44 Game 2
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I have a question on games like this with smaller boards & lower number of variables which always fill the board. When we know this will happen, would it be a good use of time to draw as many inferences from the conditionals (beyond what the rules provide) as possible before starting, or dive in?
I'm doing that now as practice for more quickly recognizing conditional relationships, and with this game the conditional chain neatly separates all 3 days so I spent more time fleshing it out.
This is also the 2nd game so its likely easier questions, so as we get better I'm also concerned that if I spend more time setting up an earlier game I may have wasted valuable time that I'll need for 13-17.
I guess I should refine the question to ask is it more advantageous to power through earlier/easier games than waste the extra time filling out all the inferences you can pull from the rules to make the largest rule chain possible before starting, and save that strategy for later games/harder ones.
I never bother trying to make inferences. I'm not good at doing it, and I don't find it's ever necessary.
I do find that my methods save me time on every game when I follow them systematically and thoughtlessly. I don't use different strategies for different games; I do the same things all the time.
But, if you want to do something different, I'd just say to try it out and see how it fits!
Sometimes you'll find that you enjoy mixing things up, and while I know my system is effective and efficient for me, I also know that it's useful to you to take ownership of your prep. So try out some version of what you've described, and let me know how it goes!
Thanks! Your system is great, having reviewed every single major player's explanations I don't think there's a better option than how you teach us. I recently participated in a complimentary live hosted study session and the tutor's strategy and composition of the games were absolutely a waste of time and a mess compared what we learn here.
I was just finding on a few (must have been really easy) games that I spent a bit more time making inferences and fleshing out my rule tree to include other things that had to be true (I guess I just reiterated my previsous statement)-- I was able to answer 3-4 questions without doing any additional work. Trial and error, and experience will help boost the confidence that I can make those inferences on the fly I'm sure.