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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


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comment How can we use multiple Carcassonne expansions without the game taking forever?
Increase in legal moves increases think time.
Mar
6
comment Strongest cribbage bots
@overprescribed It's easier to write cheat code than a fast and flexible AI.
Jan
25
comment What is this game with multiplying aliens and random weapons?
@StuartPegg time to come back and hit the Accept button!
Dec
27
comment What does “poker size cards” mean?
There are actually 3 "standard" sizes in the US: Poker (2.5" x 3.5"), Bridge (2.25" x 3.5"), and tarot (2.75" x 4.75"); a narrow tarot size is occasionally seen, about 2.25" wide. Mini can refer to a range of smaller cards: from 1.75" x 2.5" down to 1"x2".
Sep
15
comment Creative handicaps in Settlers of Catan?
@TomAu Aside from the impracticality of increasing the numbers, the intent is to handcap only the more experienced player - asymmetric restrictions. Novices play with 4 and 5, old hands with 3 and 4. Not to mention that 5 & 6 would require also increasing the number of roads.
Aug
10
comment What is the special die with pictograms in Monopoly used for?
Your old pic was better than the new pic
Aug
10
comment What is the special die with pictograms in Monopoly used for?
What are the three prictures - given the rules in Jefromi's answer, knowing the specific 3 pictures would allow the rest of us to try it.
Jul
18
comment When I put the robber on someone in Settlers of Catan, does the resource I take HAVE to be random?
@PatLudwig the FAQ is only for the latest edition, and without the latest edition's rules, it's in several cases going to violate the wording of the rules in use... without there being house rules, mind you... so the FAQ really isn't the final answer.
Jul
18
comment Too few resource cards to distribute, but only one player receiving that resource type. Do they get the cards?
Mine says player order, ending with the player who rolled the dice. Again, older edition.
Jul
12
comment Keeping track of many independent variables on a physical board?
EXTREMELY clumsy in play. It's the cumbersome in Shadows, with a d6; it's far worse with a D10 or d20, as consecutive numbers are not adjacent, except on specially made spindown d20's.
Jul
12
comment Keeping track of many independent variables on a physical board?
Use a 2.25" diameter wheel, a 1.75", and a 1.25" diameter wheel, stacked. A single shared hub runs through the center of all three and down into the board. Put the arrow pointing to the selection in the corner of the 2.25" square...
Jul
11
comment Is a deck with extra aces more beneficial to a dealer, or a player?
Yep, probably should... but the principle is adequately enough shown, and the reciprocal form (Face first, then ace) is the same odds. The important factor is that any increase in player chances of Blackjack hurt the house far worse than help the house, because a player blackjack usually pays without even showing the dealer's hand.
Jun
21
comment When can I discard the Death Creeper Card?
the second sentence of the card gives when; it's easier to see if the sentence is paraphrased: Anytime this card stands alone, you may discard it. The anytime is part of when...
Jun
12
comment Implementing a map exploration mechanic cheaply
Square cards are rotatable to 4 positions, while rectagular are 2 positions. So yes, it IS a drawback.
May
24
comment Is it possible for players to gain an advantage from colluding in blackjack?
Because of the common use of a shoe, many Blackjack tables, several hands are not independent. Only when the deal is from a freshly shuffled deck is the hand independent of the prior hand.
Jan
29
comment Cargo Noir: How to prevent Macao Black Market from going stale
@E_L having about 20 plays under my belt, I can say, you are dead wrong in how to win. The value of a 5 set (25) is well more than the value of two 3-tile sets (2x3=9), and going for the 5-7 range is often worth sacrificing a tile or two to take an extra turn and get the extras. Your math is fatally flawed, and you just don't see it.
Jan
17
comment How does the cost of designer board games compare to other forms of entertainment?
You never get hours back on any play... time is a one way road.
Dec
17
comment Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it ?
@Joe it's also worth noting that some US states have additional IP law, such as Texas' "Trade Secret Law" (actually a collection of favorable decisions in case law, not statute nor regulation). Canada, the UK, Australia, all differ. France goes well beyond them.
Dec
8
comment What games are similar to Risk?
@RaYell There are at least 4 different Shogun games - The one published by Queen Games looks like risk with cubes, but is a civ-game in play. The Milton-bradley one, renamed Samurai Swords, uses d10's and is really an Axis and Allies variant more than a risk variant. Neither of which is the same as Shogun: Total War.
Dec
8
comment How can I compete against the unit armies tactic in Risk?
Often not practical.