Which one of the following could be the schedule of the students' reports?

Andrew on January 30, 2023

What Ross saw in the rules

In the video Ross says he doesn't see anything that lends itself to making scenarios which is a good thing because when I was doing this game, I tried to make scenarios around N and it took me far too long and didn't give me much in the way of inferences. What is it about these rules that don't lend them to scenarios so I don't waste time trying to build inferences? Sometimes I do like having scenarios without many inferences because they allow me to visualize the board, better but I'd like to know when to not even consider it like this game.

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Emil on February 5, 2023

This is a great question. Ultimately everyone will have a different bar for when to do scenarios, but I'll go over my thought process. Generally, I will only make scenarios if a game meets two criteria

1: there are only two or occasionally three possibilities. If there's a rule that tells us "X must always be either second or third" or is similarly restricted, I will want to look at using that restricted thing as the base for my scenarios

2: each scenario tells us a lot about the game, this is a bit harder, but imagine a game where a rule tells us that the first spot must be either X or y. If we have no other rules about X or y, this doesn't tell us must by putting one first in each scenario. However, if we have additional rules that are impacted by those variables, then I would make scenarios.

As one exception, I might occasionally play around with a scenario to get a better feel for an atypical game. However, I think those two criteria are how I decide to do or not do scenarios like 95 percent of the time,

Andrew on February 7, 2023

Great explanation Emil. Thank you, I'm going to incorporate exactly these criteria from now on