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A SQL Server DBA that dabbles in Python, Linux, and math. On the rare occassions I have time, I play Go.


Dec
23
awarded  Yearling
Nov
3
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
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awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
23
awarded  Yearling
Aug
30
comment How to play teaching game and give a useful review
@mafutrct Thanks for the comment, it makes sense. Like I said, it does depend on teacher and student. For me (still DDK, though a little better than when I wrote this), I find it helpful to have a full record to review, but that may readily change as I get stronger. I would also always be happy to stop if the teacher thinks it would be more productive to move to the review.
Aug
30
revised How to play teaching game and give a useful review
Cleaned up some grammar
Jul
3
comment How does one set up a 1/4 board for GO?
I preferred 9x9 when I was first starting to learn because the games were faster.
Apr
25
answered A game for two. Should I make it playable by more?
Apr
25
comment How should I approach teaching Magic:The Gathering to a new player?
Great answer, especially the word grokkable.
Apr
24
comment Game piece storage
I agree, ziplocs work for most, though I do have dedicated wooden bowls to hold my Go stones.
Apr
23
comment Lasting games in the past century
I can't answer since this is closed, but I'll say that I think Arimaa fits all the criterion. Its community isn't large yet but it is growing, has tournaments, and generally meets the other criteria. As @Pat Ludwig said, I think M:TG is the single best contender, but I think Arimaa is a good contender too.
Apr
23
comment Lasting games in the past century
The cost to play competitive MtG is moderately high, but a competitive deck is much less than a decent set of say Golf Clubs. The barrier to entry in casual games is low. For about $20 I can have two prebuilt decks that let you play and are well balanced against each other. When you are starting out and show up to events you will frequently have people just give you cards (I built up some of my collection on gifts and turned around and started giving when I got a decent sized collection.)
Apr
23
comment Lasting games in the past century
@AlexP Many serious games including poker have at least an element of randomness. I think MTG is the best answer to the question, but one major caveat is that it is designed for constant expansion and evolves very quickly. Chess, Go, etc. all evolve but slowly. Magic has seen more changes in its rules in 2012 than Chess has seen in the 1900s. But with that caveat, I think this is the answer.
Apr
18
comment How can I play games with closed information with players who cheat?
I agree talking to them is the best answer, and refuse to play if they keep cheating. I'd also emphasize not to mistake an honest mistake for cheating (and assuming a house rule is in play that isn't is a common example in Monopoloy....) There are some things you can do in a competitive game to enhance the audit trail, but they are game specific and often more trouble than its worth in a casual game.
Apr
17
answered What is the best way to learn chess strategy and tactics?
Feb
29
comment How do I deal with Enchantments while playing mono-red?
Keeping in mind that CoP's aren't in standard and often don't even make the sideboard (depending on current metagame) in other formats, I think "Kill them before it matters" Is a good strategy for red a lot of the time. And keep in mind that the metagame is often a "rock-paper-scissors" type alot. There will always be some deck where you will almost always against that deck and other decks where you would almost always win against that deck.
Feb
29
revised Why would you want to play with a deck that had 3 or more colors in it in Magic? (limited and constructed)
fixed typo
Feb
29
answered Why would you want to play with a deck that had 3 or more colors in it in Magic? (limited and constructed)
Feb
13
comment Games that have no element of luck.
It may be important to clarify that it is more complex in the computational sense. I do not think it is necessarily harder for a beginniner to learn or play than chess is.
Feb
13
comment What impact will Kickstarter have on how Designer Board Games are released?
I think kickstarter only wants people to trust them to deliver the money to the provider after the conditions are met. Beyond that, it is about trust (or not) the provider.