The six-sided dice (also known as a d6) is manufactured in more colors, sizes, and styles than any other type of dice. This isn't surprising, considering that the humble d6 has been used for entertainment, gambling, and divination purposes since the dawn of recorded history. Even today, with a variety of polyhedral dice available, the d6 still reigns supreme as the most-used dice in tabletop games. The easy-to-read pips, the efficient, simple shape, and ease of handling and rolling makes it the perfect object for random number generation.
Types of d6
Some of the forms and styles of six-sided dice that are available include:
- Blank six-sided dice - Yes, these are exactly what they sound like: Dice with no pips or spots or numbers. They're blank cubes, which means you can not only use them to create your own custom dice but they can be used as game markers or counting cubes.
- Deluxe six-sided dice - These are high-quality, fancy dice manufactured by Chessex or Koplow Games with deep and vibrant swirled colors and gem-like finishes.
- Foam six-sided dice - These are good dice if you need something sturdy but lightweight or maybe even stackable. Available in sizes up to 50mm.
- Math six-sided dice - These go beyond standard 1-6 dice by displaying results that can be used in all kinds of math applications. For example, binary dice that only show 0 and 1. Or dice that display a different math operator on each face.
- Opaque round-corner and opaque square-corner dice - The only difference between these two types of dice is that one has rounded corners and the other has squared corners. Which rolls better or is better to use? It's a matter of personal preference.
- Specialty six-sided dice - These are the odd or unusual d6's, such as glow in the dark dice, unicorn dice, skull dice, and metal dice.