RESOURCE Dice Roleplay 101

Astaroth

My sun sets to rise again.
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ADMINISTRATOR
Roleplay Invitations
Group Roleplays, One on One Roleplays, Chat Roleplays
Posting Speed
Speed of Light, Slow As Molasses
My Usual Online Time
It varies a lot depending on my schedule, unfortunately.
Writing Levels
Adaptable
Genders You Prefer Playing
Primarily Prefer Male
Playing Style- Passive or Aggressive
I play what's needed, but I do like to take the lead. In my one-on-ones, I often like being the "Game Master" in the sense of creating the setting, controlling NPCs, and steering the plot. But I still like input and collaboration from my partners. In group games, I prefer to be the GM or to play a leading or mentor role.
Favorite Genres
I love a little bit of everything. My top choices would be Horror, Modern Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism, Noir, Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Splatterpunk, Post-Apocalyptic, Historical, Mystery, old-school High Fantasy, and Sci-Fi (especially Spacesagas). I'd love to do some occasional Clockpunk or Weird West or Wuxia or Dieselpunk, too.
Genre You DON'T Like
I guess the only thing I don't particularly care for is high school drama, and even that can be fun with a good hook.
You may have noticed certain threads tagged with the following:

dice - This roleplay uses dice or random number generation to determine the outcome of certain events.


As the wiki defines, roleplays tagged with "dice" use physical/computer-generated dice or randomly generated numbers to determine the outcome of certain situations—especially combat. Some systems/campaign settings which people might be familiar with include Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, World of Darkness, and GURPS, but you are not restricted to these! Any dice system is allowed, and you can rely on dice rolls as little or as much as you like.


The basics of any dice-based roleplay are this:

1. You decide on an action.

2. You roll a die/generate a random number.

3. The number that you get determines how successful or unsuccessful you are at that action. The rules of the game will tell you what the requirements are for success.

4. You roleplay that action based on your level of success.


What you can tag as "dice":

Play-by-post roleplays which use dice
Signups for chat roleplays using the Dicebox or other on-site chats (in the signup section only)
Signups for roleplays using Roll20 (in the signup section only)
Signups for roleplays using Skype (in the signup section only)


How to use the Dicebox:

The Dicebox is found here. In Dicebox (or other chats), you can use the chat dice roll function.

The command is "/roll", followed by the number of dice and the number of sides to each die. You can use any number of dice or sides that you prefer. Common die types include four-sided, six-sided, eight-sided, ten-sided, twelve-sided, twenty-sided, and one-hundred-sided dice.

For example:

/roll 2d100 would roll two 100-sided dice.

You may also use the Dicebox to make rolls for your play-by-post roleplays. Common practices include copying-and-pasting or taking a screenshot of the chat message to prove the roll was made. Game Masters can check chat logs to make sure that the rolls match.


How to use the forum post dice function:

You can also use a built-in post function to make die rolls. At the bottom right-hand corner of any post, you will see a link for "More options". (Note: This will only work on existing posts that are not in edit-mode. This is to prevent cheating by refreshing bad rolls.) Click this link, then click "Throw a dice". In the two fields that are available, specify first the number of dice you would like to roll and then the number of sides ("faces"). The maximum number of sides here is 99.


Other Dice-Related Tags:

custom rules (dice) - A dice roleplay where the rules are the GM's own creation and are not based on any existing tabletop system.
d10 - A dice-based roleplay where ten-sided dice or a 1-10 RNG form the basis of the rule system.
d100 - A dice-based roleplay where one-hundred-sided dice or a 1-100 RNG form the basis of the rule system.
d12 - A dice-based roleplay where twelve-sided dice or a 1-12 RNG form the basis of the rule system.
d20 - A dice-based roleplay where twenty-sided dice or a 1-20 RNG form the basis of the rule system.
d4 - A dice-based roleplay where four-sided dice or a 1-4 RNG form the basis of the rule system.
d6 - A dice-based roleplay where six-sided dice or a 1-6 RNG form the basis of the rule system.
d8 - A dice-based roleplay where eight-sided dice or a 1-8 RNG form the basis of the rule system.
dungeons and dragons - Based on or borrowing the rules, lore, or campaign settings of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game.
fate (rpg system) - A roleplay using the rules of the Fate Core RPG System.
hero (rpg system) - A roleplay using the rules of the HERO RPG System.
pathfinder - Based on or borrowing the rules, lore, or campaign settings of the Pathfinder tabletop game.
roll20 - A dice-based roleplay conducted via the third-party Roll20 tabletop simulator.
shadowrun - Based on or borrowing the rules, lore, or campaign settings of the Shadowrun tabletop game.
tabletop - A roleplay using any RPG system devised for pen-and-paper roleplaying, usually involving the use of dice and/or numeric statistics.
warhammer - Based on or borrowing elements from the Warhammer or Warhammer 40k settings.
world of darkness - Based on or borrowing the rules, lore, or campaign settings of the World of Darkness tabletop games.


Helpful Links:

Dicebox
Roll20
Dungeons & Dragons Dice Roller
Learn Tabletop Roleplaying Games


If you have any questions about dice-based roleplays, ask a Staff Member!
 
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Esper

Dungeon Mistress, 9th Circle of Hell
Roleplay Invitations
Group Roleplays, One on One Roleplays
Posting Speed
A Few Posts A Day, One Post a Day, A Few Posts a Week
Writing Levels
Intermediate, Adept, Advanced, Adaptable
Genders You Prefer Playing
Female
Playing Style- Passive or Aggressive
It depends on the plot and my role in it. My role playing style is a little of both. The plot isn't all about me and so as long as everyone is having a good time, then style matters little.
Favorite Genres
Steampunk
Fantasy (High, Low, Modern, and Romance)
Cyberpunk
Paranormal
but in the end it is the plot that matters and interesting characters.
So we are clear to use that Dice Roller link in Atmo's post as an option to run games?