Dice Roleplay 101

Astaroth

[*screaming into the void intensifies*]
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Invitation Status
  1. Looking for partners
Posting Speed
  1. Speed of Light
  2. Slow As Molasses
Online Availability
It varies a lot depending on my schedule, unfortunately.
Writing Levels
  1. Advanced
  2. Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
  1. Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Psychological horror
Body horror
Supernatural
Giallo
Splatterpunk
Dark fantasy
Historical
Low fantasy
Magipunk
Weird West
Noir
Thriller
Gothic horror
Southern Gothic
Gaslamp fantasy
Cyberpunk
Space saga
Clockpunk
Space Western
Space opera
Paranormal
Modern fantasy
Dieselpunk
Post-Apocalyptic
Crime drama
Medieval fantasy
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
Posting Speed
  1. One post per day
  2. 1-3 posts per week
  3. One post per week
  4. Slow As Molasses
Writing Levels
  1. Intermediate
  2. Adept
  3. Advanced
  4. Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
  1. Female
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?