User Profile for fusag
James Fung
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After getting a Ph.D. in speech processing (machine learning, signal processing, linguistics) from UC Berkeley, I moved to San Diego in 2012. I work at a math education startup where I teach math and programming and do statistical analysis to help run the school better. I haven't yet found a gaming group in San Diego. I'll play just about anything: eurogames, ameritrash, RPGs, wargames, miniatures, etc.

As an engineer, I love to take games apart and analyze how their mechanics work and fit together (see geeklist and reviews below). And like many gamers, I believe I'd be good game designer, though the one game I have released received little attention. My game design philosophy is:

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." -- Antoine de Saint-Exuper

I also enjoy applying math, statistics, and computers to games. When in doubt, math it out.

Here are a few of my more successful contributions, which I hope you find interesting, thought provoking, or at least entertaining. I'm a sucker for thumbsup.

GeekLists:
Game mechanic snobbery

Reviews:
Friedrich: Okay, I admit I was wrong
Blue vs. Gray: Most innovative design of the decade?
Raid on St. Nazaire: Going Commando
Patton's Best: Sherman's March on Berlin

Sessions:
Carrier: These are the voyages of the USS Enterprise
RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940: Boot Camp: RAF Lion - Illustrated Extended Example of Play
Up Front: Boot Camp: It's a Trap!

Retheme projects:
Dominion & Intrigue: Discworld Dominion Retheme

Math:
BattleTech: A Genetic Algorithm for Mech Design
Pandemic: An analysis of "optimal" research station placement
Reiner Knizia's Decathlon: Session against Mk.I AI
Reiner Knizia's Decathlon: Mk.II AI for 110 Metre Hurdles
Risk: Making the most of your armies
Roll Through the Ages: City building strategy analysis
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User Details for fusag
Registration Date: 2002-12-09
Last Profile Update: 2013-02-20
Last Login: 2015-08-17
Country: flag United States
State: California
Town/City: San Diego
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