Launching a Church of RNGesus website

I finally got around to registering this domain in 2018 and put up a placeholder page

https://churchofrngesus.com/

I’d like to brainstorm some ideas of what to put on the page… and you guys humans have (mostly) good ideas!

  • philosophy of randomness, for example, when dice are contraband, God as an inveterate gambler, how to statistically test something as truly random, the history of random numbers, and so on.

  • enumerating all the “perfect” geometric random dice shapes of which there are only a few, plus the insane Zocchihedron.

  • examples of ways people test for randomness, including custom dice rolling machines, that trick with the way numbers can’t end in certain digits too often, etc

  • t-shirts? stickers? custom DM screen foldout? custom playmats? cardsleeves? dice rolling towers?

  • technical programmery info on types of random number generators, their strengths and weaknesses?

  • some recommended prayers for people to recite before going into a random situation, which is of course … every situation

  • links to Amazon’s and Etsy’s copious (seriously, go look) bags of dice, which can be sold – with generous amazon referrals, naturally* – as offerings to RNGesus.

  • a nice 3D browser rendered die rolling simulator?

  • sources of high quality random data? practical physical ways to source actual random data seeds, etc.

  • User-submitted stories of RNG giving and taking away? Or just famous stories of people (programmers / companies) getting RNG wrong. (Not sure I want to deal with user commenting, I am thinking this will be more of an old-school static HTML site.)

(I’ve already asked a designer friend of mine to assist with basic HTML and CSS layout – and I have some famous internet humorists on board, whose names I cannot mention under penalty of death, to flesh out the copy – so don’t worry about design or copywriting, mostly I need links and basic ideas :wink:)

What else? Got any “random” ideas? PRAISE THE GLORIOUS HAND OF RNGESUS!

* I was thinking all RNGesus profits (if any) could be donated to a suitably “random” charity?

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Also this is a funny example of RNGesus in action

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Top level navigiaton, based on the first post, I’m thinking

  • History – the history of dice and randomness in general

  • Testing – how do you tell if something is truly random?

  • Merch – t-shirts, stickers, dice packs, dice rolling towers, everything

  • Coding – how do you code randomness properly as a programmer

  • Prayers – invocations to RNGesus to get those natural 20s

  • Randomness – give me random data of various types

  • Tales – tales of randomness gone wrong (or right), ideally the more famous and high profile the better

This could be in any order but each page should be fleshed out.

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Non-transitive dice must be covered!

Also the classic RAND “one million random numbers” book… is flawed!

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Also, these … insane … dice

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Lava Lamp randomness!

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The famous failed random card shuffling event

https://www.lauradhamilton.com/random-lessons-online-poker-exploit

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I mainly put xoshiro128++ in my code

static inline uint32_t rotl(const uint32_t x, uint8_t k) {
	return (x << k) | (x >> (32 - k));
}

static uint32_t s[4];

uint32_t next(void) {
	const uint32_t result = rotl(s[0] + s[3], 7) + s[0];
	const uint32_t t = s[1] << 9;
	s[2] ^= s[0];
	s[3] ^= s[1];
	s[1] ^= s[2];
	s[0] ^= s[3];
	s[2] ^= t;
	s[3] = rotl(s[3], 11);
	return result;
}

void seed(uint64_t x){
	uint64_t z = (x += 0x9e3779b97f4a7c15);
	z = (z ^ (z >> 30)) * 0xbf58476d1ce4e5b9;
	z = (z ^ (z >> 27)) * 0x94d049bb133111eb;
	s[0] = (z ^ (z >> 31)) >> 32;
	s[1] = (z ^ (z >> 31)) & 4294967295;
	z = (x += 0x9e3779b97f4a7c15);
	z = (z ^ (z >> 30)) * 0xbf58476d1ce4e5b9;
	z = (z ^ (z >> 27)) * 0x94d049bb133111eb;
	s[2] = (z ^ (z >> 31)) >> 32;
	s[3] = (z ^ (z >> 31)) & 4294967295;
}
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