Dice are mass produced, for the most part. Big ole machines pouring in the liquidified plastic into the mold, closing the mold, and letting it cool in various ways. At least that is how I am thinking dice are made. Then coming back in a machine to paint the indentations or pips.
But what if the dice aren’t perfect after all this?
While a chipped die is far from perfect, I believe a manufacturer wouldn’t release a product that wasn’t solid. I have yet to see a die that is cracked or chipped. This is more in lines with imperfections with the pips.
I assume most dice are done by machine because otherwise, a worker would notify or remove the die that has paint not in a pip. But what do you do about a die that has a bad paint job for lack of better term?
One of my Eldrich Horror die (not the set that comes with the game) is missing part of the number 4. I don’t think it chipped off, I think it just didn’t have it filled in at that part. Also I recently bought a bonus package of dice for Mansions of Madness Second Edition and one of the magnifying glasses has paint outside the pip. What am I suppose to do about those?
The EH one is a bigger issue since it can take a little longer to decipher what number it is. I can either live with that or try to find some bright, neon green and hand fill-in the color. But as I mentioned the other day, I am unsure of how steady I can get with me filling in the hole.
My MoMSE dice are less of a concern. With some extra white in the middle of a magnify glass, it is easier to just say, “hey look! you found something.” Matching the maroon color would be a pain if I wanted to color it over but seems doable.
Do you fix your dice with bad pip painting or do you just let it be? Any other concerns you have with imperfect dice?
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Non-casino regulation dice are always going to have biases. For casino-regulation dice, the edges need to be perfectly cubed, not rounded. The pips need to be filled in with material that is the exact same density as the dice itself. Most of the time, companies don’t bother with such strict guidelines because non-regulation dice are still sufficiently random.
I don’t bother, given how difficult it is to find dice that meet casino regulation guidelines. For me, random enough has always been fine. And if you really care, you can use an app or track down some regulation dice.