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Mar
26
comment When “an opponent” has to do something in a multiplayer game, who does it?
I've always found the political aspect to be the best part of multiplayer magic. If it's just for the interaction, there's better interaction in cube where the format is carefully crafted for fun gameplay, not infinite win combos. If these friends are in kahoots, either it's fun or it's not, but they have plenty of ways to interact without Fact or Fiction.
Mar
23
comment What's the best strategy to win a tic-tac-toe variant on a 5x5-board?
@murgatroid99 I'm not sure that's true because the victory conditions are different for the two players.
Mar
12
comment What should I know before my first MTG draft?
@Cronax They'd have to pry them out of my cold dead hands. Picking or passing an off color pack 3 rare that's loaded with value but not helpful to your deck is an important part of drafting, imo. Usually I pass because I thought I had a winning deck if I picked a solid uncommon or common for my deck. Every once in a while, I'm just like wow I failed this draft, better minimize my losses. ^.^
Mar
6
comment Resolving an ambiguous game state caused by mixing restricted mana
Okay, how to rephrase my comment: Your title doesn't match your question. You want to resolve an ambiguous game state caused by a failure to declare game actions. That's the cause. The mixing restricted mana isn't the cause. It's the old "guns don't kill people, people kill people".
Mar
5
comment Resolving an ambiguous game state caused by mixing restricted mana
It's only ambiguous if you don't do proper bookkeeping. =)
Mar
4
comment Why is 20 the starting life total for Magic the Gathering? How would the game be different if this number was changed?
Wow, you're right. It IS possible for Lava Axe to be a worse card. :)
Mar
4
comment Why are there multiple version of Magic The Gathering Game on Steam?
There are some older sets that have never been released on MTGO. Only recently was the power nine available, but not via Alpha, rather through a special set called Vintage Masters. As per MTGSalv, "All cards from core sets after 7th Edition and expansions after Mirage are fully featured in Magic Online (This included cards in Reserved List, as the reprint policy does not apply in non-paper medium). For cards prior than that and some non-regular sets after Magic Online's launch (like Conspiracy), they are featured in Magic Online exclusive sets instead."
Feb
26
comment Why is this NOT joseki?
I thought the whole idea behind joseki was that they've been studied and considered to be the best option at that point. If a different move for a given position provided a better "return on investment" wouldn't it be the joseki move instead?
Feb
19
comment Does the longest road need to have settlements/cities at endpoints?
Key to this is the definition of an intersection. It's the intersection of the hex pieces, not the intersection of the road with something else.
Feb
19
comment Is 5 a maximum number of buildings in Stone Age?
That paragraph reads something like "This is the authoritative way to do it. Actually, **** it, just put them wherever. I'm not a cop."
Feb
6
comment When does Chief of the Edge die?
How does the Chief die? Is it as a result of combat damage? Or are you doing something like Lightning Strike to kill it during your Declare Blockers step? Also is First Strike involved in any way?
Jan
30
comment Strategy for Yahtzee
My first thought was the game that is superior to Yahtzee in exactly four hundred billion different ways, Kizmet.
Jan
29
comment Am I obligated to identify cards owned by an opponent?
I don't think that's the reason: I think it's just the persona he uses to answer questions. The name of the blog is even "Snarkham Asylum".
Jan
28
comment Am I obligated to identify cards owned by an opponent?
No, I'm saying that even though he has to shuffle them, he still must make the ownership of the cards identifyable regardless of the shuffle. If I took ten of your cards and ten of my cards and shuffled them together, I would need to be able to say which ten were mine and which ten were yours at all times. Or rather, at all "times" (individual game states.) In this case it's not ten and ten, it's one and one. They still get "shuffled" (although keen players may agree to skip the useless "shuffle" as a shortcut.)
Jan
28
comment Am I obligated to identify cards owned by an opponent?
He doesn't need to. He knows which card came from the library (and that gets some kind of denotation as being his) and which card came from the battlefield (which he knows is the Infiltrator belonging to his opponent).
Jan
28
comment Am I obligated to identify cards owned by an opponent?
@GendoIkari But it is true, because all players have an obligation to maintain that information at all "times". It might get lost to some players in the midst of a a shuffle, but as soon as that shuffle is over, he had better have a way to differentiate them or he is committing a violation exactly the same as if he failed to reveal his life total.
Jan
28
comment Am I obligated to identify cards owned by an opponent?
@Rainbolt yes, I definitely do: "object owner" falls in the same category as tapped permanent, controller, and attached aura, all of which are explicitly listed as free information. I agree that this is an unusual case, but the evidence is clearly pointing toward the conclusions in the answer.
Jan
28
comment Am I obligated to identify cards owned by an opponent?
Listed under free information is The physical status (tapped/flipped/unattached/phased) and current zone of any object. Compare this to the definition of "Characteristics", An object’s characteristics are name, mana cost, color, color indicator, card type, subtype, supertype, rules text, abilities, power, toughness, loyalty, hand modifier, and life modifier. (...) Any other information about an object isn’t a characteristic. For example, characteristics don’t include whether a permanent is tapped, a spell’s target, an object’s owner or controller, what an Aura enchants, and so on.
Jan
28
comment Am I obligated to identify cards owned by an opponent?
Of course they wouldn't: 716.1: The rules for taking shortcuts are largely unformalized. As long as each player in the game understands the intent of each other player, any shortcut system they use is acceptable. Both players know the outcome of shuffling a 0 or 1 card deck, or a pile of 2 distinguishable cards, and therefore would have no problem "skipping the shuffle". The game doesn't skip the shuffle though, and that's the only thing we care about.
Jan
28
comment Am I obligated to identify cards owned by an opponent?
@Jefromi If what you say is true, then no player could shuffle a 1 or 0 card deck, but clearly we know they can. Regardless, it still works: no player knows their order during the shuffling process - immediately after the shuffling process, however, all public information just as public as it was before.