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Hit dice represent the amount of hit points, measured in d6 (six-sided dice) that a character, monster or NPC has.

Usually used in the AD&D RPG, it is commonly used for determining the relative health of a newly-encountered monster. When first spotted, the Dungeon Master rolls the appropriate number of d6s to see how many HP the being has and then allows the characters to interact - steal, stab or spell - with it...

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