How many hours of your life do you think have been wasted listening to hard luck stories? How much time have you spent on your knees grovelling in the search for dice that have fallen on the floor? So for today I am giving you a series of problems without dice to annoy you! The first three problems are definitely dice free zones, not even a doubling die!
Four weeks of voting came to an end on Sunday night at 10pm, and the turnout exceeded two hundred and fifty players – many more than had been predicted, even by some of the candidates!
After careful scrutiny of all the votes I can declare the result as follows:
With a population of seven billion, and more and more of them using computers, smartphones and even kettles and toasters with their own microchips, the world will run out of electrons in six years’ time. That’s the worrying conclusion of Dr. Mustafa Shok of the University of San Serif in Thailand.
Fortunately the so-called “Shock Doc of Bangkok” has come up with a solution based on the science of Chirality. Using his idea of mirror images we can reduce our need for electrons by up to 50%. He has dubbed this process “Re-Volting” because of the electrons freed up.
Following on from his pioneering work I have applied it to the backgammon world.
Backgammon sometimes seems like a giant jigsaw puzzle: there are multiple pieces of seemingly unrelated information but, very rarely, we find a way to join the pieces together and the big picture becomes clearer.
The First Piece…
Suppose you are four points behind in a long match. If you have to win four games at one point to equal the score, the chance of this happening is 1/16. If each game is worth two points you only need to win two games and your chance is one quarter. If each game is worth four points your chance is a half. This is to show what may be obvious to some – that the trailer wants each game to be worth more points.