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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 May 2023 6:34 a.m. PST

Which size of dice do you prefer?

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP06 May 2023 6:42 a.m. PST

I use a number of sizes for different purposes.
7mm as markers on troop & unit bases
12mm as same on larger scale figures and when I need a lot of dice
16mm for most gaming
25, 30 & 40mm for larger or public games – easier to see across a table.

rustymusket06 May 2023 7:31 a.m. PST

16mm for most gaming. Tiny ones for markers.
I prefer dice with numbers instead of pips. Did not know they existed until I began gaming. Now I am finding them hard to find. Of course it has been ages since I used my own dice gaming. I don't know why I keep buying dice.

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2023 7:58 a.m. PST

16mm with pips

Titchmonster06 May 2023 8:45 a.m. PST

If you keep accumulating dice, like myself. Purge them once in a while to improve the luck of the remaining herd. I give "dead" dice to new young gamers because you can't out roll a 12 year old in a convention game. So, by giving them the old crappy dice I try to improve my odds.

JMcCarroll06 May 2023 8:59 a.m. PST

Titchmonster- Will give it a try. Your a sneaky git :)

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP06 May 2023 9:55 a.m. PST

I like 16mm D6. This allows 10 D6 to easily fit into a hand.


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2023 10:25 a.m. PST

I'm not actually going to measure my d6es, but that won't stop me from commenting.

Larger is generally better than smaller, because they're easier to read, especially with eyes the age of mine. I prefer pips to numbers.

Casino size is perhaps too big. Also, casino dice tend to have sharp corners, which are bad for gaming mats and other surfaces (and I guess casinos can afford to replace the surfaces of their craps tables periodically). They are good for tracking game turns and things like that.

Very small dice, of which I have far too many, are useful for marking things, like how many fighters are currently in a stand.

I found dice with the Thai words for the numbers at the Asian Art Museum shop and could not resist buying a pair. Each face has "one", "two", etc. in Thai, instead of "1", "2", etc., in Thai numerals. I don't know why they didn't use the beautiful and (to me) exotic Thai numerals. Anyway, I can't read Thai fast enough to use them in a game, but that didn't stop me from buying a pair.

They also had Korean, Chinese, and I think Japanese dice.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2023 10:55 a.m. PST

My default is 16mm with pips. 12mm for 2mm games, because why not? and 25mm for 54mm games, the assumption being you mostly use 54mm for vision problems. Smaller dice are markers. Size Humongous dice are sometimes used as turn counters.

Questions not asked. Dice generally match coat color for horse & musket. For fantasy, SF and WWII, I try to get dice with suitable logos when I can. All kinds of specialist dice, and DAV are always numerals instead of pips so they don't get confused with regular D6's.

Cerdic06 May 2023 11:06 a.m. PST

Bigger the better according to the missus…

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2023 11:09 a.m. PST

Whatever size comes in a Risk or Yahtzee box or with a standard Chessex polyhedral dice set, or are sold in packs in discount stores (Bicycle brand). Numbers or pips don't matter to me.

I do have some smaller GW dice that came in my Bo5A boxed sets, and some very tiny dice from the Pirates of the Spanish Main CCG (which I use as damage or status markers, not as dice)— I'm thinking the later are 2mm?

I really don't go around measuring dice, or paying much attention to how large or small they are. If they fit in my hand and will bounce through my dice tower, I'll roll ‘em.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2023 1:59 p.m. PST

16mm = standard Yahtzee dice = best inexpensive dice. Large enough and square enough to have pretty equal odds of rolling any number.

14mm balanced Backgammon dice which are even better, but expensive, dice.

The smaller the dice and the more rounded the corners, the more likely they will roll a 1.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2023 5:14 p.m. PST

Parzival, "tiny" dice are much more likely 5mm than 2mm. Even at 5mm quality control is a problem: they'll do for markers, but I wouldn't count on honest rolls.

Probably should have mentioned the importance of contrast between the die color and the color of any marker. A die which cannot be read immediately has failed its primary purpose.

cmdr kevin08 May 2023 4:42 p.m. PST

19mm for single die rolls or maybe 2D6
16mm for up to six dice roll
12mm for larger numbers of dice to roll

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