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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.


14h
comment Should you overcall with a (slightly) weaker hand if it is more “disruptive?”
@PieterGeerkens: OK, changed to "should."
2d
comment Should you overcall with a (slightly) weaker hand if it is more “disruptive?”
I've kind of wondered about 2. If South opens 1 spade, and you're West (in the direct seat), you're going to open anyway. If you're East, you will need to overcall to direct the lead, but then you're in the balancing seat, where a different set of rules apply.
Jul
19
comment Should I have made a takeout double in the situation?
FWIW, the opponents' 23 points were divided something like 12 and 11, not 23-0. I think I inferred from East's pass that my partner had a few points.
Jul
15
comment How Is the Magic Core Set 2015 “Deck Builder's Toolkit” Different From Other Core Set Offerings With Respect To Cards?
Changed "inferior to" to "different from" in title. The former is subjective (and hence frowned on in this site); the latter is objective.
Jun
30
comment How high do transfer bids (to 1NT) go?
@Aryabhata: That's very good to know.
Jun
30
comment How high do transfer bids (to 1NT) go?
@TimLymington: I would consider this as a great answer, even though I technically did not ask the Texas transfer question. (But I did add a line to obliquely refer to it.) I like to wait a day or two before actually accepting this as the best answer.
Jun
19
comment For one who likes trading games like monopoly what's the closest 2-player game with similar dynamics?
I'd try Easy Money.
Jun
17
comment What games are similar to Risk?
"Are there any other board games that have similar game mechanics to Risk?" In what way? Which mechanics are of most interest to you?
Jun
17
comment For one who likes trading games like monopoly what's the closest 2-player game with similar dynamics?
This is not a true "recommendations" question. The difference is that it is a "close substitutes" question, which is much narrower. Which is why I voted to reopen. See my answer on the related meta question.
Jun
14
comment What Is the Preferred Strategy For the US in Axis and Allies? Why?
Welcome to the site. An upvote for a good answer. See my comment under Scott Mitchell's answer about "weather rules."
Jun
12
comment Has the value of a five-card suit in no trump contracts been demonstrated?
I'd say 26-27 would do if the hand was 4-4-3-2, but you need 28-29 for 4-3-3-3, and can "make do" with 24-25 and 5-3-3-2, provided that the "5" is reasonably solid.
Jun
8
comment If partner opens and I have 7 in a suit, do I go to game?
With a reasonably solid seven card diamond suit (say AQJXxxx or better), there is a real chance for "gambling" 3NT game, if opener has the other three suits stopped. And while it's more likely to happen if opener's point count is in the mid to high teens, that does not rule out it happening with a mininum.
Jun
6
comment If partner opens and I have 7 in a suit, do I go to game?
You haven't told us enough about the rest of your hand for us to give a good answer. I presume that most of your strength is in diamonds, but maybe it's not the case. For all I know, you may have something like ♠A 3 2 ♥K J 2 ♦ T 9 7 5 4 3 2 ♣ ---, in which case I might not bid diamonds, but perhaps 1NT.
May
13
comment Does something which affects “defending player” target that player?
If you have to "sacrifice," you lose the two permanents. That's because you are the "defending" (or receiving) player.
May
12
comment In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
@GendoIkari: Changed "penalty" to "measure" and explained that someone else should have the privilege of playing the card.
May
12
comment In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
Welcome to the site. An upvote for a good suggestion.
May
10
comment How to make Settlers of Catan quicker?
Here is a similar question from another game: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/4251/…
May
10
comment Hesitating as bluff
@StefanE: "Psyching" is "bluffing" in BIDDING. That much is allowed. What is not allowed is bluffing in playing, because your opponents are more likely to be confused than partner. In "psyching," your partner is also likely to be confused.
May
7
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
@NeilCoffey: POKER is played by players against each other, with the house playing a "neutral" (dealing) role. Blackjack is played by all players against the house. The house beats "most," and then throws out the one (card counter) it can't beat.
May
6
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
@NeilCoffey: What you said is basically true, except that the best players can beat the game by varying their bets at appropriate times.