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Aug. 21st, 2018 @ 04:15 pm RPG-a-day, day 21: Which dice mechanic appeals to you?
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Day 21: Which dice mechanic appeals to you?
Good question. I like dice: the shapes and the colours appeal to me, and I have far more dice than I’d ever realistically use. But I don’t have to use dice in a game: I’ll happily play in a diceless game too such as the Amber Diceless RPG!
As actual mechanics go, I kind of dislike flat probabilities, like D&D’s single D20. A bell curve like the Apocalypse World Engine’s 2D6 or Fudge/FATE’s 4DF give a much larger role to skill/stat bonusses: someone with a higher skill will succeed significantly more often than a character with a lower skill bonus.
I definitely dislike systems with dice pools that can get very large. The Forged in the Dark system is about my upper limit for that, and the Shadowrun system is certainly too much.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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Date:August 22nd, 2018 05:51 am (UTC)
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My brother used to have some of those. I haven’t found any yet, though.

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Date:August 22nd, 2018 01:26 pm (UTC)
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There are sets that have four, six, eight, ten, twelve and twenty sided dice, which is all you need to play, say, D&D. There are actually two ten-siders: one with 'tens', so you can roll those two dice and get a result from 0 to 99. They're mostly called 'Polyhedral sets', and they're not that expensive.
Any hobby shop that carries RPGs should have a variety on stock, but they can also easily be found online. I'd recommend The Dice Shop, because they have a wide range, but also because they have their own range of beautiful gemstone dice.
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