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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


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.
Aug
20
answered Why are the old Pokémon TCG sets not allowed in modern tournaments?
Aug
20
answered How is “shifting” supposed to work in Death Angel?
Aug
19
comment Has anyone heard of a rule called “19 back” for 0 point hands?
Thanks! One problem is that the rules now tend to be found by finding the various Cribbage associations, and tend to be tournament rules; variants are not nearly as easy to find documented anymore, as tournament rules are more visible, more desired, and thus ranked higher in search engines.
Aug
19
revised Has anyone heard of a rule called “19 back” for 0 point hands?
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Aug
19
answered What hand scores are impossible in Cribbage?
Aug
19
comment What hand scores are impossible in Cribbage?
In standard cribbage... several variations involve more cards. And with the caveat that you're only counting the hand, not the play phase points.
Aug
19
comment Has anyone heard of a rule called “19 back” for 0 point hands?
It's a step further...
Aug
19
answered Has anyone heard of a rule called “19 back” for 0 point hands?
Aug
19
comment Is it better to learn to play bridge by reading about it, or just playing?
Actually, for a casual player, learning any one of the standard bidding systems IS a heavy burden, let alone all of the 2-3 more common variants.