Luck v Chance v Skill Reflection

When playing a game of any kind, whether it’s a board game, card game, or another game, there will always be different ways to win. Chance, luck, and skill in games come with many advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the type of game you are playing, there are so many different ways to win. 

The first way to win a game would be from chance. When it comes to a game that is reliant on chance, the player is strongly influenced by an outside factor such as cards or dice. Chance is completely based on probability. The games that involve chance are strongly influenced by some type of randomizing device and cannot be won with strategy. While a player may be able to make certain choices that could influence different outcomes, the outcome of the game really is down to chance. 

An example of a game that involves chance would be Can’t Stop. In this game, players are given four dice, eleven markers for players, and three neutral-colored markets. The game is played on a board that has eleven columns that represent the numbers two through twelve. With these columns, there is a different number of spaces that are equal to the probability of the player rolling that number on the two dice. An example of this would be 12 having the smallest number of spaces, three, which makes it the hardest space to roll. On the other hand, space 7 has the largest number of spaces, making it the easiest space to roll. To play this game a player rolls four dice and then divides that dice into two pairs, followed by totaling up the numbers of the pairs. An example of this would be a player rolling a one, two, three, and four and they would be able to group the dice as five and six. Next, the player will use the neutral-colored markers to mark their place on the board in the specific column that they chose. This will bring that layering closer to winning the game. While the player continues through the game they will continue to move up in the column that they have already marked until they decide to spot(Canakci). When a player decides to spot rolling in their column, another player is able to pick up their column and continue from where the other player has stopped. This game does involve some aspects of strategy as the player can decide if they would like to spot rolling, but it is really up to chance for who wins the game. This is just one example of a game involving chance. Many chance games can be seen in Casino games such as blackjack. 

Skill in games is defined as the player’s learned ability to perform an action or move with predetermined goals for the move. This is done with good execution and often takes a large amount of time and energy to learn. Games that are determined by skill are way more complex than games that require luck or chance and will normally have more rules and restrictions compared to them. Players create strategies prior to their move and try to calculate the probability of the other player making a move. There are also many different types of intelligence that players that are very skillful possess. The first type is spatial intelligence. This is the player’s ability to recognize and manipulate the patterns of wife spaces and patterns of the game. The next type of intelligence is logical-mathematical intelligence. This is the player’s ability to analyze problems logically and carry out mathematical operations to investigate the issues they might encounter during the game. Another type of intelligence would be interpersonal intelligence. This is the players’ capability to understand other players’ intentions, motivations, and desire to be able to either work or beat them. 

Chess is the best-known game that requires skill and strategy. There are many rules in chess in regards to what the different pieces can do and how they can move on the board. To be a skillful chess player, the player must be able to predict that their opponents moved ahead of time. Players need to continue to practice their skills to be able to develop the skills needed to have a great advantage over their opponent. Another game that involves skill is Cantan. The game is about managing and negotiating with other players. This game is about skill because the player needs to practice playing the game to be able to example strategies that they have created. When they start to develop the skills needed, they will be able to know how to manage their resources and how to properly negotiate with the other players. 

Lastly, games can require luck to win. Players have no effect on their luck as it can always change from game to game or during the game. There is no way to control a player’s luck or influence it, making it the most fair game in the grand scheme of things. There are many game mechanics that use luck to determine the game such as using dice, cards, or a spinning tool. When a player uses a dice that determines if they win based on the number of even numbers they get, it is truly up to luck to determine the outcome. 

There are many examples of luck-based board games. One example of this type of game would be bingo. When playing this game every player recovers a card with various numbers on it. There is a host that will draw numbers from a spinning ball holding many circular balls with numbers and letters. When a number has been selected players will check their number sheet to see if they have that number in the column of that same letter. The number that was picked was completely random, which is why this game is completely down to luck as it cannot be influenced in any way.