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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.


Jan
12
awarded  Quorum
Jan
12
comment 9-player Advanced Civilization rules
Actually the 6th map does exist, Eastern Expansion, I own it, but it's deep in storage so I can't test it out yet. +1 for good numbers and analysis.
Jan
11
answered Ticket to Ride Strategies
Jan
10
answered How Unethical Is A Purely “Blocking” Move In Ticket To Ride?
Jan
3
revised How can I recognize games I should avoid buying if I only play with non-hardcore gamers?
edited title
Dec
29
asked 9-player Advanced Civilization rules
Dec
13
answered What factors should I consider when choosing card sleeves?
Dec
9
revised Catan and Seafarers 5-6 player expansion
added 2 characters in body
Dec
9
revised Catan and Seafarers 5-6 player expansion
added 9 characters in body; added 4 characters in body; edited title
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
added 49 characters in body
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.