Ive been to gencon for the past 6 years and I think I remember when game science first showed up with their premium dice. They make great dice with sharp edges that apparently give equal access to all the numbers. The big question is, is the cost worth it? Do these translate to 40k or is this more of a problem with DD and other d20 based games?
Here is the two part video that started the discussion in the facebook group.
They're cool, don't get me wrong but he's right, they're expensive; almost twice as expensive. And secondly, they're made for role playing games so not available in 36 dice bricks like chessex. Essentially you're going to either buy the 16mm dice from game science at about 0.90$ here or at best buy 12 dice groups on amazon for $8-$18 and then have to go back to color in all your numbers with a fine paint marker or micro pen.
It's top of the line, yes, but its definitely a premium cost. If he started making bricks of 12 or 36 for a decent price (even a decent premium price) I'd be mildly interested for 40k. So far, on amazon I can only find groups of 12 of the 16mm dice for $8-18 for uninked, $21 for inked here. Not bad, really, but chessex sells their basic 16mm bricks for $4-$12.50.
I think another thing to keep in mind before the fairy dust gets too far up your skirt is that his comparison in their video was always to the DD dice, mainly d20's; where you're likely to get that egg shape that really effects the roll.
To test, I stacked 2 23 high columns of the 12mm chessex dice and did notice a small variation, which maybe matches up to the 1/5000 of a inch federal requirement to casino dice? I don't have my calipers to measure the difference, I wish I did, seriously.
This is a stack of 18 of the 16mm chessex dice. In this stack I really see no difference in the height.
My problem with people complaining about their dice is I feel like most of the time people remember how many 1's or 6's they roll because those numbers are associated with some kind of consequence; Terminator dies, psychic power denied, tesla arc, 12" assault, ect. With that, no one remember the number of times they roll exactly a 4, because very rarely if ever does that exact number have a consequence associated with it to make you notice it.
So if you really want to stop loosing sleep over your dice, you should purchase the game science dice. For me, I just don't feel sold and see it more as just one more expense in an already expensive hobby.
If you have bought a game science dice set, what do you think? How are they working for you? Share your dice thoughts here!