Like most collectors you have to be of a somewhat obsessive/compulsive
nature ... one day I found that I had more dice than anyone I had ever
heard of so I started searching ... After 2 years of extensive
internet and library searching I only turned up two "rumors" of larger
collections ... one was destroyed in the October 17, 1989 San Francisco
earthquake ... the other I have yet to find info on ...
Through my research I heard that the largest to date was somewhere
around 5000 pairs (casino dice) ... I felt that this was an attainable
I have since found it was much harder than I thought it
would be .... Guinness has very stringent rules for collectors so
I had to cull many duplicates ...
How it all started ... and continues ...
I suppose the
collection started in 1977 when I
first played Dungeons and Dragons ... as any gamer knows ... you have
to HAVE to have at least one set of dice ... but many like myself had
several sets ... Here are several of my first dice ...
They were all Gamescience dice ... Why aren't there any
d6 or d10's? The d6's were lost to time ... there weren't any d10's
... they came later ... So how did we roll percentile dice? ... notice
that the d20 is numbered 0-9 two times ... you picked a die to be the
'10's' dice and just rolled ...
I had the cheap dice that came with the second D&D boxed set ...
but I never used them ... so they just sat in my dice bag unwanted
until I started recording what dice I owned ... then they became
Sometime between 1977 and 1980 ... I got my first set of Armory dice
... I wondered what the 'A' meant ... later on Lou Zocchi (Of
Gamescience) told me that they were first generation Armory dice ...
In 1981 I was visiting pawn shops in search of dice when I came across
an old shoe box full of dice ... it contained many crystallized dice
which disintegrated on examination ... and some bone dice ... the
collection didn't increase much because most of the dice fell apart ...
but it got me into the mindset for collecting
From 1981 until October of 1998 my primary source for dice was from
gaming shops ...
Dutch Door Hobby Shop in Columbia, South Carolina
(USA) ... Green
Enterprise 1701 (now Sci-Fi City) ...
Boardwalk & Park Place (now out of business) ...
Games & Hobbies (now out of business) ...
In October of 1998 I discovered ... My inventory
was around 4000 at the time excluding
duplicates ... From 1998 to the present about 80% of my dice are
via using the
following search ...
Some time around August of 1999 I discovered The
Dice Maniacs Club ... I was very
to find another dedicated collector ... Dr. Alexander Simkin (the
of the club) ... Later that year I made a trip to London and had the
of actually meeting this fine gentleman ... We had a couple of
to prowl the streets of London in search of new dice ...
In 2005 ... Chessex Manufacturing introduced to the world ... laser engraved dice ... which opened up an entire new genre for dice: easy ... fast customization Not long after many other companies started providing this kind of service
In 2011 ... the first Kickstarter campaigns including custom dice were offered which allowed inventors / artists / game designers to publically fund their projects
<< Story still under construction >>
housing of the dice
1981 Various fishing tackle boxes
1981 - 1983 Velour bag made from an
old shirt ...
my gaming group used to call it the Bowling Ball as when
full it resembled one
1983 - 1988 A small two door
cabinet with a handle on the top ...
The cabinet had velour lined trays that were similar in form and
function to the tackle boxes ...
just larger and more customized to my needs
1988 - 1995 A small velour lined chest with the same interior dimensions as the
just deeper with more trays ... sometime during this period I added a
1995 - Present HERE
is the most recent photos of the storage ...
About 1995 I realized that I was a serious
and decided to try to 'house' and catalog the dice ... so Rubbermaid
came into use