Day 5 - Favorite Die or Dice
As with most D&Ders, I use the d20 most often but I would stop short of calling it my favorite. The d4 presents too much late night, barefoot danger to earn much love in any quarter and the d6 is just a bit too mundane after many years of hanging around with that top hat in Monopoly. The d8 deserves some praise for its solid work with a longsword and double-duty with the scimitar and battle axe, but it won't win my heart. d12, I am sorry, and that's the problem. d12, you've spent too many years being the underdog to ever truly by my favorite. It just seems a bit desperate. So much so, the "d" in d12 might actually stand for "desperate." Percentage dice, I don't care if you have an open relationship and don't mind being rolled together, I can't play such games. No, none of you will do.
So, what's the die that wins my heart, time and again, for few rational reasons? It's the rhombic triacontahedron, the d30. I wish I'd been on hand in 1865 when Eugène Catalan first spoke of your beauty that I might have added to his praise. Perhaps I wax too geometrically-poetic but there's a grace and elegance to the d30 that cannot be denied. Some say it rolls a bit too much but I love that bit of unpredictability. In 1982, I picked up a copy of "The Armory's 30 Sided Dice Gaming Tables." In 2012, on the 30th anniversay, I released my own homage to that first d30 gaming supplement in the form of "30 Things Can Happen!" And THAT'S how much I love the d30; enough to publish in support of it!
Regarding "30 Things Can Happen!" - "Never be at a loss again with these thirty tables of random Medieval Fantasy events and findings in urban, rural, and underground locations. Each thirty entry table is divided into three ten entry categories, some with additional sub-options, making for nearly one thousand random results including the fun and fantastical. Use these pages to help flesh out locations during prep or to perk up a flagging game session. This invaluable resource is system-free and ready to help with any fantasy roleplaying game." It's currently on sale here!
The original D&D 30-Day Challenge meme had a duplication and was a bit more edition-specific than I thought was useful for my purposes, so I made some adjustments and had some folks on the Internet give it the once-over. Here's the result and what I will be doing through the month of June as "CMG Extras."