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Dungeons & Dragons Dice

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Dungeons and Dragons Dice

For playing Dungeons & Dragons, you're going to want a set of seven polyhedral game dice.  These 7-dice sets are standardized for most role-playing games because of D&D.  You can buy dice for Dungeons & Dragons here in our store; we have them in all colors and materials and styles.

Since DnD was one of the very first RPG systems, most RPG dice sets are based on the 7-die configuration.  The dice for Dungeons and Dragons are used for many other systems such as Pathfinder.

A Brief History of Dice for Dungeons & Dragons

The original Dungeons & Dragons dice set

The original 1974 Blue Box edition of D&D came with a set of 4-sided, 6- sided, 8- sided, 12- sided, and 20-sided dice.  These Dungeons and Dragons dice were based on the Platonic solids, which is why the d10 wasn’t included. 

Eventually, for ease of use, two 10-sided dice were added to the standard set—one numbered 0-9, and the other numbered 00-90, representing the tens place.  (Together, you can generate a random number between 00 and 99.)

Dungeons and Dragons uses dice to determine outcomes of actions your player can take.  The rules have changed over the course of the various editions of DnD, from the basic edition, to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, to the 2nd edition, the 3rd edition, 3.5, 4th, and then 5e.  The basic kit and gaming equipment have stayed about the same since the establishment of the 7-dice set.

The 20-sided die, called a d20, determines most skill checks and actions you will take in the game.  Rolling a natural 20 is an automatic success, or a critical hit; rolling a natural 1 is an automatic failure, or critical miss.  Otherwise, you add modifiers to the dice roll based on your character sheet.

The d4, d6, d8, and d12 are typically used for determining weapon damage once you hit.  The percentile dice, which is the d10 and the d100 rolled together, determine other things like whether you can see your opponent through a thick fog, or for randomly generating treasure from a table.

The d20 is used so frequently that Wizards of the Coast even established what they call the “D20 System,” which is based on Dungeons and Dragons.

How to Buy Dungeons and Dragons Dice

There are so many dice on the market today for DnD, from all kinds of dice manufacturers, who make plastic, metal, stone, or even bone dice.  Sometimes you can get them with different colors, or glitter, or other things that make them beautiful and unique.  So how do you know which kind to get?

I’d recommend starting with something simple for your first D&D campaign, like an opaque set which is easy to read.  Once you’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons for a while, you might want to upgrade to something a little more exciting, like a green specked “recon” set for your ranger, or a swirly arcane purple set for your wizard.  Eventually, you might even want to try getting a premium game dice set, made from metal or real gemstones.  Either way, the dice you pick will help you immerse yourself in your role-playing experience, and help tell the story and make the game your own!

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