Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Order of the d30

It all started with a post on Jeff's Gameblog about his using a d30 in a houserule:

"The Big Purple D30 Rule
Once per session each player may opt to roll the Labyrinth Lord’s big purple d30 in lieu of whatever die or dice the situation normally calls for. The choice to roll the big purple D30 must be made before any roll. The d30 cannot be roll for generating character statistics or hit points".

Soon after, we see this post from sirlarkins at The RPG Corner:

"The Big Emerald D30 Rule
Once per session each player may opt to roll the referee’s big emerald d30 in lieu of whatever die or dice the situation normally calls for. The choice to roll the big emerald D30 must be made before any roll. The d30 cannot be roll for generating character statistics or hit points".

I commented on both posts on how I also used the d30 in a similar manner in my campaign:

(Quote from our houserule wiki [offline]):

"d30 Rule: Once per game session, a player may choose to roll a d30 instead of any normal dice roll. This cannot be used for any purpose during character creation or for hit point rolls".

Because of this exemplary use of the d30, Jeff Rients has made the following announcement on The RPG Corner:

"I now declare the Order of the d30. You and Zach are both authorized to go forth and be awesome in the name of the thirty sider."



In this sign, we shall conquer.

Any other d30 love to share out there?

23 comments:

Rich said...

I love it!

I have a d30, but we used it to roll under stats for saves sometimes in D&D 3e. I don't think its seen use in 2 years. Maybe its time to change that!

Samuel Van Der Wall said...

Haha, yeah that is pretty awesome. A d30 is one of the few dice I don't own (ironically I have a d34), but that is a pretty creative and fun way of using it.

Bob said...

Excellent!

I have a d30 as well but never really got a chance to use it for anything. I think I'll give this a try in tonight's game. See what they think.

Now, what about the poor, oft ignored, and nearly forgotten...d34

Bob also said...

HA! I didn't even notice someone else posted who owns a d34!

Zachary The First said...

Man, I need to get a d34. I don't think that's traitorous to the d30 cause. :)

Bob, if you use it, let us know how it went!

Anonymous said...

Heh--that's a cool houserule. Like supercharging the roll. I'll have to try that in our Pathfinder game this week, if my group is on board.

-The 14th Maven

Bob said...

Zach, no prob. But, am I correct in thinking that the rule covers 1 total roll? i.e. 3[w]+Str role = d30+Str roll?

At least, that's how I'll be using it. But I'm just curious how others interpret it.

Also, I'll try and put the logo on my blog. But all I have is one straight from wordpress and I don't have access to the HTML. (Anyone know of a good wordpress blogsite with the ability to code it yourself?)

Zachary The First said...

The way I use it is as a substitute for any one dice thrown. So say if someone has a weapon that normally does 2d10 damage, instead of rolling d10+d10 (adding modifiers), they now roll d30+d10 (adding modifiers). In other words, it just replaces the dice--mods and the like are still added. Hopefully, that will work well--if it doesn't, you can always change it up.

Unfortunately, I'm not well-versed in Wordpress. :(

Bob said...

Well, despite informing all of them just prior to gameAND keeping the d30 out infront of them, they all forgot the rule. They did seem eager to try it though, so hopefully we'll be able to try again.

Zachary The First said...

lol...well, if at first you don't succeed...

Hey, it'll likely take a session or two to remember. But when the game's on the line and they get to possibly "supercharge" damage or a saving throw--they'll remember then. :)

Jeff Rients said...

One guy I played with used the rule whenever he cast Magic Missile at a major villain.

Benoist said...

This houserule is totally awesome! The d30 rules!

Chatty DM said...

I used it in Chgowiz's S&W game at Gen Con when I hit a monster with my lantern (don't ask). When Chgowiz was about to roll damage for the flaming oil bursting from the busted lamp, I grabbed the d30 and rolled... a 29.

So freaking awesome.

Best D&D houserule ever!

Zachary The First said...

It is pretty freakin' awesome, isn't it? Spread the word--no reason it can't be used in 4e as well, right?

Carl said...

Tonight marked the first appearance of the d30 in my Mutant Future campaign, and the players took full advantage - and everyone who rolled it got higher than a 20! Much fun was had by all and to be honest, the 30 sided lump of love may have saved the party's ass tonight. Sure, one of the characters died anyways, but we almost had a TPK on our hands and those critical hits with the d30 turned the tide of battle! Rock on, Order of the d30!

kathulhu said...

I wonder if I can talk my DM into adopting this house rule...

retrorpg said...

I am the Keeper of the Yellow Die!

I recently got wind of the Order of the d30 and added a link on my blog.

The Order seems to be picking up steam!

chris said...

I used to use a 30-sider in Heroes Unlimited and Ninjas and Super-spies for certain character types. It gave those classes and powers (speedsters and some martial artists) a greater chance of hitting while making their chance of a crit less.

NetherWerks said...

We use the mighty D30 at both Zalchis, and at Netherwerks.

shekhar said...

very nice blog

New Big Dragon Games Unlimited said...

I've decided to make Fridays "d30 Day" on my blog Save Vs. Dragon, and try to develop a d30 mechanic or generation table to be posted every Friday. I've started with a PDF showing the d30 as a d10% roll with the outcome/effect built in. There's also a table showing the d30 as a bell-curved d10.

Benjamin said...

Count me in! After a long journey I finally found the white d30 and hereby declare “The Big White D30 Rule”.

Rorschachhamster said...

With last night's slaying of an ogre in pursuit by the halfling thief (first roll of the d30 rule in effect = ... 30!) I hereby pledge allegiance to the cause of the d30. Finally I have one!