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14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

I've recently switched from pip marked D6 dice to numbered D6 dice. Seems to have speeded up play. While at a recent con one of the players said they were easier to see. Anyone else using numbered D6 die, and has it made it easier for older eyes to see a result?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2018 1:10 p.m. PST

Pip dice only for D6's. Numbered DAV's. I think I found the numbered D6's a bit slower, though I never used them much and may not have given them a fair trial.

Winston Smith24 Mar 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

I fail to see how that "speeds up play".
If the Kids Today can't count, then they can't add either.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2018 1:38 p.m. PST

I do indeed prefer numbered dice, especially when looking at a distance, but am happy to use both!

Mick the Metalsmith24 Mar 2018 3:54 p.m. PST

I always think I rolled a 9.

khanscom24 Mar 2018 5:14 p.m. PST

Spots are best; printed large in high- contrast colors they are easy to read at a distance. You don't even need to be able to count-- just recognize the pattern of the spots.

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2018 5:27 p.m. PST

When playing a game that requires a result of 6 to 10 dice rolled, looking for 5's & 6's, the numbered dice rolled over the table top for me are easier to pick out. Seems to pick up pace of game, for these old eyes at least.

RudyNelson24 Mar 2018 7:58 p.m. PST

Back to n the 1970s and 1980s, average dice was common with several sets of rules including WRG.
Then pip dice signified regular dice and numbered dice indicated average dice for historical gamers. For the most part RPG used pip dice until they started including number d6 for RPG sets.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2018 1:22 a.m. PST

I use both at different times.

RudyNelson25 Mar 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

One other thing, I sell dice. Numbered dice are regarded as RPG dice and as part of their sets. As such they have a very high price tag per die. They run from 50 cents for opaque to over two dollars each for gaudy ones.

Opaque pip dice tend to run 25 cents each regardless of 12mm or 16 mm size. We even sell translucent at a 25 cents but should be 35 cents. Custom emblem dice are another special category.

Dynaman878925 Mar 2018 1:54 p.m. PST

WHichever one I grab out of the dice bag first is fine. Since the vast majority are pips then that is usually what I use. Don't see how it could make any difference.

Chris Wimbrow26 Mar 2018 8:55 a.m. PST

It was all pips when I was a kid. Numbers on a d6 seem weird to me.

Eclectic Wave26 Mar 2018 11:35 a.m. PST

Dice? You were lucky, in MY DAY we had to pick number chits out of a cup!

Mick the Metalsmith26 Mar 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

Chits from a cup? Our dad made use pig knuckles until we went vegetarian. The Tofu cubes we are forced to use now just won't stop jiggling enough to read the pips.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2018 5:10 p.m. PST

Phil Barker says, "Dice with spots are more easily read across the table by an opponent than those with numbers."

Dynaman878927 Mar 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

> Dice? You were lucky, in MY DAY we had to pick number chits out of a cup!

So you had at least one of those SPI games too.

Mick the Metalsmith27 Mar 2018 2:41 p.m. PST

Before Polyhedra were easily available…we used a film can with homemade tiny chits. The die 100 actually had 100 of the little Bleeped texts…about 6mm across. We weren't smart enough to use the die 10 for each digit.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Apr 2018 8:55 a.m. PST

QILS uses color coded pips, so … pips.

in MY DAY we had to pick number chits out of a cup!

Numbers! Luxury! Back in my day, we had to derive our own counting system and teach it to everyone else before we could play …


RudyNelson09 Apr 2018 6:57 a.m. PST

Koplow sales color coded sharp edge d6 pipped. I really like them and have about 40 in stock at all times.

Fitzovich17 Sep 2018 3:57 a.m. PST

I prefer pipped

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