My Dice and My Temper

What happens when your dice lose the force? What I mean is when you roll average or above you don't think twice about it, but when you start rolling a large amount of ones then that gets your attention.

This is what happened to me in a game against Brent, and it was not pretty. I had two oblits against his 5 Plaugebearers and got wiped out when I rolled snake eyes for saves and then followed that up with a one for my fearless test wound. I lost my Demon Prince right after that with a roll of 3 ones. No matter what the situation I could not roll to save my life. I made a ton of mistakes this game that put me in positions to have to roll for wounds and got overwhelmed pretty quickly. The demon army plays very differently than any other army in the warhammer world, and the more I play them, the more I will learn what to do against them. But still what can you do if your dice go south? Well if you were me you act like an asshat to one of your friends. I think the only thing that saved me from being a total bitch is that my buddy sent me a text with a girl (edited by Brent for sheer disgustingness... eeew!). No matter how you feel when you see a pic like that it will change whatever mood you are in, I promise you that. I did send an apology to Brent and of course I will force myself to look at my phone the next time my dice crap out, which I'm hoping doesn't happen. I may have to go play Nurgle if the dice keep this up! Anyone have an idea what else to do other than microwaving dice (which is what Brent does I swear to God he told me so)?

(I can't go to hell for a little white lie can I?)


Green Blow Fly said...

We all have those games when the dice are unkind. You can roll like one blessed by Lady Luck then roll crap during key situations. For instance my Bloodthirster has a bad habit of sticking himself in the eye... Like failing three 3+ armor saves. It sucks. The thing is we often tend to selectively just remember those bad dice rolls that cost us big. We tend to forget the crazy dice that beat the odds. For instance I remember a game at the team tournament at Adepticon last year... I had eight trukk boyz charged by a Lash prince... The Lash prince poked himself in the eye not doing one wound while the nob scored two wounds with his power klaw, then the prince failed both of his 3+ armor saves due to No Retreat. It was hilarious for me and that combat ended up winning us the game.

I think if you find yourself with lots and lots of bad dice karma then probably you are focusing on stuff that has a low percentage of working, like shooting missile launchers at a Monolith or charging the Deceiver. If you go for high odds (albeit with less reward) the dice have better odds. I always look for the most optimum opportunities so as to maximize the odds in my favor. It's all about calling your own shots so to speak.

Brent said...

I actually didn't realize Bruce was bad tempered about the whole thing, though I appreciate the thought.

I've had my fair share of acting the ass over a game before, which is pretty embarrassing.


The best to do is what you did - apologize when you recognize it and move on. No harm, no foul.


Big Whit said...

Hey Brent, what happened to the last pic? That was just mud in that pic I swear.

Herr Fernseher said...

In context, the mud disturbed me. Although, I must admit that a Gold-Vader-T has bought you a lot of lee-way with me...

Brent said...

I agree! The mud could have been mud... I still vomited a bit on my shirt...

Big Whit said...

I have to say Brent, when you saw my phone at the store I almost died. The look on your face was priceless. I almost went with a messy baby for the last pic, oh well maybe next time. GBF made a good point most of the bad rolls came from me being in a bad position.

Green Blow Fly said...

I love it wehn you are in a bad position and I have my gator boots all laced up real tight like.


Brent said...


Green Blow Fly said...

You know you love those gator boots.



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