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


Jan
12
answered Poker texas holdem combinations: tie or not tie?
Jan
1
comment Are tokens copying Essence of the Wild still tokens?
Note that this doesn't prima facie eliminate the possibility that the other Essences are neither tokens nor cards...
Dec
29
answered Does a winning strategy exist for Don't Break the Ice?
Dec
29
comment Does a winning strategy exist for Don't Break the Ice?
I've edited to get at what I believe the intent of the question is, based on the discussion in comments below; if I've made any mistaken assumptions in my simplification, please let me know. Thanks!
Dec
29
revised Does a winning strategy exist for Don't Break the Ice?
Clarified the (simplified) rules.
Dec
20
answered Software to search for MTG decks based on a list of cards
Dec
12
comment Tactics for Othello
More broadly, though, IIRC even limiting the number of moves available to your opponent appears to be a good heuristic - moves that have forced replies are usually better than moves that leave multiple replies. I have a conference proceedings that includes a paper on Othello AI, I'll try to take a look later and see what else it mentions heuristically (they mostly talk about their learning algorithm).
Dec
11
comment Third Hole in Cribbage Board
+1 for introducing me to some cribbage terminology I've never seen before!
Dec
5
comment What happens when I copy Precursor Golem with Rite of Replication?
wesdfgfg Not all of those golems have the 'when this comes into play, put two additional golems into play' - that's a triggered ability on the original Precursor Golem but NOT on the 'dumb' golems it makes. (And a good thing - otherwise you'd have an infinite loop!)
Dec
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
4
comment Dictionary for Scrabble that doesn't contain ridiculous words
Why is 'XI' any worse than, say, 'EM' or 'AA'? I would be willing to bet that more people know the definition of the former than either of the latter! The problem with Scrabble is that you really can't eliminate all 2-letter words because it changes the way the game plays on a fundamental level. You could play the game, but it would bear only a vague resemblance to Scrabble at that point.
Dec
4
comment Dictionary for Scrabble that doesn't contain ridiculous words
For what it's worth, many clubs allow beginners to play with club-printed lists of 2-letter words. Rather than trying to arbitrarily dictate that 'QI' is bogus but 'EM' is legit - and remember which is which! - why not have a copy of that list handy and allow it as an explicit resource?
Dec
3
answered What happens when I copy Precursor Golem with Rite of Replication?
Dec
3
comment Pros and Cons of running a deck with no 1-mana spells?
Agressive Rakdos and Gruul-style decks in RTR are also happy to play all the two-power one-drops they can get their hands on; Rakdos Cackler is excellent and Dryad Militant quite viable in that kind of deck, and I've even seen (as Steve Sadin points out) some excellent white aggro decks using Trained Caracal/Judge's Familiar and Ethereal Armor. It's not every draft format where a true aggro style is viable, but Wizards has apparently been making it more and more of an option the last few years.
Nov
29
comment Is there an unofficial term for an artifact that produces mana?
I'm less sure it refers to the Moxes (though not entirely sure it refers to Fellwar Stone either); the term seems to have primarily originated in EDH/Commander play, where moxen are outright banned. It's more likely than anything else, I suppose, to be an offshoot of 'brown' as the color of artifacts and the notion of artifacts as generically being mineral of some sort or another.
Nov
29
comment How is legality of blockers determined?
Reading this makes me wonder, geekily: is declaring blockers NP-hard?
Nov
29
answered Is there an unofficial term for an artifact that produces mana?
Nov
29
comment In Magic, when Magus of the Unseen returns an untapped artifact to its original controller, is there a delay before it becomes tapped?
Excellent answer! The only thing I'd add is the standard definition of triggered abilities so that it's clear that the 'When' clause induces one.
Nov
29
answered Pros and Cons of running a deck with no 1-mana spells?
Nov
26
comment Why creature enchantments aren't playable?
@AdamArold Read the rest of the review for Rancor - after its limited review he gives the 'real' constructed review, where it gets a 3.0 (which is about right, by comparison with the other cards in that rating and the ones above and below).