaped dice to fit the sizes needed.  Or some 3-D printing/fast prototyping people could get on the case.  A sculptor who works with CAD/CAM type software may be able to produce whole new shapes for our random number needs.

Or we could all go back to drawing chits from a cup.  I suppose nowadays instead of cardstock squares we could paint numbers on those little glass beads and put them in tiny bags.

QUICK UPDATE

Kevin Cook, the Dice Collector, suggests Shapeways as a place to get weird dice.  Doesn't look cheap, but there's a d7 with symmetrical faces right on the first page.

UPDATE 2

So you don't have to sift through 27 pages of weirdo dice (though don't let me stop you), here are the ones I found relevant to this discussion:

d3
http://www.shapeways.com/model/259268/prime_3_solid_.html

d5
http://www.shapeways.com/model/84613/d5_jack.html
http://www.shapeways.com/model/259269/prime_5_solid_.html

d7
http://www.shapeways.com/model/228086/cycle_d7.html
http://www.shapeways.com/model/259270/prime_7_solid_.html
http://www.shapeways.com/model/124316/d7_cone.html
http://www.shapeways.com/model/195901/d14_num_1_7.html

d14
http://www.shapeways.com/model/239162/cuboctahedron_d14_dice.htm

d16
none

d24
http://www.shapeways.com/model/239970/triakis_octahedron_d24_dice.html (Is this one stable?)
http://www.shapeways.com/model/239370/diamond_icositetrahedron_d24_dice.html
http://www.shapeways.com/model/239749/pentagonal_icositetrahedron_d24.html

d30
http://www.shapeways.com/model/279673/d30_solid.html

Update 3
RPG Shop sells non-precision d10's marked 1-5 twice: http://www.rpgshop.com/d-and-d-dice-and-bags/d10-sets/20mm-d10-w-1-5-twice-die-1.html