3D printed "thorn dice"


36 Responses to “3D printed "thorn dice"”

  1. Lelielle says:

    I don’t even play RPG’s and I want these, they look like dice used by some devious godlike entity to control the lives of unsuspecting humans for it’s viewing pleasure….very cool.

  2. Dicrel Seijin says:

    Oh, I would love to get these. They’d go great with the solid copper ones I got as a gift many Christmases ago.

    I don’t know about rolling them though, I’d probably use them for keeping track of turns and occasionally terrorizing the players. (I kid, I kid….)

  3. allen says:

    Those are really, really cool.

    Also, I think we can safely say that boingboing has entered a new era from the fact that these dice, not the steampunk dice at shapeways, were the ones to get promoted.

    Next fad to wind to an end: cute girls with ukuleles.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You could just use a tray, which protects your table and stops your dice from going everywhere.

  5. RigelK says:


    I’ve got a whole lot of want happening for these.

  6. Crashproof says:

    These (and some of the other dice) are the first actually cool thing to come out of a 3D printer. Bravo!

  7. emmdeeaych says:

    Rolling? I use dice for scorekeeping, and these should be a critical hit.

  8. Stefan Jones says:

    That’s pretty dang cool. I imagine they’d tear up your gaming table after a few games, though.

    • Muse says:

      These are great! If I was an avid gamer, I would make a custom metal dice rolling board to go with these. It would be fun to paint a patina on the dice and the board and watch it wear away with use. An extremely battle worn board could become a badge of honor.

      • Alvis says:

        I think I might prefer to use these on a solid wood tray, with a nice lip around it. Still get the nice worn look, with less noise and wear on the dice.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think they’d slide too much on metal. I’d suggest a surface of 8 oz leather flesh side up would provide enough traction so that they’d roll and be durable enough not to need immediate replacement.

  9. Alvis says:

    Wow. Those look damn cool.

    I had gotten to a point where I was sick of all this 3D-printed stuff. The end results are better than you’d get a few years ago, but they still looked pretty crappy, IMHO. I also felt like people were calling things “cool” solely for the fact that they were 3D-printed.

    THIS, though! This I like.

    • Allesklar says:

      I used to agree with the part about crappy results. But it seems that 3D printing has come a long ways since even a few years ago. There was an article a month or two ago in the Economist about 3D printing. Apparently, it was only used for prototypes before, but now 3D printing is used for final products as well. Such manufacturing would save tons of material, considering most metal and other parts are simply there to facilitate the manufacturing process and not help the final product.

  10. Avram / Moderator says:

    And you can scatter a few of those four-siders around the DM’s side of the table to keep players from sneaking a peak behind the screen.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Those dice are really neat but anyone in my party who tries using them on my dining room table will be dropped from my 9th floor balcony.

  12. subhan says:

    @muse, if you were gaming next to me with your metal dice & your metal dice board, I would be forced to stuff them into your ears and beat you with the board until they met in the middle. God, what a racket that would create! There was a brief period of time when some wargamers were showing up at my FLGS for game day with small dice in shot glasses with covers of some sort on them to roll. The noise was horrible just from the plastic on glass.

    • Muse says:

      Slaying gold dragons isn’t for the faint hearted :) Plus, an aluminum board with felt backing probably would be way quieter than glass.

    • peterbruells says:

      You could always use jewish dice – just image the numbers you rolled!

      (RIP, Ephraim Kishon.)

      • RebNachum says:

        Isn’t that “Jewish poker?” (But I agree: Ephraim Kishon, a”h, z’tl, l’sd)

        • peterbruells says:

          Yes, but since they are not using cards, I adapted the principle.

          Player: I cast a fireball against the troll horde.
          DM: So, what did you roll?
          Player 1: Umm… 17 !
          DM: Too bad, you needed an 18 to succeed!
          Player 1: Ben Gurion!
          DM: ……

  13. Hosidax says:

    I knew it!
    boingboing is positively chock full o’ RPGers.

  14. lalo says:

    I noticed these a few days ago, when I was ordering something else from Shapeways. Was very tempted to buy a few. Ceramicwombat’s other dice are pretty neat too, some of them IMO are actually cooler than the thorny ones.

  15. Anonymous says:

    These things have been around since last summer, I think. My DM got a set back when it was in a dice thread on one of the relatively reasonable parts of 4chan.

    Nobody ever questions his judgement lest we take a metal caltrop to the face.

  16. Anonymous says:

    My inner 15-year-old D&D geek is madly screaming “I NEED THOSE!!!” Boingboing has tempted him many times – tactical pants, handmade leather luggage, ridiculous gadget porn, 3D printed Klein bottle, etc etc. But this? Damn you, Cory Doctorow…

    I agree that these are the coolest 3D printed thing I’ve seen yet, and also that I wanna start playing D&D again just so I can justify getting some. $89 for stainless steel thorn dice is pretty ridiculous, but life is short, eh?

  17. dagfooyo says:

    I might have to start gaming again just so I have an excuse to purchase and use these dice.

  18. LydiRae says:

    The only way I’m preventing myself from ordering a set of these is by holding the half-gallon jar of dice we already have and rocking it back and forth gently.

  19. VICTOR JIMENEZ says:

    But the spikes prevent them from rolling!
    They look cool, but I like my dice like my stones, rollin´.

  20. jpgsawyer says:

    Err I think if you used these dice round my friends they would be concerned at the potential for them being loaded! There would have to be a significant period of observation to show they where reasonable.

    The cross over between the gaming and scientific communities is quite large so I wonder if this might be a problem elsewhere.

    Beautiful but not all that practical I would think.

  21. stop4stuff says:

    Awesome designs from CeramicWombat… shame they’d rip my 3D printed chain maille dice bag to shreds :(

  22. Ceramicwombat says:

    Two of Doctorow’s works, Printcrime and Makers, inspired me to learn the skills necessary to produce models for rapid prototyping. It makes me quite happy to see that he likes my dice, as he is the one who tipped the first domino in the long sequence of events which produced them.

  23. Moppy says:

    Stepping on D4s just got a whole lot more painful.

    • moosetoga says:

      *shudder* I’ve stepped on enough plastic D4s in my time that I don’t even want to think about what it would feel like with these.

  24. mark.leaman says:

    Saw this steampunk d20 in the related products section on the same page… Just ordered it!


  25. Anonymous says:

    If the numbers on each side to not have the same volume, then those dice are weighted.

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