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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.
Mar
13
comment Question on ethics or rules
That's true. In Bridge, these are more appropriate penalties because East's action probably still would have been to play Q-Cl to try and take the trick, rather than "evading" it to foist it on someone else. In exact-prediction and evasion games, evasion is seen more often, and so the ill-gotten knowledge of a revoke is doubly damaging; the revoking player has a chance to take or lose the trick to their advantage. Penalties for revoking in such games are usually far higher, up to and including a misdeal and severe points penalties for the offending side.
Mar
13
answered Can “aggressive” or unusual play in blackjack get someone thrown out of a casino?
Mar
13
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Mar
13
comment Question on ethics or rules
And East should thank his lucky stars; in most other trick games, a revoke like that would have resulted in much more severe penalties.
Mar
11
comment What are effective strategies for passing cards in Hearts?
Again, judgement call. The 2 of Clubs guarantees you'll lose the trick, but pretty much everything except the Ace will do the same. If you have both and it's a "pass left" hand you have a choice; pass the 2 and play last this trick to lead the next, or pass the Ace and play last next trick. I do agree with you though, the 2 of clubs is usually a keeper.