For my third installment in Speak Out With Your Geek Out, I’ll focus on the pride of every pen-and-paper RPG gaming geek: dice! In a previous post, I showed off my dice collection. Now, I’d like to share some of my rules, habits and obsessions I have with my dice.
- Hands off my dice! I don’t think I’m alone in this rule. I simply don’t like other people touching my dice. Now, if you ask, I’ll likely give you permission – that’s only good manners. Also, if you do touch my dice without my permission, you’re certain to be blamed when the bad rolls start coming up – so don’t rub your bad luck on my dice!
- At the start of the gaming session, I dump all my dice out of the bag. This is a necessity, of course. As you can tell by the picture above, I have many, many dice – how else could I possibly…
- Select three complete sets to use during the game. Mostly because I am likely to need to roll more than one of any given type of die (d6, d8, etc.), this is only practical.
- Before use, roll all dice until the highest number shows. Like athletes, dice need to warm up before the game.
- Organize the dice by sides first, from d4 to d20, then colors, in neat rows and columns, with the highest number showing. OK, so the d4s are put together in a semi-circle because they fit that way. With the highest number showing, they’re more likely to roll that way, right? My theory is that gravity causes the bottom to become more dense, effectively weighting the die in my favor.
- If a d20 has a run of low rolls, I have a pep talk with it. If it continues, I give it a “time out.” Let’s face it, all dice want to roll the best numbers. If the d20 causes too many failures, you have to let it know that you expect better from it. If it keeps under-performing, it obviously needs a rest.
I’ve come to realize, oddly enough, that I only do these things as a player. As a GM, I don’t observe these rules, other than numbers 1 and 2.
How about you? Do you have any
superstitions habits for your dice? I’d love to hear them.