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Comment: Re:Where the losers feel like they also won (Score 1) 155

by Continental Drift (#48708041) Attached to: Designing the Best Board Game
Yes, which is why I'm not actually a fan of Pandemic. But both Space Alert and Escape are speed games, so there's not enough time to micromanage everyone. You have to count on your teammates to do the right thing, to talk to each other, to carry out a plan, and to be flexible when the shit hits the fan.

Comment: Where the losers feel like they also won (Score 1) 155

by Continental Drift (#48706479) Attached to: Designing the Best Board Game
Some cooperative games (Space Alert, Escape, Pandemic) allow everyone to win as a group, which makes everyone feel good. But as Reiner Knizia put it "the best games are where the losers feel like they also won." Where even the losers have met goals in the game, have felt like they played well, or have enjoyed themselves. Who cares who wins at Cards Against Humanity? We don't even keep score in Concept. If a game has rewards along the way, where I can look back at a game and be happy with some of my good plays, it makes losing the game not so bad, maybe even irrelevant. I like to win poker tournaments, but if I've made a particularly good bluff or clever trap call, I feel good about my play even if I end up losing.

Comment: Elegance and replayability (Score 2) 155

by Continental Drift (#48706297) Attached to: Designing the Best Board Game

I play board games two or three times a week. I love games with elegant rules which still lead to a game that can be played over and over. I've been playing bridge for 30 years, and I still find something new every time I play. Dominion and Werewolf are really neat elegant systems, but nearly every game is a new experience.

I also need to be able to improve. I think Royal Turf is an elegant game, but I know the ideal strategy and don't enjoy playing anymore. Whereas I have a lot to learn to be a better Zendo player and a better poker player, and will never master either game.

Comment: Re:Politics as usual (Score 1) 348

by Continental Drift (#45715703) Attached to: Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time
Baloney. We've been changing the length of lights, and drivers know it, which is why they run them all the time. We should make them standard based on length of the intersection, lanes, and speed limits throughout the US. Add in the RLC when the light length is well known, and it will help keep intersections safer.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein