Happy Dice Day, everyone! Because apparently that’s a thing!
Unlike some of my coworkers, I didn’t grow up playing RPGs or other dice-heavy games. (My only exposure to D&D as a kid was the Saturday morning cartoon, which I loved.) I was a Scrabble and checkers kinda guy; the only games I remember featuring dice were classic family game night standbys like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, and none of them strayed from the trusty D6.
Fast-forward muttermumble years, and here I sit typing this from my desk at a company that designs tabletop games—and the first one I worked on was called D6.
You can’t throw a die around the Certifiable offices without hitting…well, a whole bunch more of ‘em. There are dice everywhere. I’m pretty sure they reproduce at night. The only time the number goes down (temporarily, anyway) is when the office cat knocks one off a gaming table and eats it—and guess whose job it is to “retrieve” it later? (I’ll be able to tell who’s read this post by their insistence upon disinfectant wipes at our next First Friday game night.)
For comparison’s sake, here’s my collection of dice…
And here’s Jesse’s collection…
To be fair, Jesse’s not the only one with a dice-accumulation problem. It’s a common malady among gamers…
OPEN on a (mostly) happy couple.
PARTNER: Where ya headed?
GAMER: Oh, just thought I’d go check out (insert gaming con name here).
GAMER: You know…just for a couple hours or so.
GAMER: Just thought I’d browse for a bit. Maybe check out a panel.
PARTNER: I see.
PARTNER: And just so we’re clear—you’re not planning to buy any more—
GAMER: Dice? HAHAHA! Don’t be ridiculous! I’m back on the wagon! Got plenty of those! No more dice for me! HAHAHA!
12 hours later…
Keys scrape against doorknob. GAMER creeps in, arms loaded down with bags. A set of titanium dice breaks through its stretched-to-the-limit plastic bag. A valiant attempt to catch them results in what looks like a dice factory explosion.
(awoken from deep slumber by a linoleum-shattering clatter)
I thought you said—
GAMER: IT’S A DISEASE, OKAY?!
Make It Rain, Dice Hounds!
Go ahead—keep collecting those dice. We won’t judge. Heck, we created a game designed to let you use ‘em! Pre-order D6 and roll those bones until your fingers fall off!
Until next time,