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John Wrot!
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This is out of control. Haha.
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Dice can break?! wow

They're one of the most reliable and sturdy types of object I've ever known, and I'm not gentle throwing them, believe me...

Never seen a die break in my whole life!
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Once I dropped my favourite translucent red d6 onto a wooden floor and had an entire edge-length break off in a sizeable chunk. I think it had some stress fractures prior to that though, and it was a veteran of many years' gaming. I kept the broken die for ages, but I just checked my dice bag and it's not there, so I must have thrown it away to avoid mixing it up with actual usable dice.
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Cellulose nitrate was used to produce (among other things) dice from ca. 1860s to the middle of the 20th century. Apparently, after a long stable period they can decompose rapidly.

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jasri wrote:
Recently I heard somebody tell a story when somebody at their table had to roll a 7 on a d6.

That's nothing, I rolled an 11 on 1d6 today!

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Can't say that I have ever seen dice break naturally, just by rolling them. But I have seen a few people get so pissed by a bad rolling dice, that they took a hammer to it.

It was rather entertaining laugh
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In 30-something years of role-playing gaming, I've never seen a dice break. And I've seen lots of dice hit the table hard by rambunctious players. And I once, as the DM, had a d20 thrown at me by an irate and unruly player (he had failed his save), and ricochet off the wall behind me. (He failed his "to hit" roll, too!)

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As I'm sure many here know, Ricky Jay has a book about the history and lore of dice. It's accompanied by photos of his collection of antique dice, which are slowly decaying. I daresay many of them would break if they were rolled.

https://www.amazon.com/Dice-Deception-Fate-Rotten-Luck/dp/B0...
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Jlerpy wrote:
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I remember it as a Cohen the Barbarian story.


Yeah, Cohen is challenged by Fate to a die duel and Fate rolls a 6, so Cohen rolls, and chops the die in twain in mid-air, so the two halves land and show a sum of 7 - so he successfully cheated fate.


That's the one.


It's in The Last Hero. In the first Science of Discworld book, there's also a reference to the real-world legend of Saint Olaf, King of Norway, that inspired the story:

Saga of Olaf Haraldson wrote:
97. MEETING OF RECONCILIATION BETWEEN THE KINGS, AND THEIR GAME
AT DICE.

Thereafter ambassadors were sent to Norway to King Olaf, with the
errand that he should come with his retinue to a meeting at
Konungahella with the Swedish kings, and that the Swedish kings
would there confirm their reconciliation. When King Olaf heard
this message, he was willing, now as formerly, to enter into the
agreement, and proceeded to the appointed place. There the
Swedish kings also came; and the relations, when they met, bound
themselves mutually to peace and agreement. Olaf the Swedish
king was then remarkably mild in manner, and agreeable to talk
with. Thorstein Frode relates of this meeting, that there was an
inhabited district in Hising which had sometimes belonged to
Norway, and sometimes to Gautland. The kings came to the
agreement between themselves that they would cast lots by the
dice to determine who should have this property, and that he who
threw the highest should have the district. The Swedish king
threw two sixes, and said King Olaf need scarcely throw. He
replied, while shaking the dice in his hand, "Although there be
two sixes on the dice, it would be easy, sire, for God Almighty
to let them turn up in my favour." Then he threw, and had sixes
also. Now the Swedish king threw again, and had again two sixes.
Olaf king of Norway then threw, and had six upon one dice, and
the other split in two, so as to make seven eyes in all upon it;

and the district was adjudged to the king of Norway. We have
heard nothing else of any interest that took place at this
meeting; and the kings separated the dearest of friends with each
other.
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First set of dice in 1981 ended up with chipped edges, but none of them 'broke'.

I was present when one player, fed up with all the poor attack rolls and saving throws he had made for a few weeks, finally snapped and took a hammer to his d20. About 1/3 of it split off.
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I've had it happen once that a die broke on a roll. It ended up with NO spots up. We rerolled.

I've had at least 7 dice break over the years, all of them d6. One was one of the two from my SFB Commander's Ed. Another was thrown across the room by another player, bounced off a lamp in pieces.

Two more that broke in the dice bag.

One got chewed by a cat.
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