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Feb
22
comment Can an optimal strategy for Roll Through the Ages be created for two player games on modern hardware?
Yep, I can believe that. I still think there's a correlation between the two measures of complexity though.
Feb
21
comment Can an optimal strategy for Roll Through the Ages be created for two player games on modern hardware?
The start of the Yahtzee paper talks about prior work detailing how to maximize the score for a single player. Do you know of any similar results for single player RttA? It seems (from playing the games) like RttA is far more complex than Yahtzee.
Feb
17
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Feb
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What should Mono-B put in sideboard against GW-Tokens?
Jan
29
answered How much should the University cost?
Jan
21
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Jan
18
revised Can a Monster carry more than one Sample at a time?
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Jan
11
comment Is Circus Maximus solvable?
@Chad I think what you're suggesting would be a very good ai opponent, but I'm not convinced that a home computer could find the best line of play (e.g. to determine if the game is first player wins or not) in (e.g.) a day of processing. I looked at this a bit, and I'm not even convinced that it's a simpler game than draughts.
Jan
11
comment Is Circus Maximus solvable?
I've just wiki'd it, and the best line for draughts has been found - it's a draw. It doesn't sound like it was an easy job to solve it though.
Jan
11
comment Is Circus Maximus solvable?
@user1873 Even with some pruning, a game with that level of branching may well be beyond brute force. Draughts (or Checkers) has a branching factor of about 10, and I don't think the lines of best play have been computed yet.
Jan
9
revised Advice for an experienced gamer who'd like to play nomic games?
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Jan
9
revised Is Starship Catan similar enough to be considered a two-player adaptation of Starfarers of Catan?
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Jan
4
answered Risk Legacy: Is it better to roll 1 or 2 defense dice when defending a bunkered location?
Jan
3
answered Risk (revised edition 2008): Is it better to roll 1 or 2 Defense dice with the Bonus Defense die Major Reward?
Dec
29
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Dec
21
comment How can I teach kids how to play Battleship?
I agree that any simple strategy is going to have a weakness, but if you're playing against someone and you know that none of their ships touch the side, then you have a big advantage. The paradox reference was that you're trying to surprise the opponent by avoiding the edge case, but if they know what you're trying to do then you have a new edge case. :-)
Dec
21
comment How can I teach kids how to play Battleship?
If you know that no ship touches the side though then they must be within a smaller rectangle. Make sure that no ship touches the side of that rectangle... It's like the surprise test paradox: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surprise_test_paradox
Dec
21
comment How to make Settlers of Catan less cut-throat?
@aramis You start with a second settlement? Do you mean a third/forth settlement? I reckon in the games I've played about 95% of the player-player trading was 1:1. Consequently I think players who repeated demanded 3:1 trades would probably just get left behind.
Dec
20
comment Is It Possible To Win 2-Player Agricola Without Taking Wood?
Is the restriction here on one player, or both? If you never take wood, is the other player allowed to save it up, and use their last action to take it? Or are you only considering games where one player always aims to take six wood with their first action by hogging the starting player token?
Dec
20
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