Bonkers 120-sided die puts the big roll in role-playing games

It was nice knowing you, d20. The Dice Lab debuts a monstrous 120-sided die that can handle the jobs of your entire regular dice collection.

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There are 120 possibilities here.

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Empty your dice bag, gamers. You've probably got the standard seven-dice Dungeons & Dragons collection of a d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20 and that goofy 10-sided percentile die. Now throw them all away and put in an order for The Dice Lab's d120.

The Dice Lab calls its d120 "the first mass-produced injection-molded 120-sided die." The concept for this monster has been around thanks to a 120-faced geometric pattern called a disdyakis triacontahedron that uses an elongated triangle for each face. While there have been some 3D-printed attempts, it's been hard to get your hands on a d120. Until now.

Multi-sided dice are often used in tabletop role-playing games to build characters and determine the amount of damage in combat. The Dice Lab's fantastical creation is pretty substantial for a die. It has a diameter of 2 inches (50 millimeters) and weighs over 3 ounces (about 90 grams). It's available in red, black, green, blue and white. A single die costs $12 (£8.50, AU$15.80) and The Dice Lab expects to have stock available within a month or two.

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There's something very special about the d120. "I think it will mostly be interesting for the novelty of having the largest die around. But it can also be used as a stand-in for all other standard dice," The Dice Lab's Henry Segerman tells CNET's Crave blog.

The d120 can be divided up to take on the roles of your other dice. For example, you could break it into groups of 20 numbers and assign each set to a 1 through 6 roll to take the place of a six-sided die.

"If you only get one die to take with you to a desert island, choose the d120," Segerman says. You might end up playing Dungeons & Dragons with a painted volleyball head, but at least you'll be playing Dungeons & Dragons.