The Big List of Dice Companies
Need to navigate the complicated world of dice brands and sellers? Look no further; here’s a handy list of dice companies, categorised for convenience!
There are a number of different types of dice company, and if you’re looking for shiny new dice it helps to look in the right place. Here’s a list of dice companies and brands — this can’t be complete, but we’ll do our best to cover all the big names!
Please note that the category descriptions are very general, and there will be exceptions in each group.
Feel free to get in touch if I’ve missed a brand that should be listed, or if you have any corrections!
1. Old School
The majority of “old school” dice companies are often American or European, and either manufacture their own dice or have longstanding manufacturer relationships. They’ve usually been around for a long time, and predate recent trends in the TTRPG industry; they often have the widest range of dice types available. Old school companies usually sell retail via their own websites or direct sales channels, and wholesale to distributors in the tabletop RPG industry. Their dice are often found in bricks-and-mortar gaming stores.
Old School Dice Companies
- Crystal Caste
2. New Wave
These companies might be based anywhere in the world. They’ve proliferated since the recent renaissance of tabletop RPGs, and the sudden popularity of Dungeons & Dragons in particular. As a result, they often only sell D&D-oriented polysets (rather than alternate set configurations such as 12d6 or 10d10) and brands in this category are the most likely to feature an expanded D&D polyset with extra D20s and D6s. These brands commonly pioneer new designs and trends in the industry, or take techniques originated by indie handmakers and implement them at scale.
These brands often get their start as a reseller of other brands before branching out into their own unique ranges. Most companies of this type only sell online, and are rarely found in game stores. Dice companies in this category form the majority of dice Kickstarter and crowdfunding campaigns.
These companies almost exclusively resell dice made by bulk manufacturers, and often rebrand them to suit their own style or theme. (They may also sell dice by Old School companies, too.) Resellers often evolve into New School companies as they develop and sell their own dice originals.
4. Bulk Manufacturers
These companies are usually closely associated with manufacturing facilities in China and other nations that specialise in mass manufacture. Their dice are often rebranded and resold by other companies, and they usually provide the manufacturing capability for New School dice companies. They also sell through channels such as aliexpress and Wish. Previously these manufacturers only sold wholesale to retailers and resellers, but given the appetite and enthusiasm for dice in the collecting community, some brands have begun to engage with customers directly.
5. Luxury Brands
These dice companies are usually “low volume, high value”; some manufacture their own dice, while others have very exclusive contracts with third-party manufacturers. Luxury brands usually work with rare or unusual materials to make premium dice – gemstones, glass, wood, metal and bone dice, for instance. These brands generally sell through their own website, and sometimes use Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms.
6. Indie Brands and Handmakers
Making dice has taken off in popularity in the last couple of years, thanks to availability of the tools and equipment needed to cast resin at home.
Indie makers often start at home as hobbyists, and some begin selling handcrafted dice to share their art with the community or to recoup some of the costs involved. Indie dice are often sold by their makers on Etsy or their own websites, or via social media such as Instagram auctions or Facebook marketplace sales.