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aerospace engineer, Star Wars nerd, PowerPoint hater, and family barista, @wuerl


Feb
18
awarded  Organizer
Feb
18
revised Please recommend a good shuffling machine
added "game-accessories" and "recommendations" tags
Feb
18
asked What are effective strategies for passing cards in Hearts?
Feb
17
answered Please recommend a good shuffling machine
Feb
17
comment Simple games that involve psychological factors?
I have no idea if this would make for a good experiment, but it simply sounds so awesome I need to up-vote immediately.
Feb
17
answered Simple games that involve psychological factors?
Feb
17
comment Simple games that involve psychological factors?
@ire_and_curses: based on the clarification above and some thoughts I had on simple modifications, I'm going to try and write up a PD-based answer. I feel bad though since it was originally your idea. Feel free to edit like crazy or make community wiki or whatever.
Feb
17
comment Simple games that involve psychological factors?
Given the recent clarification that this is for a controlled experiment, I think Diplomacy is too long of a game. Multiple trials would be necessary to achieve statistically significant results. I'd say you could data mine an online database of Diplomacy games, but you wouldn't have any meta data on the relationships between the players, thus no experiment.
Feb
16
comment Please recommend a good shuffling machine
Do you want answers about machines people have experience with that they would NOT recommend for your particular application? I have one I love, but would never use for shuffling one deck, nor would I use it for game cards that couldn't be replaced, as it's hard on cards.
Feb
16
comment What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
I happen to own a shuffling machine, a 6-deck one to be exact. I've also never used it with sleeved cards. Machines are quick, but only when shuffling large numbers of cards (we use ours for hand-and-foot, which is played with 6-decks). For smaller, Dominion-sized decks (say < 40) it wouldn't be worth using and only does a ripple shuffle anyway. The one I own is also much harder on cards than hand shuffling. There's no way I'd put my Dominion cards into it. In fact, we have to replace the 6 decks fairly regularly. Luckily their normal playing cards so that's cheap.
Feb
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
16
answered Calculating luck as a factor in board games?
Feb
16
comment Simple games that involve psychological factors?
It sounds like you may want to use the game for some sort of psychology case study or experiment. If that's true, perhaps if you gave us more insight into your hypothesis and intended experimental methodology we could help you design/tailor something. I admit my first thought was also a more complex Prisoner's Dilemma.
Feb
16
comment Axis and Allies 2nd Edition: to Pearl Harbor or not to Pearl Harbor
Agree a US Pacific fleet isn't worth the investment in IPCs, but this raises an interesting point. If NOT killing the fleet at Pearl encourages a less experienced US player to spend resources into the Pacific, and if the worst case is that they move the fleet East instead and get one more shore bombard roll in the Atlantic, then I think a case can be made for not attacking Pearl. It provides an opening for an unforced error by the US and sets you up as Japan to have a kick-butt turn 2. That said, I've had some luck island hopping with just the Pearl fleet and the Wake + HI infantry.
Feb
15
comment Axis and Allies 2nd Edition: to Pearl Harbor or not to Pearl Harbor
Don is awesome. Good to have his advice under this question. In fact, the rest of his essays are so spot on I've always felt a little pinch at being so unconvinced that Pearl is a no-brainer strategy for Japan. I agree that if you don't attack America can probably be most effective taking it to the Atlantic, but I wonder how effective it is there. The US/UK will have something unattackable anyway regardless of the Pearl fleet so does it buy them much? On the other hand, foregoing Pearl let's Japan get additional air units mainland end of turn 1. I'm curious to see other's calculus.
Feb
15
answered What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
Feb
14
awarded  Student
Feb
14
asked Axis and Allies 2nd Edition: to Pearl Harbor or not to Pearl Harbor
Feb
10
comment Minimum bid rule for Monopoly auctions
Is this based on a similar practice in real auctions? I'm curious if you just came up with the rules out of the blue (not necessarily a bad thing BTW) or if you're re-purposing guidelines from somewhere else.
Feb
8
comment Information gain from discarded tiles in Mahjong
Can you add Mahjong to the title of this question somewhere? The game you're asking about is kind of buried in the link and the tag.