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Once Upon a time a magical company called MagicDollars (for the sake of brevity for the rest of the answer we will refer to this company by its stock ticker M$) and this company made the most widely used, operating system, internet browser, office productivity suite, and various other products. M$ had this great idea to just integrate all of its software so that they would all work together seamlessly. This would be great for users of this software since this would make doing things like importing a webpage in a Ward processing (because in magicland we have wards instead of words) document, seemlessly and natively.

But this would evidently make the software too good. And we cant have people getting software that is too good. Because then if another company came along with their own version of good software people will be too dumb to install and use that if they have the already integrated versions that were included. So the Neanderthal Union decreed that M$ was using its magical abilities to make things too difficult for smaller developers to create super complex applications that they must give away for free. And said you will no longer make things work together seemlessly.

And instead of extending their middle wand to the NeU and saying fine we shall no longer make software that can be used in the NeU... M$ bowed before the luddites and said ok. So now you can not rename a file from inside of your office productivity suite in Magicland.


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awarded  Autobiographer
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awarded  Yearling
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comment Is Circus Maximus solvable?
@tttppp - I guess it depends on the size of the computer. But you can obtain a relatively cheap dual core 2ghz with 4g ram and 500g hd. That would be plenty to do what this needs. My point is there is no single solution that wins every time. There are solutions that provide greater or lesser chances of winning but my guess is that until you get at least 4 or 5 rounds into it you are not going to find many solutions that actually provide a clear advantage. And even those advantages will not be unbeatable for many more rounds. A good opponent can probably draw at worst anyway.
Jan
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comment Is Circus Maximus solvable?
@tttppp - brute force would be a bad characterization of how I would solve the problem. I would create a database of all possible branches encoded to allow an indexed and aggragated search to find the highest percentage of wins. In the event of a tie go with the highest number of wins. Each round you can prune a factor of 5. The initial setup of the db may take a few hours to complete. But once complete the run-time processing needed would be very doable. That said the effort value required is far greater the reward value.
Jan
10
comment Is Circus Maximus solvable?
@user1873 - But there is no 1 set of moves that guarantees you a win regardless of what your opponent does. But yes you could have a matrix of winning moves and each round prune off those results that no longer apply. Each round would shrink the applicable moves by a factor of around 5~15
Jan
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answered Is Circus Maximus solvable?
Jan
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revised What aspects of a game are not protected under copyright?
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Jan
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comment What aspects of a game are not protected under copyright?
You can copyright the wording and the text. By open licensing you are saying its OK to redistribute and include it so long as you give credit and follow the license terms. I have edited the answer to hopefully clear up what i meant
Jan
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comment Is Circus Maximus solvable?
Do you have a link to the actual game mechanics? I found a few things on the web but it looks like it is more than the simple dynamics you have outlined.
Jan
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answered What aspects of a game are not protected under copyright?
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comment In Poker is it true that “you must give action to get action”?
If you are interested in Poker please commit to the new Poker SE Currently on Area 51
Nov
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comment What does it mean to check behind?
If you are interested in Poker please commit to the new Poker SE Currently on Area 51
Nov
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comment Why is real-money-betting necessary for poker to be fun?
If you are interested in Poker please commit to the new Poker SE Currently on Area 51. @DJClayworth - But watch how betting patterns change as the tourney approaches money bubbles. It does have a noticable effect even in smaller money tourney's but is dramatic if you watch the WSOP.
Sep
28
comment How do I deal with Enchantments while playing mono-red?
+1: COPR is the only enchantment that can resonably prevent a red deck from winning. That does not mean that a red mono deck is unbeatable just that a copr will pretty much beat one every time if you can not deal with it.
Sep
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comment How Can I Identify How To Beat My Computer At Chess?
The goal is to "Get Close To Beating My Computer At Chess?" not get better at the game. Getting better at the game can be a route to that goal but it does not have to be.
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answered How Can I Identify How To Beat My Computer At Chess?
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comment Russian Roulette Alternative?
Its called Craps...
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answered How can I improve my deck building skills?
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awarded  Critic
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revised Can the Big Blind Player Post More than the Current Big Blind?
This does not reduce the size of the pot you could win as the side pot is not yours anyway.