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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.


May
22
revised Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge
new 1st section added to better address the question, minor changes to 2nd section to go along with 1st
May
22
answered Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge
May
15
revised How can we remember to score points for claimed routes?
clarification (3rd bullet)
May
15
answered How can we remember to score points for claimed routes?
May
9
awarded  Nice Answer
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?
Apr
1
revised How can I minimize Black Market set up and clean up time?
title typo (forgot ?)
Apr
1
asked How can I minimize Black Market set up and clean up time?
Mar
12
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
7
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
27
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
6
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
29
comment What is a good resource to discover new games?
Agree that it's possible to find interesting comments intermixed among the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of reviews for a given game, especially ranks between 4-7. I've found it time consuming to tease out the better comments. For more popular games (anything in top 300 on BGG), there are usually many lengthy reviews from a variety of perspectives. Where it falls short is for unpopular games that have less than 5 reviews, possibly all from the same perspective of the typical "I own > 100 games including the latest shiny ones" BGG gamer.
Jan
11
accepted How to use Chapel card to its fullest potential?
Jan
10
accepted How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
Jan
9
comment How to use Chapel card to its fullest potential?
As a point of clarification, are you suggesting that you buy a Chapel and no other action cards until you have 2 silvers? You sort of implied that but I wasn't sure.
Jan
9
asked How to use Chapel card to its fullest potential?
Jan
9
comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
Stone Age is a game where numerous people who have played less than 20 games comment about how much luck it has. Yet highly skilled Stone Age players never lose to people who have played fewer than 20 times. So if you have 1000 people rating the game, only 50 of whom have achieved a high level of skill, their voices will be drowned out by the other 950 low skill players that aren't good enough to realize that the role luck plays in this game is small once you reach a certain skill level. The dice rolls and random cards/tiles ordering sure gives it the appearance of luck, though.