Judge John Hodgman Episode 159: The Waiting Game

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Mollie files suit against her husband Geoff. She says Geoff can be overly competitive when playing board games, and takes his sweet time plotting the perfect move to crush his opponents. She wants Geoff to get a move on! Geoff says playing the game means taking the time to do it right. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Ascension App

I highly recommend the Ascension iOS app. It's a pretty good computer opponent and offers asynchronous online play. Many expansions are available for it, too.

Also, it's "Mechana."

Rules Changes

I totally respect the idea that Geoff just wants to play with the rules that come out of the box, but there's an easy way to change the rules to speed him up without adding a handicap - just make Mollie play her turn under the same time limit.

If I didn't know any better I

If I didn't know any better I would have sworn that this episode was about my friend, also named Jeff, who has the same issues and does not believe it. I just might recommend this episode to him.

Timing

Chess timer instead of stopwatch?

Really, Mollie was right...

I have played board games with Mollie and Geoff, and Geoff does take forever to take a turn!

Solitaire Ascension

You can absolutely play Ascension by yourself! It offers a solitaire version of the regular game that is, in my opinion, more difficult than playing with other people. Anyone who loves Ascension should definitely give it a try.

Also, the iPhone version of the game is another great way to play without the need of others.