At the very least, the following are recommended:
- Record keeping materials: examples include pencil or pen combined with paper or notecards,
or a computer equipped with a word processor. Please note that much data must be tracked,
and much of this data is volatile. Miniatures [as in board wargames] can somewhat simplify
record keeping during play. However, the detail of the
calculations mean that miniatures only reduce the record-keeping load when playing the game,
not eliminate it.
- A (pseudo)random number generator: examples include dice, scientific calculator, or
appropriate computer software. Mixing dice with electronic number crunching has certain
advantages. Usually, an entire event is resolved from a single "random" number, which is
initially generated as an indefinite-length b-adic decimals [scientific calculators turn out
10-adic decimals. Using 10-sided dice is easy [roll up the digits in order]. Be prepared to do
numerical base conversions if using other kinds of dice. [This is not recommended during
play! It may be reasonable to 'preprocess' various tables or generation techniques.]
- Scientific calculator functionality: examples scientific calculator, appropriate computer
software, or appropriate reference manuals [certain CRC handbooks with lookup tables].
Currently, I anticipate that at least the six basic trigonometric functions [sin, cos, tan, cot, sec,
csc], six basic hyperbolic trigonometric functions [sinh, cosh, tanh, coth, sech, csch], exp, and
ln, will be required. [This does imply some familiarity with "college algebra" and arithmetic.]
In all cases, if 'appropriate' is not self-evident, I suggest taking the time to learn what you have
available. Many spreadsheet programs have enough scientific-calculator functionality for
The derivations I use in making the rules for Iskandria will generally be based in General
Relativity and/or Quantum mechanics. However, the rules themselves should not require more
scientific calculator functionality than I have mentioned above.
Opinions, comments, criticism, etc.? Let me know about it.
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