You can’t talk about gamers and dice for too long with addressing dice bags. Every true RPG gamers has dice, and more of them than we really need, and we all have at least one dice bag to cart them around in.
Interestingly, the gamer obsession with dice doesn’t translate as clearly to dice bags. While you know for a fact that something who plays D&D will have multiple sets of D&D dice, and possibly some odd d100 and d30 dice, but often they’ll only have one dice bag. Don’t get me wrong, I know plenty of gamers with multiples, but it isn’t a given.
However, while most gamers are content to have just the one bag to cart their dice around in, they seem always to be on the lookout for a cooler and better dice bag. Standard fake velvet dice bags are cheap and easy to find, but I know of very few gamers personally who actually use these cheap ones. Instead they’ll have real leather dice bags, dice bags with fancy awesome designs printed on them, jester dice bags or even dice bags made out of chainmail (these are really cool, though not terribly practical.
I don’t know what it is in the gamer psyche that makes collecting many duplicate redundant dice acceptable and even desirable, but echewing the thought of more than one dice bag. Certainly carrying multiple dice bags is impractical, and you could argue that carrying 30 dice is just as easy as carrying 7 (not quite, but close). But in the end I think there’s something in the gamer mindset about dice bags that has the same possessive, collective mindset as we are with dice.
Go to a convention sometime and check out what gamers use to carry their dice around. Very few of them will have anything simple. Perhaps it’s this: while dice are a representation of their character’s personality, the dice bag is a representation of their own.
Here are some images of some of the stranger dice bags I’ve seen: