I did interpret naked dice rolling incorrectly on my first read through….and then though being naked my distract my opponent long enough that I actually win a game…. only joking. Two very well thought out articles. I like the opposed rolling method, takes me back to Star Grunt (1) days….
The clever thing about the opposed dice rolls in Phil Barker’s DBA series of games is the benefit of scoring double the enemy roll (after modifiers). This makes a penalty of -1 on the enemy score worth appreciably more than a bonus of +1 on your own.
The wonderful thing about dice mechanics isn’t just the tactile nature of the dice, but the near-infinite variability one can apply to how the dice are used. Even quite simple variations – the type of dice to the number of dice, to variable modifiers, dice beating and dice matching – can be mixed and matched in straightforward and interesting ways to convey a huge range of battlefield effects, as well as injecting a necessary suspense, fog of war and narrative impact to results.