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7+ Players in Carcassonne - Problematic?

I currently have the Carcassonne base set plus Inns & Cathedrals which expands the game to 6 players. I've found that I can buy extra sets of Meeples in different colors which would effectively ...
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1answer
135 views

Sunrise vs. “Summon Eclipse” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Yes, I play the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (US) board game. Yes, I like it. On to the question! The Sunrise rule states: When the talisman moves to the Sunrise, all vampires that are outside ...
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8answers
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Catan: when to buy development cards?

I never buy development cards in the beginning: the Knights are fairly useless, the Largest Army bonus is not a priority, and it's too risky to gamble on drawing a Road Building card. When is the ...
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2answers
409 views

What happens when I draw cards if I've built the Library and the Observatory?

In Citadels it's possible to build both the Library and Observatory: Library If you choose to draw cards when you take an action, you keep both of the cards you have drawn. Observatory If ...
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4answers
29k views

What's the difference between ante and blinds?

What is the difference between an "ante" and a "blind" in poker?
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3answers
860 views

Seating orders effect on Puerto Rico

Within my group its taken for granted that some seats in Puerto Rico are better (if only slightly) than others. There's a general consensus that 3rd and 4th seat are strictly better than 1st, where ...
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13answers
9k views

What are good standard tactics for Dominion? [closed]

Googling reveals several sites listing standard tactics for Dominion. Let's collect ideas here, and discuss and judge them using the voting system. One tactic per post please.
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2answers
528 views

Descent Campaign Shortening

Myself and some friends meet up for some games every so often, and enjoy a good game of Descent to Darkness. We recently tried a campaign over an extra long weekend (the idea of carrying equipment ...
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4answers
3k views

What is a good strategy for using the Doomsday card? [closed]

Doomsday - The card text reads as follows: Pay half your life, rounded up: Put your graveyard on top of your library, then remove all but five cards of your library from the game. Put the rest on ...
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7answers
6k views

What is the Best Random Card Setup Tool? [closed]

In this question I received two different recommendations for iPhone specific apps to assist with Dominion setups. My group uses a third (non iPhone specific). Which is the best, and why? Please, ...
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2answers
710 views

What's the difference between a Euchre, a March and a Set?

I've heard of different terms for the same result in Euchre, but is it just preference or is there more to it? Call trump and get all 5 tricks: Is this called a "March" and/or a "Euchre"? Earn 3 or ...
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27answers
1k views

Games that play well with a wide range of different numbers of players [closed]

Many times, I have limited space to pack games, and don't know how many players there are going to be. I frequently end up in a situation in which we have 5 players, but games that only work with 3 or ...
2
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1answer
176 views

Forcing the combat in Warhammer: Invasion

I've been playing several games of Warhammer: Invasion Core Set with my friend and a couple of times we've encountered a situation where he had pretty good attack force set up in his battlefield and I ...
18
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8answers
926 views

Lasting games in the past century [closed]

One of the appeals of traditional games such as Chess, Go, Backgammon, or Poker is the depth that they have acquired over the years; long-standing communities and traditions, wide range of players ...
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3answers
385 views

How many submarines do I need to take down an aircraft carrier?

In Axis and Allies, how many submarines do I need to have a greater than 60% chance to take down a lone aircraft carrier?
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4answers
1k views

How to help kids to hold their cards in their hands ?

I'm trying to show some card games to my kids (4 and 6), but they have difficulty holding the cards in their hands. Maybe it's because their hands are too small, or not strong enough... Does anyone ...
6
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1answer
292 views

Can you avoid the Boss in Munchkin Quest?

Are you able to use magic/tricks (e.g. a Teleport spell) to circumvent the final creature, and thus win the game?
5
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3answers
195 views

Cluedo and the Great Museum Caper characters

Are there any other games in the Cluedo series that has the same characters? The only other one I could find was The Great Museum Caper...
4
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1answer
2k views

Carcassonne: Replacement/Extra player sets.

So far I've found MeeplePeople and BoardGameExtras carrying replacement/extra sets for Carcassonne. I am however missing Mayor, Farm and the Cart(?) from those sets (possibly some expansion I have not ...
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3answers
1k views

Official Diplomacy sets, variations and where to buy

Diplomacy only seems to have one set available to buy widely that I am aware of, built by Gibson Games. It's nothing special, an averagely constructed cardboard board with plastic pieces. Are there ...
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30answers
3k views

Interesting boardgames to play with children. [closed]

I have two children aged 8 and 6 and they like to play board games. Some of the ones they have are for very young children and boring for an adult to play. Are there any suggestions for games that ...
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23answers
15k views

Recommendations for 6-player board game [closed]

What's a good game for six players? Many games can be played by 6 players, but suffer from a loss of pace, and long waits between turns. What games have parallel planning phases, or lots of ...
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2answers
1k views

Is using Quickshade a good way to finish miniature painting?

Recently I've discovered that Army Painter is selling a can of pigmented varnish called Quickshare. Has anyone had any experience with this or other similar products? On the pictures I've found models ...
7
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2answers
399 views

Alternative major improvements for Agricola

Are there any (official/unofficial) alternatives to the major improvements in Agricola?
11
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1answer
154 views

Game end in Shark

In Shark I think the game ends in one of two ways. Either one company reaches 15 points, or one pile of counters runs out. In the first case what happens if a company would reach 16 points? In the ...
5
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2answers
294 views

House rules for Crokinole?

Any recommendations or variants for playing Crokinole? We say that you have to stay seated in your chair with at least one cheek touching to make your shot.
3
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1answer
62 views

Domaine - How does the Chancery work?

When a player takes a card from the Chancery, can he only take the top card, or can he look through the entire pile from the Chancery and picks a card he wants (except the one he just sold).
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4answers
989 views

How to Maintain the Balance of Power on Risk?

How can I stay strong enough to avoid being eliminated while at the same time avoid being too strong and making myself a target?
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9answers
5k views

Are general 3-to-1 or specific 2-to-1 ports better in Settlers of Catan?

Which type of ports do you find more useful in Settlers of Catan, General 3-to-1 ports or 2-to-1 ports for a specific resource?
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2answers
319 views

Clarification on the Royal Garden from Puerto Rico expansion 2

The Royal Garden states: At game end, the owner of the occupied royal garden takes 1 VP for each noble on his island. As each noble is normally worth 1 VP (whether on a building, plantation or in ...
11
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1answer
5k views

Is there a Risk World Championship?

Is there any national or world level governing body that holds an annual Championship?
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13answers
31k views

What are good placement strategies for Stratego? [closed]

How would I set up a good placement in Stratego, especially with bombs and the flag? What is a good strategy for varying the placement?
18
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10answers
9k views

How can I beat Germany in Axis & Allies: Europe?

I've played Axis & Allies: Europe BGG quite a few times now. It seems that Germany always wins by rushing for Moskva in all the games I've played. Usually USA never plays an important role, coming ...
15
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10answers
6k views

What games are similar to Risk? [closed]

Are there any other board games that have similar game mechanics to Risk?
42
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28answers
19k views

Board games for two players [closed]

My wife and I enjoy playing board games (having gotten hooked on Settlers of Catan and expanded from there) but we don't often have the opportunity to play with other people. The question What ...
11
votes
1answer
287 views

Is Mr. Jack balanced?

Is Mr. Jack a balanced game, or do experienced gamers tend to win more often with either the Inspector or Jack the Ripper?
19
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6answers
2k views

When is the Bureaucrat worth buying?

When I first started playing Dominion, I saw the Bureaucrat and thought, cool, free silver and an attack! I bought one almost every time it was available. The more I played, though, I began to ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

How to handle late game tile drawing in Tsuro

The rules in Tsuro are very vague about what happens once the players start to run out of tiles. What's the best way to handle how titles are drawn in Tsuro when a player goes out, and other players ...
5
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2answers
208 views

When on New Caprica, can a crisis effect move a player from Detention to the Medical Center?

When on New Caprica in the Pegasus expansion, can a crisis effect move a player from Detention to the Medical Center? The Cylon players allowed it in the individual instance to try and keep the game ...
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5answers
2k views

Protecting the surface of your board games…

Is there something anyone knows of that you can apply to the surface of a board game to protect it against wear so that it lasts longer?
7
votes
1answer
320 views

Replacing center cards in Ascension

Do I understand the rules correctly in that all center cards are replaced when defeated/bought? So I can if I have good power cards spend some runes on replacing cheap cards in order to hope ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Blood Bowl 2nd edition: Star Players

Is there a list of Star Players for 2nd Edition of Blood Bowl somewhere? Obviously the ones from Star Players Handbook and Companion Rulebook is simple enough but the ones printed in White Dwarf etc?
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9answers
40k views

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 ...
19
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4answers
2k views

Carcassonne: The Grass Connection

Been looking into the rules a bit but can't find all the answers I want and it's possible this is more of a house rule with no definitive answer, but what I'm looking for is some official ruling if it ...
15
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10answers
8k views

Axis and Allies - Is there a best country?

I've been told by several people that different countries are statistically better choices for Axis and Allies? Is there any evidence that one or more countries have a significant advantage?
6
votes
1answer
318 views

What are the standard rules of etiquette for Rummy?

Most card games have a fairly common etiquette. One rule for Rummy I know of is that you should announce any intention to adjust the visible cards before touching them, to indicate you are not taking ...
10
votes
4answers
392 views

What are the mechanical differences between Doom and Descent from Fantasy Flight Games?

I know that FFG's Descent and Doom board games use roughly the same mechanics, but my understanding is that there are numerous small differences that lead people to prefer Descent over Doom. Beyond ...
17
votes
2answers
1k views

Where can I watch recorded Go games from Masters?

I think I can learn more if I see what people some kyu above me do. I'm aware of a related question, but I think, this one is more specific and might diverge.
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votes
8answers
950 views

Timing a backstab in Diplomacy

When is a good time to backstab an ally in Diplomacy? Should I backstab if I can grab a Supply Centre or two, or should I wait for an opportunity to eliminate an enemy?
13
votes
3answers
739 views

How do you prevent deliberately losing in Republic of Rome?

In Republic of Rome, if Rome falls, everyone loses. Some gaming groups I've been in grok this concept completely and players will make major sacrifices of their positions (donating lots of money from ...

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