Monday, January 21, 2019

I Miss Dice

I was at a local game store with my girlfriend yesterday, and she was browsing for a set of new dice.

My dice cup runneth over. In addition to the sets I've accumulated over the last 27 years of gaming, I bought one of the Chessex "Pound o' Dice" a couple of years ago.

Sadly, I don't get to roll dice. The two games I'm running these days are Monster of the Week and Monsterhearts 2, both of which are games of the 'Powered by the Apocalypse' system. The MC does not roll dice in that game.

The games are great, don't get me wrong. I'm enjoying the hell out of them... I just miss the tactile joy of rolling dice, but only the players get to roll in PbtA. All rolls are also made with 2d6 (unless you're playing Dungeon World), so the polyhedrals sit neglected while their more standard brethren get all the action. It's a shame.

This post brought to you by a mind-numbing staff meeting.


  1. I will say it's lack of GM dice-rolling that has put me off (long-term) from several cool indie games over the years, including Capes and InSpectres. Good games, but I want to participate, too!

    1. Oh, I definitely get to participate... but rather than random numbers, I just sort of make narrative snags happen and the PCs deal with it. It's weird, and I wasn't sure about it at first.

      I just miss the tactile element, a little.