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Jul
11
comment Short-version of Settlers of Catan
Doesn't this give a huge advantage to player 4? In addition to getting to coordinate his city and settlement, he gets to place his city in the 4th-best spot (players 3-1 get theirs in the 6th-8th).
Jul
11
answered Creative handicaps in Settlers of Catan?
Jul
5
comment Short-version of Settlers of Catan
Interesting. You mention that people could use the special building phase found in the 5-6 player expansion -- is that what you personally use?
Jun
30
comment Short-version of Settlers of Catan
@Lance I hope the answers here differ from the ones at 'how to reduce slow starts,' given that many game-shortening rule changes have nothing to do with slow openings, but we'll see.
Jun
30
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Jun
30
comment Short-version of Settlers of Catan
I don't care whether the rule changes are standard, just that you have some first-hand experience with those rule changes and can speak to their effects on play.
Jun
29
asked Short-version of Settlers of Catan
Jun
27
comment Recording Settlers of Catan games?
If you really record the whole public game, it shouldn't be too hard to figure out who stole what from whom, which is the only truly hidden information about resource cards.
May
18
accepted Can a 4-length road ever be Longest Road in Settlers of Catan?
May
17
comment How has the composition of Catan's development card deck changed over time?
@Apreche Interesting, I've heard them called "spiffies" with a "p," with the word applied to any game's special cards, like Monopoly's Chance and Community Chest cards.
May
17
accepted How has the composition of Catan's development card deck changed over time?
May
17
asked Can a 4-length road ever be Longest Road in Settlers of Catan?
May
13
asked How has the composition of Catan's development card deck changed over time?
May
4
comment Boardgaming Online
Note that asobrain currently has a registration stop, so it's not a practical place to play right now.
Apr
21
comment What's an effective Small World strategy for new players?
@matthew I generally hate the kill-the-leader mechanic, but somehow keeping things completely open removes the its worst result: the endless, tiresome debate. With a spreadsheet, it is always obvious who is winning and by how much. There's just nothing to say. That said, maybe I take winning a bit too seriously. :)
Apr
11
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
11
answered How can I counter Merchant Elves?
Mar
21
comment How does tournament-level Puerto Rico deal with seat-order disparities?
Thanks! Do you know if this is used in other tournaments as well?
Mar
21
accepted How does tournament-level Puerto Rico deal with seat-order disparities?
Mar
18
asked How does tournament-level Puerto Rico deal with seat-order disparities?