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Monopoly (advanced) with speed die

So my family and I were playing when one of us landed on the "Go to Jail" space. They went, on their second roll to get out he rolled a double, now since we are playing the advanced game, does he roll ...
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Eclipse: some House rules to cut down on chance in die rolling?

My group and I enjoy Eclipse, but it has fallen out of favor because of the extreme chance in battle on die rolls. Heck, I can't even get my wife to play at all because the first three games she ...
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Clarifying house rules for Monopoly

It seems likely that I may be involved in a game of Monopoly soon. I'm not a big fan of Monopoly for a number of reasons, one of which is that part way through the game someone will reveal that they ...
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Does removing the timer make Space Hulk significantly easier?

I played the recent edition of Space Hulk with my brother, who insisted on playing the entire campaign as the Space Marines (bad idea - they tend to lose!) He gave up the campaign about half way ...
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Is there a real shift in balance if Blueprints players violate their blueprint?

After being taught how to play Blueprints, I was told that building your blueprint was completely optional, with the only downside that you would miss out on the 6-point bonus if you don't follow it. ...
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How to encourage rolling two dice in Machi Koro?

I've played Machi Koro a number of times, most often with in a group of 3 players, sometimes 4. So far the prevailing strategy usually ends up being to roll only one die and to: Buy as many ...
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Game stagnates if supply card not drawn

I've played a couple of games where the game has been stifled because the supply card is never drawn. (What happens is that the 'winter is coming' card is drawn, and the deck reshuffled, and supply ...
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Are there online variants to “Path of Glory”? WH40K

I've been watching a handful of this extended campaign type for a while now and I just saw a video where someone created an Ork war-band by using a dice-roll sheet prepared from custom rules. Can ...
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Occupations and minor improvements break the game?

After playing several games of Agricola in the family friendly mode, I played a couple of games of the full version with a friend. What we've found is that adding the additional occupations and ...
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How can I elegantly increase the difficulty of Elder Sign?

I think there's consensus that Elder Sign is not satisfyingly difficult. The variants I've seen suggested are either too long for my taste, or don't look play-tested. Has anyone found a satisfying ...
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What are some alternatives to using dice in Settlers of Catan?

In Settlers of Catan, there's a variant where instead of rolling the dice, you use a stack of 36 cards with each combination. This reduces the luck component, but has as disadvantage that you can ...
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Is there a set of better rules for Monopoly? [closed]

Monopoly is pretty infamous for sucking. Has anyone ever reconstructed the rules from the ground up to make it a better game? If it were a video game I'd ask for a total conversion mod or something ...
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House rules to make the cloister less of a game winning tile in Carcassonne?

In my experience, cloister tiles in Carcassonne are often "too lucky". If you draw a cloister tile in the beginning of the game, it will typically still require an investment of quite a bit of ...
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How to combine Risk, Catan, and Monopoly? [closed]

So my group of friends play a lot of Catan. And we recently got a version of Risk. We ended up thinking about how relationship destroying a combined version of Risk, Catan, and Monopoly would be. So ...
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What is the best strategy to avoid large farms in Carcassonne?

Whenever I play with my housemates and friends, Carcassonne often becomes 'farm wars'; everyone who understands the nuances of farm play gets caught up in playing meeple (or as I call them, 'dudes') ...
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How to stimulate more creative storytelling?

According to the blurb on the box, Rory's Story Cubes® is a pocket-sized visual story generator that sparks the imagination of all ages. You throw 9 dice and then create a story that ...
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Does anyone have a way to modify Ticket to Ride to accommodate six people?

I recently bought Ticket to Ride to play at our monthly game night, which consists of three couples, i.e. six people. Stupid me, didn't read the five player limit before ordering the game. I've played ...
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Magic the Gathering for very young kids [closed]

I have a ton of MTG cards sitting around and an urge to use them again. I also have a 4 year old son. I'm sure he won't appreciate my B/G infect deck or the rules of the game in general lol. I'm ...
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How to speed up a game of Empire Builder?

Are there any rules variants that I can use to speed up a game of Empire Builder? I love playing Empire Builder, but the fact that it takes so long tends to put off some of my friends.
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Can the owner of the largest army move the robber every turn?

Someone told me that in catan the possessor of the largest army card can move the knight each time it is their turn. Is this a common house or tournament rule? I could find no such statement in the ...
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Ways to handicap in Magic the Gathering?

I play Magic the Gathering with my kids a bit. But, the games are often very one sided (in my favor) as they haven't mastered all the rules, and intricacies of game play. For most board games, I can ...
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How can I make Agricola vegetarian friendly?

Agricola is a great game, with good theming, and I'd like to introduce it to a couple of friends who are vegetarian. The problem is they might feel uncomfortable with the 'eating your animals' ...
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“Investing” in other players in Monopoly

I once played a (somewhat crazy) game of Monopoly where there were too many players, so not enough properties to go around. I ended up with close to zero property but lots of cash. So I made an ...
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How can I mitigate the luck factor of drawing destination tickets in Ticket To Ride?

I get the feeling that a big part of how well someone does in Ticket to Ride, is the drawing of their initial destination tickets, and the drawing of subsequent destination tickets, and how well they ...
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Mixing Fluxx sets

What should be taken into consideration when mixing fluxx sets? I played a game of Stoner and Zombie fluxx mixed the other day, and I found it super fun. It add variance to the theming, and ...
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Adding money to a game of Risk

A friend and I recently had a conversation around making a set of rules for a buy-in variant on Risk, and I wanted some help from experienced players to review them as they stand now. Risk is not a ...
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Are there any house rules for combining Munchkin and Fluxx? [closed]

It occurred to me that the Fluxx and Munchkin are quite similar games in that they are casual games that derive their fun from their theming. Is it possible to combine the games?
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If you disturb a Jenga block, can you push it back into place?

In Jenga, when you are moving your block out and another block next to it moves, are you allowed to push the other block(s) back?
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Can two players tie for first place in Hearts?

At Pagat's website, it says game of Hearts (the card game) ends when a player reaches 100 points or more: http://www.pagat.com/reverse/hearts.html#scoring This implies that the game ends even if two ...
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How can I speed up a game of High Frontier?

I really like High Frontier, but it takes a long time to get going and can take several hours to play. Does anyone know of any house rules to make the game run faster?
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How can we speed up Killer Bunnies?

What are some common house rules that you might use for a Killer Bunnies game? Because the game has so many rules/cards to begin with, the only one that we've come up with is not allowing Super ...
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German Carcassonne fan expansions - available in English?

I was browsing the Hans im Gl├╝ck website and found two 'official' fan-made expansions for Carcassonne. The expansions are called: Die Stadttore (The City Gates) Der Osterhase (The Easter Bunny) ...
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Handicapping an experienced Agricola player.

One of my friends and I often play Agricola, and he's considerably better than me at it - I'm getting better, but he seems to be advancing at a faster rate, and it's getting to the point that although ...
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What's a fair handicap?

I really enjoy the Game-Of-Thrones board game. (We only own the first edition, so no ports or siege engines etc.). My wife and friends tend to enjoy it also, well they used to. The problem is that ...
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How can we avoid big money in casual games?

My girlfriend and I have recently discovered the Big Money strategy in Dominion, and it's killing the game for us. We're not very competitive, so we don't want to spend a lot of time and effort trying ...
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The sheep and the wolves

When I was a child, I was playing a game such as the following: The game is played on a standard chessboard, but only on the black squares. There are two players: the white player has a single white ...
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Whats a good house rule to give the Rogue a chance at winning Dungeon?

I was playing the new release of Dungeon! by wotc with about 6 young players. Looking at the cards, I noticed that its nearly impossible for the Rogue to ever win. What is the best way to give the ...
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Are there any fan-created campaigns for Shadows of Brimstone?

I'd like to get into Shadows of Brimstone, but I've heard that there's a part during setup where you configure how hard the adventure is going to be. I'm a little bit put off by that. I worry that, ...
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Good handicaps for Descent

In certain cases in Descent, a good player (in particular with the Overlord) can destroy the other side. However, I feel that Descent is most fun when it is well balanced right up to the end. What ...
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Is there any good cure in Midway for Japan's lack of search capabilities?

In Midway, the Japanese player gets only three (airborne) searches per turn. What's worse, he only only gets to search "areas" within 12 zones of his ships, while the American's Midway based planes ...
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In Star Fluxx, have you needed to change how The Computer and The Unseen Force play?

Star Fluxx has a number of cards that end up being quite powerful and can throw chaos into a game that seemed to be almost over. Most of these cards are either Actions or Surprises and can thus only ...
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Ticket to Ride house rule to help players with short destination tickets

The game balance in Ticket to Ride (in my social not highly competitive environment) seems to favour the person with the longest destination tickets and getting short tickets is almost automatically a ...
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How to shorten Puerto Rico game to fit one hour?

I do love Puerto Rico boardgame, mostly strategy oriented over random factor. But this boardgame is so long to play, I would like to shorten play time to fit one hour. Do you have suggestions?
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How should I modify Risk to play with 7 persons

I am planning on creating my own version of Risk in such a way that we can play it with 7 persons. For this I am planning to create my own map with a local theme. What kinds of ratios/parameters are ...
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In Axis and Allies, could a house rule upgrading the German navy finally “balance” the 1942 game?

Because of the historical strength of the Allies, Axis and Allies is somewhat Allies favoring, despite numerous attempts to "balance" the game. I was wondering if curing the Axis' "achilles heel," the ...
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How can I play Pandemic with 6 players?

I've recently bought Pandemic, and really liked the game. But since the basic game is only 2-4 players, I ordered the expansion "On the Brink", which brings it up to 5 players. Is there a rules ...
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Rules for a “short to medium length” game?

The standard rules for Trivial Pursuit say that in order to win, the player must collect all six wedges from the special category spaces, then proceed to the center and answer a final question in a ...
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Too many Tech-Victories seen in 2-player rules for Civilization

I have been playing Civilization The Board Game some times with my girlfriend, but each time, the game quickly becomes a race for the tech-victory. Since it is a large advantage to research tech in ...
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Ideas for handicapping strong players?

My family enjoys playing Boggle. Usually it's all adults that play, but come the holidays it's not uncommon to have elementary and junior high aged cousins, nieces, and nephews interested in playing ...
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Problem with lifelines in “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” board game

I have found an issue with playing the board game Who wants to be a millionaire 2nd edition, and the rules do not cater for the problematic scenario. The rules can be downloaded from ...