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Does microwaving a die significantly alter its balance?

It doesn't do anything. As a chemist, I had to give this a try. First, I started with a die that had a clear bias toward ~18, according to the saltwater test. The first picture is the initial drop ...
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What should be done if I suspect a player is using weighted dice?

Just invert all results You could turn the table by turning the dice rolls: If he claims his dice are unbiased, he should have no problem with using inverted dice rolls. This means that instead of ...
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How to persuade players not to cheat?

Don’t run the game. At least, not like that. “Guys, these characters aren’t legal. I’m not running a game with them.” If they persist, don’t be drawn into an argument. “I’m not running it,” and “I’m ...
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Dealing with a Repeatedly Cheating Friend

You are in a toxic cycle with this player. The sheer magnitude of offenses and the effort they put into going unnoticed demonstrate forethought. This isn't something they just fell back into like it ...
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Player may be manipulating die rolls, but I'm uncertain. How do I approach the situation?

Use a Rolling Tray I don't want to accuse someone of cheating if they were not, but I also don't want cheating to continue if it is in fact occurring Since another player has already mentioned ...
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What should be done if I suspect a player is using weighted dice?

Beware of confirmation bias There is a very strong chance that what you perceive as “almost always” is actually “slightly above if not right on what’s expected”. Don’t trust your impressions! It’s ...
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How should I go about stopping metagaming based on Roll20 showing unexplored areas?

They Fail Metagaming, in this context, is a form of cheating, and people only cheat as long as they think it will work. If the cheating doesn't work anymore, then they will probably stop. Examples: ...
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How to handle rolled stats when I think one player cheated on theirs?

You do nothing, or make everyone reroll Statistics are weird. Just because something is a small percentage chance of happening doesn't mean it can't happen. In fact, those things happen! I've even got ...
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How to persuade players not to cheat?

I have three simple rules for character generation at my table: All characters are approved by the GM before they are eligible for play I reserve the right to allow and disallow certain character ...
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Dice Rolling Method Fairness

This is a classic clustering fallacy Wikipedia defines the clustering fallacy as: ...the tendency to erroneously consider the inevitable "streaks" or "clusters" arising in small samples from ...
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Player may be manipulating die rolls, but I'm uncertain. How do I approach the situation?

Talk to your players Seriously. This is the very first step. Do not accuse anyone, just talk. There may be many reasons for cheating on dice: Failed roll ruined otherwise good plan that had 90% ...
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How should I go about stopping metagaming based on Roll20 showing unexplored areas?

Let's first talk about adventure design. If you're hiding anything that's important to your story -- in other words, anything where the game would be worse if the players somehow failed to find it -- ...
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How to handle rolled stats when I think one player cheated on theirs?

You either trust them, or you don't No one else needed to validate their rolls, purely on the human perception of, "they seemed balanced". But what do you see as "balanced"? Equal ...
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Player may be manipulating die rolls, but I'm uncertain. How do I approach the situation?

My answer is similar to Molot's answer, but based on certain details in the question, I'm going to challenge the presumption of malintent. Based on your own observations, it's not clear that this ...
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How to handle rolled stats when I think one player cheated on theirs?

Assume they are honest then handle the problem of power disparity separately Rolling is an way of generating stats that inherently produces variable results and characters which can land a big ...
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Dice Rolling Method Fairness

You've got a fancy dice-rolling ritual, and your friend is concerned it's cheating, and you're wondering whether it really impacts your roll at all. We consider dice rolls to be "fair" or "not ...
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Does microwaving a die significantly alter its balance?

What you have there is an urban legend. Since domestic microwaves are designed to heat food as evenly as possible, and the microwaves will penetrate plastics as readily as food, microwaving just one ...
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Dealing with a Repeatedly Cheating Friend

You can not better someone that doesn't want to change You know the saying. He fooled you in the past. Back then, they just did somehow cheat. They were banned. You gave them a second chance. Water ...
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How should I go about stopping metagaming based on Roll20 showing unexplored areas?

I will answer in terms of Roll20 mechanics. Use the GM info layer for these kinds of situations. Instead of engraving it as an object everyone can see or a map layer, just put it in GM info layer and ...
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How to persuade players not to cheat?

Use the Pregenerated Characters in the Starter Set The people who first played this edition, using the Starter Set, often used the pre-generated characters. And they had fun. Have a Session 0. Let ...
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Dealing with a Repeatedly Cheating Friend

There are a surprisingly large number of people in the world who think that every game is more fun with bluffing, and that robbing the bank without getting caught while playing monopoly is just part ...
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What should be done if I suspect a player is using weighted dice?

Ask if you can hold onto his dice between play sessions, and test them yourself if he consents, or lend him a set of dice to use while he plays at your table. You can test whether a set of dice is ...
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Player may be manipulating die rolls, but I'm uncertain. How do I approach the situation?

Authorized 'Cheating' Depending on how your implementation of @Molot's answer goes and the reason behind the fudging, you might giving folks the option for a few rerolls each session could help ...
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Dice Rolling Method Fairness

The method you describe could be used, with skill and practice, to increase the incidence of rolls that come up 20, or numbers adjacent to 20 on the faces of the die. To get convincingly random rolls,...
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How to persuade players not to cheat?

It's extremely possible they didn't cheat Hopefully you haven't already accused them of doing so. The most likely explanation is that they didn't understand how character generation works, and just ...
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Player may be manipulating die rolls, but I'm uncertain. How do I approach the situation?

The players where I've seen this happen usually fall into one of two buckets: Casual cheaters who just want to win for sake of not being a loser who loses. Heroes who think their characters / the ...
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Player may be manipulating die rolls, but I'm uncertain. How do I approach the situation?

I have a set of Koplow jumbo dice that I give to anyone suspiciously and consistently rolling really good. That way I can see the result from where I am. No one has ever argued with me. I think the ...
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Dice Rolling Method Fairness

Dice rolling? It's Math & Physics Time! Ok, not in the sense of digging out a few formulae and then calculating a lot, more in the way of analyzing the problem: Dice are well defined ...
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How to handle rolled stats when I think one player cheated on theirs?

This is a session 0 topic, meaning, in ideal circumstances, this is decided before session 1, before you meet to play the game. I don't even used rolled stats, but for a different reason. Stats have ...
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Dealing with a Repeatedly Cheating Friend

We can’t validate your decision You say: “Right now I am leaning towards kicking him out. Doing so will nevertheless make me very sad. What do other people think?” I think it will make you very sad ...
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