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Beau Bocephus Blasterfire
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I suppose I could have any arbitrary number of components in my deck or have teams composed of arbitrary numbers, but I'm trying to squeeze in as much thought into every detail of the game I'm designing including the meaning behind numbers. So for this post, I'm wondering what special numbers are out there.

3 - A holy number to some
6 - The number of man
7 - Days of the week, also widely considered a lucky number
12 - Months in a year
13 - Baker's dozen, also considered an unlucky number
24 - Hours in a day

I would appreciate any input on this.
 
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42 - Life, universe, blah blah...
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42 - The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrases_from_The_Hitchhiker%27s...)
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The number of a man is 666 or 616 depending in what translation you accept.
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668 - the next door neighbor of the Beast.
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Tell me any number and I'll tell you why it is special.
Pretty much every number below 100, probably 1000, can be tied to some special significance, from something as ordinary as being prime or a product of squares, to religions in the east.
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I suspect this could be a long list. There are lots of places where we use numbers, and any place where the thing being counted is important someone might attach significance to the number.

12 is not only the number of months in a year but in the Bible also the number of tribes of Israel and the number of disciples of Jesus. It shows up in astrology as the number of signs in the zodiac. Common package size for eggs and donuts. And isn't it the number of major gods in the Greek Pantheon? I'd have to look that up again.

1 - the loneliest number

4 - horsemen of the apocalypse. (Actually that always puzzled me, because I count five: white, red, black, and then "a pale horse, and the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him.")

5 - the Five Pillars of Islam (faith, prayer, alms, fasting, pilgrimage)

8 - the "Eight-fold path" or "Eight precepts" of Buddhism. The number of known planets in the Solar System (now that Pluto got kicked out).

10 - fingers on a person's hands and always viewed as a nice round number

40 - days it rained to create Noah's flood, and number of years that the Israelis wandered in the wilderness

52 - weeks in a year. cards in a poker/bridge deck.

60 - seconds in a minute and minutes in an hour

I'm sure one could come up with many, many others.
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Check out http://www.numbergossip.com/ and you'll see that people have gone to the effort of finding something special and significant about a *lot* of numbers. Go on, have a play...
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egamar wrote:
All the beast numbers you might want:

http://benwitherington.blogspot.co.uk/2008/01/rethinking-num...

well, some of them anyway - US oriented, despite being apparently a British blog.

£799.20 is the Beast plus VAT
B666 is the road to the beast
A666 bypasses the beast and the
M666 is the fast road to the beast
B66 6ST is the psotcode of the beast

and many more at http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Humor/Docs/666.html

and elsewhere, obviously
http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/index.php?title=B666, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A666_road
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Note that different cultures have different lists of lucky/unlucky numbers:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_in_Chinese_culture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_in_Egyptian_mythology
(there doesn't seem to be an equivalent page for the Christian tradition - I might even suspect that such a page may have been removed.)
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and a mathematician might add 1729 - why?

Spoiler (click to reveal)
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1: Kelly's Eye

2: One little duck

3: Cup of tea

etc.

Being serious, the cultural and mythological associations of numbers are nigh-innumerable and doubtless contradictory; if you wanted to theme game elements around those associations, you'd be well advised to focus on something specific, be it Pythagorean ratios, Kabbalah or indeed bingo calls.
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Before you get carried away...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interesting_number_paradox
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egamar wrote:
All the beast numbers you might want:

http://benwitherington.blogspot.co.uk/2008/01/rethinking-num...

well, some of them anyway - US oriented, despite being apparently a British blog.

£799.20 is the Beast plus VAT
B666 is the road to the beast
A666 bypasses the beast and the
M666 is the fast road to the beast
B66 6ST is the psotcode of the beast

and many more at http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Humor/Docs/666.html

and elsewhere, obviously


Umm, that seems UK-oriented to me, not US. The gag doesn't really work for the US, because our major route numbers are all two digits. Three digit numbers are reserved for spurs and bypasses. Major routes are all two digits, last digit even for north/south roads and odd for east/west. Spurs are three digits with the first digit odd and the last two digits are the major route that it hangs off. Bypasses are three digits with the first digit even and the last two the same as the major route it hangs off. So 666 would be a bypass around route 66, which would be a west/east highway.

This is a vitally important subject and I wanted to make sure to set the record straight.
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andyholt wrote:
and a mathematician might add 1729 - why?

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A mathematician could no doubt add hundreds of other numbers as being mathematically interesting in one way or another. Like 2, the only even prime; 65, the smallest number that can be expressed as the sum of two squares in two different ways (1^2+8^2 and 4^2+y^2); 2^(57885161−1)*(2^ 57885161 − 1), the largest currently-known perfect number; etc etc.
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666

The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel 0-36...odd.
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Every number is infinite; there is no difference.

But 11 is special, because as Spinal Tap audiences are aware, "It's one more, see?"
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999 the Australian number of the beast.
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4 is 'shi' in japanese, which makes it associated with death. There is a powerful superstition, such that there are often not 4th floors in hospitals the same way it is said that hotels often leave out 13th floors.
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Hmmmm... are all you posters "integerists" !?

I don't see any mention of really cool numbers like π and e and i and L and G, and ...

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SIXTY-NINE!



/Do I have to say why?

Also, while fictional, the Tohaa in Infinity attribute great significance to various numbers.
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kswingruber wrote:



Hmmmm... are all you posters "integerists" !?

I don't see any mention of really cool numbers like π and e and i and L and G, and ...


I prefer τ to π
Tau is right, Pi is wrong
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88 is popular with neo-nazis, because H is the 8th letter of the alphabet.

Something to possibly avoid if you want to be popular with (the right sort of) Germans...
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