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Mar
18
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
18
comment Why is Bang! so predictable when I play it?
It's a good question, but a difficult one to answer objectively I think. There are lots of games that are "fun" and extremely popular without actually being very good games (Munchkin is the one that sprang immediately to my mind). Assuming that your group's play is at fault, rather than the game's design, is possibly over-self-deprecating...
Mar
15
comment Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?
Terror's not a bad card through. It's a great card... until your opponent is mono-black or mono-artifact. Any card can be situationally good or bad.
Mar
14
answered After using Act of Treason and Cloudshift, does a creature re-enter the battlefield under my control?
Mar
14
comment Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?
There are some cards like Chimney Imp that appear to have been deliberately overcosted (there's no other possible explanation, surely?) just to teach players that just because a card costs 5 mana, doesn't mean it's worth 5 mana...
Mar
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
13
answered Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?
Mar
13
comment Why does Wizards of the Coast print terrible MTG cards?
wizards.com/Magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mr5 - I doubt you'll be able to get a better answer than MaRo's.
Mar
12
answered Can anyone tell me what game these dice come from?
Mar
11
comment Preventing early elimination from ruining someone's first game of Diplomacy?
Not a huge Diplomacy expert, but my experience of the game is that newbies are more likely to be shocked by the game going on for hours and hours and hours than they are by "being eliminated quickly". I take it your group isn't filled with jerks who will savagely pick on one player as soon as they scent blood in the water? Diplomacy can feel like a really mean and spiteful game as its main method of getting ahead is the well-timed double-cross, but then it's usually kind of in the interest of the other players to help the betrayed player get revenge...
Mar
8
answered Can the Balrog be used before going into decline?
Mar
8
comment what is a storage counter on a land card and how do you use it?
@ghoppe Yeah, you're right. If a counter is purely doing its own non-interactive thing, on a card that is unlikely to receive counters of a different kind in the course of normal play, there is no reason at all why it shouldn't have a charming and quirky name.
Mar
7
answered Do other players replenish their traded cards after a trading phase in Bohnanza?
Mar
7
answered How can we make Don Bell more balanced?
Mar
6
answered Does gaining +x/+x trigger “when counters are added” abilities?
Mar
6
answered Looking for the “magic'al” formula
Mar
6
comment what is a storage counter on a land card and how do you use it?
I think in the early days of magic counters were called pretty much anything the card designer's feverish imagination could come up. It was only later on that they tried to rationalise things and have consistent naming conventions for types of counters.
Mar
6
comment What are the chances of shooting the moon in Hearts?
I don't know if this is the right answer, but it's an automatic +1 just for effort...
Mar
6
comment Was the blind chess match between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty in the movie Game of Shadows real/plausible?
@Johno According to Wikipedia, in Alan Moore's comic League of Extraordinary Gentlemen it is suggested that Dean is Prof Moriarty's great-grandson, but as far as I know a link between the two characters hasn't been suggested anywhere else...