I figure I already lost most of my old school cred back when I confessed that I have no love, heck, no appreciation for all things metal. While I’m at it, I figured I’d mention the argument that I hear on occasion that “old school gaming” is purely based on nostalgia and not on any other perceived or real benefits of the games.
I finally filled in the digits on my Gamescience dice today (the photo above is early in the process – I used a white Sharpie china marker that I bought specifically for the task). While the process was a nice shot of nostalgia, and the dice are about 28.7 times more useful now, I still just don’t get the love that these dice receive. Maybe if they were bigger I’d like them more, but as they stand I find them light and awkward in my big meaty hands.
I think the last time I crayoned in the digits on my dice was in 1981-1982 or so. Also, the d4 is a pain in the ass to fill in. In the next few days I’ll probably ink my girlfriend’s set (identical black opaques… I’m a dice purist in another way – I stick to opaque white and black dice as much as I can), then I hope to never do this again.
The nostalgia factor was there in the flashback to the early 80’s of having to do this for the dice I bought from TSR in the Basic D&D set and in the old “Dragon Dice” that they used to sell in blister packs along with the crayon to fill them in. But that’s all the nostalgia I can take today, I’m grabbing some nice hefty dice when it comes time to roll them again.