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Old December 5, 2016, 18:28   #17
Ingwe Ingweron
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Originally Posted by Derakon View Post
It's a coinflip system -- the ring starts with a level-dependent bonus, and then starts flipping coins. Every time it comes up heads, the ring gets +1 and the coin is flipped again; if it comes up tails, then it stops. At 4450', I'm pretty sure you hit at or near the cap on the level-dependent bonus, which I think is +10. Which means that to get to +23 you need to pass 13 consecutive coinflips, at odds of 1 in 8192. So, pretty rare, but by no means impossible.

What would be really impressive is getting that ring at 50'.
I've quoted this before, but here it seems even more perfectly apropos:

Rosencrantz: Hmmm. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads.

[Guildenstern grabs the coin, checks both sides, then tosses it back to Rosencrantz]

Rosencrantz: Heads.

[Guildenstern pulls a coin out of his own pocket and flips it]

Rosencrantz: Bet? Heads I win?

[Guildenstern looks at coin and tosses it to Rosencrantz]

Rosencrantz: Again? Heads.

Guildenstern: Consider: One, probability is a factor which operates *within* natural forces. Two, probability is *not* operating as a factor. Three, we are now held within un-, sub- or super-natural forces. Discuss.

Rosencrantz: What?
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