How to Roll Dice Like an MIT Nerd

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Introduction: How to Roll Dice Like an MIT Nerd

Lost your d6? Flip three visually distinct coins, and use binary.

This Instructable is another cool way to substitute for a standard 6-sided die, and reminded me of the extremely geeky method we use. A great teaching tool for kids, too.

Step 1: Acquire Coins

It happens all the time: you open your favorite board game, and the die is gone. What to do?

Just find three visually distinct coins: I've got a dime, nickel, and penny here, but you could mark up three of the same coins with a Sharpie to distinguish them if necessary.

Step 2: Understand Binary

This is pretty easy.

Designate one coin for each of the following:

20 = 1 (assigned to the penny)

21 = 2 (assigned to the nickel)

22 = 4 (assigned to the dime)

Heads = yes, tails = no.

Flip (or shake and dump) your coins and add the values to figure out the value of your roll.

Step 3: Scoring Examples

Remember: dime: 22=4, nickel: 21=2, penny: 20=1

H H H = 4 + 2 + 1 = 7 (discarded- reroll)
H H T = 4 + 2 + 0 = 6
H T H = 4 + 0 + 1 = 5
H T T = 4 + 0 + 0 = 4
T H H = 0 + 2 + 1 = 3
T H T = 0 + 2 + 0 = 2
T T H = 0 + 0 + 1 = 1
T T T = 0 + 0 + 0 = 0 (discarded- reroll)

(For a d8 the TTT=0 is considered an 8, and none are discarded.)

Check out the examples below, then go roll dice like an MIT nerd.

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Questions

Excellent!

And you can replace the other dice like D8, D12 up to D100 with some more coins. I'll improve this method with coloured plastic coins with 0-s and 1-s on their sides. Colours for the order, 0-s or 1-s for the binary value.

Congrats and Fhtang:-)!

o-o

woohoo, binary dice made from coins

*cough* (i knew how to do binary in 5th grade)*cough*

I'm NOT a geek!
=P

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nice comment lol!

I knew binary in 4th grade!!! What Now!!!!!!

Erm... Not to brag.... I KNEW BINARY IN SECOND GRADE!!!!1!!eleven!!!111!!11!

not bragging...but i wrote a web page in 3rd grade. with html not webs.com

Ooh, big deal. I was programming in BASIC in the fourth grade. Real programming, not that spaghetti code bull most beginners write.

i was creating websites before i was born.

oh my god its the 42 virgins

I new binary in Sixth grade!

thank you! your instructables has helped me in my life!

whats with all the dice instructables lately?

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You mean both of them? :)
I saw the other one yesterday morning, and was reminded of this trick. I don't think there's a secret Illuminati dice plot.

SHH!! *mumble*(they_know_too_much)*mumble* *cough* *sneeze* *OUCH* :P

The goose has left the nest.
Repeat - The goose has left the nest.

Reminds me of an xkcd comic where a biologist says into a voice recorder:
"The eagle has left the nest."
*khhhkht* "Roger that, eagle has left the nest, alert the agents." *khhhkht*
"Will you stop that?"

xkcd ftw!! I love the schrodinger one!

they ALL know too much, we should run while we still can, no?