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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.


Nov
10
comment Different backgammon variation name
Sounds similar to, but not identical with, Acey-Deucey: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acey-deucey. I have never read of variants without blotting but it seems like an interesting rule option.
Nov
5
answered How does the full-size board change the game of Go?
Nov
4
reviewed No Action Needed Can I activate Sinister Shadow Games if I have no Shaddolls in my main deck?
Nov
4
reviewed No Action Needed Deck card rules for MTG
Nov
4
reviewed Close Enchantment and other continuous effects priority
Oct
28
comment How can I estimate my chances to win a Risk battle?
You have a typo at 4 vs 4 - it should read more like 0.488 than 0.477.
Oct
26
comment Do you need more to “pre-empt” with a major, than a minor suit?
@TomAu: That's why Hans Kreijns (nytimes.com/2012/04/16/crosswords/bridge/…) famously overcalled Belladonna's 4H with 4S on only a 4-card suit in (I think) 1966 Olympiad. Belladonna apparently asked to inspect his hand after the deal, and with a straight face asked where his fifth spade was.
Oct
18
comment How many kings is it possible to have on the board at once?
@hexparrot: Chequers, not chess.
Oct
17
comment Why is it called “Chinese Checkers”?
Because it was not invented in China.
Oct
17
comment Go - How does one count territory in these two scenarios? (9x9)
Neither game is over; as both players have useful moves in both scenarios - points cannot be counted (in general) until a game is over.
Oct
17
comment Does Republic of Rome usually generate one or more wars per turn, leading to a loss even when cooperating?
There is cooperating, and there is cooperating; the latter is needed in the Early Republic to overcome Hannibal and Philip. Many years ago I played this game every Friday night for several months - we only once, early on, failed to win the Punic and Macedonian Wars when Hannibal, Hamilcar, Second Punic and Both Macedonian Wars and Philip all arrived first turn. Anything less we could handle with sufficient sacrifice.
Oct
16
answered Leading from the wrong (nondummy) hand in bridge
Oct
12
revised bridge penalties
edited body
Oct
11
comment In bridge, do people go through cycles of under- and -over bidding?
Really sorry Tom, but your history of Bridge in general, Duplicate in particular, and bidding systems and styles is American-centric at best, and elsewhere completely incorrect. Bad bidders either under-bid, or over-bid, or when really, really, bad do both with absolutely no pattern that a partner can attempt to meliorate. Intermediate players do less of both, and Expert players do little of either; that is part of why they are Expert.
Oct
11
revised bridge penalties
added 485 characters in body
Oct
11
answered bridge penalties
Oct
10
comment 4-4 high approach joseki question
re "Is this the best white can play here?" Say what! This is a terrible outcome for Black, with both the corner territory lost and White gaining significant influence into the centre. What more could you want besides a concession?
Oct
10
revised Must a player disclose what deck they are using before play?
Removed tag from title
Oct
6
comment How to apply the ko rule (Go)
This is the simple ko rule, which is not the most common. The super ko rule variants prohibit any previous board position. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_of_Go#Repetition
Sep
30
revised What can the dummy player do in Bridge?
Corrected link to Laws of COntract Bridge 2014