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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Dec 2018 2:38 p.m. PST

…According to the New York Post, a 20-sided die from the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons was used to determine the new Byron-Bethany Irrigation District Director 1…

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Stryderg16 Dec 2018 4:43 p.m. PST

They should have fired the d20 from sling shots at, umm, d20 paces.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2018 6:12 p.m. PST

Yes but did they know that they aren't truly fair random number generators. Just ask Lou Zocchi about it.

Oberlindes Sol LIC17 Dec 2018 8:19 a.m. PST

If they're using d20s, they should at least roll characters and meet in single combat to decide the matter.

Roderick Robertson Fezian17 Dec 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

they aren't truly fair random number generators

Since they were both using the same die, it doesn't really matter. Now if one candidate had been allowed to use his "lucky die", that would be different.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

Drop them into a Dice Tower… That will eliminate any gerrymandering…

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Roderick Robertson Fezian18 Dec 2018 10:29 a.m. PST

The die *was* biased high – three D20 rolls should average out around 31.5; with combined rolls of 45 & 51, that die was hot. But as I mentioned, it doesn't matter, since it was the same die used for both candidates.


Good die for D&D, though.

Aethelflaeda was framed18 Dec 2018 10:32 a.m. PST

6 rolls is far too low a sample to ascertain bias in the die.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2018 1:21 p.m. PST

LOL! Looked into rolling dice to determine bias, years ago… Found it would require around 10,000 rolls to get an accurate reading for bias, on each individual die! They'd be round balls by the time I finished, and I would be arthritic, and ready for a padded room, at the conclusion. Cheers!

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