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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.


Aug
21
comment What Makes Buildings Valuable In Puerto Rico?
Some buildings help you win by ending the game before the shippers can get full value for their goods. Obstructive, but enough of a reason to use buildings.
Aug
20
comment In Puerto Rico, When should I NOT take a Quarry when I have the opportunity to?
I edited your title by adding the name of the game. It's in the tags, but probably should be in the heading as well.
Aug
20
comment Is it better to learn to play bridge by reading about it, or just playing?
@aramis: It's hard to learn a bidding system WELL. But this will get our friend started with Standard American: home.comcast.net/~kwbridge/basics.htm.
Aug
18
comment Is it better to learn to play bridge by reading about it, or just playing?
@ella evans: If you think this, or any other answer is great, you should "upvote" it. I just did.
Aug
17
comment One vs Many board games
A good example of how a "mod" worked with the community to produce a "fair" result.
Aug
17
comment One vs Many board games
voting to reopen as edited.
Aug
15
comment Can the Big Blind Player Post More than the Current Big Blind?
The debate between you and me is about raising "in" versus raising "out." I'd rather raise people "out." But $150 versus a blind of $400 won't do it.
Aug
14
comment Why is chasing the low considered a trap in Omaha Hi/Lo?
Welcome aboard with your question. An upvote to get you started.
Aug
8
comment In Poker, What is the Significance of “Betting on the Come”
Congrats on your first answer. An upvote for you.
Aug
8
comment In Bridge, Is There A Way To Shorten “Reaction Time” For “Real Time” Play
@tim: The goal of the site is to improve the quality of questions and answers. That's the purpose of downvotes. These can be removed after edits that improve the "quality."
Aug
8
comment In Bridge, Is There A Way To Shorten “Reaction Time” For “Real Time” Play
@aryabhata: Tim, will you edit your answer to conform to our new understanding? Aryabhata, would you remove your downvote if Tim edits his answer to your satisfaction.?
Aug
8
comment In Bridge, Is There A Way To Shorten “Reaction Time” For “Real Time” Play
Oddly enougn, I have more leeway in a tournament than I do with my (rather contentious) tablemates. Apparently, if I take 2-3 minutes to study a difficult hand, then play "quickly" after that (because of what I've learned) I'm ok. – Tom Au 0 secs ago edit
Aug
6
comment What Crazy Bridge Bidding Systems Actually Work In Practice?
@TimLymington: I'd welcome your comments/answers on my other bridge questions. I've asked a few.
Aug
6
comment In Bridge, Is There A Way To Shorten “Reaction Time” For “Real Time” Play
Welcome to the site. Thanks for the answer (a good one). An upvote AND an acceptance.
Aug
4
comment Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it ?
@Lo'oris: Maybe in Italy. But the questioner is not from there.
Aug
3
comment Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it ?
@Chad: Basically, the new version has to be "different" enough from the old, so they can't be confused, however defined. New "knockoffs" do expand the reach, but not infinitely. Apparently, the questioner is a foreigner who wants to create a "local" version outside the US where these issues probably don't apply. That's what I was encouraging him to do.
Jul
29
comment Why is Skullclamp banned?
It works like "Mutually assured destruction." If you can make yourself immune to MY nuclear weapons, you have a greater incentive (or lesser disincentive) to use YOURS.
Jul
25
comment In Bridge, Is There A Way To Shorten “Reaction Time” For “Real Time” Play
@dave: I take your point--up to a point. Even allowing for this fact, my guess it that it takes me more time than is "convntionally" acceptable (e.g. in tournaments). So I want to find out 1) how long is "conventionally" acceptable, and 2) how to get to this point.
Jul
22
comment Rewards and punishments for card games
Welcome to the site. An upvote for you.
Jul
19
comment In Bridge, What is the Merit of Taking a “Double” Finesse?
Putting in the T is a key point. So with AQTxx, you have the chance/option of putting in the T. Whereas you don't with AQxx.