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As a nerd, I see where they are coming from

The latest KODT Magazine had a little blurb about this contraption called the Dice-O-Matic. i If there's one thing that tabletop gaming nerds like, it's dice. Everyone has dice that roll well, dice that are good for specific tasks (i.e. casting fireball), and dice that fail you when you need them to pull through for you. Dice go on streaks and sometimes you need to switch out one die for another. Just accept that you might not be able to understand unless you've played.

Now, as for this machine: let me quote KODT:
"According to the machine's creator, gamesbyemail uses some 80,000 dice rolls per day on its online hosted games such as its Backgammon, Risk, and Axis & Allies clones. Players often complained that the computer generated results aren't truly 'random' so they set out to address their concerns"
And so nerds banded together, made donations, and created this machine that is able to generate 1.3 million rolls per day with actual physical dice (though only of the six-sided variety).

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  • Anonymous Ciara says so:
    July 30, 2009 at 12:09 PM  

    This is great because a lot of digital "random number" generators don't tend to be all that random (sorry Joel!).

    Yay for mechanical systems! top