We love our shiny math rocks! But sometimes a virtual dice roller comes in handy too, especially when we play online. Well, we’ve updated our dice roller —it can now roll pretty much any kind of dice with all sorts of modifiers! This means that the new dice roller is truly system agnostic. Let’s unpack how it works!
How to use the dice roller
As always, you can insert a rollable dice button into any World Anvil article or statblock (such as the new D&D character sheet!). For example, [roll:1d10+3] will display as a button you can click to roll a ten-sided die with a +3 modifier. But the new update means that you can go way crazier than that! These are only some of the things you can do:
- Use all kinds of dice! Use d% for a percentile roll, or dF for Fudge dice. You can even type dF.1 for variant Fudge dice, which have four blank sides instead of the normal two.
- Using exploding dice? Just type an exclamation mark (!) after the dice notation! 1d10! means that if a 10 is rolled, it will re-roll the die and add up the results.
- We’ve got dice pools too! With dice pools, you often have to count the number of successes. Type 5d10>6 and the result will be the number of dice with a result higher than 6. Easy, huh?
- And still with dice pools, you can also choose to keep or drop the highest or lowest rolls. For example, 6d10kh2 will roll six ten-sided dice but only keep the two highest results. k is for keep, h is for high, and 2 is the number of rolls you keep. Replace k with d to drop, and h for l to focus on the lowest rolls instead! This might sound a bit more complicated, but you’ll master it in no time!
There’s so much more you can do with the dice roller! For a full list of everything possible and interactive examples, check out the documentation from the developer.
Let us know what you think about this update! Are there any systems that aren’t supported by the new dice roller?
Hi thanks for your great article, I’m new and still figuring my way around Anvil World. I am using the new table feature and would like to know two things. 1) How can I edit the dice in the table feature, for example change the number of sides on the dice ? 2) I read that a dice button can be added to an article page how do I do this. Thanks hope to hear back from you.
Hi! The sides of the die you roll on a table will depend on how many rows the table has. A table with 10 rows will have a ten-sided die, 11 rows produce an eleven-sided die, etc. It’s virtual, so a die can have as many faces as you want!
To add a dice roller in an article, use the roll BBCode tag. For example, to roll 1d10, type [roll:1d10]. This page has more information on BBCode tags: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/WorldAnvilCodex/a/bbcode
I am using a weapon from the Humblewood 3rd party materials for D&D 5e. It does 2d6 damage, initially, and if doubles are rolled, you add an additional 1d6. If the added d6 matches the face value of the doubles (if I roll 3 + 3 as my doubles, and the added die also rolls a 3) I continue adding d6 rolls until they no longer match. Is there a way to make this happen with a [roll: X] command with what’s currently available?
Me and my group are now VERY VERY happy
Are there any plans to support the Narrative Dice System used in Genesys and the latest rendition of the Star Wars RPG?
We are playing Vampire the Masquerade 5th Edition (yes it is officaly supported) but we stick with the Discord Bot Diceroller “Thirst”. Yes we can do Dice Pools but it is way to complicated. See:
typing 5W10>6 only gives me half the information i need. The Storyteller System is a bit off when looking at 10. they are 1 success but if they come in pairs they are not 2 success, they are double that (4). And i don´t think the diceroller can do this math. (Could be wrong, thou) Anyway. The Discord bot can handle this including re-rolls for spended Willpower on the click of a button.I only have to type my pool and hunger dice like this !v 5 2 and it gives me correct success. So the dice roller of world anvil might be some versatile kind of allround thing but it fails on specific game systems. Change my mind?