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Newbiespud 24th Mar 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "Did you know that a d20 and a soccer ball are both icosahedrons? A soccer ball is just truncated.

I just think that's neat."

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BackSet 24th Mar 2020, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
No! Not math! Anything but that! Especially not Geometry!
Truthkeeper 24th Mar 2020, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
Did you know almost every damn thing you do in a tabletop RPG involving dice is secretly ALGEBRA?
aylatrigger 24th Mar 2020, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
Better than it being Calculus.

...Though I love math. Even have a math teacher certification. ...Went into programming after getting it, though.

But yeah, an RPG requiring use of high level mathematics from players would probably not work well.
Guest 24th Mar 2020, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
Not quite what you were talking about, but have you ever heard of the Pathfinder feat Sacred Geometry?

The TLDR is do some math, get better spells for free. Some people on giantitp started attacking it with math to prove what the minimum guaranteed success values were and the like, about here-ish:

All sots of wackiness came out, including that another feat designed to make SG Easier to use, Calculating Mind, actually changed some of the minimum guaranteed ranks for the worse.
Smithers 25th Mar 2020, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
Hey, I like calculus. And I also studied maths (Masters degree) before going into programming.

On the geometry side, however, I recently bought a bunch of unusual dice, ranging up to the disdyakis triacontahedral d120. It's nearly 2 inches across and it's awesome.
BackSet 25th Mar 2020, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Yeah but that's, like, multiplication, subtraction, and addition (if there's ever been division in a tabletop game I have yet to see ot). There are no unknowns. No xes or ys. No pi. Tables but no graphs.

It's all very simple compared to the rest of math.
SilverShadow4 26th Mar 2020, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Aha! Clearly you've never been the DM, then, if you've never had to divide out the XP lol
ANW 24th Mar 2020, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
How about a small contest.

The best intimidation phase your characters have ever given.

My would be something along the lines of:

"I'm going to bury you up to your ankles" Then shows a picture of his last victim. It only shows their feet sticking out of the ground.
Robin Bobcat 24th Mar 2020, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Not so much a phrase but...

"Hey there.. You know I'm this group's master healer, so you may be wondering why I'm your interrogator. I know you don't fear pain or death, but what I'm going to threaten you with is unending nothingness. You see, the power that heals may also be turned to Chaos, and raise undead. I will kill you. I will then raise your corpse, and hand you a shovel. Your body will will go to the nearby swamp, and it will dig down. After three days, the command will end, and your corpse will be in the deep hole which will be your tomb. Your spirit will remain bound, watching helplessly, unable to pass beyond, stuck in a corpse buried deep in a bog. Years will pass. Centuries. Millennia. And your body will not rot away there in the bottom of the swamp. You will be there *forever*."
BackSet 25th Mar 2020, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
That's fricken scary. That is so fricken scary.
Guest 24th Mar 2020, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
I'd argue that a truncated icosahedron isn't an icosahedron any more than a dwarf planet is a planet. The relationship being expressed by the adjective in this case is not a subtype relationship.
Digo 24th Mar 2020, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Some amusing irony from my perspective here--the page is stretched out from the link above and could use some truncation. :3

Poor Twi. I imagine that her dice will not roll high enough to beat Dash even once. Don't you just hate those sessions when the dice are against you? Even though dash has better stats, I'm sure statistics would say Two should win at least a couple rounds.
Newbiespud 24th Mar 2020, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
I think I might start reposting page-stretching comments with the correct BBCode from now on.

Twins separated at birth?
Retnuhytnuob 25th Mar 2020, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
We haven't actually seen a goal from either player yet, though it's clear who tne better player is. Any chance she'll get lucky with a few shots? (Only shots Twi has on target happen to beat the needed number, while Dash consistently hits the target zone, but is always just under the target number)

Also, for the 'soccer ball as dice' analogy... I suppose you could number both the black and white sides, and use it for both a d12 and d20. (Rerolling if the wrong color is on top.)
BackSet 25th Mar 2020, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Meanwhile, in the main group, it's reversed where the dice are never, /ever/ on Rainbow's side.
Malroth 24th Mar 2020, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
If rangers get to use their primary combatant stats to play soccer wizards should be able to use magic.
CrowMagnon 24th Mar 2020, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
She probably would, if she had access to magic. As stated in an earlier comic, in this setting she's just a nerd. ;)
CrowMagnon 24th Mar 2020, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Hey, this doesn't have anything to do with the comic so I apologize for that, but I wanted to give a shout-out to my group. We recently finished the "Hell's Rebels" adventure path in Pathfinder, and it was a heck of a ride.

(my character) Brenna "Grapple Queen" Sloane, the human ex-cop cavalier(Constable AT)/paladin
Lindelle, the vishkanya brawlbarian, and strong contender for "deadliest mortal alive".
Tyberius, the most frustratingly naive, yet endearing warpriest to Gorum (god of battle) you're likely to meet.
And Danton, human street oracle who went from a cowardly bum with voices in his head, to a mystical badass and crowd-control expert with voices in his head.