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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
842 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
269 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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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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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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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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1answer
349 views

Is there a Saint Petersburg strategy that doesn't involve buying Aristocrats?

Is there a viable strategy in Saint Petersburg that involves focusing on buildings (blue cards) while buying at most, say, one or two aristocrats (orange cards)? Please clarify whether your analysis ...
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6answers
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What's the difference between a tactic and a strategy?

Some people consider tactics and strategy to be distinct (as they apply to boardgames), while I regard them both as "structured methods and plans to win". Are they distinct? And what are the ...
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15answers
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What are good standard strategies for Carcassonne ?

I've only just discovered Carcassonne (thanks to the iPhone app), but I keep losing (in 3-player games). Which standard strategies are there? (game without extensions, 3-4 players). One strategy per ...
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11answers
878 views

Where can I find reviews of board games? [closed]

Before buying a board game, I would like to read some detailed reviews. It's also hard to tell if the review is just a paid announcement from the publisher. Is there any website that is "the ...
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2answers
568 views

San Juan variant to balance prices

San Juan is a admittedly a game with a good deal of luck involved. However the luck element seems to be emphasised when we play, as some of the cards seem significantly better than other cards of the ...
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4answers
529 views

Hello World game for many game systems

Ron Hale-Evans mused about creating a benchmark game that could be ported to many different game systems as a design exercise. Do you think that would be a useful tool, and can you suggest a game that ...
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1answer
535 views

What happens in Hive if you cannot lay a piece?

In the game of Hive, envision the following sequence of turns to start the game: White plays Beetle Black plays Queen White moves Beetle on top of Queen At this point, Black cannot lay any pieces, ...
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2answers
638 views

Does a Trumpet card count as following suit?

Trumpet includes three "trumpet" cards without a suit that always trump any other card. However, the rules aren't particularly clear on whether they are truly "wild" in the sense that they could ...
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2answers
591 views

If an Outpost is played during a Possessed hand, is the Outpost hand played next?

As pointed out in a previous question's answer, you may be forced to play an Outpost or Possession while you are possessing someone else's hand, despite the deck's owner getting to play the Outpost/...
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2answers
324 views

Descent: Can you get rid of cursed items?

In Descent there are various cursed items, which we always played as bind on pickup? Is this the case? Can you wield any other weapon while you have a cursed item? How do you work around this ...
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2answers
293 views

In Descent, can you make an attack without an implement?

In Descent each character has a number of dice representing their skill with melee, ranged, or magic. There are also dice added for their weapons. Can a character attack without a weapon? Are ...
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3answers
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House rules to fix LotR Risk endgame

I've been playing Lord of the Rings Risk, in the variant where the Ring moves one territory per turn, requiring a roll of 4 or higher to leave certain territories, and the game ends when the Ring ...
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5answers
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Hero Quest type games [closed]

What other kinds of games are like Hero Quest...? In that, what other games are around with a degree of character development (although not the depth of something like D&D), items etc, that ...
3
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1answer
353 views

The New Dungeon lengthening

Now and again I play the The New Dungeon (with people who don't normally play board games), but I'm always struck by how fast the game is over. It seems like you're barely getting started on the ...
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7answers
2k views

Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan? [closed]

When I play Settlers of Catan with my family we sometimes allow bribing of the person placing the robber to not place it in a particular spot. Does anyone else play this way and if so do you find ...
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11answers
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How can I beat “Big Money” in Dominion?

Our group has determined that buying (almost exclusively) money and points is the way to go. Most kingdom cards are ignored, or are bought very sparingly. This has lead to games feeling 'samey' and ...
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1answer
2k views

Betrayal at House on the Hill - Scenario 50 - Do the Clue Tokens drop when a character dies?

During this haunt, the adventures collect clue tokens. According to the haunts special rules, the clues can be Traded, like any other item Stolen, like any other item Do they 'drop' in an item ...
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4answers
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Optimal Leading Card in Cribbage

In the "Play" phase of Cribbage (31's), what is the optimal leading card to play. I have always played a 4 if I had one, because it can't be fifteened and is less likely to result in a run, because an ...
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1answer
463 views

Royal Supplier in Puerto Rico Expansion II — is it all or nothing?

The rules for the Royal Supplier state: The owner of an occupied Royal Supplier can supply the Royal Warehouse (the supply) with a number of goods from his windrose equal to the number of nobles ...
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1answer
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What different opening strategy exist when playing Quatro?

I enjoy very much playing Quatro, as I find that the small board, small set of pieces and symmetry. However, I am at loss in playing the beginning of the game anyway other than randomly. Because the ...
4
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1answer
168 views

In Shadow Hunters, can Bob’s special ability be triggered before damage is reduced?

If Bob attacks a character equipped with the Holy Robe and rolls a 2 for damage, can Bob's special ability be immediately triggered? Or, does the Holy Robe reduce the damage Bob would inflict before ...
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1answer
155 views

In Shadow Hunters, can only Hunters benefit from the Spear of Longinus?

Spear of Longinus text: If you're a Hunter and your attack is successful, you may reveal your identity. If you do, or if you are already revealed, you give 2 points of extra damage. If a ...
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6answers
786 views

Are there good two player rules for resource trading in Settlers of Catan?

I've tried playing two-player Settlers, where each player controls one set of pieces, and each time a player builds they need to play a piece of the same type for one of the two uncontrolled colors (...
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3answers
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Scrabble First Turn Questions

I've played scrabble with different groups of people and their rules on first turns vary a lot. The rules I've seen used are: Double score for first turn (Scrabble rules confirms this and is the ...
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10answers
2k views

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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7answers
30k views

Anyone know more 'social' games like 'Werewolves" [closed]

I am looking for examples of good social games, the kind that can be played at parties where rather than using stuff like dice most of the play is done through social interaction One example of the ...
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7answers
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Why are there fewer board games with a triangular grid?

Many games have a rectangular grid, some even use hexagonal but it's quite rare to see triangles. I have heard the argument that hexagons confuse players. Is that true? Is there any evidence to ...
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5answers
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What Mahjong set of rules can be recommended to beginners?

I play Mahjong with friends every now and then, using a set of rules that we sort of invented along the way: we knew the basics, but had no internet connection for one summer and played with what made ...
13
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4answers
11k views

Agricola Online

Does anyone know of any online (or iPhone, iPad, PC, Xbox, PS2, or PS3 for that matter!) versions of Agricola - or know if any are in the works?
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6answers
31k views

Good General Strategies for Agricola? [closed]

What are some good general guidelines for strategies when playing Agricola? I know it will depend on the exact games, but are there any typical dos and/do nots? John
16
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5answers
927 views

Viable, alternative, first round role orders in 5-player Puerto Rico

I'm a big fan of Puerto Rico. But one thing that bugs me a little bit in my (5 player) games is how stable the first round is, with regards to role choices. It (almost) always goes: Settler ...
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2answers
579 views

In Chess what is the Queens or Kings Indian?

In Chess what is the Queens or Kings Indian, and why might it be useful?
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3answers
2k views

What are the chances of going out on the first hand in Rummy?

What are the chances of any particular player being able to go out in the first round of rummy? For two players the hand size is 7. For all other numbers the hand size is 5. Going out requires a ...
5
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1answer
351 views

What happens to Infiltrating Cylons on New Caprica when Galactica jumps away?

If a Cylon leader is infiltrating and still on New Caprica when Galactica jumps away, do they count as a "human character left on New Caprica", thus triggering their execution? This could be relevant ...
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2answers
268 views

How does Engine Room work with Roslin’s Religious Visions ability?

If the Engine Room is used during Roslin's turn, would either Crisis Card she chooses automatically have a jump icon, or just the first one drawn?
12
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1answer
446 views

What is this game with multiplying aliens and random weapons?

I remember playing a game with my parents when I was a kid (in the mid 1990s) where you played either as the crew on a ship being invaded by multiplying aliens or as the aliens themselves. The board ...
14
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2answers
4k views

How is gameplay improved in the Cities & Knights Expansion?

I've played both regular Settlers of Catan and the Seafarers of Catan Expansion, but I haven't yet played Cities & Knights and I’m curious about how it plays. I've noticed a lot of people speak ...
26
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8answers
2k views

Diplomacy “lite”? [closed]

I love Diplomacy. The alliances, intrigue, negotiation, backstabbing, and the relatively simple mechanics that help emphasize the diplomatic aspect over the game mechanics. However, it can be hard to ...
31
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6answers
13k views

Beginner Power Grid strategy

Tonight I'll be playing Power Grid for the second time with my game group. It's the second time for all of us. What key strategy or tactic should I focus on to give me the best chance of winning?
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1answer
1k views

Differences between Clue/Cluedo and Clue: Discover the Secrets

I noticed that Hasbro released a new version of Clue last year named Clue: Discover the Secrets. Do you need to use a different strategy in this game, or is it similar to the earlier Clue games? I'...

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