Help support TMP

"Just Who Makes These Dice?" Topic

14 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

Please remember that some of our members are children, and act appropriately.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Dice Message Board

Areas of Interest


Featured Hobby News Article

Featured Link

Featured Showcase Article

Lemax Christmas Trees

It's probably too late already this season to snatch these bargains up...

Featured Profile Article

Cheap Wood Trays

Useful for dice trays or carrying painting supplies around.

Current Poll

1,530 hits since 25 Sep 2019
©1994-2023 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

The Beast Rampant25 Sep 2019 8:46 a.m. PST

A while back, I placed an order to Kraken Dice out of California- they were having a great sale, with freebies tossed in to boot. When I got them, I was very happy with them, but noticed one of the free sets was identical to a set I picked up at a FLGS last November (I can't remember the brand, but it wasn't Kraken). I recently came across "Old School Dice", not the same name as the forgotten brand, whose offerings *also* appear to be identical.

I was just wondering if anyone knew the…origin(?) of the dice. Just curious.

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2019 9:48 a.m. PST

These days the bulk of dice are shipping from China. IF you want to look at dice that are probably stepping on IP head on over to WISH

HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2019 10:59 a.m. PST

I got some cracking good dice from Poland late last year. I can't recall the maker's name. Something like G-Dice. If you have a high end brick and mortar store nearby, check out their dice display. The super fancy stuff will be theirs.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2019 11:10 a.m. PST

head on over to WISH

Dagwood25 Sep 2019 11:11 a.m. PST

I think the IP on dice expired sometime in the Roman period? Egyptian ?

HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2019 11:38 a.m. PST

It was Q-Dice.

Right idea, wrong consonant.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2019 11:53 a.m. PST

Nice dice

ninthdoc25 Sep 2019 1:51 p.m. PST

WISH is one of those sites in Asia, like Ali Express,etc. It's sort of a big deal with kids these days. There are apps in the smart phone app stores for it. My daughter is 16 and just HAD to do some shopping there.

It's sort of a mixed bag. Just remember that there are good things and bad. There are items that look and function just like Apple AirPods, but they work on ANY phone, not just iPhones.

I'm tempted to try them on my Samsung and compare them to my over the ear Beats. Maybe next time that I'm not spending $50 USD on games and miniatures. Oh… Crap…

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2019 3:30 p.m. PST

I've shopped, with good success. I found a line-laser pointer, 5 mW, which is not only bright enough to blind you permanently, but it is actually bright enough to shine a red line at 12 feet, on a tan wall, in full daylight!

They're not regulated by the FDA, or any other US Govt. office, so caveat emptor, Baby!

Their prices are ridiculously low… If you want inexpensive dice, they are THE place to go. Forget Chessex Pound-O-Dice… They can't come anywhere close, in price. Sets of metal dice sell for around $12 USD, and go up from there. RPG sets sell for $1 USD, with a bag, including one of each: d4-d20. Fantastic color/pattern selections available.

My son's wife purchased her wedding dress off of them. The dress looked gorgeous, and I couldn't tell it was less than a $20 USD buy! If she'd told me she paid $500 USD-$1,000, I would have believed it -- can't tell on that stuff; wildly over-priced for something you wear once… Say what you want, but they have incredibly low prices on most things. Shop carefully, though. Cheers!

Rudysnelson26 Sep 2019 6:24 a.m. PST

The best dice? It ends up being what you want. Balance, low cost, custom dice would all be factors. Having worked for Lou Zocchl back in the 1980s, working with dice was a daily task. He had special gadgets to test for balance and hardness. Though he was not adverse to placing the dice in the road to be run over by cars. He also tested the hardness of competitors as well.
The key to balance was sharpe edges. Rounded edges caused by placing in a tumbler were naturally unbalanced since there is no way to ensure each edge is bounced the same number of times. Another issue that will affect balance dice are added materials. Swirls, two or more color combos will be unbalanced since the colors may be different densities and no balance happens. Likewise for added sparkles, flakes which will not be scattered evenly. There are more but another factor are air bubbles which can be seen in some poorly cast dice.
As one guy said, buyer beware. Test rolling is common at my booth. I try to carry only opaque to keep price costs down. t. Recent show, I had one customer buy all of the shape edge koplow that I had.
But people get what they like.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2019 7:00 a.m. PST

I use hardwood Dice Towers for truly random rolls on tumbler dice. Take a look at these slo-mo videos on how they bounce inside the towers:

d4-d20 individually rolled, Slow Motion

Handful of dice, dumped all at once, Slow Motion

They're random enough for me. Cheers!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2019 7:05 a.m. PST

If you shop at, keep a careful eye on your CC/Debit Card… Got a notice, yesterday, that someone tried to charge $400 USD+ on my Debit, on the Wish site. I last ordered from them around a year ago. They had the CC#, but they were guessing at the expiration. Rejected!… New card issued by my bank. Cheers!

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2019 1:33 p.m. PST

Sgt, I liked the video of the bouncing dice. Individual drops reminded me of curling. Seriously, however, is there any statistical difference between dropping a handful or doing it one at a time?

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2019 3:10 p.m. PST

Statistical?… No idea. To get true "statistical" results would require something like rolling dice 10,000 times, individually, then roll a handful, another 10,000 times, tabulating the results and analyzing them, to get a mathematically accurate answer. I only have 15-30 years left to live -- I don't have time enough to figure it out! (May sound humorous, but it's actually true…) Let your eyes be the judge as to whether there is any realistic difference in how the results compare between rolling dice individually, or by the handful. I can't see much of a difference: they all spin, and bounce, off of the baffles, and each other. I particularly enjoy seeing the final d6 bounce its way out, to land with the 6 facing up! In real time, it is over very quickly! That slo-mo is impressive. The naked eye cannot see much as it all happens so very fast.

I go with what I see. I also go with what I experience…

My dice rolls at a large fantasy miniatures battle game, months ago, gave me horrific rolls, consistently, for the entire game. I couldn't score more than a few Hits, the entire time. My friends told me to put away my Dice Tower, and roll by hand, so that I might score some kills. I truly believe my rolls were completely random. And, yes, Virginia, they sucked exhaust pipe!

Watching the videos convinces me of the randomness of the rolls done in the Towers. However, what I like even more than the true randomness, is the fact that my dice are under control: they no longer fall off the table and onto the floor; my dice rolls never roll across the table, knocking over figures, and terrain; I no longer have to walk around the table, or reach across it, to retrieve my dice! A dice tray will contain your dice rolls, but they won't guarantee randomness, like a Tower.

Besides that, my Padauck Dice Tower is a pleasure to behold, as well as to use. I'm partial to them. They're a luxury item, but a nice, useful, and effective one. They will outlast me, so perhaps my grandchildren will inherit them… Cheers!

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.