Seeing as the roots of RPGs are clearly in Wargames I just have to wonder whatever happened to CRTs (Combat Result Tables) ?
It's a fairly easy means to express of a wide range of combat results. Compare attack and defense, roll dice look the results up on the table. How much simpler could it be?
A sample CRT for melee combat:
A wide range of results, some risk to the attacker and the defender. No math to speak of beyond being able to figure out odds.
Where did these tables go?