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Blocking is an essential part of the game. Thu, 20 December 2012 09:37
It took me about 400 ranked online games to realize that. TIcket to Ride is a strategy game and it would be imbalanced without blocking. It would be just unfair.Those who play ranked games sooner or later come to understanding this. Sometimes there is no other way to win than to block, because players very often are not in equal situation from the very beginning. Besides, you can be blocked unintentionally, and then the only chance to win is to block intentionally. I suggest that those of you who prefer to lose than to block should admit that they are no sportsmen and stop playing ranked games, or stop whining about blocking at least!

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Re:Blocking is an essential part of the game. Thu, 20 December 2012 10:18
I have recently played a Legendary Asia game with someone named oZo. The table was created by me and it said 1350+. oZo had 1329 rank points but he decided to join my table. 1329 is not much less than 1350, so I did not mind it and started the game. After his first three moves I already knew that his Large Route ticket was Astrakhan - Hanoi, mine was Moscow - Calcutta. Thus I took my way so that both of us had a chance to complete our tickets. I had an opportunity to block my opponent, but I never do that without a reason. I don't know whether oZo knew where I was going, neither do I know whether he failed to see my generous social gesture or not...But the idiot blocked all the ways to Moscow, and that really looked like intentional blocking. So what could I do? I could give up and have minus six points on the ladder (I have to beat six opponents of oZo's level to regain those points btw) or I could block him back, which I did. Then happened the thing which I did not expect. oZo realizing that he is going to lose the game called me a "Mad blocker" and left the table. I never mind when I am blocked, I got rid of this habit long ago. But whining about blocking which is a part of the game and is not restricted by the rules is really getting on my nerves!!!

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Re:Blocking is an essential part of the game. Mon, 24 December 2012 13:58
In these situations, I would probably simply write it off and keep enjoying the game! Some people like to play games with absolutely no blocking (and even get upset if you needed to route and take it before they can) but it is part of the game.

It sounds like you got off easy with the "Mad Blocker" comment!! I've heard of people calling players a lot worse! Cool
      
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Re:Blocking is an essential part of the game. Mon, 24 December 2012 14:14
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Re:Blocking is an essential part of the game. Fri, 28 December 2012 15:32
I agree with the OP. The game certainly depends on luck at the beginning, and in some games it is really mandatory to block.

Even if it didn't depend on luck, I don't understand the people who start whining when they're blocked. It isn't cheating, or against the rules and it is certainly a part of the game. Blocking alone isn't going to make someone win easily. After all, anyone can block and by blocking you waste one of your turns in which you could add to your own routes.

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Re:Blocking is an essential part of the game. Fri, 28 December 2012 16:15
Yeah! Blocking is a separate skill. If you are not good at it you can do more harm to yourself than to your opponent.
I can also compare blocking with the Dark Side of the Force. It can be very powerful, but if you start every game with the intention to win by blocking the soul of the game is lost. But there is no balance without blocking.
      
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Re:Blocking is an essential part of the game. Sat, 29 December 2012 22:34
I personally get very frustrated when people whine about being blocked. It happens, it's deliberately a part of the game. People who join games i create and then insult me for 'blocking them' irritate me. I never advertise my games to be non-blocking, if you want a game without blocking, make your own.

That said, i completely and utterly agree with the OP. People just don't seem to be able to handle losing. I don't like losing at the best of times, and sometimes a block leaves me seething cause i'll lose... However, i realise that it's MY fault they were able to block it in the first place. If i had played seattle-vancouver earlier, it would never have been blocked.

I am in agreement with the 'players are not equal from the start' comment also. Say, for instance, i got denver/el paso and kansas city/ houston as my starting tickets. In a no blocks game, if my opponent pulls seattle/new york and vancouver/montreal, say, i've lost no matter what, cause the whole element of strategising to win is nullified by the 'no blocking' clause. If i so much as play a train in the top of america, i am criticised for being a blocker? It just doesn't make sense.

Ultimately, it's a losing thing. If someone is so intolerant of losing a game of chance, that they swear and whine and carry on about you 'cheating' cause you blocked them, they're not worth playing with.

      
    
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