Dice Digest — October 2020 (#10)

Time for no. 10 of my Dice Digest — this time on an all new blogging platform that I will be using for these from now on. I hope you like the design and find it easy to navigate and read. Older editions of the Dice Digest are available here in PDF format.

The Dice Digest is likely not going to be the sole content of the blog, but since I have a busy life with D&D playing and a full time job, updates will likely be somewhat irregular.

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Dice ID Guide: Crystal Caste Silk vs. D&G Marble

In my series of dice identification guides, this time I’d like to focus on two other lines of dice that get easily confused: Crystal Caste Silk and Dice & Games Marble. Both are two-coloured styles with one dominant colour and white swirls, but they do have some features that can help you tell them apart.

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Dice Trading & Selling 101

No matter if you’re new to dice collecting, are a veteran collector, or somewhere in between, at some point you’ve probably run across so-called ISO (in-search-of) or WTT (want-to-trade) posts and requests. It’s almost inevitable to trade dice with fellow collectors if you’re looking for a set you’ve fallen in love with that is no longer available in stores, or have that incomplete set of elusive out-of-print dice that you want to complete.

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Chessex Lab Dice 2019

Every year dice collectors and enthusiasts get excited about new releases, and Chessex dice are certainly no exception. At GAMA Expo in March 2019, we got the very first glimpse of new dice that Chessex was planning to release this year. Back then, they were called “From the Lab”, which later evolved to just “Lab Dice”.

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Getting Dicey with Critical Role

Critical Role is a popular live-streamed D&D adventure, where dungeon master extraordinaire Matt Mercer leads a group of LA-based voice actors through epic adventures in a completely homebrewed campaign setting. It is now in its second campaign, with their first one encompassing an impressive 115 episodes and their second one also 90-some episodes strong. Thanks not only to Matt Mercer’s skills as a veteran D&D dungeon master, but also to the outstanding storytelling and acting performances by everyone involved, the show has gained a large global following of fans over the last five years, whom you can often hear being referred to as critters. If you’re not familiar with the show, you can read up on it on Wikipedia or watch it on YouTube (or alternatively on Twitch).

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Dice Digest Archive

Older editions of the Dice Digest (prior to October 2020) are only available in PDF format.

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What Are the Hard to Find Dice?

A lot of collectors have probably felt the frustration of getting closer and closer to completing that out-of-print dice set, and then there’s just that last elusive die that’s missing. You know, the one that everyone is looking for. It’s a bit of an odd phenomenon, and no one can really explain why it is always those one or two dice that seem to be the hardest to find.

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Glossary of Dice Terminology

Below are common terms and acronyms often used when talking about dice.

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Online Dice Shops

Below is a listing with online dice shops that I compiled for Dice Maniacs’ Club. Shops are listed by country with added information on shipping costs (where available).

(Please note that there are different tabs at the bottom for the different regions.)

The list is by no means complete, so if you are or know of any online dice seller or handmaker, feel free to let me know by sending me an e-mail.

Dice Identification 101

“Does anybody know what these dice are?” 

This question is asked a lot all across the dice groups, and it’s a blessing that we have many members in the community who have a vast knowledge of the different dice makers and manufacturers, and how you can tell them apart. However, it doesn’t require that you actually own or even know all the dice ever made to be able to come to a conclusion what “these dice” are.

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