I've always been fascinated with metal dice. I suppose I just love the way they look and the weighty feel of the dice in my hand. Back in the old days (1980's, I'm looking at you!), we didn't have a lot of options when it came to game dice, and it'd take an entire generation until metal dice became readily available for the tabletop.
D100 Monster Metal Dice
So this brings me to this week's new product blog post where I discuss the newest addition to the Dark Elf Dice catalog: D100 Monster Metal Dice. In regards to these one hundred-sided dice, all I can say is "Whoa!" These d100s are freaky huge and each one weighs 14.8 ounces -- that's almost one pound of solid metal.
When I saw the d100 prototypes in person, and was able to handle the dice for the first time, I honestly laughed out loud. I've been involved in the dice business for years, but I'd never seen anything quite so massive. The dice are flat-out gorgeous, but what struck me was how heavy they were -- 3X heavier than our Giant D20 Kickstarter dice. Seriously, these metal d100 dice should not be rolled on a glass tabletop or dropped on your foot. Doing so will give a new meaning to "critical hit."
Are D100 Dice Even Practical?
For collectors, Monster Metal d100 dice meet all the criteria for coolness: they're big, beautiful, and look absolutely stunning on a display shelf or desktop. For gamers though, are these one hundred-sided dice even practical for use in a tabletop campaign?
Before I say anything else, let me clarify that gamers don't need d100 dice to play D&D, Pathfinder, or your tabletop roleplaying game of choice. If you need to generate a random number between 1 and 100, a traditional RPG dice set has a ten and a percentile die to do the dirty work for you. That said, if you're looking for something completely different (and want a "Wow!" factor on game night), bring out one of these bad boys every time a player needs to make a roll on a critical hit or fumble chart. Rolling almost one pound of metal to determine a character's fate? Yeah, it's going to be epic :)
Longtime fans of Dark Elf Dice may have noticed that we've been launching a lot of new products lately. We actually have a huge backlog of dice and accessories just waiting to hit the website. The Monster Metal d100 dice are just the beginning of this month's new releases, so stay tuned for more awesome stuff.
Until next time fellow travelers! Keep gaming and keep having fun.