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Control Systems Engineer.

Most people want to stick their head in the sand and ignore problems, in an effort to avoid conflict. I refuse to be that passive person. Problems are there to be fixed, which means that first they have to identified. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.


Dec
6
comment Calculating luck as a factor in board games?
@Pat, I was just trying to point out that Carcassonne was a good example of what he was trying to measure.
Dec
6
comment Calculating luck as a factor in board games?
@Pat, drawing the right tile is a huge random factor in Carcassonne. Of course you do your best to plan for it and mitigate it, but sometimes you just aren't going to get the tiles you need, and others will. Carcassonne is a good example of a game that takes skill, but still has a high luck factor, opposed to a game like Puerto Rico that has a small luck factor.
Dec
3
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
3
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
3
answered What are the differences between the four editions of The Settlers of Catan base game?
Nov
30
revised Boardgaming Online
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Nov
28
comment Expulsion Card ruling in Mesopotamia
That's how we play it.
Nov
24
answered What is a good opening in Blokus?
Nov
23
comment Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?
@RoboShop, No, Hearts is not that cut and dried. There are a lot of factors and meta-factors (knowing the other players, strategical bent, etc.). There may be an agreed upon best move, but no guaranteed optimal play.
Nov
23
comment Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?
@Jefromi, I only play irrational humans, and the OP was only asking about human players. I believe that it very definitely has to do with completeness of knowledge, but of course that's not the only thing, just the main point I wanted to make. There's a lot more strategy to hearts than people realize, and a play that's judged optimal in one case, won't be in another, which is why chess (of which I've played a lot) doesn't have guaranteed optimal moves (which is why computers can still be beaten).
Nov
23
comment Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?
@Jefromi, There's always a best strategy, but no way to know an optimal strategy.
Nov
23
comment Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?
@bwarner, follow the link for the SE definition of subjective.
Nov
23
comment Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?
@Lo'oris, See my answer, and the link to SE defined subjectivity. Mostly this question is just silly from a game theory and mathematical point of view.
Nov
23
answered Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?
Nov
22
comment Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?
@LittleBobbyTables, it's definitely way too subjective, I've cast my vote to close.
Nov
19
answered Determining which areas to use in 2- or 6-player Power Grid
Nov
19
comment Determining which areas to use in 2- or 6-player Power Grid
That's funny, it's one of the games we always pull out when we have six players. Guess I'll have to play it more with less to see if it's better that way.
Nov
17
awarded  Enthusiast
Nov
15
comment Games that are quick to teach to new people, yet still fun and strategical
Wow, I love Power Grid, but I thinks it too heavy for an intro game.
Nov
15
revised Games that are quick to teach to new people, yet still fun and strategical
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