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SanDiegoSurrealist
03-01-2014, 16:01
I am just wondering what people would say if their opponent wished to use these dice?

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/916188323/doublesix-dice-roll-better?ref=live

Is there a rule that states a d6 must be a cube?

TinTip
03-01-2014, 16:18
a D6 by definition is 6 sided.
there is more then enough different sized dice on the market that these are pointless

SanDiegoSurrealist
03-01-2014, 16:29
Actually a d6 by definition generates a number between 1-6 not six sides.

Other wise you could never really have a d3 :D

But my question was "What would you say if your opponent wished to use these dice?"

Dr.Zahnfleisch
03-01-2014, 16:32
I don't think anyone would object. It's still a 1 in 6 chance to roll any number.

theunwantedbeing
03-01-2014, 16:34
Nothing wrong with them at all.

3eland
03-01-2014, 16:42
They actually have d3 dice, it's just really weird to use and not at all random since it can easily be manipulated if you know how to swing your wrist as you release it. However, I like the idea behind those dice, since his comment in the video is true.. a cube does not roll properly and can be manipulated easily. I would have no issues if my opponent wanted to use these dice.... and I might pick some up myself!
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underscore
04-01-2014, 10:53
Dice that roll even more? I recommend getting little walls put on the edge of your table then!

SkawtheFalconer
04-01-2014, 22:20
One of my opponents used to use spherical dice... absolute nightmare.

Makaber
05-01-2014, 15:45
I like my dice as blocky as possible, for two reasons. The first is that I don't know how much dice with more rounded sides are affected by the uneven weight distribution caused by the pips (which is really nerdy of me). The other, and more significant reason, is that the squarer the dice, the less they scatter around. It just makes it easier to roll large quantities of dice without them going everywhere. Also, due to the number you roll at the same time, I don't really think you can manipulate rolls in Warhammer to a certain degree. Anyway, they're my dice and I'm the one using them, and I know for a fact I don't manipulate my rolls, so there you go.

Ed.: Oh, and I'd have no problems from a "legal" standpoint about the dice above, because it's a game of toy soldiers and I'm not taking it that seriously. That said, I think they would be really impractical because I suspect they're prone to roll all over the place.

3eland
05-01-2014, 16:32
I like my dice as blocky as possible, for two reasons. The first is that I don't know how much dice with more rounded sides are affected by the uneven weight distribution caused by the pips (which is really nerdy of me). The other, and more significant reason, is that the squarer the dice, the less they scatter around. It just makes it easier to roll large quantities of dice without them going everywhere. Also, due to the number you roll at the same time, I don't really think you can manipulate rolls in Warhammer to a certain degree. Anyway, they're my dice and I'm the one using them, and I know for a fact I don't manipulate my rolls, so there you go.

Ed.: Oh, and I'd have no problems from a "legal" standpoint about the dice above, because it's a game of toy soldiers and I'm not taking it that seriously. That said, I think they would be really impractical because I suspect they're prone to roll all over the place.

I hadn't considered this, you bring up a good point. I like to play horde armies (both 40k and fantasy) and the amount of dice I have to roll could spell out disaster if they end up rolling over the battlefield.

Mr_Rose
05-01-2014, 17:10
Casinos use sharp-edged cubes cut from a single block of acrylic with filled pips for balance reasons and I've always wondered why they aren't more widely used. I wonder if there's a market for 16mm razor-cut D6's out there? The injection-moulded and polished ones you get from Chessex and the like are seldom accurate.

Avian
05-01-2014, 18:01
They are more expensive, wear out quicker and most normal dice are sufficiently balanced anyway. I tested a bunch last autumn and they're as accurate as you could desire.

SanDiegoSurrealist
06-01-2014, 13:39
Casinos use sharp-edged cubes cut from a single block of acrylic with filled pips for balance reasons and I've always wondered why they aren't more widely used. I wonder if there's a market for 16mm razor-cut D6's out there? The injection-moulded and polished ones you get from Chessex and the like are seldom accurate.

There is a whole market for blanked (ie. used) Casino dice, you can buy them by the truck load on ebay, but they are expensive. Couple guys at my old gaming club used them exclusively, and I have to tell you they are big and heavy and if they hit a fig it goes flying.

As far as twelve sided dice rolling farther, I suppose that would be the case if rolling on a hard surface. All the tables at any of my local clubs are topped with a mat, fake grass or a battle mat, so this seems like less of an issue.

Mr_Rose
06-01-2014, 15:51
There is a whole market for blanked (ie. used) Casino dice, you can buy them by the truck load on ebay, but they are expensive. Couple guys at my old gaming club used them exclusively, and I have to tell you they are big and heavy and if they hit a fig it goes flying.

I am aware, but those are 22-27mm or thereabouts. I was thinking of manufacturing dice in a more "normal" size specifically for first sale to wargamers rather than casinos.

underscore
06-01-2014, 23:55
Casinos use sharp-edged cubes cut from a single block of acrylic with filled pips for balance reasons and I've always wondered why they aren't more widely used. I wonder if there's a market for 16mm razor-cut D6's out there? The injection-moulded and polished ones you get from Chessex and the like are seldom accurate.
You mean the ones they use for craps? The trouble with them is that they're designed to be literally thrown down a table length, whereas 'home' dice are better for rolling in a small area.