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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


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.
Nov
28
comment Initial setup for a house game
Green is often 20 rather than 25, especially in casual gaming or when chips are used for non-poker use.
Nov
28
comment Advice on acquiring / constructing Dice Towers
Could, but won't, as I've no experience with them, and so adding them would violate the basic SE guidelines on how to answer.
Aug
24
comment Looking for the name of a 2d6 game
It changes little, vsz - such games have a lot of variations, and the description in Wikipedia is one such local variation misconstrued as more widespread.
Aug
23
comment Ben and Mabel (Mable) cardgame? What's the “real” name?
Five Crowns is a 5-suit short-numbered version of contract rummy.
Aug
13
comment How long does the copyright for a game last, after it is out of print?
Patents are extremely rare for board games.
Jul
24
comment Something that only happens every X turns
I've seen it fail more often than succeed at dominion... to the point where almost everyone I see play trees their actions - when you play a village, the two resulting actions are both overlapped off that one village card.
Jun
24
comment Discarding Destination Tickets in Ticket to Ride
While User 1873 has correctly stated the official rule, in casual play, it's extremely common for players to ask for your permission to play before you've discarded. You should give this, unhesitatingly... seeing their play is usually to your advantage. If someone asks another player, you should discourage it. Not so much because it's against the rules, but because it's to the drawing person's benefit.
Jun
21
comment Counting multi-runs in cribbage
Just be prepared to break it down if your opponent fails to grok your shorthand. Double Run, Triple Run, Double-Double run, and Pair Royal (=3 of a kind) are pretty widely used, and most competent players will know what you mean by them. Most tournament players will be well more than just competent... The only one that's standard that a lot of players don't know is "his heels"... many confuse it with "his knobs"...
Jun
9
comment Ways different people enjoy board games
@thesunneversets You're still tinkering with your playstyle.
Jun
8
comment Ways different people enjoy board games
@thesunneversets that falls under tinkering.
May
25
comment Maximum attainable points for a single player in a two player game of Carcassonne
I show 10 places on here for additional farmers. More than the meeples available. 6 around big city alone. The one in the upper right corner scores two cities.
Apr
11
comment Erasable yet bold crayon for Empire Builder Games (e.g. Eurorails)?
On factory laminate, you use a damp sponge, in several passes. If you use a hot-application laminate, you leave the 1-2mm edge on the map, and can just rinse it in the shower. For an adhesive laminate, you need to either over-shoot the edges 2-3mm, or tape the edges, in order to assure water-resistance.
Mar
24
comment How do game designers come up with suggested (or minimum) age requirements for games?
No, Joe, it really doesn't. In fact, that's one of the things that, in my undergrad, we were taught to treat as a fallacy - anyone whose sources must include their bonafides in order to be credible is probably including them solely to be credible at all.
Mar
24
comment How do game designers come up with suggested (or minimum) age requirements for games?
I forgot to mention that I've playtested a bunch of stuff. Suitability for children was a common designer question.
Mar
24
comment How do game designers come up with suggested (or minimum) age requirements for games?
@joe being an educator working in elementary ed, player of many boardgames, and an amateur game designer. (My released boardgame designs are a campaign supplement to Slag!, and a Hanafuda retheme.)