Dice in the old D&D starter boxes?

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Re: Dice in the old D&D starter boxes?

Postby whitebeard » Friday January 27th, 2017 11:36am

I bought this box in ~1990. It came with newer dice.

Orange red D20 & D8
Light green D12
Dark green D10
Black D6 & D4

At this point, I don't think they were doing anything consistent with the colors. But the font on the dice is what you want to match. TSR used a decimal point nexto to the 6 and 9 to distinguish these.


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Re: Dice in the old D&D starter boxes?

Postby Goblin-King » Friday January 27th, 2017 1:05pm

Well... The point of this question is that I want to get a set of dice specifically for D&D.
I thought it would be cool to go retro and get a set matching the original box. But it seems this doesn't quite make sense.

Thanks for the input though :)


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Re: Dice in the old D&D starter boxes?

Postby Big Bene » Friday January 27th, 2017 3:18pm

I remember a light blue and an orange. Also a yellow, I think. No bright colors, all of them rather on the pastel side. And the plastic was weird, too.
Have a look ;)


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Re: Dice in the old D&D starter boxes?

Postby clmckay » Friday January 27th, 2017 3:48pm

I can't swear my memory is correct, but I think a box I got in the early 90's had a separate small plastic tray/container in the box with a generic white crayon. The dice were a dark blue. As mentioned, with the small dot to denote the 6/9.


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Re: Dice in the old D&D starter boxes?

Postby Goblin-King » Friday January 27th, 2017 4:03pm

It seems these ugly *fragglers* were the first differently colored dice D&D players used. Urgh! Look at those sharp edges! What kind of company would produce dice like that? OOOOOOOH! :twisted:
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Doesn't even have a D10 :roll:

Moving the topic slightly along... Where does the iconic RED D20 come from?


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Re: Dice in the old D&D starter boxes?

Postby whitebeard » Friday January 27th, 2017 9:25pm

Goblin-King wrote:It seems these ugly *fragglers* were the first differently colored dice D&D players used. Urgh! Look at those sharp edges! What kind of company would produce dice like that? OOOOOOOH! :twisted:


GamesWorkshop apparently! :o


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Re: Dice in the old D&D starter boxes?

Postby Big Bene » Saturday January 28th, 2017 6:19am

These come very close in look.
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Re: Dice in the old D&D starter boxes?

Postby Decipher » Friday July 7th, 2017 6:35am

Kind of an old thread, but I still have mine also. Mine are quite different than I remember everyone else having. I remember everyone having the plastic one like Big Bene posted in his link. Mine were packaged with the 1981/1982 red starter box by my old friend Frank Mentzer revised, but the dice themselves are transparent orange plastic. I have them still to this day in a closet somewhere. I might dig them out and post a pic. I remember I also had a blue or black crayon but have since lost it. I ended up using the ink from a black Bic ink pen to fill in the numbers. I always liked how the old plastic dice rolled. They felt great and I personally prefer them over the newer acrylic dice any day.

Oh its a treasure hunt, I gotta find those dice now.

Did anyone ever get a clear set with their box set?


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