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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
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.
Nov
2
comment What games are suitable for a large number of people with only a pack of playing cards?
@Chris: With 6+ players we always used two decks, which alleviates this problem.
Nov
2
answered What games are suitable for a large number of people with only a pack of playing cards?
Nov
1
accepted Can you build the same building more than once in Puerto Rico?
Nov
1
asked Can you build the same building more than once in Puerto Rico?
Nov
1
awarded  Critic
Oct
31
awarded  Scholar
Oct
31
accepted Is there a viable corn-only strategy for Puerto Rico?
Oct
30
asked Is there a viable corn-only strategy for Puerto Rico?