Pizza from Scratch, 74

19 February, 2007

We have to do math to play?

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Dice with 20 and 24 sides can stand in for dice with 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 sides. The trouble is that means dividing the rolled numbers to translate. And that turns fun into homework.

The kittens need to do elementary school math homework, so mom decides to make them an offer they won't refuse. In return for doing all the repetitive basic arithmetic, they get extra experience points.

Experience points are usually for good thinking and problem- solving in the game. In some game systems, experience points are saved in thousands, and count toward going up another level. In level-based systems, "leveling up" is when the players get to increase their characters' skills, basic measures (such as strength, intelligence, dexterity and constitution), and other special abilities.

The kittens have done so much math in the day's session that they've gone up a level while the character group is still in a tavern in the town, planning what they'll do next.

It's probably not a good idea to encourage real cats to bat around the gaming dice. They won't know when to quit, and all the dice will end up hiding under the furniture.