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In Settlers of Catan, if you have unrevealed victory point cards that would make you win, are you forced to declare victory?

If you have enough points to win on your turn, but only by including your unrevealed VP development cards, are you forced to win? E.g. I have three cities (6 VP), three settlements (3 VP), and I buy ...
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Chandra, Pyromaster's ability and spells with x casting cost

Chandra's ability allows you to cast spell without paying its casting cost: −7: Exile the top ten cards of your library. Choose an instant or sorcery card exiled this way and copy it three ...
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Order of extra actions/minions?

So far, we have always played under the assumption that you can play an extra action/minion before playing the standard one. Another player just challenged that interpretation claiming, "it's not an ...
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How can I quickly calculate the shanten number in Mahjong?

I am able to calculate the shanten number myself, but it often takes me more than a minute. I'm looking for ideas how to become more efficient. Background: I'm currently writing a paper about ...
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What brand of card sleeves are most reliable for Magic the Gathering?

I use Dragon Shield, KMC and Ultra-Pro. The reviews and forums don't seem to have a consensus on the question, "Which brand is the best?" But have there been any quality control tests that show ...
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duplicate bridge revoke not agreed upon

A strange one, for sure. After the hand was played, cards returned to board but before the next round was called, the defenders realized, in discussing the hand, that the declarer had revoked. ...
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How can I estimate my chances to win a Risk battle?

I'm looking for an way to estimate the percent chance of winning a specific Risk battle. Assume the maximum number of dice will be used. It doesn't need to be a perfect calculation, just an ...
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how to store cards in Dominion big box insert?

I have a Dominion set that includes the base set plus Alchemy and Prosperity. The box contains a plastic insert with many slots of various sizes. I have stored the cards in alphabetical order mixing ...
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What are my cards good for once they have rotated out of Standard?

So I'm a little upset, but I am realizing this is just part of MtG. I spent some time last year putting together some nice decks and stocking up on quite a bit of the M13 cards. And then work / life ...
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Necromunda: what happens to plague zombies when they go down?

My brother and I play the skirmish game Necromunda (made back in the '90s by Games Workshop, its a spin-off of Warhammer 40k). My question is, what happens to zombies when you have wounded them and ...
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Which cards are “bombs” in draft? [on hold]

I use the BREAD strategy for drafting, but am unsure what exactly makes a "Bomb". For example, in a Kahns of Tarkir draft I'm normally quite happy to pick a Mystic of the Hidden Way as a first pick, ...
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Can I Advance an Unrezzed Ice in Netrunner?

The rule book specifically prohibits advancing cards that cannot be advanced. Ice generally cannot be advanced but there are a few exceptions. Does the exception apply when it's face down? What I'm ...
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Why am I unable to draw cards in Magic 2014?

I play Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers (DotP) on Steam. I understand all of the basics except for one thing! In a recent battle, my turn started and I did not draw a card. The game went ...
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How can I keep Magic foils flat?

Anyone who's collected Magic for a while knows the unfortunate tendency for foils — especially older foils and the heavier promotional foils — to curl up towards the foil side (presumably ...
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Why would you want to play with a deck bigger than 60 cards in MTG?

In Magic the Gathering, the decks are required to be no less than 60 cards, but can be larger. Since you can only have 4 of each card (except for basic lands), it seems you would want the limit size ...
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Izzet vs. Golgari or Jace vs. Vraska? [on hold]

My friend and I are fairly new at Magic the Gathering, and I'm wondering which duel deck would be best for us to get. I prefer blue and black, so both of these duel deck packages seemed appealing. Any ...
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How do you play the Master Spy in Guillotine?

Guillotine is a fun, quick, bloodthirsty little card game that would grace any group's collection. It is very simple, which is just as well, as the rulebook errs on the side of vagueness. There is ...
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2answers
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Can you dredge twice for one card draw?

Say I have two Life from the Loams in my graveyard. Can I dredge twice — once for each of the Life from the Loams — when drawing my first card on my turn? I assume the answer is no, but I figured I'd ...
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1answer
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Winged Dragon of Ra's Attack and Defense Points

On the card of the Winged Dragon of Ra, the attack and defense points are ????. I am wondering that does the Winged Dragon of Ra has infinite power, and if not, what are his defense and attack points? ...
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Is Mjolnir an Action Die?

Here is the card text for Mjolnir "Thor's Hammer": Deal 4 damage to all characters other than Thor (yours and your opponent's). * Deal 5 damage instead. If so, Storm "Weather Witch" would also ...
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Does a sacrificed creature count as a creature that died?

If a creature is sacrificed, does it count as dying? For example, when something is sacrificed via lets say Devouring Swarm, would it trigger Diregraf Captains effect?
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Trading in two-player games

In a two-player game, why would one player ever trade with another? (I'm working on a new game for my publisher at the moment, and this question is coming up at work.) Let's say you have a three ...
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What kingdom set would lead to the highest scoring games of Dominion?

Obviously anything that puts curses into circulation would be anathema. I'm not necessarily looking for one player to have the highest score possible, so much as to have games where everyone's scores ...
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How do I handle casting a spell with a cost of X when the casting cost is reduced?

If I play a sorcery spell with {X} in the CMC and have a card that reduces the casting cost by 2 colourless. Does {X} start at -2? For example: Arcane Melee in play, if I play Prosperity for just 1 ...
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1942 Battle Ship Bombardment

When my battleship does a bombardment, can the battleship stay on the board for the remainder of the turn and get the 2 hit advantage. I.e. My battleship comes in with a transport and some ...
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Mansions of Madness - Loss of Vision

With the "Loss of Vision" mythos card, can the keeper play additional mythos cards that require the investigator to be in a room with darkness for any room that investigator is in? I interpreted as ...
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1answer
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AQ Hobsbawm ability clarification

Did his ability get updated? The hero card that I have in my core set states that the player can only activate another hero within line of sight but the hero card online at the arcadia quest website ...
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1answer
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AQ Prince Aaron ability clarification

Prince Aaron's ability reads All Enemies Close to him have -2 defense against attacks made by him or his Allies. Does -2 defense mean -2 defense dice that the target gets to roll or does it mean ...
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How do the Allies win, given that Russia is falling! [closed]

My brother, my friend and I all sat down last night and we started playing an Axis and Allies game, (Axis and Allies 1942 Second Edition). After about two hours of playing my friend and I, (Allies, ...
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Can the Russia no first turn attack rule be realistically extended for more turns?

This is a reference to the Classic edition of Axis and Allies. One "alternate" (house) rule is that Russia is not allowed to attack the first turn. (But she does get her "income" of,say, eight ...
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1answer
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Do Monstrous Creatures still only have AP6 when using Scything Talons?

Scything Talons have AP6, but to me it seems odd that a creature the size of a Carnifex with talons nearly twice the size of a human would have trouble cutting its way through a Guardsman's flak vest. ...
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House rules to speed up Citadels play time?

I enjoy Citadels, but find the game can often quite a long time. Since players must draft their role card in sequence, there ends up being a lot of down time while other players make their selections. ...
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Small go board history

Does anyone know origin of smaller go boards (9*9,13*13)? When (and where) was first introduced? I looked on Sensei library but didn't find anything about history of go boards.
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Is there a card that protects me from a (self-)milling death?

Is there a card with the ability: You do not lose the game being for unable to draw a card? I've found one so far; Mine, Mine, Mine! but it applies to all players. A little back story; I have ...
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Is giving resources away for free allowed?

Motivation: I once had one surplus card on my hand, and knew the robbers would come soon. So I gave it to someone for free, to avoid losing more cards when they hit. I was surprised by how badly this ...
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4answers
546 views

What's a good handicap for a less experienced player in an MTG Draft?

My drafting group has a few hardcore players like me who have been playing magic for a while. We've memorized almost all the commons and uncommons in the sets we're drafting (usually Innistrad or ...
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4answers
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Basic strategies for each country in Diplomacy

I found out one of my friends has Diplomacy and wants to play. He's never played before, and neither have I, nor anyone else in the group. I'm confident I can explain the rules, but I don't really ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Playing Pathfinder ACG with all adventure deck cards in early scenarios

My fiance and I just finished playing the Pathfinder ACG through all of the adventure decks and are thinking about getting started again with all new characters from the beginning. The question we ...
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Can older cards that refer to a player/opponent ever be used on planeswalkers?

Many older cards refer to players or opponents, e.g. "deal 3 damage to target player". Can any of these be used on planeswalkers, beyond the fact that you can simply attack them with creatures? For ...
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Why is Homelands considered among the worst Magic expansions?

In various forums and articles, it is frequently mentioned that Homelands is one of the worst, if not the worst, Magic the Gathering expansions. Even on the main Wizards website, you will occasionally ...
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What are some good strategies against land takeovers in Alexandros?

I recently purchased Alexandros and after a few games I found that getting a head start makes you the primary target for land-takeovers. A slow start can also cost you the game, however, and make it ...
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1answer
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Xia: damage on outfits and rolls

After you apply damage to an outfit, and then activate the outfit multiple times (such as shields), do you apply the penalty to the total of all the dice, or to each individual die? For exampl,e my ...
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1answer
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Ahn'Morpork: Placed to one side

On some cards I've read "Place to one side" and I couldn't understand does that mean that it is removed? If said for a building does it mean that it is destroyed or has a different meaning? I couldn't ...
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1answer
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Is it valid to start a game without an open gate?

Played a game yesterday where, during setup, the first gate was supposed to open on the Science Building. However, Kate also starts there and her special ability is that gates do not open on her ...
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Can't understand the end of Game of Life

Game of Life I can't really understand the ending of this game. How do I become Bankrupt or become a Millionaire? Also, should I buy stock and insurance? Tragedies happens very infrequently and ...
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Can a card effect make a creature block one that it otherwise could not?

Nature Shields Its Own is an Archenemy scheme that creates a blocking creature (green plant) any time the Archenemy is attacked and the attack is not blocked. We ran into a few issues last night ...
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What does X mean in a spell's cost?

What does the X in a spell's cost do? For example, Strength of the Tajuru has X in its cost. What do I need to do in order to cast that spell, and what happens with the X when it resolves? Note: If ...
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Does marking a card affect its legality?

I have a deck I am working on that I cannot find all the cards for yet. For use in casual play I have put in proxies that are land cards with the name of the card written on them. If I end up playing ...
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If a creature loses flying after blockers are declared, is the block still legal?

My opponent declared attack with a flying creature, after that I declared a blocker with my own flying creature. He then cast Turn to Frog, targeting my blocker. My creature was a 6/6 flying, my ...

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