Dungeons & Dragons Dice Cheating

Does dice cheating happen in Dungeons & Dragons?

While I have never personally seen or experienced it with my tabletop group and at the local gaming store, I was kind of shocked to hear for a few gaming and discussion groups that it does happen.


Cheating the story and your fellow players?

I thought dice cheating was just a wargaming thing?

Often what one sees in wargaming is termed soft cheating and hard cheating.

Hard cheating often involves some adjustments to the dice.

Weighted dice are a classic example.

But there are some more underhanded ways to cheat…

Dual D20 dice- “novelty dice” that replace the “1” with another “20”.

Cooking the dice are another way to cheat.

Literally cooking them.

Most D&D dice are cheap plastic- put them in a microwave with one of the higher numbers face up and zap it. Plastic in the center melts and shifts the weight down, tipping the balance.

These hard cheating examples can be detected and don’t involve any skill.

Soft cheating is something else and quite harder to detect.

Soft cheating involves rolling out of turn, or not when in view of the Dungeon Master.

Rolling a bunch of D6 dice, adding them up quickly, and adding another point or two to them, etc.

Soft cheating requires a watchful eye…

I share these examples from gaming as a warning and traveling advice for me fellow Dungeon Masters if one is worried about dice cheating.

But in a game like Dungeons & Dragons?

I’m just a bit surprised.

Should I be?

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