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Chris Sims
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I am newish to D&D but have a willing group and wanted to buy them all some dice sets. I live in the UK and the range of prices is quite large but you can get 5 sets for about £10. What are people's experience of these cheaper dice and do I need to get better quality ones? Would you recommend any particular sets or retailers in the UK?
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It's largely just down to personal preference to be honest. I've bought cheaper dice and they've been fine just not as aesthetically pleasing.

A standard polyset is all you really need. Pick something you like the look of, and I'd recommend a set where you don't need to squint to see the numbers.

I buy most of mine from https://www.thediceshoponline.com/ in the UK.
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Go for legibility. Fancy curlicues surrounding tiny numbers might look good, but if nobody can read them from more than a foot away, I'd pass.
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Cheaper is fine. Some do the "water test" to see how true they are, but functionally, that's a bit pedantic imo, and a die's balance doesn't always increase with cost of dice. Over enough rolls, any die that isn't obviously lopsided to the naked eye is going to roll sufficiently randomly.

I've also chipped dice once or twice, but that also doesn't have much to do with the quality, at least not in any way we can account for.
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Doesn't really matter what you start with. Soon you will be a dice junky and have more. And more. And more.
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I recommend one like this. whistle

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Beyond that... I really like Chessex dice.
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Aesthetic perfection.

https://www.dicegamedepot.com/12-sided-opaque-dice-d12-black...
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I second the recommendation for legibility. Cool dice are fun, but they're not the point.
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Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes! Some dice are better than others. I cannot say that enough.

I have been using them since the 80's and Gamescience are the best dice you will ever get.

And no I do not work for them but this is the highest praise I can give them.

Good luck on finding your Power Dice! laugh



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I always bought and still buy a new set of dice whenever I start a new adventure/campaign. Fun habit.
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From the viewpoint of what I see at my FLGS
$4 sets tend to be single color.
$6 sets are nicer colors, but otherwise the same
$10 sets are usually multicolor dice
$12 sets are nicer colors of multicolor dice
$15 sets are specialties, like rainbow colored (nothing like ripping off an already oppressed minority...) or Glow in the Dark...
$20 sets tend to be unusual shapes

$30 & up are alternate materials... Aluminum, brass, steel...

That said...
competition-legal backgammon dice tend to be $10-20/pr. in plastic.
Used casino dice also in the $5 to $15 range.
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Oh and I know you're new to this but back in the day you used to have to color in your own dice. I still prefer it that way.

It gives your dice a little extra energy! laugh
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I've heard that on the cheap range, translucent/clear dice are better than opaque dice. Their material is different, and translucent dice, as long as they don't have air bubbles inside them, are usually more balanced.
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Mulligans wrote:
I recommend one like this. whistle



Is there anything wrong with this one? whistle

I use Q-Workshop and Chessex dice. Somebody did a comparison test for Game Science Dice and Chessex. Game Science are better balanced than Chessex, almost perfectly random, but Chessex are really good, too (there was a noticeable dip or spike, can't recall now, in one or two numbers). As my predecessors have said, most dice will be random enough

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landovers wrote:
I've heard that on the cheap range, translucent/clear dice are better than opaque dice. Their material is different, and translucent dice, as long as they don't have air bubbles inside them, are usually more balanced.


I believe this is absolutely true! laugh
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skullchrist wrote:
landovers wrote:
I've heard that on the cheap range, translucent/clear dice are better than opaque dice. Their material is different, and translucent dice, as long as they don't have air bubbles inside them, are usually more balanced.


I believe this is absolutely true! laugh


It's mostly attributable to not being able to QC for bubbles in non-clear dice without non-trivial expense.
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I wonder how easy it would be to make dice from semi previous gems...
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I just want dice made to the same tolerance as casino dice.
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Azukail wrote:
I wonder how easy it would be to make dice from semi previous gems...


Gems that were partially gems in a prior state? whistle

dysjunct wrote:
I just want dice made to the same tolerance as casino dice.


Check these out:

https://www.artisandice.com/product-category/alchemnists-dic...

You won't get exact casino tolerances, because the crafting to do so costs a lot. I worked in a store where we sold them, and they were quite expensive. I can't imagine how much that would be on polyhedrals. (Fun note, the material that they make casino dice from degrades over time and number of rolls)
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Mulligans wrote:
I recommend one like this. whistle

I'll still manage to roll a natural 1 with this. shake
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