Fun Ways to Roll Stats

02 Dec

As a rule, I don’t like random stats–in fact it’s one of the top ten reasons I like 4e. But there are a couple random methods that I’d try, given a random-fan DM.

The first method is called Six Pair Flair, and actually uses cards rather than dice. Here’s how it’s done: find a deck of cards. Pull out two 4s, two 5s, two 6s, two 7s, two 8s and two 9s. Shuffle ‘em, and then deal ‘em into six face-up pairs. Those are your scores. Six Pair Flair has that electric excitement that you get by rolling stats, but it’s balanced in that you’re guaranteed to get playable stats, even if they’re not exactly what you wanted.

The second is called Potluck Party. In this method, each players rolls a set of stats as usual. Instead of keeping their own stats though, everyone shows their stat set to everyone else, and then the players each choose which set to use. Potluck Party combines the best of both worlds: the fun of dice-rolling, and the fairness of getting to choose your own stats. The only downside is that the DM has to record the original stat sets, in case a new PC joins the group. But chances are, there’ll only be one or two ‘good’ sets worth recording, and the others can be forgotten.


Posted by on 02/12/2010 in Random Abilities, Random Stats


2 responses to “Fun Ways to Roll Stats

  1. Aaddern

    07/12/2010 at 11:26 pm

    the first should lead to more balanced stats, maintaining a stat minimum of 8. and the top of the range remaining 18. at least in most statistical cases. as opposed to the die roles though your not going to end up with all low or high stat rolls and like point buy it would be easy for a DM to track back the root of the stat's to its core compents of cards. I kind of like it. its like the middle ground between point buy and the 4d6 method. the second method reminds me of the array method. only the array's are random, it is possible to have a ongoing game with everyone having real high stats, and in fact its more likely then in normal die rolling. i beleve the potluck party method would lead to scores on average of better then point buy, as you have 5 sets of scores for it to beat the point buy system with. it does address the issue of inequality among party members that a normal rolling method can bring, but may bring less balance to the game if the DM does not adjust accordingly?that is just my quick thoughts on this.

  2. Tequila Sunrise

    12/12/2010 at 4:00 pm

    I haven’t done probability calculations, but a DM could have potluck players roll 3d6 instead of 4d6 to keep the party stats at a more ‘normal’ level.Of course, random-fan DMs aren’t usually very concerned with a few extra bonuses anyway. So, supercalafrajalisticexpiealadotious, I guess. 🙂


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