Tag Line: 100-Sided Dice
Makers: GamescienceWhat is it?
A true 100-sided dice.
-Because the number are under a plastic enamel, they can't rub off. This is a problem with most polyhedral dice, especially the most handled ones (lookin' at you, d20 fetishists). When there are literally a hundred tiny numbers, rub-off could be disastrous. You don't want to spend half the game wondering if that was an 85 or a 65.
-In a pinch, the die can be used as a prop, perhaps some jewel, magical artifact or Cosmic Cube-like item to scare the purple pants off Galactus.
-No more staring at those two d10s wondering... "Which one was tens and which one was units again?"
-And yet, whenever I've rolled the d100, even though I can easily tell which number sits on top of the golf ball, other invariably ask just HOW I can tell. Great sense of spatial orientation, I guess.
-You'd think the d100 would roll right off the table 99 times out of 100, but tiny ball bearings inside make it stop in about the same time as normal dice (and turns it into handy maracas in case a musical number breaks out). Still, it doesn't have the same visceral feeling of crashing dice, which, to be frank, is the real reason diceless RPGs never make it big.
From the ad: "The DM Guide provides more than 100 uses for this die, which is ideal for use with all role playing and miniatures games."
How I've used it
I first saw this thing in an add at the back of the very first Dragon magazine I ever got. No clue as to how it could work. Then, I absurdly came across it at a local convenience store (Jack&Jill's) and snapped it up. Guess what. It didn't really replace 2d10 as my percentile dice of choice. I think I've used it more as a prop than anything else or to break from the routine. A villain who uses a giant d100 is someone to be reckoned with. "Throw your tiny, insignificant d10s, mortals! And face the wrath of my enormous golf ball... of DOOM!!!"
A novelty and nothing more. People who love dice of every shape and color will need one for their collection (if you have a secret stash of d30s, you are its target audience), but don't expect it to see much play.