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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Apr 2020 1:18 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Back in the late 90s, the wargaming magazines were excited about "…that wonder of random number generators, the thirty sided dice…" Why didn't the D30 catch on with miniature wargamers?

23% said "never knew it existed"
21% said "it served no purpose"
18% said "no popular ruleset used it"

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2020 2:00 p.m. PST

I remembered when they first came out! Definitely a solution in search of a problem.

John Armatys02 Apr 2020 3:56 p.m. PST

And at the last Sheffield Triples there was a specialist dice trader who had, among other things, D9 and D11. I'm with the 21% – 1D6 and 2D6 are enough for most practical purposes and are easy to read as ones eyesight gets worse with age.

bsrlee02 Apr 2020 5:36 p.m. PST

The D7 was real and used in what would become Spain during the Medieval period – I don't know if any have survived so its unclear if they were pentagonal or long 7 sided prisms.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2020 11:40 a.m. PST

I got a D30 in the 1980's, and now use it for randomising casualties in my 30 man Zulu units!

Thresher0103 Apr 2020 2:38 p.m. PST

Excellent for determining the day of the month in which something happens, among other things, and yes, I have one.

Also good for determining which Soviet/Russian tank, APC, or IFV in a battalion takes a hit, or breaks down from various things (now you need one too, right?).

D60s are better, and can be used as a D30, D40, and D50 too, with a little imagination.

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