Interview with Seth Kastein of Witch Doctor Dice
Geeks can have many passions, especially when it comes to tabletop gaming. Sometimes in life we can take enjoyments and turn those activities into fun and fulfilling hobbies, and more. And there are times when those same passions can be impactful and life changing as well. We got to talk with Seth Kastein, owner, and creator of Witch Doctor Dice.
Geek Post: How long have you been making dice? How did it all start?
Seth Kastein: I have been making dice for just over 3 years now. I’m a recovering alcoholic/addict so it all started as a way to keep myself busy and out of trouble and make some gifts for my D&D group. I guess it worked because I’m still sober and making dice.
Geek Post: Witch Doctor Dice is a very interesting name. How did you come up with it?
Seth Kastein: The name came from a character concept that I had. It was going to be a grave cleric/spore druid multiclass, but it’s evolved since then.
Geek Post: We have watched videos of you making dice and it is absolutely mesmerizing. Do you find enjoyment in your work? What’s your favorite part about it?
Seth Kastein: Yes, I love the work I do! My favorite thing is probably just playing with all the colors. I love making sets with bold contrasting colors in the resin.
Geek Post: Do you ever get a chance to play as well as create dice for tabletop games?
Seth Kastein: I do. I actually play in two campaigns and DM one of my own.
Geek Post: Do you consider yourself to be a geek?
Seth Kastein: I definitely do. I played multiple TCGs growing up, read “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings,” watched anime, and played WoW. I think geek culture and fandoms have always been a big part of my life.
Geek Post: What kind of fun things do you do when you’re not busy working?
Seth Kastein: If I’m not making dice or playing with them. I am usually painting minis, playing video games, or hanging out with my dog.
Geek Post: Where do you get the inspiration to create some of these amazing combinations?
Seth Kastein: I think I get inspiration from a lot of the same places other artists do media, pop culture, and life. My favorite source of inspiration would have to be the Tabletop Gaming community. Sometimes I’ll ask my followers for word prompts for inspiration and those sets are always fun to make.
Geek Post: Are there any challenges that your business has had to overcome?
Seth Kastein: I think the biggest challenges I’ve had are keeping up with social media and managing the time I spend working on things. It’s hard to pull yourself away from your work when you genuinely enjoy what you’re doing and not wanting to disappoint your followers.
Geek Post: Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know about you and your business?
Seth Kastein: The only other thing that I think myself and probably every other dice maker would want people to know is that handmade dice are just as balanced, if not better balanced, than most mass-produced dice.
Thank you so much to Seth Kastein of Witch Doctor Dice. It was a pleasure getting to know you and learn more about your geeky small business.