Tumblin-Dice: Hannah Nicklin vs Katie Steckles – Game On 1×02

Tumblin-Dice: Hannah Nicklin vs Katie Steckles – Game On 1×02

Welcome back to Game On, I’m Tom Scott.
I’m David Bodycombe.
Today, we have Hannah Nicklin, professional
game designer,
and Katie Steckles, mathematician,
up against each other in a game of skill.
It’s a game called Tumblin-Dice.
The idea is you have to flick the dice, you
get four each,
down the set of wooden steps there.
But the steps have got different multipliers
on there
so for example, if your dice is showing 3
and it lands on the number 4 multiplier,
then that dice is worth 12.
And it’s the highest score at the end of the
game that wins, best of two.
That’s it.
All right. And they’re playing rock-paper-scissors
to decide who kicks off.
Okay. I’ll go first.
(It’s very tense right now.)
You’re making it more tense!
(Feel the tension.)
So that’s 4 points, times 1 because it’s on
that section of the board,
that’s 4 points to Katie.
Yep. Simple as that.
I mean, it’s more likely to roll this way
than that way, so..
You’re using physics!
You’re allowed to place the dice how you like
at the top of the stairs.
The precision that’s going into this!
It’s pretty unlikely for the…
Yeah, you’re not going to be able to predict
— Jolly good ×3, that was.
— Oh man.
I sense a little bit of sarcasm coming from
the sofa there. Just a little.
— This is tense(!)
— It’s very tense.
Aww, that’s a… that’s a flaw, that is.
I mean, you’re like 4 for 4 there? You’ve
not lost any points to your previous round.
Positively thinking.
I wouldn’t have done that(!)
I wouldn’t have done that, so…
You are allowed to try and improve your dice
down the table by hitting them.
And knock your opponent’s, presumably?
Yeah, exactly. That too.
Off the chain!
I would’ve done that(!)
Apparently I’m good at this! I mean, we’ll
find out in a second.
That is amazingly difficult.
Playing it safe.
It’s not nothing. It’s not nothing. I’ll take
I mean, we tried this in rehearsals, and it’s
like —
it would just go through the gate all the
Yeah, Katie is doing about as well as I did
in rehearsals.
— What?!
— Ah, it’s only a one though.
And I was actually just trying to disrupt
one of your pieces…
When I say Hannah’s a game designer, I’m not
talking about video games
she designs physical, real-life things. So
for all I know,
dice and counters may be her…
Even so, this is amazing skill.
I’m actually left-handed, so…
Can she target Katie’s dice and just them
throw them off?
— Yeah…
— But she risks knocking them further down.
I think play something safe.
That doesn’t mean that’s where it’s going!
Based on my performance.
This is the last one of this round.
— Right.
— Played that last one safe.
All right, let’s play another.
It’s all right. It’s first to two.
So we reset, that is 1-0 to Hannah. Other
player starts first now.
Beginner’s luck! Don’t worry, I started off
good too.
Then I got donked!
Oh, she’s getting the 6s on the face side.
No. I’m putting it on the 5, so that it’ll
fall to a 6 if it comes off.
Incredibly strategic(!)
— Oh, come on!
— What?!
Yeah, basically, if you want to be good at
this game, just do that.
— Just do that.
— It’s very simple.
How is that possible?!
I’ve got a mountain to climb, guys.
I’m going to try and knock it off. That’s
what I’m going to do.
That’s… ‘cos there’s nothing in your way.
That’s my only strategy right now.
Aww. I was going to try and knock you off!
I thought that’d be, like, insult to injury
but I lost a dice there.
Has she lost it(?)
She has got 24, so she’s probably fine.
— It’s fine.
— That could’ve worked!
Well. This is interesting.
It is, isn’t it?
‘Cos now, if I get a few solid 3s…
I’m so tense!
Okay, that’s six points.
Dramatic scenes! Right. So what do I need
with this one dice?
This is impressive if I win with only one
There’s 24 there, and I’ve got 9, so I need
to score at least 24-9.
— It’s 15.
— So I need to get…
So if she can get a 5 on the 3 step, that
would at least force a tie.
I’m going for it! I’m going to go for it.
— Ooh.
— Not even close.
Play it again anyway! I’m so invested.
Such a good game.
So Hannah is straight through to the semi-final
against Steven Bridges,
it’s going to be Katie versus Emma Blackery before that though, in the first elimination match.
What’s that going to be?
It’s going to be a strategic number game called
Black Hole.
All right. That, next time, on Game On.
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94 thoughts on “Tumblin-Dice: Hannah Nicklin vs Katie Steckles – Game On 1×02”

  1. I think I need a tumblin-dice board, it looks like it ought to be a pub game, like cribbage or something?

    Also, are the headphones for you and David a stylistic choice? How far from the action were you in your commentary booth (or was it in the edit suite?)

  2. It is kind of messing with my head to have Tom, people from numberfile (etc) and Emma, casually all in the same video.

  3. loved it! how frequently are they comming out? I can already tell I want a second season. And I am chearing for the girl from numberphile, you can still do it!

  4. This is an enjoyable series, though if you do another, maybe see if one of the Shut Up and Sit Down/Cool Ghosts team is free for it. (Matt Lees or Quinns…)

  5. This looks like a really fun party board game. I imagine you could scale it up pretty well by adding more colored dice and then just watch the chaos

  6. I've already thought it during the last video, and this time I had to think it again: Emma Blackery is hot.

  7. Call me prejudice, but I assumed Hannah was the mathematician and Katie was the game designer. I stand corrected!

  8. Have you got a podium? Will there be an orchestra to play the national anthem? What about a gold medal? (Gold foil around chocolate even?)

  9. I do feel that the matchups are a little bit unfair. An illusionist slash Rock-Paper-Scissors expert versus a Youtuber at rock-paper-scissors plus, a boardgame designer against a mathmatician in a game that's all dexterity and no math…Maybe it's fun to pit these folks against each other in the field of expertise of the other two?

  10. 2:50 "I put it on the five so it will fall to a six" falls on six on the best multiplyer… I'm done …

  11. Hannah has a Phd in 'using games and theatre to destroy capitalism'? That's the best Phd I've ever heard of.

  12. I wish Tom invested his talent more in the good stuff like things you might not know or citation needed. This is mediocre at best.

  13. What do you mean it's over? I could watch this for hours! Are there videos of tournaments in this?
    I'm building one tomorrow…

  14. I'm not really sure what the point of this series is. I think it had potential, but it is severely missing a section at the end where you discuss the game theory or design of the episode.

  15. I was actually looking forward to the next one of these all week. It's been a slow week… but nice work putting this together Tom!! You've quickly moved up into my top 10 favorite channels!

  16. Where is the kickstarter for this!?

    My only addition: some pillars along the side to strategically bounce off of and also give some extra chances to prevent falls.

  17. I'm so into this game. Like, it FEELS so right, like it's been something that's existed forever. It feels like your grandpa would find this while cleaning out his attic and invite all his retired friends for some rounds

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