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A physicist, accountant (CGA,CPA), and software developer by training, and a professional developer by employment, I wrote my first computer program in FORTRAN w/ WATFOR in high school. Since then I have written device drivers for a PDP-15, CAD/CAM applications in C, and Database applications in everything from FORTRAN (?!) and C to SQL and MS-Office.

I currently build financial and business applications professionally, mostly with VBA / C# / SQL, while developing my own Napoleonics game engine in C# on weekends and evenings.


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comment Should you overcall with a (slightly) weaker hand if it is more “disruptive?”
There's a world of difference between "Can one ...?" and "Should one ...?" I can rob a bank, but I shouldn't and won't. What is your question, as your use of can actually implies a question of legality in this case rather than appropriateness and wisdom.
Jul
23
comment Why is this type of hesitation considered unethical?
Well, actually it is quite proper to bluff your opponents; just not by the way you play your cards or make calls, only by the actual cards played and calls made.
Jul
20
comment Should I have made a takeout double in the situation?
@TomAu: What was the agreed upon meaning of a double by partner in this scenario? If take-out of Clubs, then East's denial of game interest and your shortness indicated that partner had less than 8 points and you should pass. If penalty then your shortness an then your partner either has club length with weakness, or just weakness, and you should still pass. After you open 1NT partner is Captain - respect his denial of points..
Jul
17
answered Should I have made a takeout double in the situation?
Jul
9
answered New Bridge Partner and Etiquette
Jun
6
comment If partner opens and I have 7 in a suit, do I go to game?
Don't be absurd! That is a miracle hand and I would be embarrassed to even admit playing a contract of 3NT. If partner and I somehow stumbled into it through a misunderstanding, I would claim we actually set opponents in 3NT after I led a diamond than admit w bid and made it.
May
31
comment What's a good source of generic pieces/components?
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May
31
reviewed Leave Open Do Collectible Card Games without shuffling exist?
May
31
comment Is kingmaking in multiplayer games a problem that can be fixed?
And the two players who most likely goaded Italy into taking Trieste on turn 1 finished 5th and 6th. ;-) I played heavily on the obvious unreliability of Italy to maneuver alliances that would keep me in the game while Italy was swiftly destroyed.
May
31
comment Is kingmaking in multiplayer games a problem that can be fixed?
The only way to stop activity such as you describe in the last paragraph is to finish at least one place ahead of your friend; otherwise his tactic is likely to be seen on his part as successful. I was once backstabbed on turn 1 of a 7-player Diplomacy game by Italy (playing AH); I finished fourth, and Italy finished 7th. That player never backstabbed me early in a game again.
May
26
reviewed No Action Needed Is anyone aware of any score keeping apps (BB10 or Android) that can keep track of score (including extra meta-data)?
May
12
reviewed Close How to make Settlers of Catan quicker?
May
12
reviewed Looks OK How to make Settlers of Catan quicker?
May
12
comment May I play only one Tenacious Z or all of them from discard pile in my turn?
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May
6
revised Are these board games considered as gambling games?
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May
2
answered Are these board games considered as gambling games?
Apr
30
comment Are there times NOT to bid 1NT with 15 high card points and a balanced hand?
I can only speak for myself - but I agree also. ;-)
Apr
27
comment Open source programming toolkits for modeling table top games
I have published some open-source utilities for building hex-grid games here: hexgridutilities.codeplex.com
Apr
25
revised What constitutes “wrongful” hesitation in bridge?
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Apr
25
comment What constitutes “wrongful” hesitation in bridge?
@TomAu: Yes, that is correct; however the decision on carding if Declarer plays low towards Dummy should have been made as part of West's review of dummy right after it came down. Hesitating when the play occurs is still UI for partner, and will hinder effective defense in consequence. Practice taking a full 3/4 second or so on every play as defender, to give yourself a couple tenths reaction/thinking time when you need it.