A Dice Game for Kids: Tenzi

If you’re a parent, anything fun that also happens to be educational is a win-win for you and your child. That’s where dice come in. Dice can add that educational element disguised in a fun game form. With many games out there involving dice, here’s one that is off the beaten path but still worthy of being played:

Tenzi

Tenzi is a game designed for ages 7+, but can really be played for preschoolers and up if you have patience to help your preschooler identify the numbers on the dice. The set includes enough dice for up to 4 players, but you can obviously add more sets to add more players.

Objective: It’s simple! Get all your dice to show the same number.

How to play: Each player receives 10 6-sided dice. They roll them all and then determine which number they want to aim for. They can choose to roll however many dice they want after the initial roll. The first person to get all their dice to show the same number wins. When playing with younger children, you can skip the speed factor and just have them roll until they reach the objective.

For more ways to play this game, check out the suggestions on the Tenzi site.

If you want to make it easier for young kids, we would suggest looking at using numbered dice instead. Dice with numerals are a lot easier for kids to recognize over the traditional dice with pips. It’ll help kids learn their numbers and reinforce their visual recognition. Below are some examples of what we have available:

Rainbow Numbered Dice - 10 for $2.50

Opaque Pink Numeral Dice - 10 for $5

Glitter Black Numeral Dice 10 for $7.50

For the smallest of children who want to play, you can also play Tenzi with colors instead of numbers. The rainbow dice would be perfect for kids to grow into. Even the youngest of kids are more familiar with their colors than with their numbers, so you can easily help them try to get the same colors to show on all their dice. Alternatively, you could get our blank dice and make your own themed game to fit your child’s interests.

Rainbow Spot Dice - 10 for $2.50

If you’re just looking for an inexpensive starter set or looking to add a player to an existing set, we have many options to fit your budget. We offer many traditional dice with pips in a variety of colors for as low as $2.50 per set of 10. To make your own Tenzi set, that is only $10 plus shipping for up to 4 players. If you aren’t particular on colors, we also offer wholesale discounts for large quantity orders. If you have any questions, you can contact us at roll@gmdice.com

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Have you played this game? Let us know what you think!

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In-Stock: Chessex Dice Sets

With a huge shipment from Chessex just in, we have restocked all our Chessex dice sets including the opaque dice sets as well as the Gemini and Signature series. Let’s see a reel of eye candy, shall we?

Set of 7 Chessex Lustrous Slate/White RPG Dice

Set of 7 Chessex Gemini Black-Blue w/gold RPG Dice

Set of 7 Chessex Borealis Purple/white RPG Dice

These sets are the perfect mix between looks and functionality. The numbers are easy to read and the weight of the dice will feel great in your hand. You won’t be regret getting these. At under $10 per set, these are affordable enough to stock up while they last.

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Behold the Crystal Dice

Crystal Shaped Oblivion Purple d20

If you want some unique dice for your collection, look no further than the crystal shaped dice by Crystal Caste. Admittedly, these dice won’t roll as true as standard dice, but they’re definitely a fun kind of die to have. Their novelty was even used in a Millenium edition of Monopoly by Hasbro (without permission which led to a patent infringement lawsuit that Crystal Caste won). They come in the standard d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20, and d10 percentile.

Crystal Oblivion Dice Set in Orange

While you can get them individually to suit your needs, they are also available in pre-packaged sets of 7 crystal dice, a mix of crystal and standard polyhedral dice, or in multiples of crystal d6 dice.

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No matter what you decide to go with, give these crystal shaped dice a roll and let us know what you think.

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New Products: Fudge Dice and Dice Bags

A new shipment came in today restocking many products such as the Reaper miniatures and metal steampunk dice sets. Additionally, the new shipment also brought in a few new products to our inventory.

Antique White & Black Fudge Dice (Set of 4)
A new color to the site! Fudge dice are six-sided dice with two “plus” sides, two “minus” sides, and two blank sides, for use with Fudge and other games. Rolling four Fudge dice returns results from -4 to +4 (“sub-Terrible” to “trans-Superb” in Fudge terms). Also great for d3 rolls.

Yellow Biohazard Dice Bag
A yellow linen dice pouch with a black drawstring and a black printed biohazard design. Perfect for keeping your dice in, or any science experiments gone wrong. 11.5cm tall, 10.5cm wide

 

Battle Dice Bag – Soviet
A linen dice pouch with a black drawstring and a printed colored star design. Perfect for keeping your dice in for any battle. 11.5cm tall, 10.5cm wide.

 

Battle Dice Bag – USA
A linen dice pouch with a black drawstring and a printed star design. Perfect for keeping your dice in for any battle. 11.5cm tall, 10.5cm wide.

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Beginner Dice Shopping

So you want to get some dice and you’re discovering that the world of dice is far vaster than you ever imagined. Well, you’ve come to the right place. We have just about every kind of dice out there for your gaming needs. Whether you want to start your collection or you’re an avid collector wanting to add to your collection, we definitely have you covered. For the newbies out there, let’s go over some great beginner/starter options.

Opaque Black Dice Set

If you are looking to get a variety of dice to begin with, the standard is a set of 7 dice including: d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20, and d10 percentile. (d4 equals 4-sided, etc.) Pre-packaged sets are available in a variety of different colors and price points to fit your needs which is handy when you’re first starting out.

Transparent Red Dice Set

Opaque and transparent sets are among the lowest priced sets. With price points below $5, these sets are great for anyone who wants to get into gaming dice. They’re also great to have around if you need extra sets. Individual matching dice can also be purchased in most colors which is a bonus.

Speckled Hi Tech Dice Set

The next step up in price are the Speckled Dice Sets. The quality is superb and there is a huge variety of different colors out there to choose from. Extra matching dice can also be purchased separately in all colors when you need more than one of a certain die. These are also great if you’re looking for dice to fit a theme.

Chessex Gemini Gold-Green w/white RPG Dice Set

The Chessex Dice Sets are definitely a great way to go if you’re looking for more unique dice without going broke. They’re categorized in 2 different categories on our website: Signature and Gemini, but clicking on the previous link will take you to all our Chessex sets. At just under $10 per set, these are a great median priced option. Individual matching dice are not currently available to purchase so take that into account when deciding.

Snow Obsidian Stone Dice Set

If you’re not a beginner and you’re looking to splurge on a dice set, our Stone Dice Sets and Metal Dice Sets are for you. The stone dice sets are available in 12mm and 14mm sizes and each set includes a black dice bag for storage. The metal dice sets are not easy to find so they’re also a great addition to your collection if you’re an avid gamer.

These are not the only dice sets we have available, but these definitely give you a good idea of what we have to offer and maybe help you narrow down the set that works for you. If you need any help in deciding, let us know!

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The Importance of Dice Trays

 

10" Wood Dice Tray

Let’s talk dice trays. They are insanely convenient for any game involving dice. Sure you don’t necessarily need one all the time, but you will definitely appreciate having one when you do. Remember when you used to play Monopoly and it was always a delicate balance to roll the dice without toppling all the hotels over? Well, you may have just gotten used to doing that, but you’ll never have to worry about that again with a dice tray. Whether you’re trying to avoid knocking pieces over on the board or not, dice trays are a gamer’s friend they never knew they wanted. Even parents will appreciate the fact that young kids can now roll dice without throwing them across the room.

Hex Dice Tray

With a dice tray (or two) in the house, ¬†they will designate a “rolling zone” and gaming will never be the same again. You’ll find yourself using them for other things too. Several other uses we’ve found for a dice tray:

  • Discard card pile – A nice touch for games with significant discard piles like¬†Bohnanza.
  • Container for drawings (or Charades, etc.) -Voting on something? Throw all the votes in here.
  • Candy, snack, and/0r food tray – One at each end of the table to facilitate late night gaming. No more chasing after candies and wrappers.
  • Extra bits holder- All those extra pieces don’t have to be strewn about the table or falling on the floor anymore! Life is forever changed.
  • Lego building- Can you imagine how cool it would be for your kids (or you. we’re not judging.) to use this for their own mini Lego world? The green felt would be a great backdrop. Portable and contained. Great combo for Legos.

Have you found dice trays to be extremely useful? How do you use them? Let us know in the comments.

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New Products: Fate, Ubiquity, Who Knew and Carrion Crown Dice Sets

New dice sets have been added to the website. Check them out below:

Who Knew? Dice Set (Black)

Who knew these dice existed? Now get them all in one set. Includes d3, d5, d7, 16, and d30 in black.

 

Ubiquity Dice Set

Specially designed for use with the Ubiquity Roleplaying System. Sold in tubes of 9 dice. Includes three d1s, d2s, and d3s.

 

Fate Dice: Core Dice Set

The first revealed set comes straight from the colors of Fate Core! 12 iridescent dice in lustrous, rich, jewel-like colors: blue, green, and purple.

 

Pathfinder: Carrion Crown Dice Set

These masterfully crafted dice feature silver engravings on black polyhedrons. Set of 7 dice.

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In-Stock: Corridor, Trap, and Weather Dice

These dice haven’t been in stock on our website for over a few months which means you need to grab them while you can. They are sure to elevate any game with their unique symbols.

Corridor Dice

Trap Dice

Weather Dice

Shipping is a flat rate of $4.95 within the US so you might as well check out the other unique dice we have that will definitely be great additions to any collection. Here’s just a few:

Month Dice

Body Parts Dice

Zodiac Dice

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New Product: Metal Dice Sets

We are excited to announce the addition of new metal dice sets from Metallic Dice to our inventory. Each set includes 7 dice: d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20, and d100/10. Currently available in 3 different finishes, these 16mm dice are definitely worth adding to your collection.

16mm Copper Metal Dice Set

16mm Gold Metal Dice Set

16mm Silver Metal Dice Set

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014! The new year brings us new lower flat rate shipping! Now U.S. orders are only $4.95 shipping no matter how large or small your order is.

Can you guess what our bestsellers were in 2013? Tried and true favorites of course. Here’s the breakdown:

What are you using these dice for? Let us know in the comments! From everyone at Game Master Dice, we hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy new year. May the dice roll in your favor.

(If they don’t, get some new ones. We’ve got you covered.)
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