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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.


Dec
23
comment What is a good resource to discover new games?
There are 2 sections of reviews at BGG. The section that has thousands of reviews are generally a numerical ranking combined with just a few words which may be more of a personal note than a real review. However, there is another much better review section where I have found terrific information. To get there: Go to an individual game page. Scroll down to the Forums panel. Click on Reviews. Click on one of the reviews that has a high number by it. If you want to read more reviews after this one, don't hit back key on your browser - click "Reviews" link right about the Subject line.
Dec
23
comment What is a good resource to discover new games?
When VolcanoLotus first gave this answer, that was my first introduction to BGG. While it is indeed a tremendous repository of game information, and has many different ways games can be recommended, there are a couple of things newbies should be aware of. (1) Very complex interface and steep initial learning curve. (2) Game rankings reflect a bias for a certain sort of gamer that is most attracted to a site like this. To get the most out of the site in terms of recommendations, read next comment:
Nov
10
answered In Ticket to Ride USA, does obtaining longest continuous path of routes highly correlate with winning?
Nov
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awarded  Nice Question
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awarded  Nice Question
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awarded  Nice Question
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awarded  Nice Question
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awarded  Popular Question
Oct
26
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
26
revised Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
removed unncessary side question: "(do they still have edicts and flares?)"
Oct
26
revised Are 2 2-card-swishes a valid 4-card-swish?
typos
Oct
25
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
10
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
10
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Database of chess games for evaluating ranking systems?
Oct
10
revised Database of chess games for evaluating ranking systems?
Title improvement
Oct
9
answered In Settlers of Catan, what are ways to “hide” your strength until the end?
Oct
3
accepted In Ticket to Ride, how do you overcome bad initial tickets?