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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

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.