The d20 Door Prize

I recently hosted an all day Horror Movie Marathon at my now former apartment. It was a long day, but I saw a lot of good films. Except for House of the Devil, which just sucked due to the constant boredom you go through till the last 20 minutes of a 95 minute film. It’s like appreciating Gerry: it accurately shows and understands real life workings, giving the proper atmosphere…but it fails at anything compelling. Sure, House of the Devil is better than Gerry, in that it actually gets interesting at some point, but that isn’t saying much.

Not wanting my Movie Marathon be anything generic, I threw in a few curve balls to make it interesting. One was serving pancakes, which I tried at a previous gathering…though only two other people enjoyed. Due to the high praise it received that night, I felt right in trying it out again. I also had a bunch of vampire fangs handed out to every guest, which were appealing for the first few minutes then put away for being uncomfortable. At least we now know what a Pikachu with fangs looks like (no, you’re not seeing the photo). The third idea was something I cooked up in the late hours of cleanup I had before the day of party, which was the d20 Door Prize.

For those who don’t know, the d20 is one of the many polyhedron dice used in Dungeons & Dragons (and other games, though the d20 has it’s home in D&D). As a twenty-sided die (the shape of a icosahedron), there is a 5% chance of any side landing upright, the most common things shown on these sides being the numbers 1-20. It’s use in D&D decides the success or failure of certain actions which could affect change. This outcome is usually altered by bonuses one adds to the roll, but in the long run you’re effectively trying to get Heads on a coin toss on most general tasks (rolling 10 or higher). Sometimes the challenge is difficult, requiring a lot of luck to succeed…or just two Heads in a row via coin toss (rolling 15 or higher). Then there’s the next to impossible tasks, which is getting four or more Heads on a coin toss in a row (otherwise known as the Natural 20), though when you’re talking about a 5% chance, nothing really is impossible, right?

But enough on math, and to the d20 Door Prize itself. After each guest entered and got settled a bit, I handed them my favored black stone and green lettered d20. This confused each guest at first, but once they realized what was going on, they were thrilled. The prizes were as follows…

  1. Punch in the face
  2. Straw
  3. Fangs!…Another pair!
  4. Shoelace
  5. Pencil/Pen
  6. Penis Art Button (2 Money please)
  7. Sexy Dance
  8. Hug
  9. Pen/Pencil
  10. Lighter
  11. Massage
  12. Bubbles
  13. Glowstick
  14. A Beast…BEAST!!!
  15. Kiss
  16. Candle
  17. Fireworks
  18. Custom YouTube Video
  19. Manicure
  20. $1,000,000

In supplement to this, I threw in a few rules for the roller if they didn’t like the prize they got (which would obviously happen). Should they indeed not like what they rolled, they had the option of rolling again, and getting two of whatever they rolled next. If they still didn’t like it, they could roll again and get three of whatever they rolled. If they still didn’t like it, they simply got a punch in the face. Pretty much.

Everyone kept trying for the higher prize, usually landing on something they didn’t want in lieu of what they had before. When it was all said and done, three shoelaces, two lighters, two pair of fangs, a punch in the face and three fireworks were given out. Yes, that means my guests were few, but what I lacked in quantity I got in quality. Fun times.

So what do you think? I did a quick search around the Net, and couldn’t find a mention of this being done before, which I honestly don’t believe because this is something a little too obvious to not be done. If I am indeed the first, I feel awesome indeed, and implore you to try this out at your own gatherings. It’s more gambling than D&D, but the curious die will bring…curiosity…about the game in the long run.


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