Saturday, February 09, 2013

Centrifugal Dice


Sometime this week it was announced that the International Space Station was going to do hangout. That got me thinking how cool it would be if it were an RPG hangout. Which immediately got me thinking of dice. How do you roll dice in space? Sure you can use some app to roll them, but for me there's nothing like throwing real dice. So this got me thinking...

I guess a cylinder with a radius of about 30 to 40 cm, spinning at about 50 cm per second (aprox. 1 revolution every 4 seconds) should be able to produce sufficient force to emulate Earths gravity. So dice thrown against the "drum" would settle there like a roulette. Dice could also be made particularly heavy to allow for slower rotation and make it easier to see the roll results.

If you were to spend some time in the space station, what would be your RPG of choice?

Got any ideas on how to roll dice in space? Maybe big velcro ones that stick to the walls of the station?


Images

http://lpb.fieldofscience.com/2009/03/international-space-station.html
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