Live and Let Die: d12

Being the fifth profile in the polyhedral life of our favorite dice. This week: The d12.Poor d12... Probably the least loved dice, outpaced even by little d4 because people keep confusing it with a d20 and throwing it away in a fit of rage. What CAN you do with a 12-sided die that couldn't be done better by 2d6, huh? That's what us d-sixers wanna know! (Ooh, this just got political.)

Real name: Dodecahedron
Nickname: Why would it have one?
Uses: Random Hour Generator. d12 System Core. Axe and two-handed sword damage. In many systems, the highest skill rank. Pokéthulhu. Thousand Suns.
Beloved because: Geeks overrate things others underrate, ergo, the geekiest of the geeks like the d12. The only dice left you can spin an open license around.
Hated because: Politics. Not a Hit Die. Gets lower numbers than 2d6. Too easy to roll.
Bonus niche tattoo:


Dan said...

"What CAN you do with a 12-sided die that couldn't be done better by 2d6, huh?"

1. Roll a 1.

2. Generate a truly random number between 1 and 12.

Just sayin'.

JeffR23 said...

For #2, take two d6s of different colors (let's say red and white.) Roll them. If the red die is even, the result is the white die. If it's odd, the reuslt is the white die+6.

Siskoid said...

Dan: I believe your tongue-in-cheek meter may be set to off ;)

Jeff: You're the man.

Skiriki said...

Not a Hit Die.

Au contraire!

D&D3.5e -- barbarian HD. ;)

Siskoid said...

Hahaha, 3.5 LOL!

Anonymous said...

I hear the D12 system is very popular in the Andromeda Galaxy.


Blog Archive


5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Class Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers FW Team-Up Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Shut Up Star Boy Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Streaky Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zine