Wednesday, July 13, 2011

YEAH! Found My 20+ Year Old Bag-O-Dice!

Over the last few weekends I've been helping my momma clear out her storage units in preparation for a big move. Some of the stuff I found included:

A bottle of human teeth
Two pistols
A sweet Witco owl
WWII Army Survival kit
1000+ NASA stock photos
A couple bags of human hair
A huge collection of Garbage Pail Kids cards
A 2-foot long slide rule in a belt scabbard
Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman! board game
My old dice bag!

Lords of light! I've been looking for this dice bag for years! My sweet momma made that little drawstring baggie for me when I was 9 or 10 years old. I lost track of the bag when I stopped playing RPGs in the late 80s, and subsequently built up another collection of dice which I use today. Here's what I found inside that old blue baggie:

This collection of dice has been frozen in time since the early/mid-1980s. They are mostly either TSR Dragon Dice or GameScience dice. A few observations and memories:
  • That blue Dragon Dice d20 on top was my main rollah back in the day. It was the only d20 I had that actually went all the way up to 20.
  • Most of my other d20s were Zocchi / GameScience dice that went to 0-9 twice, but they had a little "." or "+" next to some of the numbers to signify 11-20.
  • No pip d6s. I liked the ones with the numbers - especially that groovy green one. I thought that spherical d6 was cool (got it in a trade), but I never used it.
  • No d4s, although I distinctly remeber having a well-worn Carolina-blue Dragon Dice d4 and a yellow Holmes Basic Set d4. I guess they escaped from the bag along the way.
  • Those blue and red d10s were from a separate Dragon Dice percentile set.
  • That light red d6 was from an early printing (i.e. included dungeon geomorphs instead of Module B1) Holmes Basic Set I still have.


  1. Wow, that's all kinds of awesome.

  2. 2 thumbs way up on the Thundarr reference :)

  3. Wow! What an amazing find. I can imagine the look on your face when you rediscovered these long lost gaming artifacts. I think most gamers have an intimate connection with their dice. They seem like a talisman of sorts really, so I can imagine your delight at finding them again.

  4. Lords of light, that is fantastic!

  5. That list would make a nice d10 table of random items for Mutant Future. Very nice find. I'm still holding a faint hope that I'll find mine eventually.

  6. Happy Reunion! Cool looking dice!

  7. Excellent find! I'm glad you, the bag and the dice were reunited!

  8. I was wondering about the hair too, and the teeth. Could be connected to the pistols. But dice and Garbage Pail Kids stickers are where it's at.

  9. It is always good to make that kind of find.

  10. As irrefutably cool as the dice and their associated bag are, I really, really want to know more about that slide rule.

  11. Score. Man I love finding stuff I forgot. Well, unless its a bill I forgot to pay. That's not much fun.

  12. Attention--SoCal Minicon 4 is cancelled! Cyclo has got his childhood back! :-D

    Awesome find.

  13. Teeth and hair . . . were you trying to . . . um . .. build something?

    - Ark

  14. Everyone already mentioned the hair and teeth, so I'll just chime in about the owl. Been AGES since I thought of those. Had an aunt that used to collect them.

  15. Bottle of teeth. Bags of human hair. Hmmm. Trophies of some kind from those who crossed you in some manner? :)

  16. I'm not surprised you lost your d4s, as ninjas are really sneaky, and they are always looking for caltrops. Dont think ill of me for ninja-profiling, but I'm just saying that they do that a lot.

  17. We are -so- going to play Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman! next time I see you. Or mash up Talisman with it; something.

  18. Yeah, that list sounds like an assortment of items featuring in an Unknown Armies game. Too cool.

    I look forward to the "Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!" actual play report. Maybe you could pad out the Boardgamegeek entry while you're at it? Post some house rules, that sort of thing?

  19. Sweet Jesus! There was a board-game for "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"? I can imagine the chill of dread wafting over me visiting a friend's house in the '70s and seeing that game all laid out in preparation for an evening's play. "Can't we just play multi-player Feudal?"

    (Similar to the dread I feel these days when our RPG game night has been usurped by some euro-game for a change of pace... such as Agricola.)

  20. Cool!

    I've always wondered what the complete range of TSR's colours for Dragon Dice were...

    Does anybody know?