Dice makers usually sell a simple set of matched dice that include one the following dice: the d4 (a pyramid), the d6 (standard cube), the d8 (diamond-shaped), the d10 (kind of diamond-shaped), the d12 (built with a bunch of stop signs) and the d20 (the one with the most sides).
But this one-of-each thing is not the ideal grouping. Even the more modern set that includes two d10s (a 1 to 10 die and a count-by-10s dice) isn’t too helpful, especially for Dungeons & Dragons players.
- Two D4s (counts by 1s)
- Two D4s (Non-diamond shape, counts 2 through 5)
- Four D6s
- Two D8s
- One D10
- Another D10 (counts by 10s)
- One D12
- Two D20s
That’s a total of 15 matching dice for each set. But why these dice? Why so many?
- Two D4s (counts by 1s): Two to account for some weapon damages and a few spell damages.
- Two D4s (Non-diamond shape, counts 2 through 5): For easy Magic Missile attacks
- Four D6s: To help with rolling character stats
- Two D8s: For those awesome two-handed fighter weapons. Also helpful during healing sessions!
- One D10: Weapons and part of percentile dice.
- Another D10 (counts by 10s): The important half of the percentile dice pair.
- One D12: No one uses the D12, but we’ll put it in here just in case. Well there is one thing to do with D12s.
- Two D20s: Two for those lucky opportunities where your character gets to make two attacks in one round.
With this kind of dice arsenal, the Dungeon Master, the players and everyone in-between will be completely prepared for battling trolls, rousting ghouls, stealing treasure and saving villages from certain doom.