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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..."
Jul
8
comment Can a king capture an opposing queen?
"...meaning your nephew can take your king..." - I've never understood why chess doesn't last one move longer, with the aim being to capture the opponent's king. It would be much easier to explain that way.
Jun
20
comment Are there any reputable chess openings which begin a4, b4, g4, or h4?
I'm not quite sure where you intended White's pawn to go on the third move, but presumably not d5.
Jun
20
comment How far can a knight travel without visiting the same square twice?
Meta discussion migrated here: meta.boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/492/…
Jun
10
comment What is “Go” in cribbage?
We would say e.g. "30 for 1". We announce all counts like this (i.e. without stating what the score is for), the only difference with "go" is that we may announce the same count twice - e.g. "10", "20 for 2", "28", "29", "30 for 2", [knocks], "30 for 3".
Jun
9
comment What is “Go” in cribbage?
Actually I've always played with this rule - I've just never heard it called "Go" before.
May
27
comment Whats a good way to handle multiple players bidding when playing by email?
You can handle the blind bid without a third party if you use a cryptographic hash function (e.g. SHA-1). All players send the hash of their bid with some password (e.g. "adaf1621b49b6d32e4a66e74fc67312380d4caa6"). Once all the hashed bids are in then all players can reveal what their bid and password were (e.g. "5-Chimp"). Using a sealed bid website is probably the simplest option though!
May
20
comment Name and official (?) rules for this cards game I half remembered
I've played this game before and it was called 2s (but I'm not convinced that's the proper title). The game didn't seem to present the player with much in the way of choices, and so I got fed up with it!
May
20
comment San Juan variant to balance prices
Thanks! This is a really interesting suggestion. It looks like you can use something else as money and goods with this version? That would leave the cards free to be used as buildings.
May
12
comment What is the “En passant” rule in chess?
It's interesting to note that pawns used to be restricted to single space moves - and consequently there was no en passant rule: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pawn_%28chess%29#History
Apr
28
comment Making 6H (declarer: 54, AKQJTx, -, 98765)
+1 Very clever!
Apr
27
comment Making 6H (declarer: 54, AKQJTx, -, 98765)
I haven't done a thorough check, but I think this is impossible when W has (T9876,9873,Q932,-) and E has (QJ,-,AK87654,Q432). NS will lose to the QC at some point, and so can't afford to lose any other tricks. This means they must clear out the trumps to start with, and S is only left with one trump as a winner. Consequently N will get stuck with the lead and lose one more trick in spades or diamonds. Have I made a mistake here?
Apr
8
comment Palafico round in Perudo
This sounds like a sensible interpretation. I guess the key thing is to agree the rule clearly before the game (or even at the start of the first palafico round would be sufficient).
Mar
10
comment What are great gamer games that are still great for uncompetitive groups.
We've had plenty of arguments in Bohnanza of the kind "Why did you give that to him rather than me..." Maybe that's just us though.