I've added two disclaimers. One to section 4 (the stochastic nature of incoming damage) and one to section 5: the avoidance table.
The section 4 one reads:
This following section is somewhat speculative on the details. No one has done an in depth analysis on boss damage output to determine the exact distribution of hits. I hypothesize that it is a gaussian curve here, but it very well could be a uniform distribution. Either way it is distributed the theory remains the same, just the shape of the curve is shifted.
The section 5 one reads:
A table like this is NOT how it is ACTUALLY programmed. In programming they run a random variable on the range 0 to 1. The calculations get reduced based on level difference as explained below. This is merely a VISUAL REPRESENTATION that helps me visualize how this all works in a way that is, in my opinon, easier to understand. It is probably easier for me to understand because I've played DND a lot and generally think of things like this in terms of lookup tables, not actual programming random variable decimals. If it helps you to understand it better as a random variable and what it REALLY is, then just know that it's not an ACTUAL table with 10s of thousands of spots, it's really a bunch of decimals on the range 0 to 1 but it is still a sort of lookup table. If you have any more questions feel free to PM me and maybe I'll add more detail to this.
I updated a few other things, the link to satorri's post, etc.
I also changed the bold thing in section 1 about not debating EHP vs. Avoidance in the thread and insted to send me a PM (since well, that already happened) to this:
A side note when reading this: I would really prefer that if it's a specific contention that you read the entire thread because perhaps the question has already be answered/responded to or send me a PM first. If you have good evidence then I may add your concerns to the thread, but there have been a lot of people that come forth with merely assumptions and don't really have any proof to back up what they say, especially in terms of the EHP vs. Avoidance debate. If you do have data to support your claims than I will be more than willing to listen.
Last edited by Aggathon; 07-26-2010 at 07:27 AM.
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