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Applied statistician


Mar
11
comment What techniques do high level SET players use when looking at a layout of cards?
+1 for a suggestion to memorize the 1080 SETs. That's precious!
Jan
22
comment Best cross-country route in TTR USA?
+1 great explanation
Jan
13
comment Good tips for first-time Power Grid players?
boardgamegeek.com/thread/81071/…
Jan
13
comment Square cards larger than 70mm (2¾″)
If you cannot fit all the information in space that others found sufficient, your game is probably too complicated, and the cards try to do too much for the players to really keep in their heads.
Oct
27
revised How to teach strategic thinking to non-gamer players?
some typos fixed
Oct
27
comment How to teach strategic thinking to non-gamer players?
Have them take a class in game theory. My wife teaches game theory, and her winning percentage in our typical four-people game (two of us, plus two of our kids, or another couple) is about 40% in either Dominion, Settlers of Catan, TTR, Puerto Rico... you name it.
Oct
27
suggested suggested edit on How to teach strategic thinking to non-gamer players?
Sep
24
awarded  Editor
Sep
24
revised In Settlers of Catan, is there a transition/evolution between “building” and “development” phases of the game?
added 80 characters in body
Sep
24
answered In Settlers of Catan, is there a transition/evolution between “building” and “development” phases of the game?
Mar
21
answered What is a good way to store multiple expansions of Dominion?
Feb
18
awarded  Yearling
Feb
18
answered How exactly do cures affect future infection in Pandemic?
Jan
18
comment What are good standard tactics for Dominion?
As is often the case with a good game, there are multiple ways to win it. So one player may settle for Workshops + Gardens, and another one, for Big Money, and a third one, to Curse them with the Witch every turn. While looking at what other players are buying is certainly necessary, you don't need to copy what they do, just to be aware of what's going on.
Jan
18
comment What are good standard tactics for Dominion?
My impression is that Big Money usually works well with the basic game, but later expansions can set up combos that beat it rather easily, although they almost always require careful deck construction before they start engulfing Province + Duchy every turn.
Jan
16
answered Can I build more houses than I have the capacity to power?
Dec
31
awarded  Necromancer
Oct
7
awarded  Commentator
Oct
7
comment Kingsbridge Scarlet: trade 1 cloth for 3 VP
Thanks, sitnaltax.
Sep
25
comment Promised future trades as part of legal trades? (Solution described, alternatives/comments requested)
The version that my wife likes to play (with other folks, I don't let her do this to me is), "Look, you've got a sheep port. How about I give you seven sheep, you turn three in to the bank, and you give me two ore and a wheat back? That way, you earn an extra sheep". This does not abuse the letter of the rules, but once we get into this who's-got-the-best-port tactic, it becomes a yelling-at-each-other rather than trading-with-each-other game :(.