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Roleplayer, blogger, and full-time dad.

Started roleplaying with AD&D 1st edition and started GMing with AD&D 2nd edition. Ran D&D 3rd edition, D&D 4th edition briefly, then became a fan of indie games. Particularly fond of GMless and short-form games because they fit nicely into a busy schedule, and are very good for enticing non-gamers into the roleplaying hobby.

Running: nothing • Playing: Burning WheelScheming: Microscope+GURPSReading: GURPS 4e & Dungeon World Hack


Feb
26
comment Dice with an average roll of zero?
@JoeZeng 50d6 - 50d6 actually gets you a narrow bell with long flat tails—not a nice distribution at all. For a nice bell curve approximation you only need 2d6 - 2d6. Everyone knows that adding more dice gives a nicer bell when you're summing them, but that intuition absolutely does not hold when subtraction is involved.
Jan
9
comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
@PatLudwig I don't disagree that it's of significance here, but I do think that people who rigorously study probabilities and human behaviour are going to give better answers to a question about how to rigorously analyse game probabilities. :) This might actually have an established academic answer that stats people could just give off the tops of their heads, for all we know. Game Theory is squarely a stats subject.
Jan
9
comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
This might be better asked at Stats.SE.
Jan
4
awarded  Commentator
Dec
25
comment What exactly was so broken about Urza's Block?
This is exactly the kind of answer I was hoping to see! +1
Dec
21
comment What exactly was so broken about Urza's Block?
That would be great. An explanation of Affinity brokenness would have to at least mention the artefact lands, the Disciple, and maybe the Arcbound Ravager, or go further and explain their interactions and their enabling context. I was hoping for details like that since I too have heard about Urza's and wondered exactly what was wrong. I know why it was bad for the game, and how R&D messed up and learned a lesson, but not what it actually looked like in cards and combos.
Dec
21
comment What exactly was so broken about Urza's Block?
This is interesting, but doesn't ever answer the question. It doesn't explain what specifically caused Combo Winter, in terms of broken cards and combinations in Urza's block.
Dec
20
comment Software to search for MTG decks based on a list of cards
So both official pre-built decks and famous tournament decks? Or do you want to include decks built by Jane Average player too?
Dec
18
comment Dice with an average roll of zero?
Yup. This gives a triangular distribution rather than a bell curve approximation, but it is quick, easy to find dice for, and is close enough that it's often suggested as a drop-in replacement (using d6s) for the harder-to-acquire four Fudge dice. +1
Nov
11
comment Can Aquamoeba beat Glory Seeker with discards?
@Tass Yes, I said that. :) It is often useful to read the whole answer in order to find all the words.
Jul
14
awarded  Yearling
Sep
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
12
comment What's the fastest way to print a card game prototype?
Being cheap, it's also possible to iterate many prototypes without excessive cost. It's also quick to create a new card or replace one.
Sep
12
answered Magic: The Gathering - Can Charge Counters be put on cards that don't “use” counters themselves?
Sep
12
comment Wargame with customizable miniature stats?
Aetherverse would have been my answer: they only published rules, never models, the intention being that you'd use all your existing models. The rules are set up to give models stats that suit the model, regardless of genre. Though again, I haven't played so I can't say further.
Sep
12
comment Why does Mana-Burn exist in Magic: The Gathering?
It should be said that the rule was never "added"; it was part of the rules since Alpha until it was removed with M10.
Sep
12
awarded  Supporter
Sep
11
awarded  Teacher
Sep
11
answered Can Aquamoeba beat Glory Seeker with discards?
Jul
14
awarded  Autobiographer