#dice #game-design

Exercises in RNG

5/26/2022

I don't understand it... Recently I found myself looking at traditional dice games as I have before with card and paper games. Something that has baffled me with these games is that, unlike cards and paper, these are nothing more than exercises in random number generation. When you think about it, dice are practically the oldest gaming platform in existance and yet for some reason most of the games which incorperate them as the main gameplay device lack strategy. A possible reason for this could be their random nature however, playing card produce a similar if not more complex random results and most of the games which use them have a million times more depth than a lot of dice games. There are exceptions to this of course such as the dice games such as Yacht, Shut the Box, and Pig which feature gameplay of decent complexity but a lot of games just consist of "roll this number and if you do then good for you". Also, I am going to make a note here that when I mention dice games I don't mean games which rely heavily on their results like snake and ladders or other roll and move games. When I mention dice games, I mean games which can be played exclusively using some dice, pen and paper, and/or counters at most. I suppose that roll and write games could be included in this category based off this definition however there aren't many roll and write games which can be considered "traditional" outside of Yacht. In terms of complex traditional dice games, Liar's dice would be a great example if it weren't for the fact that it requires a rather large amount of dice to be played (requiring at least 10 dice just for two players!). I have also noticed that a alot of dice games are created for the purpose of gambling which is intriguing to say the least. I mean it makes sense considering that ever since the first dice were made out of animal knuckle bones with dots carved or painted on, people have been using them to try (and fail) at winning money. What doesn't make sense though is that their isn't nearly as many none gambling games which is rather strange. For devices so simple, it would be expected that someone would have eventually gotten bored and attempt to make a homebrew game to entertain themselves but sadly this isn't the case. This is a Wikipedia page featuring a list of dice games and if one were to remove all of the games which were for gambling or required complex external equippment there wouldn't be very many games left. Remove the games which purely rely on chance with no player action involved and the list is even shorter.


#test

This is a test

5/13/2022

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