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But you know that I know…

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The Rueful Rabbit — for all of his flaws — does quite well at bridge. Mostly due to his amazing luck, but also because he knows an important fact: what is good for declarer must be bad for the defender.

If you throw in R.R. to let him cash his winners (for a suicide squeeze), he declines to cash them. “After all,” he’ll later say, “Papa seemed quite keen for me to win my tricks, and he’s quite a good player you know. So while I couldn’t quite work out exactly why, it seemed right to not do it.”

And then the Hog will chortle about Greek Gifts.

To imagine that I never heard the story about why the Soviet Union built a space shuttle (tip of the hat to S.S.C.). (Actually I had no idea they built one at all).

The short answer — the Soviets figured that NASA was grossly wrong about the cost-benefit analysis and assumed that there must be a really cool (military) use that they couldn’t figure out. So — in order to not be caught flat footed —  they figured they’d build a copy just to be ready.

(Of course the actual answer was that NASA was just engaged in routine overbidding).

Vhojha Moi!

Also of interest (albeit technical), a model of how increasing competition can lead to reduced merit of outcomes (but also on how pool sizes matter). One of the more meta-game-theory things I’ve read recently. This also had a link to the Blotto game, which I have played (in some forms) but never knew had a name. And — bonus! — the author is a boardgamer (who sadly rarely writes about such things).

But I did read his (spoiler-ific) review of The Three Body Problem trilogy, which I read last year, and which contains the following worthwhile advice, which brings us back full circle to his Ruefulness.

If your opponent is doing something that makes no sense, whose purpose you can’t understand, which you have no explanation for why they might do it, assume it is highly dangerous. They are the enemy. They have a reasons they chose to take this action. That might be ‘they are an idiot who is flailing around and doesn’t know anything better to do.’ Maybe. Be skeptical.



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February 2, 2019 at 9:13 pm

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We are somewhat amused

As the person who coined “JASE,” I’m amused.

Speaking of, I was invited into a game of Newton last night and after 10 minutes of point salady rules I bailed.

Open Thread — Newton: JASE or not?

Also — if any of my more mathematical readers has an explination as to how this works (note — I am assuming it does), that would be lovely.

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January 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

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All I want for XMas is a few more links

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December 22, 2018 at 9:58 am

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A few actual gaming links (and some others)

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September 15, 2018 at 4:52 pm

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August Randomness

Well, I failed to save Wilford Brimley from anthropomorphic wolves. Perhaps you’ll have better luck in this web-based game based on a terrible trope.

And that also reminds me, I’m really  sick of Anthropomorphic wolves.

The Atlantic had an article about Cognitive Biases.

Mrs. Tao found this video on “phonetically consistent English” amusing.

I finally saw Black Panther. (Meh). I found the How It Should Have Ended much more enjoyable.

A rambling article on Luck that is more about psychology than variance, but may be of interest.

Popular Mechanics list of 50 best recent games.

The IGA’s list of nominees … Most of them I have not played.

Late update — The Lizardman’s Constant

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August 28, 2018 at 4:59 pm

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Some of my odd ideas go to BGG

But I’m sure you knew that.

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August 11, 2018 at 9:07 pm

Summerly Linkity

  • I fondly remember Cyberpunk and Deus Ex, so a Cyberpunk 2077 video game is radar-worthy…. but 2020 is rapidly approaching and yet another date in Sci Fi (literature and movies) that I’ve now come up and through….. we were promised Dragons at the end of the Mayan Cycle …. (Here’s the trailer).
  • JL8 finally updated after what feels like a year (new comic), here’s hoping for more.
  • After decades of using this quote, I finally discovered its originator. (“Man can do what he wills, but he cannot will what he wills.” — Schopenhauer). Whew, that’s a load off.
  • A quote from a debate (on Space Policy) — “It is very easy to say that there are more important things to spend money on, and I do not dispute this. No one is claiming that this is the only item on our expense list. But that is beside the point. As subsidizing space exploration would clearly benefit society, I maintain that this is something the government should pursue.” But the debater was Watson …. and the topic was not announced ahead of time. The debate was verbal, not typed, so speech recognition also played a part.
  •  In the realm of “How did I not know that?” Advanced Civ was designed by Jennifer Schlickbernd. (I discovered this in a thread on Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea, which I’ve P500ed).
  • TANK — A short animated film reminiscent of Battle Zone, Tron, etc. Also see the making of TANK video. which demonstrated that this was made in arguably the most difficult way possible (short of hand drawing it).
  • On the Factorio Blog they admitted they were proud and a little scared that they have inspired others to enter the genre. And I  admit, the Satisfactory video looks great. Not sure if the gameplay will be any good. I’ve been working on another Megabase. No, you don’t care. May blog about it later, anyway.
  • I have never kickstarted a game, but I must admit, QMG: The Cold War is tempting. Not tempting enough.
  • I never finished reading UNSONG, so I’m going to do that. (I’m also trying to finish Paradise Lost. I read a fair amount of it while in Rome last year, which is inviting kabbalistic disaster).
  • I may have to buy some comics as well….if only game stores sometimes sold comics…


Recent gameplay — Broke 100 games in Jump Drive (the TaoLing and I changed our meta after realizing that Military Convoy is not a one shot). Played a few more games of High Frontier (including a Grand Tour, albeit without Events, Colonists or Bernals, which considerably shortened the game). Played Concordia again, very popular at the local game night and it’s growing on me. Also got in a game of Galaxy Trucker and QMG …

Update — Burglar breaks into escape room, can’t get out, calls 911.

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July 10, 2018 at 7:17 pm

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