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I just got myself an Iphone, and it has this app that rolls dice, and shows all the resaults.
Would anyone have a problem using this instead of rolling little square pieces of plastic.
Whats your thoughts on people using the latest tech, (as long as it isnt rigged or cheating)
I find that the Iphone always rolls high, so wouldnt let my opponent use it. Also rolling 36 dice at a time could take a while
it does the 36 all at once (and then list the numbers)
And I can post up an example of 40d6 roles ...
(it will just take a while to type out)
Ever since Lorenz, I've never been able to trust a machine's dice. In my AoDs, I have, however, used a D&D site to roll a few fights because dice weren't on hand.
Personally, I would still rather my opponent used real dice, so I can see what they come up as instantly, there's the "trust a machine" factor, and then consider that actual dice are more fun to roll.
What kind of advantages to the IPhone have you noticed?
Because I tend to either forget my dice for pick up games, dont have enough, or cant find room
In a tourny real dice for sure ...
Problem with machine dice is that machines cannot generate random numbers.
They pick a number and do a complex equation but its not the same as rolling a dice.
if the Iphone uses the same system for shuffling songs as it does dice rolls, I wouldn't let you use it.
A true wargaming geek carries a measuring tape and dice with him at all times, even to work!
Arch Overfiend & Grand Despot
I currently play:
Doom Eagle Space Marines
Hive Fleet Omega Tyranids
Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
Tau of O'me
Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
and my attempted foray into fantasy
'Dark Angel Green' Dark Elves in need of fluff
I once forgot my dice for a league Blood Bowl game and when my opponent did too we despaired. I then used my work PDA to use Mobile Excel to create a dice rolling simulator
worked wonders, was much quicker too - no "cocked or not?" questions , dodgy rolls or shaking. Just gave you the results quickly and easily. Not sure it'd work for 40k or WFB though, it can't handle buckets of dice very well
I think my main problem with it is the closed nature of the mobile. By that I mean, you are holding the mobile, telling me what the roll is. It would probably be a fair bit of hassle for an opponent to walk round the table and check every time you rolled. Either way, I can't always see what is being done on the phone, and that would put me off.
It's not that I wouldn't trust someone doing it, but if things did start to go right for them (even if it was perfectly fair), well, then the mind can start to wonder! It just lacks the open nature and clarity of a good old fashioned dice roll.
Its not anything to do with the character/honestly of the opponent really, its probably just a bad reflection on my levels of trust!
Personally I don't think I'd play a game with an electronic dice. As omegoku points out, your iPhone can't truly randomly generate a number. I simply don't trust a machine to accurately replicate chance, which is the guiding principle of the game.
Of course - I always bring more dice than I need, so it wouldn't be an issue if we were ever to have a game!