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I like a wide variety of games. My favorite is the card game of Bridge. In recent years I find myself far more often playing Settlers of Catan, and, lately, Ticket to Ride. I played a lot of Cosmic Encounter (EON Games version), Stratego, and Risk as a kid.


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revised What are good placement strategies for Stratego?
clarified reference to best pieces (differs in original and newer versions)
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awarded  Good Answer
May
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comment What is the best starting planet in Race for the Galaxy (base set)
I saw stats somewhere that showed New Earth having a hard time when expansion sets are included, and that accords with the games I play. But I don't have the stats to prove it. Alpha Centauri and ELC seem to win most often in my games though I don't really new which is better between the two.
May
23
comment Does Monopoly involve skill to a considerable degree?
@thumbtackthief With no house rules, Monopoly will last several hours if there is little or no trading and no player achieves a Monopoly. I have seen such games, especially when 1 or more players are greatly feared for their trading prowess. Other players embargo or trade very cautiously and infrequently.
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Famous Question
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Feb
13
comment Does Monopoly involve skill to a considerable degree?
Reading through my own answer, it occurs to me that I would win more Monopoly games by pretending to have less skill than I do. For example I could say silly sounding things like "my favorite color has been blue all my life so I really like the blues . . . can I trade you . . . ." If I could make it look like I was stumbling my way to victory despite my seeming lack of skill, perhaps I could go many more games before getting embargoed.
Feb
13
revised Does Monopoly involve skill to a considerable degree?
overhauled answer to make up for overly brief question and respond to comments and other answers
Feb
9
comment Does Monopoly involve skill to a considerable degree?
Despite having acquired some skill in the game, I don't like to play Monopoly because the part that involves great skill and has a large influence on the game outcome - trading - only comes up just a few times in a several hour game.
Feb
7
comment Does Monopoly involve skill to a considerable degree?
This is a good question that should not be closed. I have heard the question several times in my life. In one case, I proved my answer that Monopoly has skill by playing a game with fresh opponents and winning handily, using skill. In my experience, most beginners greatly underestimate the importance of and skill required in trading. I answered the question to describe this important and complex skill and what goes into acquiring and mastering it.
Feb
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revised Does Monopoly involve skill to a considerable degree?
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answered Does Monopoly involve skill to a considerable degree?
Jan
23
revised Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
added additional content, mostly related to tech cards
Jan
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