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April 14, 2010

Geek Dice — 'If you want to know what you rolled, you better be fluent in calculus, matrix theory, probability, trigonometry and modulo arithmetic'

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Created by Eric C. Harshbarger.

From his website:

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Above are some original dice I have created myself (using a laser cutter to engrave blank dice).

I grew up playing tabletop role-playing games, including 1st edition AD&D (I still have all of my old modules and DRAGON magazines). I don't play anymore, but if I ever needed to roll up stats for a new character, I have created the ultimate geek-dice for just such a task: math-dice. Instead of dice with numbers one though six on them, I've designed three six-sided dice (blue, green, and red) with various mathematical expressions on them which equal the numbers 1-6.

These are not your friendly, school-supply-store-dice to teach adding and subtracting. Screw that. If you want to know what number you've rolled, you better be fluent in calculus, matrix theory, probability, trigonometry, and modulo arithmetic. If you're lucky a die might land face up with "1+4" on it, or maybe just a square or cubic root.

The dice are 5/8" (16mm) in size. And yes, opposite faces add up to the fifth root of 16,807.

So, if your Dungeon Master can't calculate an infinite series or trignometric functions, I guess he'll just have to take your word on how high that Agility Score really is.

Note: I have licensed these math dice to Game Station. As they now have exclusive rights to produce and sell them, I will not be selling them on my site (I'll put a direct link to them as soon as they have them available).

Here is a PDF file showing the expressions

AsDFGHBJN,

used on all of the faces.

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[via Microservios and MathPuzzle]

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