Continued from Part 1:
Now, are they actually balanced? I did a completely non-scientific study of my dice. I made 1,000 rolls each on both my old Chessex dice and the new Gamescience dice. I'm loath to publish my results because they are pretty non-scientific but here they are. The rolls were made on a hard surface. I picked 5 dice at random out of my pool for each roll.
Average roll: 3.499
Average roll: 3.594
So it would appear that the Gamescience dice roll higher and the Chessex roll lower but closer to average. This is where I think my results are flawed. I don't know enough about probability to say if 1k rolls are enough to really determine an average. And if the Gamescience dice do indeed roll higher, am I an unethical gamer if I use them and I know they roll higher? Am I a total nerd if I made 2k rolls to see if my dice really are biased?
In the end most gaming rolls are made on a felt surface. I probably need to redo the test on a felt gaming board but I really don't feel like doing it again. Furthermore, when I roll my dice I try and bounce them for best results. I also own a dice tower and I wonder how the results would be there. So I don't think I can count these results. Further tests are needed.
Final Verdict, the Bad: The sharp corners of Gamescience dice kind of hurt my hands and they're a bit bigger than the usual dice so it's hard to pick up a big handful of them. The clear non-inked ones are hard to read (if you buy the clear get inked) sometimes. They're more expensive than Chessex dice and are not sold in bricks.
Final Verdict, the Good: They don't go bouncing every which way when you roll them or when they fall on the floor. Also, this will sound really stupid but I feel more confident rolling them, that I know if I get bad dice rolls it's because of probability not because of flaws in my dice. The greatest plus of all is that if they are truly statistically even, that should outweigh all other considerations.
So for anyone who knows more about probability and statistics than I (which isn't much), I'd appreciate you weighing in.