Hall of Shame - tales of the worst dice ever

  • '15 Official Q&A '11 '10 Moderator

    OOOWWWWW - 2 infantry and 3 tanks destroyed, and down to 5 tanks vs. 4 infantry!

    0.4% chance of all 5 infantry hitting, and combined with 2.35% of scoring 0 or 1 hits as the attacker!


  • Maby not the worst dice but the funnies thing that happened.
    Real game so just phisical board, using 4mm dice of 4 different colors to optimize gameplay.
    We always throw in the cover of 1 of the boxes because even with these dice getting a few on the board can lead to unrecoverable situation.
    So i throw like 30 dice in 1 go and 1 of the dice desided to land on its corner, we where like WTF just happened.

  • 2020

    Battle in Kiangsu
    Americans attack with 2 bombers, 9 fighters and 1 tactical_bomber
    Japanese defend with 1 factory_minor, 2 fighters, 1 infantry and 5 tactical_bombers
    Americans roll dice for 2 bombers, 9 fighters and 1 tactical_bomber in Kiangsu, round 2 : 2/12 hits, 6.50 expected hits
    Japanese roll dice for 2 fighters, 1 infantry and 5 tactical_bombers in Kiangsu, round 2 : 6/8 hits, 4.17 expected hits
    1 tactical_bomber owned by the Japanese, 1 infantry owned by the Japanese and 6 fighters owned by the Americans lost in Kiangsu
    Americans roll dice for 2 bombers, 3 fighters and 1 tactical_bomber in Kiangsu, round 3 : 1/6 hits, 3.50 expected hits
    Japanese roll dice for 2 fighters and 4 tactical_bombers in Kiangsu, round 3 : 5/6 hits, 3.33 expected hits
    1 tactical_bomber owned by the Japanese, 1 tactical_bomber owned by the Americans, 2 fighters owned by the Americans and 2 bombers owned by the Americans lost in Kiangsu
    1 fighter owned by the Americans retreated
    Japanese win with 2 fighters and 3 tactical_bombers remaining. Battle score for attacker is -94
    Casualties for Americans: 2 bombers, 8 fighters and 1 tactical_bomber
    Casualties for Japanese: 1 infantry and 2 tactical_bombers

    Average dice results in 100% odds, plus-25 TUV, 6.75/12 units remaining. Reality: US retreats with 1/12 aircraft surviving, leaving 5/8 defenders still alive, minus-94 TUV. Entire Allied fleet is forced to flee SZ6 and abandon korea factory. Awful!
    https://www.axisandallies.org/forums/topic/36209/l21-freh-v-colt45554-l-16-bm/146?page=6

  • '15 Official Q&A '11 '10 Moderator

    A worthy entry to the hall, Colt!!

  • '17

    Statistically, this one wasn’t as unlikely as some dice reported here … but it was more than a 100 IPC swing from what would have been the average result. The odds of the battle going so bad were somewhere between 1% and 2%. It was directly responsible for Tokyo being sacked the next turn and cost me the game.

    Battle in 17 Sea Zone
    Japanese attack with 1 cruiser, 1 destroyer, 5 fighters, 1 submarine and 3 tactical_bombers
    Americans defend with 1 battleship, 1 carrier, 2 cruisers, 2 destroyers, 2 fighters, 1 submarine and 2 transports
    Japanese roll dice for 1 submarine in 17 Sea Zone, round 1 : 0/1 hits
    Americans roll dice for 1 submarine in 17 Sea Zone, round 1 : 1/1 hits
    Japanese roll dice for 1 cruiser, 1 destroyer, 5 fighters and 3 tactical_bombers in 17 Sea Zone, round 1 : 4/10 hits
    Units damaged: 1 battleship owned by the Americans and 1 carrier owned by the Americans
    Americans roll dice for 1 battleship, 1 carrier, 2 cruisers, 2 destroyers, 2 fighters and 2 transports in 17 Sea Zone, round 1 : 5/8 hits
    1 submarine owned by the Americans , 1 destroyer owned by the Americans , 1 cruiser owned by the Japanese , 1 destroyer owned by the Japanese , 3 fighters owned by the Japanese and 1 submarine owned by the Japanese lost in 17 Sea Zone
    Japanese roll dice for 2 fighters and 3 tactical_bombers in 17 Sea Zone, round 2 : 1/5 hits
    Americans roll dice for 1 battleship, 1 carrier, 2 cruisers, 1 destroyer, 2 fighters and 2 transports in 17 Sea Zone, round 2 : 5/7 hits
    1 destroyer owned by the Americans , 3 tactical_bombers owned by the Japanese and 2 fighters owned by the Japanese lost in 17 Sea Zone
    Americans win, with 1 battleship, 1 carrier, 2 cruisers, 2 fighters and 2 transports remaining. Battle score for attacker is -87
    Casualties for Japanese: 1 cruiser, 1 destroyer, 5 fighters, 1 submarine and 3 tactical_bombers
    Casualties for Americans: 2 destroyers and 1 submarine
    2 fighters owned by the Americans forced to land in Iwo Jima

  • '17

  • '17

    (also, I obviously should have retreated before the last round of combat … I clearly was engaged in magical thinking that the dice would turn around)


  • My good friend Ryley attacked my Japanese fleet, here it is before 1 hit with kamikaze:

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    Here are the remaining Japanese after the battle:

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    That’s right, 0 Jap casualties, complete US fleet annhilation.


  • Online match yesterday
    defending japan 1 inf 1 art
    attacking 3 chinese inf + 1 air

    Normal chance of winning 96%
    End result japan 1inf 1 art left
    china retreated with 1 air.


  • @shadowhawk said in Hall of Shame - tales of the worst dice ever:

    g japan 1 inf 1 art
    attacking 3 chinese inf + 1 air
    Normal chance of winning 96%
    End result japan 1inf 1 art left
    china retreated with 1 air.

    Wow, that is so lucky that the Chinese still had the fighter remaining. Most of my battles would end in two rounds with no remaining Allied forces. Isn’t it crazy how 4% outcomes seem to happen a majority of times?

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16

    @nixonium said in Hall of Shame - tales of the worst dice ever:

    That’s right, 0 Jap casualties, complete US fleet annhilation.

    Well, he attacked 26 defending Japanese units (including the scramble) with 14 US units. On average he should have gotten 5.5 hits and actually got 4.

    Of course, if Japan used its kamikazes effectively he took out a destroyer and a cruiser (on average), which would reduce the expected hits to about 4.5.

    I’m not sure that counts as worst dice ever. It’s just a bad attack…

    Marsh

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16

    I have twice within a period of two weeks attacked Japanese-held Yunnan (containing three units) with six Chinese infantry and the fighter (99% according to the simulator) and come away with almost complete destruction of the Chinese infantry stack. (Incidentally, it takes I believe 9 attacking infantry to turn that battle into a 100% battle for China).

    That’s pretty horrible and probably the worst dice I’ve ever personally experienced.

    Marsh


  • I will share a tough luck experience for my buddy whom I was playing against. He was attempting Sea Lion on G3 with 7 fighters, 5 TB, 2 SB, a Battleship, Crusier and 4 TTs, carrying 4 infantry and 4 Tanks. I had 5 AAA, 4 Fighters, 1 tank, 1 TB and 18 infantry. The odds were slightly in my favor, but the first wave of rolls didn’t help his chances. I had only 1 hit on 14 tries with my AA and he hit with both ships, but then he only got only 6 hits with the rest of his attack. On my first roll with my 18 infantry I got 10 hits! We were both shocked. I then got another 5 hits with the rest so 15 defensive hits to 8 offensive. Statistically it should never have happened. I wiped his ground forces and more than half of his Luftwaffe and left him badly crippled. The US and Russians were entering the next round so it was pretty much a death blow.

    What he should have done (but I never pointed it out to him) was land in Scotland so he could essentially double his landing force and buy a few more bombers. Even with me getting an extra build to defend, I think he would have probably had a 75-80% chance of success.

    Edit - I ran the numbers and he would have had an 80% chance of winning if I buy all infantry and 92% chance of winning if I buy 4 infantry a tank and a fighter and he buys 3 more bombers.

  • 2021 2020 '19 '18 '17 '16

    @jscam74 Funny how those 0% likely results happen a lot! The Dice Goddess is a fickle one.

  • '15 Official Q&A '11 '10 Moderator

    LOL @MarshmallowofWar
    Reminds me of a quote - many years ago - my best A&A gaming buddy said…

    “One percenters seem to happen a lot in this game”

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