The thing about most gamebooks is that in order to play them you’ll likely need a pencil, paper, an eraser and… dice. Some books, like the new editions of the Fighting Fantasy series have dice roll results printed in their pages so you can open the book randomly and use them when a throw is needed. Still, throwing dice is more fun and some people (like me :p) actually like to collect them.
If you’re starting your collection or simply want lots of different dice without paying much for them, you have the option of acquiring a Chessex Pound O’ Dice. This is a bag of assorted dice. According to the official description, the bag comes with about 100 dice (6, 8, 10, 12, 20 & 30-sided) and all are factory seconds (dice with small defects). In addition, inside the bag there’s an envelope with a complete polyhedral speckled dice set, which only can be acquired with these bags.
Upon first inspection of the dice I got, I couldn’t find any unusable dice and found only minor flaws or none at all. The most curious flaw were two D6 dice missing the pip in the ‘1’ face.
I didn’t get any complete set other than the one in the envelope and got 80 dice (not as many as I’d have expected) distributed thus:
- 4X D4
- 13x D6 with pips
- 7x D6 with numerals
- 4x D8
- 11x D10 (0 to 9)
- 5x D10 (00 to 90)
- 16x D12
- 30x D20
I didn’t get any D30 dice. I don’t need any anyway, but I was curious to see what they look like.
As expected, the envelope contained a complete set of red speckled dice and I observed no flaws in these.
All in all I’m pretty happy with my new dice and it’s always fun to play with different dice each day and to try to complete each set in time.