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Oct
9
revised When should I get rid of the queen of spades in Hearts?
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Oct
9
answered When should I get rid of the queen of spades in Hearts?
Oct
9
answered How to force the opponent to take the x squares?
Oct
9
revised Am I at legal risk if I use a mechanism from another game in my own design?
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Oct
9
revised Do card sleeves contain BPA?
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Aug
27
comment How many players realistically possible in Pandemic Board Game 2nd edition
This. Because the only thing you can do out of turn is play an Event, it gets really boring, and the special actions of each Role also get diluted because there are a fixed number of player turns to be had. In 6-player, 12 cards would be dealt from a deck of 48 cities + 5 events, then 5 Epidemics are shuffled in, leaving a draw deck of 46 cards. Two cards drawn per player turn = 23 player turns = not quite 4 turns per player, or 16 actions. Even if only half of those actions were movement, a Medic could only cure 8 cities in the entire game.
Aug
27
comment Can you play an instant (airlift) to move quarantine specialist prevent infection after the infection card has been drawn?
So, not quite the same as an "instant" in M:TG, where you're allowed to see the card about to be played, then act before it actually "lands" and has any effect.
Aug
27
comment Can a disease be eradicated at the beginning of the game?
@warren - possible but highly unlikely in 2-player, and impossible in 3+-player games. You only start the game with 4 cards in a 2-player game, and that's only enough if you're the Scientist. So, you must play this game a lot; in the first edition, with 5 roles (2e has 7) and 12 city cards in each of 4 colors, the chance of you personally drawing the Scientist randomly, and having a "flush" as your initial hand, are something like 1 in 2000. With two of you playing, seeing it happen at all is 1 in 1000. Specifically choosing the Scientist as your role only improves those odds to 1 in 400.
Aug
27
comment In Pandemic, can yellow infect black, after black has been eradicated?
+1, especially for the last paragraph.
Aug
27
answered Is the “snake” turn order for Blokus fairer than the traditional turn order?
Aug
27
revised Minimizing Agricola setup/clean up time
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Aug
27
answered Minimizing Agricola setup/clean up time
Aug
27
revised What does “poker size cards” mean?
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Aug
27
comment What does “poker size cards” mean?
We'll have to agree to disagree. You learn a lot about the practical and financial side of the publishing industry, whether for games, books or any other form of print media, the first time you bring something you've created to someone for mass production. It's inevitable, and the more you try to ignore the money side and stay purely "creative", the less you'll find publishers are willing to work with you. By the same token, publishers might condense the sausage-making, but they won't hide it from you if it's the reason they want you to agree to a change.
Mar
2
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Jan
14
answered What does “poker size cards” mean?
Jan
14
comment What does “poker size cards” mean?
Considering that tarot cards are unpopular in the U.S. as a gaming device, with virtually all of the U.S. market for tarot decks being Rider-Waite-derived divination decks, I would question whether the tarot size is a "standard" for gaming in the U.S.
Mar
22
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
I understand that. My point was that you said there was a 1% house edge against a player using only basic strategy, which is a little high.
Mar
21
answered Discarding a card in Phase 10 that allows the next player to go out
Mar
21
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
I heard that the house edge on a person playing by basic strategy was much lower than that; an eight-deck game with no additional rules benefiting the player (like hitting split aces or dealer must hit soft 17) has a house edge of about .65%. This is further reduced with fewer decks in the shoe. But, the house still wins the longer you sit; you're expecting to lose a nickel a hand betting $10. As entertainment goes, not bad.