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Better keep these things out of Las Vegas.
Dungeons & Dragons players can have all the stealth, armor, and charisma points in the world, but at the end of the day, they’re only as good as their 20-sided die, which infuses the game with the element of chance. And by “chance,” of course, we mean “terrible luck.”
How do role-playing geeks handle this occasional failure of equipment? The same way they’d handle a misbehaving dog, a problematic philosophy text, or a website that fails to protect your personal information from scammers—by shaming it on their Tumblrs.
What do you have to roll to incur the pity of a marauding orc? Oh, forget it, it’ll never happen.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'