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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
awarded  Editor
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
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asked How can I improve my deck building skills?
Aug
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awarded  Commentator
Aug
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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
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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
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awarded  Nice Question
Nov
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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.