It’s common knowledge that one in twenty attacks is going to crit. That’s just science. But there are lots of dice experiments you can try in the comfort of your own dungeon! Here are just a few.

  • Pre-Roll: If you positively, absolutely have to avoid a botch, you just need to keep rolling. Eventually you’ll pre-roll all the ones out, leaving you with a die guaranteed not to crit the bed!
  • Roleplay Harder: You’re not just going for the Oscar to entertain your friends. You’re also trying to entertain your dice! If your vicious mockery is especially viscous, or if your witch bolt vocal components are especially witchy, you’re going to improve the roll by +0.5 on average.
  • Monsters Want to Live: Beware of monsters with exactly one hit point left. Your dice know that these critters have nothing left to lose, so they’ll tend to shy away from delivering the killing blow.
  • Dice Mates: Dice long for the company of their own kind. If you’ve bought yourself a pound o’ dice, then do yourself a favor and take the time to pick out members of the same set. They’ll reward you for keeping the family together.
  • Recharge: You’d be surprised how many gamers don’t know this, but all dice come with tiny batteries. That’s what the plastic adheres to at the dice core (just below the dice mantle). While a fully charged die will produce high results, a depleted die will produce consistently low results. So make sure to rest your dice and let them recharge!
  • Lost Cause: It can be painful to say goodbye to a favorite platonic solid. But if one of your dice comes up natural 1 three times in a row, it’s time to take it out back and shoot it. There is an upside though. After the execution, the rest of your dice will roll better! No one wants to be next on the chopping block.

There are plenty of other dice facts floating around out there. In fact, I’m willing to bet you know a few yourself! So how about it, Handbook-World? Have you got any absolutely-true dice science nuggets to share with the rest of the class? Shout ’em out down in the comments!



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