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I play a number of board and card games with varying degrees of skill, but using "algorithms" to avoid the most obvious mistakes. Depending on the game, if you can beat me, you are probably not a beginner, and perhaps a pretty good player.


Jul
12
comment In Broadside, what is your strategy for placing the shore guns and mines during setup?
@adam: One interesting strategy is to mix up the pieces and place them at random so that even YOU don't know where they are. The theory is that a random placement of pieces will win, because the British has the tougher time. (I remember losing one game because the British player was able to read my "body language.")
Jul
12
comment In Diplomacy, How Would England Identify Its First Target?
So Belgium "the cockpit of Europe," is the flashpoint, and either France or Germany (or both) will seek your alliance to capture it, or at least keep it out of the hands of the other. You also made an important point about talking to all six, if the Med is in England's (near) future.
Jul
11
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Jul
11
revised In Diplomacy, How Would England Identify Its First Target?
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Jul
11
asked In Diplomacy, How Would England Identify Its First Target?
Jul
8
comment Can a king capture an opposing queen?
@tttppp:That's just the convention. The game ends when the king is "hopelessly" lost, not when he is taken.
Jul
8
answered Can a king capture an opposing queen?
Jul
1
comment What Makes Buildings Valuable In Puerto Rico?
@littlebobbytables: I did not say "all," or even "most." But I think "many" (n absolute number) win that way, and perhaps "more" win the other way.
Jul
1
answered Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
Jul
1
comment What Makes Buildings Valuable In Puerto Rico?
@littlebobbytables: Source? Your own comment about the jeweler and villa, etc., which inspired this piece. I think what happened there were compounding, or "cross product" effects where the total value ((1+J)*(1+v))-1= J+v+ jv, where J is the value of the jeweler, v the value of the villa, and jv is the "cross product" effect. While either alone don't seem unreasonable, you may need a "house rule to suppress the Jv term.
Jun
30
comment In Axis and Allies, should the UK Build a factory in Australia?
streets: That's an interesting answer. A more interesting one is "why?" (If you do answer, edit your original, rather than start a new answer.
Jun
30
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Jun
29
accepted In Chess, Why Does Black Sometimes Play “Cramped” Openings?
Jun
29
revised Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
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Jun
29
revised In Seven-Wonders Can I buy resources that were built by my neighbors this turn?
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Jun
29
comment Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
In that case, maybe the time to double is when the opponents have a misfit, or for some reason can't seem to "stop" bidding.
Jun
29
revised Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
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Jun
29
comment Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
My sense is that if the opponents are bidding sensibly, they figure to either make their contract or only go down one. That's not enough of a margin to double on, unless your distribution, etc. suggests that they will go down (at least) TWO. With, say KQJT of their suit, you have three FORCED tricks, but with Jxxxx (even though it's longer), you're taking your chances.
Jun
29
asked Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
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29
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