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I work on the Careers 2.0 team at Stack Overflow. In my spare time I like to build and launch high power rockets, and I am also a competition programming enthusiast.

I am married to the wonderful graphic designer Mary Paige Larsen and we live in Atlanta with our dachshund Maddy and our orange cat Abe.


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awarded  Yearling
Jan
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comment How would you “study” Risk?
Can you expand on the process for determining when to stop attacking?
Nov
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awarded  Nice Question
Nov
4
comment Games that have no element of luck.
That is also an interesting point, but slightly off the mark. I would say that being born bad at Diplomacy did involve luck, but not the game itself as a result thereof. However, the rules of Stratego involve luck in the manner I have suggested. I agree there is much skill in Stratego, so much in fact that I would consider it a game of skill, but just like poker, also a game of skill, it does involve luck due to the rules.
Nov
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awarded  Commentator
Nov
3
comment Games that have no element of luck.
Unless a proof can be formulated to show that there is some magically and always best starting state, which would result in both players knowing where every piece on the board is, then the opponents position is much like the drawing of cards, and one person will have a calculable advantage over the other player. That doesn't mean that player will always win that game, but it does inject a small element of luck into the game.
Nov
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awarded  Critic
Nov
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comment Games that have no element of luck.
That is not entirely true. The position could arise where a player has to make a choice to attack one of 2 or 3 different opponents pieces. Depending on the choice made can easily affect the outcome of the game for better or worse, with no possible way of making a better decision. There is an element of luck in any imperfect information game, although chance elements for the game force it to involve luck, not having chance does not stop it from involving luck.
Nov
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accepted How would you “study” Risk?
Oct
27
comment How would you “study” Risk?
Can you expand on the middle section, about how to actually learn from time and practice? Like for instance if I could record the moves in every game, how would I then use that information to get better? How would I develop a strategy for when to hold/turn in cards from time and practice?
Oct
27
awarded  Scholar
Oct
27
accepted In 2 player, 10 card Gin, figuring out opponents cards
Oct
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awarded  Beta
Oct
26
awarded  Student
Oct
26
asked How would you “study” Risk?
Oct
26
asked In 2 player, 10 card Gin, figuring out opponents cards
Oct
26
answered Restoring worn-out deck of cards.
Oct
20
awarded  Teacher
Oct
20
answered What are “Implied Odds” in Texas Hold'em Poker?
Oct
20
answered What are “Outs” in Texas Hold'em Poker?