Sunday, May 6, 2012
Percentile Dice Abuse
Mirror image, a second level magic user spell in ADnD, contains a system for random determination of the number of mirror images that appear when the spell is cast. From one to four mirror images appear, depending on the result of a percentile dice throw. A roll of 1-25 results in one image; 26-50 creates two; 51-75 summons three; and 76-100 invokes four.
Clearly, a d4 is equally suitable, and more appropriate in this circumstance. What am I missing here? Why bother using percentile dice for this spell? I can see using percentile dice if, for example, you added your character's level to the roll, thus having a higher chance of more mirror images as you increase in level. Otherwise, the use of percentiles in this instance just seems like overkill.