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I am a statistician and i love this.
I left a reply on how die almost never follow the 5% rule, giving insight into how they are made with flaws that affect their rolls, as I have spent nearly 9 years in that industry as a machine operator and now as a supervisor. It appears my comment was deleted.
@saszeta There are a couple hundred real academic papers on DnD statistics and decision-making. check out google scholar.
Pls, write paper on statistics in dnd. Like how is it possible that some dice are good some bad etc
@Ibeatganon4fun And a foolish statistician continues to insist that all outcomes are equally likely after rolling 100 20s in a row.
A superstitious statistician supplies solely superfluous systems...
Quick PSA: if you want to *really* know a die's bias, float it in a bowl of salt water. If it consistently shows a particular face above the water, it means that region of the die is slightly heavier than the rest. This means that a die that floats with a 20 showing is biased towards rolling nat1s, and vice versa.
Look, man. I just wanted to play a bird man...
I have been playing tabletop RPGs for over 20 years and I have never felt so validated.
So I am currently waiting for the second lesson to start, where should I send my tuition fees to?
I'm so glad this popped up in my feed. Insta-subbed.
I love everything about this.
To be fair, it's physically impossible to create a perfectly fair die. Every die is going to favor one region or regions. It's just a question of _how much._Almost universally imperceptible, but you never know...
Zee is just trying to get customers to buy more dice sets at the shop.
I love how sincere the bullshit in this video is 🤣.
I'm astounded by how many otherwise knowledgeable and logical players fall into logical fallacy and superstition concerning dice.
Spotted the guy typing with his super prodigies on his desk.
You could always weight the die if you want it to be less fair.
1:30 What is this music called?
Get off your Ginger ass and make the next episode
Yeah we need to know how to train the dice
When I roll my dice, if they roll low I let them rest. After all rolling high numbers takes a lot of energy. I take out a replacement die for a couple minutes and after about an hour let my main dice play again. Also if you roll metal dice I find rolling mine fast is the best way to get results, as the oil on your hands and make the iron smell for a couple minutes which when this happens to me I just roll crap.
tl;dr - buy every d20 you see
A lesson in "How to make even the biggest lie sound convincing."
So the takeaway is "buy more dice".
Bought a buddy of mine a literal dice jail for the ones that commit continuous nat 1 crimes.
Can't tell if he's serious or not about making episode two
all my traitor dice sets are also my most expensive ones
good looking dont mean well made
That's rough, buddy
i guess he'll cover dice lice in part 2
Intellectually, I *know* this video is just sarcasm and leaning into the urban legends, but there's such conviction and logic, I still believe it.
That’s because he led off with what types of bounce the dice can have. Which is true! If you know the likely roll based on your throw, that’s a die you can predict.
That's exactly how you bullcrap your way through any situation
Synchronization Theory + Self-Fulfilling Prophecy + Placebo EffectWhat you call coincidence, I call power gaming :D
"Luck is a skill." - Woolie Madden
So what I'm hearing is, buy all the dice.
What about rolling a low number followed by a high number? I rolled a 6 followed by an 18. Does that make them shy dice?
These are dynamic dice, they usually alternate between absurdly high rolls and absurdly low rolls, hardly ever landing anywhere between the just ok numbers between 8 and 13. Their good for both the highs of a diamond in the rough and the low rolls of a low & slow. Just be sure to keep track of whether the next roll is high or low.
For me the first time I rolled my first set was a nat 1 followed by a nat 20
It makes it a die
I can attest that the low and slow dice exist, as well as traitor dice. I don't really play DnD anymore because of them. I like d6 systems these days . . .
No sarcasm or anything, I bet you are really fun to play D&D with
I don't play dnd. I don't play board games. I don't roll dice. Can someone please explain to me why i've watched this video 5 times?
You're interested, or just bored with life and said to yourself eh one more time doesn't hurt
Normally i don't deeply believe these things but i made a halfhearted remark about how my fav dice had been rolling super high most of the night but made a dogshit roll when jokingly asked to roll by also jokingly calling it a traitor.Next day rolls around and the last 12 rolls have been below 9 and 2 of them have been nat 1's.I insulted my prodigy and it doesn't like me anymore.I think i fucked up.
My table has varying levels of dice mysticism at play. Our DM is mad into it, and does keeps many things in order, as to not disturb the dice. 2 of our players don't care at all about it, and simply just enjoy the dice on an entirely non-metaphysical level. Me, and another player, both engage in a little mysticism, in that the dice have to be arranged in a certain manner. We both use 2 sets. For them, it's 2 columns of each set, positioned on the highest number. For me, it's a circle, with the d20's at the top, and the d4's at the bottom, all on one. This dice-versity makes the non IC parts of the game unique for each player.
Can't wait for lesson 2, this helped me a lot when I needed to save against my friends wild magic fireball. Also, does dice color effect their personality? My DM has 2 sets of the exact same dice that 9 out of 10 times roll the exact same, wonder if they are twin blorps.
Finally someone came out with a comprehensive guide... we have players that believe that dice are not sentient, and I thought there was no hope for them. I can't wait for lesson 2!
I legit can't tell if this is a joke or not
Well I figure when he mentions rolling out the low rolls BEFORE starting is actually useful. When you roll your dice your mind is working on how to roll it to your benefited (you need to get a feel for it) There is also mention of cheaters where the dice ("blorp") doesn't roll much at all. It makes sense.
I have a set of solar flare dice, but they hate me. They typically only roll well for my phoenix companion (typically dancing and lookout since he’s meant to be in battle(for my character at least))I’m lucky to get above a 13 with them some days, but for my bird, it likes to roll really high. I now refer to them as Loki’s dice. My bird is the only one that hasn’t been betrayed by them.
Love this content. I've collected dice for many years and I know exactly what your talking about. Dice definitely do have personalities. My favorite is an almost perfectly round d20 that takes a long time to finally come to a rest building suspense no matter what the roll ends up being. 🐵🍌
our DM had legendary yellow dice that seemed to only roll a 1 or a 20, so anytime he broke them out, everyone got scared.
That sounds absolutely terrifying
Wil Wheaton would like to have a word with you...
That isn't the fault of the dice, Wil is just cursed.
people talking about virtual vs physical dice, but what i want is a dice-roller app that includes these dice archetypes, with scatterplots. need a high roll, are my shy dice due? or go for a reliable midroller?
i bring my son to roll for me. no shit he could roll a 6 on a marble
No joke, I look forward to lesson 2!
Everyone who has never played a pen and paper:"Hahaha so funny superstition!" Everyone else: o_o THAT is why my prodigy doesn't perform! I told everyone how great he is and now he is suffering from anxiety. Dammit I'll have to use him in funny oneshots to ease his mind IMMEDIATLY!!!
I've started making random characters partially to learn how to build them (I can't play yet, no group) and then running them by myself against a monster or two to help me learn. I used to roll crap constantly but just simply doing that my rolls have been pretty decent (for the monsters, a goblin one shot a telling bard I made, Nat 20 to hit with short sword, max damage)
I am absolutely following every single one of these rules /lh /g
I buy metal dice because they are exclusively more fair than resin dice
I have a few sets of each myself, some of my metal ones are low and slows and one is a prodigy
My favorite part is that at no point did you suggest to *not* buy a dice xD.
I just bought dice without trying. Would keep this in mind the next time.
oooooooor you can roll virtual dice and let the chaos of electrons decide
@Brandon D Wasn't there a computer card once that generated a random number using the seed of reading the static electricity pattern around the physical card? The electronic noise / fuzz was the real life "random" data.
@Avatarbee unless of course the random number generator is using some sort of input from the real world to seed randomness. like the lava lamps at cloudflare
Most "random" number generators use a seed based in the current time to generate a number. You can in theory predict every number a RNG will create at any point in time. As far as I know a computer cannot generate a number that is truly random and not based on another number.
One (or two) of my players has a traitor
>physical dicesure is boomer in here
I never played dnd, neither ever known someone playing it, i know nothing about how to play it, yet its still very interesting.
The showstealer... Ordinarily is a run of the mill d20, until you roll it for a boss encounter... Where it suddenly becomes a super prodigy.
I played a game once where like 5+ ppl shared a D20 and one specific player needed to roll literally any number to successfully climb this tree or something. Every time the turns circled around to him, he'd try to climb.... rolled a 1 seriously 8 times when it came to his turn. Everyone else had normal rolls... but that dice, for that act, only for him, 1. Crazy unlikely statistics.
Hot a fresh, a blorp and a low and slow
The player killer dice, whenever I use it as a player character it acts as a normal if below average dice. But when used against my players as their DM it consistently crits no matter the player. I almost tpkd my first players with a single kobold who managed two crits immediately bringing the rogue into two death save territory.
Okay that background music is electrifyingly intense. Anyone know what it is?
I pressed like for your support.
Damn he always posted the music names, I love Zee lets hope he sees it in the 5k coment section, lol fame is hard
Is what a NAT20 on insight looks like?
Question: how do dicetowers affect the personality
I subscribe to the theory that it isn't the dice but the player that best effect the outcomes. As both a player and a DM I notice a VERY consistent trend. I roll consistently high on attack rolls with occasional drops to 3. On physical saves such as dex, and con I roll insanely high regularly. However when it comes to intelligence checks or something that my character does not have a high stat or proficiency I will never roll above an 8. Wisdom saves are the bane of my existence as a player. My current wizard is currently 0 for 7 on wisdom saves in about 8 sessions.
I was kinda wondering, there doesn’t seem to be a category for “low above ten, high below ten.”Because I rolled 3 dice I own that I never used before and ALL 3 gave me a 12-14, followed by a 7 (except one that was a 2)
My die i would call the clutch die. It always rolls consistently around the 7-14 mark, and has definitely humbled me in the past. But to this day, it has rolled high and nat 20s whenever the life of my character is at stake.
In Josip Tito's Yugoslavia, we systematically _eliminated_ all traitor die. Dice. . .
My Dice seems like a shy dice?
It's a super-prodigy. Always make sure to ensure that it knows the statistics.
If you are trying to use dice that always roll well in a game that doesn't involve winning money there's a problem. Even trying to do it in money games that are supposed to be random chance is kinda a problem.
What’s that background music?
I can never quite tell whether my fellow players are all in on the joke or if they actually believe this.
@Corvaillian subconscious influence through belief is subconscious influence through belief
@Maximilian “Setzke” Cooke Not how Placebo works, mate.
Placebo effect is real. Believing can affect how you subconsciously control your die. We are part of the roll, so it's real enough. Superstition is tangible when applied to human influence.
dude, this absolute true. I have 14 different sets of dice, and use almost each one for a different purpose and situation..
What do you mean, "joke"? Careful saying that around your dice, they might just start acting up.
someone share this to llaura bailey
Whereas as I buy the pretty ones, because I think they're neat. Also my characters tend to have the same colour scheme because I'm predictable, and this helps a lot
My personal favourite are the "all or nothing" dice. They are dice that consistently roll 1-3 or 17-20. Great for comedic players who love dramatic and unexpected outcomes, or gamblers who couldn't find a super prodigy but are willing to settle for 50%.
Finally, a useful dnd guide
just gotta love how no matter the personality"Buy it IMMIDIATELY. "
Need shiny click clack rocks.
I like how this is a slow burn. The first few descriptions are actually things that, coming in blind, you might think 'yeah sure, manufacturing errors, no dice is perfectly balanced, etc . . . ' then they get steadily more crazy from there
I'm not sure what other ppl think but i personally hate people who collect "lucky" dice and use them... like there are a lot of unbalanced dice out there that actually consistently roll high that some might say are "super-prodigies" but using those would just be cheating...
Then you have a character that is just accidentally good at everything. People like that exist. It's annoying but realistic enough I'd say
.... so buy all the dice!
Bruh, I'll just buy the shiniest math rocks, because my kobold brain demands it.
'Shiny' is the only acceptable reason to buy anything that isn't food. And sometimes applies to that which is food.
so... you are telling me to buy and hold?
I have over 2300 dice....and can confirm this is true lol!! I bring out my super prodigy dice for important things, or if I want a greater chance for my goblin to do something dumb, I go for my low rollers XD
Alright I know this is gonna start a flame war where people talk about the fake fallacy "gambler's fallacy" but that bit about rolling out consecutive bad numbers before a game is real. If your rolling technique is consistent and the outcomes are varried then you are statistically less likely to roll low numbers in a row and the more in a row the more likely a high roll becomes.This is real. Imagine flipping a coin and getting heads 10 times in a row. Doesn't happen. If you flip a heads more than 3 times you need to start assuming the next outcome is tails, that you suck at flipping, or that the coin is rigged.
@Jones Crimson It balances out because it takes averages over a growing sample size, and the bigger the sample size, the less anomalies there should be. It doesn't fix anomalies, they just eventually become a blip for that margin of error you mentioned.
@Robin Parmentier Absolutely correct, the chance of ANY specific combination of 10 coin flips is about 1 in 1000, standard assumptions of fairness applied. HTHTHTHTHT is equally as likely as THTHTHTHTH at occurring at about 1 in 1000. So the chance of HHHHHHHHHH is 1 in 1000, as is HHHHHHHHHT. Since those are the only two possible outcomes after 10 coin flips and they have an equal chance of happening, that make the chances of the final coin flip (1/1000)/(1/1000) or 50/50. And frankly, after about the 7th flip of Heads I'd be assuming it's a loaded coin.
@Andrzej Sugier I know, that's my point.
@Robin Parmentier it's still 50/50. Your argument is the definition of Gamblers Fallacy.
@Jones Crimson you didn't answer my question. After flipping heads 9 times, what is the probability of flipping heads again?
Dice can have air bubbles in them that can affect the rolls, if you put them in a glass of water you can determine the number the dice favors.
sounds like a good way to get dice angry at you.
naaaaah its personalities
Don't forget that rolling on paper is a sin.
This video warmed my cold superstitious dice goblin heart.
I understand dice hoarders now.
Watched it. Loved it. Subscribed!
I never got the fascination with die hoarders. I’ve DM’d and played for the past six years and own 3 sets that cumulatively don’t go past 20$. Die is Die!
@Tyler Emery my most expensive set is handmade at $120, right behind that are my gemstone sets
Meanwhile all 8 of my sets are metal and the cheapest one is $20 lol. (The most expensive is only $35 though. I'm not _that_ crazy... yet...)
some people like shinny math rocks, some people like certain colors, some people believe in dice gods. All of it seems normal to me
@FFIZZLE Preach, brother!
They're SO PRETTY!!!! I also love the art that comes along with buying from a dice maker! I have dice with inclusions, sparkly dice, glow in the dark, UV reactive, liquid core, handmade, metal....LOVE dice!
I just get stuff I think look shwanky
Dice have souls! Don't be fooled by science and statistics...believe in MAGIC!
Dice hate me overall. Luckily I'm the DM, so they make sure that I have a monty piton energy with all my campaigns. Nat 1's galore!
Thought this would discuss how dice can be weighted a certain way, which affects rolls. If your dye rolls a certain way its because its weighted a certain way and there are actual methods for fixing it like baking it in the oven at a certain temp and time.
@John Rivers That'll work for plastic dice. But if you use metal dice, the only solution is to cast them into the fires of Mount Doom and buy a new set.
brb, shoving my dice in the oven at 450f for an hour
Your voice sounds like it was in Bojack Horseman
1) some dice have personalities2) at the same time, a lot of personalities are specific to the person3) that ALSO applies to ONLINE dice4) the look is actually irrelevant5) in real world, dice are imperfect just like humans, some sway to good, some hate you for no reasonthere's more points but I'm too lazy, lol
What the fuck I just wanna buy a dice not a Super Whatever.
You do understand that this is a joke, right?
What about a die that rolls consistently high if you put it on one specific side? I've heard those are called "Itchies." Apparently rolling them a certain way scratches an itch and they say thank you by giving you high rolls most of the time?
Human beings are designed to look for patterns in the randomness. If random dice rolls, over the history of us collectively playing millions of dice rolls, we discover patterns that fit these story narratives, and it is loosely true enough to either make some predictions, or make life more enjoyable, then yeah it has reason to be serious. Look how happy most of the comments are. This is heavily relatable to a lot of people. Is that random, too?
it is 'serious' in the sense that it plays on common dice superstitions. people will swear by it, but with knowing winks. we're all in on the joke, so we can all take it seriously. it is a bit zen like that.
Just to be safe - no, it's not. It's a joke.
The dice I regularly roll with is a shy piece of dice that seems to like me (albeit shyly), but was a lower roller for all previous owners. I already knew this. Tested it anyway. The other d20 I still own, I wasn't sure what would happen- the result I've found is it is a diamond in the rough. (mostly rolls higher, and seldom rolls low)
Oh yeaThe cheaters dice
We had a traitor dice college that would roll unstatisticallly often against you, we even used it to get the first years drunk, they just had call high or low and the dice would do the oppisit.In the end we burried it in the forest like it was jumangi
Zee must be mildly upset he didn't have a dice sponsor for this video hahaha.
This feels like astrology for math gems...
and here i was thinking this video was about people lying about the results or loaded dice and possibly how to spot users that do that.
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