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1,776,630,563,542,819,086,462,360.

I'm not going to spell that out; it's approximately a bazillion.
What is the game-related significance of this number?

Joke answers from this thread and this one don't have to be repeated.
 
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Dang, mine only went to 12 digits. This'll take a while.
 
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Yeah, I was surprised how much biggerer this was. So, I'll give you a hint: there's more of something.
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The number of page hits I have made to BGG.
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ekted wrote:
The number of page hits I have made to BGG.


bingo.
 
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generalpf wrote:
The number of ways a chess game can play out?


Interesting, but I don't think that would be finite... is there a theoretical maximum number of turns a game of chess could take?

Of course, there is some probability that for some reason, the answer to that question is "yes", and that the number of chess games just happens to be the same number as the one I've given, but I think that probability is small.
 
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The number of GROGnads posts I'll have to read before I finally "get" him?
 
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The number of bits that comes with Roads & Boats?
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molnar wrote:
generalpf wrote:
The number of ways a chess game can play out?


Interesting, but I don't think that would be finite... is there a theoretical maximum number of turns a game of chess could take?

There's a theoretical maximum to the number of positions in a game of chess. I suspect there's also a maximum for turns.

As for your behemoth number, I know it's divisible by 7,11,13,17,and 23. After that, I'm a bit lost. I know I can't take a square root, cube root, or 5th root, and Pascal's triangle only goes so far.
 
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molnar wrote:
generalpf wrote:
The number of ways a chess game can play out?


Interesting, but I don't think that would be finite... is there a theoretical maximum number of turns a game of chess could take?

Of course, there is some probability that for some reason, the answer to that question is "yes", and that the number of chess games just happens to be the same number as the one I've given, but I think that probability is small.


It is finite, but it is enormous. It is finite because of the rule that a game ends in a draw if 50 moves are made without a capture or a pawn move. Since there are a finite number of possible captures and a finite number of possible pawns moves, a game of chess must end in in a finite number of moves. One estimate I've heard is in the ballpark of 10^120 different possible chess games. That's more than a trillion trillion trillion times greater than the number of protons in the observable universe.
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It is divisible by every prime up to 23, and its only prime factors which are bigger than 23 are 352217 and 23261347 . This means this number doesn't simply involve a lot of things of the for (n choose k) since those would only have small prime factors. Perhaps several different (n choose k)'s are added together?



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molnar wrote:
generalpf wrote:
The number of ways a chess game can play out?


Interesting, but I don't think that would be finite... is there a theoretical maximum number of turns a game of chess could take?

There's a theoretical maximum to the number of positions in a game of chess. I suspect there's also a maximum for turns.

As for your behemoth number, I know it's divisible by 7,11,13,17,and 23. After that, I'm a bit lost. I know I can't take a square root, cube root, or 5th root, and Pascal's triangle only goes so far.
 
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I note the number is divisible by 28! / (16! 10!) , so I think the game might involve 28 of something (although this could just be a coincidence designed to throw me off the trail! Anyway, I should do something reassembling work now.
 
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well... okay... here's a thought...

There are 84 tiles in Carcassonne (including the river expansion)...

28 is a multiple of 84 (28 * 3 = 84). So...

Perhaps it is the number of possible combinations of the tiles in Carcassonne...

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I'm just gonna take a wild guess and say (seeing as it's my favourite game) that it's the number of possible board combinations for Twilight Imperium...?
 
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delirimouse wrote:
I note the number is divisible by 28! / (16! 10!) , so I think the game might involve 28 of something (although this could just be a coincidence designed to throw me off the trail! Anyway, I should do something reassembling work now.


This is basically the route I took to solving Mike's Amun-Re puzzle. The other prime factors (which are enormous!) come about because well in fact something has to be subtracted.
 
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