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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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comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
@tttppp You're absolutely right. An even simpler example is Rochambeau (Rock Paper Scissors). I'll figure out how to incorporate into my answer, though it may take some thinking.
Jan
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comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
Conversely, many people claim that Stone Age has a great deal of luck. My son has never won a game and I have yet to see someone who has played less than 5 games win against someone who has played more than 30 games. Could all be a statistical fluke of some sort where the noise is drowning the signal. But it does make me wonder about "games of skill are easy to detect" . . .
Jan
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comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
"knowing players perfectly, games of skill are easy to detect . . ." I was thinking about that very same methodology lately and how it doesn't seem to work. First time I played Dominion, I was one of 2 beginners against two somewhat skilled opponents. I won 1 of my first 4 games. I've seen the same thing more dramatically with my 7 year old son who, after his first 7 games, managed to catch up to his father in skill level, at least as measured by wins per game played since those 1st 7 games. Yet I keep being told over and over that Dominion is a game of great skill . . .
Jan
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answered How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
Jan
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comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
@user1873 Not following what you're trying to point out with the 3 x 3 tic-tac-toe example. This is zero luck game, as the player with perfect skill will never lose. But it is also a low skill game as it doesn't take too much study to master the strategy.
Jan
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revised How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
added "objectively" to clarify the intent of the cited study
Jan
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comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
@user1873 Is there a more rigorous way to state your claim? If so, that would be the basis for a good answer. However, if you didn't click on the link I posted about Fluxx above, I suggest you do so. The person conducting the study took a fairly clever approach to a game which has a very random feel to it: See if a purely randomized opponent would beat an opponent who follows a very small set of simple rules. He then ran a large number of simulations and found that following simple rules wins more often over randomness. I'm pretty sure you'd find the same in Texas Holde-em.
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Dec
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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
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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:
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answered In Ticket to Ride USA, does obtaining longest continuous path of routes highly correlate with winning?
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