Part II : Manufactured Dice
Having tried my best to make my own two-sided dice for Bean! I happened across some 8-sided dice used in the game ‘Ubiquity’, which are basically D2s. Here they are :-
8-sided D2 from ‘Ubiquity’
Actually, it doesn’t matter what sort of dice or method you use to create your ‘beans’, it’s simply all about telling a story, role-playing with gusto and having lots of fun! That’s what the one and only D2 role-playing game is all about, FUN!
A ‘Casserole’ of Bean! Dice
BEAN! is that fabulous D2 role-playing game brought forth from the fertile and twisted imagination of our good friend Jeff Freels. Inspired by the thought that an avid gamer could toss a few beans while at work instead of dice to keep the boss from noticing what they were up to, there is the challenge of finding the two-sided dice required. Using dried kidney beans with “0” and “1” written on opposite sides certainly fulfils the criteria but, in practice, they don’t roll terribly well. For Bean! adventures I have run at Beer & Pretzels, therefore, we have used ordinary D6s and adopted the “low – high” approach where 1,2,3 represent 0 and 4,5,6 1.
I have, therefore, been on the lookout for alternatives and here is what I’ve come up with :-
I: Blank Dice
As luck would have it, you can buy blank six-sided dice in a variety of colours and then using a permanent marker put whatever marks on them that you like.
Blank D6 with ‘1’ and ‘0’ stencil markings
Alternative stencil of ‘1’ and ‘0’ on blank D6
Of course, you don’t have to put boring old numbers on the blank canvas that is the D6 face. When producing your own homemade ‘beans’ anything you like could represent the ‘1’ and the ‘0’ needed for the game as long as you can draw something appealing.
Beanfolk face as “1”