Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What dice will you trade?
A: I will only take the dice listed on my "Dice Wanted" page. If the dice you want to trade to me are not listed on that page, don't waste my time and yours by asking. The answer will be "No". All dice listed on the other pages that list "Extra" followed by a number, have that many of that die available to trade out. And I do not trade anything that's on the "For Sale" page. It's only for sale. So you want dice from me, but you don't have anything I want? Then your only choice is to buy it. See my page, "Trading/Selling" for details.

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Q: Isn't Dragon Dice a dead game?
A: No way! It was on life support for a long while, but a company, SFR, Inc. now owns all rights to the game. They are a group of Dragon Dice players that formed a company to promote and expand the game. They have new Dragon Dice products coming out. You will see them at all major gaming conventions. I am now the President of the company.

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Q: What are all the name changes to the dice?
A: Here are all the name changes:
Swampstalkers Coral Elves Frostwings Scalders Goblins EldarimMagic Items
Destroyer -> AnnihilatorChampion -> ProtectorSlayer -> Devastator Tender -> Dragonne TenderHarpy -> HarpiesElemental Dragonslayer -> DragonhunterBronze Targe -> Wooden Targe
Annihilator -> Ravager Hero -> Trooper Hounder -> Hound Master Rider -> Dragonne Rider Silver Buckler -> Steel Buckler
Ravager -> Warmonger Trooper -> Fighter Wolf Rider -> Wolf MasterWeb Bird -> Web Birds Gilt Shield -> Mithril Shield
Attacker -> Striker Sentinel -> Guard
Mudman -> Mudmen

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Q: How can I view an individual die and it's faces?
A: If you want to know what a die does or looks like, click on it's name, and you will get a full description of each face of the die, and a picture of each face as well.

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Q: What's the best way to ship individual dice?
A: I used to use padded envelopes, but the Post Office now routinely destroys them. So I now use flat-rate boxes for all my shipping.

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Q: What's in a Starter box?
A:For the old TSR starters, a starter includes the following: 1 Dragon, 2 Terrains, 15 Units (9 Common, 4 Uncommon, 2 Rare) for a total of 18 dice. Also included are the rules, a reference card, a dice bag (one of 4 different colors) and 3 Banner Cards for placing your armies.
For the old SFR 2-player starters, a starter included the following: 2 Dragons, 4 Terrains (one of each color), 20 units (36 health) of which half are one race and half are another race. Each race includes 1 monster, 1 rare, 3 uncommons, and 5 commons for a total of 18 health. Also included is a rules book that covers the entire game, and 3 army/reference cards. The two races that are in each box are marked on the back. Note that all of the old 2-player starters are now out-of-print: Goblin/Dwarf, Coral Elf/Lava Elf, Amazon/Swamp Stalker, and Undead/Feral.
SFR is comming out with new 2-player starters which will have: 4 Dragons, 4 Terrains (one of Coastland, Flatland, Highland, Swampland), 32 units (60 health) of which half are one race and half are another race. Each race includes 2 monsters, 2 rares, 4 uncommons, and 8 commons for a total of 30 health. Also included is a rules book. The current starter will be Firewalker/Treefolk.

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Q: What's in a kicker box?
A: Each kicker contains 8 dice. There are 4 commons, 2 uncommons, 1 rare, and 1 monster. For all kickers except the Monsters & Amazons (Kicker 1), all the dice are for that kicker race. Also included is a folding rule book to cover all the possible dice that could come in that kicker. The Eldarim kicker is different, it's an 18 health kicker, and it contains: 6 commons, 3 uncommons, and 2 rares. There are no Eldarim monsters, only the champions.

Note: Monsters & Amazons is no longer available... The Monsters & Amazons has a random assortment of the first four races (the ones that come in the Starter), and Amazons. The monster is any one of the first five races. The commons are always at least 1 Amazon (sometimes 2 or 3), and the rest random from the first races. There was a problem with the uncommon and rare distribution. The first two thirds of the kickers had no Amazon rares, and at least 1 uncommon. The last third had no uncommons and all the rares were Amazons. To make matters worse, most of the last third went to Europe. So most the uncommons were on one side of the Atlantic, and most of the rares on the other side.

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Q: What are Dragon Shields?
A: The Dragon Shields are foldable cardboard that you would use in a tournament to hide your setup. Then no one would know what kind of armies you are bringing to the table and have a chance of putting in units to counter. They are marked on the inside with all the sides of all the first five races (Coral Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, Lava Elves, and Amazons). It also comes with a booklet that is a little history of the world (The Tome of Tarvanehl). You also get some spell cards with all the spells that are in the Starters. You also get some little counters so if you throw 3 Wind Walks, you put down a Wind Walk card, and put a "3" counter on it.

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Q: What is a Dragon Dice Battle Ground?
A: The Battle Ground is 18" square cloth covered with a rubberized printing. They have the Home in the center, Burial near you, Reserves and Dead to the sides. The far corner is marked "To the Frontier". They come in five different versions, one for each of the first five races (Coral Elves (blue), Dwarves (gold), Lava Elves (red), Goblins (gold), and Amazons (white)). They are designed to interlock four of them on a table. It also comes with a booklet that is a little history of the world (Heart of Stone and Flame) Here is a link to see what they look like: playmat

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Q: What are Dragon Champions or Dragonkin Champions?
A: Red and Blue Dragonkin Champions are 4 health promo dice that were given out at GenCon mostly. They are just like the other Dragonkin found in Magestorm!, except for their size and their breath lets you, rather that your opponent, pick which unit is killed. Click here to see what one looks like. The Gold, Black and Green colors have been released! See the SFR, Inc. website for more information and to purchase them. They are easy to tell from the old Dragonkin Champions, because they have an "SFR" icon rather than a "TSR" icon. Also, the Red and Blue have been released as SFR versions.

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Q: What is the different between the TSR UK's Gold Dragonkin Champion and SFR's Gold Dragonkin Champion?
A:While most of the dice made for Dragon Dice were made in Hong Kong, the promo dice were make in the UK. TSR had their UK office handle it, most likely just because it was easier. So the Red and Blue Dragonkin Champions were made in the UK. Then the Medallions were made there as well. Since less of the Gold Medallions were made than the other colors, the plastic molder had some of the plastic for the Gold Medallions left over. So the TSR UK office decided to make Gold Dragonkin Champions. This was without the knowledge of the TSR US office. When the UK office started handing them out at cons, people started asking what they were. The questions got back to the US office, which at first denied that any such thing existed. It was thought at one time that these are the rarest dice ever made for Dragon Dice, but since then it was found that several hundred were made. Making it only about 10th most rare die. SFR's Gold Dragonkin Champion, was made recently along with the Black and the Green. They are easy to tell from the old Dragonkin Champions, because they have an "SFR" icon rather than a "TSR" icon.

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Q: What are Dragonlords and Dragonmasters?
A: Dragonlords are 4 health promo dice. They can cast any color magic. They can also tame dragons (of any color) when they roll their ID or the TSR icon. The TSR icon also gives them a save on any individual roll. Otherwise it does nothing. They are very tough in combat, and are covered with Special Action Icons. Dragonmasters are the same as Dragonlords, with three differences. They can only cast magic of their color. They can only tame dragon of their color. But the TSR logo counts as two points of anything you are rolling for. Click here to see what a Dragonlord looks like. Click here to see what a Black Dragonmaster looks like. These have all been remade by SFR with the SFR logo.

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Q: How can you tell the color of the TSR Dragonmasters?
A: Dragonmasters come in the 5 elemental colors of the Dragon Dice game. Black, Blue, Gold, Green, and Red. For the TSR versions some of the colors are hard to tell apart. The Blues are often purple looking. The rule is: if it has any blue in it, it's blue. The Red has got to be all red (and white mixed in). The Gold is a muddy brown more often than not. Sometimes the die is clear, or nearly black, and you can't see any color until you hold it up to a light. If it looks black, but shows a different color when held up to the light, the color seen in the light is it's color. These have all been remade by SFR with the SFR logo.

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Q: What are Dragonslayers and Dragonhunters?
A: Dragonslayers are 4 health promo dice. They can cast any color magic. They can also slay dragons (of any color) when they roll the TSR icon. The TSR icon also gives them a save on any individual roll. Otherwise it does nothing. They are very tough in combat, and are covered with Special Action Icons. Dragonslayers have all been remade by SFR with the SFR logo. Dragonhunter are the same as Dragonslayers, with three differences. They can only cast magic of their color. They can only slay dragons of their color, but when they do, they don't just kill it, they banish it (which takes it out of the game). But the SFR logo counts as two points of anything you are rolling for. Dragonhunters are only made by SFR there was never a TSR version.

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Q: What are Dragoncrusaders and Dragonzealots?
A: Dragoncrusaders are 4 health promo dice. They can cast any color magic. They can also command dragons (of any color) when they roll the SFR icon. The SFR icon also gives them a save on any individual roll. Otherwise it does nothing. They are very tough in combat, and are covered with Special Action Icons. Dragonzealots are the same as Dragoncrusaders, with three differences. They can only cast magic of their color. They can only command dragons of their color. But the SFR logo counts as two points of anything you are rolling for.

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Q: What's in a Magestorm box?
A: Magestorm is an expansion set for Dragon Dice. It has three new types of dice, Dragonkin, Magic Items, and Minor Terrains.

Dragonkin are a single color race, that come in three types, and in three sizes, in all five elemental colors. They are summoned into the game with a new magic spell. There are 6 commons, 4 uncommons, and 2 rares in each box.

Magic Items come in five types, in four sizes, and in all five elemental colors. They give your army a boost in a specialized way. They count toward your allowed health that can be brought to the game. Each 4-sided does just one thing (magic, melee, save, maneuver, missile). The artifacts have an ID (just like normal unit IDs), and a mixture of action icons. There are 3 commons (4-sided), 2 uncommons (4-sided), 1 rare (4-sided), and 1 artifact (10-sided) in each box.

The Minor terrains can be summoned in place of maneuvering the major terrain. They give you a chance to have an action different than the major terrain. There are two minor terrains in each box.

Magestorm will no longer be made. SFR has broken it up into three new products. Dragonkin are found in the Eldarim Expansion: Dragonkin. Minor terrains are found in Battlefields (along with the 2 new color combinations red/green and red/blue). Magic items are found in Battle Chest.

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Q: Did you ever hear of a product called "Treasure Hoard"
A: Originally Magestorm only had Dragonkin and Minor Terrains. There was another product called Treasure Hoard, that had magical items, artifacts and a dice-rolling "cup". These were originally two separate products. It was thought that these two products were sparse individually, so they were combined. The dice-rolling "cup" was dropped. Interestingly, the product number got reused for the Unearthly expansion.

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Q: What's a Dragon Dice Battle box?
A: A Battle box was TSR's attempt to take Dragon Dice to the mainstream game markets at places like Toys R Us. It comes with a simplified set of rules, the revised rules, a battle board (just like the army card placement shown in the rules), and two sets of Starter bags of dice. It comes it a cool box. I got a couple just for the box.

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Q: What are the different rarites of the dice in the kickers?
A: For all the kickers and starters, the rarity of the each type of common and uncommon is equal. For the last two kickers done by TSR (Frostwings and Scalders), a non-equal rarity was introduced for the rares. For all other kickers and for any starter, all rares are equally likely. Note that the rarity is set by the mold setup. So SFR cannot fix the "rarity" problem without making all new molds.

For Frostwings rares the rarity is:
Most Common : Vindicator 37.1% (26/70)
Common : Slayer 31.4% (22/70)
Uncommon : Assailer 20.0% (14/70)
Rare : Bear-Master 8.6% (6/70)
Ultra-Rare : Magi 2.9% (2/70)

For Scalders rares the rarity is:
Most Common : Blazer 37.1% (26/70)
Common : Charkin 31.4% (22/70)
Uncommon : Dragonne Knight 20.0% (14/70)
Rare : Searer 8.6% (6/70)
Ultra-Rare : Inferno 2.9% (2/70)

All races have different rarities of monsters. The Monsters and Amazons are the tricky ones, since there are five different races of monsters possible in any box. The rarity of the monsters in the Monsters and Amazons kickers is as follows:
Coral Elf Common : Gryphon, Sprite Swarm, Tako
Dwarf Common : Androsphinx, Gargoyle, Roc
Goblin Common : Harpy, Shambler, Troll
Lava Elf Common : Drider, Hell Hound, Rakshasa
Amazon Common : Centaur, Hydra, Medusa
Rare : Coral Giant, Umber Hulk, Death Naga, Beholder, Chimera
Chance of getting a rare in a box about 10%, chance of getting a particular rare is about 2%, chance of getting a particular common is about 6%.
With the 2-player starters out, the chance of getting a common monster for that race is 30% (9/30), a rare monster is 10% (3/30). With the new racial kickers for the Dwarves, Goblins, Coral Elves, Lava Elves, and Amazons, the rarity will change slightly, and the missing "fifth" monsters will be out. The new fifth monsters will be uncommon in rarity. The rarities will be 25% for a common (10/40), 15% for an uncommon (6/40), and 10% for a rare monster (4/40).

Firewalker Monster rarity:
Common : Fireshadow and Gorgon - 25% (10/40)
Uncommon : Genie and Salamander - 20% (8/40)
Rare : Phoenix - 10% (4/40)

Undead Monster rarity:
Most Common : Fenhound - 30% (12/40)
Common : Skeletal Steed - 25% (10/40)
Uncommon : Minor Death - 20% (8/40)
Rare : Carrion Crawler - 15% (6/40)
Ultra-Rare : Dracolich - 10% (4/40)

Feral Monster rarity:
Common : Owl-Folk - 30% (12/40)
Uncommon : Elephant-Folk, Rhino-Folk, Lion-Folk - 20% (8/40)
Rare : Bear-Folk - 10% (4/40)

Swampstalker Monster rarity:
Most Common : Mudman - 40% (16/40)
Common : Swamp Beast - 30% (12/40)
Uncommon : Swamp Giant - 17.5% (7/40)
Rare : Crocosaur - 10% (4/40)
Ultra-rare : Ormyrr - 2.5% (1/40)

Frostwing Monster rarity:
Most Common : Wolf Pack 40% (16/40)
Common : Yeti 30% (12/40)
Uncommon : Cyrohydra 17.5% (7/40)
Rare : Remorhaz 10% (4/40)
Ultra-Rare : Frost Ogre 2.5% (1/40)

Scalder Monsters rarity:
Most Common : Ettercap 40% (16/40)
Common : Web Bird 30% (12/40)
Uncommon : Quickling 17.5% (7/40)
Rare : Will 'o Wisp 10% (4/40)
Ultra-Rare : Unseelie Faerie 2.5% (1/40)

TreeFolk Monster rarity:
Redwood : Common - 30% (12/40)
Satyr : Common - 25% (10/40)
Darktree : Uncommon - 20% (8/40)
Strangle Vine : Uncommon - 15% (6/40)
Unicorn : Rare - 10% (4/40)

Other SFR products:
Eldarim Expansions:
For the Eldarim kicker, it only has commons, uncommons, and rares. The rarity is flat.
For the Eldarim champions packages, the dice in each is fixed, you always get all 5 elemental colors plus the white.
For the Dragonkin package, the dice are random, 5 different colors and 3 different types for the commons, uncommons, and rares. The Dragonkin Champions are simply in the 5 different colors.

Battlefields:
As the box says, you get one Feylands, one Wastelands, 2 Special Terrains, and 3 minor terrains. Here's the full breakdown:
Wasteland: One in the box, equal chance of one of 4 normal Wastelands (City, Standing Stones, Tower, Temple) or one of 4 special terrains (Castle, Dragons' lair, Grove, Vortex).
Feyland: One in the box, equal chance of one of 4 normal Wastelands (City, Standing Stones, Tower, Temple) or one of 4 special terrains (Castle, Dragons' lair, Grove, Vortex).
Specials: Equal chance of Coastland, Flatland, Highland, Swampland colors, and equal chance of one of 4 special eighth faces (Castle, Dragons' lair, Grove, Vortex).
Minor terrains: equal chance of each of the 6 color combos, and equal chance of each special face type. So 3 out of 24 different types.
Battle Chest:
You get 2 of each size of magic item, common, uncommon, rare, and artifact. There are still 100 dice in the set, 5 colors x 5 types x 4 sizes. It's all a flat rarity.

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Q: Do you have a list of all Dragon Dice products?
A: Here is the complete list of TSR products:

Items listed in red have not been released. Items listed in green have been released by SFR. Items listed in strikeout have been discontinued and will not be remade.

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Q: How many different dice are there in Dragon Dice?
A: Regular units: 240 (12 races @ 20 each)
Eldarim: 5 x 5 x 4 + 5 x 4 x 3 + 5 x 3 x 2 + 5 x 3 + 2 = 208
Eldarim promos: 5 x 3 + 5 = 20
Frostwing and Scalder reprints: 40
Frostwing and Scalder promos: 20
Magic item: 103 (5 colors @ 20 each + 3 specials)
Dragonkin: 57 (5 colors @ 10 each + 7 specials)
Dragons: 44 (22 colors @ 2 types)
Terrains: 72 (6 color combinations @ 12 types)
Know Misprints: 11 (8 of these are Goblin uncommons)
Kings' Die: 1

Total of 816

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Q: How do you keep track of all your dice?
A: I use DDAssist, written by Bruce Parello. It lets you keep an inventory of all your Dragon Dice. Bruce no longer plays Dragon Dice, but has allowed me to continue supporting the program.

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Q: Do you know of any dice games almost as good as Dragon Dice?
A: I like Chaos Progenitus. I've also started collecting Chaos Progenitus. See the link on the bottom. Chaos Progenitus is a quick play game. It's also quite simple. Note that SFR has gotten the rights to Chaos Progenitus/Demon Dice, and made it into a new game: Daemon Dice. I've tried Dicemaster, Marvel Super Dice, and Star Trek Dice games. Dicemaster is one of those games that has tons of rules that you have to learn before you can even setup the game. It's fun to play, but not a quick game. Marvel Super Dice looks simple, but since there are so many character dice, you have to keep the reference chart handy to know what the special power is for the face side of the die. It is a another quick play game otherwise. I've yet to figure out how to play Star Trek Dice. I picked up a box of Pracoro (Pokemon dice). Since it's all in Japanese, I'm having a hard time figuring it out. Dragon Dice, Chaos Progenitus, and Dicemaster are the only dice games that only require the dice and the rules. No playing boards, cards or other accessories are required. Marvel Super Dice requires a playing board. Star Trek Dice requires a status panel (playing board). Pracoro requires counters, cards, and other little pieces of plastic (I don't know what they all are for).

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Q: What form of payments do you take?
A: I can take money orders, cash, PayPal, and electronic payment. I do not ship until I receive payment. Please check with me before hand if you want to send payment any way other than thru the normal mail. I've had a lot of problems with payments sent via Fedex. If you send via the mail, and a signature is required, I may not be able to pick it up before the next Saturday. PayPal is an electronic payment system that let you use credit card or your checking account to pay anyone and I ship as soon as possible after I get the payment email.

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Q: How soon do you ship?
A:Generally I try to ship as soon as possible. However, the Post Office near me has just changed their hours to 8am to 5:30pm Monday thru Friday. I have to be at work at 8, and I usually just get home by 5:30. So I'll only be able to ship out on Saturday mornings. If I can find a way to get a package out during the week, I'll try. My weekends are quite busy, and I seem to be gone about every other weekend. So don't be surprized if it takes 2 weeks for me to ship.

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Q: What is your return policy?
A: If the dice are damaged or chipped, I will accept a return. I ask that you return the dice to me, and I'll send out replacements. If the problem is the paint job of the dice, then do not ask me for a return. When I picked out dice to scan in for the icon pictures, I had to use as many as six dice (on a six-sided!) in order to get "perfect" icon pictures. Sorry, but I have found that almost none of the dice are defect free from paint defects. The most common defect is small "pips" that are not painted. Frostwing archers and cavalry almost all have this defect.

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Q: Do you have a store and is selling Dragon Dice how you make your living?
A: I do not own a store nor have I ever owned a store. And I do not make a living off Dragon Dice. This is a very overgrown hobby for me. I have to work 8 to 5 to make a living. So I'm not always around to answer each question right away, nor can I always ship right away.
For the really curious, I'm an electronics engineer. :)

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