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Comment: Party games (Score 1) 369

by Sowelu (#47776405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

When you have to entertain large groups of people, and you don't want to worry about any of them having to sit down and learn a new time-consuming game, keep copies of The Resistance and Are You a Werewolf around. (Yes, Werewolf is fine with scraps of paper, but the cards are fun.) You can explain them in minutes, and they make people a heck of a lot more social than most board games. The Resistance is better if you don't want any players to be eliminated, but you should only use it in groups that already know each other...it's a lot of fun to see the evil scheming side of people, but it makes terrible first impressions.

Comment: Re:Dominion & Munchkin (Score 1) 369

by Sowelu (#47776299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

My problem with Pandemic is that if you don't work as a perfectly aligned team, you lose horribly. No personal scores equals no autonomy, with the end result that one player pretty much dictates everyone's actions. Okay, you probably make your decisions as something like a committee, but it feels like a joke to pretend that each player really has "their own" cards and pieces.

Comment: Re:For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck wit (Score 3, Informative) 131

by Sowelu (#47733455) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

I can second Anker batteries, mine worked fine. I can't say I'm as thrilled with their wall-wart router, but that's probably more on me. Two data points isn't too useful, but if I had to recommend someone, I'd say "Anker didn't suck for me". No bigger help than looking at their Amazon reviews though.

Comment: Re:Moderation? (Score 1) 299

by Sowelu (#47665423) Attached to: Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

I'm amazed at the noise that doesn't get buried. If you don't browse at 2+ or even 3+, there's an awful lot of juvenile trolling. Yes, yes, I know the normal Slashdot response, if you don't like trolling then you're too thin-skinned to live. But if I go to a nice restaurant, or hell even McDonalds, at the very least I don't want some nutjob banging on the windows flashing his junk at everyone. That's like...at least half the articles here, and it takes hours for those comments to get moderated down to -1.

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