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# Re: [GZG] Opposed roll randomness (Was: [SG3]: What if?)

From: emu2020@c...
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 01:55:07 +0000
Subject: Re: [GZG] Opposed roll randomness (Was: [SG3]: What if?)
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think, in simple terms, the difference is that the die with more sides
has more effective results.  Highest number attainable on a D6 is 6.
You roll a D8, sure the results are random, but your upper limit is
greater to you can generally count on that unit performing better
overall.

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From: Robert N Bryett <rbryett@gmail.com>

> I don't understand this comment. The random "mechanic" in SGII is an
> *opposed* roll, so isn't the result the *difference* between the
> rolls, not the rolls themselves? In this context, I don't see how the
> performance of either set of troops involved in an opposed roll can
> be called more predictable than the other. Is the theory simply that
> more sides on the die automatically equals less predictability?
>
> The chances of a d8 rolling a higher, equal or lower number than a d6
> are what they are (56.25%, 12.5% and 31.25% respectively I think,
> though I'm no mathematician), and I don't understand how there can be
> any difference in the predictability of those odds depending on which
> "side" of the roll you happen to be.
>
> Best regards, Robert Bryett
>
> On 30/01/2008, at 19:27 , Samuel Penn wrote:
>
> > Which brings me to my peeve of the randomness of the die mechanic.
> > Good troops are less predictable in their results than poor troops.
>
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