Dice Mechanics: Opinion and Links

         This is an appendix to three articles discussing common dice-using mechanics used in tabletop RPGs. This simply is a brief overview of my opinions and some links to other web pages on dice probabilities.

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         My personal feeling is this: too many designers seem to decide on a dice mechanic based on what sounds neat, without looking at the actual distribution of results. I would prefer to have a process where the designer first considers roughly what the probabilities should come out to be. Some points to think about:

         If you have even rough answers to these, then you can look for a dice mechanic which suits what you want to accomplish. For example, I personally dislike critical failures -- especially for skilled characters. I prefer that there not be a tail of low-probability bad results.





John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Sat Aug 20 11:38:46 2011