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These outrageous D&D dice cost $300

It’s quite the week for polyhedrals, but these come with a lab-grown sapphire

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Dungeons & Dragons turns 45 this year, and its best-selling fifth edition turns five. To celebrate, publisher Wizards of the Coast is offering a wild set of dice. The $300 set of polyhedrals are made of bright aluminum, and the d20 includes a lab-grown sapphire. Only 1,974 sets will be ever be made. Manufactured by Level Up Dice, they go on sale Nov. 21.

“When the D&D team realized the sapphire is the traditional anniversary stone for both five years and forty-five years, and that adding a laboratory-created sapphire to a twenty-sided die wouldn’t jeopardize the integrity of a roll, we couldn’t pass up the chance to make something really cool to celebrate the milestones” said Nathan Stewart, the vice president in charge of the D&D franchise.

The set includes two d20s — only one of which includes a sapphire — and four d6s, along with the usual assortment of d10s, d4s and the like. They even come in with a classy box and rolling tray combo, so as not to ding up the furniture.

It’s been quite the week for dice. Dispel Dice’s Kickstarter, which features unique, handmade resin dice with brilliant inclusions, is closing in on $2 million. Delivery dates on those, however, are being pushed out into 2021 as additional backers sign on.