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Apr
29
comment Why is “LGS” the standard term for a game store?
Welcome to B&CG.SE! Thanks for your question. I've changed out your tags. The tags you originally included are meant to identify questions about specific games and don't relate to the question you are asking.
Apr
29
comment Which US states have the highest Magic: the Gathering participation?
@Rainbolt A full list, no. But if you had some spare time on your hands and a list of zip codes that were all 25 miles or so apart (creating a grid of the US), you could use the search tool to find the number of shops that run a sanctioned event. You'd have to run a separate search for each zip code and then remove duplicates afterward (or write a script to do the searches). That's why I said it was terrible to query, especially since it only shows you a maximum of 30 stores at a time.
Apr
29
comment Which US states have the highest Magic: the Gathering participation?
The way I was thinking about going about this was to determine the number of DCI members per state, but this information wasn't readily available. Hypothetically, you could go through and figure out the number of DCI sanctioned shops in each state (available at the DCI website, although terrible to query), which is probably related to demand for participation. That gets to be very back-of-the-napkin type math, so I'm not sure it would fit the scope of your question.
Apr
27
comment Who takes extra turns first when I copy someone else's “take an extra turn” card?
Related: What happens when I radiate a Time Stretch with Timesifter in play?
Apr
1
comment Does Upper Deck maintain an official errata for Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game?
@winterblood True. I guess that leaves the age of the document as the main issue here.
Mar
31
comment Why would one player ever need more Army units in a battle than their opponent?
Battle 3, part 1 is not possible in standard Risk. The defender can never roll more than 2 dice.
Mar
24
comment What kind of mechanics can make MTG fun for my opponents?
@thatdude1087 If you do this, I'd be curious to know what theme you go with. It's always interesting to hear what ideas other people have for decks.
Mar
22
comment How do I beat U/R control with Affinity?
@Skeith That might not matter that much. Bloom Titan decks used to run Cavern of Souls and it only had one creature in the entire deck. If it's that important to your win strategy that a certain creature be in play, having one or two in the deck might not be a terrible idea. Having said that, I haven't played Modern since before Splinter Twin was banned, so the meta is probably very different.
Mar
21
comment Why are Elo ratings for go higher than for chess?
I'm down-voting this answer for the reason @Christophe (and I) mention. The values you plug into an ELO equation can change the outcome pretty drastically. It has nothing to do with game complexity, and everything to do with the assumptions that are built into the K value.
Mar
14
comment How to combine Risk, Catan, and Monopoly?
@Matt As far as speed goes, playing a slow game of any of these would still be faster then playing them in tandem. And when someone realized they couldn't win on one of the boards, they might focus less when they are the main player there, taking the extra time to think about strategy on the other boards. This would speed up future turns as the field on each board winnows to a few potential winners.
Mar
14
comment How to combine Risk, Catan, and Monopoly?
@Matt Agreed, but since they work on very different mechanics, "combining" in the sense of creating one board game doesn't really make sense. I'm taking "combining" to mean creating a system where all three games and their mechanics are used simultaneously.
Mar
14
comment Why are Elo ratings for go higher than for chess?
It's worth noting that the two systems use different K values, and Go appears to hit higher ranked players less harshly on a loss. I don't have time to get into the weeds on this, but it's worth considering that the math used to create the rankings at top tiers in each game is different.
Mar
3
comment In Tzolk'in, can you be at negative points?
We realized we were doing the VP on the temple tracks incorrectly when we got to the halfway point. This still didn't prevent me from going negative though. Thanks for your quick response.
Mar
2
comment End game deciding on dead stones
Welcome to B&CG.SE! Thanks for your question. Is the game you are asking about called Dead Stones? It's a little hard to decipher what your specific question is.
Feb
22
comment Board Games development online course
@DrunkCynic In rereading the entire page on the Help Center, I think that "a game" is meant to refer to games that meet the four criteria under "How do we define board games?" I agree this is confusing when taken out of context. If we assumed that questions had to relate to a game that already existed, then design would be off-topic, which would contradict the first sentence of What topics can I ask about here?
Feb
22
comment Board Games development online course
@DrunkCynic I don't think that's a good metric for closing. There are a number of questions on the site that don't refer to a specific board game. "Designing board games" is on-topic for this site, and the OP is asking for objective information. This seems to fit all of the criteria I can find for acceptable questions, except that it may generate a list.
Feb
21
comment What cards transfer mana from colorless to any color?
Welcome to B&CG.SE! I've updated your title so that it better reflects your question. Hopefully this will clarify for users on the home page.
Feb
20
comment How can I make Agricola vegetarian friendly?
You don't have to convert animals to food in the game as it is. I've seen people do fairly well in Agricola with never even taking an animal. Sure, you may lose some points in the end, but you can make it up in other areas. You could explain to them the different paths to victory, and if they choose to avoid butchering animals for food, then bully.
Feb
19
comment When does my new family member occupy a new room?
@MattR Good call. I've updated to correct that.
Feb
18
comment Who wins when the would-be last wizard standing is killed by a reaction?
@Samthere Updated to include Matt Hyra's response from the BGG forums.