I hate to rock the boat, but surely the more units participating in a battle the more likely it is that the overall results will match the odds, law of large numbers an’ all.
Now I hate to say this, but you are one of the people who is not allowed to use the charts. I know what you are thinking, “…arrogant SOB…”.
Your statement would be true if the outcome of the first roll did not affect the outcome of the second roll and the third and so on, but it does. Any role that is “unusual” can throw off the balance of the battle. So the more roles you have the greater the chance that one of them will be “unusual”. As the battle grows larger so does the standard deviation. Therefore if you are fighting in a huge, fairly even, battle on Germans eastern front and a big roll goes wrong in a big way then follow crystic crypts advice and RUN AWAY. You should treat every round of the battle like it is a seperate battle when deciding to retreat or not.
In a game like Risk this doesn’t happen because the number of dice you roll for a 5 on 5 battle is exactly the same as for a 20 on 20 battle. In Risk the larger the battle the more likely the odds charts will be accurate.
I like the “you-cheated-so-we-really-won” trick….works everytime…
Yeah, next time someone says that you can tell them that in war the winners decide who cheated, because the loser is dead and can’t speak up for himself.