Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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.
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.
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:
http://www.shapeways.com/model/239970/triakis_octahedron_d24_dice.html (Is this one stable?)
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