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Have something you think mardel com promo code we should know about?Posted by reklaw at 4:24 PM on December 17, 2006 I've been in such a thing two years in a row and my strategy has been to buy a joke gift and to try to get one particular friend to take.Your strategy, in theory, is sound.I don't think you made any mistake other than thinking that someone would steal a creme brulee set.We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test.Each player knows the value of his or her gift, or more formally, Player i knows the value of vi for all 1.Browse all of Insider Picks' 2017 holiday gift guides here.The main caveat being that you need to know someone very well for this to work.The first player opens a gift.It then becomes that player's turn, but they may not steal from the player who stole from them immediately before.The only mistake was that you overestimated the potential value of the set to others.
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Posted by ob at 7:33 AM on December 18, 2006 Identify the people whose tastes are most similar to yours, and bring something you know one of them will lust after.Steal an opened present (note the rule below) from another player.So the question then becomes "After the game begins, what is the best strategy for maximizing the expected value of your gift at the end of the game?When it was my turn to pick (13 out of 23 there was nothing I wanted that had only been stolen once (that is, if I stole it, it was still possible that someone might steal it from me, and end up taking it home).I didn't take it because I thought it was valuable, and that if I stole it, it would immediately be stolen from.
The basic strategy, though, has three steps: As each gift is opened, mentally assign it a value (perhaps a dollar value or a 1-to-5 ranking When its your turn, average the value of all the opened gifts (whether or not theyre available for stealing.