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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.


Oct
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
2
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.
Oct
2
revised What can I do to avoid being stuck being able to do nothing in Settlers of Catan?
clarified advantaged trades
Sep
21
awarded  Custodian
Sep
6
comment In bridge, are there some 13 point hands that should not be opened?
Standard American?
Sep
6
answered In bridge, are there some 13 point hands that should not be opened?
Aug
21
revised What is the purpose of “underruffing” in bridge?
fixed typos
Aug
9
revised Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
added 2 paragraphs of new content after more thought
Aug
9
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."
Aug
7
revised Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
another correction related to Filth, which is available with an expansion; edited body
Aug
7
accepted Are 2 2-card-swishes a valid 4-card-swish?
Aug
4
revised Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
minor clarifaction
Aug
4
revised Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
minor change to reflect that the Filth is not in the latest edition
Aug
4
answered Strategies for playing The Masochist in Cosmic Encounter?
Jul
29
revised Differences between Steam and Age of Steam?
added game tag
Jul
29
revised Removing the Luck from Stone Age
added game tag
Jul
13
answered Are 2 2-card-swishes a valid 4-card-swish?
Jul
12
revised Is it right to refrain from making a takeout double in borderline situations?
bidding tag added
Jul
12
comment Are 2 2-card-swishes a valid 4-card-swish?
I read over the rules several times and saw the video as well and ended in the same place you did. Probably yes. However, it does seem odd because it is easier to find 2+2=4 swishes than a 4 swish that can not be decomposed into 2 sets of 2. Meanwhile, the scoring treats these two situations identically.
Jul
12
comment Are 2 2-card-swishes a valid 4-card-swish?
From your reply, I'm not sure you understood my question (maybe I should take pictures of 4 cards to illustrate). Let me state it in reverse. If you have what seems to be a valid 4 card swish per the rules you've quoted, is it still valid if the 4 cards can be rearranged into 2 sets of 2 swishes?