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SCAer, lifelong gamer.

Administrator for the Citizens of the Imperium boards for the Traveller Science-Fiction RPG at http://TravellerRPG.com


Oct
20
comment When should I take a curse in response to Torturer?
One nastiness I've seen done is to remodel curses into coppers...
Oct
19
answered Why is 20 the starting life total for Magic the Gathering? How would the game be different if this number was changed?
Oct
19
answered How can we use multiple Carcassonne expansions without the game taking forever?
Oct
18
answered Dominion - Saboteur use
Oct
9
answered Maxing out your buys in early Dominion
Sep
29
comment Do I have to tell the other players how much money I have?
One should note also that all transactions are public knowledge; anyone paying close enough attention can track exactly how much you have.
Sep
16
comment Tri-dimensional board games: How does the additional dimension extend possible player requirements & game structure?
Star Trek chess is actually fairly symmetric along one axis. It just doesn't look it. The few times I've played, we just both sat to the sides; one's playing upwards, the other downwards, but it's easiest to see moves from above and to the sides.
Sep
14
comment Tri-dimensional board games: How does the additional dimension extend possible player requirements & game structure?
The general question is practically unanswerable because it's too general, and not much is really done on it academically.
Sep
13
answered Tri-dimensional board games: How does the additional dimension extend possible player requirements & game structure?
Sep
10
answered What's the fastest way to print a card game prototype?
Sep
7
comment What is the largest amount of pebbles in mancala to win with?
Is your board O::::::O shaped? if so, do you sow to the large ones on the end as you go around? If so, and the pit you collect to and score is the one you sow to first, then it's not possible to capture all stones yourself, as your opponent must sow to it for you to hit an empty on their side that captures from pits 1-4 of your side. I've never played the capture opposite on last stone in empty pit variants, but the issue is that you can't capture them all before he has to drop one... If they play pit 8, that sows 9-12, leaves 8 open. Then 7, sows 8-11. then 8 again, sows 9, next hits capture.
Sep
6
answered What is the largest amount of pebbles in mancala to win with?
Sep
6
answered Which famous (board) games are unlicenced and royalty free?
Sep
6
answered What is the best method to make new Settlers like tiles
Aug
29
comment If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
Simulators usually fail to include the effect of psychology on decision making. The early province tends to add pressure to the other players. There's a reason it's often referred to as starting the race. Once people have provinces in deck, the way people play changes.
Aug
28
comment If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
@philosophyguy No, but plenty of silver also works, as does silver with any of the cards reducing costs. If I have a deck rich enough in silver to be getting a province, I'm NOT going to buy a gold; it's not worth it.
Aug
28
comment If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
True, but if you've got the density to buy a province, odds are it's aready got gold, or a lot of silver. The dukes/Duchies issue also needs to be remembered to be balanced out, or close to it, but that's totally tangential to "Buy Gold vs Buy Province."
Aug
27
answered If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
Aug
26
answered Space Hulk: Death Angel - playing a 'multi-player' game solo
Aug
21
comment Why are the old Pokémon TCG sets not allowed in modern tournaments?
The parity aspect is solved by not allowing sub-par nor super-par older cards in. Since everyone has access to the last couple sets, the old guard can buy new ones, and the new guard are not facing ancient decks with now-known-to-be-overpowered cards (MTG's Lich, anyone?). Further, most players have had only a year or two to learn the dirty secrets of the sets. Therefore everyone is roughly given equal chances. The ultimate expression of this is the sealed deck tourney: old and new alike are given a sealed deck, and a couple boosters, as part of their entry fee… and must play with those alone.