Somewhere somehow I lost my dice bag and after a week or so of looking for it I broke down and ordered a Pound O’ Dice, which is a big bag of dice that Chessex sells. I had read mixed reviews about this product and so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Overall, I was pretty pleased.
I didn’t weigh the bag, but I assume it was a pound, which in my case worked out to about 115 dice. Not a bad haul for just under $25! I had read a few reviews from people who said they ended up with way fewer dice than this, which seems odd. At any rate, I was quite happy with my grand total. I ended up with quite a few d10s, both percentile and regular, and a lot of d6s as well, which doesn’t bother me. There were about 8-9 d8s and about the same number of d4s, with maybe 15 or so d20s. There were only 4 d12s, but this doesn’t really bother me. How many d12s does a guy really need?
Part of why the dice are so cheap is because a lot of them are considered to be factory defects. Most of the defects I noticed had to do with either slight imperfections in the finish or coloring, but nothing that rendered the dice unusable or even displeasing to the eye. There were a couple of d6s that had an unpainted pip or two on them, and 4 dice (a d6 and 3 d10s) that are missing one number completely. Finally, there was one d6, about 3x the size of a “standard” d6, that had no numbers or pips or anything; it’s just a smooth white cube (we used this die to represent a gelatinous cube in my last game session, so even this die wasn’t completely useless). Even the dice that are missing numbers are functional, because no die is missing more than one number.
Of course, each bag will be different and individual results may vary. But based on my experience the Pound O’ Dice is the way to go if you need to replace a collection of dice, or start a new collection on the cheap, or just flat out want more dice. I’m thinking about buying another on even, just because it was so much fun to dig through the pile and see what was there.