It’s been a little while since our last contest, and we thought we’d get 2009 started off right with another one. This time around, you can win one of two sets of dice or a custom Gnome Stew dice bag.

## Thanks to Our Sponsors

This contest is sponsored by Game Master Dice, who provided the two sets of dice, and Marsbarn Designs, who gave us the custom Gnome Stew dice bag. (I reviewed Marsbarn’s dice bags in a past article.) Check ’em both out!

## Win Fabulous Prizes

We’re giving away two sets of poly dice from Game Master Dice. Maybe you need a fresh set of dice, or an extra set for one of your buddies — or maybe you’re the player who always forgets your dice. Either way, we’ve got you covered:

…and a custom Gnome Stew dice bag, courtesy of Marsbarn Designs:

Which, incidentally, is fully reversible:

I can’t emphasize enough how great Marsbarn’s bags are. I’ve used mine weekly for several months now, and it still looks like new.

## How to Enter

You can enter this contest by posting a comment on this article. To do that, you’ll need to be a Gnome Stew member; it’s free to join this site, and you can register an account right here.

Everyone who posts a comment will be eligible to win one of the two sets of poly dice. (If you post more than one comment, you still only get one entry.) That’s it — post anything you like, and you’re entered to win one of the two sets of dice.

To win the custom Gnome Stew dice bag, you’ll need to guess how many dice I own — based on the picture of the huge pile o’ dice that follows. If you’d like a shot at winning the bag, put your guess in your comment. Whoever comes closest without going over will win this puppy. (If we need a tiebreaker, it will be guessing the number of d30s I own; the secondary tiebreaker is a die roll.)

You can only win one prize, and as always Gnome Stew authors are ineligible to win.

Please note that I’ll be emailing the winners at the email address used for your Gnome Stew account — make sure it’s a valid email address. I’ll put the dice winners directly in touch with Game Master Dice to claim their prizes. I will personally mail the custom Gnome Stew dice bag to whoever wins that prize.

## The Pile

Here’s a big pile o’ dice (check out the larger image):

My entire dice collection is in that pile. There are a few dice in small bags or containers that aren’t visible (they’re buried in dice), but no filler under the pile or anything tricksy like that. And yes, I have counted them (and fuck my ass was that a long process!).

I will provide one hint: I posted the number of dice I owned online several years ago, under a handle; I have acquired more dice since then. The chance of connecting that post and this one is pretty slim, but it is possible.

## The Deadline

This contest will end (and the comments on this article will be locked) on Friday, January 9th, 2009 at 7:00 pm Mountain time. We’ll announce the winners the following week in a separate post.

Sound good? Get to commenting and guessing, and good luck to everyone who enters!

My dice guess is 3,427 dice, including 12 d30’s. By the way, have you ever actually used a d30 in a game? Is there a role playing game out there that uses d30’s? I mean, I have one too, but I’ve never used it.

460 dice, with 10 d30s.

Which we use in deadlands when you’re hit by something swinging a telephone pole. Or when we need to decide how many of the wounded villagers die.

I will guess 1,423 dice and 9 d30’s. You remind me of a friend of mine who had a large beer pitcher of dice (besides his personal stash). We never had to bring dice to his games!

The dice bag looks very cool (love the flames). What kind of material is it made out of? The dice would be a nice addition to my own collection. Yellow is definitely an underrepresented color in my dice box.

Thank you for an enjoyable contest.

@Bravemaximus – Many years ago, Lou Zocchi produced a 30-sided die with a booklet of 30-sided dice tables. The booklet had tables for D&D encounters, traps, weather, you name it. It’s pretty much a collectable these days and I haven’t seen one in a very long time. I’m sure with a little time and effort you could generate your own 30-slot tables and put that die to good use.

1321 dice

7 d30

Hey, I just noticed that one of your d20s in the upper left quadrant is the same one that I usually use for D&D. It’s bound to happen when two gamers (one of whom has a massive f***ing collection!) compare, but it’s still neato.

1,001 Dice with 14 d30s.

Wow nice dice!

At first glance it looks like 666 dice!

But when I recounted my 3rd eye tells me 888 dice.

That is my final answer.

Great blog!

Happy new year!

I’ll guess 523 dice, and 2 d30’s.

I considered constructing a 3D model of the 2D image provided to get an accurate projection of the height of the “big pile o’ dice.”

Unfortunately, I was confronted by the reality that I had no idea how to do such a thing and instead stepped away from the keyboard for the big pile o’ M&Ms kept a careful distance from my chair.

Upon my return, I sought to impose my reality upon your pile (I’m not sure that came out right…) and so hazard the guess that your pile will not fit into the flaming gnome dice bag…. Wait! What was the question?

Right – 1,003 dice in the pile. Plus 7 thirty-sided dice for a grand total of 1,010 individual instruments of fate in the pile.

But don’t hold me to that…

901 dice. No d30s.

2424, with 2 D30s.

1310 dice, 1d30

3000 dice, twenty D30

I’m going to guess 641 dice and 4d30

937, 12 d30s

Makes me feel like I need to buy a few more dice now.

I’m going to go with 1001 dice and 12 d30s.

1742 dice and 6 d30s

975 with 3 d30s.

Happy New Year to all! Thanks for the kind words about the Stew, and thanks for entering.

d30s, for the record, make fabulous cat toys. That’s about it, though. π

@EvilGM – I’m pretty sure I got the smiley/frowney dice at Koplow’s booth at GenCon a few years back; that’s where I’d start if you want to snag a set. I’ve always imagined I’d use them for random NPC reactions, but it’s never actually come up.

@pseudodragon – The dice bag is made of two layers of thin but strong 100% cotton. They rock.

1316 dice total. 10 of them are d30 dice.

Hmmm… I’d say…. 756 dice 13 d30s

1225 Dice 6 d30s

that’s a nice collection…

anyway, let’s say 1015 regulars, and i don’t know… 7 x d30…

I’ll say 1231 dice, with 13 d30’s.

912 dice

14 of them are d30’s

796 dice total, and I don’t know – 11 d30s?

1256 dice, and some 7d30s.

By the way, to those who say there are no d30s: c’mon, just look at the freaking picture! XD

1111 dice, with 11 d30s

I could always use more dice.

As far as the number in the picture? 1216

And… a dozen d30s?

I am going to guess 3,116. Hopefully that’s right! And eh, 13 d30s?

I’ll say 1,369 dice and 7 d30s.

Wow…guess I’m sorely lacking behind in the dice department. Sooo…let’s see. I figure 832 dice, with 6 d30’s thrown in the mix.

1993 dice and 9 d30s.

789 Dice and the longest thread on Gnome Stew

hi there, just found the blog.

Guessing: 1150 dice, 3 d30’s.

Hey all.

I’ll put my guess in at 1523 dice and 11 d30’s.

1,385 in the pile.

D’uh! you own 30 d30s! Not because you ever needed them, you just got close to it and thought, “I need that geek badge.”

Er, at least that’s what happened to me when I saw my first packed full skull dice bag.

Highest without going over, eh?

…

ONE DOLLAR, BOB!

Erm. Sigh. I always wanted to do that. ;_;

1342 dice.

@rekenner –

ACK. And 10 d30. Not that a tie is likely, as no one has used my guess.

Dots why did there have to be dots

795 dice

7 d30s

One thousand, four hundred and sixty-six dice says I! (1466)

And 13 d30s to boot.

Also, wow. That’s a lot of dice.

I say:

1767 dice and 13 d30s

And I would like to hear them being rolled all at once.

Exactly 2000.

WAGAWAGA

Including 12 d30s.

There should be more male bums on dicebags says me.

WAGAWAGA!

I’d like to apologise on the tone of my previous comment. I’m of an extremely excitable age.

812 dice with 9 d30’s.

That’s one hell of a collection.

I am guessing 982 dice and 10 d30s. π

That is a whopping pile o’dice.

My guess is 625 dice with 5 d30’s.

CJ

Hmmm… 1654 dice and 13d30s.

568 with some change.

And about 12 d30’s.

Plus those mighty d4 caltrops!

684 dice, 7 d30s. Feeling lucky =)