If you ever find yourself without your dice bag, or you’re feeling lazy, don’t worry. You can make it through your Dungeons & Dragons game — or whatever you play — by using Google to roll all the dice you need. Yes, even those quirky dice that have many more sides than what regular people are used to seeing.
To get started, simply pull up Google on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Within the search bar, type in the kind of die you want to roll and the number Google should roll. As of when we published this article, you can pick from the following dice:
So if you wanted to roll for a decently powerful Magic Missile your character is blasting at an angry kobold, you’d type “5d4+5″ into Google.
When you do, you get a little dice-rolling animation on the Google results page that shows you the final count. You can then add extra dice (as needed), click any dice to clear out their rolls, or adjust your modifier if you made a typo. You can even re-roll over, and over, and over if you’re trying to fudge a particular result or, say, min/max your new character’s stats Baldur’s Gate-style.
The one downside of Google’s implementation is that you can’t combine dice in your initial search query. In other words, you can’t type “1d4+1d8″ to get a combined result for those two separate rolls. You’ll have to first search for a “1d4,” for example, and then click the d8 on the results page to add it in.
You’ll also have to get creative if you’re rolling dice that don’t appear on Google’s list — like a d100. In that case, you’ll want to search for “2d10″ and agree to use the first die as your tens digit and your second die as your ones digit. If you’ve been involved with role-playing games for any length of time, this should be familiar territory.