DiceOTron 3000

FAQ and User Guide

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What is ArcticFox NZ?
Why did you develop DiceOTron?
Why isn't DiceOTron free?
What does dF mean?
How do I load characters into DiceOTron FORMULA tab?
How do I enter formulas into the file?
How do I use formula groups?
How does DiceOTron generate random dice rolls?


What is ArcticFox NZ?

ArcticFox is a firm based in New Zealand. We're small but between us we have over 40 years of software development experience. There are no hobbits on staff here, but one of us does have hairy feet.


Why did you develop DiceOTron?

We're RPG fans - the motivation behind DiceOTron was to make a dice rolling suite that we ourselves (and our playtesters) love to use.

There are many other die rollers on the market but the ones we tried to use are either full of ads, have clunky GUI interfaces or drain the battery needlessly. We wanted a simple, robust, easy-to-use app with which we could set up quickly and use to game for hours. We hope DiceOTron works like that for you - and just let us know if it doesn't.


Why isn't DiceOTron free?

Development takes a lot of time. Free apps are sometimes funded by advertising, in-app purchases, or even malware/bloatware. DiceOTron has none of these things - we don't ask for nor receive any data from your device, nor do we clutter the app with ads.

An ad-supported app has to download the ads to show them to you - the app will need to start your phone or tablet's Internet connection, which can drain the battery quickly. Additionally, the cost to use your phone or tablet's data plan to download these ads could take you well past the cost of DiceOTron. The cost of an ad-free dice application is generally well worth the small initial cost.

When you pay to download DiceOTron, you're supporting the developer directly. Straightforward, really.


What does dF mean?

FUDGE are a type of dice used in some Role Playing Games (RPGs). They are a six-sided dice with two blank sides, two "+" sides and two "-" sides.

You can roll custom FUDGE formulas by using the F key - e.g. 2dF will roll 2 FUDGE dice and sum the results.


How do I load characters into DiceOTron FORMULA tab?

If you have external storage (like an SD card, or internal on devices like the Nexus 7), a "+" icon will appear on the top left of the FORMULA tab. Touch it, enter a character name and use your favourite text editor (we use Jota+) to edit the text file. When you're finished, use the BACK button to come back into DiceOTron.

To access other characters, click the Settings panel. In Honeycomb or later, click the wrench in the top right of the screen. In Gingerbread and earlier, press MENU and select SETTINGS.


How do I enter formulas into the file?

Each line has a name and a formula. If your character has an ATTACK roll, with which you'd roll a 20 sided die and add a bonus of 6, the line would be the following:

ATTACK: d20+6

If your character had different bonuses based on the weapon used, two different attacks could be used:

Attack (Sword): d20+6
Attack (Bow): d20+5

How do I use formula groups?

If your character has many formulas, it helps to break them up into groups. To mark a line as the name of a group, use an exclamation mark at the beginning of a line. Any formulas below that line are part of that group. In the example below, there will be two groups, called Attacks and Damage with two formulas each.

!Attacks
Attack (Sword): d20+6
Attack (Bow): d20+6

!Damage
Damage (Sword): d6+6
Damage (Bow): d8+2

An empty line before a series of formulas means it will be treated as a nameless group.

!Attacks
Attack (Sword): d20+6
Attack (Bow): d20+6

!Damage
Damage (Sword): d6+6
Damage (Bow): d8+2

Jumping: d20 + 2
Running: d20 + 6
Stealth: d20 + 1

Any line that starts with a # will be ignored. You could write notes to yourself!

If one or more of the lines in your formula file is not formatted right (for example, if you wrote "ATTACK: d+2" instead of "ATTACK:d20+2"), DiceOTron will leave it out and let you know what line(s) have problems.


Where does DiceOTron store the formula files? Can I access/edit them?

Using your device's file manager (or when it's hooked up to your computer), navigate to the DiceOTron directory. All the text files are there. As long as the file name ends in .txt and only contains letters, numbers and spaces, you can switch to that character in DiceOTron.

You can make a new character on your computer using a plain-text editor (e.g. Notepad in Windows), and save it into the DiceOTron directory on your device.


How does DiceOTron generate random dice rolls?

The random number generator uses Java's SecureRandom. For more information about how SecureRandom generates random numbers, please see the Java documentation.