Tabletop gamers know the struggle is real: spending hours finding the perfect set of dice down at the local game store is practically a rite of passage. They don't just have to look great, they also have to roll great!
Beyond even the interesting color combos you can find at the average brick and mortar retailer, there are some truly bizarre and amazing dice sets out there if you know where to look. Some will absolutely break your bank, but others are more affordable and make perfect gifts for the gamer in your life.
Here we're rounding up the best of the best in dice sets for gaming fanatics so you can battle orc hordes, keep your vampiric angst in check, stave off insanity when you see a flight of byakhee, or convince friend Computer that you aren't a mutant commie traitor.
Artisan Dice has a range of dice made from very odd and offbeat materials (gator jaw and bison horn being some of the more interesting), but this is the one that takes the cake. You can literally get a d20 made from 10,000 year old mammoth ivory.
For that one guy who always wanted to play a woolly mammoth riding ranger or druid, this fits the theme perfectly, but honestly, who wouldn't want to be rolling with ancient mammoth tusks in just about any fantasy game?
This one comes with a warning though: there seem to have been some unsatisfied customers in the past with the specialty dice not being delivered in a timely manner. You may want to read through the many complaints at the Better Business Bureau website before laying down that cash.
Rather than digging into the far past with buried bones of extinct creatures, these dice go the opposite route and give you something to roll from the very stars above! No joke, these are made from a meteorite discovered in the 50's.
Available in d6s and d20s of different sizes, they will set you back a pretty penny, but to literally roll something that was previously hurtling through space when playing Alternity or Traveller? That would be quite the experience.
Price: $19 - $28 (occasionally cheaper through some retailers)
Q-Workshop is another company known for its interesting themed dice, and they've got just about every setting or genre you can imagine expressed in dice form. My personal favorite are the range of Cthulhu dice, complete with Elder Sign in place of the highest number. You can even get them in a glow in the dark version!
Price: $2 (single) or $13 (set)
Another Q-Workshop entry, these dice absolutely exude the feel of the Weird West and have a style you just won't find anywhere else. They're perfect for a game of Deadlands of course, but any Wild West setting would have its atmosphere greatly reinforced by rolling these across the table.
Price: $10 - $12
You can find these in varying sizes through online retailers or at plenty of brick and mortar game shops. Although they seem like decorations, our gaming group actually pulls one of these out as a communal die for the zany hijinks of every Paranoia game where the dice rolls don't actually matter.
These pricey but beautiful little monstrosities aren't just for when your character is up to no good. They should be saved exclusively for when you are about to do something that will prompt the GM to force you to change alignment to chaotic evil.
Got an Iron Kingdoms, Victorinaia, or Tephra campaign coming up? This is the dice set you want to be using, with each silver die crafted around a cog or clock theme. They also just look cool and will jazz up your gaming space if you already have a Victorian or steampunk theme going.
Some tabletop RPGs should definitely be played in the dark, and a dice set that glows can help out with that tremendously! For your horror campaigns from Call Of Cthulhu to Vampire to Little Fears, ensuring everyone has a set of these can really boost up the atmosphere.
Do you have a special bag of dice you only use for certain games or situations, and will you be picking up any of these jaw-dropping sets we covered?
Let us know what you thought of our picks for the best gaming dice sets, and be sure to fill us in if we missed any outlandish polyhedral dice out there that the world needs to know about!