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Old 07-08-2022, 10:43 PM   #1
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I have had many dice over my long career as a gamer and I have had various and probably only slightly odd ideas about choosing which ones to use.

For example as a GM I've used a set of black dice for hostile npcs, white dice for benevolent npcs and dice in my school colors to represent impersonal fate.

As a player I've used "mood" dice based on colors. For example I have a pair of oversized D20s (partially selected for ease of reading). One is jet black and used for Rogue and Ninja characters and dramatic wizards with "goth" fashion senses. It has a sky blue opposite number for my happier or at least less stealthy characters.

I have had Barbarians or heavyweight Fighters who used only black and blue dice. There was one fellow like that who settled on a set of purple D12s as a "bruise"' color.

My flame-hurilng Alchemist had a whole block of fire-colored d6s.

When I had a sort of "Space Wizard" who used Blue Crystal Energy in a system that used only D8s......well I ended up with a new set of blue crystal d8s.

Not so long ago late at night when my sales resistance was low I orderd a polyhedral set with little yellow ducks set in them. Why? Becsuse I am at heart a rather silly person and the thought of my latest barbarian slaying all of the GM's monsters using the power of little yellow ducks amused me.

At the last session (see the Memorable Quotes thread and the story of Shaggy the Camel) they had come and I set them up in order in front of my character sheet because you (of course!) are going to get all your ducks in a row. This worked better than any other organisational scheme I had used before as I reached for whichever die I needed based on position. I was very surpised at this.

So? What about you? do you do anything odd or amusing about choosing dice?
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Old 07-09-2022, 12:12 AM   #2
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I'm fairly "abnormal" when it comes to dice. I have a brick of Chessex dice that I bought that I thought looked nice, and I use those. I've never felt the need to buy a lot of dice. All of the dice I own live in a 5" floppy disk box. I've never needed more than that.

We do have a set of the ugliest dice we could find, kept in a garish leopard-print bag that used to function as the "House Dice" for when gamers would forget their dice.
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Old 07-09-2022, 06:35 AM   #3
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I'm fairly "abnormal" when it comes to dice. I have a brick of Chessex dice that I bought that I thought looked nice, and I use those. I've never felt the need to buy a lot of dice. All of the dice I own live in a 5" floppy disk box. I've never needed more than that.
I'm the same on all counts, except I use the classic Crown Royal bag. I play almost exclusively GURPS, so my Chessex brick of speckle-blue d6s gets by far the most attention.
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Old 07-09-2022, 06:52 AM   #4
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I have three d6 that are a light pink with a sort of mottling, very pretty. I use them for running GURPS campaigns. I also have two more that are a light blue, which I use for Big Eyes Small Mouth campaigns, though I haven't run one of those in quite a few years.

I have two bags of FUDGE dice of various colors; I picked out a matched set or two when I'm about to start a session of my current FUDGE campaign. I used to let my players pick sets they liked, but since I'm in Lawrence and they're in the San Diego and Seattle areas now, that doesn't work any more; they have to roll their own . . .
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Old 07-09-2022, 11:45 AM   #5
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I had a period of designing lots of dice and getting them made by Chessex. This resulted in campaign-specific, and indeed character-specific dice at times. Photos here.
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Old 07-10-2022, 08:09 PM   #6
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Oh, if anyone else wants their own ducks they appeart to still be availale.

https://viridiangaming.com/collectio...ks-given-23777

If you follow the links on that page you'll find a bewildering variety of dice. Inclusions appear to be a specialty. You can also have dice with skulls, fish, dinosaurs, flowers and even little yelow ducks in Santa hats.
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Old 07-16-2022, 04:11 AM   #7
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I have a large collection that I've accrued over the years. The ones I use most often, though, are a set of three "double d6" (white d12s marked with black pips for 1-6 twice).
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Old 07-16-2022, 10:03 AM   #8
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The ones I use most often, though, are a set of three "double d6"
What advantage do you find for the double 6 over the regular d6?
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Old 07-16-2022, 04:19 PM   #9
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Double d6 roll beautifully.
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Old 07-16-2022, 04:58 PM   #10
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Just that. Better rolling with less force than standard cubical d6.
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