Monday, August 31, 2009

Quick Dice Average

Quick way to find the average (expected value) of dice xDy: Take half of x, add one to y, then multiply the two. This is equivalent to what some refer to as "Gauss's formula" for summing a series. For example:

8d6 -> 4*7 = 28
12d4 -> 6*5 = 30