When to roll dice?

June 17, 2009

I haven’t had a chance to do more than the most cursory scan of the HeroQuest 2 preview PDF, but the little sword-flowchart on page 16 of the pdf (looks like page 70 of the book)?

Looks like it’s exactly what you’d want to crib for playing with 4E’s skill challenges.

And possibly most traditional games with the option between single roll and multiple roll extended tests.

To be certain, these techniques have been around as long as gaming, but for the most part, it ends up being something you have to learn through practice rather than getting the low down from the start. I think back to both Vincent’s “Say yes or roll the dice” and Jared’s “If this is a situation where failure (or success) would not be fun, why would you roll the dice?”

It seems silly, but this advice has to be consistently given, so I’d say having stuff like that flowchart has a use.

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