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Comments on Thursday 13 February 2003:
A review of the game I invented the other week, Logisticks. We played it a bit more, and discovered a couple of things that made it a bit silly; a couple of changes to the rules, and it's all happy again.

The game is entirely deterministic, which is a good and a bad thing - on the one hand, it's nice to avoid randomness, but on the other hand, the game is rendered theoretically solvable. As with Chess, the last few moves of the game can often be written off (you'll do that, I'll do that, you'll do that, unless you did this in which case I do this and you have to do that, with the same result...), which is marginally irritating.

Also, as with Chess, it's possible to be sufficiently ahead in the mid-game that the opponent might as well resign (accidentally captured queen, in Chess, or four-points-ahead in Logisticks) - even marginally worse than Chess, in this regard, since you can be in a mid-game position where, no matter how stupidly your opponent plays, you can't possibly win.

All that said, the determinism in Logisticks is less simplistic than that of Draughts or Four-in-a-Row. The per-turn options are similar to those of Chess, with 72 possible opening moves, expanding swiftly as the game goes on - though with most of the available moves at any given time being easily disregarded.

After five or six games with Holly, we haven't found it to be flawed (except in those regards that we've fixed by altering the rules). It's perhaps a bit too cerebral for the tastes of most. It's a pleasantly short game, with length fixed at "less than 30 turns each" in a two-player game; usually more like 20. We'll probably play it more. [13:45]

Myke
Explaining the "hissyfit" comment:

Hm. Well, I live in a world constantly surrounded by various drama and dramatic people. I'm used to hissyfits. They don't make me think less of people anymore.

While I claim it was a hissyfit in which you left (which I took under the assumption was about me, and my voting for silly reasons... namely against the proposal that was my idea) I have no issues moving on from it.

We had a disagreement... I moved on, and hoped you would as well. It appears you have. I'm glad.

Plus... I'll give credit where it's due. I took the program, and even if it is freeware, I wanted to thank you somehow. It hasn't been all that practical yet... but it's pretty nifty.

Nik
Er. Surely 'somewhere relevant' would be a better place for whatever it is you're talking about?

But, ahaha, I totally term-you-don't-recognised someone-you-don't-know in activity-you-have-no-clue-about!
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