bill gates used to be a nerd.
Tom Cruise once jumped up and down on a chair like he could not control himself; he is not cool.
Nerds don't just like stuff- they are obsessive and have no social skills.
John Green sounds like a prick
Tom Cruise is a gay ?
In modern parlance, nerd is the pejorative form of geek, meaning someone who is highly interested in obscure stuff, but the difference between a nerd and a geek is that nerds are socially awkward.
The writer uses the word stuff for intentional ambiguity. There are many different kinds of nerds. Science nerds, literature nerds, gaming nerds, etc.
I am, and have always been, a geek and a nerd. I memorize the rules to pencil/paper role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and I'm quite good at the Street Fighter series of videogames. I am a virtuouso, but a virtuouso of shit that virtually nobody cares about.
And I happen to be quite adept at spinning my social awkwardness into self-deprecating humor, which some highly intelligent women tend to find irresistably attractive. I'm not particularly popular with the ladies, but I'm not a friendless virgin, either.
All that said, fuck John Green. He's not a nerd. He's a hipster pretending to be a nerd because it's fashionable. Y'know what else? The Big Bang Theory is not for nerds. It is for hipsters who want to act like nerds. And the only thing worse than the beta male fuckburgers upstairs are fraudulent wannabe geeks who are responsible for diluting my elite subculture with their mediocrity and superficial "interest".
I suspect Dando owns quite a few dice with more than six sides.
Tom Cruise is a Marmite miner?
@Carlos, That is correct. Back in the states I've got a faux-velvet Crown Royal whiskey bag full of various polyhedrals, but in China, I've only got a single twenty-sider.
And for the uninitiated, can you tell us what the facades of this Icosahedron (yes, I googled) represent? (It would be delightfully on topic after all)
I'm hoping not something as mundane as mere magic points, spells, curses, invincibility potions and the like...
"And for the uninitiated, can you tell us what the facades of this Icosahedron (yes, I googled) represent?"
it got numbers on them, and you roll it to tell you do things, iamrite
oh, I thought it was more of a 'dungeons and dragons' type die.
I've been an unrepentent nerd since 1991. When I was a kid all I cared about was dungeons & dragons and comic books; I think the only movies better than Lord of the Rings are the original three Star Wars and that the only thing better than the Lord of the Rings books is nothing; I'd still be watching Star Trek the Next Generation if that shit was on and they were making new episodes; and in general anything else nerdy you can think of I embrace wholeheartedly.
But I have to say, being a nerd now isn't as special as it used to be. Late night TV in the US is dominated by people who grew up as nerds just like us: Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, Conan O'Brien. The business world worships uber-nerds like Bill Gates, Larry Paige & Sergy Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg. Hackers are considered sexy and mysterious. ESPN even embraces fantasy sports now, which back when I played it when I was 12 was a major sign of nerd-dom. I gotta say, nerdness is mainstream now, and almost boring.
Carlos, even if you Googled it, 10 points for Icosahedron.
nerd become more common
I can't play D&D with only a 20-sider, but it is sufficient to play Mutants & Masterminds, a superhero RPG derived from D&D. I've been trying to adapt this system to use for a cyberpunk RPG of my own devising, but I'm far too lazy.
I incorrectly thought it was a dodecahedron, but now I know that's a 12-sider. My Greek sucks.
Anyway, the d20 is the most commonly used die (yes, that is correct the singular form of dice). In D&D, it is used for attack rolls (to determine if you hit someone with your sword, bow, magic ray, etc.) and saving throws (to resist magic, poison, dragon's breath, etc.)
The other dice are mainly for determining damage. Depending on what edition you are playing, a knife usually deals 1d4 damage, a longsword deals 1d8 damage, and a two-handed sword deals 2d6 damage. This (x)d(y) is shorthand notation. 1d4 means you roll a single 4-sided die. 2d6 means you roll two 6-sided dice and add them together.
An exception to this notation is 1d100 or 1d%, which means you roll two d10s and combine the digits. Actual 100-sided dice do exist, but as you would imagine, they are almost spherical and always fall off the gaming table onto the floor.
Mutants & Masterminds does not use these other dice because it does not use a hit points (HP) system for tracking damage. Instead, all game effects are resisted with a saving throw.
If you roll a bad die, isn't their the temptation to cheat and just have a re-roll?
Tom Cruise is an anal astronaut?
Sure, but since actions take place during turns, it would be difficult to re-roll the die without someone else noticing. Only the Dungeon Master (narrator and referee) is allowed to roll privately.
Besides, it's easier and more effective to cheat by adding a different modifier to the result of the roll, like adding +4 to your weapon damage roll if your strength statistic only entitles you to a +3.
Yes, but it doesn't seem like a level playing field. This Dungeon Master dude sounds like he has a big advantage.
Tom Cruise is a rectal ranger?
The Dungeon Master is god. Of course he has an advantage. He runs the game. The DM controls the NPCs (non-player characters) and monsters.
Tom Cruise is a turd burglar?
There must be big arguments over who gets to be Dungeon Master; he clearly gets the best gig.
Though if I remember Dungeons and Dragons properly, he was kinda short and bald (which is no bad thing).
Tom Cruise is a brown banana farmer?
Hell no. DMing is hard work. Most people would prefer to play a hero.
You mean the cartoon? I never saw that.
Tom Cruise is a poop paladin?
I can't make sense of the GUI of Dwarf Fortress. It seems like it would appeal to me so much though, if I didn't have a real life and more fufilling things to do.