I've been working on a 16-bit real-mode game for several months now, and I've had a custom random number generator written and tested for a good portion of that. It uses DOS interrupt 21h function 2Ch to return the system time as a seed for some arbitrary math operations, and the random 16-bit number is returned in AX, like so:
[code] public Random
shr dx,cl ;Move DH into DL
mov dh,cl ;Move minutes from CL to DH
mov ax,dx ;Save to AX
rcr ax,cl ;Rotate right to monkey with bits.
mul bx ;Multiply by 13h to monkey further.
I then use division to limit the range to only what I need, like pulling a random monster from a data table or rolling for attack, defense, and damage.
The problem is that when I use ranges of less than 10 I periodically get a divide overflow, with smaller ranges causing more of them. I'm using an 8-bit value in BL, but BH and DX are zeroed out so I can divide DX:AX by BX and leave the remainder in DX where it's a little more convenient.
Any ideas on how I can improve my RNG or better limit the range of numbers?