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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...
Jul
17
comment What is a good board game to use for a programming competition
boardgamegeek.com/thread/170270/formula-de-online tells you how to get it from formulede.online.free.fr
Jul
17
comment What is a good board game to use for a programming competition
Formula De has an official Java implementation already.
Jul
17
comment What is a good board game to use for a programming competition
Diplomacy relies too much on negotiations, treaties, and other hard to implement elements, especially given the conditionals in most treaties. It wouldn't end up playing like diplomacy, even tho it might look like it, unless someone had the backing of the Jeopardy bot team...
Jul
7
comment Public knowledge in Settlers of Catan?
People can watch and see what's turned in.
Jul
6
comment Public knowledge in Settlers of Catan?
The discards, however, are required to go back to the correct piles, so the information becomes public anyway.
Jun
8
comment Cribbage score going out
Good catch, Adam. Fixing... changing the Q to a 9... slightly less likely t get a go, but I've floated a 24 for a go more often than I care to think.
Jun
7
comment Supporting Routed Units in A Game of Thrones
+1: the one time I played, all 6 players came to agreement that, by the wording of the rules, this is correct.
Jun
2
comment Recommendation for D&D players who want a faster dungeon/questing game after dinner?
Which was, still, an RPG, albeit of the hack-n-slash variety, and bordering on boardgame.
Jun
2
comment Can Russia and Japan Follow A Mutual “Hands Off” Policy In Axis and Allies?
That treaty was kept more by Apathy than by act of will... Russia really didn't have much force in the east. A&A is mildly ahistoric, as well.
Jun
2
comment Recommendation for D&D players who want a faster dungeon/questing game after dinner?
Battlelore isn't short, and isn't light. Figure 20-30 min setup, 60-120 min to play, and 10-30 min to put away. AGOT is several hours - 4-6 is common from what I've seen.
Jun
2
comment Recommendation for D&D players who want a faster dungeon/questing game after dinner?
It's also an RPG. The current version has done away with most of the boardgame elements.