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    Out of curiosity, how often do you clean your dice, if at all?
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    got this die for my dog did not see it on your site
    so im not sure if you have it

    http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753808

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meynolds View Post
    Out of curiosity, how often do you clean your dice, if at all?
    Not often ... if ever ... as cleaning some would damage them

    Quote Originally Posted by ahammer View Post
    got this die for my dog did not see it on your site
    so im not sure if you have it

    http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753808
    No ... I actually don't have these ... although I have seen them several times

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    If you are not interested in new or rare dice that were inventoried this month ... Please ignore this post



    Click on the Jason Lynch Chainmail D8 above
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    I have almost competed all the sets of MTG Spindowns
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    HERE is what I have / need ... just 5 left

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    If you're still around to answer questions, I have one about the physics involved with dice. When you roll a die, I'm sure the surface area of each side has to be equal in order to not make the die have an increased probability of landing on a certain number, but does the shape of the sides have an influence? For example, way back on page one you mentioned pentagonal d7s, where two sides were pentagons and the rest were rectangles. Even if the surface area of all sides were the same, would the shape of those two sides make it more likely to fall on them? Less likely?

    And here's a less serious question that may or may not have been asked (I couldn't read all seven pages...): Does it annoy you at all when a die doesn't follow the rule of each side and its opposite adding up to the highest number on the die+1?
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    I can field this one. Total symmetry between the faces is the only way to guarantee fairness. If there's any difference in the shape, size, relative orientation, or anything else, then the sides will in general have different probabilities. Nor will it necessarily be possible to adjust them so that they are fair, since the probabilities might depend on uncontrolled factors like the surface it's rolled on, or how hard one throws the die.
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    I have a set of Crystal Caste "Crystal Dice" like these (except mine are blue):

    I have a few questions regarding them.

    First, are they fair? Do they generate random numbers comparable to normal polyhedral dice? Or should I avoid using them during my DnD games in the interest of fairness?

    Second, is the Crystal d20 suppose to take forever to stop? Even on a flat surface, it still takes a long time for it to stop (usually falling off the table before coming to a complete stop). Also, any small shake of the table (i.e. reaching over to retrieve the die after it stops and bumping the table leg by accident) causes it roll again. In fact, a player I was playing with intentionally did this to try to negate a critical threat on his character once by kicking the table leg. Is my d20 lighter than normal? Or is it an inherent design flaw/characteristic of these dice?

    Finally, my Crystal d6 tends to land on a single number (even after tumbling through the air) and slide across the table on that number instead of rolling along the table. Is this supposed to happen? My d4 and d8 are also susceptible to this, albeit much, much less frequently.

    I've never had any problems with my Crystal d10 or d12, but those the two dice I always seem to need least in a game of DnD. Any insight to these problems would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, just as side note, I tip my hat to you, Mr. Cook. That is, if I ever wore a hat, I'd tip it, but I guess you'll have to settle for slack-jawed stare while I repeatedly say, "Humina-humina-humina-humina..." Dude! All those dice! At least you picked something innocuous (unlike some of the other people in the Guinness Book. "Most Festering Rat Carcasses Stuffed Down His Pants." What kind idiotic record is that?). "Biggest Dice Collection" is a great record to hold and I sincerely hope you keep your title for a long, long time.

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    Do you have heroscape dice?
    If not I have spares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daracaex View Post
    If you're still around to answer questions,
    Aren't I always? :P

    When you roll a die, I'm sure the surface area of each side has to be equal in order to not make the die have an increased probability of landing on a certain number, but does the shape of the sides have an influence? For example, way back on page one you mentioned pentagonal d7s, where two sides were pentagons and the rest were rectangles. Even if the surface area of all sides were the same, would the shape of those two sides make it more likely to fall on them? Less likely?
    I believe shape has a LOT to do with it ... if you look at the D7 and the D5 you will see that they have compensated for the shape by adding surface area until each side rolls aproximately the same number of times over a given number of rolls

    And here's a less serious question that may or may not have been asked (I couldn't read all seven pages...): Does it annoy you at all when a die doesn't follow the rule of each side and its opposite adding up to the highest number on the die+1?
    Not really ... that is just one more for the collection (to me:)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
    I can field this one. Total symmetry between the faces is the only way to guarantee fairness. If there's any difference in the shape, size, relative orientation, or anything else, then the sides will in general have different probabilities. Nor will it necessarily be possible to adjust them so that they are fair, since the probabilities might depend on uncontrolled factors like the surface it's rolled on, or how hard one throws the die.
    I agree with Chronos ... but would like to add a bit ...

    Each extension member facet (face/side) needs to have equivalent shape and equal planar surface area ... to provide the most equal rolling of each and every side

    There is no such thing as a Guarantee :)


    Quote Originally Posted by Ionizer View Post
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    First, are they fair? Do they generate random numbers comparable to normal polyhedral dice? Or should I avoid using them during my DnD games in the interest of fairness?
    I always thought so ... but given your experience ... it may not always be so ... but could be due to manufacturing anomalies


    Second, is the Crystal d20 suppose to take forever to stop?
    Probably ... that is one of the 'design features' when using round edged (versus precision edged) dice

    Is my d20 lighter than normal? Or is it an inherent design flaw/characteristic of these dice?
    I never measured the density of the CC crystal versus any other ... so I really can't help you here

    Finally, my Crystal d6 tends to land on a single number (even after tumbling through the air) and slide across the table on that number instead of rolling along the table. Is this supposed to happen? My d4 and d8 are also susceptible to this, albeit much, much less frequently.
    I would attribute this to a manufacturing variance / defect / anomaly

    Also, just as side note, I tip my hat to you, Mr. Cook. That is, if I ever wore a hat, I'd tip it, but I guess you'll have to settle for slack-jawed stare while I repeatedly say, "Humina-humina-humina-humina..." Dude! All those dice! At least you picked something innocuous (unlike some of the other people in the Guinness Book. "Most Festering Rat Carcasses Stuffed Down His Pants." What kind idiotic record is that?). "Biggest Dice Collection" is a great record to hold and I sincerely hope you keep your title for a long, long time.
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    I agree .. some records are way out there ... largest Air Sick Bag Collection ...


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    If not I have spares.
    Thanks ... I beleive I have at least one of each? CLICK HERE

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    If you are not interested in new or rare dice that were inventoried this month ... Please ignore this post



    Click on the Hand Painted ... Q-Workshop ... Munchkin (Steve Jackson Games) die above
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    I STILL have almost competed all the sets of MTG Spindowns
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    HERE is what I have / need ... just 5 left

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    Hey have you got any of those cheezy electronic dice?









    or do these not count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charity View Post
    Hey have you got any of those cheezy electronic dice? or do these not count?
    I have a few ... if they are actually roll activated ... I count them

    The first set .. with the wires and button? ... I have not seen this set before ... what are they?
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    I only ask as I have a couple at home, they are slow, noisy and annoying...
    Which me gets me on to the subject, I'm sure you've been asked about your fav dice 1000's of times, and no doubt I'm not the first to ask this but what is your least favourite die?
    Do you have one of those dice spinners they use in casinos?
    I'd love to see a d20 spun on one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charity View Post
    I only ask as I have a couple at home, they are slow, noisy and annoying...
    LOL ... same here .. the beep tones on most hurt my head

    I'm sure you've been asked about your fav dice 1000's of times
    Not 1000's ... but many times :)

    no doubt I'm not the first to ask this but what is your least favourite die?
    Actually you are the first ... even interviewers never have asked this

    There is no one die that is a least favorite ... but I can say I least like 'boring dice' ... plain pipped d'6s ... simple 'color dice' (white dice with colored spots on them)

    I find the multitude of 'decision dice' ... ie drinking ... guys or girls what to do today dice ... etc ... boring as well ... as they seldom have any than the standard responses


    Do you have one of those dice spinners they use in casinos?
    No but I have plans to pick one up some day

    I'd love to see a d20 spun on one of those.
    I just spin d20s as a matter of annoying habit .. so I really dont need the Dice Balance Caliper :)
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    Default July 2008 Highlights

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    Click on the Jason Lynch Chainmail D4 die above
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    I STILL have almost competed all the sets of MTG Spindowns
    and am still offering bonuses for both trades and sales (no new ones this month ) ...

    HERE is what I have / need ... just 5 left
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    Aw, I liked the old avatar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
    Aw, I liked the old avatar.
    I thought I should try to conform :) ... so I got to thinking along the lines of ... a pair of dice ... with a pair of stick figures on a string .. to hang around its rear view mirror :)
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    Do you have any historic dice like this one?

    http://www.christies.com/Lotfinder/l...jectID=4205385

    Follow-up question: Have you seen any dice sell for more money than this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshR View Post
    Do you have any historic dice like this one?
    It depends on what you mean my historic ... I do have some very old ... and or very notable dice

    Follow-up question: Have you seen any dice sell for more money than this?
    No ... I was disappointed when the aforementioned die exceeded my $2222 bid :)

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    Click on the Simkin / Gamescience D Total above
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    I STILL have almost competed all the sets of MTG Spindowns
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    HERE is what I have / need ... just 5 left
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    Fuzzy 20-sided dice. How many do you own?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flickerdart View Post
    Fuzzy 20-sided dice. How many do you own?
    10 in the collection and 2 ... I think as just kick around toys
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    Click on the #25000 die above
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    I STILL have almost competed all the sets of MTG Spindowns
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    HERE is what I have / need ... just 5 left
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    How about d(whatever the heck I feel like)

    Electrics are wonderful
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamburlaine View Post
    How about d(whatever the heck I feel like)

    Electrics are wonderful
    YOWZA ... that is most amazing ...

    I have never even considered an Iphone ... but now I may have to reconsider

    This is the first truly virtual dice program that I have ever seen

    Thank you for this link
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    Dr Simkin's D-Total

    Got me to thinking ... I haven't invented a new die lately ... and especially not a new shape ... so I got to thinking ... how many different outcomes can 2d6 produce ... 36

    Hmmm ... there isnt a D36 ... so I need to make one ... and ... viola !



    The die is numbered 1-36 ( I can't think of any other use for a D36 ... can you? ) as well as being pipped with the 36 different possible rolls of 2 d6

    Now .. I just need to get all the casino's world wide to give up their foolish attachment to pairs of dice ... when there is one die that can do it all !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Cook View Post
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    Dr Simkin's D-Total
    That die is full of cheats. 'Re-roll until you get a number in X-range', or 'apply Y calculation to the number to get appropriate roll' can be done to any kind of die with a lot of faces. What's so special about it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FMArthur View Post
    That die is full of cheats. 'Re-roll until you get a number in X-range', or 'apply Y calculation to the number to get appropriate roll' can be done to any kind of die with a lot of faces. What's so special about it?
    I just collect em ... I don't critique them :)

    I know that Dr Simkin did not include the reroll parts in his original design .. those were added later by Louis Zocchi of GameSceince

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Cook View Post
    YOWZA ... that is most amazing ...

    I have never even considered an Iphone ... but now I may have to reconsider

    This is the first truly virtual dice program that I have ever seen

    Thank you for this link
    It would be rather funny if you got an iPhone for the sole purpose of including it in your collection. Especially if your actual phone was several generations behind... heh
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcsw View Post
    It would be rather funny if you got an iPhone for the sole purpose of including it in your collection. Especially if your actual phone was several generations behind... heh
    Yea .... you nailed it ... my cell is several generations behind (UT Stracom Slice)

    I wonder if you have to have cell service in order for the iPhone's programs to be able to work? ... as I have no need for a full time cell plan

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