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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.
Mar
9
comment What are great gamer games that are still great for uncompetitive groups.
There are some house rules that can make the game nicer still. I think the nastiest aspects of settlers are the robber and the monopoly cards.
Mar
7
comment Clarifying house rules for Monopoly
+1 Auctioning everything before the start of the game sounds like a very interesting idea. I think it might change the game significantly from Monopoly, but that might be good :-) Presumably there isn't enough money to sell all properties at their reserve price.
Mar
2
comment How do you handle two epidemics in a row in pandemic?
We would handle the epidemics separately (as in Kempeth's answer). Consequently there would be a discard pile for the second epidemic - it would consist of just the drawn city card (and unless there are some special events in play this would cause an outbreak).
Feb
26
comment What would be a good set of topics for a quiz game?
Pop culture is a very broad category and questions could come under the subject headings such as "media", "music" or "art. Home improvement sounds like what I did in CDT (craft, design and technology) lessons.
Feb
22
comment Does anyone have a way to modify Ticket to Ride to accommodate six people?
+1 Good suggestion for fixing the total number of carriages. Re. Balance issues: I would expect an extra player will make it harder to complete routes. Although I doubt this will upset the game-play vastly, it might make the game less 'satisfying'.
Feb
21
comment Surveyor's Map in Agricola Farmers of the Moor
Excellent - thank you! This is a new addition to the compendium in version 9.0 - we checked our version 8.0 copy.
Feb
17
comment How is Settlers of Catan different when playing with the 5-6 player expansion?
@Andrew However in a 5-6 player game then you can build when it's not your turn (in fact on every other player's turn). In the 3-4 player game it is reasonable to pick central hexes that cover all the resources, OR focus on one type of good and get the port for it. IMO, in the 5-6 player game the latter tactic is always trumped by the first.