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Jeffrey Collyer
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Somehow I completely missed this very interesting talk from the DefCon that describes how you can improve your chance of winning in Blizzard's Hearthstone (which AFAIU is a very recent online TCG similar to M:tG, just much simpler) by applying some algorithms to find undervalued cards and even build a model that would predict which cards your opponent will play based on what they played so far.

http://www.elie.net/blog/hearthstone/i-am-a-legend-hacking-hearthstone-with-machine-learning-defcon-talk-wrap-up#.VD29j8CUdaI

I am curious to see similar research for M:tG given the complexity of the rule book and the size of available card pool in the Legacy format. 

/cc +Florian Loitsch +Kevin Millikin  
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If you don't want the monster, don't pull the lever  -  Igor
    T. Pratchett.
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A good thing, teaching girls to code.  Especially relevant to me as I'm doing the same thing with #Minecraft and #Javacript next month for some homeschooler...

Plus STEM is cool 
A look at how an all girl coding class at Velocity came to be and what we have learned along the way.
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Does anyone know of a Javascript  web based ide that has a remote file module for storage.  I'm trying to figure out how to get a group of kids programming and dropping their code on my linux box without having to go through ssh etc.   It will be Javascript code that they'll be writing.

I see things like the #ACE or #ATOM.io editors and know its close to possible.

#Scripted and NuetronDrive/drive both fit for single users, but nothing that really handles multiple users well. 

What have I missed?
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Use www.codev.it.
You will need to add ftp username and password. Meanwhile your students can use the web IDE to code and store it on ur machine.
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So nobody told me how deep this Minecraft rabbit hole goes.  As a reasonably astute IT guy with some Java experience, is there a decent guide to mod building anywhere?  One from/for actual developers?
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If you find one, I'll be interested as well.
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Neat idea.  Looks fun, plus super cute Erin Karpluk from Being Erica.
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Exactly.  Columbus was a bad person.
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How I feel at work some days...
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Only some days?  Damn, that would be nice.
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Well that is not a good thing....  I liked them
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Wonder if they're winding the show down. 

Or if the kids will get their own show now.  That might be pretty cool.  There can't be too many engineering action shows.  
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#hearthstone   #Naxx  Not sure what I was expecting, but for me Naxx  is becoming brutally hard with each new quarter.  The bosses all appear to be puzzles that need just the right deck with just the right initial mulligan or you're screwed.  You can't take a reasonable deck and a bit of skill and expect to get through. 

And really, bosses with 75 health and 2 mana 4 damage.  Really.   Thats like taking a kids soccer team to pro match and throwing them on the field with a hearty "do your best".   And the pro team are also cannibals... who eat their opponents... and they all have tazers...  

All thats left is the crying.  What a bunch of turtle toss.

Here is my current strategy for the military quarter..

- try
- die lots
- look online, find deck that might work
- realize I don't have the legendaries to make the appropriate deck
- try a variant anyway
- die more

- realize I just paid $20 for a game that frustrates me more than anything other than work.

- go play Minecraft
- feel better

 
Seriously though.  Naxx is hard and really makes a statement that Blizzard has forgotten about new players entirely.  

Lets look at a new player.  The grab the free game.  The play for a couple of hours unlocking all the heros (which I believe is a prerequisite for getting into Naxx).   The have all the base cards, and possibly the equivalent of say 5 extra packs (25 cards).

They plunk down their hard earned $20 for Naxx expecting to have fun.  And then they lose every match and can't complete the first quarter.  Not fun at all.

Honestly Blizzard, what do you think your new player experience of Naxx will be?  I get that the game needs to be more balanced for the higher level players, but you're alienating all the casual and new players right away.  Bad form.
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I haven't paid for it yet because I wasn't overly impressed with the first quarter. Granted, I did have some trouble with it (esp the class challenges where I don't get to pick my deck) but it was just a more challenging version of the practice rounds with some new cards. If it were $10 to play, I'd probably pay, but $20 is a bit much. The AI is decent but still makes some odd choices that a human wouldn't make (which is how I won against the last boss). I much prefer playing against people. 
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An affordable robot kit for the Raspberry Pi.  So hopefully my son will get some more use out of his Pi.
TiddlyBot is a simple little funbot with some amazing features. It draws, follow lines, and helps with the learning of technology.
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Great! Consider www.coderbot.org too ! :-)
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Nomadic tabletop GM of the mostly indie game persuasion.  Dad of 2, husband, cook of some things decent thanks to Alton Brown.  Networking wonk at the day job.  
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