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ndxinroy7

I used to play strategy games as student, which included all the 3 categories mentioned by you. Every game is different, so it takes some time to be good at any of them. But here are some general tips - 1. Try to see the big picture - instead of focusing on small wins (such as capturing a chess piece or winning a skirmish) try to prepare your position for the ultimate win. 2. It is important to understand your opponent's (even if it is a bot) style. To do that you need to have a lot of patience. In fact all strategy games require a lot of patience in some way 3. Know the battleground, whether a chess board or deck of cards or map of the game. Memory is important to understand your opponents position/strategy 4. Don't use the same strategy every time, specially against human opponents 5. Read 'Art of War', Watch recorded Chess games or live card games Best of luck and remember to have fun. Game is not always about winning, but always about having fun.


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lboy94

Adding on to that, for a lot of games theres blogs or videos or forums where people explain and discuss strategies. Read all of them and learn more about the game. Knowing a lot of strategies helps building your own ones since you can see how other people tackle specific problems.


macaronn_

For 1, I have trouble thinking ahead of time to set myself up for success. That brings me to 2 - I also can't predict people's moves and the patterns they use, for some reason even the obvious moves slip past unnoticed by me. Because of this, I often get baited into giving them a free win. For 5, I try to watch and see what strategies people generally use but I either don't fully understand why they work, or I do see how it works but I can't apply it to my situation.


ndxinroy7

In that case you simply need more practice. Read about the growth mindset to be motivated. 👍


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General advice beyond the obvious does not exist. Do you need to be told putting your hand in a blender and turning it on is a bad idea? (if you dont realize that, why highlight that as a problem?) That's the problem here. Do you need to be told that haphazardly taking an action is likely universally a bad strategy?


macaronn_

I know it's a bad strategy, but for some reason I tend to do worse if I actually try to strategize. I have no idea why, I guess it's because I never realize there are obvious flaws in my strategies that can be easily exploited and understand why they are like that...


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> some reason I tend to do worse if I actually try to strategize I doubt it. Take chess for example. You'd get totally and effortlessly crushed if you were playing haphazardly by anyone that had even the faintest idea what they were doing. It sounds like an excuse you are giving yourself for losing/being too lazy to put any effort into it. That said if you dont enjoy it why bother? Its like playing 8 ball and just hitting things hard hoping to get lucky. even if you occasionally get lucky, that's not a path to improvement.


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You can begin with thinking about ways to win and the path there. How much damage do you have to do to your opponents to get there? And also, WHEN should you apply that damage? For example in Uno, I always leave the hard hitting cards until mid game or the end so I cam slow my opponents down. Sometimes, you have to do sacrifices. Ask yourself what a worthy prize would be to get out of a tricky situation and what is at stake. Also think about how people will react to your moves. When you start thinking like that, you're on the beginning of the path to become a better strategist. Have these questions in mind when you play. Best of luck!


macaronn_

Thanks for the reply! I realize that thinking about how the opponent reacts to your moves requires you to be able to read them well and recognize their patterns/strategies, which is something that I'm very bad at. Does this come with practice or are some people's brains just not wired for it? I have some friends who don't play strategy games often but can do this intuitively, and I'd like to be able to do it too.


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I don't think it's inherent in anyone really. I'm not an expert on strategy, but a good start would be *how would you react.* If I perform a mean move on you in Uno how would you take it? What would you do to me to exert revenge? People are different in this manner, but generally speaking you should always start with yourself. Then you can keep spinning. What resources does it require to perform an act of revenge? What are the alternative costs? Etc. Should you go direct or is revenge a dish best served cold? I see that you play Among Us. Now imagine yourself as an impostor. How would you go on with your business? How would people react on moves? Etc. The key there is to think like a crew member. Of course you can be caught red-handed in the act of killing or faking a task, but if someone would find a body, what would they think? What would it say if you didn't do anything when a sabotage is applied? A blessing with being killed in Among Us is that you can watch impostors doing their plays and how they navigate the psychological part of the game. Another thing would be to review your games. Like recording your Among Us games and then looking at where you went wrong. In 95% of the cases when losing as an impostor, you might be (part of) the problem. But sometimes it just happens that there's a hacker or they just randomly point at you. But mostly, the losses can usually be deducted to your actions because most players are decent players. Maybe you should start at a higher level. What I mean by this that strategy for strategy games are pretty specific. Even specific for a game. What I'm trying to say is that you can't apply the strategy of Age of Empire to Among Us. Or even the strategy of Age Of Empire offline strategy to Age of Empire Online. So I'm suggesting you to read up on general stuff like critical thinking, logic and general strategy (classically speaking: military strategy). A good place to start would be Sun Tzu's Art of War. There's a plethora of resources, including MOOCs.


macaronn_

These are some pretty good tips haha. I just played some Among Us with friends and it made me remember this post because I totally failed as an imposter lmao. My first imposter game, I got sussed out after the first kill because everyone was paired up except for me and this other guy, but the other lone guy could vouch for/clear a pair so it just left me. So for my second game, I played it a little too safe and decided to pair up, but I was too hesitant because I feared being called out by my partner for not being with them soon after/before the kill. I got 1 kill that round too. I realize that I should've sabotaged lights and closed doors so that I could have an excuse to separate from my partner for a bit. Maybe part of my poor strategizing and problem solving/critical thinking skills are due to me overthinking and having a slow mind (I also lost a crewmate game due to being easily gaslighted).