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This is from a friend of mine whom I play Magic with. We met online several years ago. I've played Magic casually for 20 years. I stopped in the late 90's when my casual group disbanded and my attention went to other hobbies. I ended up joining his group several years ago. I felt like a bit of a newbie at the time as I had I carefully read many of the newer and unfamiliar cards. We've been playing together ever since.
 
Yes, I am THAT Guy in Casual Magic
The Mana Pool is one of my favourite Magic: the Gathering
podcasts, and one of the few geared towards casual players. The most recent episode, #377 Aaron’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame , hit home as Aaron talked about being THAT Casual guy: Aaron comes on to tal...
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Of the categories mentioned in this article, I would recommend different games.

Arithmetic -- Power Grid and Star Fleet Battles.
Co-operating -- There are so many.  Pandemic is the one that got me into co-ops.  My current favourite is Xenoshyft.
Sixth Sense (reading people) -- Sheriff of Nottingham is great for it because players are encouraged to mislead others.
Negotiation skills -- Lords of Vegas has a lot of wheeling and dealing.
Time management -- Pretty much any Euro game would do.  I would say Pandemic is a great example as you have only so much time to save the world.
Leadership -- Most games I have don't have a particular leader.  I have many co-ops and they are supposed to be co-op.  Some like Galaxy Defenders does have an alpha agent that resolves any conflicts.
 
The Best Board Games for Developing Valuable Real-Life Skills. What, no Scrabble?? http://lifehacker.com/the-best-board-games-for-developing-valuable-real-life-1714642211
Playing board games is a whole lot of fun, but some of the more difficult and complex games can actually help you learn things, too. Whether you’re trying to speed up your math skills or become a stronger negotiator, here are a few skills you can build (and the games that help you build them).
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Space Alert, Pandemic and Galaxy Trucker would give anyone a good grounding in IT project work. 😀
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"Introverts get exhausted by social interaction and need solitude to recharge.
Extroverts get anxious when left alone and get energy from social interaction."

I do enjoy social interaction.  I have hobbies and activities that I do with groups because they involve socialising with people. 

I do find that I need alone time.  The more stress I have, the more alone time I need and want.
 
Let's Quit It with the Introvert/Extrovert Nonsense Already. "all this self-identification doesn’t get us anywhere. It traps us in stereotypes and makes us feel like we need to behave in a certain way, when in fact few of us fall into the extreme binary of introversion and extroversion." http://lifehacker.com/lets-quit-it-with-the-introvert-extrovert-nonsense-1713772952
Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about the critical differences between introverts and extroverts. We all heaved a collective sigh as we read personality descriptions, thinking, “that’s me!” But like many personality stereotypes, these aren’t very useful for understanding ourselves.
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I want this for all vehicles, especially those larger SUV's, and mini vans.  When I learned how to drive, I was told to look past the car in front of me several cars down, so I can better prepare for what may lie ahead.  It's impossible for me to do that now that so many vehicles are so big and/or they have tinted windows that do not allow me to see through them to the next few vehicles ahead.
Samsung wants to leverage its technological expertise to make the roads a safer place.
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I'm just sharing this to people who have me in their circles.  I think many people who would have me in their circles are stereotypically not so fashionable.  :)  Perhaps this may help.
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Slippery slope here. If they can block web sites because of money, I can see the government going further. They may block web sites of any organisation or individual who shows any opposition to the government like opposition parties.
 
For governments accustomed to wielding their power to regulate local activity, the Internet has long been a source of frustration. From music sites to Uber to AirBNB, online services represent an enormous challenge to conventional government regulation,…
For governments accustomed to wielding their power to regulate local activity, the Internet has long been a source of frustration. From music sites to Uber to AirBNB, online services represent an enormous challenge to conventional government regulation, which typically relies on a jurisdictional hook to compel compliance. While most reputable global companies can ill-afford to simply ignore laws or court orders, there are still websites that o...
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The Power Grid game rules leave it up to players to decide on how to determine the areas to use in any particular game. I have decided to come up with a way to randomly choose starting areas. By using the randomiser tables, you can just roll dice to determine starting areas. I came up with these tables so that when determining which areas to use, every possible combination of areas will have an equal chance of being used. The tables list all legal combination of areas for a 3, 4 or 5 area game. Simply roll the dice indicated on the table and look up the list of areas. Where the table says, "Re-roll", re-roll all dice until a result other that "Re-roll" comes up.

The primary link is for the file download page for the US and Germany map that comes with the base game.  Here are the links for the other expansions/maps:

Deluxe (North America and Europe):  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119024/area-selection-randomiser-table-north-america-and

Australia & Indian Subcontinent:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119025/area-selection-randomiser-table-australia-and-indi

Benelux/Central Europe:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119027/area-selection-randomiser-table-benelux-and-centra

Brazil/Spain & Portugal:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119028/area-selection-randomiser-table-brazilspain-portug

China/Korea:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119029/area-selection-randomiser-table-china-and-korea

France/Italy:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119030/area-selection-randomiser-table-franceitaly

Northern Europe/UK & Ireland:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119032/area-selection-randomiser-table-northern-europeuk

Québec/Baden-Württemberg:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119033/area-selection-randomiser-table-quebecbaden-wurtte

Russia & Japan:  https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/119034/area-selection-randomiser-table-russiajapan
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What this really means to consumers is that we will have the same crappy battery life because Samsung will put batteries half its current size in their phones. If Samsung really want to give us longer battery life, they can do it today by putting bigger batteries in their phones.
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I bought Power Grid Deluxe on the weekend.  One thing that I wanted was a method to randomise the play zone areas to use when playing the game.  The method of arbitrarily picking them just isn't satisfactory to me.

I worked out a way to randomise the areas to use with a randomiser table.  Just roll the dice and you have the play zones to use.  These tables contain all connected areas on each of the two maps (if my calculations are correct).

I was thinking of making decks of cards where you would shuffle them and draw a card to choose a random set of areas to use.  I have a lot of basic land cards from Magic the Gathering that I don't really need.  I was thinking of putting stickers over them that has an image of the highlighted play areas.  That way, you draw the card and then lay it on the table for everyone to see.

So what do you think of this method for selecting areas to use in Power Grid?  For those who play this game, how do you guys normally select the areas to use in a game?
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I think a BGG link is fine. Or if you have them uploaded to Google Docs in any way/shape/form that also works. 
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The reason a certain kind of person loves talking about "mental illness" is to draw attention to the big bold scary exceptional crimes and treat them as exceptions. It's to distract from the fact that the worst crimes in history were committed by people just doing their jobs–cops enforcing the law, soldiers following orders, bureaucrats signing paperwork. That if we define "sanity" as going along to get along with what's “normal” in the society around you, then for most of history the sane thing has been to aid and abet monstrous evil.

We love to talk about individuals' mental illness so we can avoid talking about the biggest, scariest problem of all–societal illness. That the danger isn't any one person's madness, but that the world we live in is mad.

After all, there's no pill for that.
Blaming "mental illness" is a cop-out -- and one that lets us avoid talking about race, guns, hatred and terrorism
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I am certainly not in favour of FPTP.  Trudeau favours preferential ballots which I am not in favour of either.  My personal preference is range voting where you can give each candidate a rating from 0 to 10.  With range voting, you can actually indicate how much you like one candidate over another.
 
Trudeau announces plan to kill first-past-the-post by the next election http://ow.ly/OoNNx
Justin Trudeau wants this fall’s national vote to be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post electoral system
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