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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 9:30 p.m. PST

With a little practice, it is possible to roll a die with a simple double or triple flip that lands on the desired number most of the time. Have you ever done this in a wargame?

(a) Yes, I do it all of the time.
(b) Yes, but only when I get behind in a game.
(c) Only when I can get away with it.
(d) Not any more.
(e) No, but I've been accused of doing it.
(f) Never in my life would I do such a thing.
(g) I refuse to answer.
(h) ____________________ (something else)

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 10:06 p.m. PST

Yah, just like everybody else, I'm in (f) territory, but must admit I have never before heard of this sleaze-ball possible tactic.

Winston Smith03 Feb 2018 10:14 p.m. PST

(i) I've never done it, but I know some gamers who think they can.

Chuckaroobob03 Feb 2018 11:19 p.m. PST

f. never even heard of such a thing.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 4:54 a.m. PST

(h) No but I going downstairs to practice this new skill.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 6:35 a.m. PST

f never heard of that.

Puster Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 7:08 a.m. PST

f – I cannot fathom what you would gain by winning a GAME this way…

On the other hand… creative movement or measuring do happen not too unfrequent, too :-(

altfritz04 Feb 2018 7:26 a.m. PST

"f" Isn't it called "Putting a little English on it"? I prefer to roll a handful of dice, or at least a pair, and give them a good shake before I toss.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 7:38 a.m. PST

f. Don't do it--but also never heard of it.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 8:40 a.m. PST

Well, if I'm doing it, the results are appallingly bad.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 9:13 a.m. PST

I've seen a few people try it.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 9:57 a.m. PST


You have to be a particularly degenerate sub-species of pathetic loser if you "have" to win a game so badly you resort to cheating, even as nebulous and unlikely to succeed form of cheating as this is.

Roll the dice and take your lumps with grace like a gentleman or lady, as the case my be.

haywire04 Feb 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

And then people wonder why Dice Towers are necessary.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 11:28 a.m. PST


Never hear of it. Know a player that I dislike for other behaviours, who does something like I would imagine this looks like from time to time. I should try to track whether or not he swears more often on a big miss with this type of behaviour.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 12:11 p.m. PST

I don't see how you could make a die roll to a particular side even with some kind of controlled flip. Maybe you could with a,dead drop of the dice straight down, but seems unlikely to produce the desired result.

I like to take a handful of dice, give them a good shake, and then spin them out of my hand. I've never found this to influence the dice, but it's more fun.

I've seen some convention games where the players have to put their dice in a,glass jar and shake them, thus never touching the dice. Interesting idea. I've seen some,dice towers tricked out to look like buildings for the period that is being gamed.

steamingdave4704 Feb 2018 12:36 p.m. PST

I think dice should always be thrown from a cup, tricky flippers are not welcome on my table.

Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 9:15 p.m. PST

This quote is from a website that is titled "how to cheat at dice" … "With a few hours practice, most people can practice "rolling" a die with a simple double or triple flip that reliably lands on the desired number more than half the time. Although rarely practiced, deliberately rolling specific numbers is not terribly difficult, and can be picked up accidentally just from handling dice a lot. The only countermeasures are when someone insists you drop the dice straight down, roll into a cup, roll against a wall or screen like a craps player, or otherwise disturb the die's original trajectory."

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