Layman's Tutorial on Dice probabilities
Copyright J.D. Neal 2008-2009All Rights Reserved
The layman's simple way of calculating the probabilities of dice rolls is to use a piece of graph paper or spreadsheet to count out the combinations, then convert them to a percentage. For example, below is1d6 + 1d8 to generate numbers from 2 to 14:
91011121314The way the grid works: You write out the possible numbers on 1d6 up top, and on 1d8 to the left, thengo through and add them up, filling in each square. When rolling 1d6 and adding it to 1d8, when youroll a 1 on both numbers, the total is 2. When you roll a 1 on 1d6 and 2 on 1d8, the total is 3. When youroll a 4 on 1d6 and a 5 on 1d8, the total is 9, and so on. Note that there are 48 combinations (which also happens to be 6 x 8). Go through and count them out:2 occurs once, 3 occurs twice, all the way up to 10 which occurs 5 times, then 11 which occurs 4 times,12 occurs 3 times, 13 occurs twice, and 14 once.