Roleplaying is a social gaming experience where a group of friends (usually 4-5) gather to collectively tell a story. The players take on roles in the story by telling each other what their character is doing. One of the players will be the Games Master (GM) or Dungeon Master (DM). The GM is the person most responsible for the story, letting the other players know if their actions were successful or not. The GM also takes on the roles of the Non-Player Characters (NPCs) who are the villains, villagers, monsters, peasants, soldiers, and so on, in the story being created. Collectively these stories form a Campaign.

Throughout the story dice are often used to determine the outcome of actions from the players. For example, it is not just assumed that a jump from one roof to another roof in a daring nighttime chase will be successful. The GM will decide on the difficulty of the task being attempted and the player will roll a die to determine if his or her character managed to succeed in the task. Not all games use dice to determine success and failure, but the majority do.

The Role of the Players

The Role of the Games Master (GM)


The majority of roleplaying games use what are referred to as Polyhedral Dice to work out whether certain actions are successful or not. There are seven dice in a regular set of polyhedral dice with different numbers of sides, namely, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20 and a 10 sided die with 10′s units on it to generate numbers 1-100. These dice are commonly referred to in the following way: d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20 and d100, with the ‘d’ standing for ‘die’ and the number specifying how many sides.

Often multiples of various dice will be needed. When this is the case, you will see a number preceding the ‘d’. This is how many of that die to roll. For example, 3d6 means ‘roll 3 six-sided dice’.

Sometimes you will also need to add or subtract numbers from a roll. In these situations you will see something like 3d6+2, or 4d4+3. Add or subtract the number following the die type after the roll has been tallied. In other words, you apply the modifier to the total of the roll, not each die.

Games use the different dice for different purposes, and not all games use all of the standard set. Some systems (like D&D for example) focus most of their attention on one die (in this case a d20). Other systems, like Fate, use a custom set of dice.

Where can I find Roleplaying Dice?

The best place to purchase roleplaying dice is at your local gaming store. There you can see exactly what colors and styles are available. You can also find a large number of different types available in the Amazon store.

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