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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
8
revised Who wins if the game ends with one player having 6 colonies and 1 or more players with 5 colonies?
Formatting change, slightly briefer
Jan
7
accepted Who wins if the game ends with one player having 6 colonies and 1 or more players with 5 colonies?
Jan
7
answered Who wins if the game ends with one player having 6 colonies and 1 or more players with 5 colonies?
Jan
4
awarded  Yearling
Dec
31
asked Who wins if the game ends with one player having 6 colonies and 1 or more players with 5 colonies?
Dec
27
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
26
comment Which boardgames need expansion sets before they work properly?
Note that the latest (fifth!), somewhat expensive FFG version of cosmic encounters includes the rough equivalent of the base game plus expansions 1-4 (and even a little more). So variability is plentiful, which justifies the higher cost.
Dec
23
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Dec
16
awarded  Good Question
Nov
27
awarded  Good Question
Nov
25
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
23
asked What is the best starting planet in Race for the Galaxy (base set)
Nov
8
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
1
reviewed Approve Is Dimir's milling strategy viable in Gatecrash sealed deck? If not, what can they do instead?
Sep
15
answered Creative handicaps in Settlers of Catan?
Sep
9
accepted When Governor and Alchemy cards are in same game, how does gaining a card for trashed card work?
Sep
9
asked When Governor and Alchemy cards are in same game, how does gaining a card for trashed card work?
Aug
23
awarded  Necromancer
Aug
12
comment How do you make Settlers of Catan work well for 2 players? (Problems and play-tested solution described, alternatives requested)
@Tim Most times I played this was 5-10 years ago so I can't remember too well why we ended up with this precise setup. My best guess is that we found that slightly imbalanced sides made for more interesting games than perfectly balanced sides - I do remember we kept changing around the setup until we fell in love with this one. But I encourage you to experiment and report back results. I believe that the barbell shape and 3-8-11 middle was more important to making this interesting than the precise distribution of numbers on either end. And the robber equalization was even more important.
Aug
9
revised swish wiki description
added 717 characters in body