Don't lose those Dice!
Rod Taylor
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Custom dice - The one component I truly fear losing (or wearing out) in any game.

I've listed the custom-dice games in my current collection, feel free to add more (and any dice-loss horror stories)...
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1. Board Game: Runebound (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3324]
Rod Taylor
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Sydney
NSW
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Ah, those Runebound terrain dice. Nice idea, but how I tremble at the thought of replacing one...
 
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2. Board Game: Quest for the Dragonlords [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:14667]
Rod Taylor
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The Crystal Die. Easy enough to make another if it's lost, but I wish it was engraved instaed of just printed. I feel like I need to wear cotton gloves just to touch it.
 
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3. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:312]
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Nicely made dice, engraved so they will wear well... but losing one would hurt. A lot.
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4. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:929]
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See other FFG game above....
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5. Board Game: Space Hulk [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:491]
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Dice in the pic look normal right? Yeah, well 2nd edition ditched the standard d6s and replaced them with Hit/Miss dice and Jam dice... It wasn't necessary.
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6. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:122] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
Eric Franklin
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Milton
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Memoir '44 also has Custom Dice. So do its siblings ...
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7. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:710]
Eric Franklin
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Milton
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THIS one is Battle Cry, which has custom dice.
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8. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:109]
Eric Franklin
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... Commands and Colors: Ancients
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9. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1190]
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Mystery of the Abbey has two custom dice which are really only rolled at the beginning of the game.
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10. Board Game: Groo: The Game [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3580]
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Groo: The Game uses dice to provide resources.
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11. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:642]
Eric Franklin
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Formula De uses custom polyhedral dice for the various gears (first gear is a 4-sided die numbered 1-1-2-2, for example)
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12. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:467]
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The dice in "Betrayal" are numbered "Blank" 1 and 2.
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13. Board Game: Mission Command Air [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:11741]
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There are two different sets of custom dice in this one.
 
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14. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:635]
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Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit has a handful of custom dice to use.
 
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15. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:95]
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War of the Ring has different dice for each side, and both sets are custom to the game.
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16. Board Game: Dragonland [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3249]
Dave Shapiro
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These are special d6 that max out at "4".
 
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17. Board Game: Nin-Gonost [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:11866]
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18. Board Game: Peg Poker [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:13135]
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White Plains
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Peg Poker has 13 four-sided dice that together show all 52 standard cards (Ace-King in all four suits).
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19. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:458]
Brian Morris
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Let us not forget the train die in Fury of Dracula. Roll the X and it's time for the full body cavily search.
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20. Board Game: Proteus [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:5127]
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These are my most precious custom dice at the moment. SJ doesn't reprint games (I like) when the stocks run out.

In general, I don't like those dice from people like Flying Buffalo that are mearly printed rather than engraved. They definately suffer from excessive play.

I suppose proxy dice can be made with markers on blank Chessex dice or Gamescience's dice blanks.

If worse comes to worst, I could just make a table to use with ordinary dice. That's worked for years and years.
 
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21. Board Game: Cosmic Wimpout [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:4909]
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The classic hippy dice game. Again, unique to this list. The dice really ARE the game. You can add a scoring board, if you like, but you don't have to. Cool, inexpensive, and a nice little take-anywhere game. Get one!
 
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22. Board Game: Railroad Dice [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4441]
Curt Carpenter
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Heard the 2nd edition was much better. After the 1st edition, I'm a bit risk averse. Cool concept though.
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23. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:296] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Haven't played in a long time. But I remember combat dice, and... was there another too? My son has thoroughly scattered my set. soblue
 
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24. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:841]
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Custom dice here too
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25. Board Game: Easy Come, Easy Go [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:7152]
Robert Cannon
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The dice are numbered 0-5. In my copy, the one of the dice as not colored quite right but a careful application of a sharpie helped.

For a dice game, it curious that the dice are the weakest component. They are not awful, but they seem a bit small for the game. I would love to replace them with larger dice but finding dice numbered 0-5 would probably be next to impossible.

The other components are great.
 
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