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I have a degree in Linguistics, but I work as a programmer. Most of my expertise about English is self-taught, plus lots of random trivia I've acquired here and there.

This is my favorite EL&U comment ever:

This isn't really a question about English so much as a question about hugs. Source


Aug
29
revised Using the Baron
said "discarded" rather than "traded" for exactness
Aug
29
asked Using the Baron
Aug
23
comment How can I improve my deck building skills?
I subscribed to the podcast and am enjoying it immensely. Thanks for the tip.
Aug
23
comment How can I improve my deck building skills?
@adamjford, thanks for posting the link to that article. It was extremely educational, and got me rethinking some things. The most successful deck I ever built, for example, was a black/white deck that keyed off of Pestilence and Soul Link. I had previously attributed this to the fact that I could turn Pestilence into a life gain for me, but on reflection the card advantage may be more important. Pestilence can create a persistent card advantage by wiping away small creatures repeatedly, while Soul Link neutralizes the opponent's big creatures. Food for thought.
Aug
23
accepted How can I improve my deck building skills?
Aug
19
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
18
comment How can I improve my deck building skills?
Direct damage - I've learned some grudging respect for Fireball and its ilk, but the problem for me here is that most direct damage spells or abilities deal only 1-3 points of damage. My brain looks at that and says, "Small change, no big deal." The same thing goes for drawing a card, which always seems like too small of an advantage to matter.
Aug
18
comment How can I improve my deck building skills?
Lots to chew on here. Your statement that life gain just makes you lose slower is a revelation. Additionally, I'm surprised to hear that creature buffing is considered inefficient. It's intuitively appealing to me to take a cheap 2/2 and turn it into a 6/6, even for one turn, but the fact that this can set me back in terms of card advantage is an interesting way of looking at it. Are equipments a superior form of creature buffing, then?
Aug
18
asked How can I improve my deck building skills?
Aug
5
awarded  Commentator
Aug
5
comment What happens when I sacrifice a blocking creature?
One clarification on this otherwise excellent answer: while a sacrificed creature cannot deal combat damage, it does still act as a blocker if it is sacrificed after blocking creatures are assigned. Sacrificing the blocker does not cause the attacking creature to become "unblocked" and deal its damage to the player (Exception: if the attacker has Trample, then when there is no blocker it deals all of its damage to the player, just as if it were blocked by a 0/0 creature.)
Jul
29
accepted House rules to fix LotR Risk endgame
Jul
29
accepted Why is Skullclamp banned?
Jul
29
asked Why is Skullclamp banned?
May
25
comment How can I estimate my chances to win a Risk battle?
I upvoted several answers, but I think this one actually does the best at giving a usable, memorable heuristic.
Dec
15
comment Getting started with trick-taking games (whist, euchre, bridge, pinochle, etc.)
Plus, Hearts has a surprising depth of strategy for such a simple game.
Dec
8
comment Examples of board games with good/interesting rules for trading?
I've never heard of this game, but you've really got my interest up, now.
Nov
18
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
2
comment What games are suitable for a large number of people with only a pack of playing cards?
@Chris, the first of two cards of equal value played takes the trick. There are other variations, too, which are listed in the Wikipedia article.
Nov
2
comment How can you make Twilight Imperium games not take forever?
+1. It's also really hard to find players who are willing to sit down for an 8+ hr game.