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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Dice Challenge

So Lee was bemoaning his statistically aberrant dice rolling here, and Ray offered a challenge to see if anyone could possibly roll worse here.

Die 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Avg.
d4 2 4 4 2 2 4 4 4 3 4 3.3
d6 6 4 3 4 2 5 5 2 1 5 3.7
d8 2 6 1 4 3 3 5 1 6 4 3.5
d10









#DIV/0!
d12 5 6 5 8 10 6 5 12 9 4 7
d20 2 17 1 17 8 6 17 19 9 8 10.4
d100









#DIV/0!

So mostly average to above average. Nowhere near Lee "Dice" Hadley's awful luck. I was rather displeased to find my dice spread out on the table, and floor and nary a d10 to be had. I'll have to turn the place over to locate them.

Well as Leonard Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith, said. Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/File:1stLordCourteney.jpg

And some random pictures of dice:




It has occurred to me that I am behind on my schedule to play out this nest game with figures. Time to get cracking.

15 comments:

  1. I think everyone but Lee is hitting about average. The man must be cursed!

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    1. Hi Anne, his rolls do appear to be shockingly low.

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  2. Lee has an invisible imp that follows him around, souring milk and spoiling meat. It also knackers his dice.

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    1. Hi WP, perhaps a dice exorcism is in order.

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  3. Of course, 10 throws isn't a big enough sample to be significant - but I expect you know that!

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    1. Hi Hugh, yes somewhere buried in my subconscious are formulas for variance and statistical significance. I think I have purposely blocked that portion of my brain to forget the hours I spent on homework and exams to only barely pass.

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  4. Nice one Sean, I don't think anyone will beat Lee's dreadful throws!!

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    1. Unless they cheat or they are actually BigLee but who would want that?

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  5. I'm glad my curse has managed to ammuse so many people...

    I like the 'grognard' picture... I have an old D&D dice set at home that pre-dates the birth of my 17 year old daughter by several years! Come to think of it, they probably pre date my 21 year marriage as well. I think the title Grognard should definitely apply if you have a longer relationship with a set of dice than with your wife and kids!

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    1. Sorry Lee, just a bit of fun, I blame Ray. I have the opposite problem when I play with my son. He is unbelievably lucky and if you tell him he needs to roll a six, he rolls it.

      I suspect many of us have dice that predate our relationships.

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  6. Love that last picture the most! :-D

    Greetings
    Peter

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  7. Hi Peter, thanks. Perhaps if I had gamed with even one female I'd still be playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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