Real dice, dice app, diceless, how do you prefer to “roll”?
When I have to use a randomizer in a game for some reason, I prefer to use real dice. Its old school. I don’t like systems that are entirely diceless because I have a strong feeling that there ought to be some randomness in a game, just as there is in real life.
That said, I think the best roleplaying is done when the dice stay largely on the table, acting as sort of a “cut up machine” to help produce interesting and creative results that players might not otherwise have thought of.
I used to like using dice apps for online games because I wanted verification that the players were being honest. I had a couple of bad experiences with cheating and had a paranoia about it for awhile, especially in online games where I couldn’t otherwise “see” the results. Now, however, I let players roll however they want to roll in online games. If they are going to cheat, they are dicks. I don’t generally game with dicks, I game with friends – and I trust my friends.