Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Say what you will about mathhammer analysis, but I think it's a reasonable way to at least evaluate units, rules, and the like in a vacuum without having to worry about such pesky things as reality. But seriously, if you don't at least have a vague understanding of the math behind the game, I think you're at a slight disadvantage. That said, relying too much on the math puts you at a disadvantage as well. If your inner C3P0 is always telling you that the odds are 3720 to 1 against doing something, you'll never take a risk and never get to experience the beauty of navigating that asteroid field. If you've ever had a lone IG Sgt. take out a Lord of Chaos in a roof top battle you'll know what I'm talking about. But, over-reliance on statistics will also put you in a tight spot. Ever charge somebody and know that you're statistically likely to win the fight only to have your genestealers get their asses handed to them by a handful of tactical marines? Happens to the best of us, but probably pissed you off pretty badly and probably derailed your whole game plan. Just because something is probably going to happen doesn't mean it will happen. Point is, math is not a sure thing. You still need to be able to maintain tactical flexibility and learn to expect the unexpected.
Anyway regardless of your feelings on mathhammer, I think that math is awesome and you're just going to have to deal with it- nyaaa :p So every week I'll try and highlight some of the best statistical analysis of tabletop games that I can find and name someone "Mathlete of the Week."
This week we draw our attention to the worst blog ever written, "Dick Move." It is run by some asshole named Dethtron who claims to be quite good at math, but consistently fails to perform rudimentary probability computations on a semi-regular basis. ~yeah apparently his idea of editing is spell check. Boom snowmobiled, bitch Luckily, The_King_Elessar and Brother Loring were there to pull his head out of his ass. Want to see the mistakes? To bad you can't, because that fuckwad Dethtron had the gall to edit them out of his post. What a piece of shit. Check out the comments here, where the math fail is still preserved. So hats off to you TKE and Loring for bringing peace, harmony, and maths back into the world. You both truly deserve to share the title of "Mathlete of the Week."