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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
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.
Sep
14
comment Tri-dimensional board games: How does the additional dimension extend possible player requirements & game structure?
The general question is practically unanswerable because it's too general, and not much is really done on it academically.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Aug
17
comment What are some alternatives to using dice in Settlers of Catan?
The other forms of precision dice are (1) equal volume of drilled pips (The 1 is wider and/or deeper than the pips on the 6, but the same total volume), (2) Gamescience style shallow arabic numbers on sharp edged dice, (3)partial weighted pips, where the pips are slightly weighted with a dense material to make up for the weight of the missing material for the pips. --- I've not seen 3 in MANY years, and most people accuse such dice of being unfair even if they are truly fair.
Aug
17
comment What are some alternatives to using dice in Settlers of Catan?
The event portion really changes the game on the Catan:Event Cards. Using them only for the die rolls is a far saner choice.
Aug
17
comment What is the best way to print cards for my game?
If the cards are smaller than the packing tape is wide, tape 1st, then cut, for better results.
Aug
16
comment What is the best way to print cards for my game?
Pasting to cheap decks results in shuffling damage.
Aug
12
comment Poker Texas Hold'em Sit-and-Go - Independent Chip Model (ICM)
(a * 0.5) = (A * (1/2)) =(A*1)/2= A/2
Aug
9
comment Robo Rally - Alternative rules for option cards?
I've seldom seen someone get 5 rotation cards two hands in a row.
Aug
8
comment Can a route be included in more than one destination ticket?
To put it another way: all that matters is that at the time you score the route card, your network of track connects the two cities on each card. In some versions, it's possible to have the same route multiple times; they all can use the same chunks of track. In versions with stations, the station has to be used for one specific chunk of track, but all routes can use that one track "borrowed" using the station. We place the station over it to indicate its use during the "proving" of one's tickets' completion.
Jul
17
comment What is a good board game to use for a programming competition
Just a matter of comparing the source code to eliminate that...