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How do you read a d4


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Beginner box for the win. Me and my kids loved it. I bought the same thing for D & D about a year ago. I spent 2 weeks trying to figure out how to play it and create a character. Pathfinder made it so easy. While I am not new to RPG's, I am new to d4. How do you read them. I spent the afternoon winging it with my kids (5,8,8) who loved playing it btw. But so much of this game depends on the d4 I need to know how to read it, or else I will never improve my GM skills.


There are two main styles of d4. This kind you read by looking at what number is on the bottom. This kind you read by looking at what number is on the top.


Well, you roll it, and the side that points up should have all the same number on it. That's the number you want.

Silver Crusade

In either type of d4, you are looking to see which numeral is upright on all the visible faces of the die.

Lantern Lodge

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Depends on the style of the d4. Some are designed to be read from the bottom, some from the topmost point. Easiest way to tell the difference? Whichever number is right-side-up when the die is at rest.

The bottom d4s will have the numbers along the sides, and the top d4s will have the numbers on the points.

Grand Lodge

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There is also a third type of d4. I have replaced all my pyramid shaped d4's with this type of die. They hurt a lot less when you step on them.


In that same line of thought :
Back in the day, there was a die called The D4 that Rolls. I think it was by a company calle The Armory. It basically was just a D8 with 1-4 twice. Pretty basic. The company closed down so thos dice are no longer available and I am the envy of my gaming friends... well not that much, but they feel it is so much simpler. And berfore someone asks, no, we never confused the d4's with the d8's.

@Don : those are Q Workshop or somthing like that aren't they. Please share the knowledge! ;-)

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There's also this type, which uses a d12's shape and has the numbers I-IV (to distinguish it from a regular D12).

Dodecahedrons FTW! :-)


Tamago wrote:

There's also this type, which uses a d12's shape and has the numbers I-IV (to distinguish it from a regular D12).

Dodecahedrons FTW! :-)

Those are niiiiiiiiice!


Gotta third the dodecahedron d4s... no die shape rolls quite as well as these. You can cover all of your d3, d4, d6, and d12 needs easily with customized dodecahedral dice.


The number rolled is indicated by the number shown upright at all three visible faces. The number can be on the top or bottom of the faces but it will be the same. This is assuming the tetrahedral (pyramid) d4. I do prefer the type Don Walker linked to. I find they roll better.


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@Gondolin: The die Don showed a pic of is a Crystal Caste crystal D4.


WRoy wrote:

Gotta third the dodecahedron d4s... no die shape rolls quite as well as these. You can cover all of your d3, d4, d6, and d12 needs easily with customized dodecahedral dice.

Not to mention d2 and d1 ! :)

As soon as I discovered these things were out there, I bought 20 of them and have been giving sets of 5 as gifts for friends who play wizards who throw magic missles around a lot.

Grand Lodge

Gondolin wrote:
@Don : those are Q Workshop or somthing like that aren't they. Please share the knowledge! ;-)

Paizo sells a few dice sets with that type of d4 here.

Edit/ Oops. Sorry. Backordered. Darn.

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Crystal Caste d4s are the best. You don't get more easily readable than those. I really wish they sold them individually, because I'd have a lot more of them than I do now.


Nimmrod wrote:
Beginner box for the win. Me and my kids loved it. I bought the same thing for D & D about a year ago. I spent 2 weeks trying to figure out how to play it and create a character. Pathfinder made it so easy. While I am not new to RPG's, I am new to d4. How do you read them. I spent the afternoon winging it with my kids (5,8,8) who loved playing it btw. But so much of this game depends on the d4 I need to know how to read it, or else I will never improve my GM skills.

Well... once I've extracted them from my bare foot... I can generally tell by how much damage I've taken. :)

All joking aside - I agree with all the methods listed above.


Thank you, everyone has helped a tone.

Grand Lodge

Mikaze wrote:
Crystal Caste d4s are the best. You don't get more easily readable than those. I really wish they sold them individually, because I'd have a lot more of them than I do now.

I've bought mine directly from a game store's dice trays.

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