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randolph224317 Jul 2020 1:22 p.m. PST

I'm looking to buy one or two directional dice. By directional, I mean the dice faces just have an arrow printed on them.

And for the record, I am well aware that a single D6 is more properly referred to as a "die"; but I am leading the charge in demanding a change to the English language, so that the term dice is all inclusive!!! Join me in the Rebellion

fantasque17 Jul 2020 1:45 p.m. PST


fantasque17 Jul 2020 1:46 p.m. PST

Cheapest = blank DIE plus sharpie

HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2020 2:15 p.m. PST
Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2020 2:22 p.m. PST

Paint the die type of your choice, with acrylic paint (cover in the base color of choice, then paint a high-contrast color for the arrows). Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then set the dice on top of that: it will protect both the paint, and the cookie sheet, as neither the paint, nor the plastic, will stick to the parchment paper. Bake the dice in an oven, at 250 F, for 20 minutes (thermo-plastics melt at 300 F to 400 F, so this will NOT melt the die/dice) -- this will harden the paint, making it more durable, over time. Note that the dice will come out soft, and malleable. It would be best to leave them to cool for 20 minutes, before handling. Cheers!

rmaker17 Jul 2020 2:35 p.m. PST

Use a D10. The top corner points to the direction.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2020 2:39 p.m. PST

If you are in the US, the Dice Emporium has them for $3. USD.


Zeelow17 Jul 2020 3:55 p.m. PST

0r: link

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2020 5:11 p.m. PST


Old Dominion has this set

Der Krieg Geist17 Jul 2020 7:49 p.m. PST

Just how expensive do you think a single die is going to be that "CHEAP" has to be stressed? LOL It is a small plastic cube. :D

I would send you a couple of them for free but they are not worth the effort or postage to bother ROTFLMAO………….ahem…..sorry…..

Der Krieg Geist17 Jul 2020 8:49 p.m. PST

Drop me an Address and I will be happy to mail your a couple. :)

Zephyr117 Jul 2020 9:14 p.m. PST

An electric engraver, a steady hand, and any die/dice you wish to convert. Engrave outlines of the arrows, then use a paintwash to bring out the lines.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2020 11:20 p.m. PST

Find a friend with a 3D printer.

Dexter Ward18 Jul 2020 8:16 a.m. PST

Blank dice, draw arrows with a pen, varnish.
(In the UK, the singular of dice is dice, not die)

Darrell B D Day18 Jul 2020 9:49 a.m. PST

In the UK, the singular of dice is dice, not die)

Really? I don't think so. People use the word dice as the singular but it's no more correct here (UK) than in the US. Not that it matters much; the context usually eliminates confusion.


Rudysnelson18 Jul 2020 6:58 p.m. PST

Blank die with at sharpie at 25 cents is the cheapest.

Sigwald19 Jul 2020 1:07 p.m. PST
Thresher0119 Jul 2020 7:13 p.m. PST

Back in ancient times, we used to make cardboard spinners.

Not very difficult to do with a card or plastic arrow, a thumb tack, and if you really want to go all fancy, a small, thin, piece of wood.

I'll leave assembly to your imagination.

randolph224320 Jul 2020 8:32 a.m. PST


Thank you for your kind offer. I really just need one; and I'm happy to pay you for your trouble.

Alan Randolph
28 Weatherstone Dr
Jackson, TN 38305

As for everyone else, thanks for your input. I naturally thought of the blank die/dice Sharpie route, but was hoping for something more respectable looking.

Der Krieg Geist21 Jul 2020 9:46 a.m. PST

No problem, brother. Not necessary to pay me. I will try to send you off a couple tomorrow. :)

Der Krieg Geist22 Jul 2020 4:07 p.m. PST

Alan, keep your eyes on the mail. :)

randolph224324 Jul 2020 9:03 a.m. PST

Der Krieg Geist,

Many thanks. If I can ever return the favor, please let me know.

Personal logo Kaiju Doug Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2020 2:59 p.m. PST

A late suggestion perhaps but we just color opposite corners on a D6. This will give you a random direction and a distance if that is needed. We use it for moving animals around and off-target mortar rounds, for example.

Der Krieg Geist24 Jul 2020 4:39 p.m. PST

You are welcome :)

Weeeell…if you happen to have an odd extra Games Workshop /Citadel Lava Dragon or Ogre Thug(both from the 1980s), just lying around….. LOL

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2020 5:26 a.m. PST

After reading these suggestions, I realized that any die with numbers instead of pips can be used as a direction die. Roll the die. The top of the number indicates direction. This is similar to the d10 approach, but it's the orientation of the number which matters, not a die corner. Of course, on most dice other than a d6, the top of the number will coincide with a corner, if you really want a clear single point.
The only polyhedral this concept won't work with is the d4.

Der Krieg Geist30 Jul 2020 6:24 a.m. PST

Did they arrive yet?

randolph224309 Aug 2020 7:39 a.m. PST


Sorry for the delay. Santa did indeed come early. Thank you again. I wish I had something on your wish list to send to you, but as I'm a historical guy, I am fresh out. However, if I come across any fantasy odds and ends in any of my future lot purchases, I'll send them your way.

Der Krieg Geist11 Aug 2020 11:29 a.m. PST

Glad you got your new dice, good gaming and may the arrows always point at your opponents commander. LOL :P

AICUSV21 Dec 2020 7:36 p.m. PST

Went to the local Dollar Store the other day, in their toy area I found a kid's game that came with 3 dice each marked Right,Front, Left and a bunch of small blue chips. Total cost $1.00 USD

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