b: the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual.
If you are a gamer then more than likely you use dice. I’d be willing to bet that you own some dice. I personally have a set in my purse, just for those instances I might need some in a jif (You never know!).
Further still, I’ve seen a lot of gamers with rituals or rules for their dice. As a store owner and long time gamer, I’ve seen this as well. I’ve seen dice cullers, punishers (down the pants?), kissers and hoarders. Some people take a new set for every character, have special dice bags or refuse to roll dice of a certain color. These superstitions vary from person to person. I have even had a few of my own; No one else would be allowed to roll my dice and to that end I actually had a ‘community dice bag’ with loaner dice. I’m not as hard core about this as I used to be, but I DO still have a different set of dice for each of my 40k armies … and of course the colors match.
Are these rituals helpful though? That is certainly an arguable point. I personally don’t believe that luck is some intelligent tangible force manipulated by the midichlorians in our dice. Nor do I worship any luck gods, like Fortuna or Mork (or is it Gork?). Keeping to my personal dice rituals (like the differing dice for different armies) makes me happy. I’ve often wondered at this – does our own personal attitude and empathy influence the die rolls or chance in general? I’ve often seen (and had) a bad game and every game afterward seems to be an conflagration of bad die rolls.
Perhaps also, it’s all about each person’s outlook. If you are having a good day/game, you will focus on the successful rolls rather than the failed ones, and in the opposite situation, being frustrated or having a bad day in some other way (like being on fire), you only choose to see and remember the failed rolls. This would actually be a fun experiment, I think.
So what are YOUR dice rituals, if any? I’d love to hear!