How Inmates Play Tabletop RPGs in Prisons Where Dice Are Contraband


#1

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.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/padk7z/how-inmates-play-tabletop-rpgs-in-prisons-where-dice-are-contraband

#2

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.


#3

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


#4

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


#5

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