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22 Mar 2018 6:56 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Jul 2017 12:14 p.m. PST

OK … we like to do the "top five" thing … right? So …

1 – Percentages and simplified fractions for greater than or equal and less than or equal rolls on a d6

2 – Percentages and simplified fractions for greater than or equal and less than or equal rolls on a d10 and d20

3 – Rough percentages and simplified fractions for greater than or equal and less than or equal rolls for d6+d6 and d6+d6+d6

4 – Your times tables up to twelvesies

5 – Passion + Diligence = Fun

6 – Never do math in public

Khusrau Inactive Member31 Jul 2017 12:25 p.m. PST

The fact that two d6 is not equal to one d12. The difference between a linear and an algorithmic distribution, the difference between average and median, and finally, the effect fo perception in deciding whether you have bad dice.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2017 2:07 p.m. PST

My feelings on math…

MajorB31 Jul 2017 2:41 p.m. PST

The Americans call it Math.
The Brits call it Maths

evilgong31 Jul 2017 4:29 p.m. PST

That the 1 in 200 chance that something spectacular will go wrong and trigger a chain of events and instantly lose you the game; happens about half the time.


Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2017 4:32 p.m. PST

I hate maths.

You might have to explain options 1, 2 and 3 again. I know what a percentage and a fraction are, it's the all the 'greater' 'less' and 'equal' words tripping over themselves that sound like gibberish….

Cmde Perry31 Jul 2017 7:40 p.m. PST

Hey 23.14069263….
Your list sounds like a great thing to have on a laminated 5x8 (or 3x5 for those with better vision!)


Dynaman878901 Aug 2017 5:49 a.m. PST

9 out of 10 people think they know math, the other 50% do.

TeknoMerk01 Aug 2017 6:22 a.m. PST

7 out of 5 people are math challenged. ;-)

VVV reply Inactive Member01 Aug 2017 9:02 a.m. PST

Two 50% chances do not equal 100%.

War Panda01 Aug 2017 12:38 p.m. PST

I'm wth Han Solo when it comes to knowing the chances…

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 12:46 p.m. PST

Having worked at many different levels in the Army on multiple staffs and in command. I have never heard any general say that there is an "x" percent chance of anything other than rain. they talk about the likelihood that a specific unit or size force can or cannot cause the desired result on the enemy force or position.

So I along with Han Solo and War Panda "never tell me the odds". Does it make sense to do as a commander or not.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 2:07 p.m. PST

Math is evil.

Walking Sailor01 Aug 2017 3:52 p.m. PST

There are three kinds of gamers, those that can add and those that can't.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 8:58 a.m. PST

Maths is inconsequential, the one that gave the best sacrifice to beelzebub, will win!

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

As the minister of memes this is for you Gunfreak.

altfritz03 Aug 2017 7:50 a.m. PST

Best number eva: eleventy-first!

Personal logo jhancock Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2017 3:50 p.m. PST

I'm still trying to understand "42"…?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Aug 2017 6:15 p.m. PST

What do you get when you multiply six by nine?

Personal logo jhancock Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 4:33 p.m. PST

The secret to life, the universe, and everything?

Sobieski Inactive Member02 Sep 2017 8:59 p.m. PST

The fact that the chance of rolling doubles on two identical dice are the same as rolling a specified number one one of them (iow, don't complicate mechanisms pointlessly).

UshCha03 Sep 2017 4:39 a.m. PST

you got me on that one I had too work it out ;-).

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