I love dice. I love games that use them. I love rolling them, the feel of them in your hand, the throw, the random result. There's just something about dice that works on every level.
One game we used to play a lot was Axis & Allies. It involved lots of military miniatures and dice. I loved it.
One time at my old apartment I had a full five player Axis & Allies game. Me, Tim, Branko, Dean and Brian. (If I'm remembering right.) It got around to Germany's turn, played by Dean the Dictator, who decided it was time to smash Britain's production, under the control of Branko.
Dean built Bombers, five squadrons... very expensive. It took his whole production budget for two turns to build them all. Branko sat just across the water hating the fact that he was going to get pounded by those bombers. At last the moment came to strike.
Dean moved his five bombers from Western Europe, across the English Channel, toward Great Britain. Branko prepared his limited anti-aircraft defenses. His guns would get a free chance to fire upon the incoming bombers. One die for each bomber. Only a roll of 1 on the die would score a hit, anything else would be a miss. Out of five bombers, Dean fully expected to lose one, maybe.
The moment arrived. Branko picked up five dice and started rolling. The dice flew from his hand and began bouncing across the table. One by one they stopped.
Branko had rolled five 1's.
The odds against rolling five 1's with five dice are 7775 to 1. There was a moment of stunned silence. Then the shouting began.
Dean screamed in disgust, Branko with excitement. The rest of us howled with laughter. Dean pounded on the table and shouted, "UNACCEPTABLE!" Miniatures and dice flew. Dean did a great Hitler impression that night, we thought. It was grand.
I have rolled many dice since then, but I've never seen five of a kind ever again.
I guess it's just not in the cards.
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