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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.
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
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
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
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
Nov
29
comment System for secretly choosing between two options?
Hi ver, welcome to the site. Could you expand a bit to explain how the choices are kept secret in your idea?
Nov
23
comment Learning new Scrabble words?
+1 A great read - thanks!
Nov
13
comment Take out double at first opportunity to double?
@thesunneversets Ah, that makes more sense!
Nov
11
comment Take out double at first opportunity to double?
Also what did you have in your hand?
Nov
11
comment Take out double at first opportunity to double?
Hi Hazel - welcome to the site! Could you add a few more details, such as what system you were playing and the order of the suits in the hand you have given? (I think it's standard to give hands from spades to clubs, but that would imply weak hearts). You can copy and paste unicode suit symbols from here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode_Playing_Card
Oct
19
comment How can we use multiple Carcassonne expansions without the game taking forever?
I looked into multiplayer timers, in particular for mobile phones. What platform does your program run on, and is it available for download?
Aug
21
comment Card Games for Three Players?
When we played it we found that some positions seemed to be harder than others (5 seemed worst, and 3 best), which led to players building up an advantage and then losing it again. Also we found that it's hard to get much more than 9 or 10 tricks. This means that the rich don't often get indefinitely richer, as they can be reeled in when they're playing 8.
Jul
21
comment How does the “Special Orders” special event card work?
Thanks - this is a very helpful answer! The card came up again last night in a game with people who hadn't played before. I felt quite prepared for it!
Jul
19
comment How does the “Special Orders” special event card work?
For the Troubleshooter moving the ops expert: Does he spend the card, or just show it?
Jul
17
comment What is a good board game to use for a programming competition
I was thinking of Formula De too. I've not seen the Java implementation before though.
Jul
12
comment In Sorry, can I be forced to move out of my “safe zone”?
Also later in the same pdf "...however a pawn may move backward out of its safety zone..."