I create my custom pictures using a freeware program calked PhotoFiltre, or use the image files on the Studio Tomahawk forum. The SAGA community should be really thankful that the game designers have opened so much of the game up to fan experimentation.
I tried to put as many decals as I could on a page. The decal paper is not very expensive, but I hate to waste space, and I could always make extra dice for friends I am trying to hook on SAGA.
Spray the printed sheet with a glossy sealer, let dry for several hours.
Carefully clip and dip your decals in a cup of water for about 30 seconds. You want the decal to slide off the paper and onto the surface of the die. Too much submersion and most of the adhesive is leached away, too little and the decal will not come loose from the backing.
|SAGA Dice for Woodland Indians or "Skraelings"|
Finally, I sprayed the gloss sealer on the dice, a couple of coats to get all the sides. All together, it is not terribly expensive to produce a set of dice this way, but it is time consuming. Of course, one could always use regular d6, but without getting too pretentious, part of the appeal of rolling dice in general and SAGA dice in particular is its connection to ancient ritual behavior. The earliest dice to prehistoric and ancient men were "knucklebones," or the anklebones of livestock or hoofed game like deer. Symbols and runes were marked on the sides for use in shamanistic rituals...or mostly gambling. Symbol dice seem to carry greater significance than just a number of dots.
|SAGA dice for the Scots faction|