Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
Brock Grimshaw is 25 and has played Dungeons and Dragons for 9 years. He is married and currently a teacher at Stansbury Park Elementary School.
Brock and I have been good friends for the better part of 5 years and have been playing Dungeons and Dragons together for most of that time. When we first started playing everyone in the group besides Brock was around 16 and had only played minimally before. I was usually the Dungeon Master, but often Brock would often take over. This conversation was held on Brock’s couch in his house when I came over to hang out as his kitten tried to attack my foot. In Dungeons and Dragons dice are used to decide the outcome of any event that could not be easily completed.
So when we’re talkin about dice gods it’s clear to note that I don’t think anyone actually believes in a divine dice being that is granting wishes but, because the entire game boils down to randomness and chance something that develops in every group I’m sure of it every group something like this comes up or some sort of luck based, fate altering idea is born, where we before you roll something really important you’re getting ready to roll *rubs his hands together and raises them as if praying* and you go “Oh, okay come on dice gods.” You’re hoping, what you’re trying to do is in your, in your monkey brain *laughter* trying to change the fate, the randomness so that it bends into your favor.
Brock recounted this with a bit of amusement and levity on the subject. We were both relaxing on his couch and Brock told the story in his pajamas.
Dr. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
G2: Leisure Activities - Recreation, Sports, Games
Shumway, Steven, "Dice Gods" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 308.