Of Dice and Men…

Dice, those six sided (In the case of 40K anyway) determiners of the fate of the universe…
They have minds of their own you know…and a sick sense of humour…don’t believe me…does this situation sound familiar?
It’s for that all-important dice roll, you know the one…that ‘needed to win the game’ die…a two or more is all you need…
Your dice are waiting for their moment. You know the moment I’m talking about. That moment just before you roll when of course somebody will say “Anything but a one”…

Think back to all those amusing stories you tell each other about games you’ve played. How many stories are about awesome cinematic scenes you’ve played out, where heroes survived impossible odds and saved the day?
Many?
How about stories about how your mate lost 5 Terminators to Lasguns or immobilized their Land Raider on a tiny crater?
More?
If you can remember more of the former than the latter then I suppose I should give you some credit.

But you’re obviously lying so you get nothing.
The games you remember are those ones when something horrible or at the very least amusing happened to somebody else. It’s the same reason that videos of people falling on their arses are so popular on YouTube and why reality TV is only popular when all the contestants are complete twats…
And it’s all the fault of those dice.
If you think your favourite comedian has brilliant comic timing you just wait to see what dice are capable of when they get going.
Think I’m paranoid?
Okay I’ll give you an example then…
There was this guy who in the interest of anonymity we’ll call Mort…wait that’s too obvious…we’ll just call him G.
He had a unit of 5 Assault Terminators that were vitally important to his game strategy. They got shot at by some Grey Hunters who generated a grand total of 6 wounds. The mathematically minded of you will be expecting one of them too die. Unfortunately that result just wasn’t funny enough for my…sorry, this guys dice…

Yes some git actually took a picture of them. Five ones and a bloody Six.
There are several different methods of dealing with this. One of which involves a great deal of swearing. I can’t think of another one right now but I’m sure several must exist…
Of course we all laugh about it now 😉
How we deal with the situation from a real world point of view is important however.
Complaining about dice is fine, we all do it at some point or another. Complaining about every dice failure isn’t though. We all have games where some slightly improbable thing happens and that’s to be expected in any game that involves random numbers. It’s important to remember that this isn’t your opponents fault any more than it’s yours and nothing sours a game quite like having a whining tosser for an opponent.
It’s entirely reasonable to believe that the dice cost you the game. It might even be true, but it’s an opinion that may well be best kept to yourself. The only thing worse than playing a whining tosser, is being told that you didn’t really win by that same whining tosser 😉
Admittedly at some point in the past that tosser might have been me, I’ve certainly played against him a few times so he might be other people as well, lol. I do try to avoid being him as much as possible though.
I find I get more games that way…
Thoughts, comments and your own amusing anecdotes are (as usual) most welcome.

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