Gamer’s Crack

2007 September 4
by Stupid Ranger

There’s something about having a hoard of polyhedrals spread out in front of you that just makes you oh so very happy, and there’s really no explaining the phenomenon. Those colored dice have a special power that can strip even sophisticated conversationalists of their ability to say anything more intelligent than “ooh, dice!” And for those so addicted, there really is no substitute.

I am highly addicted to dice, and every year at Gencon, I have to make several Will saves to avoid buying everything I can grab when I pass the Chessex tables. Fortunately for me, my very wonderful husband keeps me anchored to reality, and I settle on a new set or a scoop or something. I did pretty good this year and only bought one set (blue Nebula), and are they nice!

If you’re anything like me, you have those special dice that are reserved for special purposes. I have a set of d6’s that I only use to roll up my characters. I have a set of d8’s that I use almost exclusively for my healings or longbow/sword damage. And of course, I have my ever-favorite (until it rolls too many single-digits, anyway) d20. It’s translucent green with white numbers, and I can’t start a session until I have it on the table, along with whatever other dice I’ll need.

For those of you who feel hopelessly addicted, feel no shame. It’s a perfectly natural response for one who rolls dice as we do. Just remember, you’re not alone; there are others who love those polyhedrals as much as you do.

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Phil permalink
    September 5, 2007

    Ahhh! Dice!

    Some of my group are strong believers in Quantum Dice theory: The act of watching a die roll affects it’s outcome (and the related theory that a given d20 can only play so many 20 before needing a recharge).

    That’s why some of us buy new sets every new campaign (DM included…).

    Of course, our fellow player Yan, who refuses to believe the undeniable logic of our polyhedral creed, is not allowed to touch our beloved shiny new dice. And his dice punish him for it!

  2. Yan permalink
    September 5, 2007

    Well at least I don’t have any addiction to fight off. ;-)

    That being said I’m well in the lower curves of the probability bell, in regard of my dice result, the part where it looks like a line…

    Being a scientific minded guy I won’t admit that you might have stumble onto a greater truth. ;-)

  3. Stupid Ranger permalink
    September 5, 2007

    In addition to my addiction to the dice, I too believe that a d20 only has so many 20’s, and no one should ever, ever borrow mine for fear of wasting those 20’s.

    And Yan, it’s okay if you don’t have the dice addiction… that just means there’s more for the rest of us! :)

  4. Yacine permalink
    September 5, 2007

    I have an issue with people just rolling dice for no reason but I often find myself doing the same. These dice indeed have power over us!

  5. Vanir permalink
    September 5, 2007

    My dice run either super hot or super cold. Some nights it seems like I get more critical hits and misses than I do regular rolls.

    And the Stupid Ranger does too loan her d20’s out on occasion. But they’re always the weird puke-colored ones from the Chessex-tub at Gen Con. (They usually roll better than mine, though, so I can’t really complain.)

  6. Stupid Ranger permalink
    September 5, 2007

    If I don’t loan out those random d20’s that lurk in the bottom of my dice bag, they will never get recharged to their full 20 potential!

  7. Yax permalink
    September 5, 2007

    Recharged? I might have to review my diceology. I just thought dice hava a maximum good uses out of them. It my opinion some dice are just too old and their mojo is gone forever!

  8. Dr-Rotwang permalink
    September 6, 2007

    My wife and I received as a wedding gift two one-day passes to Star Wars Celebration II.

    We went up for the day, and marvelled at the amount of associated swag crammed in the Indianapolis Convention Center. We cavorted like children, exploring, playing, shopping.

    What’d she spend the most money on? Out of ALL THAT STUFF, what did she buy the most?

    Dice.

    From Chessex.

    True story.

  9. sir moon unit the mad permalink
    September 20, 2007

    its true you can waste 20’s but dont throw those dice out. you can “bleed” the ones out over time. or better yet “spike ” someone elces dice bag with really moody dice.

    i have one, and like its owner its a primadonna. it will only roll high if you make a show/ song and dance about rolling it. and even then if it catches on your trying to maunlplate it it will roll low to spite you. it will also bounce off any table you try to roll it on with out ceremony.

    if you have a shiney (fancy) set that dosent roll well. ask an epic level sorrcer or artfacter to bless it in game and then export the dice to your campign.

    ps please fogive spelling errors as i am dsylexic and the right mouse buttion has stoped working so i cant spell check. (sry)

  10. UncleMikey permalink
    October 18, 2007

    I had a very special d20 that i only used when i was DMing. It was yellow with green freckles, white numbers. It was the first die i ever bought myself with my own money, when i was fourteen. It was reserved for attack rolls by monsters. It never ever rolled below a fourteen. Sometimes, when the party was about to die in mid-campaign, i would hide its rolls behind my DM screen, so the players would not see me cheating(i.e. letting them live). Maybe i shouldn’t have. Maybe i hurt its feelings. I don’t know. It does not matter anymore.

    It is gone.

    I do not know where it went, whether it was stolen(i have my suspicions), dropped under the table or chose to leave of its own accord.

    I have not DMed ever since.

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