VASSAL RNG (Random Number Generator) is not really a truly random # generator!
Computers don’t generate ‘true’ random numbers, simply because they are programmed machines.
Typically, the randomness is based on a mathematical formula with the thousands counter of the computer clock used as the ‘random’ value, but if you calculate the same exact time on two computers, you’ll get the same value.
Ahh but you say – This hasn’t been true for a long, long time. Just look here doubter boi : /dev/urandom for Linux, for example. Modern OSes collect entropy from keyboard clicks, mouse movements, etc.
Entropy love that shit.
ANNNND it is still a programmed random number. So there.
But do we care?
I don’t know.
Much of the science is torturous related to ‘guessing’ the random numbers. What we as gamers want is to have random numbers generated that ‘feel’ random.
VASSAL does not feel random to me. But I rolled 3 fours in a row for a game the other day with my custom sexy balanced dice….
I didn’t blink at the occurrence. Why? Because I was in control. That makes part of the experience very different for me.
Anyway, thank goodness for VASSAL it has enabled a generation to play games in a hobby that just might be dead without it.
That said just last night I pulled 4 3’s on 2d6 in a row…..I may have to insist on manual die rolls from now with real dice, when playing via skype.