GW Grognard: Weighty Rolls

Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to talk about dice and the weight they carry.

I have a lot of dice, as many of you should as well. I actually like dice with symbols on them and they better be on the six. No other symbols should be on there. Thankfully Games Workshop seems to be moving away from dice with weird symbols, shapes, and pips, but I think they sometimes still put more than one type of symbol on the die so they are not there yet. Recently I had gotten some metal dice. I had not tried them before as the weight seemed a bit off but I wanted to give them a try and see why some people may use them. So far I like them and will probably get some more in the future. In the mean time, here are ways that they seem better than the dice people normally use.

Stay Together

When watching or playing a game one of my pet peeves, from the many that I do have, is that the dice sometimes go flying all over the place. If when someone brings a dice tray, the dice can still go flying out of the tray and sometimes even off of the table. This can make it difficult to watch a game online as the dice end up all over the table top. The heavy dice have such weight that you really have to put some force behind them in order to get the same effect with normal dice. Keeping the dice you roll close by makes it easier to keep track of the dice and hopefully you don’t waste that precious clock time looking for dice on the floor.

Staying in Place

There are a lot of armies that have multi-wound models. Many players have little dials in order to keep track of the number of wounds on these models but many players use dice also. The metal dice have such weight that it can make it harder to knock the dice over, which happens a lot in games. If you are using metal dice to keep track of wounds it should be easier to keep track and no longer wonder how many wounds a model has left after moving it. If you only use your metal dice for wounds, you will also know when you picked up a wound marker by mistake since they will have more heft than the normal dice that you use.

Knocking Over Models

Okay, this last benefit is probably one I shouldn’t talk about but then there are a lot of things I probably shouldn’t talk about. As a last resort, when your army’s back is up against the wall, the metal dice can help knock over models. By mistake, of course. If you roll it right you can easily make your opponent wary of your rolls and hope that they don’t knock over their models. While they are busy worrying about this you can easily take control of the game and pull out a victory from the jaws of defeat. In fact you can even start this ploy from the get go. I am sure your opponents have their armies insured so it shouldn’t be a problem. You may end up not having people to play against after a while but then who needs friends, right?

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About Adam

Adam, aka Latin Gandalf, has been gaming since the early eighties and has played 40K since Rogue Trader (among a number of other games). He listens to more podcasts than any healthy person should and is currently the host for TFG Radio. He also is judges for LVO and head judges other major 40K Grand Tournaments.
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