I buy most of my dice from The Portal, either at their store or at their stand at the biannual MEPACon convention. Most of their dice are from Chessex, but they carry the occasional Q-Workshop dice as well.
When it comes to buying dice, I don’t tend to buy a lot. Typically there are two times when I buy dice:
- I’m starting a new campaign
- I’m at a game convention
When buying new dice for a campaign, I try to get something that’s thematically appropriate. With my elemental dice for Dungeons & Dragons, I was looking for medium-contrast dice that complemented the book covers nicely. When I bought my Ragnorok dice, I wanted something that reflected the fire and ash that dominated the Day After Ragnorak campaign setting.
I typically buy one new set of dice at each game convention I go to. That was a hard and fast rule in the old days, but as my budget tightened and my dice pool grew, my convention purchases became less consistent. Nowadays I buy dice when I really like them or if I’m looking for a particular set to complement a character.