Bad Dice are often self-fulfilling, a get out clause for getting your tactics wrong. So how can you remedy Bad Dice?
The main point here is if you just blame your losses solely on bad dice you haven't really learned anything - and every loss is a golden opportunity to learn how to improve - both in how you've designed your army list and your tactics.
On the other hand if your dice are really rolling poorly then don't go to the other extreme and completely revamp your army list. Play through the bad dice and try your best to suck it up. I think most of us are happy to roll average and unless you've got a really poorly skewed set of dice everything will even out over time.
I know in the past I've had a few brief stints where my dice just seemed God awfully bad cursed. It happens to everyone at some point in time too. It's very important not to let bad dice bring you really down - if you start focusing on the dice too much it'll take you right out of the game - and sometimes you could have probably still drawn or even won.
Some of us are superstitious about our dice. You have some shiny green dice you always roll for armour saves, some bright red dice you roll to hit and wound in assault and some big black dice you roll to penetrate armour... Whatever! Typically your dice roll average which is good enough and sometimes they are just so smoking hot they literally burn holes in the table. Then one day you come to find your dice have gone and lost all their magical mojo... Oh noes!!! They’ve been sucked completely dry of all their good luck it seems... Game after game you keep failing tons of Terminator armour saves. It's just not fair!
I'm peculiar about my dice so I'll stick with them through the good times and bad. They are like my family though annoying I still care for them. So to keep the mother in law away I store them in a knitted dice bag.
However, if your dice keep betraying you then maybe it's time to buy some new dice. Straight edged dice supposedly roll more on average so that means you should roll less 1s with them.
I have found in the past that using a dice tray seems to really help and I'm going to start using mine again. You know exactly how many dice you rolled and there is little to no chance of any ended up cocked. Rolling dice in a tray can really help to speed up the game as well so it might be worth a try for you if you're really down on your dice.
"Oh Lord why are my dice always so cursed?"
The point here is that if your dice have deserted you try not to whine too much about it - it's just as bad as gloating about a win. Sure when you roll triple 1s for your armour save versus three lucky wounds from a squad of fleeing guardsmen lasguns you're going to say something - it just human nature and there is nothing wrong with that at all. To be a good sport though means you don't constantly whine about how bad are your dice or how awesome are your opponent's dice throughout an entire game. Maybe you're not having much fun but that doesn't mean you have to go and ruin it for your opponent as well. If you do, then remember in a tournament it could hurt your sportsmanship score if you're concerned about that kind of thing.
Everyone will at some time experience the bad dice blues. It happens. On average though over time dice rolls will even out. Everyone has different ways of dealing with it. The main thing is to remember it's mostly just a phase and for every game where your dice stank it up you'll have another game where they are on fire. Keep your mind focused on the mission objectives and play it through. Often you can still draw and sometimes manage to eek a minor win if you stay positive. It is often said that one of the marks of the great players is their ability to pull victories out from behind bad dice rolling, and I think that is true. Don't hate your dice as they are simply inanimate objects after all. There's nothing you can do about lots of poor dice rolls so try not to take it too hard... It will all eventually turn around for you if you stay the course.
By Gary Walker