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If you like roleplaying games of the non-computer variety you probably own a collection of dice. This link points to a new company that sells spinner-type rings that can act as dice. They have rings that will stand in for every standard polyhedral die, some interesting non-standards, and even a few multiple die combinations.

Most of the rings have a single spinning band, but some have two (like the percentile) or three (like the 3d6) all on a single ring. Each spinner is marked with an appropriate sequence of numbers, intermixed to keep the results random. The outer ring has a mark to show where to read the numbers. You just spin the spinner and read the result.

The prices are very reasonable. All of their rings are normally $20 each and most are currently on sale for $12. The rings are available in several colors (black, blue, gold, and rainbow) and in just about every imaginable half-size increment.

I bought a few thinking that they might work as jewelry. To my taste they look rather nice, particularly in gold. They are definitely on the eccentric side, but then, so am I.

Yesterday I wore one to a game and used it for all my rolls. I intended it as a novelty. To my surprise, it actually worked much better for me than real dice.

Dice are fine if you play around a table, but this group tend to sit in comfortable chairs scattered around a living room. Just keeping track of a few dice is a hassle under those conditions. Trying to roll them on a book or laptop lid that is usually not quite level is worse.

Ring dice solve all those problems. The ring does not take up any extra space. It doesn't fall off your lap and get lost. It's always right there when you need it. And spinning the ring is quick, reliable, and easy to read.

There is even a simple solution for games that use lots of different kinds of dice. You could always use multiple rings, of course. Or you can get a ring with 24 numbers on it. 24 divides evenly by 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12 so it can be easily divided down to act as any of those die sizes. You can even use it as a d20 (or d10 or d100) by re-rolling any result over 20. (Although I prefer to have a second d20 ring instead.)

These may not be the best solution for everyone, but I think these folks are on to something. The rings are as good as dice under nearly all conditions and are much better under some. Take a look at their web site and see what you think.

I plan on wearing a 3d6 (or 3r6 as they call it) in gold as a new part of my daily jewelry.
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