RPGaDay: Tale of the cursed yellow die

Welcome to day 23 of RPGaDay, hosted by BrigadeCon and today’s question: Share one of your best ‘Worst Luck’ stories.

RPGaDay 2016

Most rpgs uses luck in some form or another. It can be rolling dice, playing cards, or drawing stones from a bag. With luck, you get folks who have a variety of superstition. This story is about my friend, Steve Maguire, who has great videos as Science Isn’t Scary. I suggest you watch them and then come back here.

Steve had a yellow d20 which constantly rolled badly for him. It was notorious for not rolling above a 5 for him. He never learn his lesson and used the die in several games. While at an Ottawa convention playing some Living Greyhawk, he got so frustrated with his yellow die that he threw it at his feet and it bounce across the hall. Luckily, it didn’t hit anyone but it rolled for most of the hall before stopping. One of our friends, Christine, was managing the convention administrative booth near the spot where the die stopped rolling. She checked the result and it was a 1, which in D&D is a bad result to get.

After that, he retired the die. After several months, Steve played with someone who was short on dice. Steve gave his yellow die to them  and followed up on it. Apparently, the new owner felt the die rolled decently for the first year. Afterwards, the die went pack to its poor rolling tricks. It looks like that die was truly cursed.

What stories of bad luck have you witnessed? Have you seen items which are cursed?


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