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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 duplicate bridge revoke not agreed upon
@user2617804: Additional link to a duplicate board for holding and passing hands: baronbarclay.com/category/duplicate-boards
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comment duplicate bridge revoke not agreed upon
@user2617804: OP states that this was a duplicate game, so the hands were returned to the board and passed to the next table upon conclusion of the round. Every hand will be played several times over the course of the evening/afternoon, by different partnerships. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duplicate_bridge
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comment duplicate bridge revoke not agreed upon
Great question, and a common type of scenario for beginning directors.
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answered duplicate bridge revoke not agreed upon
Dec
15
reviewed Close How to encourage stealing of gifts in a white elephant gift exchange?
Dec
15
reviewed Approve settlers-of-catan tag wiki
Dec
15
comment Casual trick taking penalties for illegal plays
@Jefromi: In bridge at least, the penalties are the determination of a skilled and learned committee as the best balance in both preventing the deliberate misplay to enable cheating, while still enabling a result to be obtained on the hand and attempt to redress damage appropriately. Where one is available, an impartial arbitrator is enabled to prevent excess in either direction. As a skilled and successful tournament bridge player for over 4 decades now, my answer to any question such as this will always be coloured by the absolute intolerance for unethical behaviour in bridge tourneys.
Dec
15
comment Casual trick taking penalties for illegal plays
@Jefromi: I can, and have, played kitchen bridge over a few beers with players more casual than myself. However, all penalties were and are always applied by the book because we realized that that was the only way to be fair to non-cheaters. In my books, anyone who claims the rules should not apply to their mistakes because the game is casual immediately comes across as trying to enable cheating, because that is exactly the way an actual cheater would argue. If one would not be thought a cheater, don't sound and act like one. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, maybe it's a duck.
Dec
15
comment Casual trick taking penalties for illegal plays
The penalties are harsh because there is no excuse for such errors to be made, even by a beginner, more often than once or twice a decade of frequent playing. The only way to make this point forcefully is with harsh penalties - lax penalties will simply encourage your newbies to cheat with the penalty.
Dec
10
reviewed Reviewed Whats a good house rule to give the Rogue a chance at winning Dungeon?
Dec
10
reviewed Leave Open Bridge-response after intervening bid
Dec
10
answered Bridge-response after intervening bid
Nov
25
comment “Dead Rubber” definitive etymology
To note: The term does not appear at all in The Complete Encyclopedia of Bridge, 6th Edition (2001), under either Rubber, dead or Dead rubber.
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