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.
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.