Sunday, February 18, 2018

TSR Dice: Moldvay Basic has diagrams for identifying dice manufacturers. The diagrams are partial dice nets—they show the digits on the faces adjacent to face with the highest digit. The orientation of the digits on the faces is also significant. Even though the diagrams don't describe all the faces, they often narrow down the possibilities to a single manufacturer.

The problem with partial dice nets is they require having the die in hand. To make it easier to identify dice in photos, I thought it would be nice to make some complete dice nets available.

My first set of dice nets are for the dice which came with the Dungeons & Dragons Basic set edited by Tom Moldvay. The copyright on the rulebook is 1980, but the product wasn't announced in Dragon Magazine until August 1981. There were four identifiable printings of this box set. I have the 3rd and 4th printings. Both came with a set of the light blue dice pictured above. The dice came sealed in plastic with a white crayon.

My apologies there is no dice net for the d10.

Update: d10 dice net courtesy of Scott Sturm: