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    Can't find that rare (or not so rare) die?

    Ever wonder what a wierd die is used for?

    Just want to talk about dice?


    Then this is the thread for you ...

    I have been gaming and collecting dice since 1977 and am the current
    Guinness World Record Holder for the Largest Collection of Dice

    so fire away if you need dice info
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    Oookay... what's the largest number of sides you have on a dice?

    How many dice do you have?

    Is a d2 just a coin? Is a d1 even possible?
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    Default Re: Got any Dice Questions?

    I doubt coins count as dice even if they are d2s. Otherwise anyone with $250 in pennies would have more dice than Mr. Cook here.

    Do you even use them all or just collect 'em? How much space does that many dice take up?
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    LOL ... I get these all the time ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldred View Post
    Oookay... what's the largest number of sides you have on a dice?
    D120

    How many dice do you have?
    More than 20414 as I am entering the mass of new ones from Origins ... and this does not even count my duplicates (5000+)

    Is a d2 just a coin?
    Pretty much ... I can think of a couple of variants though ... a sphere with opposing flat spaces .. just to name one

    Is a d1 even possible?
    Yes ... a sphere

    Quote Originally Posted by valadil View Post
    I doubt coins count as dice even if they are d2s. Otherwise anyone with $250 in pennies would have more dice than Mr. Cook here.
    Guinness doesnt allow duplicates except under certain circumstances

    Do you even use them all or just collect 'em?
    I dont get much time to game now ... but I do when I can

    How much space does that many dice take up?
    A bit more than THIS
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    Default Re: Got any Dice Questions?

    D1's can also be Klein Bottles, or Mobius Loops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Cook View Post
    A bit more than THIS
    2nd row, 2nd pic.... Is that a Wayne's World board game on the second shelf from the bottom?

    Are there any dice you're looking for now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Cook View Post
    Yes ... a sphere
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    Default Re: Got any Dice Questions?

    How big is the biggest dice you have?
    and of course how small is the smallest dice you have?

    do duplicates include same dice different colour?

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    Ok I’m game.

    What is your favorite type of dice?
    What style of dice do you think is the “best”? (as in curved corners, pips vs numbers, etc)
    What is the most expensive die you have?
    what's the smallest dice you have?
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    Cool, a record holder. I'm very impressed. So, could I ask a few questions?

    How did you get into dice-collecting?

    How much time/money does it take? Do you feel it has been well spent?

    What is the reason you collect dice? Now that you already have the record, what is your goal?

    Sorry if I'm a bit too inquisitive, but I'm studying psychology, and these sorts of things interest me A unique chance to understand the mentality of a record holder.

    Oh, and have you ever found a use for the d34?
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    Have any D16s?

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    how did you collect that many dice and how much money did you spend? Also did you go to a gaming store and buy assorted dice then get rid of the copies?
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    Ok ... here goes

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbitrarity View Post
    D1's can also be Klein Bottles, or Mobius Loops.
    Correct

    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeFightwicky View Post
    2nd row, 2nd pic.... Is that a Wayne's World board game on the second shelf from the bottom?
    Yes

    Are there any dice you're looking for now?
    Yes ... anything I dont already have :)

    But seriously ... the MTG Spindowns missing from THIS page are my current quest


    Quote Originally Posted by Fenix_of_Doom View Post
    How big is the biggest dice you have? and of course how small is the smallest dice you have?
    Both in one place ... Click Here

    do duplicates include same dice different colour?
    Duplicates get complicated ... but no .. if the dice are different color ... they are not duplicates ... and some duplicates are permitted ... like dice in sets

    Quote Originally Posted by TheThan View Post
    What is your favorite type of dice?
    THANK YOU ... a question I have never been asked ... I get "What is your favorite die?" all the time ... and my answer changes from day to day

    Now to your question ... My favorite type of die is something that has a unique shape ... I have created several of such shapes ... but still come across them every so often ...


    What style of dice do you think is the “best”? (as in curved corners, pips vs numbers, etc)
    I personally am old school ... I use Gamescience or Armory sharp edged dice with numbers ... except for d6's where I use pipped

    What is the most expensive die you have?
    I think it is This die at $100 made by Crystal Caste from a named Meteorite

    Quote Originally Posted by Ceres View Post
    How did you get into dice-collecting?
    I think I pretty much covered that on THIS page ... if not ... feel free to ask and I will update the page with additional info :)

    How much time/money does it take?
    Time ... initially a great deal ... now about 10 hrs a month on an average month

    Money ... I think I have crossed $40 K ... I need to total my reciepts to be sure (on my to do list)


    Do you feel it has been well spent?
    Yes ... I like to categorize things ... and I really enjoy doing the animations for the site

    What is the reason you collect dice?
    Interesting ... another new question ...

    I suppose this could be partially answered by the page mentioned above but I dont go into my motivation

    Hmmm ... I suppose it is because I have a hoarding nature ... somewhat obsessive but not compulsive as I do not feel the need that I MUST HAVE every die I see that I do not already own

    As to why DICE ... I suppose it is because I like the geometry of dice ... that is what got me into designing/building my own dice


    Now that you already have the record, what is your goal?
    And another new question ... I love this board :)

    I really dont set goals ... as Wayne Dyer says ... if you are constantly setting goals ... you will always be striving ... and never at the point of No Limits ... as a student of Psychology ... you should understand :)


    Oh, and have you ever found a use for the d34?
    The D34 was originally used for the Dutch Lottery ... or so Chessex Corp says :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryacko View Post
    Have any D16s?
    Lots including the rare Metascape D16's

    Quote Originally Posted by de-trick View Post
    how did you collect that many dice
    Thru time and persistance ... and ebay :)

    how much money did you spend?
    < Answered above >

    Also did you go to a gaming store and buy assorted dice then get rid of the copies?
    No ... as the local gaming stores get new dice 6 months to a year after I do ... any new dice come directly from the dice companies themselves

    For example ... I am now in the process of entering into the database ... and photographing the new 2008 Chessex Gemini colors

    Dice are often like cars and comics ... they actually release them before the date on the item


    This is the most number of questions I have EVER done in one day ... Thanks for asking :)
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    Which is your 2nd prettiest die?

    What sides of dice do you own?

    Which manufacturer makes the best dice? Worst dice?

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    Are there any particular dice you're looking to trade for or acquire?

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    Personally, I'm interested in purchasing a D3 just for collecting reasons, are there any D3 that you know have a unique shape and are fairly cheap (under $5.00)


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    I've got a D33, but have never met a game where i could use it. Do you know any?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yakk View Post
    Which is your 2nd prettiest die?
    2nd? ... What is my most pretty die?

    What sides of dice do you own?
    I knew this one would come eventually :) ... The answer is HERE

    Note .. not all of these are mine ... but most are


    Which manufacturer makes the best dice?
    Best is a relative term

    Most prolific maker of different designs - Chessex

    Most Precise Polyhedrals - Gamescience

    Most Innovative Shapes - Gamescience followed closely by Crystal Caste

    Most Innovative Designs on a standard Poly - Q-Workshop

    Best Handmade Dice - For all types Bear Cub Machine

    For Standard d20's Cave Badger

    Best Newcomer to the Industry - Q-Workshop

    I can keep going on like this all day :)



    Worst dice?
    Again ... a relative term

    When they first started Q-Workshop had some quality problems and produced warped d20's ... now they produce some the most accurate dice available

    I can say there are couple of companies ... that produced nothing but poor quality dice

    Diamond Dice had a good mold ... but used low cost materials

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax_Celestis View Post
    Are there any particular dice you're looking to trade for or acquire?
    FROM ABOVE:

    the MTG Spindowns missing from THIS page are my current quest


    Quote Originally Posted by Cryopyre View Post
    Personally, I'm interested in purchasing a D3 just for collecting reasons, are there any D3 that you know have a unique shape and are fairly cheap (under $5.00)
    Try HERE

    Quote Originally Posted by AwfulLawful View Post
    I've got a D33, but have never met a game where i could use it. Do you know any?
    A D33!?? Please show me ... as I only know of one way to make a D33 and even I have not made one of those yet
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    Thank you for answering my questions, Kevin. It has been most enlightening.

    And good luck on your quest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Cook View Post
    A D33!?? Please show me ... as I only know of one way to make a D33 and even I have not made one of those yet
    Sorry I meant a D30, my bad (it's late here in Denmark, and my brain went to sleep hours ago )
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    All those d4s have to make an awesome security system.
    After some x length of time, the charge in the capacitor went down to 0.1e-17[mV]. After writing the answer on the board, my professor turned to the class, pointed at it, and said "What's this number?" We said "That's one times ten to the negative 18 millivolts" when he interupted us and said "Wrong! The answer is zero. If you can't accept that 0.1e-17[mV] is equal to zero, you need to change your major to math right now, or you will hate the rest of your career."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceres View Post
    Thank you for answering my questions, Kevin. It has been most enlightening.

    And good luck on your quest
    You are very welcome Ceres ... I am happy to answer where I can :)

    Quote Originally Posted by AwfulLawful View Post
    Sorry I meant a D30, my bad (it's late here in Denmark, and my brain went to sleep hours ago )
    Not a problem ... I understand lack of sleep ... I work for Oracle Support :)

    Ah ... the D30 ...

    The Armory came out with a 30 sided Die Character and I believe Adventure system ...

    Button Men uses dice of all number of sides

    Thats about all I have seen ... professionally done ... many people come up with their own tables though


    Quote Originally Posted by Ivius View Post
    All those d4s have to make an awesome security system.
    Especially if you can get ahold of a lot of the old original AD&D boxed set d4's they were razor sharp when new
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    Are there any "sets" you have that aren't entirely complete (say, for example, you had dice for Wraith, Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, but not Changeling) - and if so, how much does it bother you?

    As another question: how much do gold dice cost? And are they solid, plated or some lower carat-weight? Are they purely ornamental, or actually useable (and balanced)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krellen View Post
    Are there any "sets" you have that aren't entirely complete (say, for example, you had dice for Wraith, Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, but not Changeling) - and if so, how much does it bother you?
    The aforementioned MTG spindowns need to be complete

    I need the original packaging for the original Vampire from White Wolf which bothers me only because I used to game with Garth one of the founders of WW and now I cant get the time of day from them

    Otherwise ... having incomplete sets ... only give me something to hope to someday own :)


    As another question: how much do gold dice cost? And are they solid, plated or some lower carat-weight? Are they purely ornamental, or actually useable (and balanced)?
    COST ... I suppose it depends on how much gold is in them

    Some are plated ... Some I am told ... are solid

    All seem to be usable
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Cook View Post
    When they first started Q-Workshop had some quality problems and produced warped d20's ... now they produce some the most accurate dice available
    Well, I quite recently bought some of they dices, and they still have some problems...

    "Mechanically" they appear all OK, but numbers on more fine ones ( d20 mostly), can be blured and little indistinct. It's OK, but they don't look as good as they could.

    Still I think they'r cool, I really like transparent ones.

    It looks like Q-W is really known around the world. Good to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiryt View Post
    Well, I quite recently bought some of they dices, and they still have some problems...

    "Mechanically" they appear all OK, but numbers on more fine ones ( d20 mostly), can be blured and little indistinct. It's OK, but they don't look as good as they could.

    Still I think they'r cool, I really like transparent ones.

    It looks like Q-W is really known around the world. Good to know.
    Strangely enough ... I think the color blur is due to something that happens to them in shipping ... as I have seen them before they are shipped and they dont have this problem ... if you notice ... there is a very malodorous smell when you open the shipping container ... I suspect the dice are subjected to somewhat high heat somewhere along the shipping line

    I see you are in Poland ... Have you seen them without shipping?
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    Are you aware of any companies that sell fairly good-looking d7's in the true style (IE: not obviously elongated)? What about innocuous-looking d20's or d6's weighted towards the higher numbers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TO_Incognito View Post
    Are you aware of any companies that sell fairly good-looking d7's in the true style (IE: not obviously elongated)?
    There are very few companies that make D7's ... the longer ones sometimes called Long Lawrence's ... are the oldest designs ... the pentagonal 'faced' ones came later ... I dont even know who makes these .. but a of people sell them

    What about innocuous-looking d20's or d6's weighted towards the higher numbers?
    Chessex made Cheaters for d20's .. they had 2 20's ... as for actual weighted dice ... I dont know of anyone who has done that

    Chessex also did d6's ... in the same set ... 1 with 2 6's ... 1 with 2 1's

    There are many types of weighted d6's ... Mercury Tappers are the most rare


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    Here's one, what if you have an idea for a die, where do you take it.

    By this I mean a new shape.


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