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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
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.
Jan
7
comment In the game “En Garde!” - How do optional routines work?
@TimLymington in a postal game, they might. It's a not uncommon house rule, from what I've seen. In fact, I've seen more houseruling for En Garde than for almost any single other game...
Dec
25
comment Where can I find examples of Game Mechanics?
For boardgames, not so much. For RPG design, there's RPGGeek.com and The Forge (indie-rpgs.com). And I never said it was pretty... just useful. (Tho' I have gotten used to it over the years.)
Dec
21
comment How to make Settlers of Catan less cut-throat?
@TTTPPP Yes, I meant 3rd... typo from being tired. I've never played in a group where 1:1 was the majority... but then, most of the people I've played with were also pretty cutthroat. 6th graders are the most cutthroat. But grabbing that port is VITAL to most strategies unless playing with unreasonably cooperative players. Not playing to win is cheating in the other guy's benefit
Dec
21
comment How to make Settlers of Catan less cut-throat?
@tttppp Only if you lack a port. And if you lack a port for longer than it takes to get a second settlement, you probably have bigger issues than trading.
Dec
20
comment How to make Settlers of Catan less cut-throat?
@Pureferret They will also cut the brutality. More correctly, the cutthroaters will wind up with very little trade and nerf themselves. Both speed and less visibly brutal play are outcomes of these...
Dec
19
comment Who's first in a battle in Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game (from 2010)?
Question needs clarification - there are several board games named "Civilization"... "Civilization", "Advanced Civilization", and "Sid Meiers' Civilization: the Boardgame". I presume it's SMC:TB, as the referenced mechanics don't match, but there are a number of other games that people might reference as just "Civilization"... search on BGG
Dec
13
comment Does a builder count as a follower when scoring?
Before that, even... I bought T&B before the big box was released, and the builder and pig didn't count towards victory on a given feature.
Dec
10
comment What is the best version of Settlers of Catan for a group of people who have never played before?
Keep the Robber, it's a core part of the game. Playing without the robber is a very different feel.
Dec
10
comment Does card-counting work in online Blackjack?
in python, it's one extra line. And the incentive is in mirroring the standard play. Which may be a legal requirement in some places.
Dec
10
comment Does card-counting work in online Blackjack?
That depends a Lot on how you track cards in the first place, and the programming environment.
Dec
10
comment Does card-counting work in online Blackjack?
@StevenStadnicki that depends a lot on the language used. In Python, using .shuffle .count .pop and .add methods, and a list variable per player and for the deck, it's trivial effort to program the half-the-deck accounting. <br> if (deck.count() < 27) deck = stockdeck <br> deck.shuffle()
Dec
10
comment What is the best way to print cards for my game?
Oh, one other thing: rubber cement often eats through paper after a couple years.
Dec
2
comment What is the best way to print cards for my game?
Commercial Printing on postcard stock, you're better off spending less to get more cards from a playing card POD shop. Less cost per card, less effort to make them playable.
Dec
2
comment What is the best way to print cards for my game?
@Marcelo at which point, there really is no need to paste it together.
Oct
29
comment What are the drawbacks of an automatic card shuffler?
VTC — Exact duplicate of boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/1316/…
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...
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.