Basically, the idea is to save time when you need to roll a whole bunch of dice (not to mention prevent those suckers from flying all over the place, knocking down minis, rolling under the table, etc.). Instead of making a series of single dice rolls (like when an assault 'mech fires off a dozen medium lasers at once) and tallying up the successes (usually on your fingers), you just shake the BOX O' DEATH™ and read off the results.
Since Starfleet Wars spaceships each get ten percentile die rolls for their Close-In Defense Systems, which translates into a lot of dice rolling, I decided to make my own BOX O' DEATH™ to facilitate gameplay when I run SfW at the South Texas Mini-Con.
As you can see, I took your typical compartmentalized plastic hardware storage box and filed it with percentile dice. I also labeled each chamber with a letter to keep everyone on the same page when it came to the order of counting die rolls (the red dot is for any "special" roll that may take place). I plan on using the BOX O' DEATH™ for any game action that requires three or more percentile rolls. Here are the instructions for operating the BOX O' DEATH™:
- Pick up BOX O' DEATH™ and shake it hard four or five times.
- Place BOX O' DEATH™ on a flat surface.
- Read each roll in alphabetical order, starting with compartment A.
- Blacks are always 10s, whites are always 1s.
- If additional die rolls are needed, repeat BOX O' DEATH™ procedure.