Lots of manufacturers have made and continue to make Skull Dice; Koplow, Chessex, Q-Workshop, and many others have them in their line-up even today. What are they good for, anyway? I eventually worked a couple of systems out to make use of them, because what's cooler than throwing bones and coming up with skulls? Doom for you! Check out some of my favorite Doombringers below.
|Knucklebones! For reals!|
The game itself is a simple match-the-symbols kind of deal. But that's not the point. One of these days, I'll find a use for these boogers. Maybe a puzzle the players have to solve? Yes, that's it. A devilishly complicated puzzle. You not only have to reconstruct the famous pirate's hand, but you have to display the correct scrimshaw tattoos on top of the fingers or, instead of leading you to treasure, leads you to certain doom...*cue thunder, cue lightning*
|Color is off, but these dice are actually dark, dusky gray.|
|From Chessex of old.|
stumbled across that mostly makes CCG accessories, like card sleeves and card boxes, so I am assuming that these dice are intended to be used as counters in Magic: the Gathering or other similar games. Yeah, go pound salt. These are dice, and the cool skull only adds to my interest in putting them on the game table. They also come in a nifty tin and are reasonably priced.
The company also makes other symbols for their dice, and if you like themed dice for damage, like fire and lightning, you may need to drop some of your hard-earned pazoors on their products.
These are my favorite skull dice, for so many reasons. I got these out of a Pirateology board game, which is a box full of lame, with the singular exception of these here dice. Look at these beauties. They are made of lightweight, solid plastic, but just big enough to have the minimum amount of acceptable heft on the table. These absolutely must be used as in-game artifacts, because why on Earth wouldn't you? They are striking and roll pretty well on a felt surface. Now I just need to run a pirate-themed fantasy game or some sort of horror game involving undead or animated skeletons and then these puppies will hit the table and never leave.