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Aug
7
comment Do you have to go around the board once to purchase properties?
@Todd Waiting to go around once just means that people have more money to buy properties on the second go-around, which means the person who is unlucky and has lower rolls and doesn't roll doubles is at even more of a disadvantage, as the luckier people have more of a head start. Without the house rule, at least the person going last has a better chance at winning auctions on later properties. All you've done is switched the luck from the luck of the draw to the luck of the roll.
Aug
7
comment Do you have to go around the board once to purchase properties?
@Todd I haven't done a rigorous statistical analysis, but the part I don't buy is that the person going last has an appreciable disadvantage which would be mitigated by this house rule. Whether or not the pieces are "spread out" is irrelevant, except that it acts as a placebo for people who think that bunched up pieces means their odds of landing on a bought property have increased.
Aug
6
comment Do you have to go around the board once to purchase properties?
@Todd There's also a "reasonable" chance that players 3 and 4 will pass players 1 and 2. I don't buy this analysis.
Aug
6
comment Do you have to go around the board once to purchase properties?
I'd love to see rigorous probability testing of this. My intuition is that the silly "go around first" rule is more of a placebo for those looking for patterns (I always pay rent when I go last!) than making any appreciable difference. What's the difference in being unlucky and moving last and being unlucky and not being the guy that rolls doubles and zips around the board?
Jul
21
revised What effect do Strionic Resonator and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger have together?
Wrong reference.
Jul
12
comment How does Athreos, God of Passage respond to creature tokens?
To help clear up some confusion: a creature token is both a creature and a token. It can be returned to your hand because Athreos says so and it's a creature, it won't actually get to your hand because it's a token (CR 110.5g).
Jul
10
answered “A player must capture as many pieces as possible.” What happens if he doesn't?
Jun
25
comment When a card asks you to flip a coin is it against the rules to use a two headed coin?
@Gregor I confess to a downvote. Is a question still bad if it has generated a good answer? I'm not sure, but I tend towards yes. I downvoted to discourage the obvious followup question: “Would a judge issue me a penalty if I stacked my deck?”
Jun
16
comment Does a +1/+1 counter remove a -1/-1 counter?
@primo Sorry, I have to disagree. It's not arbitrary at all. Even with just a few counters, it takes extra mental energy to cancel out the counters in your head when determining power/toughness for combat decisions, etc. There are enough P/T changing effects already; we shouldn't keep redundant ones just to avoid an ancient card like Tetravus getting marginally less powerful. Some cards, like creatures with undying, are more interesting with this rule.
Jun
16
comment Does a +1/+1 counter remove a -1/-1 counter?
@primo There have been many cases of cards getting weaker because of a new rule intended to simplify bookkeeping or streamline play. Other cards get stronger because of the same rule. I don't see an issue with this.
Jun
14
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Jun
14
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Jun
13
answered Does a +1/+1 counter remove a -1/-1 counter?
Jun
11
revised Hex game strategy
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Jun
11
revised Hex game strategy
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Jun
11
comment Hex game strategy
@warren Yes, I was similarly confused at first. The question is poorly worded. :)
Jun
11
answered Hex game strategy
Jun
11
comment Hex game strategy
@warren I believe that the OP is talking about this game of Hex.
May
21
awarded  Enlightened
May
21
awarded  Nice Answer