Last night I introduced my roommate to Battletech. I’ve taught a score of people over the years and am always fascinated by how new players pick up the game, particularly ones with no war gaming experience. There’s always reoccurring habits (like using absolute range opposed to range categories for calculating to hit numbers), but it always strikes me how a first time player on their first move will inevitably begin by rolling their die. This seems like a response completely ingrained by western gaming traditions. I wonder how people who grew up with games outside of monopoly respond to these kinds of situations…