Pixels–Electronic LED Dice Kickstarter

Jean Simonet has launched an already wildly successful Kickstarter for his Pixels dice–LED-lit dice that feature Bluetooth and wireless charging.

Pixels are the coolest dice you’ve ever seen! Full of LEDs, smarts and no larger than regular dice, they can be customized to light up when and how you desire. Incredibly strong, smooth and sharp, they work for several hours at a time, after which you can simply recharge them with the accompanying case. Pixels know which way they roll and can communicate with your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. This means they will work with Roll20, Foundry or any one of your favorite online platforms.

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Non-Transitive Dice Are Weird

Non-transitive dice are beyond weird. As seen in the image below of Bradley Efron’s four-dice nontransitive set, these dice are not like normal six-sided dice in that each has a unique pattern of numbers.

Imagine setting up a game where each person picks a die and then rolls that die 50 times. Whichever die rolls higher, the most times wins.

The purple die will roll a higher number than the yellow die 2/3rds of the time.

The yellow die, in turn, will roll a higher number than the red die 2/3rds of the time.

Finally, the red die will roll a higher number than the green die 2/3rds of the time.

Here’s where the weirdness of the non-transitive nature of the dice comes into play. The green die will roll a higher number than the purple die 2/3rds of the time.

Wikipedia has a nice entry on non-transitive dice, including a detailed look at the probabilities of the Efron dice. The set of Efron’s dice in the image is available for $5 plus shipping from the National Museum of Mathematics.

Non-Transitive Dice
Non-Transitive Dice

EFF Dice-Generated Passphrases

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has its own version of DiceWare, complete with several different wordlists for randomly generating passphrases with dice.

EFF’s new long list, referenced in the directions above, is designed for memorability and passphrase strength. We recommend selecting a minimum of six words from our long wordlist, or when using any other list of this size. The more words you use, the stronger the passphrase. Different wordlists may produce passphrases with different degrees of memorability, but you don’t get a significantly different passphrase strength by using one wordlist over another, if the lists are the same length.

Stormcrow’s D2020

Stormcrow decided to do its version of a D2020, this one with sides printed with actual 2020 horrors, such as Murder Hornets, and the ones likely left to still surprise us, such as World War III.

D2020
D2020

The sides include:

  • Locust Swarm
  • Online Education
  • Zoom Happy Hour
  • Meth Gators
  • Market Crash
  • Bleach Injection
  • Lockdown Hair
  • Donald Trump
  • Quarantine
  • Australian Brushfires 
  • Riots
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Murder Hornets
  • Autonomous Zone
  • Recession
  • World War 3
  • Brexit
  • X Æ A-12
  • Tiger King
  • Covid-19