Virtual Dice Roll

There are various places on the web to view a virtual dice roll. What makes this site different is the absence of any proximity requirement. Please see the full explanation below.



 The most recent dice roll is:  5 1 6 4 6 3 2 6 

 
Die 5
Die 1
 
Die 6
Die 4
 
Die 6
Die 3
 
Die 2
Die 6
 
September 23, 2020, 05:52 PM (US Eastern Time Zone)
Current date/time: September 23, 2020 / 21:53:01 UTC


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Why this Virtual Dice Roll page?

There are various places on the web to view a virtual dice roll (VDR). What makes this site different is the absence of any proximity requirement.

This VDR page allows multiple parties in different locations to perform a dice roll which they all can verify separately. Most (if not all) other sites do not provide any means for the exact same roll to be viewed in more than one place at one time.

On this site, a VDR is performed once every minute, and the results are stored for some number of days. So, for instance, two individuals can agree that “We'll use the VDR at 2:15 PM (two minutes from now).” Both can then separately view the dice roll at that time. If one of them misses the roll (he was getting a beer), he can still look it up on the site later.

VDRs on this site are intended to be random, and are generated as follows: Each minute, a random set of numbers are fetched (via HTTP) from the web site random.org. Our request is tailored to always retrieve numbers in the range of one (1) to six (6), and these correspond directly to the die faces shown. Please see random.org for a thorough explanation of how their random numbers are generated. (It's actually pretty cool, if you're into geeky stuff.)

“Immediate” roll

The IMMEDIATE button is provided so that instant VDRs can also be performed. These differ in that the random.org web site is queried at that very moment to retieve a new random roll. This roll cannot be repeated or viewed independently. This is provided as an additional convenience. “One site fits all!” ;-)

Why eight dice?

We present eight dice, since there are many games out there that use varying numbers of dice; hopefully eight are enough for most purposes. If you don't need that many, just use as many as you need. In case you use this page for fewer than eight dice and did not agree ahead of time on which of the dice to use, then it is here declared that you shall use the number you need starting from the left-most die. There, it's settled.

Disclaimers, gotchas, caveats, fine print, etc.

Dice rolls are not necessarily available covering all times; hardware, software, and network problems, as well as maintenance windows, can prevent the data from being collected.

Sometimes this site will be down (see above).

At any time, for any reason, a different method than the one described above may be used to generate the random numbers. Occasionally, if for some reason some VDRs have been missed, some method of random number generation may be used to go back and “fill in” the missing data. Such occurrences are expected to be infrequent.

At this time, issues such as time changes for Daylight Saving Time have not been taken into account. We recommend that you refrain from using this page for times that occur during the hours of the time changes.

Dice rolls do expire (ie, they go away) after some number of days. The ability of the site maintainers to recover expired data is limited.

The site maintainers make no guarantees that all VDR data is random and legitimate: we can be bribed. Please write for PayPal info. ;-)

No guarantees of any sort are made. USE THIS SITE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Please send comments to:   <des@cs.duke.edu>.



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