|The last of my original Moldvay Basic Set dice.|
After playing for a bit, I began to feel like something was missing. Then it hit me. In the 32 years since I first bought my Basic Set, the color on the dice had worn off. I was suddenly assaulted with a wave of nostalgia as I remembered coloring in the numbers on those funny shaped dice so long ago. I now had a mission. Though the dice worked perfectly well without the numbers colored in, I had to stop my practice combat rounds until I could rectify the situation.
Easier said than done. I had no crayons around the house. None at all! Though I now have a 14 month old little boy, it's a bit early for crayons and there was certainly no reason to keep them around before. So off to the store I went in search of crayons. Of course, one cannot buy just a white crayon so I am now the proud owner of a box of Crayolas. Filling in the numbers was certainly easier than finding a white crayon. I don't remember the process making such a mess the first time I did it though. Then again, I'm sure I wasn't concerned with making a mess back then. Mom would clean up after me. I didn't want to try that with the current woman in my life so I wisely swept up the white residue before getting back to combat.
|Breathing new life into the Moldvay dice.|
Amongst the few things I kept during the great RPG purge of '88 were my dice. Why I did so is beyond me. Through the years I have obviously lost a few here and there but for the most part, I've still got a good sized collection of old dice. As I mentioned earlier, the four shown above are from my original set in 1982. The others would have been purchased during the next six years of playing. They are "newer" but not by much. I'm glad I kept them. I plan to color the rest in as well.
I can't help but wonder though...considering the condition of these old dice, do they still roll true? Is there a method to determine if a die is truly random?
|Twenty-five dice older than a twenty-five year old player.|
As the photo below may suggest, I think I have a problem. Even though I haven't played D&D in over twenty years, I started buying dice occasionally in anticipation of returning to the game. I still haven't played a game but I have plenty of dice for whenever I do. The current count is 259 roleplaying dice. That number does not include the multitude of six sided dice I use for wargaming. Yes, I have a problem!
The good news is that I plan on returning to DMing in the not so distant future. I'll have more than enough dice to provide to the new players I hope to create on my little island where I live.
Let's close this post with a few questions:
* Do you still have your original dice?
* Any special stories associated with that first dice set?
* Would a modern day DM allow me to bring such old ratty dice to the table?
* How many dice do you have?
* Can a player have too many dice?
* Are DMs expected to provide new players with dice?
I look forward to your comments and stories. As always, thanks for reading!