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Sep
8
comment Is anyone aware of any score keeping apps (BB10 or Android) that can keep track of score (including extra meta-data)?
He's pretty much asking about tracking trick-taking style card games, which is specific enough.
Aug
7
comment Does anyone have a way to modify Ticket to Ride to accommodate six people?
interesting. thanks.
Aug
7
comment Where can I find statistics on good/evil wins for the Resistance:Avalon for different role setups?
I've looked there and didn't find what I was looking for. Any more specific links to this specific question?
Jun
25
comment What's the name of the theory that the player with the most options has the advantage?
Moderator: This answer passes the bar for being an answer to the question. It can be downvoted as not useful, but it shouldn't be deleted.
Apr
21
comment Is there any configuration of Free Cell that cannot be solved?
This site might be useful: solitairelaboratory.com/freecell.html
Jan
3
comment What are good general strategies for Pandemic?
Eradication is a game term. It specifically means eliminating all cubes from the board AFTER you have found the cure. At that point no cubes of that color can ever come back. However, simply removing all the cubes of a color is NOT Eradicating the disease, if you haven't cured it yet.
Sep
22
comment Optimal (Or Just Effective) Strategy For The Resistance?
A minor modification here is to intentionally choose the person on your left. Let them choose a random third player for the team. This way, if the first mission fails, you know to downvote mission #2 (as you know the person to your left is a spy). Otherwise the odds are the same (this way it just recovers quicker)
Oct
24
comment When would you buy the Thief in Dominion?
True. Advanced Dominion strategy involves knowing when you're behind, early, so you can take risky adjustments to catch up. The thief is just one of those adjustments. It's a 'chance' to turn the tide, so only buy/use it when warranted.
Oct
17
comment If I own both Utilities but mortgage one, do I get 10x or 4x the die roll in rent from the unmortgaged one?
The question is asking about the unusual case of owning both, having one mortgaged, and landing on the other. Your answer provides the evidence needed to come to the right conclusion, but it doesn't actually answer the question, which could be better asked as "Does a mortgaged utility COUNT for purposes of getting the 10x dice roll on the other utility"? Even with the evidence you provide, someone could (incorrectly) argue that "even through it is still owned, it doesn't COUNT because it is mortgaged".
Oct
4
comment What are good general strategies for Pandemic?
Can be, yes, but it's risky early as you don't know yet how often that color will be coming up. This is why i suggest it only for a player who can't help make progress toward the next cure that turn.
Oct
4
comment If I own both Utilities but mortgage one, do I get 10x or 4x the die roll in rent from the unmortgaged one?
This answer could use clarification. If you own both, but one is mortgaged, you get 10x for people landing on the unmortgaged one, but don't get anything from people landing on the mortgaged onr.
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
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
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.
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.