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Where can I read Mahjong game commentaries?

To improve, I'd like to read game records of professional players, and to understand these commentaries would be useful. Do you know if these game commentaries exist, and where I can find them?
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Good sites for trading unwanted board/card games and expansions? [closed]

I recently bought the Rio Grande/Alea Games Treasure Chest box set to get the Puerto Rico and San Juan expansions, but the boxed set comes with other expansions for games I have never played, and most ...
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Is there a viable corn-only strategy for Puerto Rico?

In the last Puerto Rico game I played I wound up with all corn. I tried to make this work with the following strategy: Office + large market + small market for income Harbor + wharf to ship all my ...
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Games that have no element of luck. [closed]

Most of my favourite games, such as Diplomacy, have little or no element of luck - either via dice rolls, hands dealt, or other methods. What other games can you recommend that rely on 'skill' alone? ...
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Baby shower games [closed]

This question is more of a wiki about what games would be fun to play at a baby shower. My wife is throwing one and the games are fairly boring. I was hoping I could help think of at least one, ...
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Comparisons Betwen Deck-Building Games

I never played Magic. I briefly tried the original Vampire: The Masquerade (V:TM) themed CCG (Jyhad?). I had some Illuminati: New World Order (INWO) cards. I bought and listlessly toyed with a deck of ...
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Recommended Axis & Allies alternative rules / variations?

What rule variations do you recommend for playing Axis & Allies, from ones meant to balance the game to ones that add a little spice? Here are the variants I've played with - always looking for ...
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2answers
311 views

Glory to Rome: play a role, perform no action

In Glory to Rome, if a player leads with a role, say Architect (using a Jack, as it is important to this example) can I follow with an actual Architect card if I either have no legal plays (all in-...
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In backgammon, can you resign, and how can you tell when you should?

In backgammon, there comes a time when all pieces have passed each other; there is no more interaction, you are simply rolling it out until you can bear off all of your pieces. If one player is well ...
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9answers
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Which resources are better at the start of a Catan game?

Is it better to start with Wheat and Ore in order to rapidly upgrade settlements into cities, or is it better to start with Wood and Brick to build roads?
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What components does “everybody” have?

When designing a board game to publish on the web, what components are safe to assume that most people will already have in their collection?
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How to eliminate advantages gained from the seating position of inferior players?

In many games, such as Liar's Dice or On The Underground, there is an advantage to be had by sitting immediately after (in the turn order) the player who is least experienced or just plain bad at the ...
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Can I use a reaction card in response to Minion being used for +2 coins?

Can a player reveal a Reaction card, such as "Secret Chamber", in response to the Minion action, even if the player who played the Minion chooses the +2$ option?
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How important is memorizing chess openings in casual play?

I've played chess since I was kid and after much practice have become a decent player. I still though, have little strategy to my opening moves besides starting with a King's Pawn Game. I know ...
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4answers
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Good rules for combining the various expansions start tiles

The river expansions, the wheel of fortune and other expansions all add their own sets of start tiles and blocks of tiles to the game. Are there good rules for combining these starting tiles?
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Beginner Brass Strategies?

Inspired by all the great answers to the similar question about Power Grid, I'd love to hear some suggestions for Brass. I picked it up a little over a month ago, and we've only gotten it onto the ...
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3answers
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What happens when you roll “Off the top” of a result table?

For example, on the Pegasus' various weapon stations, there is a result chart printed on the board. It covers the possibilities of getting a die result of 1-8, on an 8-sided die. But now suppose ...
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3answers
255 views

18xx Companies able to buy other companies, what will be the impact

One of the fun parts of the 18xx games, is that its fairly easy to create your own (local) version. I like to create a dutch version (yes there have been two already but with limited availability). ...
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Breaking roads in Settlers of Catan

Let's say my opponent (o) has a road network: o - - - - - o | x as x, can I: o - - -x- - o | | x ? And break his already existing road? My question is not ...
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When you King's Court a King's Court, when must you pick the three target cards?

Bear with me here. In Dominion: Prosperity you can play King's Court and choose another King's Court as the target: The rules are clear on the basics of what happens here: you pick three cards and ...
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3answers
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Would Steam/Age of Steam benefit from a non-constrained set of tiles

Steam and Age of Steam provide a finite set of tiles, and the rules explicitly mention that if a certain type of tile runs out then it is effectively unavailable anymore -- unless a tile comes back ...
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Can Expansion Combining “Break” the Game?

There are a lot of different Carcassonne expansions available and I'm curious if anyone has any insight in to telling if combining them may break game play? Recently we've been using Inns & ...
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1answer
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What happens when you need to tear-down a hotel but no houses are in the bank in Monopoly?

Strictly following the rules of Monopoly will show that just because you have the cash to out-right buy hotels for your properties, you cannot if there are not enough houses in the bank to support an ...
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3answers
359 views

What is the best tournament format for Cripple Mr Onion?

I'm planning to run a Cripple Mr Onion tournament (the gambling variant of the game, but not for money), but I have never run a tournament before. How should I structure this tournament? What do I, ...
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Computer AI programs for Axis and Allies?

Many classic board and card games have had their strategy studied, formalized, and "digitized," for lack of a better word. For instance, there are a plethora of computer programs that can analyze or ...
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In Mahjong , what is the chance to get a hand that allows a player to finish on their first turn?

Made hands are very rare in mahjong. Is there a table that lists the possibilities of starting with a complete hand?
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Which hands do not consist of sets and a pair?

I know of only two hands that do not consist of 4 sets and a pair in riichi mahjong: Seven Pairs, and Thirteen Orphans. Are there more?
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0answers
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Why can't I win due to “missing multiplier”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why couldn't this hand win with ron? Occasionally, I try to Ron, but get prompted that I cannot due to a "missing multiplier". What does this mean, and how can I avoid ...
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1answer
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Are there disadvantages to the house rule that you always end before the starting player?

Once an end condition is reached, I like the house rule where you play until just before the starting player. It seems more fair to me. Are there any counterarguments? It seems like the game ...
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2answers
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What is a “dead hand”?

This book states that "If a claimed tile is not taken within the next two opponents’ turns, i.e. before another two discards has been made, the player has a dead hand." What is a dead hand, and how ...
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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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2answers
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What manners are specific to mahjong?

Many games, especially ancient ones, have their own set of manners. For instance, Go players bow before the game and greet each other ("onegaishimasu") and play the first stone in the upper right ...
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2answers
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What does it mean to be furiten?

This book states that "a player who is furiten, is not allowed to win on a discard." What does furiten mean, and how does it affect the game?
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How does Infect interact with Lifelink?

When a creature with Infect and Lifelink puts poison counters on a player, does the controlling player gain life? Do all abilities that trigger on combat damage still occur? A link to an official ...
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2answers
437 views

Does the Crokinole playing surface material really affect the gameplay?

My father in law is saying that his oncle's old solid wood Crokinole board outmatch the cheap cardboard game he actually got. I never played on this solid wood board and before upgrading to a better ...
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7answers
503 views

How do you configure the people playing Werewolves to not give each other away?

Werewolves, if you're not aware, is a group game played with hidden roles. It's also best played with a fairly large group -- 10, 15 or more. During various stages of the night, people need to do ...
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1answer
421 views

Necron Monolith movement speed

Necron codex says that Monolith is a skimmer that can move up to 6". Then it can fire it's weapons. Does that mean that instead of firing I can move it to another 6" like with any other vehicle or ...
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2answers
149 views

What variables should a Zendo game contain if it's being played with new players?

The game Zendo is an icehouse game of inductive logic. There are many different variables possible in the game (size, shape, orientation, pointing, etc...). One way of limiting rule difficulty is to ...
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1answer
72 views

Masters of Venice - On Delivering Guild Orders

In the game Masters of Venice, what happen if after I have delivered a Guild Order, and upon drawing a new one, I still have enough goods to meet the newly drawn order? According to the rules, I ...
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2answers
796 views

What's the name of this board game about a Middle East oil war?

I'm trying to find a board game which I knew when I was a kid. Nobody let me play it. It's played in the Middle East. It has oil pipelines to link territories, oil tanker ships, perhaps an oil drill, ...
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4answers
371 views

How can I compete against the unit armies tactic in Risk?

How to I avoid one player getting too strong by playing just to defend a small area or continent and only gaining territories just to obtain Risk cards to trade in for more armies.
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What are some good games or techniques for helping kids learn to “lose gracefully”?

This is a good question asked as example on Area51. I remember when I was a kid I hated to lose, and worse; I would try to cheat to win. I don't remember when or how this attitude changed but I ...
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4answers
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With both Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions, how many victory points should I play to?

I've recently gotten Cities & Knights and plan to play it with my existing Seafarers of Catan expansion once I get the hang of it. Looking through the manuals for both Seafarers of Catan and ...
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4answers
373 views

Warhammer 40K backstory

Is there any backstory to the different races in Warhammer 40K...?
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1answer
840 views

Carcassonne - The Tower and The Dragon

While it has been a while since I last played Carcassonne using The Tower expansion, I seem to recall a level of confusion as to how the rules surrounding The Tower interacted with the rules of the ...
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1answer
268 views

What's the optimal setup for Great Museum Caper?

Has the math been done on an optimal setup of security cameras and painting locations in Great Museum Caper...?
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1answer
243 views

Are there any published games of Bobby Fischer as world champion?

Between the World Championship Match against Spassky in 1972 and his rematch against Spassky in 1992, Bobby Fischer played no tournament games, not even to defend his title. Are there any published ...
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4answers
952 views

How would you “study” Risk?

This question is not about a particular situation in the game, but rather how to study the game in the sense of if I wanted to learn Scrabble, I would spend time focusing on how certain uncommon ...
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1answer
142 views

In 2 player, 10 card Gin, figuring out opponents cards

What tactics can you use to help determine what your opponent is looking for in two player 10 card Gin?
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3answers
2k views

Restoring worn-out deck of cards.

Many board games have a special deck of cards and over time get worn out. When they start to get worn out, they get "sticky" and difficult to shuffle. Is there a way or a product that can be applied ...

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