HexaCubes are just as easy to use as traditional polyhedrals. Players will take a few minutes to get used to all of their dice being almost the same shape, just as they once had to memorize which dice shape went with each value. Other than that, using HexaCubes is entirely intuitive for gamers. If a roleplayer found a set lying on the street, they would figure it all out in a few minutes without any help.
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How Tell the Dice Apart
Instead of memorizing the shapes of the different dice, you can tell HexaCubes apart by the direction the numbers are imprinted on them.
Dice with vertical numbers on their hex sides like this are called “tall.” If the hex sides look like this they are “wide.”
Dice that are d8 or smaller are “tall.”
D10 and bigger are “wide.”
Dice with numbers on their square sides like this
are “square.” Dice with faces like this are “diamond.”
D6 and d10 are “square.”
The others are “diamond” (and are divisible by 4).
So d8s are “tall diamonds” and d6s are “tall squares.” D12s are “wide diamonds,” etc. With this system, players will be able to tell the dice apart in the same time it took them to learn not to grab d8 instead of d10. The highest value of each die is marked with “·” as an additional indicator. The high number is on at least 2 of the faces of each die.
One more thing:
Sixes look like this:
Nines look like this:
D20s are the least accurate of the traditional polyhedral dice. In theory, the shape should be flawlessly fair. In practice, the realities of manufacturing limit their accuracy. HexaCube d20s, however, are a pair of dice—like d100 of a typical polyhedral set. HexaCube d20s are very, very accurate and they don’t roll off the table as much.
A special die called the “binary” is paired with a d10. Binary dice have equal probability of rolling a “1” or a blank side. Binary dice are “wide diamond” because they are normally used in d20 rolls. HexaCube d20s are read like percentile dice in typical dice sets.
A roll of “blank” on the binary and a “1” through “9” on the d10 is a result of 1 through 9.
If you get a “1” on the binary and a 1 through 9 on the d10, the result is 11 through 19.
A binary “1” and d10 “zero” equals “10.”
A “blank” binary and a zero on the d10 is a “20”—much like rolling a “100” result on percentile dice.
After a night of gaming, using HexaCubes are second nature.