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Adrian George
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I just got the game yesterday, and am excited to get it on the table. I haven't had the chance to look carefully at the dice yet, but I came up with a question. Are the odds of a given number equal on each dice? If I recall 3rd is a d8; which would mean they can't be on it, since it covers from 4-8 according to the rules. Or am i remembering incorrectly and it's a d10, and all the dice have even odds for the numbers printed on them?
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Devin Smith
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The short answer is 'no'. The longer answer is that they're skewed in a systematic way: generally towards the faster numbers, if I recall correctly.
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Adrian George
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I suspected they might be. I'd like the actual numbers if someone has them. I'm a little suprised that they aren't listed in the rules. Hmmm... i wonder if anyone's quick ref mentions it. Time to go look.
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Ed Rozmiarek
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(From memory) Only the second and third gear dice have uneven distributions. Both of those are skewed to the high end.

Gear: Sides: Range: Distribution

First: 4 sided, 1-2, Even
Second: 6 sided, 2-4, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4
Third: 8 sided, 4-8, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8
Fourth: 12 sided, 7-12, Even (two of each number)
Fifth: 20 sided, 11-20, Even (two of each number)
Sixth: 30 sided, 21-30, Even (three of each number)
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Adrian George
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Interesting. From what i can discern, isn't third one of the more common cornering dice?
So we get averages of:

1st = 1.5
2nd = 3.33
3rd = 6.375
4th = 9.5
5th = 15.5
6th = 25.5

That distribution on the d30 seems pointless, except to have the joy of a d30. Actually with such even distrobutions all except 2nd and 3rd could be reduced to a lower sided die. Weird.
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Gregory Corlett
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You have a good point, logically speaking. But there is a logistical consideration too.

Using a different-sized die for each gear means you never accidentally roll the wrong die. If 4th, 5th, and 6th gear were printed on 6-, 10-, and 10-sided dice (respectively), then you'd have to inspect those dice before rolling them.

The lower the gear, the fewer sides on the die. It's an easy rule, even if it's unnecessary. Imagine how hard it would be for new players to get used to
1st gear = 4 sided die
2nd gear = 6 sided die
3rd gear = 8 sided die
4th gear = 6 sided die
5th gear = 10 sided die
6th gear = 10 sided die

It's totally managable but not as easy or nifty. Plus, as you say, the thrill of finally getting to roll that monstrous 30-sided die across the table is hard to beat! laugh
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Carl Stone
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According to my 8 year old daughter, the huge, blue, 30 sided die is one of the main reasons to play!
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This whole series of comments has really made me laugh. I had no idea more people than myself and my group of weirdos got such a thrill from rolling the "big blue." Hilarious.
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A solution is here (using two d10 only for each gear) :

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1tyCCN2nEOBWGotS0ExbFpBbkE/...
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