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  1. Board games with unique mechanics?

    Currently, I've been playing board games which always have the same kind of (standard) mechanics (worker placement, card drafting, etc), which after a while, starts to feel kind of the same but...

    Currently, I've been playing board games which always have the same kind of (standard) mechanics (worker placement, card drafting, etc), which after a while, starts to feel kind of the same but what changes is the theme.

    I'm looking for recommendations on board games which have unique mechanics. It could a completely new mechanic or simply a mechanic which already exists but then the game uses it with a twist.

    For example:

    • Trickerion use of worker placement but the workers have actually different values.

    • Tzolk'in and the use of gears.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Been watching Silver Spoon with the wife. It was a suggestion from a Japanese girl and when I read the synopsis, I was really not impressed. But now, I actually quite like it. It is funny without...

    Been watching Silver Spoon with the wife. It was a suggestion from a Japanese girl and when I read the synopsis, I was really not impressed. But now, I actually quite like it. It is funny without being too silly and it was also some nice messages.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Fitness tracker recommendations? in ~health

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    I would say that the heart rate monitor is pretty accurate in my case. At least, the results are always almost the same every day, since, I always have the same routine. During sleep my heart rate...

    I would say that the heart rate monitor is pretty accurate in my case. At least, the results are always almost the same every day, since, I always have the same routine. During sleep my heart rate decreases to a minimum of 45 bpm and my rest heart rate is 60 bpm. During running I also can see my bpm and they seem accurate for my fitness levels. Been using it for two months every day even when I'm sleeping. I only take it off when I go for a bath. But yes, they could be inaccurate, it could just mean that are regularly and constantly inaccurate :D

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  4. Comment on Fitness tracker recommendations? in ~health

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    I was in the same search as you in the last month, which took me actually one month to find the right fitness tracker. I chose Huawei Band 3 Pro. It's light, it's cheap (original price 95€ but...

    I was in the same search as you in the last month, which took me actually one month to find the right fitness tracker. I chose Huawei Band 3 Pro.

    It's light, it's cheap (original price 95€ but bought it in discount for 60€), it has GPS, sleep tracking, continous heart rate monitoring, alerts when I stay still for one hour, sms notifications, apps notifications, etc. I heard it's good for swimming but I never tried it.

    Exercises it contains are not a lot, but for me they are enough. It has cycling (indoor and outdoor), swimming (outdoor and indoor), running (indoor and outdoor) and free training.
    I mainly use it for running and cycling and I have to say the GPS is great! Super precise. It maybe has a 1 or 2 meters of error, I would say.

    But the app is great even though on reviews they say is it not. It even has running trainings and achievements. It says in which zones do you enter when you doing sports, real time info and at the end it says how many hours do you need to rest between exercises. The app has the right balance between not enough and too much information. Garmin has too many information and doesn't help you with what does that mean and Fitbit doesn't give you too much information. Huawei has the best of both worlds, I think.

    If I have to say some cons about it, are:

    • the bluetooth connectivity with the app (But I'm not sure if that is my problem, I have a smartphone with 1 Gb of RAM and they say that recommended is 2Gb)

    • I'm not 100% convinced about the sleep tracking, it starts counting as sleep only a few minutes after I lay to bed, even though I'm still awake (And you can't edit the info). Sometimes I also wake up during the night (but I stay in bed, not getting up) and it still thinks I'm sleeping. But I think that's a limitation of all trackers. Without real brain wave "detection" it's a bit impossible to know.

    • On the website they say they have 200 recomendations from sleep experts but then I always get the same recommendations. Your sleep is too light, try sports, don't drink coffee, meditation, talk to a therapist, etc, etc, etc.

    But to be honest, I recommend it. Actually, everyone is impressed with the tracker when I show it to others. Since, it has gps and it was so cheap. You can't get better for this price.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years in ~tech

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    Oh! That's cool! I really don't have an account logged on so I don't do any of those things. Thanks, I'll check them out.

    Oh! That's cool! I really don't have an account logged on so I don't do any of those things. Thanks, I'll check them out.

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  6. Comment on Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years in ~tech

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    Actually, I think what's hardest to replace is really to stop using YouTube (no alternative at all) and Google Maps (somewhat doable). I always use OpenStreetMaps for directions but to look at...

    Actually, I think what's hardest to replace is really to stop using YouTube (no alternative at all) and Google Maps (somewhat doable). I always use OpenStreetMaps for directions but to look at reviews / opening hours of certain places / stores, Maps is quite useful.

    For e-mails there are many alternatives, to be honest. You simply have to search well enough what you want. It took me sometime, but eventually I chose Tutanota. Until now, no complains at all. Clean UI, fast and reliable e-mail provider with encryption, no logs or tracking.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Don’t blame the babies in ~enviro

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    Like I saw somewhere else, depriving yourself of having children, is in a way depriving the human society from having a next true genius like Einstein. Your children could be the ones that save...

    Like I saw somewhere else, depriving yourself of having children, is in a way depriving the human society from having a next true genius like Einstein. Your children could be the ones that save this planet from climate change, for example. Basically we are depriving ourselves from our reaching our true human potencial. If everyone only has two childs is enough to "replace" the population that dies and eventually it will balance itself out.

    All of these stories are only to shift the guilt and responsibility to us.

    Corporations make most of the polution, making personal changes doesn't help much if corporations don't change (goverments need to force them, probably). This is exactly the problem with plastics. You can reduce and recycle all the plastic you want but nothing will change if the corporations don't stop selling so much plastic products.

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  8. Comment on What is the VPN that works best for you? in ~tech

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    Thank you! I'm going to check it out.

    Thank you! I'm going to check it out.

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  9. Comment on Why is my SCHUFA information contradictory? in ~misc

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    Thanks for the reply. I talked to some people and also wrote on Reddit (I really created my first account on Reddit because of schufa, ugh) and it seems that giving only the certificate...

    Thanks for the reply.

    I talked to some people and also wrote on Reddit (I really created my first account on Reddit because of schufa, ugh) and it seems that giving only the certificate diploma-like should be enough to my landlord. The more detailed information should be just for me. But, well, let's see how does he respond.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What is the VPN that works best for you? in ~tech

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    I also use NordVPN and I was always happy with them, but, after reading some troubling news about them being related to a data-mining company (Tesonet), now I'm not so sure. I think I'll just let...

    I also use NordVPN and I was always happy with them, but, after reading some troubling news about them being related to a data-mining company (Tesonet), now I'm not so sure. I think I'll just let it expire and use another service (maybe AirVPN or Mullvad, but I have to research better). They really went to a lot of trouble to make other blogs to take down these news and give excuses (on hacker news discussions) when to me, the evidence seems pretty clear. You can read it in some blogs or you can read it more on hacker news: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17258203
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18609655

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  11. Comment on Why is my SCHUFA information contradictory? in ~misc

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    Yes, I've been living and working for 4 years in Germany. Yes, I'm employed with a German company so all of my taxes are filled already. I changed jobs 6 months ago, so my probezeit ends now in...

    Yes, I've been living and working for 4 years in Germany. Yes, I'm employed with a German company so all of my taxes are filled already. I changed jobs 6 months ago, so my probezeit ends now in March. So, in these 4 years, I've been employed by two german companies. I only changed apartments once, when I arrived to Germany I moved from my temporary 6 month apartment to my current apartment. I read the moving a lot also affects the risk (crazy, really). So yes, I also find it very strange.

    But, I have one guess. I currently have 4 bank accounts. My old account when I was not married (I still have to close it, no money there actually), my N26 account that I use for travelling abroad only, my Commerzbank account that I use for my current salary and then I'm my name is also on my wife's account. If this is the case for the risk, I find it very stupid. I could have 100 accounts and still pay everything and have not debts or loans. Bank accounts to be used for debit only make no sense to increase the risk.

    I thought SCHUFA was a private company that have their stupid secret risk algorithm calculator that no one knows. So that's why I thought this doesn't have to do with the Finanzamt or my banks.

  12. Why is my SCHUFA information contradictory?

    Hi everyone. I'm in a more or less of a dilemma here. For the ones that don't know, SCHUFA is monopolistic credit agency in Germany. The good news is that my wife is pregnant and now we need to...

    Hi everyone.

    I'm in a more or less of a dilemma here.
    For the ones that don't know, SCHUFA is monopolistic credit agency in Germany.

    The good news is that my wife is pregnant and now we need to move to a new apartment with one extra room. Luckly, a friend of us is also moving and we simply got in contact with his landlord. We sent the information about our salaries and answered a few general questions and all is well for him. But, the landlord also wants our SCHUFA score.

    We weren't worried at all because we don't have any credit cards or any loans and we are very frugal with our money. We really only spend money for our basic necessities and doing our holidays. We don't have any debts; we pay everything in a timely manner.

    Then, my SCHUFA-BonitätAuskunft arrived. I look at the first page, which is in this diploma-like format and it says: "We had only positive contractual information at our disposal." (Es liegen uns zum XX.XX.XXXX ausschliesslich positive vertragsinformationen vor.)

    "Great!", I thought. Then, I turned to the next pages and I see "Explanatory informations for your certificate" and there it says that I'm a high risk person. Basically, my result is 335, right in the middle (scale from 100 to 600).

    We have a high netto salary and it seems this doesn't count for anything. My guess is that they don't have almost no history about me (I'm only living in Germany for 4 years) and since we are not big spenders, basically we are high risk because they don't have data to infer the risk. A few months ago I opened a new bank account on Commerzbank and I guess my SCHUFA score was good enough to open a new bank account, so I don't understand.

    How is it possible that in my certificate diploma-like paper says that they have only have positive information about me and then on the explanatory pages say that I'm a high risk person in basically every sector (Banken, Telekommunikation, etc)?

    Now we also asked the SCHUFA score only for my wife and let's hope for the best.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What are some anime/manga that are underrated and/or not so popular? in ~anime

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    I also agree on this one! I started watching this anime just out of not having nothing else to see and I was also suprised that it kept me hooked. The art style was probably one of the things that...

    I also agree on this one! I started watching this anime just out of not having nothing else to see and I was also suprised that it kept me hooked. The art style was probably one of the things that put me off at the beginning but then it grows on you. You really start seeing how beautiful it is. It really has a charm that I can not explain, I think. Not sure about the girl, but I liked the characters also, even though, they don't have the most complex character building around. Again, not sure why, but it left a good impression on me. :)

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What are some anime/manga that are underrated and/or not so popular? in ~anime

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    Like @masochist said, not legally. But you can definitely find it in one of the most popular anime streaming websites.

    Like @masochist said, not legally. But you can definitely find it in one of the most popular anime streaming websites.

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  15. Comment on What are some anime/manga that are underrated and/or not so popular? in ~anime

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    I never got the feeling of being popular just because I never saw it recommended anywhere along these years. Usually, I base the popularity of something by how many times I see the anime suggested...

    I never got the feeling of being popular just because I never saw it recommended anywhere along these years. Usually, I base the popularity of something by how many times I see the anime suggested in anime lists around the web.

    Yes, I also really enjoyed the accuracy of depecting space, or at least, how a society / community in space would be in reality. Sometimes movies or tv shows exaggerate a bit on the futuristic side of things.

    I totally forgot about that someone, but you are right. It got slightly annoying but nothing too serious to ruin the show, at least for me. Sometimes people with a big dream act erratically, just look at Elon Musk :)

    Another promising (that I'm still yet to see) space-related anime is Space Brothers. But I think this anime doesn't fit this post. I have the feeling is somewhat popular, since, I've seen recommended here and there.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What are some anime/manga that are underrated and/or not so popular? in ~anime

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    Planetes, I found this sci-fi anime completely by chance and I was suprised by how good it was. At first it seems a simple story (and starts somewhat slow), but then, it shows its "real face"...

    Planetes, I found this sci-fi anime completely by chance and I was suprised by how good it was. At first it seems a simple story (and starts somewhat slow), but then, it shows its "real face" towards the middle of the series. It makes an analogy to a lot of problems that we face today as a society but also on our own personal lives. It also includes some romance, just so you know. In a very very simplistic overview: it's a story about garbage men in space. But you really have to find more by yourself :)

    9 votes
  17. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games.tabletop

  18. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games.tabletop

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    Man, what a great story! I definitely have to try Pandemic Legacy, I really like the original Pandemic. Luckily, my company has a board game group and one of these days, I'll try it also. I just...

    Man, what a great story!

    I definitely have to try Pandemic Legacy, I really like the original Pandemic. Luckily, my company has a board game group and one of these days, I'll try it also. I just hope it's not in German. :)

    Probably, you already know it, but Spirit Island also seems a very awesome co-op game! In case you don't know, check it out!

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games.tabletop

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    Thanks for the great write-up :) Yes, maybe I'm confused. I always had the impression that deck building would be something like "building" a strong hand to defeat your opponent. Be it by, taking...

    Thanks for the great write-up :)

    Yes, maybe I'm confused. I always had the impression that deck building would be something like "building" a strong hand to defeat your opponent. Be it by, taking cards from a deck, from the board or stealing from your opponent.

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  20. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games.tabletop

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    Still, it really looks an interesting game, I'll see if I can try it somewhere in the future. Thanks for the recomendation :)

    Still, it really looks an interesting game, I'll see if I can try it somewhere in the future. Thanks for the recomendation :)