Reducing Your Decisions to a Die Roll

Which of these would you be happy to choose at random?

  • 1 of 6 restaurants to eat at tonight?
  • 1 of 5 films to see at the weekend?
  • 1 of 10 European countries to visit over Easter?
  • 1 of 4 cities to buy a property?

You may have seen experience of discomfort linked to personal growth. Well one thing you may feel uncomfortable with is uncertainty. From how old we will live to the weather on your next holiday, uncertainty is a constant companion.

But maybe you can grow used to or even excited by a little extra uncertainty….

Reducing a discussion to a coin flip

Outsourcing the Decision

Danny Forest recently gave a talk in Malaga, mentioning where he replaced a decision about two dinner choices with a coin flip. So a potentially long discussion about Chinese or Pizza became ten seconds to flip a coin and a result.

This is where we can use simple random generators, combining a short list and a little uncertainty into an easy way to achieve certain decisions. You’d want a few choices and all of them should be good ones. You can make it interesting by adding an unusual choice, maybe one a little more expensive or on your one-day list.

Rolling the City

I was excited to test this for the destination of my upcoming 40th birthday trip. Adding Berlin, Porto and Rome to my original two cities of Prague and Vienna, with Freiburg in Germany as my outsider, I drew up the table and threw a die for my decision….a 2.

Rolling for a 40th birthday destination

Then the hard part is sticking by your decision. Have you ever flipped a coin for something and then still had a half-hour argument about the result? That’s what you want to avoid.

So…I thought Freiburg was the smallest of those cities by and I was tempting to roll again, “just to be sure”. But maybe a quiet city would be good for self-reflection

Shortly after years of sticking by the dice in Dungeons and Dragons kicked in and tickets were booked to Germany.

Random Thoughts

Whose done anything similar to this? And how far would you go with it?

Let me know here or on Twitter.

Continuing with the theme of uncertainty you can vote on my next article. Failing that I’ll just roll another die as there are six choices.

  1. Embracing Uncertainty…Slowly
  2. Launching Your Patreon the Hard Way
  3. What You do on a Freiburg Birthday
  4. Improving your D&D with Random Generators
  5. Decisions not to Reduce to a Die Roll
  6. Generator Resources for RPGs (role-playing games)
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