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Old 06 Jan 2008, 23:54   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so I just played a game the other night at my friend's house. He plays Necrons and I play Thousand Sons, and we have been known to have some pretty good games (my friends are jealous of my rolls....most of the time). However, this said game has destroyed my pride for being known to roll well. I rolled ones for everything that I needed high rolls in (Setup, deployment, table edge) before the game even started.

The game begins and I chug along, both my foot slogging marines and my 1st squad of oblits rolled ones for slow and purposeful. However, I mounted two other squads of marines into Rhinos, phew, and chugged them along 12".

On the beginning of turn two my necrons buddy deepstrikes his pariahs and his 'lith right behind my guys... takes out my Rhino, and I roll 4+ for each of the guys trying to get out of the flaming wreck. I then fail my armour saves for 6 out of the 9 guys I had in my squad. (Ouch)

I then set my die down to mark where I deepstrike my 3 man oblit squad (it seemed like a very good spot), scatter (I was like,"Whatever, that lith is toast!"), but then roll a 12!!!

My oblits fall off the table edge barely (I mean barely... 4mm barely) and things are looking very dim for my game... sometime during the slaughterfest, I mustered up my forces to wipe out a squad of warriors, about 16 rapid fire thousand sons rounds and a couple of doombolts... failed ALL of my to hits... 3+... how do I fail that?

I have had two games IN A ROW that have ended up in my doom... bad rolls...

So, do the dice gods hate me? Have they forsaken the only person that honestly believes in them? Have my rituals (chanting blood for the dice gods before a game) angered them? Have my desires in lust and gluttony driven them away from me? OR did my friend just nuked my dice in a microwave when I went to McDonald's before the game started?
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 00:06   #2 (permalink)
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I think it goes without saying that dice are, um, random. You're merely allowing your brain to play a psychological trick on you. Naturally, our brains notice exceptions rather than patterns and, as such, sometimes we trick ourselves into believing that the exception is the pattern because it's the part we remember.

If it really bothers you, sit down for about 15 minutes with your dice and roll them all. Separate them by number. Then roll all of the numbers again (i.e. all "1's" together, all "2's" together, etc). Notice the patterns. How many dice rolled 1 2x? Now, do it again. How many dice rolled 1's 3x. Understand that no matter how many times you roll 1 - every dice has a 1/6 chance of rolling a 1 on the next roll.

That means that the chances of you rolling 1 is 1/6. The chances of you doing it twice in a row are 1/36. The chances of you doing it three times in a row are 1/216. However, the chances of you rolling a 1 on that 4th roll is still just 1/6.

Anyway, hope this helps to calm your superstition.
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 00:16   #3 (permalink)
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If the Dice Gods did forsake you, it was probably because you went to McDonald's in the first place.

Also - how does he Deep Strike his Pariahs????
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 13:50   #4 (permalink)
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Your friend believes in better gods than you - the Gods of Cheating. While you were occupied lamenting that luck has forsaken you, he deepstruck his Pariahs

You can believe or not, the dice are random. If they do favor anybody, it's the victor
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 14:08   #5 (permalink)
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Pish, I want to know the odds of losing the first turn dice off constantly for 8 months, and what the odds of a Rail head rolling 1's to hit for 6 turns of every game over 8 months.

Then we can talk about bad luck. My opponents stopped bothering to shoot my Railhead as it never achieved anything.

Then I switched to broadsides.
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 14:13   #6 (permalink)
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Ha, you should all have a dice god idol like mine.. you'll get to see it in the poorhammer competition
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 16:39   #7 (permalink)
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You must sacrifice some of your dice to the dice god. Or, smash some of them violently in front of your other dice- they shall be scared into rolling better.
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 17:33   #8 (permalink)
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The only solution I can think of is getting down on your knees and beg for mercy!!

And how did he deepstrike his Pariahs??
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 17:52   #9 (permalink)
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You must sacrifice some of your dice to the dice god. Or, smash some of them violently in front of your other dice- they shall be scared into rolling better.
That's the best tactic I've ever heard :P

Or you could get some square shaped sweets.. and eat them.. that'd scare them.. and your opponent.
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 18:07   #10 (permalink)
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You must sacrifice some of your dice to the dice god. Or, smash some of them violently in front of your other dice- they shall be scared into rolling better.
Ooh, Commissar tactics, huh?

It might be a jinx. Like someone standing next to you. A guy at my local store is actually feared because people start rolling horribly when he gets near. Then he leaves, and it's all back to normal.

Could also be that forsaken Big Mac you were digesting.
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