• The Prep Area Podcast Season 2 Episode 5 - How Many Peas in a Pod?



    Join Shadowmeld and OddballNarwhal as they discuss whether or not they like big pods, and cannot lie. Also, a very exciting episode of “Pick! Wheel! Pass!” in which our “heroes” go head-to-head for fame and prizes. All that, and a bit of yammering about RDW and Deadpool and what-have-you.

    Blue Ska Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and
    Happy Happy Game Show Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    1. pk2317's Avatar
      pk2317 -
      I do want to give credit to /u/acholt22 on Reddit, s/he did the extrapolation for the Super-Rares before I got to it

      http://reddit.com/r/dicemasters/comm...ges_in/d8luucy
    1. CeeQue's Avatar
      CeeQue -
      If you break into pods do you still pair games randomly from the whole group? One of the stores I draft at doesn't like to break into pods. It messes up the distribution? Or if they do they have the pods play only themselves.
      I'm not sure that makes sense, especially since everyone gets a better shot at each 6 pack.
      We've done one pod of 12 before. Takes forever.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      It is up to the store whether they break into pods or not, but personally I would prefer to run simply separate drafts if possible (as is with OP kits) or if not (RDW) then to already have first game pairings based on original pods. For example, two pods of 6, I would pair each group of 6 within themselves, then pair winners from pod 1 against winners from pod 2 in the second round. This lets folks who drafted well in their pod, likely, get a game up on the competition, before the quality of cards in one pod or the other becomes a factor.
    1. OddballNarwhal's Avatar
      OddballNarwhal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      It is up to the store whether they break into pods or not, but personally I would prefer to run simply separate drafts if possible (as is with OP kits) or if not (RDW) then to already have first game pairings based on original pods. For example, two pods of 6, I would pair each group of 6 within themselves, then pair winners from pod 1 against winners from pod 2 in the second round. This lets folks who drafted well in their pod, likely, get a game up on the competition, before the quality of cards in one pod or the other becomes a factor.
      This may not surprise anyone, but I'm going to disagree with Shadowmeld here. I think a draft works best when all players are fair game to go against one another. I've been in drafts where one pod just had a spectacular spread and dominated, but I've been in more drafts where there was a pretty even distribution. I HAVE toyed around with an idea where the pods would be "teams", and would work together to draft their teams (much like a Deckbuilding game like Legendary where you want to help your teammates pick the best possible things). Then, members of team/pod A would play against team/pod B. I think that could be good times, and it could help some of the less experienced draft players learn the ropes. But I digress...

      So, yeah... drafting is one thing, then the event itself is another. Everyone is fair game, everyone does the thing, everyone plays everyone. This is the Rainbow Draft way.
    1. Yort's Avatar
      Yort -
      Regarding pod sizes, I can definitely see the arguments for having the smaller pod sizes, but do you ever see an issue with dice availability? I.e., if it's just a 4-person pod, you've only got 48x2=96 total dice, whereas in a six person you'd have 144 total dice. Since the 6-pod still gets to wheel at least once, does that give any advantage to them to be able to acquire more of the dice they want? Or is the difference relatively negligible.

      Or to ask a slightly different question, if this was something like a RDW and you had 10 people total, if you split it up into two 5-person pods, do you risk complaints that one pod was better than the other, and somebody missed out on their FA Magic Missile just because they were in the "wrong" pod? At our event we drafted all 10 together, which definitely removes some of the strategy of wheeling, but then everybody felt that everyone else was on equal footing.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Quote Originally Posted by Yort View Post
      Regarding pod sizes, I can definitely see the arguments for having the smaller pod sizes, but do you ever see an issue with dice availability? I.e., if it's just a 4-person pod, you've only got 48x2=96 total dice, whereas in a six person you'd have 144 total dice. Since the 6-pod still gets to wheel at least once, does that give any advantage to them to be able to acquire more of the dice they want? Or is the difference relatively negligible.

      Or to ask a slightly different question, if this was something like a RDW and you had 10 people total, if you split it up into two 5-person pods, do you risk complaints that one pod was better than the other, and somebody missed out on their FA Magic Missile just because they were in the "wrong" pod? At our event we drafted all 10 together, which definitely removes some of the strategy of wheeling, but then everybody felt that everyone else was on equal footing.
      Well, if you use the 4+4+4+4 pack size for a 4 man pod, you get a parity between 4, 6 and 8 man pods, on quantities. With 128, 144 and 256 dice. Obviously the 8 man pod has more dice, dramatically, but the trade off is more variety and more passes at each pack. The other two stay close, and are great for mixed pod sizes. If you are sitting at 14 players, you could do 4+6+4 instead of 6+8. This gives dice pool parity, and maintains the similarity.
    1. Jeffincredible's Avatar
      Jeffincredible -
      Is it just me or does TPA not show up under Google Music anymore?
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeffincredible View Post
      Is it just me or does TPA not show up under Google Music anymore?
      Yeah, this is my fault, in the transition from RJ uploading to me uploading I havent gotten all the angles covered. Will work on getting this fixed for next episode.
    1. OddballNarwhal's Avatar
      OddballNarwhal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      Yeah, this is my fault, in the transition from RJ uploading to me uploading I havent gotten all the angles covered. Will work on getting this fixed for next episode.
      Hopefully you can also fix the content of the next episode. You are fine, but that other guy is half a maroon.