The D&D people sent a twenty-sided die to space and it rolled a 20

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File this one under "headlines I did not ever expect to write."

Dungeons & Dragons makers Wizards of the Coast celebrated their recent release of Spelljammer, a sci-fi inflected setting for D&D, by sending one of the game's twenty-sided dice to space. In a moment you couldn't predict nor fake, the die rolls with its 20 and 1 sides pointing to the camera during pivotal moments in the video.

Safely ensconced in a plastic bubble on the deck of a (scale model) Star Moth spelljammer on a balloon, a two-hour video shows the die's journey past the clouds to where the curvature of the earth is obvious. It's all set to the beats of the album Wizards made for the release, called Spelljams, which is a synth-heavy journey through fantasy space.

The video, which to everyone's chagrin is titled "Launching a Dice to Space" because you can't say "die" on YouTube or the algorithm hates you, was posted by Wizards to its YouTube channel (opens in new tab).

Just after release, the die jostles in such a way that the 20—the critical hit, the big success—points toward the camera. It's not technically a face-up 20 roll... but it sure does feel like that. 

Near the end of the video (at around 2:09:40), as the craft approaches its highest point, the die flips around again, showing a 1 to the viewers... a critical fail in some D&D games. After the 1 appears, all hell breaks loose. High winds flip the thing every which way, and the craft is ripped from the frame and thrown into the distance.

It's a wild ride. I'd suggest watching the start and finish segments, but be sure to stop in at about the 30-40 minute marks for some really lovely fluffy clouds above the rich blue desert skies.

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.