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Post  Nearco on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:14 am

So, as some of you know, I'm on a pokemon-based forum, which has most of it's focus on simulating battles, but also covers contests and random other stuff. They are currently looking at making a casino, and I've volunteered to help out with game design and dealing.

Now, since most of my experience is for you guys, this means I've had very little experience designing games with a strong random aspect, which would be expected in a casino. I still have certain objectives to keep in mind:
1) The house shouldn't be at a loss.
2) The house shouldn't have too large of a profit margin.
3) If probability works against us, there is a max expected loss over a given period.

I've added the following:
4) Games should be short
5) Games should let the player have some choice.
6) Games should have a tie-in to pokemon-based games. Preferably their casino ones.

This gives me one game, although a second is on the back-burner.

Here is the current draft of the casino's first post:

Welcome to the Casino. In this thread, a bunch of games will be offered, for the chance for you guys to win awesome prizes!!! Currently, we only have 1 game available, but this will be rectified over time.

Slot Machines
To play in the slot machines, you will need to pay 3 points. Then, you get to spin the wheel. The good news is, you can rig things in your favour. You can select a spot on each wheel, where it will stop. There is a 20% chance that it will land on the spot you specify, a 20% chance that it will land one spot previous, a 20% chance that it will land two spots previous, a 20% chance it will land one spot after, and a 20% chance it will land two spots after. The first two wheels are the same, with the layout being as follows:

Slot Number Icon | Slot Number Icon | Slot Number Icon
1 ) Seven | 10 ) Shellder | 19 ) Shellder
2 ) R | 11 ) Pikachu | 20 ) Shellder
3 ) Psyduck | 12 ) Pikachu | 21 ) Berry
4 ) Magnemite | 13 ) Magnemite | 22 ) R
5 ) Shellder | 14 ) Magnemite | 23 ) Psyduck
6 ) Berry | 15 ) Berry | 24 ) Magnemite
7 ) Psyduck | 16 ) Magnemite | 25 ) Shellder
8 ) Psyduck | 17 ) Berry |
9 ) Berry | 18 ) Shellder |

The last wheel is set out as:
Slot Number Slot Icon | Slot Number Slot Icon | Slot Number Slot Icon
1 ) Seven | 9 ) Psyduck | 17 ) Shellder
2 ) Berry | 10 ) Psyduck | 18 ) Shellder
3 ) Pikachu | 11 ) Shellder | 19 ) Shellder
4 ) Berry | 12 ) Pikachu | 20 ) Berry
5 ) Pikachu | 13 ) Pikachu | 21 ) Pikachu
6 ) Berry | 14 ) Magnemite | 22 ) Berry
7 ) R | 15 ) Magnemite | 23 ) Pikachu
8 ) Berry | 16 ) Magnemite |

So, you say you wanna play, and you want to get 15 - 16 - 15. This means that the first wheel will give you either 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17. (Magnemite, Magnemite, Berry, Magnemite or Berry). Wheel #2 will give you 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18. (Magnemite, Berry, Magnemite, Berry, Shellder) and wheel #3 will give you 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 (Pikachu, Magnemite, Magnemite, Magnemite, Shellder).

Once you've seen what you roll, the prize is paid out as follows:
Three red 7s 300 points
Three blue Rs 100 points
Three Pikachu 15 points
Three Psyduck 15 points
Three Magnemite 8 points
Three Shellder 8 points
Berry in first and second slots 4 points
Berry in the first slot only 2 points
None of the above 0 points

Taking into account that you had to pay 3 points to spin, the maximum you can get is 297 points. Worst case scenario, you lose 3 points.

DL (a mod on the other board) has asked me to playtest it, but didn't mention where. So, I'll run it here first. For simplicity, if anyone wants to give it a try, they start with 20 points. (This isn't an unreasonable amount.)

Yes, this is random, which is a no-no for games designed for you guys. But I figured you guys would enjoy giving it a playtest.

In addition to the points aspecto f the playtest, I also wanna know if it's enjoyable.


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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Leronira on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:16 am

<3 Gambling

Count me in.
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Nearco on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:16 am

Oh... and for any familiar with the voltorb flip game... hang around. That's my next project. Although a lot harder to figure out.
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Leronira on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:27 am

Oh, I get to post right away? lovely. I'll poke around a bit first with 18-18-17.
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Nearco on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:36 am

Leronira: Shellder (18) - Magnemite (16) - Shellder (18). No wins. You have 17 points remaining.


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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Xanatos on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:36 am

22-21-8
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Nearco on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:38 am

Xanatos: Berry (21) - R (22) - Psyduck (9) . You receive 2 points. 19 points remaining.
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Leronira on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:38 am

19-19-19

Go, Shellder!
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Xanatos on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:42 am

23-20-8
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Nearco on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:44 am

Leronira : Shellder (20) - Shellder (19) - Shellder (17). You win 8 points. New balance: 22.
Xanatos : R (22) - R (22) - Berry (6). 0 points. New balance: 16.
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Xanatos on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:47 am

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!

21-23-8!
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Nearco on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:56 am

Xanatos: Psyduck (23) - Psyduck (23) - Psyduck (10). You seriously win 15 points. You now seriously have 28 points. Seriously.
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Leronira on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:57 am

Hmm... I'm gonna see what the calm approach does. For playtesting, of course.

[19-19-19] 5 times.
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Xanatos on Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:08 am

woop woop, last gamble of the day:

22-23-9
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Post  Masquerade on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:19 pm

10-10-11
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Post  Dysania on Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:13 pm

15-15-15
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Nearco on Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:13 pm

Lero: Shellder - Berry - Shellder (19, 21, 17)
Shellder - Berry - Shellder (18, 17, 17)
Berry - Shellder - Shellder (21, 19, 19)
Berry - Berry - Berry (17, 21, 20)
Shellder - Shellder - Shellder (18, 19, 19)
Total payout: 12 points. New balance: 19

Xanatos: Shellder - R - Berry (19, 22, 6) No payout. New balance: 25

Masquerade: Psyduck - Berry - Shellder (8, 9, 11) No payout. New balance: 17

Dysania: Magnemite - Berry - Shellder (13, 17, 17) No payout. New balance: 17
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Post  Solarium King on Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:43 pm

19-19-1

I really don't understand how to play, but it can't be that hard right?

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Post  Xanatos on Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:09 pm

20-23-8!
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Nearco on Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:32 pm

Solarium King: Shellder ~ Berry ~ Berry (18, 17, 24) New balance: 17
Xanatos: Shellder ~ Psyduck ~ Berry (18, 23, 6) New balance: 22
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Post  Masquerade on Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:48 pm

19-19-18
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Re: Playtesting for another forum

Post  Nearco on Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:40 am

Masquerade: Shellder ~ Shellder ~ Magnemite (20, 20, 16). New Balance: 14

For those interested, the casino is up and running. Another game has been added. You can check it out here.
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