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Pt314
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I am wondering, what is the best way to make lots of custom dice? Should I search out blank dice and draw on them individually?

I am planning on having the numbers 0-5 instead of 1-6 along with the numbers 0-3 on each edge of each face, and a color and symbol.

prophx
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Would adhesive labels work better instead of writing on the die by printing a sheet of sides that you could cut with a razor and apply? I don't think the depressions of the die numbers would cause any problems for quite some time. If you have alot of blank die handy that would be even better. A plus for doing this also is that if you need to change the numbering or whatever the labels should come off easily and if they don't you can always put a new one over it. I think I would do this before writing on die just for the fact that you can make it look more professional for playtesting or just showing your friends.

Pt314
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Thats a good idea, I was planing on drawing my playing cards on the computer also. What would be a good way to keep the labels stuck on the dice though?

prophx
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I buy mailing label sheets (which have adhesive already on them that you peel from backing) at any office supply store or Walmart or whatever... I've seen whole sheets that aren't precut for labels, but if you can't find that you may just have to deal with some scrap if it prints over a cut. They come in handy for alot of things since they can be applied to almost any surface.

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Are you looking at prototype or publication level quality? If you are just looking for protoype stickers should work. I use mailing labels on some of my german card games to make English cards for my freinds. As long as you shuffle gently they stick really fine. So as long as you roll with care mailing labels should stick to blank dice.

As for actual blank dice, I bought some 3/4 inch wooden cubes at a craft store and was using them for a bit. They just have sharp edges instead of rounded ones of actual dice. And I dont know how well wood and stickers like each other.

A thought going back to the mailing labels. If you do go this way make sure you print your labels smaller than the face of the dice you are using. If you try to print all the way to the edge, it is really hard to get the stickers to center right. If you happen to have a good way of cutting a circle of about the right size, you might also help reduce the 'peel-up' corners that will happen with square cutouts.

phpbbadmin
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In the past I have purchased blank die and then printed the faces on clear adhesive sheets, cut them out and then applied them to the die. Another option is to create paper die with your favorite desktop publishing program and then apply them to a template such as the sparks template:

Sparks blank six sided die

The paper dice are great for playtesting until you need a 'more permanent' solution.

-Darke

Pt314
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Thanks for the help. I will probably use Sparks template for 6-sided die.

I will be looking around in local craft stores for blank dice/cubes, along with blank stickers, and the other stuff all of you have suggested.

phpbbadmin
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Believe it or not, the best place to find blank dice is at any local teacher supply store. This is also a good place to buy pawns and other generic components for games.

-Darke

Anonymous
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i found a great site for blank dices. U can buy for like less then a dollor(.40 cents i think) for 6 dices.

second one
:P
http://www.unclesgames.com/default.php/cPath/1_20_25

u think u can pick wut color from the 6. :D

FastLearner
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What language are you writing in?

The dice are $.40 each. They're Koplow's standard blanks, so they'll be good quality.

Pt314
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Thanks. That site will be very useful.

I wonder if they have a limit on how many you can buy.

FastLearner
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Yes, on that page it shows that they have 72 remaining in stock (but it doesn't indicate how many of each color).

I recommend contacting any local game store that sells dice, especially for D&D. They can easily order the same blank dice from Koplow (tell them that's the manufacturer) in any specific colors you want. You can figure out the item numbers by going to Koplow's site:

http://www.koplowgames.com

Then click on Catalog, and then check out pages 18 and 24.

Page 18 has what they call "counting cubes," which are really just blank six-sided dice.

Page 24 has blank dice of every type, and they come with little stickers for putting on the faces if you want.

nickdanger
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A tip which may be of some help....
Buffy the Vampire Slayer games could be picked up for a song not too long ago. Inside is a decent cache of blank dice that come with stickers to put on. The real great thing about the dice is they have recessed faces which allow you to put your own stickers on them without any problem at all. The finished product is extremely nice looking.

Plus they come in assorted colors.

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