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Jan
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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
reviewed Approve What's the strategic advantage of building around alternate win conditions?
Dec
20
reviewed Approve
Dec
20
comment How to make Settlers of Catan less cut-throat?
4:1 is bank rate isn't it?
Dec
20
comment What is the best strategy to avoid large farms in Carcassonne?
+1 A nice analysis of the different expansions. I would also question the river I suggestion, but the river II tends to break up the farmland more. The dragon definitely discourages/prevents early farming. It tends to migrate towards high scoring farmers, as they can't run away!
Dec
19
answered What is the best strategy to avoid large farms in Carcassonne?
Dec
19
comment What is a good opening in Blokus?
+1 Thanks for this answer. I was actually interested in the four player game, but will definitely have to try playing with two at some point!
Dec
19
revised How long will an MTG draft take with varying number of players (approximately)?
Mainly filling in omitted words
Dec
2
revised Do Race for the Galaxy expansions allow more players without changing the base game's rules?
Correcting typos
Dec
1
comment Playing Risk in an arbitrary graph
Here's an example of a non-planar graph, with negative re-enforcements for one of the 'continents': sillysoft.net/lux/maps/Nevada%20-%20Alien%20Assault
Dec
1
answered Playing Risk in an arbitrary graph