Games that mitigate random elements
I have noticed a change in games in the last 20 years. Many older games might use one six-sided die to generate a random number between one and six. Newer games more often have players role 6 dice, and have the players count each die that comes up 4-6. By mutliplying the number of random events by 6, there is an averaging effect, and the odds of extreme results are lower. It's an effective, interesting way of mitiagting the "Luck" factor in games.Recommend
AHH the much maligned Luck! (Luck is a Lady - so it deserves to be capitalized). I have seen several geeklists on games with "No Luck" or "No Random Elements"; But then people go on debate about "How do you choose a starting position?" or "Who Goes First?", and debate on about how much that little bit of randomness effects the outcome of the game.
And while we are at it, would someone stop that butterfly in Asia from flapping it's wings? it seems the weekends around here have been a lot rainier than the weekdays lately and I am getting sick of it!
Just about every game involves SOME random element. Traditionally, even the starting position in a game of chess is determined by one player picking a black or white pawn at random, held in his opponents hands. Professional players get around this by playing many matches, rotating starting position. Must of us do not have the luxury of playing many games, and need to look at game mechanisms that have ways of mitigating random effects. That is what this list is about, games allow you to overcome those bad rolls with game play. I really enjoy a game that involves dice, cards or chits, but where I don't feel I lost the game due to "bad Luck".
I will start this list with 5 games that use (from my point of view at least) different major mechanisms to mitigate thier random elements. As people add games to the list, please point out what you perceive as the factor that mitigates random elements, and how well you think it works.
- [+] Dice rolls