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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


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?
Oct
26
awarded  Teacher
Oct
26
answered House rules to fix LotR Risk endgame
Oct
26
comment House rules to fix LotR Risk endgame
I considered this, but doesn't that just make the problem worse? Now the last player to go knows absolutely that they won't lose any acquired gains.