Language, history and curiosities in games.
It’s no fun to feel as if you have no chance; any uncertainty departs.
If a player doesn’t understand what’s happening, he gets frustrated. If he knows it all (or thinks he does), he gets bored. The sweet spot called “fun” exists between these two extremes.
Learning perfect strategy does not make a game more fun; it just makes it more likely that you will win.
I watched players enjoying this game, and could not immediately explain why they were having fun. I felt like Jane Goodall.
Believe it or not, most people seek out games as entertainment, not as a challenge.