The only game worth playing

Photo by Riho Kroll on Unsplash.
Each dice is random, but some rolls are much more likely than others.

The most boring game in the world

The most boring game in the world.
How likely you are to land on each square on your first roll of two 6-sided dice.
How likely you are to land on each square in a 2-dice, 28-space game, playing a billion times.
The probabilities of landing on each square.
Snakes and ladders just delay the inevitable randomness. There’s no real choice.

Games with a known stalemate

Tic-tac-toe is actually a game of knowing whether your opponent knows the trick.
Photo of Claude Shannon in front of computer equipment. — https://opc.mfo.de/detail?photo_id=3807, CC BY-SA 2.0 de, https://c
Claude Shannon, by Konrad Jacobs

Combining randomness and complexity

(Go watch it. It’s amazing.)
I never understood the appeal of Backgammon. Some folks do, apparently. Photo by Josh Pepper on Unsplash

Make of your life true games

John Conway, the mathematician who devised the cellular automata model behind The Game Of Life, died this month from Coronavirus. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/04/14/john_conway_obit/

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