Here is a collection of “Dice Advice” for the edification and amusement. Do with it what you will. No guarantees. Some of these ideas seemed to seem sensible to me for some time. But then various other completely contradictory instruction occurs and it too is practical, in its own superstitious way. The whole thing is rather confusing. Continue reading and you’ll see what I mean.
What to wear:
Never thought about the very best what to wear while gaming? Well don’t worry, you don’t have to get dressed up to have good luck. In fact, based on the traditional stories surrounding the game of Craps, “Dirt brings luck. Wear dirty clothes and you will be lucky.” (Hey, that explains that odd odour wafting out of my local game store the other day. There must have been lots of REALLY lucky gamers in there!)
Where to sit:
Well, sitting on a handkerchief while gaming is meant to be lucky. (Best not to combine this one with the “Dirt brings luck” concept… ewww.)
Sitting astride your chair is lucky too. (Tipping your chair back is not lucky however, especially when we were teenagers and anyone’s mother caught us doing it. Ouch.)
“Never leave a d20 sitting with the #1 facing up. It’ll get used to sitting this way, and roll 1’s more regularly.” The “scientific” excuse for this belief says that there is a “molecular drift” or “dice creep” due to gravity, causing the die to become bottom heavy. This might make more sense if dice were semi-liquid, but last time I checked all my dice were solid. Check yours now, just to be sure.
Alternatively, “If you leave a d20 sitting with the 20 facing up, it’ll get tired of being that way, and seldom roll any 20’s.” Hmmm. Besides, how do i tell which way all those dice jumbled up in my dicebag are sitting all week between games? Oh, such anxiety! I believe I need a transparent dicebag!
Where you can throw the dice:
Well, on the table is good… but not just any table. Highly polished tables are bad luck… something regarding mirrors reversing things, giving you the opposite of what you want I guess.
But getting the dice roll off the table onto the floor is misfortune too. When playing Craps another roll after that is sure to be a 7 (the least desirable number). Plus you may lose the die, a) in the cat’s dish, b) down the heating vent, c) amongst the collection of cheesies, chip crumbs and dust-bunnies beneath the gaming table. Any misfortune associated with the dice falling off the table could be remedied by having the “Dealer”, or the in our case the GM, pick up the errant die and give it back to you. Needless to say, some GM’s don’t like ahead out from behind the screen for anything… so if you keep asking them to chase down your dice you merely will dsicover you luck gets a LOT worse all of a sudden “Why do all the monsters seem to be seeking me tonight?! Oh, would you pick up my d6, again?”
What (not) to say:
Never say “You need not a 1”, because that jinxes the roll. This goes along with the idea that while playing Craps no-one is to mention the number 7. By mentioning undesirable numbers, you are summoning them. So, logically (if I may use that word in this context) calling out “Come on 20!” would be summoning a 20. Someone told me he always says “Hit! You bloody bastard!” while rolling to hit. (Apparently swigging beer before exclaiming this, is the main charm.)
The Hackmaster Player’s Handbook has a great section in the rear of the book on dice rituals etc. In yoursite.com outline a method of blessing a die by rubbing it on the signature of a famous gamer… complete with diagrams! Be sure to check it out.
Rubbing your dice on someone’s head is really a method of blessing the dice. Apparently red-headed people are bad luck though. (I hardly understand this at all. Some of my close friends are redheads!)
Cleansing dice of bad luck is another method of blessing your dice. This is often done by burying them in salt, or washing them in cool water or mineral water. (Holy water my work extra well, but not for evil characters.) Just avoid alcohol to remove bad luck from your dice… it may take away the ink from the numbers too! Of course, cleansing dice when they have already been performing well, would be counterproductive. You’ll only be washing away the nice luck (and all that “lucky dirt”!).
A “friend of a pal” used to put his dice in his mouth and spit them onto the table, once and for all luck. No-one ever borrowed his dice. Someone else, used to keep her dice down her bra. “Boobs bring luck!” she maintains.
“Bad dice! Go sit in a corner and think about what you’ve done.” Uncooperative dice could be coaxed, cleansed, blessed or… punished for their bad deeds. Some folks will leave the offending dice at home when they go out to play: “House Arrest”. Some gamers provides the dice to the game, but not let them out of the dice bag. The bad dice have to sit there listening to their other dice friends having a great time and rolling merrily, while they sit at night. Other bad dice escape the bag, but have to sit on the sidelines watching the other dice frolicking around. (That’s really too cruel, I think. It reminds me of senior high school gym class, when I so often waited for the turn that never came. Sniffle. Sob. I’m going to be okay ina moment.)
The worst things I’ve have you ever heard of people doing to poor unsuspecting dice are, a) putting them in the bathroom . (not flushing though), b) ejecting them into the atmosphere with a slingshot, and c) taking a blow torch in their mind. (This latter, as a dice lover, I regard as outright murder. “Someone call the cops, an innocent die is dying!” The dice, in this case, actually were innocent, and not “bad dice” at all. They were sacrificed to the gods of luck in order to bring fortune to a newly created character.)
I’m not talking about Chi Squared tests here. That’s for another article.
I’m discussing testing the loyalty, balance and general luckiness of dice through such highly rigorous methods as “dice stacking”. Throughout a lull in the game, stack up your dice on top of each other. If any fall off the stack they’re obviously not very loyal to you, making you look foolish like this… so don’t use them any more that night.
If any fall off the stack and land on really good numbers, well, that’s different. Maybe they go out of their solution to prove how lucky they are, and you should provide them with another chance. Kindness counts, I figure. (I’m not the murderous type, you may already know.) Call me soft, if you want, but I like my dice, and if I’m nice to them maybe theyll give me that natural 20 when I really need it!!