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Significantly. The thing about 2d6 is that you've got a range of numbers that have a certain probability of them showing up. When you're rolling 2d6, your available numbers are 2-12. You're dropping off the number 1. Also, you have an escelating scale of percentage probability. 2's and 12's will happen 2.77% of the time (each). 3's and 11's will happen ...


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Well, that was an obscure one. As seen in the below image, these dice are from the 2006-07 Collectable Miniatures game Dreamblade. As far as I can tell, the game was extremely popular in a very small niche, and without the miniatures themselves I don't think the dice have any particular intrinsic value. They look pretty neat, though.


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Opposite sides add up to 21 on a d20 for the same reason that opposite sides add up to 7 on a d6: if there's a manufacturing or design defect, and the die ends up slightly flatter than intended, then the average result of the die will not change. Consider a d6 that ends up a bit flat: two sides opposite each other will both have an increased chance of being ...


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These dice are for a game called GOLO Golf Dice. I asked dice guru Kevin Cook at dicecollector.com and he recognized them almost immediately. This game is sold by a company called Zobmondo. It looks like the PDF rules are free to download, but you're missing some dice. In order to play, you're going to need the other seven dice since you roll all nine at ...


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It appears you have the Championship Edition (or the Mega Edition or some other recent modified version), which includes a "speed die" (that third die) for speeding up the game, though it's definitely not part of the original game. There are two "bus" faces, and one "Mr. Monopoly" face. I found these rules on Hasbro's site explaining how it works. The PDF ...


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These are survivor dice from the cooperative world-of-survival-horror board game Dark, Darker, Darkest. (The picture is labeled as "an expansion", but it's just a set of dice in each of the player colors. The base game uses these dice but shares a set among players.)


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Backgammon uses a die like that; it's known as a doubling cube. It's used, when playing a multi-game match or for money, to track the current stakes of the game. Note that in this capacity it's not really rolled as a die; it's just a cube with the necessary numbers on the faces.


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It looks like this die is from the Pokemon Card Game; part of the 'Roaring Skies Elite Trainer Dice Set' which is used to keep track of damage done to Pokemon in the card game. The symbol on the dice in place of the number 1 is the Pokemon set symbol for the Roaring Skies set:


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Doing some research shows you will still 5-9 range but it will be slightly more when you are using d4. Now if that difference causes a problem that would be up to you to decide. One other thing to note is you will no longer be able to roll a 2. This comes from https://anydice.com/program/51b6 # | % for 2d6 | % for 3d4 | 2 | 2.777778 | 0....


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First thing is, that it would make the numbers more or less unimportant, since they all have the same probability now (that of 4 or 10 before). This means good building spots are nothing you have to fight for anymore. Settlements will be more spread out from the beginning, because a starting settlement with a 2 or 12 is no problem anymore. So there will be ...


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This die is from the Star Wars: Galactic Battle Game. This was a game that involved individual action figures being purchased which came with cards & dice for use in the game. Some models like Yoda or Amidala came with black & gold dice, and others like Captain Rex or Ahsoka came with blue & white dice. (blue dice source) (gold dice source)


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I assume that we are speaking about a D20 that makes some attempt to roll fairly, such as the ones used in D&D. This is different from the aptly named "spindown" D20 which is numbered in a simple spiral. Why do opposing faces add up to 21? According to Everything2.com's article on D20, opposing sides add up to 21 so that the numbers most distant from ...


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The die belongs to the 2013 version of Taboo, which added the new "game-changer die". You can see it in the picture below along with the other components of the game: As a game variation, you can roll the die before each round and have a chance to play with an alternate rule T: Play with standard Taboo rules Roman Column: You must be perfectly still, like ...


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Looks like this belongs to Monopoly Express:


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Could it be one of Rory's Story Cubes ? After looking closely at those photos, I'm going to say definitively, why yes. Yes it could: In the top photo, the front right die has an [L] and a fire facing the camera. In the bottom photo, the die in the top right of the box art depicts a single die with a magnet, sheep, and footprint on three sides. SQB ...


15

Could it be you have Dragon Dice? Looks like this particular photo includes D8 not D10.


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Whatever non-expert game you play (Monopoly, snakes and ladders, etc.), rolling a 6 is good, rolling a 1 is bad. So I'd say "You win if you roll a 4 or more" is the most intuitive way to speak to a non-gamer.


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This is Go Long, a game about (American) football. The black die is for yards gained, if I remember correctly. Here's an image of the dice from Go Long (from BoardGameGeek):


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In general, rolling more, smaller dice will give a narrower range of possible answers and a distribution that's more concentrated around the average value, compared to rolling fewer, larger dice. This is easy to see by looking at the extremes: rolling a single d12 will give every value between 1 and 12 with equal probability (broad range, no peak at all)...


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This page on DiceGameDepot has an exhaustive article about it. A visual aid from that article: From my experience and the info from article, the 16mm die is the most common plastic die, used in the most packaged tabletop games, likely for it's good balance between readability and usability, while taking up fewer space in boxes or storage than the bigger ...


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Found it! Through sheer Google-fu, I discovered ThinkBlot! Tom Vasel's review describes its use: The game is very simple. Up to six players are given a sheet from a pad included with the game, along with a pencil. Then, the Thinkblot book is opened. It is a spiral bound book that transforms into an Easel with 75 different inkblot pictures, as well as a ...


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Ah-ha. I searched for the 2015 gen con convention map, looked up the booth number and found the associated store. Lumps, by Continuum Games There are a couple of printings, with various packaging and dice colorings (I'm a bit partial to the coal-colored ones). https://continuumgames.com/shop/lumps-non-seasonal-edition/ As mentioned in the question, a ...


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I may be misinformed, however my understanding of the situation is that this is a result of trying to normalize the value of each region on the d20. The best comparison is between an MTG spindown (where the numbers count down from 20-1 in sequence spiraling around the d20) and a regular d20. A spindown has all the high values clustered at one end, and the ...


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All the official rules say is " Starting with the Banker, each player in turn throws the dice.The player with the highest total starts the play: " However I have never seen a system for determining who goes first where if the top place is a tie all players re-roll, only the players that actually tie re-roll.


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This has been a problem since the days when dice, hand-carved out of sheep's knucklebones, could never be considered mathematically fair. Historically, there have been two principal ways of improving a game: Make sure that a particular number is not always good or always bad. In Craps, rolling a 7 is good for the shooter on the first roll, but bad ...


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Instead of modeling you can compute these results exactly. If you roll n dice at difficulty d, the variance will be [d * n * (d-1)/6 * (7-d)/6], and the mean net gain will be [d * n * (7-d)/6 - 1]. Both scale linearly with n, so here are the mean (measured in Net Gain Per Die) and variance for each value of d: ----------------------- | d | Mean | Variance | ...


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The dice appear to be from a game called Don't Bug Me, published in 1969/1970 by the Pacific Game Company (of California). A look inside the box reveals a pair of dice with an identical bug on each die: (Note that many other companies have released unrelated games under the same name too.)


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In my house, we only ever play with a d12. We combine it with a number of different house rules. I don't like sleeping on the couch, so my house doesn't use the robber. Instead on a 7, you simply grab any one card from the bank. You can use it for a robber if you want to though, for sure. But once we started with the d12, we never went back to 2d6. On a 1, ...


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A comment from the publisher on their Kickstarter page answers your question perfectly: This is their answer, but I'm also seeing complaints about unevenly shaped dice. If this is the case for your game, you should try to get your dice replaced. If you can't get your dice replaced, make sure you don't put duplicates on opposing faces. You want dissimilar ...


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