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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.


Aug
5
answered Is there any “simultaneous-turn” based game where all players play till the end of the game?
Aug
4
comment How do you make Settlers of Catan work well for 2 players? (Problems and play-tested solution described, alternatives requested)
Clever idea to start with more settlements and 9 resources with 1 turn robber delay. The worst thing that can happen in 2 player games is 7 gets rolled early and then not for a while, allowing the player who rolled a 7 to easily walz to victory. By starting with more settlements and a bunch of resources, a roll of 7 is not so devastating on turn 2.
Jul
21
comment Why it is important to make a delayed raise and not jump directly to 4-lvl? (System: simple SAYC)
You're right that there's a possibility for slam if the fit is right. If the hand had more points a splinter bid could help communicate the possibility but splinters typically require 13-16 points. I wonder if there's a better bid for a hand like that?
Jul
12
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Jul
12
answered Why it is important to make a delayed raise and not jump directly to 4-lvl? (System: simple SAYC)
Jul
2
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
7
comment Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge
As I said in my answer, I taught my son to play bridge when he was 5, and it took about a month of playing about 20-30 minutes per day (he had already learned Spades so play of hand was not too hard). If one person knows bridge at a solid beginner level, the way to teach is by playing frequently and having a lot of open hands where the bidding is explained by the one person who knows how to play. Even when you close up the hands, be open to people saying "I have no idea how to bid this hand" and lay down their cards so you can help them through the thought process.
May
24
comment Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge
First I've heard of MiniBridge but seems like a great Gateway Game to Bridge. Having had a number of negative and positive experiences trying to learn bridge, and then to teach people bridge, I'm of the mind that bidding is very hard for a beginner no matter how much you try to simplify - and quite a bit harder if the student doesn't yet understand much strategy for how to play hands. With Gateway games such as MiniBridge or Spades, you can at least learn hand play without the distraction of trying to learn a bidding system as well.
May
22
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May
22
comment Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge
I extensively revised my answer to better answer your question now that you clarified - note that this revised answer is exactly how I taught my son to play when he was 5.
May
22
revised Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge
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May
22
answered Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge
May
15
revised How can we remember to score points for claimed routes?
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May
15
answered How can we remember to score points for claimed routes?
May
9
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May
4
comment What is optimal robber placement in Settlers?
@Djaian I don't think you're the only one who thinks that way. However, despite the seemingly big luck factors in games like Settlers, Dominion, Stone Age, etc. it is interesting that the very best players win most of the time and consistently do well in tournament settings. Perhaps my favorite of all games is the card game of Bridge which is obviously a fairly deep game. That doesn't mean I can't explore Settlers to its strategic limits, which apparently I haven't yet found.
Apr
2
accepted How can I minimize Black Market set up and clean up time?