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May
11
comment Would it be viable to play pandemic with an “eradicate all diseases” win condition?
Are you saying that you've played games where you managed to eradicate all four diseases? (Eradicating one isn't that surprising, maybe even two, but all of them?)
May
6
comment How can we play a shorter but satisfying game of Arkham Horror?
Great advice, thanks! Keeping mean time between "things to do" low (for each player) is important in all games, and this is an area where we definitely bog down sometimes.
Feb
3
comment How to show turn order when turn order can change during the round
This is what I was coming here to suggest. (That or dual tracks, but this seems more elegant to me.) I feel like I've seen this mechanic but I cannot remember in what game.
Jan
20
comment Is it practical for the visually-impaired to play in casinos?
@TomPanning, it depends on the card, but about two feet (a little more "obvious" cards like aces). Face cards are hardest because all you get is the text in the corner, while on other cards you can see a pattern of pips. (Sorry for the delay; I didn't get a notification for your comment.)
Jan
15
comment Is it practical for the visually-impaired to play in casinos?
The people I've played with don't mean to be mean or anything, but especially when there are a lot of cards on the table, it can be hard to track -- wait, is that available blocker card A or card B with similar colors in the art?
Jan
15
comment Is it practical for the visually-impaired to play in casinos?
This is also one of the main reasons I stopped playing M:tG (where I did actually play in a couple tournaments) -- asking to see the cards was annoying the other players. And the tables there are usually smaller than casino poker tables; on the other hand, casinos may be more interested than M:tG tournaments in helping me give them my money. :-)
Jan
15
comment Is it practical for the visually-impaired to play in casinos?
I am at a loss for how to tag this. Please help. (I just consed up "casion-games".)
Jan
10
comment What's a good way to shuffle small decks of cards?
The wash shuffle works particularly well when the shuffle is followed by each player taking cards. No need to reassemble into a deck first; just spread the cards out, move them around until well-mixed, and have players draw. This is what we do with the destination cards in Trans America at the start of each round.
Jan
8
comment Is there a strategy to choosing the card used to construct a wonder phase?
Yes, card denial is a major factor. If it would be dangerous in your neighbor's hands and you can't use it for its primary purpose, using it for your wonder is ideal.
Dec
25
comment Do “interaction” effects cause people to buy buildings in tandem in Puerto Rico?
Huh, odd -- I consider the combination of big buildings + other buildings to be a key part of strategy and I'm only a midling player.
Dec
25
comment Do “interaction” effects cause people to buy buildings in tandem in Puerto Rico?
I'm having trouble understanding the question. Are you asking if people strategize about buildings, choosing the big buildings that fit best with their other purchases?
Nov
14
comment Organizing a game night with non-gamers?
@AndyM, you don't want to require casual players to learn the rules offline (they won't go for it, and I don't blame them), but you want to optimize for effective teaching: somebody who knows how to teach should be prepared to do so, so should know the rules reasonably well.
Nov
11
comment Organizing a game night with non-gamers?
How many people are you talking about? Multiple simultaneous games versus one game at a time for the entire group has different dynamics. Also, will everybody be gaming, or are some people there just to be social (spouses/kids who tagged along, etc)?
May
22
comment What is the point in disclosure of the bidding system to opponents?
@PieterGeerkens, I'm not in a position to know. :-) (He hasn't been playing a lot lately, but I've heard some anecdotes.)
Apr
23
comment What to do in long games with players who are way behind?
@NathanKoop, Advanced Civ and 7 Ages are nice games, but plan to spend the day. :-) (For 7 Ages, I understand, plan to spend the weekend -- we've never played a full game, but there are logical places to cut it off so it still works.)
Apr
19
comment What to do in long games with players who are way behind?
@Pow-Ian, I never thought about teams. I second the suggestion to write that up as an answer, particularly if you can address how playing in a team differs from playing as an individual (other than having somebody to do something with when you fall behind :-) ).
Apr
18
comment What to do in long games with players who are way behind?
I am at a loss for how to tag this; I didn't find anything about group dynamicss, general play, etc. Help?
Feb
18
comment How exactly do cures affect future infection in Pandemic?
I don't have the rules handy here at work, but look up "eradicate". Cure + no cubes on board = eradicated, so (except with some variants in On the Brink) it can't come out again and those infection cards have no effect.
Dec
31
comment What are the rules of the game Senet?
Hello and welcome to BCG. Could you expand this answer? If that video ever gets taken down this answer won't be very helpful; we try to aim for answers that stand on their own. Links are fine, but link-only answers are kind of fragile. Thanks.
Dec
23
comment What exactly was so broken about Urza's Block?
Welcome to BCG! Can you add some specifics? Which cards are you talking about?