Black hack's usage die as a sanity meter

Usage die for sanity checks

Usage dieAny item listed in the equipment section that has a Usage die is considered a consumable, limited item. When that item is used the next Minute (turn) its Usage die is rolled. If the roll is 1-2 then the usage die is downgraded to the next lower die in the following chain:d20 > d12 > d10 > d8 > d6 > d4When you roll a 1-2 on a d4 the item is expended and the character has no more of it left.
This is the usage die, straight from the black hack. Many people love this mechanic, I’ve heard some good points from the other side about how it isn’t great for every table. You can find those arguments all over so I’ll skip that bit.
Here are the average uses you’d get from an item using the usage die. This is from the black hack’s dm screen and math is cool but I’m bad at math so here ya go, this should help us find a good place to start.
d4(2), d6(5), d8(9), d10(14), d12(20), d20(30)
I think it would make a great sanity meter. I would start with…

A brief history of the known lands

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A brief history of the snowball

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