Steel Dice
Steel Dice

Ahh, steel dice. They are the badasses of dice-kind. They trash their way through dice bags and wooden tables with equal disdain, and if you’ve ever had the misfortune to step on a mere plastic dice in the dark, then you would do well to fear the same from a tiny chunk of solid metal!! I know of many a DM who have banned players from using steel dice in order to preserve their tables, the finish on their floors, the player’s feet, and the noggins of any pets in the home.

But they look SO COOL. I mean – STEEL dice! STEEL!!

That being said, if I ever invest in a really fancy set of dice, I think I’ll go for something a little less deadly. Bone, maybe, or malachite, because I know that eventually, one of those suckers is going to end up right in the pad of my foot!

News: Posted January 19th, 2011 by Alina

^ 43 Comments to “Steel Dice”

  1. Asherian Says:

    Honestly if your worried about foot pain I’d avoid the stone dice. I found metal were much nicer to step on, less sharp. At least, I found my tigers eye dice hurt significantly more when stepped on.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 2:16 am
  2. Snowfire Says:

    I make chainmail dice bags, so there is no chance of one of those being thrashed by steel dice. Plus if the bag is heavy enough, you can always use it to change the DM’s mind when you start swinging it around.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 2:34 am
  3. Ryu-Chan Says:

    MY question is… what numbers did he actually roll? I’m blind, I can’t seeee…. lol

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 3:04 am
  4. Piratical Says:

    Speaking from experience, you don’t want to go for malachite dice. ): They’re too fragile, and even with almost no use and keeping them in a separate padded bag I wound up having to glue my d4 back together.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 3:07 am
  5. Saigan Says:

    Jade dice are always quite nice.
    My least favourite have to be the oversized plastic ones.. somehow always manage to knock over everything on the table when someone rolls a set of those.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 3:07 am
  6. Jordan Says:

    Aluminum dice might be a decent compromise. Still shiny and metallic, but a lot less dense.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 3:27 am
  7. Bo Lindbergh Says:

    Does anyone make hollow steel dice?

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 3:33 am
  8. Damien Sim Says:

    I’m a sucker for stainless steel 😀 Even though I don’t play any dice based RPGs, I think the concept of stainless steel dice are super cool!! Aluminum dice would probably be dinged out of shape with heavy use.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 3:54 am
  9. David in SF Says:

    I use mini steel dice! Not too heavy then and not nearly as much damage! and oh so fun to roll!

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 4:07 am
  10. The Origami Guy Says:

    So I started playing D&D with the original box set- and the very pointy dice enclosed. After one session, I accidentally left the d4 out in the carpet, and Mom found it the next morning – the hard way.
    …I was grounded from the game for an entire year. (8 months with good behaviour)

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 4:29 am
  11. j0lt Says:

    I’ve got a nice set of obsidian dice, but they’re of the 9mm size, which makes them REALLY hard to read at a distance of more than a foot…

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 5:19 am
  12. James Says:

    I have a nice pair of the Brass dice that one of the companies that makes the steel ones puts out. And i do have to say they definately intimidate my players when i pull them out and start rolling behind the screen. A nice solid, deadly, sound to them. 😀

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 5:42 am
  13. leecat Says:

    Just a quick 4 a.m. FYI note – aluminum dice will turn your hands black!!

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 5:43 am
  14. Eureka Says:

    Dunno if advertising is permitted here so i won’t mention where i got ’em, but i’ve a set of giant foam dice (D4-D20). at least my players see my roll scores from across the table!
    (and i’ve had them LARP Certified as well! HA!)

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 7:22 am
  15. Lusiad Says:

    I got me a set of steel dice… love the feel of it and it’s just the next logical step to playing a dwarf (at least until someone puts out a set of mithral or adamant dice 😉

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 7:36 am
  16. tebunga Says:

    mine are expensive as hell but obsidian dice are beyond badass!

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am
  17. Roland Says:

    Nothing to be compared with the brown/yellow-ish colour of matured bone dice – besides ivory of course. Well, Ivory from elephant or walerus is morally indisputable, but there is also ivory from sibirian mammoth on the market.
    I happen to possess some bone dice. The flat, soul-less clicking sound of them rolling together is like an incompassionate skeleton-type Death determining your fate…
    ALEA IACTA EST.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 9:38 am
  18. Thenodrin Says:

    I have quite a few metallic dice, but I’ve lost track of them. As Alina mentioned, a lot of my friends wouldn’t let me use them for fear they would damage tables.

    I had a set of stainless steel. I had steel percentile dice, which weren’t as shiny as the stainless steel ones. A pair of brass six siders. And, a pair of lead six siders, which could leave marks on paper.

    The best thing about them is that I never had to worry about someone picking up my dice from the table and thinking they were theirs.

    Theno

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 9:50 am
  19. Arymetore Says:

    I have a pair of Amber dice d6s (no, not from the game Amber :P). Haven’t actually used them much, mainly because they are pretty and I haven’t been wanting to mess them up. Perhaps I’ll start using them with my Settlers of Catan.

    And I agree… obsidian dice sound way awesome.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 11:04 am
  20. Draco18s Says:

    I had a set of tiny copper ones for a while before I lost them.

    But yeah, metal dice scratch up table surfaces like no tomorrow.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 11:49 am
  21. James loves his big die of kathonking. He’ll sometimes roll it when he’s DMing just to scare us.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 12:09 pm
  22. Adam Says:

    Got my brother one of the epic d20’s made from mammoth ivory for a christmas present. Since it wasn’t poached, it’s allowed to be sold to the US. Looks so cool and is thoudsands of years old.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 12:57 pm
  23. Lugh Says:

    I have a huge brass d20. I have likewise been banned from using it. That makes me very sad.

    I also have two gigantic (six inch?) onyx six siders, that are intended for use as bookends. I haven’t managed to successfully roll them yet.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 1:09 pm
  24. Cordordrin Says:

    Easy answer to the steel dice problem…cardboard box?

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 2:02 pm
  25. Lord Bounty Says:

    Has anyone ever seen the Metorite Dice? I heard about a set being auctioned off at GenCon three or four years back, but I’ve never actually seen them…

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 2:07 pm
  26. William McDuff Says:

    The jade ones are pretty awesome, yep. Got the 14mm ones, but looking at the 12mms, and dreaming of the 16s, but those are pricey.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 2:42 pm
  27. Randy Says:

    I’ve never even SEEN steel dice. That’s gotta hurt…

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 3:39 pm
  28. Alexander Says:

    I just spent 20 min writing a comment and when I finally finished Opera crashed and my comment was not published. So now I will keep it short and straight to the point. I find something interesting to read on your blog every time I visit it. Respect!

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 3:49 pm
  29. Aust Says:

    Heh. I remember seeing some huge metal dice, I forget how big they were, but I was thinking about buying them just because it was a tradition to chuck dice at the group’s powergamer whenever he misbehaved, and I figured a large, steel die being chucked at his head would be more likely to deter future bad behavior than the small, plastic ones.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 4:23 pm
  30. Melvar Says:

    The geekiest of dice … An elaborate D12 labeled in Lojban from pa (1) to gai (digit C/12).

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 4:33 pm
  31. Trieo Says:

    The D4, bane of feet everywhere.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 5:46 pm
  32. Morkaisson Says:

    My gaming group banned my brass dice after I used them for a full squad of Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield Terminators. Dice did more damage than the Terminators.

    So I went out and bought some 3″ granite d6. 😀

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 6:32 pm
  33. LoZCollector Says:

    XD Oh my GODS! Dustin’s last line is just pure GOLD! Aw man, I think I did myself an injury laughing at that.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 7:42 pm
  34. Bookwyrm Says:

    There were these vendors at Glasgow WorldCon in 2005 selling dice in many different designs and sizes. These were gorgeous dice! Their table was always busy. I couldn’t afford some I really wanted, but I kept going by their table just to drool.

    I haven’t seen metal dice, and the steel sound awesome! Our gaming group could use one of the larger ones to bonk a certain player when he misbehaves. 😉

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 10:29 pm
  35. Max Says:

    I am thinking of getting Hematite ones, just because they look so cool.

    Posted January 19th, 2011 at 11:08 pm
  36. Mage Says:

    Never ever EVER roll steel dice on a glass tabletop.

    Arguments such as ‘don’t worry, the glass is really thick’ and ‘they’re not THAT heavy’ are to be ignored. The glass is never think enough and yes, they are that heavy.

    Posted January 20th, 2011 at 12:00 am
  37. proto Says:

    i bought hematite dice from thinkgeek. they’re small but they are sooooo awesome!

    Posted January 20th, 2011 at 4:47 am
  38. Simon Says:

    Steel dice… yeah, the authentic D4 caltrop…

    Posted January 20th, 2011 at 5:15 am
  39. William McDuff Says:

    Ikea in bulk? Really?

    Posted January 20th, 2011 at 7:47 am
  40. knolli Says:

    The scene just looks too familiar.
    My poor 2” steel-D20 was banned from the game, too, because our DM’s had a glass board table from IKEA that looked just like Helmut. Really!
    Did he sent you the idea for this comic?

    Posted January 20th, 2011 at 10:24 am
  41. Timber Says:

    I have a set of hand carved jade dice that break the glass ceiling of dice coolness.

    Posted January 20th, 2011 at 11:25 am
  42. tebunga Says:

    my obsidian ones are amazing obsidian is a hard volcanic glass so mine wont dent or get scratched but the points are rounde so it wont damage tabletops, other than galss which is to have absoloutly not contact with obsidian as my dice are solid and like i said obsidian is volcanic therefore harder than normal glass

    Posted January 20th, 2011 at 4:25 pm
  43. Whym Says:

    My wife was deployed to afghanistan a few years back. While she was there, she got one of the local craftsman to carve some lapis dice for me. 20mm, not the dinky little ones they sell in the states. Of course, being hand-carved, they don’t roll evenly, but hot damn they’re beautiful, and proof I married the right woman. Now if I could just get her to play. 🙂

    Posted January 21st, 2011 at 7:47 am