Dice or Low Luck??



  • Ive been away from the game for a while but would like to get back into it once again.

    I have been reading the new stratagies and methods by which players are winning games or not… Some of them seem tacticly sound and orthodox, other are just, well to me, down right crazy and i cant for the life of me, see how these stratagies would work. however, Im not going to name names or slate peoples ideas or tactics, therefor my question is this

    How many people play dice?
    How many people play Low Luck?

    I cant help think that these “crazy” stratagies are successful because they have been calculated using logic and Math i.e the low luck system.

    In my opinion the Low luck takes the excitment out of the game and is frankly unrealistic as warfare is unpredictable and fluid.

    Dice all the way!!


  • 2019 2018 2017 '16

    Looks like I’m the only low luck user so far. I also enjoy the game with dice, especially when playing fast strategies / opponents, but IMHO rolling a zillion dice makes the game drag on longer, both because of the time you need to roll everything, and because of the time you need to try to estimate probabilities. When you can just add up the math and say “OK, I have 3 automatic hits and a 4th hit on a roll of 5 or less,” then you’re good to go, and you can stop thinking about that battle.

    I agree that it’s not realistic, but you do still get some variability in the combat results – I’ve gone into battles with equal hit points where I was scoring 3 automatic hits with a 4th on a roll of 5 or less, and where my opponent was scoring 2 automatic hits with a 3rd on a roll of 2 or less, and my opponent wound up winning. There are still some upsets, is my point. Plus you have all the little battles, like in Africa and Siberia, where nobody even has 6 pips of offense to convert into an automatic hit, so the battles are resolved exactly the same way they would be in full luck.

    I like that low luck saves you from spending an hour setting up the game and then seeing your chances of victory drop to 10% in the first 15 minutes of play because of bad dice. Most people are too quick to blame the dice for their failures, but it can be frustrating even for the winner when extreme dice results deliver a victory to a player almost irrespective of the odds going in. If I set up a battle in full dice where I have a 60% chance of winning, and I win the battle, and the battle wins me the war, did I beat you? Or did I just get lucky? It’s hard to figure that out. Winning with low luck feels more like a meaningful accomplishment. Of course, it is still all just a game. We should all play however we each enjoy it most!



  • Well said, Argothair. I like it.

    I voted ‘other’. Reasons:

    1. Personally I like LL when I/we feel that the effects of a strategy matters more than the ‘who wins the game’. LL can indeed  be more rewarding in that you are sure you won, unaided by the dice. I can win more games with LL because usually I am the unlucky guy that gets screwed over by the dice 😉 (most likely during the opening round already). Or I was, 'cause itis a long time ago since I played normal dice. But most of all I like LL games better when I want to playtest the effects of a certain plan against a known ‘hard nut to crack’ strategy of the opposing side.

    2. I do understand the desire for a lot of players to play dice, so that is definately not a ‘no go’ zone for me. Especially in team versus team games, and games that need to be determined (one way or the other) in one day of playing.



  • I selected low luck because rolling dice simply does not excite me at all.  I prefer that the “luck” factor is reduced as much as possible.  I find it very unsatisfying to win or lose because of dice.  I do realize extreme cases only happen about 5% (standard curve) of the time.  I find games where the best strategies prevail to be the most rewarding.  I guess I am the odd ball here.



  • I prefer dice games since then there’s the choice of whether or not to overkill a battle, just in case you lose. It gives the side doing worse some hope of turning things around.


  • '16

    I chose dice, personally I just love to roll dice.  Battle calculators, LL and all the calculations that go into the game are great tools and useful to help you get better.  But for me the game was and is designed to be a board game, not a computer game.  Invite some buddies over have some adult beverages, talk some trash, have a great time playing the game.  If “getting screwed by dice” really upsets you I can understand the LL route, it just makes it boring and scripted for me.  We instituted a house rule where each power gets a set number of battles they can use LL on to appease the LL person in our group.  Seems to work nicely.  Dice can be upsetting but that is the beauty of them IMHO.  I would know I also play Star Wars Miniatures and those dice will drive you mad!!!


  • 2019 2018 2017 '16

    Fascinating! How many LL battles per nation do you usually allow? What kinds of battles do people tend to use them for?


  • '16

    @Argothair:

    Fascinating! How many LL battles per nation do you usually allow? What kinds of battles do people tend to use them for?

    Well we haven’t been able to get together for a couple of months but I believe we left off with 5 battles per Axis nation. And for the allies we were giving 3 each to US, Russia, Anzac, UK London, UK Calcutta for a total of 15 battles for each side.  Probably could use some tweaking too.  (I always forgot to use them)  They were used for a lot of different battles.  Some people used them right off the bat to guarantee outcomes on turn 1, others saved them for later when you really needed to have a battle go your way and couldn’t afford to get diced.  Sometimes they were used for capital takes to minimize losses.  Usually for the really large unit battles the dice seemed to average out but having the LL in your pocket to use was a great comfort to some.  I liked to heat 'em up and let 'em fly!  And live with the results, our games were never really decided by someone getting diced it usually was a result of bad strategy or superior strategy depending on who you talked too. 😉

    We also played timed turns.  You really want to mess with peoples thought processes try 3 minute turns!  That was a blast for me, overload for some.



  • @majikforce:

    I chose dice, personally I just love to roll dice.  Battle calculators, LL and all the calculations that go into the game are great tools and useful to help you get better.  But for me the game was and is designed to be a board game, not a computer game.  Invite some buddies over have some adult beverages, talk some trash, have a great time playing the game.  If “getting screwed by dice” really upsets you I can understand the LL route, it just makes it boring and scripted for me.  We instituted a house rule where each power gets a set number of battles they can use LL on to appease the LL person in our group.  Seems to work nicely.  Dice can be upsetting but that is the beauty of them IMHO.  I would know I also play Star Wars Miniatures and those dice will drive you mad!!!

    …what majikforce said, except I dont want to appease the LL lovers in Our group


  • Customizer

    I choose dice all the way. I really don’t like Low Luck. We tried it out a couple of games. A couple of our players seemed to like it some but for me it was miserable. I will admit in some cases it does speed up the combat but I still don’t like it. I like excitement of rolling the dice.



  • @majikforce:

    I chose dice, personally I just love to roll dice.  Battle calculators, LL and all the calculations that go into the game are great tools and useful to help you get better.  But for me the game was and is designed to be a board game, not a computer game.  Invite some buddies over have some adult beverages, talk some trash, have a great time playing the game.  If “getting screwed by dice” really upsets you I can understand the LL route, it just makes it boring and scripted for me.  We instituted a house rule where each power gets a set number of battles they can use LL on to appease the LL person in our group.  Seems to work nicely.  Dice can be upsetting but that is the beauty of them IMHO.  I would know I also play Star Wars Miniatures and those dice will drive you mad!!!

    This is interesting, i might put this idea forward to our group when we get together again.


  • 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15

    I dont know, I will play both but by far prefer dice. I think the biggest issues with LL is the smaller battles, especially those involving subs. If I am correct a battle involving a sub and a destroyer gets to fire twice and if you have 2 destroyers defending they only get to fire once. To me this is bs. Yeah I know the sub has the surprise attack. In any case if your overall attack (or defence) strength is 6/6 or less you should not be able to get more than one hit!


  • '15

    First off, well said, Argothair. If I were going to be a proponent of LL, that would sum it up. I also agree with the sentiment that rolling for large battles is time consuming, though I turn into a dice-rolling robot when it’s my turn, and everyone involved goes into a calculation trance to get that shit done as quickly as is humanly possible. If I were at a table where this was not the case, I can imagine I’d go crazy.

    On the other hand, at my table, we play with a range of people. I recently moved a great distance away from the old group, so most of my physical people are only on their 0th through 6th game ever. Still far too early to propose low-luck in my opinion–even if I were to consider suggesting it.

    As far as online with people I used to play with back home, we always have done, and will likely continue to do, dice games for anything competitive.

    For theory-craft and screwing around with what-ifs, however, we always did/do LL. And actually, usually branch at decisive battles (because it’s easy to do in an electronic format). One branch where the results were subpar but not disastrous, one where the results were exactly average, and one where the results were slightly better than average. This turns into a fractal of “wasted” time, yeah, but it lets you see how the game could evolve from turning points depending on how well you bounced through a particular fight. If you have the time, it can help you plan not only if a strategy is worthwhile, but what can be done immediately afterwards depending on the results.

    If you’re in the thick of a real game, the dice are an equalizer of sorts. Yes, you can drop to a mathematically negligent chance of winning in only an hour or two of play (if you’re doing something overtly risky or have exceptionally bad luck), but that’s part of the challenge: adapting to what happens to you. In LL, you can plan everything to the letter nearly. In dice games, as calvinhobbesliker said, you must actually play differently at certain times, because you need to overkill battles that you need to win. It also leads to situations where that one frenchman that runs headlong into three italians (to take the 1/6 chance to soften them up before a US landing, for instance) can actually win. This is a fantastic thing to see, and much drinking is done when it occurs.

    We also are usually very respective (yet reluctant, mind you) to throw in the towel. If it’s 3v2 or what have you, and everyone on one side and at least half of the people on the other agree there is nearly no chance for one side to continue, we shake hands, and if it’s early enough, set it all up again.

    I think dice are just more fun.



  • I figure that a fair share of the real battles of WWII would not be possible to reenact with LL. Take the Battle of France 1940, The Allies had more men, more tanks, more planes, more of everything. They even had terrain that favored the defender. Yet, Germany won a crushing victory with almost no loss of own units. You need to use dice to get a result like that. One side all snake eyes, the other side zip. If you do a simulation of that battle with LL, the result would not be anything even remotely close to the historical correct German victory.

    Real men play dice.



  • @Narvik:

    I figure that a fair share of the real battles of WWII would not be possible to reenact with LL. Take the Battle of France 1940, The Allies had more men, more tanks, more planes, more of everything. They even had terrain that favored the defender. Yet, Germany won a crushing victory with almost no loss of own units. You need to use dice to get a result like that. One side all snake eyes, the other side zip. If you do a simulation of that battle with LL, the result would not be anything even remotely close to the historical correct German victory.

    Real men play dice.

    To be fair, this game is not too realistic…the Axis make way too much money compared to the Allies than what was the case in real life.



  • @Narvik:

    I figure that a fair share of the real battles of WWII would not be possible to reenact with LL. Take the Battle of France 1940, The Allies had more men, more tanks, more planes, more of everything. They even had terrain that favored the defender. Yet, Germany won a crushing victory with almost no loss of own units. You need to use dice to get a result like that. One side all snake eyes, the other side zip. If you do a simulation of that battle with LL, the result would not be anything even remotely close to the historical correct German victory.

    Real men play dice.

    Well its a game, irl it does not mather how many men you have but where you have them. France had them out of position. When your troops are surounded without proper leadership they will lose because of supply issues.

    In tabletop games i always go for dice, but we got plenty so normaly the attacker throws all his dice in 1 go, then the defender. Then next round of combat. So far we have never had combats where we did not have the dice for to throw in 1 go.

    Online LL or Dice is equaly fun, though dice always seem to screw me when i need it least.



  • I choose LL because it better shows the apparent skills of the player(s) and how effective a strategy can be.  Losing when u have overwhelming odds in your favor and winning when you have crap odds ruin the game for me.



  • @ShadowHAwk:

    Well its a game, irl it does not mather how many men you have but where you have them. France had them out of position. When your troops are surounded without proper leadership they will lose because of supply issues.

    Look at that, I used to believe that rich France lost because of lack of morale and fighting spirit, not because of supply issues. I think the poor Russians were out of supply all the time, two men had to share a rifle, only the lucky ones got boots, ammo was rare and food was really hard to find. That did not stop them from fighting. Every day Russian troops were surrounded without proper leadership, and with lots of supply issues. That did not stop them from taking last stand battles. Russian troops won at Stalingrad without proper leadership and with supply issues.

    Real men use dice



  • @ghr2:

    I choose LL because it better shows the apparent skills of the player(s) and how effective a strategy can be.  Losing when u have overwhelming odds in your favor and winning when you have crap odds ruin the game for me.

    I beg to differ. A skilled player must know his dice. If you play LL the computer did the job, if you roll dice you must know when to gamble, when to stop and when to walk away. Dice takes more skill and knowledge than playing the dull LL. IMHO.



  • @Narvik:

    @ghr2:

    I choose LL because it better shows the apparent skills of the player(s) and how effective a strategy can be.�  Losing when u have overwhelming odds in your favor and winning when you have crap odds ruin the game for me.

    I beg to differ. A skilled player must know his dice. If you play LL the computer did the job, if you roll dice you must know when to gamble, when to stop and when to walk away. Dice takes more skill and knowledge than playing the dull LL. IMHO.

    The computer rolls the dice too…  it is called: Random Number Generator.  Dice and LL can happen face-to-face or on some software version of the game.  There is no such thing as knowing when to gamble when the dice can swing in any number of ways.  There is no way to predict whether the dice will favor a player or whether they are about even.  The idea of ‘knowing your dice’ is just common superstition that places like casinos profit off of.  The only ‘skill’ for dice is being able to run a mental cost/benefit analysis and weighing that against the probability to win.  This skill also holds true in LL since both involve proper allocation of resources.  LL works if you want to minimize risk and focus more on in-game strategy and to truly determine who is the superior player without one side potentially getting overly bad or overly good dice rolls which may affect a fair skill comparison.  Dice works when you want simplicity in combat(not adding dice and dividing by 6) and if you like the potential dynamic game that it can bring.  Yes dice can breed skill in being able to adapt to bad dice rolls, but winning when getting lucky rolls does not make you look good and losing when having bad rolls does not necessarily make you look bad.  It also allows for occasions where a bad attack is made worse by even worse dice.  Then the attacking player tries to claim that he/she got diced while the defending player tries to claim that the attack was already doomed in the first place.  Dice just has too many variables for a fair assessment.

    Anyway, if you want to do dice, you will probably have a game that is very dynamic and has a lot of excitement.  But be ready to have a player be pissed or to be in a sour mood because their strategy was destroyed by dice.  If you want LL then be ready for a game that has some dynamic action but mostly straight, predictable, and usually very fair to both sides in proper skill measurement.



  • Well said, ghr2!



  • @Narvik:

    @ghr2:

    I choose LL because it better shows the apparent skills of the player(s) and how effective a strategy can be.�  Losing when u have overwhelming odds in your favor and winning when you have crap odds ruin the game for me.

    I beg to differ. A skilled player must know his dice. If you play LL the computer did the job, if you roll dice you must know when to gamble, when to stop and when to walk away. Dice takes more skill and knowledge than playing the dull LL. IMHO.

    I agree. When you roll dice you play the opponent. When LL you play the dice. Big difference.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    Not played LL so not really qualified, but voted dice anyway. Like the uncertainty and freshness dice give. Every game is different.


  • 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13

    I also like to roll the dice too. But looking at LL now. See if I got this right.

    D6                      D12
        Attacker            Attacker

    4 inf    @1          4 inf    @2
      2 arm  @3          2 arm  @6
      1 fit    @3          1 fig  @6

    13=                  26=
      2 hits and @1    2 hits and @2
        1 dice roll          1 dice roll

    D6                      D12
        Defender            Defender

    3 inf    @2          3 inf    @4
      1 art  @2          1 art  @4

    8=                    16=
      1 hit and @2    1 hit and @4
        1 dice roll        1 dice roll

    My question is would your odds increase just a bit using D12 for the dice roll. I don’t have any access to a D12 calc.



  • @SS:

    I also like to roll the dice too. But looking at LL now. See if I got this right.

    D6                      D12
        Attacker            Attacker

    4 inf    @1          4 inf    @2
      2 arm  @3          2 arm  @6
      1 fit    @3          1 fig  @6

    13=                  26=
      2 hits and @1    2 hits and @2
        1 dice roll          1 dice roll

    D6                      D12
        Defender            Defender

    3 inf    @2          3 inf    @4
      1 art  @2          1 art  @4

    8=                    16=
      1 hit and @2    1 hit and @4
        1 dice roll        1 dice roll

    My question is would your odds increase just a bit using D12 for the dice roll. I don’t have any access to a D12 calc.

    It should be exactly the same with a D12, since you’re just doubling everything.


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