# Are Spindown dice fair?

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Yes, spindown dice do not have evenly distributed numbers, but if you are telling me someone can casually pick one up and control their roll to be better than mine then you are delirious. To achieve this you’d have to pick up the die, find the high/low side, and then carefully roll/drop it to get the desired result.

## What is Spindown die?

A spindown die is just that: it’s a counter.

That’s what these dice were designed for and that’s how they are used in Magic: The Gathering, or in other similar roles outside of Magic. These were never designed to be rolled and that’s why the numbers aren’t separated and interspersed in a way that are balanced.

## Are spin downs random?

It’s not really illegal, there’s just a chance of abuse and therefore people who are aware of its abuse do not allow it to be used as a “random” way of determining who goes first. If you want to get real technical, it’s only “illegal” to use if the head judge at the event does not want you to use that method.

## How are d20s numbered?

Dice are traditionally numbered such that the largest number is located opposite the smallest, next largest opposite next smallest, etc. For a d20, 20 is opposite 1, 19 opposite 2, 18 opposite 3, etc. … Having the two numbers add to 21 avoids any such bias in the average number rolled.

## What does Spindown mean?

Filters. (computing, astronomy) A reduction in spin speed (of a hard disk, pulsar etc) noun.

## Does dice number placement matter?

Does the placement of numbers on a d20 affect the distribution of rolls in the long run? Normally dice have a particular order in which the numbers are placed, and people say that any other way would skew the outcome. But random is random, isn’t it? No it does not.

## How do you tell the difference between a 6 and a 9 on a d20?

Because the number 9 is sometimes also on the same die. It denotes where the bottom of the number is so that you can tell them apart. 6 is 9 upside down, but “6.” and “9.” are much easier to distinguish.