November 10, 2023

Five Things to Know Before Getting Started With Your First Tabletop Role-playing Game, Part Three

Rolling Dice

So if you started to see an explosion of interest in tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, or even our own system called StoryNite, you may have heard that rolling dice has something to do with what we’re all doing at the table. So yes, rolling dice help dictate the result of choices. So let’s say, for example, I go up to dunk a basketball. Well, I’m honestly probably not going to succeed. But if LeBron James goes to dunk a basketball, he’s almost certainly going to succeed.

Rolling dice and then adding our relative skills, LeBron and I’s skills to dunking, help dictate the result. So it help weights what might happen in those circumstances. So I’m probably not gonna add very much. As a matter of fact, you could argue that you should probably take away from whatever I’m gonna roll with LeBron. He’s probably gonna add quite a bit. So in any circumstance, in any story, or any movie, or film, or game that you’ve ever read or watched, just think about characters making choices in critical or even non-critical moments.

And the shift happening when that result happens, right? So in tabletop stories, when you make those same choices, you’re gonna see in effect the dice has. That’s half the fun. It’s not necessarily wild probability, but getting these sort of epic, incredible rolls, or even these heartbreaking failures really adds a wonderful dynamic to the process, trust me.