The Tao of Gaming

Boardgames and lesser pursuits

Four points in search of common theme

  1. Options Traders apparently make good bridge players.
  2. Dukes do weird things to Dominion Games
  3. Why yes, I would like to try your new Tower Defense Game.
  4. So, the new Wallace Ankh-Morpokh game is wallace + card chaos? Um, “ironic hooray?” (Still not sure what to think).

Written by taogaming

October 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Posted in Misc

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  1. What I think is that Wallace is a full-time designer now and a game based on Discworld needs to be approachable. Haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but I expect it will sell well, since the books are so wildly popular (must be an acquired taste).


    October 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

  2. Options traders and bridge players—actually, there’s more of a clear effect in the other direction. A bunch of good bridge players were recruited to trade options when that was a booming field. The bridge players all knew each other, of course, so they got their friends to work with them. The article is pretty far off-base, actually—for example, calling Warren Buffett an options trader is pretty silly. A lot of the examples were pretty severe stretches, and he missed some pretty important examples, including a couple of the recruiters. Looks like he noticed the correlation, but didn’t complete his research by calling the people. Or he was unlucky and didn’t get the right people.

    As far as non-effect driven correlations go, there are a lot of lawyers and computer programmers/scientists (as well as financiers and traders) among the top bridge players. Those are rule-oriented fields, so people who are good with rules tend to do well in them. Those who do well earn enough money that they can play bridge as much as they want. Nowadays, a lot of the top players are full-time players, pros for hire, though that field is not booming—hiring bridge pros is one of the first cutbacks people will make in weak economic times.


    October 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

  3. There’s no problem that can’t be solved with enough golems and archers, that’s what I always say

    Frederic Bush

    October 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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