Dice Rolling: 101
One of the biggest changes to the game is going to be letting the players roll for themselves. This will, of course, be optional and up to the individual GM. For me, one of the enjoyment factors of tabletop gaming is the die rolling. There is, I believe, a sense of self satisfaction that comes along with rolling that one in a million shot and you can’t exactly blame a GM for a poor roll if you tossed the dice. To that end, I have searched for an online die roller to fit our needs.
There are a lot of choices out there… really flashy ones with pretty graphics, game specific rollers like D20 Modern, right down to bare bones, no frill types. Out of all the ones I looked at, the only one that fills our needs nearly perfectly is Secure Dice, about the plainest one out there.
Secure Dice was created by a fella named Brandon Blackmoor in ’06 and is made available to everyone for free by the good folks at rpglibrary.org. Its features are perfect for what we need it for and as far as I can tell, it is impossible to cheat (unless you are a hacker, I guess. I don’t know why one would bother…). It may look a little confusing at first but there is a lot of stuff we can just ignore outright for our purposes.
Let’s break it down, step by step then.
Enter the number of times you want to roll
Enter the number of sides on the die you want to
Enter the number of sets to be rolled
Enter you email and check the box
Enter the GM’s email
Enter the subject matter
8) Click Roll the Dice
The site rolls the dice and emails the results to you and your GM instantly. During game play, the GM can call for rolls in his/her posts or by private message. Ideally, players will know the rules well enough to know when a roll is needed in their responses. We’ll play with it a ton more in the weeks to come.
Let’s talk about what we are going to be rolling for first.