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Dice Dreams

This week's Game Dream asks:
For many of us, dice have been our roleplaying pals for many years. Through that time, the random nature of dice should have convinced many of us to just roll 'em with little preamble. However, there are rituals that people form around dice, seemingly affecting their tendency to roll high (or low, as the case may be). Do you perform any type of dice voodoo before rolling? Do other players in your RPG groups? Share :)

Boy, do I ever. I have hundreds and hundreds of dice - two large clear plastic boxes full - purchased in the misguided belief that somehow the new ones will be better behaved. I attempt to "train" my dice by placing them carefully with the value I want face up, hoping that when I roll them they'll remember the position. I've sent dice to the penalty box -- one group I played with had an actual penalty box made of popsicle sticks. My hand to God.

Before a really important roll, I'll warm the dice in my hand and whisper to them, encouraging them to roll well for me.

And frankly, none of it works. But hey... it's still fun.

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michaeltlh
Sep. 29th, 2004 05:42 am (UTC)
Dice Voodoo
I've actually punished my dice. Spanked, even. I send them to "Time Out."

I put them face down in the corner... nothing seems to work. I've made them promises.

I'll buy a new bag for them... warm them up... cajole, coax and whine... they have minds of their own.
xuenay
Sep. 30th, 2004 02:57 am (UTC)
I attempt to "train" my dice by placing them carefully with the value I want face up, hoping that when I roll them they'll remember the position.

Same here, though I don't train them to learn that particular value - I just place them with the highest or lowest value on the dice, teaching them to roll highs or lows.

I have a few fave dice that actually seem to learn it. It doesn't even matter if I've spent the last five games teaching them to roll highs and then play a game where lows are good - they learn getting lows like they'd never been taught to get highs in the first place.

Or then I'm just deluding myself. Could that be? Naaaaah.
kirkt68
Oct. 1st, 2004 05:59 am (UTC)
I place my dice with the lowest value up, figuring that it's more unlikely to come and land on that same number when I roll them.

Silly I know. But that's what I do. :)
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