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Five Awesome GameScience Dice Sets

5 Awesome GameScience Dice Sets

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of GameScience dice. Not only do they remind me of the good old days of role playing games when dice sets came unpainted and gamers had to take their younger siblings’ crayons and ink the numbers themselves, but the entire product line is the brain-child of Louis Zocchi — one of the pioneers of modern rpg gaming and dice manufacturing in particular. In short, Lou Zocchi is one of the greats, and his GameScience dice live up to his reputation.

For today’s new generation of gamers, GameScience dice may be different from what is expected. As I alluded to at the beginning of this post, classic GameScience dice come unpainted and it’s up to the individual to color the numbers with a crayon or ultra-fine point permanent marker (it’s true that GameScience also produces a product line with inked numbers, but for the purposes of this article I’m concentrating on the classic dice line). The reason the dice come unpainted is simple: by doing away with mechanically painting the numbers, the dice don’t have to be tumbled, smoothed, and polished. This lack of mechanical interference at the end stages of production results in dice that are razor-edged with sharp points. GameScience dice don’t have rounded edges, thereby resulting in dice that are more precise in the numbers generated on the gaming table. And if precision dice weren’t enough, GameScience dice are also produced in five non-standard types: a 3-sided die, a 5-sided die, a 14-sided die, a 16-sided die, and a 24-sided die. How cool is that! So without further adieu, I present five of my all-time favorite GameScience dice sets:

12 Piece Emerald Green GameScience Dice

12 Piece Emerald Green GameScience Dice

12 Piece Sapphire GameScience Dice

12 Piece Sapphire GameScience Dice

12 Piece Amethyst GameScience Dice

12 Piece Amethyst GameScience Dice

12 Piece Ruby GameScience Dice

12 Piece Ruby GameScience Dice

12 Piece Glow in the Dark GameScience Dice

12 Piece Glow in the Dark GameScience Dice

Learn More About Giants Revisited

Pathfinder Giants Revisited Sourcebook

Pathfinder fans should take note. A late May 2012 release is slated for Giants Revisited, game publisher Paizo’s newest supplement for the world class fantasy role playing game. Giants Revisited promises to be the definitive sourcebook for all things “giant.” Within the book’s 64 pages, Game Masters and players will find everything they need in order to understand these mythical creatures — everything from the unique habitats, social structures, and history of giant-kind. Ten races are fully explored, including storm giants, cloud giants, frost giants, stone giants, hill giants, rune giants, marsh giants, fire giants, the one-eyed cyclops, and the nomadic Taiga giants.

Giants Revisited will allow Game Masters to incorporate giants into Pathfinder campaigns with ease. Not only is the source material well organized and illustrated, GMs will find complete statistics for sample giant leaders and jarls. The book includes unique spells and magic items for both giant-kind and the industrious player characters looking to explore the secrets of the “big folk.”

The sourcebook is written for the Pathfinder RPG, but the information contained within can easily be utilized in other role playing games. Giants Revisited has been skillfully put together by the team of Jesse Benner, Ryan Costello, Brian R. James, Jason Nelson, Russ Taylor, and Ray Vallese. The book’s retail price is listed at $19.99, and gamers can place pre-orders at their favorite hobby and game stores to ensure they get a copy.

Oblivion Crystal Dice — Something Different To Roll

Crystal Dice

Role playing gamers are an unusual bunch, and I should know. I’ve been active in the RPG scene since Ronald Reagan was President. Of course, like most gamers I cut my teeth on Dungeons and Dragons, but I’ve played just about everything through the years, including Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, Traveller, Starblazer Adventures, and the Ghostbusters RPG (please, don’t remind me!). Though the games I’ve played are different and have varying mechanics (everything from D6 to D20 systems), one thing remains constant: if there is one signature trait of role playing it’s undoubtedly the game dice.

For years, role playing game dice have pretty much been standardized. A traditional polyhedral dice set includes all the favorites (d4, d6, d8, d10, d%, d12, and d20) in those funky geometric shapes that we’re all familiar with. Familiarity though can breed contempt, and like I said, role playing gamers are an unusual bunch. I have more dice in my collection than one gamer could possibly need in a lifetime — an entire shoe box full of RPG dice in every color you could imagine. Sure, I have my favorites, but I’m always on the lookout for something different.

Oblivion Crystal Dice (Available In Six Colors)

Last year at GenCon I found that different “something” in the form of Oblivion Crystal Dice. These dice are quite unusual, looking nothing like the traditional polyhedral sets that have been around for decades. Each die has its own unique crystal shape with sides exactly the same size to guarantee they roll true (probably the most important thing to look for in a set of RPG dice). All the necessary dice are present and accounted for in a crystal set (d4, d6, d8, d10, d%, d12, and d20), but they look totally different. As the crystal dice increase in number and facets, they grow fatter, giving rise to the name “barrel dice” by some gamers. For me though, “barrel” is an unflattering term and these dice are far from it, looking more like gemstones than containers used to store beer.

American dice manufacturer Crystal Caste owns the intellectual property rights to these uniquely shaped dice (at one time they sued and beat Hasbro in court for ripping off their crystal design). I personally own the orange and red sets, but the dice are available in a total of six Oblivion colors. If you’re looking for something different to roll on game night, these dice may be just what you’re looking for.

 

 

Wizards of the Coast to Release Limited Edition Reprints of D&D Books

Premium Dungeons and Dragons Books

Without a doubt, role playing games of all genres owe a debt of gratitude to Dungeons and Dragons. The role playing hobby may not even exist today if it weren’t for Gary Gygax’s introduction of D&D way back in 1974. The game’s influence can be seen not only in every table top RPG game that’s come since, but in video RPG games as well, such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the Spike Video Game Awards 2011 game of the year. Sadly, Gary Gygax passed away in 2008, but he undeniably left his mark on the gaming world at large with his most famous creation.

To honor the work and memory of Gary Gygax, Wizards of the Coast is releasing limited edition reprints of three classic Dungeons and Dragons books: the Dungeon Master’s Guide, the Player’s Handbook, and the Monster Manual. The books are being dubbed the “Premium” versions and are being released on April 17, 2012 in limited quantities. The premium versions are faithful, hardcover reproductions of the original books with the same content and artwork. Only the book covers have been redesigned to commemorate the new release. Wizards of the Coast is planning to donate a portion of the profits for each book sold to the Gygax Memorial Fund. The fund has been established to honor the creator of Dungeons and Dragons with a memorial statute in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin — Gary Gygax’s hometown and the birthplace of D&D.