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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.


Jan
28
answered What are common contracts in Catan?
Jan
26
comment Which of the 5 resources in Settlers of Catan (base version) is most important? Why?
Your answer is quite good though I would suggest one small change: brick and wood are NOT completely identical because there are 4 wood hexes and 3 brick hexes. Brick (10 dots) is more valuable than wood (13 dots) from the scarcity/trading perspective in the median scenario. Your comments about wheat are terrific, and are further bolstered when you consider having a large bunch (say, 12) identical cards in your hand and what you can do with them on your turn, with or without a 3:1 port. A reasonable argument can be made that ore is more valuable than wheat (scarcity) but I don't agree with it.
Jan
26
asked Which of the 5 resources in Settlers of Catan (base version) is most important? Why?
Jan
26
revised How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?
typos and added a link to author's post how Ely Culbertson's impact on the bridge world could be applicable today
Jan
26
suggested approved edit on How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?
Jan
26
comment How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?
Welcome to the site and thanks for your contribution from the historical perspective. I hope you contribute more to our bridge questions and answers. Stack Exchange is almost the opposite of Twitter/Facebook which discuss fleeting thoughts of the moment. Think of collaborative effort to leave behind a terrific database of reference style questions and answers. While I love the content you contributed, I think it could be even better if edited somewhat to become a little more concise in some parts, while the Ely Culbertson part is expanded, thus nudging this into a format we're all used to.
Jan
26
comment Fixing warped board pieces
I contacted Mayfair a week ago based on this advice. Didn't work. The response: "I am sorry but I cannot help you. The version you have is an older 3rd edition Seafarers expansion which has been discontinued since 2007 and I no longer have any replacement parts available."
Jan
25
comment How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?
@Aryabhata Thanks very much for your feedback, both of you. I substantially revised the question to shift the emphasis from little kids to settings for not-quite-club level of bridge play.
Jan
25
revised How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?
substantially rewrote the question to have a larger scope applicable to all ages, not just kids
Jan
25
comment How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?
@Aryabhata By too localized do you mean the mention of S.F. Bay Area or do you mean the overall scope of the question? I wasn't trying to ask about just the S.F. Bay Area but if it came across that way, I'll edit the question. As for the overall scope of question, I've run across several people during my life with an interest in playing bridge more seriously but not quite to the level of joining a duplicate club. None of us have found a way to consistently accommodate the not-quite-club level of bridge play.
Jan
25
comment Do good bridge players memorize all cards played?
@Aryabhata I hadn't noticed your comment until after I had written my answer but you'll see from my answer that I agree - better players will track both the exact cards played and their sequence for defensive signaling purposes.
Jan
25
comment How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?
@Jefromi I liked your idea so I added an extra couple sentences to the end of my question. If all the answers end up being to the more general question, then I can reword the question later.
Jan
25
revised How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?
added 326 characters in body
Jan
25
asked How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?
Jan
25
answered Do good bridge players memorize all cards played?
Jan
23
answered How should hands that are EXTREMELY strong in one suit (10+ cards) be bid?
Jan
23
revised Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?
typos, grammar
Jan
23
accepted What are the differences between the various versions of Stratego?
Jan
23
accepted Cosmic Encounter Data: Which powers are best?
Jan
23
answered Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?