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A Last Ditch Roll in The Return
28th Sep 2017, 8:00 AM
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28th Sep 2017, 8:00 AM

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28th Sep 2017, 8:07 AM

D-Infinity? ...oh no. This is going to lead to all sorts of bad.

28th Sep 2017, 8:12 AM

Dun dun DUUUUUUUN

28th Sep 2017, 8:14 AM

Wait...is Finn warping reality? I'm so confused by the concept of the d-infinity. Does it alter the properties of the actual dice on rolling? I'm really hoping this gets cleared up because it's awesome, but i have no mental concept of how this works.
That said, I bet I'm a whole lot cooler with it than Tom will be. Guy must be having some PTSD flashbacks right now.
P.S. for anyone who doesn't read aangvanced or needs a reminder, this is the first appearance of the d-infinity
http://dandaangvanced.tumblr.com/post/161704545607/manny-interlude-arc-9-the-worlds-most-powerful

28th Sep 2017, 8:43 AM

Interesting. So apparently Steven's rolling was so forceful and scattered that dice hit random objects and broke and warped. It wasn't clear in the Aangvanced arc how to roll 'd infinity', so this adds something.

How big are dice pools in shadowrun? Even assuming a combination of dice splitting + number changing to make the sides of dice that aren't usually successes be successes, you'd need at least half that number of dice, so 26. Quick google... yeah ok, so if Steven used karma or edge or whatever (I get conflicting results) that's quite possible.

That's some Marble Phantasm level stuff right there: absurdly improbable, but not physically impossible within the reality of the world the way (I think) a Reality Marble would be, to borrow Nasuverse terminology.

Edit: In other words, PacifistBarbarian, he's warping probability to a ridiculous extent, but not QUITE reality. It's like rolling a 7 on a d-6: it's quite possible if the dice splits down the middle and both halves land pips-side up, but that's absurdly improbable.

28th Sep 2017, 9:40 AM

If Finn is altering probability does that make him Scarlet Witch?

28th Sep 2017, 10:49 AM

Given it's a dice roll I'd say it's more like Vriska Serket.

28th Sep 2017, 11:17 AM

Had to google Serket. Can she actually manipulate the probability? It just says she has a technique dependent on dice rolls (d8s I think).

I was only familiar with modern Scarlet Witch, whose powers are now a lot broader, so I looked up what powers she started with. Apparently, they were causing random, extremely unlikely events. Yeah, basically that. :P

28th Sep 2017, 1:09 PM

She got more control and finesse over her probability powers as time went on so altering a dice roll to a desired result would be in her remit I think. Of course these days comics tend to focus more on her magic abilities than her actual Mutant ability.

27th Oct 2017, 11:52 AM

As a rampant Homestuck fan, I think I can expla this...

Spoiler!:



Late on she gains the ability to steal "luck" from targets, allowing them to basically Crit Fail on absolutely anything they try, while giving her enough luck that she can do stuff that's technically possible, but more Improbibal then a unicorn manifesting out of thin our and shitting gold into your lap.

In one Offshoot Timeline we glimpse, she actually manages to kill a Demon that's completely, physically invincible to 99% of the players the power gaps so huge...at the cost of the entire cast besides herself dying, which makes it a Offshoot Reality.

Such is the power of someone who can multi-Crit at will.

She's like a 3.5E luck ringer fused with a Pathfinder Malifactor taken up to 11, with nine set if class abilities recharging the other.

She's also not even in the top 5most powerful protagonists by the end... Maybe even the top 10!

When considering ALL characters, I doubt she's in the top 25, which is a shame cuz she's a massive bitch and hilarious because of it!

28th Sep 2017, 12:18 PM

For the record, I don't know how the d-infinity works either. Micah wouldn't tell me. But the idea that its so powerful that it overloads the DICE is awesome. And it works so well and makes Tom skip a beat that I love it being here.

29th Sep 2017, 9:33 AM

...Wait, who's Micah? Is that the character in Aangvanced?

Interestingly, there are at least 2 real-world things called 'd-infinity': an algorithm for computing flow direction and the maximum metric. The former invokes a continuity argument to get to infinity, while the latter involves taking a limit as an integer approached infinity. Not relevant, I just found those while googling. :P

28th Sep 2017, 9:05 PM

Tom's going to want Steven now, isn't he?

27th Oct 2017, 11:54 AM

Probably, since he can apparently do this ON COMMAND...

Even if, somehow, he got -1 with it before.

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