BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft

less info
2,356 reputation
718
bio website blueraja.com/blog
location
age
visits member for 3 years, 11 months
seen Sep 16 at 0:42

Nov
21
answered Is there a way to play the mafia party game online ?
Nov
6
comment Games that have no element of luck.
@Erik Imagine a computer which plays optimally always, and gets to choose which side to play. Is it possible to beat it? If the game we're playing is chess, or go, or some other perfect-information game, the answer is no, because there is no luck involved. In Stratego, the answer is yes - by trying different strategies, you will eventually beat it. It has nothing to do with "psychology" (we're playing a computer); it's just luck.
Oct
30
comment How much time do I get to read a card before I counter it?
In the PC game, you only get about 2 seconds to counter a spell, so he might have confused that for an official rule. However, even in the PC game, you can pause the timer if you need time to read the card.
Oct
26
awarded  Yearling
May
5
awarded  Good Answer
Oct
26
awarded  Yearling
Oct
26
comment How can I learn to play chess blindfold?
Do lots and lots and lots of chess problems :) Not only is this the fastest way to get better, but as you get to more and more difficult problems, you'll have to keep track of more and more moves in your head. Besides that, play lots of games - after so many hundred games, you get used to knowing where each of the pieces commonly moves to, and what squares it attacks from there, without even having to think about it.
Jun
15
comment Is Go played for money?
Well considering everything I know about Go in Asia comes from a cartoon, and in it there is gambling (Mitani), +1 to you
Apr
23
revised Is pawn promotion to rook or bishop something that is seen in play?
added 31 characters in body
Apr
17
comment What is the best way to learn chess strategy and tactics?
Also the tutorials in Chessmaster (which is available for Mac also) are really good - that's how I started learning however many years ago. Finally, I can't recommend chesstempo.com highly enough.
Apr
17
comment What is the best way to learn chess strategy and tactics?
See How important is memorizing chess openings in casual play? and What are good resources or techniques to improve one's offence or finishing game?. Different questions, but with pretty much the same answer.
Apr
13
comment Computer Go algorithms applied to other games?
@Neal: Of course it's still possible for humans to win Catan. Even if the computer could play absolutely perfectly, humans, even beginners, could beat it a decent percentage of the time. This is due to the large amount of chance inherent in Catan. The exact same goes for poker, bridge, cribbage, etc. The same is not true of perfect-information games like chess or go; a computer who played perfectly would always be able to guarantee a win/draw playing as the advantageous side.
Apr
13
comment Computer Go algorithms applied to other games?
...why does this answer talk so much about chess? Who said anything about chess?
Mar
30
comment Online Resources for Go Tutorials on specific topics
Note that this same advice also applies to chess, and most other strategic games: studying openings/theory is useless if you do not have the tactics to back that up.
Mar
26
answered Where to play Go online?
Mar
23
comment What is a good way to get used to counting points?
"Consider learning binary..." - You could also count using a Gray code, which is easier to count on your fingers because you only have to move one finger at a time. However, that's even more difficult to learn how to translate :P
Mar
12
comment What are the main results in game theory regarding Go?
Game theory is about applying mathematics to human decisions - it actually has little to do with board games. The results you seem to be looking for would fall under AI and combinatorics.
Feb
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
28
comment Restrictions around promoting a pawn
Related: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/6739
Feb
28
comment Restrictions around promoting a pawn
+1 In tournaments, when promoting a second queen when no second queen-piece is available, people will usually use an upside-down rook. If there are no rooks available, you might have to pause the clock and ask a referee for a spare piece. In casual play, if there's no rooks captured and I don't have an extra piece available from another set, I'll just take a penny from my pocket or something and say, "Remember, this is a queen."