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Some of my favorite board and card games:

Bang! Memoir '44 Bohnanza Pandemic Ticket to Ride Settlers of Catan

Some of my favorite games played with playing cards:

  • ♠ Spades W - preset trump; trick-taking
  • ♥ Hearts W - "evasion-type" trick-taking
  • Euchre W - 24-card; trick-taking
  • Pinochle W - 48-card; trick-taking
  • Spite and Malice W - competitive solitaire (Skip-Bo W is a variation of this game)
  • Egyptian Ratscrew W - speed; matching

I feel reasonably knowledgeable about the following games, and own many of them (alphabetical order):

  • Bang!
    • Dodge City expansion
    • Fistful of Cards expansion
  • Castle Risk
  • Blokus
  • Blokus: Trigon
  • Bohnanza
    • High Bohn expansion
  • ♥ Hearts
  • Memoir '44
  • Pirates' Cove
  • Risk
  • Scrabble — I stink at it, though!
  • Sequence
  • Skip-Bo
  • ♠ Spades
  • Spite and Malice
  • Ticket to Ride
    • 1910 expansion
  • Ticket to Ride: Switzerland
  • Ticket to Ride: The Card Game

My least favorite games:

  • Monopoly* — It lasts hours, it's not very intellectually or socially entertaining, you have all sorts of house rules (many of which break the game or prolong an already insufferable game), people say they don't like board games when they really just hate Monopoly and haven't discovered better games....
  • Risk — The game is actually quite fixable, it's just that it's normally not very enjoyable. I think it's the worst when people make alliances based on factors outside of the game, or when people change how they're playing because they're losing and they decide they (don't) want a certain person to win. I also don't like how strong of a factor luck is in the game. A person with poor strategy can often beat a person with good strategy just out of luck. However, playing on the computer with nearly-instant attack resolution and playing with missions are both improvements. So are the variants like Risk 2210 and Castle Risk.

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awarded  Popular Question
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awarded  Popular Question
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Jan
7
comment Stranded on a tile in Forbidden Island
I believe you can delete your own answer if you'd prefer.
Jan
7
comment Is it possible to lose Forbidden Island on the first turn?
Further decreasing the probability below 1.98% is the fact that you have a reasonable chance of the first player being within 3 tiles of Fools' Landing (including the 1/6 chance of the first player being the Pilot, placing him/her on fool's landing). That makes it less than a 1 in 600 (0.1667%) chance of losing under those conditions. Of course, this answer covers this.
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Self-Learner
Mar
21
revised Can a Barrel block Gatling?
Removal of blog promotion (irrelevant to the answer), also made some corrections of minor grammatical errors
Mar
21
revised What's the point of the covered character in the Bang! 2-player variant?
Title clarification, moved rules link into flow of question body, minor grammar
Mar
21
suggested suggested edit on Can a Barrel block Gatling?
Mar
21
suggested suggested edit on What's the point of the covered character in the Bang! 2-player variant?
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Sep
7
accepted Without breaking the game, how can I fix Memoir 44's problem with having no cards to order units in a certain section?
Aug
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awarded  Critic
Jul
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comment How does Rook compare in difficulty to other trick-taking games?
You might also find the question "Getting started with trick-taking games (whist, euchre, bridge, pinochle, etc.)" helpful.
May
6
revised How does Rook compare in difficulty to other trick-taking games?
Clarified that Hearts is about avoiding taking *points*, not *tricks*.
May
6
comment How Unethical Is A Purely “Blocking” Move In Ticket To Ride?
Sorry, I didn't see your comment in response. You're not far off with your definition of ethics, but it's less about behavior and who you are than it is about accepted principles of right vs. wrong. Ethics considers questions of right and wrong outside of specific applications. The distinction is that it's very possible to do something that's ethical (not "wrong" or against the rules), yet still isn't nice. I think the question of whether blocking is bad sportsmanship is a good question; it's just not the same as the question of ethics.
May
6
comment How Unethical Is A Purely “Blocking” Move In Ticket To Ride?
Actually, there are several answers below that are correct about ethics. There are three similar, but separate questions about blocking moves: (1) "Is it cheating?", (2) "Is it bad sportsmanship?", (3) "Is it a good strategy?". Asking more than one of those at a time wouldn't be appropriate for this site's format, and it would be wise to clearly understand the distinction anyway.
May
6
comment How Unethical Is A Purely “Blocking” Move In Ticket To Ride?
It seems like your question isn't really about whether it's ethical (it just boils down to the question of whether it's cheating) but instead about whether it's good sportsmanship, wise, or polite. Andrey's comment is the correct answer if you're truly wondering about ethics.
May
6
revised How to reduce total screw-overs in Ticket to Ride so there's always a potential path toward victory?
Discovered that keeping destination tickets secret is part of the official rules; added a comment about it to the end of my answer.