## Math for Board Game Design?

I'm making board games as a hobby and I'd like to have a better understanding of statistics and similar math topics in order to start the design stronger outta the gate - having better balance instead of just guessing.
posted by symbioid on Oct 21, 2016 - 4 answers

## I need some new ideas for scoring non-competitive fencing nights

I am part of a fencing club that includes a wide range of fencers, some inexperienced, some very competitive, some young teens, some over 60 and lots in between. I have started organizing a monthly "goofball" tournament to bring out the members and to have chances to win prizes and it is going very well. The aim, however, is not to ensure the top fencer always wins -- we have plenty of tournaments for that. What I want is to encourage maximum participation for every fencer to get on the piste and be motivated to fence a lot, and have fun.
posted by chapps on Jan 27, 2016 - 19 answers

## Help me create a player ranking system for a game

I want to create a ranking system for a game that will be more refined than just ranking the users in order 1, 2, 3, etc.
posted by banished on Jun 29, 2015 - 5 answers

## Giant numbers (Ex: how many primes are smaller than the largest known?)

Many sites say that the largest known prime is "2^57,885,161 − 1, a number with 17,425,170 digits." Given this and well known research about the density of primes, I think it's at least possible to estimate the number of primes between 1 and 2^57,885,161 − 1. But I don't know how to do this myself. I really want the answer to this one (the order of magnitude at least), but I've got lots of these, and I'd ideally like more cool ones. :)
posted by ch3cooh on Feb 7, 2015 - 15 answers

## In a 2048 or Threes-like game, what is the highest possible score?

In one of these puzzle games like 2048 or Threes, where you merge tiles to create higher numbers, is there any way to prove what is the highest possible tile number that can be created given the rules and dimensions?
posted by RobotHero on Oct 6, 2014 - 8 answers

## Cheat like a fox.

I have always been really bad at really simple games, like the ones where there are generally sound mathematical strategies for playing the optimal game. I'd like to compile a little mental rolodex of simple games and their solutions so I can feel smugly superior to any small children who seek to challenge me.
posted by phunniemee on Oct 1, 2014 - 16 answers

## Table top brainteaser puzzles

Where can I find more good ideas for brainteaser puzzles like these?
posted by klausman on Jan 17, 2014 - 3 answers

## Math game that featured Bach and Mozart

Around 1995 I played a game on the Mac in school that was for educational purposes, supposedly for the purposes of drilling math skills, and had Mozart Symphony no. 40 (1st movement and but I think 3rd as well), Bach BWV 999, and possibly some Paganini as well, as background music. Do you know what it was?
posted by Busoni on Oct 10, 2013 - 4 answers

## Modern Zoombinis?

What is the modern equivalent of 1995's lovely LOGICAL JOURNEY OF THE ZOOMBINIS computer games? They taught math logic skills rather neatly for children, but I don't have a computer that will run the old games.
posted by musofire on Sep 25, 2013 - 4 answers

## How do I calculate the probability of a specific sum of repeated die rolls?

I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself.
posted by Richard Daly on Sep 28, 2012 - 6 answers

## Help me make an awesome trivia night!

Can anyone help me come up with a pub trivia points system?
posted by keepmathy on Dec 17, 2011 - 21 answers

## What math flash card game did I play in school?

What math flash card game, which required you to use each of four numbers on a card to get to one fixed answer each time, did I play in grammar school?
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 2, 2011 - 5 answers

## How to count a cribbage hand.

Counting-Filter: A friend once asked me how many points the entire 52-card deck is worth in the game of Cribbage...not that you could actually be dealt the whole deck, but just a curiosity.
posted by klausman on Dec 6, 2010 - 5 answers

## Why are there 169 starting hands in Hold 'em?

Can someone explain to me why there are 169 starting hands in poker?
posted by tomtheblackbear on Aug 22, 2010 - 17 answers

## How To Calculate True ROI in Mob Wars?

This is regards to the Mob Wars game on Facebook, specifically the 'City' mechanic. It seems to be assumed that there is no benefit in investing in 'land' vs. 'buildings'. I want to know if that is valid.
posted by sapph on Feb 27, 2009 - 7 answers

## Math games for kids

I'm looking for math focused games for a first grader.
posted by serazin on Feb 6, 2009 - 15 answers

## complex dice probability make head esplode

I need a tool to help me analyze the probability of certain events occurring regarding a pool of X dice for a game I am creating. See my examples below.
posted by DetonatedManiac on Dec 21, 2007 - 7 answers

## Remember the Spirograph?

Remember the Spirograph?
posted by lorbus on Jul 11, 2005 - 13 answers

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