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D&D General Which is the best die?

Which is the best die?

  • d4

    Votes: 9 7.8%
  • d6

    Votes: 15 12.9%
  • d8

    Votes: 8 6.9%
  • d10

    Votes: 4 3.4%
  • d12

    Votes: 53 45.7%
  • d20

    Votes: 28 24.1%
  • d100

    Votes: 7 6.0%
  • Coin Flip (d2)

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • One of those weird dice with symbols instead of numbers

    Votes: 3 2.6%
  • A different die

    Votes: 9 7.8%
  • No Time to Die

    Votes: 4 3.4%
  • Die Means "The" in German

    Votes: 11 9.5%

  • Total voters
    116

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
8. I don't wait for people, people wait for me.

O Bolares, are you mad? Or what are you?
Have you no wit, manners, nor honesty but to
gabble like a bard at this time of night? Do you
make an ale-house of Morrus's house, that you
squeak out your love of six-sided dice without any mitigation
or remorse of voice? Is there no respect of
place, persons, nor time in you?



That's right, the d12 is so awesome that even Shakespeare named his PLAYS after them.

Game.
Set.
Snarf.
 

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Bolares

Hero
O Bolares, are you mad? Or what are you?
Have you no wit, manners, nor honesty but to
gabble like a bard at this time of night? Do you
make an ale-house of Morrus's house, that you
squeak out your love of six-sided dice without any mitigation
or remorse of voice? Is there no respect of
place, persons, nor time in you?



That's right, the d12 is so awesome that even Shakespeare named his PLAYS after them.

Game.
Set.
Snarf.
Isn't Shakespeare called THE BARD? So wich is it, Does Shakespear suck or Bards are great?
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
I have fond memories of needing 13d10 for one of my characters fire-arms checks in a modified VtM.

In MtG, someone playing a +1/+1 counter deck never has enough d6. Although if stores made boxes of mini spin-down d12s like they do d6s, I would certainly use those instead.
 

J.Quondam

CR 1/8
There's also the fabled
d02
, which may actually be a hat, rather than a die, but whatever it is, it is without limit.




 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Isn't Shakespeare called THE BARD? So wich is it, Does Shakespear suck or Bards are great?

No!

Shakespeare was the Sweet Swan of Avon. So says Ben Johnson.

The whole Bard stuff is nothing but slander started by Big Appendix(tm) to get the Bard into the 1e PHB.

Now that you've heard it, you know it to be true.
 

BookTenTiger

He / Him
I say d2 is the best just yes or no perfectly balanced and all that.
Just don't get too obsessed with it!
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Dausuul

Legend
The d12 is certainly the best die. It has elegant pentagonal faces where every other die* has triangles or squares. It has a shape that is complex enough to be interesting, without having so many faces that it might as well be a sphere. Its face count can be split into halves, thirds, or quarters.

I do appreciate the ascetic minimalism and podiatric deadliness of the d4, but the way it flops on the table disappoints me with every roll, even after 30 years.

*Proper dice, anyway. I'm not talking about all those weird non-Platonic shapes. Yes, d10, I'm looking at you.
 


Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Meh, I'm going to go with the d10—because screw Plato! 🤪

To quote Socrates' last words, "I drank what?"


What if everything you ever wanted came in a PLATONIC SOLID????? D12 4 LYFE!
Don't accept the shadows on the wall- FEEL THE FLAME!
 


embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Dayenu is the best die.

Dayenu is Hebrew for "it would have been enough." As in "If He had taken us out of Egypt and not made judgments on the Egyptians; [it would have been] enough for us. If He had made judgments on them and had not made [them] on their gods; [it would have been] enough for us..." And so on and so forth.

So Dayenu is the best die.

For if the fighter had rolled a 12, it would have been enough.
 



Jack Daniel

Legend
The d12 is certainly the best die. It has elegant pentagonal faces where every other die* has triangles or squares. It has a shape that is complex enough to be interesting, without having so many faces that it might as well be a sphere. Its face count can be split into halves, thirds, or quarters.

The d12 is the heavenly die, the one whose shape is classically associated with the fifth element. (d4 = fire, d6 = earth, d8 = air, d20 = water, d12 = ether/quintessence)
 



Yaarel

Mind Mage
Get rid of the 4-sided caltrop, and reuse the 12-sided dodecahedron for the d4 instead (writing 1 to 4 three times).

The d20 is great, because its 5% increments feel about the right amount for gaming. A +1 feels not a big deal, but a +2 feels valuable. For me d20 feels like D&D.

I am fond of d100, a metric game.
 


I voted d12, but that's because there's a superior version of it. Sure, regular dodecahedra are cool--the only (nontrivial) platonic solid equivalent in any dimension that has pentagonal faces. (I say "nontrivial" because the equivalent in 2D is regular planar polygons, which can have any integer number of sides greater than 2.) But there's a second dodecahedron that's better.

The rhombic dodecahedron, which is particularly cool because it appears in nature as well: both as crystals, and as the actual shape of beehive honeycombs (because they are not 2d hexagonal tiles that must fill a plane,, they're 3d cells that must fill space). It's not as perfectly symmetrical as the regular (or "pentagonal") dodecahedron, but it's still plenty symmetric enough to make a fair die, and it has a cool, distinctive shape.

I one time got a DM to agree to let me make a custom rhombic dodecahedral ioun stone. That was pretty cool.
 

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