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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.


Nov
12
comment Does the “housing shortage” rule suggest that you should often refrain from buying hotels in monopoly?
@ColinD: This wasn't a "What are the rules?" question. This was a "what should I do? question. Unless we're talking about house rules, in which case the issue is, "What should the rules be?"
Nov
4
comment Did a bridge column make errors in discussing a hand?
@Aryabhata: I was taught to overtake (e.g. with the queen as East) if I have the majority of the defense's points, nine in this case. Was I taught right?
Nov
4
comment Did a bridge column make errors in discussing a hand?
@Aryabhata: I did put "some effort" into formatting the question, copying your template from a previous question. Just "failed" but certainly tried. And did not realize that East's defense was extraordinary. I guess I would have returned the 5 of clubs myself. But maybe East counted tricks and was hoping to strike a K or Q of diamonds. If West had the K instead of the Q, maybe the defense would have succeeded.
Nov
4
comment Did a bridge column make errors in discussing a hand?
But would South still make the hand if East had KQ5, or even KQ, meaning that East can win the second club, lead a diamond, and force out South's second high honor before South can clear the club suit? To me, the critical issue is the lie of the East-West clubs (which the column glossed over), not the (admittedly, but ordinarily) good play of East
Nov
3
comment Did a bridge column make errors in discussing a hand?
OK, I think I see it. (I added the part in brackets.)"South took the ace, led a trump to dummy, and returned a second club, five Jack, Queen. He ruffed the next heart, lost another club, [from hand, captured East's diamond lead with the ace], and got to dummy with a trump to pitch his Jack of diamonds on the good club." The problem was that I thought he would have to return to dummy for the third club lead, but he didn't, saving his entry. But I was thinking in terms of avoidance play, lose all club tricks to West,more urgent if West has a major tenace in diamonds, e.g. KJ over South's Qx.
Oct
22
comment What are the standard rules of etiquette for Rummy?
@ire_and_curses: The post you deleted seven hours ago (visible only to high rep users) isn't quite good enough for an answer, but appears to be link to a rummy site, and might be useful as a comment. If so, it would be a way of getting a "newbie" involved on the site.
Oct
16
comment Statistical Approach to Winning Monopoly
Here is a link to some books with such stats: amazon.com/The-Monopoly-Book-Strategy-Tactics/dp/0679202927
Oct
15
comment How to teach strategic thinking to non-gamer players?
@tttppp: Thanks for the heads up.
Oct
13
comment What are rules for an overcall that have wide acceptance?
This (very old) question of mine has been edited by "fresh eyes", who appended an "answer" in his comment, and also received an upvote. Would you consider reopening it?
Sep
30
comment What to bid in this situation (xx-Kx-AQTxx-AQxx, 1D-1S-2C-2D…)? (System: Simple SAYC)
@Aryabhata: I just deleted the second sentence, since I confused myself and others. Will you reverse the downvote?
Sep
24
comment In Settlers of Catan, is there a transition/evolution between “building” and “development” phases of the game?
"while concentrating on wood and bricks will only get you endless roads." So it is possible to concentrate too much on "building" at the expense of development.
Sep
24
comment Best game for two couples, median age 20?
I would not recommend Puerto Rico for "one time" groups like couples. (See my answer to this question.) boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/1946/… Agricola may be a better choice.
Sep
23
comment In Puerto Rico, how do you tell whether it is better to trade or to ship a good?
@That's a good point. Is that why Player 1 should choose to Captain on turn 2, to force his opponent to ship for one VP instead of trading for two coins in this strategy piece?boardgamegeek.com/thread/13812/…
Sep
23
comment In Settlers of Catan, is there a transition/evolution between “building” and “development” phases of the game?
"Spiky resource acquisition." Very good point.
Sep
22
comment In Settlers of Catan, is there a transition/evolution between “building” and “development” phases of the game?
@bengoesboom: "It should be at least 2 questions." Under other circumstances I would agree with you. But this is a comparison/contrast question of the "on one hand,...on the other hand," type. Meaning I want to see "both sides of the coin in one answer." Which you did successfully below.
Sep
22
comment In Settlers of Catan, is there a transition/evolution between “building” and “development” phases of the game?
OK, it seems as if you have a lot of settlements, you have the option of upgrading them to cities, and/or taking a lot of resources from them, but if you start by upgrading your two settlements to cities before building new settlements, that might be a self-limiting strategy.
Sep
22
comment In Puerto Rico, how do you tell whether it is better to trade or to ship a good?
@user1873: "How do I force a trade/" Maybe I was confused buy reading this strategy guide (the passage about "o captain, my captain"). boardgamegeek.com/thread/13812/… I deleted that passage. I also edited paragraph 2 to say, "unless you are a builder, the emphasis is on shipping, which generates victory points. Here, the captain is your friend." Also, the OP was trying to draw a contrast between trading and shipping, leaving building out of the equation.Between the two, shipping becomes more important than trading toward the game's end.
Sep
21
comment In Puerto Rico, how do you avoid “losing a game after having the most victory points?”
So there is no, say, 10 point minimum as in "Settlers of Catan?" Maybe that is the source of my confusion.
Sep
21
comment In Puerto Rico, how do you avoid “losing a game after having the most victory points?”
@bengoesboom: I clarified the question by changing "whether?" to "how?"
Sep
20
comment When and how do you use suit preference signals in bridge?
In this example (and mine), it was the NON-ruffing partner who used a suit preference signal, which the ruffing partner should respect, so s/he gets a second ruff and the defenders defeat the contract with two ruffs, the ace of the suit, and the side entry. Makes sense.