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May
18
comment What is a Gateway Game?
I would add that gateway games, specifically, have relatively more luck than other complex games. This allows newer people to 'win' more often, despite good strategy from experienced players.
May
8
comment Can an optimal strategy for Roll Through the Ages be created for two player games on modern hardware?
Are you willing to accept probabilistic pruning of subtrees? (e.g. not exploring a subtree if you know within a certain high probability that it isn't optimal) If so, you can reduce the strategies to goal-based ones, and solve it much more quickly.
May
8
comment How can Hot Spots be cleared?
There is no way to remove them. There have been rumors of an expansion adding character cards with that ability.
Apr
30
answered Do you need a solo player variant to make a Print&Play game successful?
Apr
13
comment Computer Go algorithms applied to other games?
Some of this comes down to the definition of "fail". The MC Catan AI will play 'well', and may beat other AIs, but they claim it is only a "Challenging Opponent" implying it's still possible for humans to win. In general, any MC search requires that the good moves and bad moves are in a fairly reasonable ratio. Put another way, there's an upper bound on how good an MC-based AI can be, which a classical pruning AI can beat (in non-degenerate cases).
Apr
13
comment Computer Go algorithms applied to other games?
@StéphaneGimenez Sorry you disagree. My claim is that MC Search is only necessary in Go because of the difficulty in creating a useful evaluation function. Most other board games do not have the complexity of Go, and are easy to write evaluation functions. Therefore, it's not necessary to create an MC-based AI, and doing so would be needlessly long and expensive to run (though they would be easier to 'write').
Apr
13
comment Computer Go algorithms applied to other games?
All, great comments. @shujaa, for example, once you are down a certain number of pieces, loss is almost inevitable. However, random play won't show that, as it's likely the other side will lose two 'randomly'. These certainties are enough so that Chess is being 'solved' because of the near certainty of certain evaluations. "games.slashdot.org/story/12/04/02/2043240/…;
Apr
12
answered Computer Go algorithms applied to other games?
Apr
5
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
4
comment Chess variant that allows humans to be competitive vs computers
@Roundtower, of course you're right, something being listed on chessvariants.org absolutely supports your claim that it is NOT a chess variant. :)
Apr
3
comment When should I choose an Explore card in Race For The Galaxy?
I very often chose explore when I think my opponent is already choosing the thing I really want.
Apr
3
answered Help! I'm A Cylon!
Mar
2
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Who goes first in Pandemic?
Feb
13
comment To what extent do mobile adaptations of board games change the games?
You would rather I take the top 10 game adaptations and ask individually how they differ from the physical versions? I just want a sense of how common this practice is and how it's received.
Feb
13
comment To what extent do mobile adaptations of board games change the games?
Sure. In Reiner Knizia's Money, the iPhone version had slightly different mechanics, and wasn't true to the rules (it was changed in later updates of the app), for example, the number of currencies didn't scale down to the number of players (as the print rules proscribe).
Feb
13
asked To what extent do mobile adaptations of board games change the games?
Feb
6
comment What kingdom set would lead to the highest scoring games of Dominion?
You might want to clarify if you're looking for a set that has high scores when players are playing to win, or when players are cooperating to obtain high overall scores.
Feb
4
comment How does the cost of designer board games compare to other forms of entertainment?
It would be appropriate to add Music and Video on Demand. For music, If I have a collection of about 100 albums at a cost of about $15/album, which I listen to about an hour a day over ten years (random rotation), I'm paying $1500 to enjoy 3650 hours of music or about $0.41/hr. For Netflix, I watch about 50 hours per month for a cost of $10/mo. So that's $0.20/hr.
Jan
30
comment With Print&Play board games, should the focus be beauty or simplicity?
I haven't printed a game in a good long time, but I just downloaded one, and my first thought was "wow, this looks like crap" and I was far less inclined to print and play it. Take that for what it's worth.