Polyhedral solids used to generate random numbers. In tabletop RPGs, dice are the most common means of introducing chance into the proceedings. Many players enjoy collecting dice of varying colors and shapes.

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How does rolling two dice and taking the highest affect the average outcome?

D&D 5E has an "advantage" concept where instead of rolling 1d20, you roll 2d20 and take the highest. Likewise, disadvantage means rolling 2d20 and taking the lowest. How does this affect the ...
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Are Earthdawn's dice mechanics as unfair and wonky as my player claims?

After an Earthdawn one-off running Misguided Ambitions with my regular D&D 4E group — because one guy was MIA — I had a discussion with one of the players about Earthdawn's dice mechanics. The ...
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How do you roll dice in space? [closed]

Let's imagine you get to go to International Space Station and you like to roll dice. But they don't stop flying around the station because you're in space where gravity is not high enough. How can ...
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What do I do when I suspect players may be fudging rolls online?

I suspect my players may be fudging their rolls in an online IRC and Skype game. While I can't confirm this (for obvious reasons), I'm highly suspicious. I logged all their rolls over the course of ...
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Why does a d10 count from 0 to 9?

I have recently purchased (in Poland, if that matters) a set of dice, from d6 to d20. I'm a complete newbie (if not ignorant) to RPG in general, dice, and this sort of technical stuff in practical, ...
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What is the meaning of the term “natural 20”?

In Dungeons & Dragons, does "natural 20" mean rolling 20 on a single roll as opposed to a composite 20 from multiple dice? Or does it refer to something else?
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Can I substitute a d3 with a d6?

I don't have a lot of dice yet, just a basic set of polyhedral dice: 1d4 1d6 1d8 2d10 1d12 1d20 Sometimes an ability or save calls for a die that I don't have. Strike, Unarmed [...] ...
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How do I read 2d10 as a percentage?

I own 2 d10 dice with differently numbered sides (0 through 9, and 00 through 90), although the same applies for two identical 'regular' d10 dice. How do I read the percentage value if I use both ...
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Dice Notation - Dice that start at 0

In the past I've toyed with playing games using dice numbered from 0 instead of 1. So, for example, playing a d20 system game with 3d8, numbered 0 to 7, treating a roll of 21 as an automatic success ...
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Natural 20 when rolling with disadvantage

If you are rolling with disadvantage and roll a natural 20 on one of those rolls, which die roll do you take? My question stems from the fact that natural 20s count as critical regardless of ...
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What can I use in place of Fudge Dice? [closed]

If someone doesn't have any fudge dice, what are the best methods to replace them and why? Term: Fudge Dice are six sided dice with two sides labeled with a +, two sides with a -, and two sides that ...
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How can I test whether a die is fair?

I have a d20 that seems to be, well, remarkably lucky.* How can I determine whether it's really just luck, or whether the die is in fact unfairly biased? *) Well, I don't, really. This is actually ...
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DMing without any resources: Is this DND anymore? [closed]

I have a DM who doesn't use a map or minis, rarely uses our stats, and usually only uses rolls. Sometimes he uses a book. Most of the time he's really only telling a story, and we're telling it with ...
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Is the Saltwater Float represented in this question a good way to test for loaded dice?

Recently a question has popped up in the comments of another question I've recently answered where a player has happened to roll three 18s and other high stats at a table with his dice, which could ...
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How can I find dice shops?

Is there an online resource that lets me find places where I can get dice? I'm currently in Germany, but an international resource would be good too. By places, I mean physical shops - not a list of ...
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Is there any other way to determine result than throwing dice? [duplicate]

I know that you can go full narrative and not use dice at all, but that's not what I'm asking about. I want to know any other (pseudo)random way to determine the result of action? My friend suggested ...
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3d6 vs a d20: What is the effect of a different probability curve?

What is the effect on game play of replacing d20 rolls with 3d6 rolls in a D&D 4e campaign? I started thinking about this after reading this question where the example was given of playing a d20 ...
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Can I randomly determine the outcome of an event with 5 outcomes with a d6?

Could I use a d6 to find which event would happen given there were 5 events, lets say named A, B, C, D, and E? I am thinking that for 1–5, you could have the events assigned to their respective ...
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Do all RPGs make critical failures always act as event triggers?

In all the games I remember playing, critical failures have always, in every case triggered an event. This critical failure is due to exceptionally bad rolls on dice, either a 'natural one' in DnD or ...
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When to roll during spellcasting? [closed]

I have played a few games of D&D with my equally as inexperienced friends and there are some uncertainties we have about spells that I would like to clarify before I take my turn to DM. When ...
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When rolling percentages, do 1d100 and two d10s (percentiles) share the same probabilities?

I know d100s are shunned because they take too much time to roll, and 1d10+1percentile is really fun, but do they share the same probabilities? Is it better to use a (digital) d100? Also, do d100s ...
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Dealing with large amount of dice rolls for a single damage roll without making it drag on

There are a number of spells and abilities that involve large amounts of dice rolling. For example, a high level rogue can have up to 10d6 in Sneak Attack, and a high level Wizard can have a ...
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What colors were the polyhedral dice in Red Box D&D? [closed]

My first Dungeons and Dragons set was in a red box (purchased around 1989 plus or minus a couple of years). The dice that came with it were of multiple colors, some of which I cannot remember. From ...
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Dealing with extreme luck

As a DM for 4th edition, I have a rather interesting bunch of players, but 4 of them that show up at my table tend to have extreme luck. 'W' and 'J' both have bad luck--there are nights where they ...
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Dice probabilities when rolling more dice than needed

I have a very similar question to Using AnyDice to determine the odds of getting a specific number sequence on multiple dice I want to know the odds of rolling a 1,2,3 out of 4d6. Or getting a 3 and ...
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Help Calculating Dice Odds for a Unique d6 Dice Pool

I'm attempting to design a unique d6 dice pool system, and I want to try programming the probabilities in AnyDice but I'm not sure how. Here's how the system works: Dice pools are between 2 and 10 ...
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Improving “fumbles” when using pools of d10s in TROS

The original rules in TROS use varying pools of d10s to attempt rolling one or more successes against a varying Target Number (e.g., commonly a TN=7). Roll the pool of dice, count up the successes ...
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Using AnyDice to determine the odds of getting a specific number sequence on multiple dice

After a few hours trying to design the proper code in AnyDice, I had to admit I didn't find a proper way to reach my goal, so I'm wondering if someone could give me a helping hand. Here is the ...
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Should I bring any extra dice for 5e?

I will be playing my first 5e session here soon. I got to skim the basic rules PDF, so I know that it plays a bit like 3.5 with some modernization. (Please don't stone me if I'm oversimplifying that.) ...
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Help Writing an AnyDice Function for a Weird Dice Mechanic

I've thought of a dice mechanic that I'd like to test the numbers for, but it's complicated enough that I don't know how to model it in AnyDice. It's sort of a modified dice pool, where the successes ...
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Help calculating opposing dice pool in AnyDice

I need to calculate the probability of A winning against B. Both A and B throw 1-15 d6s, the one with more successful dice (SD) wins. There are actually 5 possibles outcomes: CF: A's SD < B's ...
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Concerns about a dice-pool system [closed]

I'm writing "yet another rpg system" and I'm choosing a way to determine success. I'd like a dice pool mechanic, and I've come up with this. PCs have characteristics and abilities. Char. Mods will ...
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Are there any good online dicerollers similar to the now mostly defunct Invisible Castle?

I used to use Invisible Castle's roller which was based off of OpenRPG. Worked great, but it looks like the site has been pretty much gutted and is mostly defunct. The roller still works but I'm not ...
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Too few dice to move around in a game were their position on the “character” sheet is relevant

Apart from it being an everyone-for-himself game, one of the most dreaded things about Blood Red Sands is the sheer number of dice needed: Total Dice Needed for a full game of 5 players: 25d10, ...
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Pathfinder Damage Dice Steps

I am building a Human Gunslinger character who uses the Racial Heritage feat to get access to the Goblin Gunslinger feat so he can use a large double hack-but without penalty. Problem is, the the ...
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Calculating 6D6 similar to poker dice [closed]

I keep coming back to the idea of building a game system around a 6D6 roll, taking matching sets of numbers and 'straits' as measures of effect. This guarantees that something always turns up (as the ...
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How to model a dice pool with re-rolls mechanic? [closed]

I have a dice mechanic where players roll a number of D10s and have a different number of re-rolls they can use to maximize the total. For example: The player has 3D10 and 2 re-rolls. They roll 9,6,3 ...
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How can I get Sharpie off my d6s?

I used the Make Some option to have Fudge dice while waiting for my Evil Hat Fudge Dice to arrive. Now they're here, but my d6s are still all Sharpied up. The Sharpie will smudge and smear and get ...
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What tools can I use to keep track of dice in Dogs in the Vineyard played over Skype?

My group is distributed across the globe, so we have to do all of our roleplaying online. We have a few different die-roller options that we use. However, none of them seem very well-suited to Dogs in ...
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How do you play D&D when we don't have dice to play with?

Now I came all the way from Indonesia, and I can tell you that D&D is not a thing. Hence, it will be tough for me (and for my wallet) to find shops that sell d4, d12, d20 and so on. Let these dice ...
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How does one drop lowest and reroll ones/lowest in the context of multiple sides of dice? [closed]

I am making a dice rolling app and am trying to implement dice roll features. I want my features to apply to any game. Are there other common functions in addition to the ones I have mentioned? Here ...
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Is there a paper/manuscript explaining the theory behind AnyDice? [closed]

I am using the AnyDice website to calculate probabilities on any number of dice with any arbitrary number of sides. May I please have a link to a formal discussion of this very elegant subject?
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Common Dice Mechanics [closed]

I'm thinking of doing a study/paper/educational-piece about different dice rolling systems in RPGs and other games. I've played RPGs in the past but it's been years so I wanted to be sure I knew the ...
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What is the paper/pen/dice case used in the PAX Prime 2014 game?

I was looking the PAX Prime 2014 game and couldn't help but notice the nice looking cases they have: in the upper portion you can store your character sheet / books, and at the bottom there's a ...
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What is the average roll of a die with an expanded explosion threshold as compared to one with an expanded success threshold?

This is going to be a bit of a weird question, but I'm figuring dice pool probabilities for a homebrew system and I want to know how certain abilities should be priced regarding their use. The basic ...
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How can I execute code depending on a die value in AnyDice?

I'd like to be able to have a conditional test the value of a die or set of dice. Here's a simple example using a d6, but I'm looking for a way to check values of arbitrary dice sets. X: 1d6 if X = ...
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Polyhedral dice statistics program, spreadsheet, or document

Does anyone know of a program that does statistical analysis on dice rolls, or a document of tables for the same? I am looking mainly for statistics other than d6 (which are very common in most ...
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Most faithful way to convert a d20 base roll to a d6 base roll?

I'm semi-converting an old adventure from DnD 3.X to d6 Fantasy, but I'm having trouble getting a roll conversion that I am happy with. The adventure calls for an extended test of d20 +X rolls until ...
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How do I read a 4-sided die?

In the Red Box starter game, when you choose to be a Rogue, it says that your damage is 1d4+4. When I rolled the dice, it had all three "4" symbols facing up. Did I do 4 damage, or do I add them up to ...
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What approaches are there to lessen or eliminate reliance upon dice in an RPG? [closed]

Is it necessary to use dice all the time in a dice-based RPG system? In other words, are there occasions or means by which you speed up gameplay by either reducing the number of rolls or removing the ...