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The Armory's 30-Sided Dice Gaming Tables

The Armory's 30-Sided Dice Gaming Tables

It took me a while to figure out why I have such an irrational love of this book, beecause quite frankly these gaming tables are utter crap. And then it came to me.

I love this book because it gives me something to do with my 30-sided dice.

The 30-sided die is the omnipresent black sheep of the dice family. They're everywhere, and yet there's not a single gaming system that uses them — even Button Men barely uses 'em, and that's a game that uses d15s for God's sake! And let's face it, they are pretty useless — there's very little need for a level of randomness between the d20 and d100, and what little there is can be easily mimicked by creating a set of linked subtables.

And yet, I love my 30-sided die for some very simple reasons. Because it's huge, and it makes me feel empowering to roll it. Because it is completely useless and impractical, and it makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something when I actually find a use for it. Because I have trained D&D players to cringe in fear every time I ask them to roll one, even though I almost never do anything with the results of the roll.

So the next time I need to randomly determine an elf's height, or the type of a random pile of furs, or the exact specialty of an animal trainer, I'll turn to this book. Because if you're going to be useless, might as well do it with style.

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