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Old 07-03-2015, 09:37 PM   #1
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Default Special GURPS dice?

Hello all. Long time GURPS player here. Started on my 12th birthday, still playing 25 years later.

I want a good set of dice that represent the critical success and failures for the 1s and 6s.

Are there any dice out there that have something like skulls for the 6 and stars for the 1?
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:59 PM   #2
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I don't know of any specific dice, but you could always make your own custom dice through Chessex Dice.

http://www.chessex.com/Dice/Dice_Home.htm
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Old 07-04-2015, 02:14 AM   #3
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I've been getting Chessex to make custom dice recently. The prototypes looked good in the photos they sent me; I don't have any physical dice yet.

Their web contact system is a little confused, but the correct e-mail address is custom[at]chessex.com.

I used Inkscape to design faces, and saved each one as a plain SVG file, which Chessex didn't seem to have any trouble with.

If you PM me your e-mail address, I can supply more details of how to do this. They're kind of boring for a forum post.
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Old 07-04-2015, 04:34 AM   #4
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Gamestation sells skull dice... if they're the same as the ones I have (been too many years to tell), the skull is on the "1" face. Unfortunately, the "6" face is just a "6."
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Old 07-04-2015, 05:23 AM   #5
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They're kind of boring for a forum post.
On the other hand, unless SJG decides to announce a product, it's kind of what this thread is going to be about - I would hazard most of us would rather risk droning on-topic posts than coming upon this thread in a web search a few years down the line and wishing the details had been posted...
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:12 AM   #6
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I was once lucky enough to get three dice with pyramids instead of 1-pips as bonuses in a Warehouse23 order. (One die was a different colour from the other two, so they're useful for both GURPS and In Nomine.) Much like the skull dice mentioned above, the 6 face is just six pips.

It wouldn't hurt to ask whether they still have those - the worst that can happen is that you're told "no, they're all gone."
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Old 07-04-2015, 10:40 AM   #7
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I was once lucky enough to get three dice with pyramids instead of 1-pips as bonuses in a Warehouse23 order. (One die was a different colour from the other two, so they're useful for both GURPS and In Nomine.) Much like the skull dice mentioned above, the 6 face is just six pips.

It wouldn't hurt to ask whether they still have those - the worst that can happen is that you're told "no, they're all gone."
They're still available.
http://www.warehouse23.com/products/pyramid-dice-mixed
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:44 AM   #8
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... I would hazard most of us would rather risk droning on-topic posts than coming upon this thread in a web search a few years down the line and wishing the details had been posted...
OK, if I get another response asking for them, I'll post them next week, when I'm home from the convention I'm currently at.
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Old 07-05-2015, 03:52 PM   #9
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OK, if I get another response asking for them, I'll post them next week, when I'm home from the convention I'm currently at.
Here is another response asking for them.
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Old 07-06-2015, 03:05 PM   #10
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OK, if I get another response asking for them, I'll post them next week, when I'm home from the convention I'm currently at.
Download and install Inkscape for Windows, Mac or Linux. I've only used it on Windows, but I have the impression it's pretty much identical on all its platforms. Work through the first few tutorials. You don't need to know all of it, but you do need to get a firm grasp of document sizes, grids, grouping and the Object => Transform dialog.

Skim the Wikipedia page on SVG files to get the idea of the difference between them and ordinary raster graphics files. The two types of file you will deal with are Inkscape SVG, which can contain grids, guide lines, and other supporting material, and plain SVG files, which Chessex were able to use as graphics for faces.

Dice for customisation come as blank cubes, in several sizes, opaque/transparent, and so on. Custom dice have all six faces' patterns engraved, and all the engraving is then filled with paint. You have two colours to work with, the dice colour and the fill colour. You may be able to get different fill colours on different faces, but it will cost more if it's possible.

Western-layout D6 faces can all be constructed by making a 3x3 grid of pips and then selectively removing pips to make each face's pattern. I do this by deleting pips, saving a plain SVG file with a name that indicates how many pips are on the face, undoing the deletions - you have to undo twice in Inkscape to get that to happen - and then deleting a different set of pips to make the next face.

All my custom dice so far have been 16mm, because Chesex have a much larger range of colours in that size. I use a 1mm square grid on a 16mm square document for this. I leave a 1mm border outside the pips, and a 1mm gap between them, which leaves a 4mm square for each pip.

I draw a single pip at whatever size is convenient, import that document into a copy of the face document, use Object => Transform to scale it to 4mm in its largest dimension, and to move it to the right place on the grid. I then duplicate it and use Object => Transform to move it exactly 5mm, horizontally or vertically, which puts it on the grid at the right place. Once you have a complete row or column, select all three pips, group them, duplicate the group and move that 5mm into place. Ungroup the pips so that you can delete them conveniently. Now you can start selecting and saving as plain SVG, as mentioned above.

I've sent the plain SVG files to Chessex in ZIP files holding six SVG files for six faces. The names of the ZIP files include my name and the dice and fill colour, just so that information stays with the SVG files as long as possible.

My Flickr has an album with Chessex's pictures of the prototype dice they made for me. Neither Flickr nor Deviant Art will let me share SVG files, but when I find somewhere that will, I'll put some on-line.

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