Siteswap dice

Tools voor jongleurs - siteswap dice - jongleur guido van hout

What are Siteswap dice?

Siteswap dice are a fun tool for jugglers. I made it for my own pleasure and am happy to share. You can invent and play numerous siteswap games with these dice and ‘discover’ unexpected siteswaps. These dice generate random siteswaps in a fun way.

Where can I get a set of siteswap dice?

Below you find downloads to craft your own siteswap dice. You will need a pair of scissors, some glue, paper and a colour printer.

three object fun.pdf

The three object fun set is called fun because it generates only fun patterns: 102 unique prime siteswaps for three balls with maximum height six (living room height).

3 ball height five ALL.pdf_1

This is a set voor low ceilings: it generates ALL possible regularly alternating siteswaps with 3 objects up to height five.

2b set.pdf

This is a set of siteswap dice for 2 balls. If you want it easy this is for you.

4b advanced.pdf

This is a set of dice for 4 balls. Suitable for those jugglers that want a challenge, or that are very skilled.

How do I use the siteswap dice?

Throw a die. Notice the color of the number that is on top: That is the color of your next die. Keep throwing dice till you find a loop. Every loop you find is a repeatable prime siteswap. I would advise you to play together with a friend or use two sets yourself, so you will also encounter combinations of prime siteswpas. Like the versatile 423, the pitoresque 51414, and the groovy 50440551.

  1. Example: Let’s say we start with the bleu die and throw an orange 4. So our next die is orange: with it we throw a purple 4.  Now we throw our purple die: a bleu 1. Because we already used our bleu die, we have a loop: the siteswap 441.

The background of these dice are the reduced siteswap state diagrams. Every die represents a certain state and the numbers on it represent the  siteswap throws that will bring your juggling pattern from that state to an other specific state.

Have fun!

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Download 3 object fun set