What is the best place to get quality polyhedral dice? Or what is the best brand of gaming dice?
My dice are old and chipped and it's time for new ones. I'm getting back in the game after a break of a couple of decades.
-High quality: Solid materials, great workmanship. They must not break or chip when dropped from excessive heights onto stone-like surfaces.
-Readable: Nice big numbers, easy-to-read, high contrast. My eyes are getting older :)
-Shiny!! Something flashy or cool looking. Solid metal dice would match my first criteria, but all the metal dice I've seen are just too drab.
Initially, I didn't really care about accuracy or 'fairness' of the dice. Then, I checked out the links posted by Pat Ludwig and gomad. After listening to Lou Zocchi for 20 minutes, I'm sold on the importance of accuracy; he's quite a salesman.
I even got out my caliper and measured the Chessex d20s that I had purchased about a month ago for my kids. All of these d20s were egg-shaped by as much as 0.020"! Biased towards rolling 9, 10, 11, and 12s. None of the faces were parallel with opposite faces and there was a very different amount of radius on every edge. No wonder my monsters were slaughtering those poor 1st level newbies. I measured my 25 yr old sharp-edged (well, almost sharp-edged) dice that I use as GM, and the variation was less than 0.003". Very consistent.
I think I'm going to try some GameScience dice or PrecisionEdge from Chessex. GameScience has some very pretty translucent colors that I can complement nicely with some custom number painting. That is, if I can find Gamescience dice in stock anywhere. Every place I've checked so far has been sold out. :)
Thanks to everyone for all the help. +1 all around; too bad I can't accept more than 1 answer.