Whilst looking for new dice I have noticed that the sizes differ.

What is the standard size of D6 dice in table top, card, and ball games?

My assumption is at least 15mm add it seems to be the most common for sale.

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This page on DiceGameDepot has an exhaustive article about it. A visual aid from that article:

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From my experience and the info from article, the 16mm die is the most common plastic die, used in the most packaged tabletop games, likely for it's good balance between readability and usability, while taking up fewer space in boxes or storage than the bigger ones.
Smaller dice are often hard to roll because of their lower weight, while larger dice more easily roll off the table and are louder.

From a player's perspective, I feel that the 19mm die looks and feels better, especially in direct comparison. Using 16mm dice instead is likely a business decision. For some corner cases, such as marking counters on Magic: The Gathering cards, I prefer 12mm dice, as you don't need to roll them, they obscure the card less, and it's easier to carry large quantities of them.

As for wood dice, which ship more frequently than plastic dice in older German tabletop boxes that I own, those have 15mm, 18mm and 30mm lengths after a quick measure. I wasn't able to find any sources on the numbers there, but I've been able to come up with 15mm dice much more often than any other within my collection.

  • Who uses a 50mm die?
    – DonielF
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 14:21
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    @DonielF: Not me, and according to Google image search their main use is being held dramatically in one hand. That said, there's a great range of 50mm dice available, more than half of which appear to be foam dice. I suppose those would be good to use around children, as they're easier to read and less destructive than plastic dice, while still being reasonably small. Commented May 16, 2017 at 15:16
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    I think dice size is mostly personal preference .. for example, I have a strong preference for the 8mm dice myself :) shrug go figure. @DonielF: anyone counting on the die itself to do the damage, and not strictly the result itself ;)
    – Ditto
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 20:16

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