How to Roll Dice Like an MIT Nerd

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Introduction: How to Roll Dice Like an MIT Nerd

About: I helped start Instructables, previously worked in biotech and academic research labs, and have a degree in biology from MIT. Currently at our parent company Autodesk, learning new things, and trying to catc...

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.

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Step 1: Acquire Coins

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

Coins are readily available.
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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    46 Discussions

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    BigCthulhu
    BigCthulhu

    3 years ago

    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:-)!

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    pwnag3
    pwnag3

    8 years ago on Step 2

    woohoo, binary dice made from coins

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    BuffaloNickel
    BuffaloNickel

    12 years ago on Introduction

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

    I'm NOT a geek!
    =P

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    itsmanofpopsicle
    itsmanofpopsicle

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    AJBrawlLvr
    AJBrawlLvr

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    dungeon runner
    dungeon runner

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Ismith17
    Ismith17

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    i was creating websites before i was born.

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    jwoo2023
    jwoo2023

    9 years ago on Step 3

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

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    canida
    canida

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    zachninme
    zachninme

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Wafflicious
    Wafflicious

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Archive555
    Archive555

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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?"

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    lunius
    lunius

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    xkcd ftw!! I love the schrodinger one!

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    qualia
    qualia

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

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