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Software engineer and long-time dabbler in mathematics; 11th in the Putnams forever ago but I've long since atrophied.


Jul
3
awarded  Guru
Jun
27
asked How can I keep Magic foils flat?
Jun
20
comment How do I interrupt a loop after multiple iterations?
@SamIam That seems clear from the statement right at the start of 716.2b: 'Each other player'.
Jun
18
comment Is the four move checkmate the fastest way to win a game of chess?
Also, of course, the fastest mate for White is in 2 1/2 moves (rather than the 3 1/2 given in the opening post) by making a 'blank' move and then following this in reverse: 1. a3 f6, 2. e4 g5, 3. Qh5#.
Jun
17
revised How many completed routes is typical in Ticket To Ride (for each number of players)?
added 432 characters in body
Jun
16
answered How many completed routes is typical in Ticket To Ride (for each number of players)?
Jun
12
comment Question regarding strong 2c opening
What was your specific holding? That would be useful here.
Jun
10
comment Does an ability that increase the number of creatures affect the instant or sorcery that triggers it?
Minor nitpickery: those are rulings at the bottom of the Gatherer page, not errata (which would be changes made to a card's official Oracle text to cover unintended behavior etc.)
Jun
7
comment What chance do I have of my foil being a rare or mythic?
Anecdotally, there's roughly 1 foil rare per pack. A few comments on the thread at forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=263332 suggest that mythics are about 1::7 with rares and that the ratio rare:uncommon:common is about 1:3:5, more or less.
Jun
5
comment Implementing a map exploration mechanic cheaply
What do you mean by 'costs associated with producing such a mechanic'? It's hard to imagine a board game whose board or pieces could be printed for very much less than the cardboard components of Carcassonne (meeples are a different matter, of course) and the production values will strongly influence how your game is ultimately perceived.
Jun
4
answered Why do people refer to Blue color as “U” in Magic the Gathering?
May
30
comment Does a player with a recurring action need to remind other players each time it would take affect?
It's important to note that all of these are floor rules - they're not part of the rules of the game, but part of the tournament structure around the game. If these are games you're playing with your nephew, I would encourage you to continually remind him but also to devise some way of making sure that he remembers - for instance, putting a die on top of his library so he can't draw a card without looking around to see if there's anything that would be triggering in his upkeep.
May
29
awarded  Organizer
May
29
revised When entering Tokyo Bay, does the monster in Tokyo City take damage?
edited tags - the game is identified!
May
20
comment Does an exiled Aetherling come back into play untapped?
Note that this is still affected by effects that indicate how permanents enter the battlefield; if your opponent controls a card like Urabrask or Blind Obedience which says that 'creatures [your opponents control] enter the battlefield tapped' then Aetherling will enter play tapped when coming out of exile and not just when played from your hand.
May
6
revised In Axis and Allies, how do you choose which player plays which country?
Formatting and an order fix so the 3-player and 5-player orders match
Apr
24
reviewed Edit In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
Apr
24
revised In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
formatting / readability
Apr
16
comment Does the first spell from Possibility Storm go on the stack before being exiled?
While this looks good overall (I haven't taken a close look yet), one small catch in the first example: Reiterate will also trigger Possibility Storm, unless you happen to find it in your library from casting some other spell in response to Lightning Bolt! Increasing Vengeance (out of the GY) might be a better choice for an example...
Apr
10
awarded  Custodian