This year we rolled out something special for GenCon, something we’ve been asked to make since the very first day Artisan Dice existed. It’s the 2nd most commonly asked for item on our customer’s wish lists. Bone Dice.
For those that aren’t aware, bone makes for horrible dice, is porous, oddly shaped, prone to chipping, and the larger pieces we need to make dice from are hollow spongy in the middle thanks to that wonderful thing called marrow. So for the longest time our standard answer was, “Nope sorry, we don’t make bone dice.”
As it would turn out all those issues are solved once you stabilize the bone and cast it in an acrylic resin. The colored holes you see are the resin filling in the teeth holes in the gator jaw bone. The gator jawbones come from the largest of farm raised gators as it takes an 8ft gator to have a large enough jawbone to make dice from. Much like carnivorous cows, these gators are raised for meat and leather. (Gator tail is some wonderfully tasty stuff, just fry it and serve it up with a side of remoulade.)
We also have a handfull of d20’s from this first run as well.