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RE: [DBA] Using 233445 dice

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  • David Brown
    Hi there, I think you need the prospect of a “1” pip score to add uncertainty when using ‘2-pip’ elephants and artillery in particular. At a recent
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 1, 2008
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      Hi there,



      I think you need the prospect of a �1� pip score to add uncertainty when
      using �2-pip� elephants and artillery in particular. At a recent comp I
      twice scored a �1� pip when I needed at least 2 to drive home an elephant
      for a probable game victory.



      Frustrating but lots of fun.



      Regards



      David B



      -----Original Message-----
      From: DBA@yahoogroups.com [mailto:DBA@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Greg
      Sent: Monday, 31 December 2007 11:16 PM
      To: DBA@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [DBA] Using 233445 dice



      Recently I began a chat with someone about using 233445 dice
      in DBA. I understand that in WRG, these dice were used for
      regulars, and 123456 dice were used for irregulars.

      So moving from 123456 to 233445 would clearly wreck the combat
      mechanics, or require adjustment, because in many cases a true
      kill is only possible if the unlucky element rolls a 1, or if
      the lucky element rolls a six, etc, etc... so that change might
      be very unwise.

      But...

      What about having regular armies roll a 233445 die for pips, and
      irregular armies roll a 123456 die for pips, but with combat
      proceeding as completely unchanged... what would this do?

      I think it would do interesting things to demoralized commands
      in BBDBA, for example.

      The stats of a 123456 die and a 233445 die are very different.
      The 123456 die has a mean of 3.5 and a standard deviation of
      sqrt(35/12)=-1.784, while a 233445 die has an average of 3.5 and
      a standard deviation of sqrt(11/12)=-0.957. So it is roughly
      half as variant.

      Just an idea.
      ---Greg




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