My Dice Collection

I always wanted to collect something. It makes it easier for people who barely know me to buy me gifts. One day I discovered I owned a lot of dice. And I've always thought dice were cool anyway. So I started collecting them, especially ones with unusual shapes. This is the entirety of my dice collection at the moment. Dice gifts not appearing here are very much welcome. Sorry for the size of the page. I'm too lazy to make it any easier for you right now.

The Dice

  • Variations on the theme of four. I don't have many 4-siders. Tetrahedra make crappy dice anyway. The log is slightly better, but still ugly. I'd rather have an octohedron numbered 1-4 twice.

  • Variations on the theme of six. Here you'll see ordinary cubes with pips, arabic numerals (1-6, 1-3, powers of 2, 2-6, Chinese/Japanese numbers, or nothing at all). There are also a couple lopsided dice, a really small one, a spherical one (it rolls like a really badly weighted normal die), a 4-sided log, a clear cube with three tiny dice, the fuzzy dice that hang from my rearview mirror usually, and my personal favorite, a 6-sided die I made entirely out of Legos. You can even roll the Lego die on carpet (it might lose a piece or two if dropped from too high onto a hard floor).

  • Variations on the theme of eight. Octahedra and a log.

  • Variations on the theme of ten. I've always found the standard RPG rounded trapezoidal dihedron extremely inelegant. Nevertheless, I have a bunch of them. I like the icosahedron that's been double-numbered. It just feels like a better solution. I get a kick out of the nested ten-sided dice. I guess that one is technically a 100-sided die.

  • Variations on the theme of twelve. Mostly dodecahedra (which is my favorite of the platonic solids), though I have one 12-sided log. One of these features zodiac symbols, a natural for a solid with twelve faces. Slightly less natural is the one with the alchemical (the eight planets other than earth, the sun, the moon, and a couple of symbols that seem to have some sort of astrological significance. The astrological dice are supposed to be able to predict the future or some such nonsense. I just liked the symbols.

  • Variations on the theme of twenty. Icosahedra and a log. The green one in the center has two twenties. It's for cheating, though I've never used it. The orange translucent one on the right is the oldest die I have. It's all that's left of the dice that came with my Basic Dungeons and Dragons kit. It holds a special place in my heart.

  • Other dice. There's a 100-sided die (essentially a golfball with numbers on it), a 34-sided regular triangular dihedron (used in Dutch lotteries), and two 30-sided rhombic tricontahedra (one with numbers, and one with letters).

  • New dice as of May 2005. In roughly left-to-right, back-to-front order: yellow Lego tetrahedron (it's too small to put proper numbers on it, so I may make a bigger one someday); white Lego octahedron with arabic numerals (I'm very happy with the way this one turned out); black tetrakis hexahedron (24-sided); two wooden replicas of ancient 7-sided dice (a septagonal prism (which is most certainly not fair) and a 7-sided log); a pair of dice with bodyparts and sexual acts printed on them (a most amusing gift from my girlfriend); a white die with black pips modelled very loosely after the traditional knuckle bone dice; a translucent blue 5-sided die (a triangular prism that's well-made but probably only fair under heavily controlled conditions); an octohedron numbered 1-4 twice (so much more elegant than the awkward tetrahedral dice); a red 10-sided trigonal trapezohedron with Japanese numerals; a black 16-sided basic trigonal trapezohedron (awesome!); a white cube with only ones and zeroes on it (binary dice!); a white cube with raised pips that can be read by blind people or in the dark; a brass cube (there's a website that sells whole sets of dice in various different metals and semiprecious stones...I wish I could afford them); a orange 10-sided trigonal trapezohedron numbered 1-5 twice (much more fair than the triangular prism); a translucent blue three-sided log that has both numerals and R/P/S printed near the raised edges (a pretty but not terribly elegant three-sider); two white dice with roman numerals (I don't even want to begin to imagine the distribution you'd get for rolling those together. Click for a bigger image.