Updated 28 September with some additional sources, thanks to commenters here and across various platforms.
Despite D&D’s current overwhelming popularity, there are plenty of other RPGs out there, and many of them use different combinations and quantities of dice. If you’re a D&D player, you might have wondered why Chessex makes blocks of d6s and 10d10 sets. If you play other games, you might have wondered why more companies don’t!
The typical seven-piece polyhedral set is used for D&D, Earthdawn, Pathfinder and other games – but, for example:
- Shadowrun uses large quantities of d6s;
- Eclipse Phase just needs a pair of percentiles (d10 & d%);
- the current generation of Star Wars games call for fourteen custom d6s, d8s and d12s;
- World of Darkness and Trinity Universe games use (lots of) d10s;
- Exalted uses d10s too, as does Legend of the Five Rings.
That’s just a sampling of games that use different dice sets; there are hundreds more out there.
My game of choice is Exalted, originally created by White Wolf and now published by Onyx Path, and so I need d10s. A lot of d10s. (It’s not at all uncommon to need to roll 20-30 d10s for a single attack.) But with the current popularity of D&D, most dice makers focus their efforts almost exclusively on polyhedral sets – what’s a gamer to do?
Where to buy 10d10 sets
If you’re like me and on the hunt for shiny shiny d10s the way D&D dice goblins hoard their polyhedrals, here are some options I’ve come up with for my own collection.
Obviously, we could just use a random selection of d10s pulled from a range of polysets. But I’m sure every dice goblin understands the allure of having matching sets, or we’d all just be buying a mishmash of dice from loose dice bins!
1. Buy Chessex
This is the easy option! Chessex Manufacturing produces nearly all of their dice sets in 7-piece polyhedral sets, 10d10 sets, and blocks of 36x12mm and 12x16mm pipped d6s – generally only their limited edition and trial sets (like their recent Lab Dice releases) are restricted to polysets only.
Chessex dice are widely available in gaming stores, and you can also buy them direct from Chessex. And the good news is, because 10d10 sets are less popular than polysets, it’s often possible to find attractive OOP designs still available in 10d10s.
You can buy these dice at the Chessex online store. I can’t link to the actual category pages because of their store setup, but they sell 10d10 sets and loose/single d10s.
Chessex are a long-established company, and they make some great dice. But like any company they only have a certain range of products, and if you’re not into their aesthetic or looking for something different, you’ll need to try other options.
2. Buy other brands
There are a few other brands that make some 10d10 sets, and usually the range of styles is more limited, but for example:
Koplow are harder to find than Chessex, and you can’t buy from them directly, but they do make some 10d10 sets. They’re probably best known for their glitter and pearlized dice, and particularly their “Olympic” gold, silver and bronze sets. Your best bet is probably to search Amazon or eBay, or see if your local game store can order via their distributor.
Adventure Dice is a Canadian dice and accessory store with a range of 10d10 sets available. At least some of their sets look similiar to rebadged “generic” sets, and they offer a wide range of dice in general. You can find their 10d10 sets on their online store.
Norse Foundry sell dice made of premium materials (metal, wood, stone and more – see our guide to dice materials for more information) and they offer a range of metal 10d10 sets. You can find them in Norse Foundry’s online store.
Paladin Dice offer 10d10 sets in their “Signature” range; you can find the sets in their online store.
SkullSplitter sell bulk bundles of five 10d10 sets on Amazon, although these aren’t available on their own website. They appear to be rebundled and rebranded “generic” dice from manufacturing wholesalers such as HD Dice, T&G, Udixi, or a similar manufacturer.
Wish and AliExpress
The manufacturing wholesalers who supply most rebranded dice (HD Dice, Udixi, T&G, Bescon, Haxtec, etc.) also sell their wares direct to the public via their own websites and via marketplaces like Wish and AliExpress. Generally they only sell polyhedral sets, particularly on their own websites, but occasionally you can find unbranded 10d10 sets on Wish or AliExpress.
Unfortunately with these brands you’re very limited in dice style and finish – you’ll mostly have to settle for opaques, single-colour pearls, gemini-style two colour blends, and old-school sparse glitters. Some of the brands have pioneered some fantastic techniques recently (as I write, I’m loving Udixi’s microglitter-bombs and opaque-and-clear swirly mixes and Bescon’s amazing shimmers) but generally they only sell their very basic finishes in 10d10 sets. It’s a good way to bulk out your dice bag cheaply and quickly if you’re just starting out and need 30d10 in time for next week’s game session, though!
3. Haunt Kickstarter
Many smaller or newer dice companies don’t produce 10d10 sets as a standard product, but will offer them as limited run add-ons and extras during Kickstarter campaigns – this is a much easier way for them to identify the demand and not wind up with excessive overstock, so it’s more common than offering alternate sets as an ongoing product.
I’ll often post about campaigns with d6 or d10 dice options here, but it’s worth searching Kickstarter regularly if you’re interested. Some recent (and not-so-recent) Kickstarters I’ve backed for just this purpose:
- Kraken Dice – Iconic Mythical campaign. Offered 12d6 and 10d10 sets as alternatives in all unlocked styles.
- Infinite Black – Elder Dice Colors Out of Space. Offered 9d6 and 10d10 sets as addons in all unlocked styles.
- Altered Carbon – the Roleplaying Game. Offered a custom 5d6 set (and a 7pc polyset) as an addon.
- Trophy RPG. Offered a set of custom 16d6 as an addon.
- The Expanse RPG Dice Sets. This Kickstarter was for dice only, custom 6d6 sets with designs themed around the Expanse RPG setting.
There aren’t any current campaigns featuring non-polyhedral sets at the time of posting this, but keep your eyes open! And if you know you’ve missed a previous campaign that featured sets you wanted, check the brand’s website – they’ll often have overstock to sell after the campaign is fulfilled. (For example, some of Kraken’s Iconic Mythical sets still have d6 and d10 sets in stock, although you have to check each 12pc set page to find them. I’ve put together a spreadsheet here showing what’s still in stock and with direct links to each set.)
4. Commission an indie maker
Most indie dice makers focus on polyhedral sets or solo d20s, but many are open to making alternative sets. Some makers don’t have the necessary molds and will likely decline, but if there’s a maker whose work you love, why not reach out and ask?
Just bear in mind that a 10d10 set is likely to be more expensive than one of their polysets – it’s nearly 50% more materials, time and effort for the maker – so budget for that before you ask.
5. Buy singles from stores
A number of brands will sell single dice via their website, and third party resellers often do too.
Some sites you can try:
- Chessex online store for Chessex singles.
- Q-Workshop online store for Q-Workshop singles.
- The Dice Shop Online for all kinds of singles, particularly old-school brands and discontinued lines.
- eM4 Miniatures also stocks some singles of old-school and discontinued dice.
- DnD Dice offers a “build your own set” option for buying singles.
- Dice Envy sells singles of their resin and metal exclusive sets.
- Roll 4 Initiative sells singles of all their sets.
You can also find loose bins of singles in many bricks-and-mortar gaming stores – it might be a challenge to piece together a whole set but it can be a good source of bulk quantities.
I’m sure there are plenty of other sources of single dice – please share your favourites in the comments!
6. Buy and trade singles with other collectors
The internet is full of communities of dice collectors, and many of them are keen to buy, sell and trade online. This option is a little easier with a healthy community in your own country, as international shipping costs can be expensive just to trade a die or two (which is part of why I originally started Dice Lovers Down Under, the Australian dice collecting group on Facebook.)
Buying from and trading with the community gets you access to sets that wouldn’t normally be available to you, and can help you piece together a full set of d10s from single pieces offered by different people.
You’re more likely to find people trading singles from older sets – sets where people have owned them for long enough to lose some of the pieces! – but if you’re really hoping to piece together a newer set, it’s certainly worth asking. The dice groups are generally friendly, helpful, and full of fellow dice enthusiasts who are keen to help people out.
If there’s a small brand whose dice aesthetic you love, but they don’t sell singles or non-poly sets, why not get in touch to ask if they’ll sell you a bespoke batch of d10s? Don’t assume they necessarily can or will – it’s more work for them and their internal processes may not allow it, but many brands will have spares from returned sets, grab bags, QA leftovers and more that they’ll be willing to pass on to an interested customer. And making the request helps them gauge interest about making alternate sets a part of their range in the future.
8. Piece together your own
a.k.a. the maniac’s choice for custom sets. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve done this multiple times. A seven-piece polyhedral set contains 1d10 and 1d%, and I’m quite happy to use d%s as d10s, so it takes me five matching polysets to create a 10d10 set.
Keep an eye on sales, bundles and special offers for the brands whose dice you love, and with canny purchasing you can pick up five polyhedral sets for a reasonable-ish price. Assemble the d10s and d%s into a set, and that leaves you with twenty-five spare polyhedral dice (or more) you can sell as singles, give as gifts to gamer friends, turn into key rings and jewellery, or use as caltrops to drive away burglars.
This is not a cheap approach, but it’s no more expensive than mid-range premium sets of dice (such as the cheaper metal polysets) and I’d much rather spend my dice money on sets I can actually use in my regular gaming.
What if you don’t need d10s? Maybe d6s are your jam but you can’t bring yourself to love Chessex’s pipped blocks. Never fear – some of the above approaches also work with assembling other kinds of sets as well.
You’ll sometimes find small d4 sets sold as D&D-centric “potions of healing” or similar, often in cute packaging.
If you need lots of d6s, look for brands like Kraken Dice or Infinite Black where their standard set size includes multiple d6s – pick up three cheap Kraken Dice sets on sale and suddenly you’ve got yourself a very attractive and non-pipped set of 12d6.
Similarly, if you need a set full of d20s – though I can’t imagine why you would – you’ll find many newer and boutique brands offer multiple d20s as part of their sets, or sell standalone d20s as art pieces. This makes it easy to piece together a set.
I don’t know of any games that use full sets of d8s or d12s, but if they’re what you’re after, your best bet is to look through loose dice bins and websites that sell single dice – or get in touch with people who use the “piece together your own!” method for other dice sizes, because they’ll have plenty of d8s and d12s to sell or trade!
Have I missed any methods you can think of? Let me know in the comments!