# Posts Tagged by nerdgasm

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In the first half of this article, I touched on why I thought understanding probability was integral to playing, running, and especially designing role playing games and then presented the underpinnings of basic probability and counting methods. This article takes up where that one left off and dives straight into the math of probability. Last time we looked at how to build base probabilities from the simple sample space. This time we’re taking a look at the properties of the resultant probabilities and how they…

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Probability is so pervasive in the RPG hobby that it’s important to have a basic understanding of how it works regardless of where in the hobby you are, designer, GM, or player. Yet in my experience, far too few people regardless of their role,  have a grasp on the probabilities at work at the gaming table. I won’t name names, but I’ve seen systems where characters with what’s labeled as a “normal human level of competency” with a skill has a 0% chance to succeed…

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As the week of distilled geekery known as Gen Con comes to an end, I am sleep-deprived, mentally exhausted, and exhilarated. Much was achieved, much was learned, and much fun was had. The Good As probably know by now, Gnome Stew won a silver ENnie (and I jumped off the  stage wearing a kilt – not one of my brighter moments). We’re honored to have been among the excellent blogs nominated, and are proud to have taken the silver. Kobold Quarterly (despite the horrible choice…

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This past Friday, Wil Wheaton blogged about reading Gnome Stew…and made nine grown men — us gnomes — have spontaneous, awkward-to-explain nerdgasms on the spot. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Wil, but I enjoy his blog, WWdN: In Exile. He’s a geek with a long acting career (Stand by Me was his big breakout; you most likely know him for Star Trek: The Next Generation), a killer poker game, and excellent taste in GMing blogs. And he reads Gnome Stew! That totally rocks.…