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Games::Dice

Module Version: 0.044
Games::Dice - Perl module to simulate die rolls

version 0.044

use Games::Dice 'roll'; $strength = roll '3d6+1'; use Games::Dice 'roll_array'; @rolls = roll_array '4d8';

Games::Dice simulates die rolls. It uses a function-oriented (not object-oriented) interface. No functions are exported by default. At present, there are two functions which are exportable: `roll`

and `roll_array`

. The latter is used internally by `roll`

, but can also be exported by itself.

The number and type of dice to roll is given in a style which should be familiar to players of popular role-playing games: *a*d*b*[+-*/b]*c*. *a* is optional and defaults to 1; it gives the number of dice to roll. *b* indicates the number of sides to each die; the most common, cube-shaped die is thus a d6. % can be used instead of 100 for *b*; hence, rolling 2d% and 2d100 is equivalent. `roll`

simulates *a* rolls of *b*-sided dice and adds together the results. The optional end, consisting of one of +-*/b and a number *c*, can modify the sum of the individual dice. +-*/ are similar in that they take the sum of the rolls and add or subtract *c*, or multiply or divide the sum by *c*. (x can also be used instead of *.) Hence, 1d6+2 gives a number in the range 3..8, and 2d4*10 gives a number in the range 20..80. (Using / truncates the result to an int after dividing.) Using b in this slot is a little different: it's short for "best" and indicates "roll a number of dice, but add together only the best few". For example, 5d6b3 rolls five six- sided dice and adds together the three best rolls. This is sometimes used, for example, in role-playing to give higher averages.

Generally, `roll`

probably provides the nicer interface, since it does the adding up itself. However, in some situations one may wish to process the individual rolls (for example, I am told that in the game Feng Shui, the number of dice to be rolled cannot be determined in advance but depends on whether any 6s were rolled); in such a case, one can use `roll_array`

to return an array of values, which can then be examined or processed in an application-dependent manner.

This having been said, comments and additions (especially if accompanied by code!) to Games::Dice are welcome. So, using the above example, if anyone wishes to contribute a function along the lines of roll_feng_shui to become part of Games::Dice (or to support any other style of die rolling), you can contribute it to the author's address, listed below.

- Philip Newton <pne@cpan.org>
- Ricardo Signes <rjbs@cpan.org>

This software is Copyright (c) 1999 by Philip Newton.

This is free software, licensed under:

The MIT (X11) License

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