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What form of chess was played in seventh-century Arabia?

In Islam, there are a number of reports (of variable grades of authenticity) that the prophet Muhammad either forbade or explicitly disliked the playing of chess. As is known, he was centered in what ...
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What to consider when naming decks [on hold]

I'm relatively new to deck building, but I have noticed that sometimes players name their decks. What are the things to consider when I come to name decks? Here are a few things that I consider ...
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roulette (changed rules) skill or luck?

how would You call the following game, a skill game or a game of luck? lets take a roulette wheel and change it where there is no green zero field. and instead of 18 black and red numbers we will ...
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Old WW2 game played with cards instead of a board

I don't have a ton of information, but maybe it's enough to help me out? Played it a few times MANY years ago, was a lot of fun. It's a WW2 game played without a board. I remember playing as the ...
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Usage of Philanthropist Flare as Schizoid

Suppose I'm playing as Schizoid. I have the power to alter reality, so I choose one of the six new cards to be the new win condition. That card is face down. Then suppose I use Philanthropist Flare: ...
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Can Cancel cancel a creature on the battlefield?

Say, I have Cancel, which is an Instant, on my hand. It can counter any spells. The opponent has had a creature, for example Ajani's Pridemate, on the battlefield for several turns attacking and ...
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Mafia-type game which a secret message is communicated

During a recent visit to Europe, I saw some students playing a game that looked something like Mafia that played roughly like this (linguistic difficulties prevented me from any further ...
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How Is the Magic Core Set 2015 “Deck Builder's Toolkit” Different From Other Core Set Offerings With Respect To Cards?

I'm getting ready to invest in the 2015 MTG Core Set and I'm confused by some of the offerings. What is the difference between: Magic: the Gathering - 2015 Core Set Deck Builder's Toolkit Magic: ...
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Why would I want negative effects?

In the board game smash up some cards state that if someone destroys a card, that card will have negative effects on them. Therefore, why would I want to destroy the card? I don't know if I'm not ...
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How can I quickly estimate my level in go by playing against a computer/tablet?

I would like to have an idea of my level in go (in kyu). This would for instance help me choose the most appropriate go books to read. I would like to do this through playing against a program—because ...
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What is a proper bidding sequence after a “weak 2” bid?

In the opening game of a rubber, I dealt and opened two diamonds (weak) with the following: (s) J3 (h) 54 (d) KJ7532 (c) A42. Partner responded two hearts. I passed with my two weak hearts, fearing a ...
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What game does this die belong to?

Have a game die and I am trying to figure out which game it belongs to. Has the numbers 1, 2,3, 2 and " All HOP Over" and "Turn Log" Ideas?
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Generator Servent with Nemesis of Mortals

Nemesis of Mortals says: Nemesis of Mortals costs 1 less to cast for each creature card in your graveyard. and Generator Servant says: Tap, Sacrifice Generator Servant: Add 2 to your mana ...
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Do Fortification Discs Double VPs like Town Discs?

I just played my first game of A Few Acres of Snow (late to the party, I know). And the end game scoring confused me just a little. The rules state that VPs for locations are doubled if there is a ...
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In Bridge, what are “proper” responses to a “strong” 2 club bid?

Bidding Standard American, and opening a "strong" two clubs (typically 22 HCPs and a six card suit), I like to hear responses of 2 diamonds (0-8 points, no more than game interest), or 2NT (9+ plus ...
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Multi-monster fights in Munchkin Quest

I've read the manual but don't fully get multi-monster fights. It says you can't chose to fight one, and flee from others. But do you sum up all the monster points and try to beat that in one single ...
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Which program to chose when designing my own cards?

I am working on a prototype of a board game for which I need to design several cards. The cards will have several features like name, picture, text and some additional symbols. I am not sure which ...
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When and where can scrolls, curses, and potions be used?

This is a pretty unclear portion of the rules. Potions which affect combat which can be played "at any time" are pretty self explanatory-- you have to be in an adjacent room or same to use it. What ...
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Do +1/+1 counters accumulate?

This might be quite basic. I am just a beginner and searched through the web and the rule book and couldn't find the answer. For instance, Ajani's Pridemate lets you, Whenever you gain life, you ...
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1answer
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Online Rules for Primordial Soup: Freshly Spiced

Are detailed rules for the extension Primordial Soup: Freshly Spiced available online? All I found online is a low quality picture of the cards and an analysis of the new genes. And the linked ...
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Why do dwarves only have a racial base of 3 tokens?

You only get three dwarves for a base, whose special ability is an extra victory token for mine tiles, and that this ability is retained when in decline. This seems like a rip off! There are other ...
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When is a backgammon not a backgammon?

So here is the basic idea: My opponent has put one of my checkers on the bar and begins bearing off. A turn or two later, I get a lucky roll and move off the bar, putting one of my opponent's ...
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How can I get the trait clips in Betrayal at House on the Hill to stay on?

Betrayal at House on the Hill features character pentagons with 4 traits that can increase or decrease and are marked by clips. I find (at least with my copy) that the clips slip and slide too ...
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2answers
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Can you play an instant (airlift) to move quarantine specialist prevent infection after the infection card has been drawn?

We had a situation where in the infection stage, a city was drawn that was about to cause an outbreak. To stop this, we used an instant to move out quarantine specialist there. Is this within the ...
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What are the names for Magic's different colour combinations?

For example, Esper refers to decks made up of White, Blue and Black cards. What are the names of the other colour combinations? In particular, how do we refer to a Red-White-Black deck?
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Enchant artifact used to enchant Artifact creature

I'm somewhat new to Magic the Gathering and my friend is slightly more experienced than me, so I gave him this one, but am questioning it: He has a card called Ensoul Artifact which says Enchant ...
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What do I say when an opponent asks if I'm “tapped out”, especially if I still have a means of casting a spell?

When my opponent asks if I am "tapped out" is it reasonable to assume they are referring to land only? Say for example my opponent goes to declare attackers and asks if I am "tapped out". I have no ...
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1answer
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In Android: Netrunner, is there a bias towards a particular sub-type of ICE in corp decks?

I'm looking to put together a runner deck that takes advantage of Tinkering and Paintbrush. I'm also considering cards that care about ICE or breaker sub-types, such as Kit for my identity, or ...
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Is house Baratheon meant to be able to expand this quickly?

We just played a 4 player game of Game of Thrones and wondered a bit about the balance of house Baratheon. Unlike in the 3 player game where all of the southern zones are excluded from the game and ...
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1answer
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What can I do if I still do not understand an interaction from a DCI online test?

The instruction pages for the online DCI Judges exams/practice tests (requires login) says: Before you start, it's important to note that, in order for the testing experience to remain relevant ...
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Does Phytotitan return to the battlefield when it first died and then was exiled?

I have a question regarding Phytotitan, it's a 7/2 creature wich states: When Phytotitan dies, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control tapped at the beginning of his or her next ...
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Should you overcall with a (slightly) weaker hand if it is more “disruptive?”

In bridge, if you overcall two clubs over an opening one spade, you haven't taken up much bidding space, because your overcall hasn't kept your opponents out of any suits, only one NT. If you ...
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1answer
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Is there a mechanism to bring Mordheim characters into Fantasy?

I've got a Mordheim warband and I've love to take some of the heroes into battle in a Warhammer Fantasy game. Is this possible? Many of the characteristics are similar but is there a mechanism to ...
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Supporting Routed Units in A Game of Thrones

In FFG's A Game of Thrones boardgame, can routed units be supported? In a recent game, one player (the aggressor) attacked another (the defender) but was defeated. His routed units had to retreat ...
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When land becomes creature can you kill it?

Some lands have an ability to become a creature, but they usually say they are still a land. If a land is a 3/3 creature, and a land, can you target and kill it with a Lightning Bolt to send it to the ...
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Would spells played with Enchanted Evening in play trigger Mesa Enchantress?

With Enchanted Evening, all permanents are also enchantments. Mesa Enchantress allows you to draw when you play an enchantment. If I have both out, and play a creature, do I get to draw a card?
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interaction of “Foreclosure” and “Crop Insurance” cards

In the game Farmageddon, if the Foreclosure card is used to "buy" a crop from another player with a Crop Insurance card on it, is the crop acquired complete with the Crop Insurance, or does the Crop ...
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What happens when creature has two mutually exclusive restrictions on what can block them?

What happens if I equip my Juggernaut Juggernaut can't be blocked by Walls. with a Prowler's Helm Equipped creature can't be blocked except by Walls. or if I enchant my Charging Rhino ...
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1answer
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Can I activate a tap ability multiple times, though on different turns?

I have a card named Alloy Myr. It's an artifact creature with the ability {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Can this ability be used multiple times, but in different turns of ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to die out of a combat?

I have a question about a particular combat scenario and it's going to need a diagram! This is a scenario which came up in our game last week. My units are blue, I'm in the front and the flank of a ...
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3answers
475 views

How to play teaching game and give a useful review

I've reached a rank where I'd like to start and help weaker players improve their games. How can I make a review useful for the opponent? Should I go deep into variations Talk about theory? Should ...
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1answer
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Athreos, God of Passage and Gift of Immortality

With Gift of Immortality, if a creature is destroyed, it is returned to the battlefield and then at the next end phase Gift of Immortality is returned onto the creature. With Athreos, God of Passage, ...
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1answer
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Hex game strategy

I was teaching myself how to play a hex board game by reading some books. I learned how to do $2$ x $2$ and $3$ x $3$ hex games by starting at the principal diagonal. I wanted to know what the winning ...
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1answer
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Smash Up: Microbot Fixer + Microbot Alpha

The Microbot Fixer has the ability: If this is the first minion you played this turn, you may play an extra minion. Ongoing: Each of your Microbots gains +1 power. If the Microbot Fixer is ...
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1answer
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Is there any complete downloadable Pokémon TCG text database?

I'm aware those guys have such a database, but I couldn't find any way to download it. Not even access it by an API. Is there any one of those available for download?
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6answers
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Can every game of Solitaire be solved?

I play a lot of Solitaire games on my Android phone and love to keep an eye out for the statistics. Given that the Solitaire version lets you restart the game endlessly, I usually play until I solve ...
0
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1answer
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Can an Investigator use a skill token when attempting a luck check?

Skill tokens allow you to add your luck to the attribute you are testing. In the case where you need to check your luck, can you use a skill token to effectively double your attribute score? e.g. a ...
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1answer
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Does attempting a puzzle require a movement point or an action point?

In our last (and first) game, an investigator attempted to move through a room that had an obstacle which revealed a puzzle. He was unable to resolve the puzzle on his turn. We only counted the ...
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Do Collectible Card Games without shuffling exist?

All Collectible Card Games (like Magic the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh!) I know require the players to shuffle their decks before the game begins. Also, the deck's card order is unbeknown to the players. ...

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