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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
13
comment Beginner Power Grid strategy
@Jefromi, here's the official FAQ on it.
Jan
13
comment Beginner Power Grid strategy
@Jefromi, I think it's a silly rule also, but that is the way the game is played. In Power Grid, money is allowed to be secret. In my last game, I used my smartphone calculator to keep track of the opponent I was most concerned with.
Dec
9
comment 9-player Advanced Civilization rules
@Lohoris, no, we never did try a 9-player game or find any other reference for it. Looks like this year we won't be playing.
Feb
14
comment When you King's Court a King's Court, when must you pick the three target cards?
While I can't remember the latest example, we've definitely learned that the rules are not unambiguous. They're pretty good, but there are some head scratchers and sometimes you just have to make a decision.
Dec
31
comment 9-player Advanced Civilization rules
We ended up with 8, but we're playing our annual game again on Monday, so we'll see what happens. I'll let you know if we do.
Sep
29
comment Beginner Power Grid strategy
@Chris, you have to take some chances, it's easier to pull off the more players there are. While your bid may only raise it one electro, if you make it seem like it's a worthwhile investment, then it may motivate others to bid higher on it.
Aug
17
comment One vs Many board games
The real problem comes from a vague definition of what questions are acceptable. We allow recommendation questions, but then it seems to be randomly decided which ones remain. Like the commenter in Meta who mentioned the travel games question, that one was way more broad than this question was. I'm not sure why the OP needed to change this question from a recommendation question to a information/research question. I would have been fine with everything becoming community wiki, but I thought he was asking for a good specific niche (unlike something like 'all multiplayer games').
Aug
17
comment One vs Many board games
That was really cold, deleting all those answers like that.
Aug
15
comment In Puerto Rico when using the “residence” how is “occupied island spaces” interpreted?
@alex, they definitely could have been clearer, this question comes up a lot for new players.
Aug
11
comment What is the repeated move stalemate?
@thesunneversets, Yeh, I got hosed once in a tournament bigtime because I thought it was moves.
Jul
12
comment Basic strategies for each country in Diplomacy
What's cool is when you can win without any backstabbing. It's takes way more diplomacy doing it that way.
Jul
6
comment What can I do to ensure that my friends' first game of Arkham Horror with me is as awesome as possible?
I think getting Cthulhu to show up in person would be pretty awesome.
Jul
5
comment Public knowledge in Settlers of Catan?
That quote is only for the latest edition of the rules, it didn't apply in earlier versions (you gave out until you ran out).
Jun
30
comment What Makes Buildings Valuable In Puerto Rico?
related: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/3085/…
Jun
29
comment Short-version of Settlers of Catan
possible duplicate of How to reduce slow starts at the beginning of the game?
Jun
26
comment Creative handicaps in Settlers of Catan?
@Elliot, I didn't say they were always bad moves, we've all done them as some time strategically. I was just saying that casual players will not be thinking strategically, and do moves like that arbitrarily totally throwing a good player off his game. I had it happen to me in TTR online yesterday, when a 'bot' player placed random tracks everywhere, completely unpredictable. Bad for him, but also bad for my decision-making process.
Jun
26
comment Creative handicaps in Settlers of Catan?
@Elliot, in Settlers you might have roads go to places that no one would ever build a road to, or settlements built in uncommon places, or the robber placed strangely.
Jun
26
comment Creative handicaps in Settlers of Catan?
@Elliot, I think fun is relative to the players playing and the social experience, not whether you win or lose. The not predictable stuff usually aren't good moves, but will sometimes hose a player not expecting it. I get hosed by computer players sometimes because they do random crappy stuff.
Jun
24
comment Are there names for checkers openings?
My friend called google.
Jun
23
comment What is the best opening in Hansa Teutonica?
This seems to be the way it works in our group.