The Dice Are Trying to Kill Me

By Shamus
on Oct 31, 2007
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Nerd Culture

I’m probably not the first person to think of the phrase, and I’ll probably never know, but it warms my heart to think that I may have inspired this shirt at ThinkGeek.

I guess I should add: This design is available at my Zazzle store.

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  1. Browncoat says:

    I saw that, but honestly thought your phrasology, “Help! My dice are trying . . .” was superior. I’m glad the cockles of your heart are nice and toasty.

  2. Phlux says:

    Yeah, Shamus you should really start trademarkings your catch phrases. Better put a lock on “I hate this campaign” before it’s too late.

    I believe one can get a ™ for free…and it’s the (r) that costs a lot. I might be wrong though. Any copyright or patent lawyers in the crowd?

  3. Henebry says:

    I don’t think Shamus can sue them, though, because his original phrasing asked for someone to do just what they did:

    I see a lot of kids with those “I Roll Twenties” t-shirts. I don’t know what game they are playing, or where they get their dice. I need one that says, “Help. The dice are trying to kill me.”

    So, Shamus, will you buy the shirt, now that they’ve made it for you?

  4. Roxysteve says:

    Phlux:
    October 31st, 2007 at 7:52 am
    Yeah, Shamus you should really start trademarkings your catch phrases. Better put a lock on “I hate this campaign” before it’s too late.

    I believe one can get a ™ for free…and it’s the (r) that costs a lot. I might be wrong though. Any copyright or patent lawyers in the crowd?

    And here we see how Games Workshop got its start.

    “and”, “here”, “we”, “see”, “how”, “got”, “its” and “start” are all trademarks of Roxy-Conglom-o/Let’s Charge People For Writing English Inc.

    Someone else got “Games” and “Workshop” before I could jump on them.

    “Steve” ™

  5. Taelus says:

    I have to agree with Browncoat on this one. Your choice of phrasing is the superior choice. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought there was a version at your store with a figure running away from the big d20 that was trying to roll over him? Could be from somewhere else I suppose.

  6. SiliconScout says:

    Their design bores me… it just looks cheap.

    Your’s is a lot more fun IMHO, In fact It think I will purchase the blue stein in it for my favourite DM for Christmas.

    We like to call him “the butcher”, maybe it’ll rub off on him and his rolling will cool down.

    Alternately we could look at getting a variation that said.

    “Help! HIS dice are trying to kill me!”

    HA!

  7. Melfina the Blue says:

    I like yours better as well. Ooh, how bout…
    “Help, my DM’s dice are trying to kill me, and my dice are helping him!”
    Okay, that’s badly phrased. Maybe “Help, my dice are in league with the DM to kill me!”

  8. Matt says:

    I Roll Twenties is a T-Shirt design from Penny Arcade.

    http://www.pennyarcademerch.com/pat070131.html

  9. ArmySyko says:

    I rolled a 01 last weekend on a Spell Mastery roll (Rolemaster) and it ate a temple. I need this shirt.

  10. HeroForge says:

    Wow, someone else who plays Rolemaster. I’m in the process of introducing my current group to it.

  11. Nyxia says:

    I have an awesome catchphrase for a shirt that I have yet to see anyone use:
    “20-sided dice: that’s how I roll, yo”
    Eh eh? Good, huh?

  12. John Darque says:

    my god…killer dice. I feared this day would come.

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