Please, somebody, tell me I’m not alone here: have you ever daydreamed about going to prison so that you would have endless hours to play Strat-o-Matic (or APBA or your sports sim-of-choice)?
In my daydreaming, I have often wondered how I would solve the dice problem. That is, since dice are not allowed in prison, one would need some method of random number generation. I’ve theorized that balls of paper or pennies with numbers 1-6 written on them and pulled from a pillow case would work, but would be terribly inefficient.
Well, I wonder no more about how I would solve this problem.
Behold, Prison Dice:
You can find the instructions on how to make these dice at www.instructables.com (hint: they’re made out of toilet paper). If you are reading this from prison right now: you’re welcome.
NEW PARAGRAPH BELOW ADDED: November 29, 2011
I was just fooling around on Instructables.com when I came across another dice rolling innovation. This one is much more practical, as you don’t have to make anything, you just need three two-sided objects, coins being the best. Let’s say you have a dime, nickel, penny. Roll all three together. If the dime comes up heads, it’s worth 4, if the nickel comes up heads, it’s worth 2, if the penny comes up heads, it’s worth 1. All tails are worth zero. If all three come up as heads in the same roll, it’s a misroll and you roll again. If all three come up zero, it’s a misroll and you roll again. Otherwise, add up the value of the heads rolled to come up with a 1-6 value. It’s brilliant in it’s simplicity.