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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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awarded  Nice Question
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awarded  Popular Question
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comment Are some pieces better than others in Blokus?
I'm even more confused, then. For example, I think the "best piece" by far is the "1." The 1 should be withheld from being played until it affords you an opportunity to break out into an entirely new territory from which you would otherwise be blocked. So that's a good answer to your headline question, but not a good answer to text which asks about "which to get rid of first."
Oct
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revised Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
removed unncessary side question: "(do they still have edicts and flares?)"
Oct
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revised Are 2 2-card-swishes a valid 4-card-swish?
typos
Oct
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comment Are some pieces better than others in Blokus?
I'm wondering if might make sense to reword the question to better match the question in the longer text. Something like: Which pieces are best to play first in Blokus?
Oct
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comment In Settlers of Catan, what are ways to “hide” your strength until the end?
@thesunneversets I agree with you that sharp players will be wary of a good player holding 3 unplayed dev cards. That's why you need a big bag of tricks. Note that 3 of the items above don't involve dev cards (4 if you count the seafarers tip).
Oct
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reviewed Edit suggested edit on Database of chess games for evaluating ranking systems?
Oct
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revised Database of chess games for evaluating ranking systems?
Title improvement
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answered In Settlers of Catan, what are ways to “hide” your strength until the end?
Oct
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accepted In Ticket to Ride, how do you overcome bad initial tickets?
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awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
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comment What can I do to avoid being stuck being able to do nothing in Settlers of Catan?
+1 for pointing out something I meant to say in my own answer - but as I read through it I realized I did not make it at all obvious. So I clarified what I meant by "you can drive a harder bargain." I have sometimes received a fistfull of cards (like 3 for 1 or 5 for 2) when I'm very far behind because the person in the lead wanted to build their next city but nobody else would trade with them. Also, although this was mentioned in my answer and one other, it is so vital to coming back from behind that it's worth it's own separate answer.
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revised What can I do to avoid being stuck being able to do nothing in Settlers of Catan?
clarified advantaged trades
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awarded  Custodian
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comment In bridge, are there some 13 point hands that should not be opened?
Standard American?
Sep
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answered In bridge, are there some 13 point hands that should not be opened?
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revised What is the purpose of “underruffing” in bridge?
fixed typos
Aug
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revised Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
added 2 paragraphs of new content after more thought
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comment Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
I see several ways to use the Masochist to good effect, even if it is weak. I would get myself invited more. Why? Because everyone would understand that I'll always contribute 4 tokens. I would also abandon all my home bases as there's no reason to keep any there (since the power is retained anyway). You could almost restate this power as "you have the power to use your tokens extravagantly, and if this extravagance leads to heavy losses, your opponents will rescue your tokens from the warp to prevent you from winning."