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David Willems
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Does anybody know of or use an iPhone app that helps figure out ratios? In wargames I play we are often spending time trying to figure out whether something is closer to 1.5:1 or 2:1 etc. I guess ideally it'd be cool to have an app that you could select which game's CRT or IFT is being used..
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Are you asking for something that knows the different CRT's for various wargames (e.g. how high & low they go, and what the column steps are)? If so, I don't know of any.

But any simple spreadsheet or calculator can be used to do the math if you don't want/can't do it in your head.
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dwillems wrote:
Does anybody know of or use an iPhone app that helps figure out ratios? In wargames I play we are often spending time trying to figure out whether something is closer to 1.5:1 or 2:1 etc. I guess ideally it'd be cool to have an app that you could select which game's CRT or IFT is being used..


What game rounds to the nearest odds ratio like that? It just shifts the break from 1.5:1 or 2:1, which are fairly easy to figure, to 1.25:1 and 1.75:1, which are harder.
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My Blackberry has a calculator app. Don't most smart phones have calculator apps? Calculators are great for this kind of thing!
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Who needs a calculator? I just start figuring out the multiples of the lesser combat value until that amount is higher than the larger value.
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dwillems wrote:
Does anybody know of or use an iPhone app that helps figure out ratios?


I'm old and I'm not happy. Everything today is improved and I don't like it. I hate it! In my day we didn't have an app to figure out combat ratios. We figured it out in our heads that were numb from walking 4 miles to school in the freezing cold morning winter snow and we loved it. Oh how we adored it.
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I just use my fingers and sometimes my toes in the summer.
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A calculator?
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GoCalc can be used almost easily. The only problem is for things like a 3:2 column. The 'problem' is that GoCalc does not display text so there is no way to provide one result that switches from "x:1" to "3:2". The developer has not been interested in updating the software to include text output.

If you just want a simple "x:1" odds based CRT GoCalc is the software you are looking for with: "floor(Attacker/Defender)" being the equation (and add the ":1" suffix). The floor command rounds DOWN to the nearest integer.

If you want something that rounds off, use: "floor(.5+ (Attacker/Defender))".

As has been mentioned any calculator will do.
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binge gamer wrote:
dwillems wrote:
Does anybody know of or use an iPhone app that helps figure out ratios?


I'm old and I'm not happy. Everything today is improved and I don't like it. I hate it! In my day we didn't have an app to figure out combat ratios. We figured it out in our heads that were numb from walking 4 miles to school in the freezing cold morning winter snow and we loved it. Oh how we adored it.


shake Luxury.

When I was young I had to walk 10 miles through blizzards in the middle of summer. Uphill. Both ways!

But back to point. Seriously? A calculator is the answer.
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I'd Buy an Abacus if I was you, it doesnt even need power!
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Lay off the whiskey and do it in your head?

(Sorry, but really, an app? At most a calculator, and even that is kinda suspect. Got any idea how much a calculator cost back in the day when some of those 3:2 CRTs were published? All joking about snowy uphills aside, there was an assumption players could do the math. Give it a try!)
 
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I know a few math-challenged war gamers and while it always makes me (an engineer) chuckle it is not really a big deal. Never turn down an opponent whose company you enjoy!
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Not really trying to be smart ass here, but often it is easier to divide out ratios by first multiplying by 10 - dropping that pesky decimal.

Another operation is factoring to easy ratios.

11/3 can be thought of as (9+2)/3 or 9/3 + 2/3 = 3 and 2/3rds

7/3 = 2 and 1/3rd - same idea.

8/5 = 1 and 3/5ths = 1.5 to 1, rounded.

In this case I did it twice

5/5 + 2.5/5 + .5/5.

47/16 = 48/16 - 1/16; dang it, just shy of 4:1.

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martimer wrote:
I know a few math-challenged war gamers and while it always makes me (an engineer) chuckle it is not really a big deal. Never turn down an opponent whose company you enjoy!


Oh yes, I agree. Been worried my post might seem snotty, really don't mean it that way, was just struck by the "whiskey drinker" microbadge combination with wanting an app.

 
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Ah heck, good on you David! Tell you what, come on over for a game, I'll pour you a nice whiskey AND figure out your odds for you!
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Sounds like a deal.
 
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Arrrrrgh!!...maths...my head hurts!!
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I would love to have it when there is a 3:2 column on the CRT, like that in No Retreat! The Russian Front.
 
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SCS has that rounding rule so all columns are like half-odds to calculate. gulp
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SCS has that rounding rule so all columns are like half-odds to calculate. gulp



Yeah, ain't that something - designed to be simple, it can actually be harder.
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A calculator would do, but I was always (& still am) impressed with a little gizmo called OCS aide - designed for OCS games, which figured out everything (CRT, barrage supply etc etc....)I'm surprised a similar "app" doesn't exist for more games.

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Tactics II has a combat ratio chart in the game that fulfills the wish you are requesting. (However, it is, I realize, not an app...)
 
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bleekgeak wrote:
I never calculate combat ratios, I estimate them.


Slide-rule user?
 
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