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Zeno
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Courtesy and Europe Sat, 02 December 2006 17:20
No, nothing about the Italians, I'm talking about the Europe map of the game and the Europe specialists.

On the US map when I enter a game I say 'hello', 'hey', or some such word, partially to be social, but also to indicate language. You get back a normal range of 'salut', 'hallo' or 'hi' and such. After the game the loser says 'gg' or 'grats' or 'gw', with a return 'thx', whether the players mean it or not, kind of like a handshake. Maybe there is a post-mortem, condolences about Bo-Mia, complaints about lack of wild cards, and perhaps a 're?'.

I try the same thing on the Europe map and I get at start of game:
Zeno: Hello
Opponent (halfway through game): oh, hi

If I win, I get the following response:






If I lose, the following happens:
Zeno: gg






I never bother, but I saw the following exchange today:
Womble: gg adler






Womble: re?





By the way, it was a good game, with womble unlucky on the wilds and both sides having nice long routes. Womble had to try an unprotected tunnel at the end, failed and lost. The new rankings are probably going to tempt more players onto the europe map, and I've been trying it out, but I miss the courtesy that is found in the US map. Yes we want to bury the other player during the game, and we hate losing, but we shake hands before and after. Nothing important here. I just wanted to vent, and know if others had noticed the same coldness in the Europe map.

[okay, I lacked perspective. Played a pair of games with Leleline_M, remembered some fine experiences with neozen. Courtesy is present in the europe game. Must remember that I play tops only in USA, but open table in europe, big cities and switzerland. The difference is that the top players form a community that is more closely knit than is found elsewhere. Though I no longer believe my post to be true, I'll leave it alone.]

[Mis à jour le: Sat, 02 December 2006 23:00]

      
Zeno
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Sightseeing in Europe Tue, 12 December 2006 17:38
Not really related to the previous post, but I had to share this.

To improve my game on the Europe map I have been watching games. There are only a handful of good players who have open games, so I have also been watching some mid-level people. Usually I just wonder why they don't score a bunch of points, go out and win when they are ahead, instead of picking up another 7 point ticket, but that may just be me.

As I was mentally screaming for the player onscreen to finish by using saved locos for a win (didn't happen, needed more weak tix), the player came to a position where s/he had 5 locos and 7 wagons left. They drew cards and got 2 more locos(!) for a total of 7 locos with 7 wagons left. What did they do next turn?

They drew 2 more cards.

[edit: just to cut off one plausible reason, no, they did not need to build any stations]

[Mis à jour le: Tue, 12 December 2006 17:41]

      
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Re:Sightseeing in Europe Tue, 12 December 2006 17:42
STOP LOOKING AT ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!
      
Zeno
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Leaving Europe Fri, 04 May 2007 01:52
Actually this has nothing to do with the thread so far, but erps put together the stat on responses per thread opened, and in order to get my average response & views higher, I thought it best to repost to an old thread. If you're reading this, ka-ching, my number of views just went up Twisted Evil . If you think this is unfair of me, by all means respond over and over again Rolling Eyes .

Another thing I have noticed about Europe is the number of free wins you get, especially from guests. Guests have to jump into games so quickly that as soon as they see a 2-player game go up they double-click. I usually pause for a beat after people join, and many do see that it is a Europe game and leave right away, but often enough I click go, and the person just pauses, then picks cards and leaves, or leaves prior to picking. Now if it was someone I knew, I would quit right away. If they said anything, I would offer to abort. Sometimes, but not all the time, I look up the login. I assume the result is minor, but it would tend to an inflation of the Europe player's ELO.
      
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Re:Leaving Europe Fri, 04 May 2007 02:45
Zeno wrote on Thu, 03 May 2007 19:52

and in order to get my average response & views higher, I thought it best to repost to an old thread.


Fear not Zeno, you're my favorite poster. Love all the stats. Who needs 4 digits, quality over quantity. Can't wait for more unauthorized bios.
      
DrakeStorm
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Re:Leaving Europe Fri, 04 May 2007 02:56
thekid wrote on Thu, 03 May 2007 17:45

Can't wait for more unauthorized bios.


Jealous he did my bio first rather than the self proclaimed greatest of all...lol!

Of course I'm not a Genius, so what do I know.
      
thekid
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Re:Leaving Europe Fri, 04 May 2007 04:23
DrakeStorm wrote on Thu, 03 May 2007 20:56

thekid wrote on Thu, 03 May 2007 17:45

Can't wait for more unauthorized bios.


Jealous he did my bio first rather than the self proclaimed greatest of all...lol!

Of course I'm not a Genius, so what do I know.



My laugh out loud of the day. Thanks, Drake.
      
    
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