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"Alien Dice—It's only a game." page title

Alien Dice is a webcomic by Tiffany Ross and is a deconstruction of the mons genre. It has a interesting format where text accompanies the comics. Either the text or the comics can stand alone, but to get the whole story you have to read both.

Lexx, an alien raised by the Alien Dice Corporation (ADC), is a player in a game known as Alien Dice. Players are either the bored rich or unwanteds raised by the ADC. Players raised by the ADC, known as Indentured Players, are bonded to dice. These players are essentially owned by the ADC, and their only real chance at freedom is to play three rounds of Alien Dice. However they can be challenged by other players, and will belong to them if they lose in combat. Thus far, no die has escaped the clutches of the ADC.


To play the game, players must throw their dice on a planet. They will bond with the local non-sapient fauna, altering their genetic code in the process, to make them "roll" to a new form when they reach a certain point in training. Some also gain the ability to talk and greater intelligence. Games are popularly televised by the ADC.

The story begins when Lexx, a Rishan on his third round of Alien Dice, throws his die on Earth, hoping to complete the game with a minimum of fuss, as the planet is a fringe world away from the normal game channels. However, his plans go awry from the start—his secondary dice, Stealth, bonds to the kitten of a nineteen-year-old human girl named Chel. Chel has no intentions of just giving her kitten to this strange alien, so, in an effort to convince her that it's too much trouble, Lexx asks Chel to accompany him for a while, in hopes of scaring her off.


However, Lexx's plan backfires as Chel only ends up bonding with him and his dice, despite his best efforts to push her away. He also gets tracked down by his friends (and fellow players) Damien, Claudia, and Riley. Damien and Claudia are fascinated by how hard Lexx is to reach, and Riley considers Lexx a brother.

As Chel gets sucked into the game, she learns the dark secrets of the game, her own parents, and her own planet's past.

At one point, Alien Dice was in the process of being adapted as a Radio Drama, with seven episodes already completed. The most recent episode was added to the website sometime in 2009. The project subsequently stalled and the radio drama page disappeared during one of the many webhosting service changes that Shivae Studios makes.


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