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From the beginning of personal computing Matthew Frederick has been focused on how people experience its empowering integration of art and engineering. On the right-brain he’s been successful in print, web, and interactive media graphic design, and from the left-brain, both low- and high-level programming and database design and development. Where those come together with human users, Matthew has worked at the forefront of user experience and interactivity design, beginning with early CD-ROM "multimedia" through the lifetime of the web, the heyday of PDAs and pre-iPhone smartphones, to today's cutting-edge phones and tablets.

After working with hundreds of clients, from small startups to Fortune 100 companies, he has also become proficient at transforming a project’s requirements into efficiently buildable technical specifications while translating its implementation challenges and options into a easily-understood concepts for those less technically-minded. His experience includes working solo and in small teams, as well as leading a hundred consultants, designers, developers, and managers in building multi-phase, multi-million dollar projects.


Nov
21
awarded  Yearling
Nov
21
awarded  Yearling
Nov
21
comment Can I decide not to use all the power of a plant in Power Grid?
I agree particularly with your first point; that's the only reason I can imagine someone wanting to do this, and it would have no effect on gameplay except earning fewer Elektros. No effect on turn order.
Nov
21
awarded  Yearling
Jun
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
8
comment How is the “Longest Route” calculated in Ticket to Ride?
@TheChaz For those of a more Wikipedian mindset who'd like a third-party reference, here's one of the publishers, Eric Hautemont, answering the question on BoardGameGeek: boardgamegeek.com/thread/19560/longest-path-questionj
Mar
8
comment How is the “Longest Route” calculated in Ticket to Ride?
@TheChaz The path can indeed self-intersect; you simply cannot use any train car twice. Loops are fine, and the route need not terminate at the end of such a loop as long as, again, you do not count any train car twice. No interpretation is required as long as you follow that rule. FWIW this is both how the rule was explained to me by the game's designer, Alan Moon, and how it's scored in the official computerized versions, both on the publisher's website and on the iPad and iPhone apps.
Jan
21
comment What has been your experience with random villager roles in Werewolf?
@NealTibrewala Different experiences, obviously. I've played about 300 times with various groups and my experience is that when you add random additional roles that no one knows are in the game, as in the original post, the villagers are almost guaranteed to lose.
Jan
19
comment What has been your experience with random villager roles in Werewolf?
@NealTibrewala What do you mean "choosing sides wasn't any easier or more difficult"?
Nov
21
awarded  Yearling
Apr
22
comment What's an effective Small World strategy for new players?
@warbaker I hear ya. Unfortunately out solution is to just not play it much, despite it being a good game in every other way. FWIW, we largely solved the problem in Vinci by having the game have a 1 in 3 chance of ending after someone hits 100 points, checked one each time around the table. This uncertainty largely removed the kingmaking in Vinci, which definitely ended when someone hit 120 points.
Apr
18
comment Coloretto vs. Aquaretto and Zooloretoo, what are the differences and how can I tell which to buy?
@Gundabad The rules for combining them are included in Aquaretto. Unfortunately it's been a couple of years so I don't remember specific insights from the designer any longer, just the impressions.
Mar
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
9
answered How would these Ticket To Ride variants change the game?
Feb
7
answered Coloretto vs. Aquaretto and Zooloretoo, what are the differences and how can I tell which to buy?
Feb
7
comment Coloretto vs. Aquaretto and Zooloretoo, what are the differences and how can I tell which to buy?
FWIW, Aqua and Zoo are not extensions of Coloretto at all. They just happen to share a low-level mechanism. Zooloretto and Aquaretto are closely related and can even be played together (see my answer below), but Coloretto has nothing to do with them.
Jan
31
answered Which alternative methods of choosing a starting player actually WORK?
Jan
24
comment Does the cooperative Lord of the Rings game require a decent amount of experience with the books to be playable?
@Lo'oris Sure there are sane ways. Imagine an LOTR game with event cards that affect particular characters in specific ways, such that players who know the books make better choices. For example, a "Boromir delays the party if he possesses the ring" card. A player who knew the books would know that Boromir is easily tempted by the ring's power and so would never put the ring in Boromir's possession. A player who didn't know the story could make that mistake and feel screwed when it comes up. I wouldn't design a game that way, but it's perfectly sane.
Jan
23
comment Does the cooperative Lord of the Rings game require a decent amount of experience with the books to be playable?
+1 Knowing the story will make the game more involving, but you need no knowledge of it whatsoever.
Jan
21
revised What's the difference between Puerto Rico and San Juan?
Again Left=/= Right