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Korvessa09 Oct 2021 7:02 p.m. PST

I am not generally superstitious – but I do have a couple.

In board games I always make my moves from left to right.

In miniature games – especially "buckets of dice" types – I don't reroll misses until my pile runs out.
(I have about 35) – so I roll hits, then use the dice that hit to roll wounds. The next unit pulls new dice from the pile (as much as possible anyway).

repaint09 Oct 2021 7:12 p.m. PST

We like with friend to recycle dice that are not "performing"

thosmoss09 Oct 2021 7:20 p.m. PST

Never get involved in a land war in Asia …

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 7:31 p.m. PST


Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 7:34 p.m. PST

I try not to reroll dice that scored a 6 previously because I think that they are more likely to roll a 1.

I know that this is not true and is just a hangover from childhood. And it doesn't make any difference to my usually dismal dice luck.

But still the thought persists.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 7:38 p.m. PST

In Flames of War (V3, of course), if I have 8 shots and roll 6 6's, my opponent will either make his save, or I will fail Firepower.
I'm better off without 6s.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 8:06 p.m. PST

Never say don't roll a 1 to me.

The Nigerian Lead Minister09 Oct 2021 8:30 p.m. PST

Do not anger the Dice Gods. How to avoid this is up to you.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 9:13 p.m. PST

If a die fails me. It is surrounded by it fellows to watch me crush it in a power vise.

Martin Rapier09 Oct 2021 11:26 p.m. PST

I have some completely bonkers superstitions (I blame my northern upbringing), although compared to my wife's family I am quite sane.

When it comes to gaming, though, no.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 4:11 a.m. PST

I used to trade out "cold" dice. Even yet, when I'm picking up dice for a roll, I'll pick ones which are lying with a 5 or 6 up first.

Fat Wally10 Oct 2021 4:25 a.m. PST

Never swap your dice.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 4:39 a.m. PST

I had a particular tape measure I used; never seemed to help me out though but if I didn't take it to games night I would get flustered.

cavcrazy10 Oct 2021 5:28 a.m. PST

I like dice that represent my army, blue for French, red for British and so on. My biggest superstition in gaming is never attack a church. Every game I have played in where someone hides in a church, and I assaulted the church, I lost.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 5:29 a.m. PST
Timbo W10 Oct 2021 5:45 a.m. PST

Newly painted units always rout.

That ancient Airfix sherman with a missing wheel and wonky gun will always survive longer than the nicely built ones.

If you have a 55% chance and the enemy has 50% then you are doomed, think this was from Retinue medieval skirmish games.

advocate10 Oct 2021 5:52 a.m. PST


rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 6:46 a.m. PST

I swap dice when they are consistently rolling bad. Never helps, but oh well.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 7:32 a.m. PST

Not about dice, but some of my old Napoleonic units
will always prevail in melee (d'ye hear there, 9th
Cuirassier ?)

I attribute this to the first game in which they
saw melee action and lost, the two surviving figures
routing past L'Empereur, who calmly drew his horse
pistols and shot them as they rode past.

Superstitious ? Naw…

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 7:33 a.m. PST

I'm with Robert P. Always use the dice with 6's face up on them!

whitejamest10 Oct 2021 7:38 a.m. PST

Blowing on dice infuses them with just a tiny, tiny bit of extra fighting spirit.

Also, I'm in the camp that avoids picking up dice that are showing 5 or 6 up. They are overeager, and most likely promising more than they can deliver.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 8:27 a.m. PST

Oh, and dice have to be rolled. None of this limp-wristed drops on the table. Put yer backs into it!

Perris070710 Oct 2021 9:04 a.m. PST


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 9:15 a.m. PST

I'd forgotten, Ed. Too long since the 30's had a good run. Yeah, on the charts Fred's Polish Cuirassiers had the same morale as Mark's 10th British Hussars, but we all knew it didn't really work that way. After a while, Mark tried to sell off a well-sculpted carefully-painted unit. But he couldn't. We all knew about the rotten, routing Tenth.

A friend told me once that he always assumed my 1813-15 Hanoverians would fight a little better for me than the charts suggested.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 11:19 a.m. PST

Blowing on dice infuses them with just a tiny, tiny bit of extra fighting


There. Fixed that for you.

Korvessa10 Oct 2021 11:34 a.m. PST

I love the sound of "The Rotten Routing 10th"

SaveGordon Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 1:05 p.m. PST

+1 Timbo W, newly painted units always fail

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 2:49 p.m. PST

Had one work superstition but gaming…nah

Liliburlero Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 3:16 p.m. PST

My trifecta of wargaming superstitions, as previously listed by whitejamest and pzivh43:

"Never say don't roll a 1 to me."

"Blowing on dice infuses them with just a tiny, tiny bit of extra fighting spirit."

"dice have to be rolled. None of this limp-wristed drops on the table.

Korvessa10 Oct 2021 5:51 p.m. PST

My wife does the "dice drop" when playing other games – drives me absolutely batty

Thresher0111 Oct 2021 12:00 a.m. PST

Not really, other than the one about not dying as long as you still have miniatures to paint.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 4:29 a.m. PST

Let a kid under 10 roll the dice for you.

Avalon Hill dice are cruel and capricious.

JMcCarroll11 Oct 2021 5:10 p.m. PST

When I get a lot of hits, I pick them up and roll the to wound dice across the board. History has shown me dice rolling a lot of hits will give you only a few to wound result. By changing my dice rolling stye I hope to get a balanced result.

No it doesn't work!

Frontline Tim12 Oct 2021 6:46 a.m. PST

Not really a superstition. My abysmal die scores have been noted by my club mates, who think either me or the dice or both are cursed. Possible, I was interested in the occult as a teenager.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2021 7:14 a.m. PST

Never play a dice game against children. The dice like them better.

If a dice is "cold," I'll switch dice. I know this makes absolutely no sense, and I tell myself it's not being superstitious, but it is.

There may be something to the idea about "freshly painted units behaving poorly," but it has nothing to do with the units or the paint. It has to do with the player being proud of his handiwork and wanting to see what his new recruits do on the field of battleŚ so he sends the poor, green things into situations no unit could survive, and is amazed when they fail to triumph despite the awesome shading work he did on their belts. Meanwhile, the battered Old Reliables are held back "for the opportune moment" because, though not a pretty sight, he "knows" they will "come through for him when the battle's on the line." Which really means they tend to charge into the flanks of engaged enemy units late in the battle when the casualties are already high and the enemy's die modifiers are at their lowest… and once again, the Old Reliables triumph!

And thus, the superstitions flourish.

And yes, I'm guilty of the above.

jefritrout16 Oct 2021 3:47 p.m. PST

My gaming group always insisted that bigger dice rolled better than smaller dice.

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