How Inmates Play Tabletop RPGs in Prisons Where Dice Are Contraband


In correctional facilities across America, inmates cluster around tables in the common room to play games like Dungeons & Dragons. And they do it without dice.

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Never been in prison (touch wood), but in the absence of dice I’ve made do with flipping a book to a random page, taking last x digits of page number (ignoring any results outside of range). Obviously works best for d10/percentile based systems, but in a pinch you could make it work for anything.


They actually used to sell books just for this before computers were a common every day thing.


I’m kind of enthralled by the two spinner designs. They’re both just really, really clever.


it’s hardly my biggest problem with the US prison system but banning DnD seems patently absurd.