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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 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.
Jan
28
comment Why do cards have different rarity levels in Magic: The Gathering?
I'd put #3 as #1, but the other two are also true.
Jan
25
comment Do good bridge players memorize all cards played?
This gets to semantics around 'good'. If you're playing casually, usually partners won't have detailed sequential defensive signalling techniques. If you're playing in a tournament setting, then you likely will want these. However, I posit that you can register defensive signals without memorizing every card, just like you can understand a written paragraph, and repeat its meaning, without being able to exactly replicate each word in order.
Jan
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
23
revised What's a good strategy for Shadows over Camelot?
fixing spelling, etc.
Jan
23
comment What's a good strategy for Shadows over Camelot?
I tried to find it on BGG, but I failed. I believe it was in the strategy/files download section (instead of the forum). If anyone finds it, please link it. It was quite interesting, involving drawing up all the cards, adding catapults to be able to accuse, accusing around the table, and keeping piety going so no one ever had to draw a black card.