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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


Feb
12
comment How are jokers colored in decks with more than two jokers?
@GGG since I've never seen a set of rules for ranking jokers in any game, I really think you don't need to worry about it.
Feb
12
comment How are jokers colored in decks with more than two jokers?
@GGG What game are you needing joker ordering for? The trick taking games I've encountered with wilds, 1st one played takes it. And many normal decks have two identical jokers; red/black is common, but not entirely standard. Everything else I've encountered simply requires the joker substitute for a valid card
Feb
12
comment How are jokers colored in decks with more than two jokers?
@user1873 4-joker single-decks are so bloody rare as to be next-to-impossible to buy. Special order kind of rare.
Feb
12
comment What is the best way to print cards for my game?
The pack I have to hand is 10 sheets of 10 cards each - Avery #28371, purchased at wal*mart.
Feb
11
comment How are jokers colored in decks with more than two jokers?
Jokers aren't normally differentiated by rank in the games I've seen where jokers are used.
Feb
11
comment How are jokers colored in decks with more than two jokers?
One of the two blacks was the trademark. The reds were identical.
Feb
10
comment How do I find players willing to participate in test-playing my games?
you can never "assure that they're playing correctly" in a blind test... but that's the point. What you can do in blind alpha is put a prototype in their hands with written rules, then revise those rules based upon what's going on in your own process. Alpha is usually about development; beta should be about clarity... but late alpha and early beta are practically indistinguishable... aside from the potential for major "WFT???" moments.
Feb
10
comment How do I find players willing to participate in test-playing my games?
No, it really isn't essential to be there even for alpha test. (I've done some alpha testing. You'll get to a suitable beta faster with blind alpha.)
Feb
6
comment Do physical implementations of single player board games have any advantages over their electronic counterparts?
I didn't bother reading yours. For something so simple, the wall of text is a turn off.
Feb
4
comment Information gain from discarded tiles in Mahjong
Every mah jongg book I've read, and every game I've seen played, has separate player discard lines.
Feb
4
comment How does the cost of designer board games compare to other forms of entertainment?
I don't rent movies, and I don't often buy music other than for work.
Feb
3
comment Is “meaningful decisions per hour” a good measure for how fun a game might be?
@ErikP. Making the same decisions every time is not interesting, so yes, variability is somewhat subsumed.
Feb
2
comment Is “meaningful decisions per hour” a good measure for how fun a game might be?
It's an excellent question, even if the answer is "Usually Not" because of the subjectivity involved.
Jan
26
comment Android Versions of Designer Board Games
You're unlikely to find a site with a better correlation between them. Truth is, the 'Geek works best when you subscribe to particular lists that interest you (and subscribe to nothing else), and use the new items feature. It then red-highlights new items in a geeklist for you. Parsing new stuff then is simple (unless you're red-blue colorblind).
Jan
21
comment What does it mean to be furiten?
It's not just in Riichi...
Jan
21
comment Optimal Leading Card in Cribbage
Actually, see one, play one is not so good for 6-9, as they have complements that are not evidenced. For 6,7,8,9 showing, playing the complement in reduced chance of a 15, but... no reduction in odds for the mate. And leading a 5 is a desperation move.
Jan
21
comment Optimal Leading Card in Cribbage
@izzy pretty slim, but I've seen some ugly hands happen. to have a hand of a pair in yours and a single in theirs is actually not that low. I'm to tired to do the branching probabilities, and don't know the shortcut math, but it's better than 1/5525, as that's the odds of 3 5's happening in the first 3 cards dealt...
Jan
21
comment Optimal Leading Card in Cribbage
4's and 3's are my usual lead, if I have them. Then 8's and 9's.
Jan
21
comment Is it better to try to reveal a Traitor early, or wait until later in the game?
Most traitor players tend to be "ineffective" in play, rather than outright saboteurs. We always shuffle with an extra loyal card, so we don't even know if we have a traitor in play. And the traitor can only accuse each player once... if he's accused everyone but himself and you, go ahead and ding him, because he's in a hurry to grab swords...
Jan
12
comment What aspects of a game are not protected under copyright?
Actually, fonts are copyrighted... it's just that they tend to be presumed licensed to the user. I've got several, in fact, that I can't use in commercial works without a separate (expensive) license.... And a specific combination of fonts constitutes a part of "look & feel"... which is trademarkable.