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Blank wooden polyhedral dice?

Google has failed me. Looking for a place to buy blank wooden dice in a polyhedral set (d20, etc.). Should look like dice with rounded corners, not just blocks. Unfinished faces because I plan to draw on them. Reasonable balance/fairness, enough that you would be happy playing a casual game with them. Cheap and fast shipping to the US would be outstanding. I can find plastic easily but no wood.
posted by anaelith on Apr 25, 2016 - 8 answers

d20 with all 20s

Where can I find a d20 (20-sided die) with 20s on every side? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Apr 22, 2016 - 13 answers

How often to roll 2d6 a special way to guarantee an outcome once?

There is an 8/36 chance that a very particular outcome can be generated by rolling 2d6 in a particular way (both described after the jump). How many times do I need to roll to be certain that this outcome occurs (ie, I can stop rolling)? How about 90 per cent certain? 80 per cent? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Feb 15, 2016 - 7 answers

What are the best D&D or Pathfinder iPad apps?

Apps for maps, apps for character sheets...any app that would make it easier for me to DM for my sons. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Jan 9, 2015 - 3 answers

What are these colored dice?

I recently came across a set of five six-sided dice with colored squares and triangles on each side. What are they? [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Oct 19, 2014 - 7 answers


What's the best way to buy a lot of six-sided alphabet letter dice? Distribution would ideally be similar to what's found in a Boggle game. I'm not picky about colors or inclusion/exclusion of certain characters.
posted by michaelh on Jun 9, 2014 - 4 answers

iOS app for custom tables / dice results?

Looking for an iOS app that will let me set up a table (of dice scores and results), then roll on that table by pushing a button. For example, I might set up a table 'FOO': 1-2 = A, 3-4 = B, 5-6 = C. I could then push the FOO button, and it'd roll a d6 and give me A, B or C. Does this sort of thing exist?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Apr 21, 2014 - 2 answers

What is this thing? Why was it made?

My dad recently showed me a little knick-knack he inherited a while back. I'm not sure if it was from his dad or his maternal uncle, but they were around the same age (born in the nineteen teens/twenties). It's a Liberty Head dollar coin and two dice in an acrylic casing. What is it? [more inside]
posted by solotoro on Feb 2, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I find a "real" tech job?

My workplace is in a decline, and I think it's time for me to explore other options. I'm a programmer at heart, an architect and team leader in practice, and a manager in name. Prior to this job I'd had really soul-crushing experiences in consulting, so (for example) I am experienced with but extremely cynical about capital-E "Enterprise" platforms and technologies. I don't want to go back to that world; I want to find a company and a team with a spark of life to it and people with the incentives to help each other out. What's the best way to filter for tech job opportunities that won't sink me back into the muck? [more inside]
posted by my name is irl on Dec 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Games for the Variously Inebriated

I have friends who enjoy basic card games like poker and Gang of Four but are interested in trying something new. The catch is the place we're most likely to play games is out at bars with friends in various states of intoxication, and sometimes we have a bunch of people. What are some good games that work in this situation? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Nov 5, 2013 - 32 answers

Stats and game nerds, lend me your beanplates.

I have a list of 15 people. Each person has between 1 and 3 entries in a lottery, for a total of 35 entries. I need to select 9 people from the list of 15--nobody can win more than once. What is the most transparent, most random, most low-tech way I can do this? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Sep 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Where to buy six colored six sided dice?

I would like to purchase six sided dice with the following characteristics: 1. Each side is a different color - not the pips/numbers, the full side of the die. 2. Each side is marked one through six (with pips or numbers) like a normal die. 3. The color of the pips/numbers is unimportant (they all could be white, black, etc.). Anyone know a source where I could order such dice? Thanks!
posted by JamesD on Aug 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Baseball Card/Dice Game Identification Question

Need Help Identifying a Baseball Dice/Card Game From the 80s/90s. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Best way to recruit web developers?

My employer is asking me to look into recruiting strategies for LAMP/PHP developers. We've been having bad luck finding appropriate candidates and actually getting them in for interviews (posting jobs on CareerBuilder & CL). I'm not really an HR person (nor am I a tech person), so I've never done this before. He's interested in possibly buying resume access on Monster, CareerBuilder, or Dice -- is one better than the others for this type of thing? Any suggestions for other strategies to use? [more inside]
posted by emumimic on Jul 22, 2013 - 19 answers

How easy is to to cheat with dice?

Rolling a standard six sided dice, how easy would it be for someone to roll it in a way that makes sixes (or any number) come up more frequently? Would it be obvious if someone was doing it?
posted by Cannon Fodder on Jun 14, 2013 - 17 answers

Does an addn'l simple calculation on a random number alter randomness?

Does an additional, simple calculation (add one, for instance) of a genuinely random number, if applied to all results, affect the integrity of the result's randomness? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Apr 18, 2013 - 33 answers

How to solve a complex statistics problem with a script?

In this game, you roll a number of six-sided dice to get a total. The total is either the highest single die result, or the sum of any multiples rolled, whichever is higher. For example: If I roll three dice and get a 3, 4, and 6, my total is 6. But if I roll a 4, 4, and 6, my total is 8, the sum of the two 4s. What I want to find out is the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation of the possible totals given N dice. How might I create a simple script to compute this? [more inside]
posted by j0hnpaul on Nov 30, 2012 - 24 answers

Those bones ain't legal!

How many numbers do you need to see on the face of a D20 before you know it's a legal die? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Nov 29, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I calculate the probability of a specific sum of repeated die rolls?

I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself. [more inside]
posted by Richard Daly on Sep 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Unique RPG Dice please!

Help me find unique dice! [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Aug 28, 2012 - 8 answers

I need dice dammit!

I need to buy/obtain at least one set of polyhedral dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20 (pos d00)) by Wednesday morning (6th June BST). Problem: I will be travelling to London Tuesday morning (5th June), and it's a public holiday, so not many shops, especially specialist gaming shops, will be open. Is there an online shop that will deliver in less than 24 hours, or will there be an IRL shop open in London on Tuesday? Thanks!
posted by Petrot on Jun 4, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm looking for some unusual dice for my boyfriend's birthday.

Where can I find or have made 6-sided dice with one color for 1-2 and another for 3-6? [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on May 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me make planet dice.

Is there an easy way to map a sphere onto a dodecahedron? I'm playing with the idea of generating "planet dice." [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Mar 19, 2012 - 11 answers

ID for evolution-themed '80s board game

Half-remembered board game ID question: In the mid-'90s, my family was visiting some friends who owned a strange board game involving evolution, species, a hexagonal grid, and lots and lots of dice. What was it? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on May 23, 2011 - 7 answers

My dice say sixteen (wink, wink).

Seeking directions for 4-2-1 (421) dice game. [more inside]
posted by letahl on May 1, 2011 - 1 answer

100+ dice

Are there any fun games that are played with a lot of dice at one time? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 11, 2011 - 15 answers

It shouldn't be this hard to find d6s.

Di(c)eFilter. I need help finding old dice! [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Feb 14, 2011 - 20 answers

large tray, small compartments

Where can I find plastic storage trays with a large (50ish) number of small (about 1 cubic inch, or a cube of about 16 ccs if you roll that way) compartments? [more inside]
posted by Zed on Jan 25, 2011 - 19 answers

Straightforward Dice Probability

Please refresh my memory with regard to a straightforward question of fair dice and probability. [more inside]
posted by Justinian on Jan 20, 2011 - 14 answers

What Are the Odds?

Help me calculate the odds of this series of dice rolls. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Nov 23, 2010 - 33 answers

Help me learn to figure out dice probability for games

Help me teach myself enough about probability to properly balance the board game I want to design. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Aug 9, 2010 - 3 answers

CAD files for polyhedral dice

Does anyone know where I can find some CAD files of polyhedral dice? I would prefer if the little numbers where already etched into them if possible. Any 3d format would work if I can convert them.
posted by Bonzai on Dec 24, 2009 - 6 answers

What are the odds?

I'm rolling 5 dice. I win if I roll two 1's, one 2, or one 3. What are my odds of winning, expressed as a percentage? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Dec 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Buying odd dice in bulk

Where would I purchase dice in bulk? Not just six-sided dice you'd find in Risk or Monopoly, but tetraherdral (4-sided, pyramid) or dodecahedral (12-sided, cries itself to sleep)? [more inside]
posted by Mozai on Nov 9, 2009 - 7 answers

roll of the dice

Have you ever posted a job listing to dice.com? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce on Oct 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Help find a matching D20!

My boyfriend has been looking for a while to find a D20 to match the rest of his dice. You can see a picture of the matchy ones and the offending, not-quite-matchy 20 here. When we first got the set he just picked them all out of a little jar on the store counter. When he asked about getting a matching 20, the lady working there said Chessex wasn't making them any more. We've of course done some looking around on the 'net, but without even knowing the name of the style, it's been tough. Thanks!
posted by kavasa on Sep 6, 2009 - 11 answers

What are the chances of spinning a Yahtzee on the first roll?

What are the chances of spinning a Yahtzee on the first roll? [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt on Aug 17, 2009 - 21 answers

Too many versions of Liar's Dice!

When you play Liar's Dice, how do you play? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Jun 29, 2009 - 21 answers

Dice games with other than d6 dice?

I just picked up a rare d5 and d7 to augment my rpg dice collection. I want to use them, but for more than just table-top rpgs. Are there any dice games that are played with more than just d6 dice?
posted by hpliferaft on May 30, 2009 - 13 answers

What is a good sample size for determining whether dice are truly random?

How many times would I have to roll a standard 6-sided die to get a statistically representative view of whether it was truly random or not? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Apr 30, 2008 - 8 answers

complex dice probability make head esplode

I need a tool to help me analyze the probability of certain events occurring regarding a pool of X dice for a game I am creating. See my examples below. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Dec 21, 2007 - 7 answers

I need help finding a really nice set of dice for playing D&D

D&DFilter: I want to buy my girlfriend a very nice set of dice for her to use when she plays D&D. But I don't know what kinds of dice she needs, nor do I know what separates nice dice from very nice dice. [more inside]
posted by paulus andronicus on Nov 26, 2007 - 31 answers

Identify this dice game (+ German regional word variation)

Do you know the dice game that goes by the names "10000", "dadi a mano" or "nusht"? My friend learned it from his Canadian Mennonite family and said that nusht is low German for "nicht." Anyway, I digress. Do you know the game? What do you call it? Do your rules vary?
posted by billtron on Jul 31, 2007 - 16 answers

They cast them alright, but how?

In historical fiction (movies or books), if people in places of ill repute or just in the pub are "playing dice", usually for money, which game(s) exactly are they playing and how could I find out how to play them myself?
posted by Skyanth on Jul 30, 2007 - 10 answers

Suggestion for best offline role-playing game?

Suggestion for best offline role-playing game? [more inside]
posted by It ain't over yet on Apr 22, 2006 - 23 answers

What is the origin and significance of furry dice?

What is the origin and significance of furry dice (or fuzzy dice), which some motorists hang from their rear-view mirror?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 27, 2006 - 5 answers

What are the odds? Craps vs. Blackjack

Which game has better odds: Craps or Blackjack and why?
posted by srboisvert on Sep 23, 2004 - 16 answers

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