Something I've been running into a lot lately while playing Blood Bowl, both on Cyanide and on FumBBL, is people getting really bitter at the dice. They'll fail at something they think should have succeeded, or I'll succeed at something they think should have failed. But instead of remembering this is a game with small numbers of dice, or buckling down and trying to push through, they'll start complaining about how lucky I am. In some of these cases the dice were actually pretty skewed in my favour (we run a program on Cyanide at least that lets us parse the log after a game to see what was actually rolled over the game) but in many cases things just worked out in a reasonable manner.
I never know how to respond. Nevermind the fact that I can't really tell if I'm lucky or not on the fly, and that I'll have a natural tendency to defend myself from an incoming attack regardless of validity... If I could establish that the dice have come out in my favour what should I do? Apologize for getting lucky? Throw the ball on the ground to make it fair? If I knew the dice were 'fair' what should I do? Argue back about it? Ignore the complaints and hope they stop? What about if the actual situation is that they're getting lucky but just playing terribly? Should I point that out? I don't know how I should react even if I knew what the situation really is so it's really hard to know what to do when I don't know where we stand!
I've tried pushing back by pointing out good rolls they've had, or bad rolls I've had. I've tried completely ignoring the comments. I've tried being snooty and throwing their comments back in their face. (Which resulted in a chat session on FumBBL that escalated pretty badly. He spent 45 minutes insulting me, I spent 45 minutes responding to every line with 'Diced!'.) I've tried trying to diffuse the situation with self-deprecation. "Better Lucky Than Good!" None of it seems to make my opponent stop whining, and I always end up having less fun as a result.
I understand getting frustrated when you think the dice are going against you. I understand getting frustrated when you make a mistake and it costs you. I don't understand what complaining about the dice to me is going to accomplish. I don't understand how I'm supposed to respond.
Maybe I need to find a way to change the way I view the complaints. To me, when my opponent complains about the dice and how lucky I am to be winning I interpret that as them saying that with fair dice they'd be beating me. That once we take luck out of the equation they'd be beating me because they're better than I am. And maybe they are. I'm not yet good enough at the game to be able to say for sure one way or the other.
I do feel like I've been doing a pretty good job, especially with my Skaven team, of putting my opponent into bad situations. People keep making multiple one-die blocks and extra dodges against me. I give my opponent the rope to hang themselves with turnover prone actions, my opponents take the chances, and sometimes they fail. And then Skaven are so fast that I'm in a much better position to take advantage of a turnover than most teams are. On the flip side, I think I've gotten better at planning out my actions to make sure that when I do make a turnover (and I do make plenty of them, despite being 'lucky') they aren't as dangerous. These probably combine to make it feel to my opponents like I'm getting lucky (when their dice fail they get seriously punished) and making it less likely they feel like I'm getting unlucky (when my dice fail it isn't so bad).
Or maybe I need to start taking glee in getting called lucky? I'm going to feel sad when I feel I'm unlucky so letting myself feel bad when I get lucky is just making every state a bad one. Though I am also working on feeling less bad when I feel unlucky, too!