Questions tagged [dice]

For questions primarily about dice themselves: 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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Do all RPGs have critical failures, and which was the first?

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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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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How much is a Second roll worth in Modifier Bonus

That is to say, the value of a second roll, how much of a bonus value is it worth. For example: when you make a saving throw, attack or check roll, when does +bonus to the roll and rolling twice ...
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Call of Cthulhu V6 Dice

I'm GM of a Call of Cthulhu 6th edition table and I've got a question about dice. Most of the time they're (and I'm) just using dice from my "ol collection" with pretty much every existing standard ...
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Calculating dice pool probability with limited rerolls

I need a probability calculation script that works with various dice and dice pool sizes, that accounts for a mechanic that allows you to reroll up to X dice that are failures, but ONLY once per die. ...
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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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How I figure what dice I need to attain a certain curve? [closed]

I want to make character stats that fit within certain bell curves depending on choices during character creation (for example race, gender, class, sprokets amount, whatever). And I am wondering how ...
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Is 3d6 the same as 1d18?

This might actually be a better fit for Mathematics SE, but since RPGs are the intended application of the information I've decided to put it here (it has nothing to do with me being lazy and not ...
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Coming up with a numbering system for an 'omni-die'

I'm trying to design an 'omni-die' of sorts. A d24 numbered such that it can be read as a d4, d6, d8, and d12. My problem is this: how do I fit 4 number's worth of information on the very small face ...
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How can I find dice shops? [closed]

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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Does the DM Kit Work With the Core Books?

I am looking to start playing dungeons and dragons and was wondering if I can use the Dungeon masters kit with the 4th Edition players handbook and the monster manual and can I play with one set of ...
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Unknowingly improving my players' luck

As a GM, I'd like to give my players a lucky item, one that improves their dice rolls. However, I don't want them to immediately realize that the item is improving their rolls. One thought I had was ...
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Tavern Games for DnD [duplicate]

Does anyone know any fun dice/card/gambling games that i can throw into my campaign for some good flavor? Here are a few links to a Reddit post that I posted and a WOTC list of dice games. If you've ...
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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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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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Online tools appropriate to a mapless Marvel Heroic Roleplaying (Cortex Plus) game

I'm going to be running a series of games for the "gaming wives" of my regular group. My wife's a big fan of the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game and system, which uses the Cortex Plus rules, so that's ...
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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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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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At what point did polyhedral dice become part of D&D?

I was reading some articles the other day about Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson and the history of Dungeons and Dragons. I started to wonder: Where did these guys from Wisconsin get the now iconic polyhedral ...
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Where to buy just the plastic cases for dice? [closed]

Where would I buy just the plastic cases that polyhedral dice sets come in?
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What is the definition of a natural roll on dice

So I am starting in the world of pen-and-paper RPGs, and sometimes the material I read mentions a natural roll, like a natural 1 is always a miss, and a natural 20 is always a hit. I understand that ...
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How many dice do you need for Dogs in the Vineyard?

I'm about to start running a game of Dogs in the Vineyard. Having never done so before, I'm curious for an estimate of how many (and what type) of dice I'll wind up needing. Each of my players has a ...
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Looking for functioning dice servers [closed]

The first page of Google results returns dice servers that are no longer functional. Do you guys have any working ones bookmarked? The server must be capable of sending the results to two or more ...
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How to help players who roll really badly? [duplicate]

Scenario: player rolls to attack, rolls a 1. Next round, rolls a 1. Round after that, rolls a 1. Fourth round, rolls a 2. This really happened today. He was going back and forth between two different ...
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How to reveal initiative dice simultaneously online?

Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to phrase this. I'm going to run an online game of Riddle of Steel. Part of its combat mechanic is that at the beginning of a round, each player picks either a red ...
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Is there a penalty for rolling consecutive tens?

In 2nd edition Legend of the Five Rings, is there a penalty for rolling too many tens in a row (like in monopoly for rolling doubles 3 times in a row)? For some reason I'm convinced there is, but it ...
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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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Shadowrun dice pool size

I am new to both Shadowrun and GM in general. I want to run a one-shot of Shadowrun with four players. In that aspect I was asked, how many dice should be needed for a basic run. Based on the examples ...
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What is the probability for a thousand with 3 D10

I'm trying to figure out what is the probability with 3 D10's if I were to roll them one after another."001" is one and "000" is a thousand. Would every number have the same probability or doubles and ...
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Is it possible to produce a bowl-shaped probability curve with dice rolls?

In D&D's basic D20 system, you roll one d20 and add in some modifiers, then compare the result to a target number. Each modifier effectively adds or removes a 5% chance of success with the roll. ...
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Expand the numeric scale of Strands of Fate

I haven't played any of these narrative focused games like Fate but would like to. My players are very used to other more hands-on type of game where the numbers are plainly what your character is. ...
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Which manufacturers make/sell nested dice? [closed]

By nested dice I mean a transparent hollow plastic n-sided die which contains a smaller n-sided die within. I've searched on Chessex, Shapeways, and Q Workshop but either I've missed these offerings ...
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Dice with strange numbers of sides?

I've seen 30-sided dice for sale from a number of places (such as here), along with 24-sided, 16-sided, 5-sided, etc. Are there any RPGs that actually use these? More precisely, are there any RPGs ...
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How does rolling two d20 and taking the higher affect the average outcome?

D&D 5E has an "advantage" concept where instead of rolling 1d20, you roll 2d20 and take the higher. Likewise, disadvantage means rolling 2d20 and taking the lower. How does this affect the ...
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Looking for a story board alike sheet for a custom rpg

I am playing via Skype to a custom role playing game with some friends. The game is like an Age of Empires by turns and no one but the GM knows about anyone. I don't know the rules (dice based) but ...
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How can I roll a character's age using only d6?

I'm making a simple, slightly comedic home-brew RPG where a lot of the characters' base stats are randomized for comedic effect. This includes the characters' age. (So you can have a ridiculously ...
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Where can I buy a massive D4? [closed]

Simple question, really. I've had a look online on ebay, The Dice Shop, a couple of other online stores and just general Googling, but search engines don't seem to be very geared towards buying ...
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Who should roll the dice?

Who throws the dice in your game? Do you want to see/know the numerical results? Does it impact your roleplaying? Personally, unless I'm in a formal tournament, I prefer not throwing dice and not ...
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Balancing players' rolls, not characters

I have been the worst dice-roller in my party as far as I can remember. Be it D&D 3.5, 4th Edition, or any other dice based system, the goddess of luck has always been mean to me. To give you an ...
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Which systems use a dice pool *and* highest score mechanic? [closed]

I'm trying to design a system with a dice pool mechanic that looks at the highest roll in the pool as well as total number of successes? I want to show the quality of a success and it's extent. ...
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Do crystal dice offer any advantages or disadvantages?

Do crystal shaped dice (example) provide any notable advantage or disadvantage over traditional hobby dice shapes (example)? Are they equally random?
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What is a dice pool mechanic?

A very basic question, I know. What is a dice pool mechanic and how is it different from a roll vs. target number mechanic?
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Dice marked in Japanese [closed]

I am trying to find d&d dice sets marked with Japanese characters. I've only been able to find d10 sets. Is there any place I can buy complete sets (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20)?
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Polyhedral dice statistics program, spreadsheet, or document [closed]

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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Is it possible to exhaust bad rolls from a d20?

A friend of mine thinks it's possible to remove "bad" d20 rolls by exhausting them - continuously rolling the dice during the game, leaving only good rolls. It appears true - he seems to roll an ...
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Vassal-like dice for chat-sessions

I recently played a game on the board-game simulator Vassal that simulated the game's custom d6s. I'm wondering if anybody knows of a similar program (or even a module for vassal) that lets a group ...
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Is it possible to get more successes than you have dice in your pool in Ubiquity?

With reference to this question and this answer, I wonder if ubiquity has a rolling up mechanic, to allow the slight possibility of exceptional successes. So, Is it possible in Ubiquity to get more ...
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How reliable are dice rolling programs?

Dice programs and their use around the table are on the rise: Are there any characteristics, qualities, or quirks of results obtained by using dice programs which might detract from play? Improve it? ...
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Dice mechanic that handles very easy and very difficult tasks [closed]

I'm looking for a dice mechanic that supports a particular type of realistic feel. In particular, I'd like to find one where any task could potentially be rolled for without generating absurd results ...
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Which manufacturers make aesthetically unusual dice? [closed]

I like dice. I particularly like unusual dice, whether they have unusual designs (like those of Q-Workshop) or methods of manufacture (like the heavy cast-iron dice I found at GenCon, whose ...