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Entrepreneur, sometime hacker, blogger, writer, chef and fan.


Jun
6
comment How Would I Get A Modern Diplomacy -“Like” Game Produced?
actually yes you can indeed patent a board game and quite a few board games (and their pieces, components etc) are protected by patents. (years ago in college I seriously pursued patenting a board game design and probably still could as I haven't yet seen an example of the mechanics and construction I was proposing)
Jun
5
answered How Would I Get A Modern Diplomacy -“Like” Game Produced?
Jun
3
asked Is there a good casual online place to practice/learn bridge?
May
19
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
22
answered Are There Any Real-Life Applications of Chess?
Mar
18
comment What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
indeed - years ago I was a semi-pro player (before the pro tour was formalized and in the early days of it) so yes you are wise to exercise your right to shuffle your opponent's deck
Feb
23
comment Games that have no element of luck.
I disagree that any game where you are playing against the other player's decisions involves luck in the slightest - imperfect information is an element of a game but it is NOT an element of luck - it is a reflection of the skill of the other player in disguising their moves. But much of Stratego is a matter of how you choose to set up and how over the course of the game what you have to reveal to the other player (and in turn what she or he reveals to you) gives you insights into what may remain in play. i.e. is that unmoved piece a bomb or a flag or a bluff?
Feb
17
comment Why is real-money-betting necessary for poker to be fun?
From what I've observed serious Backgammon requires gambling to be an interesting game. Without gambling in Backgammon a major element of the game when played between highly skilled players is lost - specifically the doubling cube and the decisions about when to offer it. Between skilled players backgammon is as much about when to put the other player to the test by extending the doubling cube as it is about the "luck" of the dice rolls. Skilled backgammon players play a rather different game than what more casual players play.
Feb
17
accepted What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
Feb
17
awarded  Scholar
Feb
17
accepted What are some fun setups for Dominion for two players?
Feb
17
answered When is it a good time to offer a draw in chess, and when should I accept one?
Feb
17
comment When is it a good time to offer a draw in chess, and when should I accept one?
actually this isn't exactly true. Draws should be accepted many times more than when a checkmate is no longer possible. There are countless other positions which are drawn even if technically pieces remain which could (in theory if not in practice) create a mate. In high level play Black should still be looking to win - draws by either side are often dependent on situations outside of the board as much (or more) than the actual position (i.e. overall situation in a tournament) and many games at high levels become drawlike for more see my answer.
Feb
17
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
16
comment What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
that's what I kinda assumed though I haven't used shuffling machines myself - but they seemed both best suited for multiple deck situations and cheap, standard cards not specialized cards such as CCGs or Dominion decks.
Feb
15
comment What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
Indeed though when I got the only three villages in my deck one after the other I suspect my shuffling was at fault.
Feb
15
comment What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
Yes. Hence my question. Though to be clear I'm looking for techniques for casual play.
Feb
15
comment What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
I mostly play Dominion as a two-player game with my girlfriend, mostly I'm looking for a good technique for us both to use to ensure minimal wear, especially once we add card sleeves, and which is fast and reasonably reliable and fair. Neither of us wants an unfair advantage but casual, lazy shuffling often results in clumps of cards remaining across shuffles leading to repeats of combos etc.
Feb
15
comment What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
The problem with pile shuffling is that in MtG it is used exactly because it isn't random (if you do it in a pattern) - i.e. you use it to take an ordered deck (lands & other cards) and mix them up in a highly distributed manner - i.e. you are breaking up clumps. This is good for casual play and if followed by additional shuffling and cuts which are fair it isn't a horrible thing (since starting with a deck with all the land and all the other cards clumped together isn't random either) but it isn't foolproof either.
Feb
15
revised What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?
minor typo fix