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by Hagbard
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Compiling a list of openings
Replies: 31
Views: 2065

Re: Compiling a list of openings

I was interested in maybe using some moderately advanced statistical techniques to cluster similar openings from the game archives and assign win probabilities to each opening. I extracted the first four moves from all games between strong players for the most used variants: http://aagenielsen.dk/t...
by Hagbard
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Rules
Topic: General rules
Replies: 29
Views: 7841

Re: General rules

On preventing that a game is stuck in repetitions. Repetitions were discussed at length in 2012. Here just a few comments. If repetitions were to be counted as repetitions of full board positions, and the player to lose were to be he who first entered this particular board position, then this way o...
by Hagbard
Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Strategy
Topic: Compiling a list of openings
Replies: 31
Views: 2065

Re: Compiling a list of openings

Brench wrote:I did want to make sure this wasn't already handled somewhere...
It is not yet.
by Hagbard
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: hnefatafl and the quest for balance
Replies: 32
Views: 4725

Re: hnefatafl and the quest for balance

Game haphazardness. When a game variant seemingly is well balanced (game balance near 1), theoretically the fine balance can have another cause than the game working well. Imagine some completely uncontrollable game, where the outcome is like throwing a dice. The "game balance" of such a game would...
by Hagbard
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Re: Gaming activity
Replies: 31
Views: 5718

Re: Gaming activity

Does this include Tournament games ? If so it will be biased towards those game types for which you have run competitions ! Yes, both championship and test tournaments. However, only variants which were found to work, are counted. Fx. ten tawlbwrdd setups were tested, but only three worked fine, an...
by Hagbard
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Alea Evangelii 19x19
Replies: 42
Views: 11570

Re: Alea Evangelii 19x19

its obvious to me it needs something to shake it up now and again to avoid stagnations. Berserk taking and jumping knights could be a direct way to get things moving along, given enough of these special pieces on the board. The Adam Bartley setup of Alea 19x19 was tried out in a couple of test game...
by Hagbard
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Re: Gaming activity
Replies: 31
Views: 5718

Re: Gaming activity

Which board sizes and which game types have been more popular during the latest two years? Board size 7x7. Brandubh 946 games Ard Ri 122 Magpie 213 Total 1281 Board size 9x9. Saami 610 Sea battle 72 Total 682 Board size 11x11. Copenhagen 3047 Fetlar 133 Berserk 182 Tawlbwrdd 692 Sea battle 85 Total...
by Hagbard
Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Icelandic Sagas
Replies: 0
Views: 384

Icelandic Sagas

January 16th I attended in the Historical Association a most fascinating lecture about the early medieval Icelandic Manuscripts with the Viking sagas, given by an associate professor from the Iceland University institute in Reykjavik responsible for the manuscripts. The manuscripts are on UNESCO's l...
by Hagbard
Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Brandubh 7x7
Replies: 11
Views: 3868

Re: Brandubh 7x7

Summary on the Irish Brandubh:
http://aagenielsen.dk/brandubh_summary.php
by Hagbard
Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Rules
Topic: Alea Evangelii 19x19
Replies: 42
Views: 11570

Re: Alea Evangelii 19x19

The religious tafl game Alea Evangelii is still a mystery. We've tried everything and anything and nothing worked. On the occasion of Christmas time I'll make another attempt at giving this game some thoughts. Having seen how impossible this game is with conventional rules, perhaps we should travel ...