Despite what you might read elsewhere on the internet, there’s really only one piece of equipment you need to get started playing Dungeons & Dragons: a set of dice. (Everything else can be done digitally on D&D Beyond.) But gosh, there seem to be a lot of dice out there nowadays… how do you choose your first dice for D&D? And does it even matter?
To be completely frank? No – your first D&D dice don’t matter. My first set came as part of the D&D Essentials Kit, and worked perfectly fine to get me started playing. (Now, a few campaigns and a year in, I have four full sets and a variety of other d20s that I play with. Buying dice can be addicting!)
All that said, as long as you have the right dice (more on that below), you can play. But as you get into D&D, you’ll probably soon want a special set of dice. If you know you want to get a set of dice to start playing D&D, here are some factors to consider when picking your first D&D dice.
Know the Dice You Need
D&D uses a variety of polyhedral dice, including d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and d20. Each die has a specific number of sides (names correspond to numbers), and they are used for different purposes.
For example, the d20 is often used for determining success in combat and skill checks, while the d6 is more commonly used for determining damage… however, some characters use the d4, d8, d10, or d12 for damage.
For this reason, you need a full set of six dice to start playing D&D; some dice sets also come with dice to help determine probability (an additional d10 with double-digit numbers you can add to your d10 to create numbers up to 100).
In any case, you probably need a dice set with at least the six common dice, and if it has that seventh d10, you’ll be more than set.
Choose Your Style
Dice come in various styles, including solid colors, translucent, speckled, marbled, and more. Some even have unique designs or patterns, are made with different cores, use special fonts, or are customized for different races or classes within the game.
Choosing a style that appeals to you can help make the game more fun and personalized.
Consider the Material
Dice are made of different materials, such as plastic, metal, stone, and wood. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Plastic dice are the most common and affordable, while metal dice are more durable but more expensive. Stone and wood dice are also durable and have a unique feel, but they are also the most expensive.
Choosing a material that suits your preferences and budget is important.
Honestly, for your first dice set for D&D, I’d choose a nice, simple, legible plastic set.
Check the Quality
When choosing dice, ensure that they are of good quality. Look for dice that are evenly balanced and have clear, easy-to-read numbers. Test the dice by rolling them a few times to ensure they roll well; look for dice that are evenly balanced, meaning each side has an equal chance of landing face up.
Additionally, clear and easy-to-read numbers are important. Testing the dice by rolling them a few times can help you determine if they are well-balanced and fair.
Choosing dice is all about the feel in your hand, and having a few test rolls. A lot of people focus on the aesthetic of the dice, but you can have the prettiest dice in the world that still roll like crap. Luck is still a factor, but choose what feels best for you. – Randy,
Consider the Price
As already mentioned, the price of dice can vary greatly depending on the style, material, and quality. Also mentioned is that you should choose a set of dice that fits in your budget. While you might be tempted to get a $50 set on Amazon, for your first dice for D&D, you should consider how much you are willing to spend on your first set of dice. As a beginner, you may want to start with a more affordable set and upgrade later.
However, if you find a set you really love that is outside your budget, it may be worth splurging for the perfect set. Or, add them to a wishlist for the next holiday when people need to buy you gifts – D&D gifts are a great option, and one that my husband loves to fall back on to give me something he knows I’ll love.
Remember that choosing your first set of dice is a fun and exciting experience. Don’t be afraid to choose a set that speaks to your personality or your character’s personality; it’s not uncommon for players to have a set of dice for every character they’ve played, for this reason.
No matter which dice you choose as your first set, D&D is all about imagination and creativity – let your personality shine through when choosing your dice.
The dice should call to you. When you walk away from them you should feel yourself being drawn back to them. – Garrett,
Where to Buy Your First Dice for D&D
When it comes to buying your first set of dice for Dungeons & Dragons, you have lots of options. Here are a few places you can look:
- Local Gaming or Hobby Stores: One of the best places to find dice is your local gaming or hobby store. These stores often have a wide selection of dice, including different styles, materials, and colors. Plus, you can often ask the staff for advice on which dice to choose for your character.
- Online Retailers: If you don’t have a local gaming store nearby, or if you prefer shopping online, there are many online retailers that sell dice. Some popular options include Amazon, Etsy, and websites dedicated to selling dice specifically. However, keep in mind you won’t be able to follow Randy’s advice and give your dice a roll before buying.
- Gaming Conventions: If you’re attending a gaming convention, you’ll likely find vendors selling dice. This can be a great opportunity to see and touch different dice before making a purchase. Plus, you may find unique or rare dice that aren’t available elsewhere.
- Kickstarter Campaigns: There are often Kickstarter campaigns for new sets of dice or unique designs. Supporting a Kickstarter campaign can be a great way to get a unique set of dice while supporting independent creators.
Ultimately, where you buy your dice will depend on your preferences and what is available in your area. Consider checking out multiple options to find the best selection and prices. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask other D&D players for advice on where they buy their dice.
With a world of dice to choose from, the world is your oyster – but don’t forget this is just your first set of dice for D&D. You’ll have lots more opportunities to spend plenty of money on dice sets in the future!
Have any questions about choosing your first dice for D&D? Let me know in the comments below!