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Looking to identify a particular form of solitaire played in-hand, not on a table

Back in college I had a friend teach me a different way to play a solitaire-like game. It was played in-hand which meant you could play it while standing in line or any time you were bored and had a ...
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How much land does a land card represent?

Thematically, how much land is a single land card supposed to represent? (It's for a story where the Magic: The Gathering card game is going to become kind of-sort of real through ignorance and ...
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In the Epic card game, when is event damage resolved during the attack?

In the Epic card game I understand that damage taken and received as part of an attack is resolved simultaneously at the end of the battle. However, if I attack with two creatures and both receive ...
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Removing the Luck from Stone Age

Stone Age is one of my personal favourite games. The game dynamics are excellent and requires plenty of skill and strategy to win, with the only exception of the dice roll when determining resource. ...
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Striking opponent carrom men directly to pot our coin

In carrom let's say I have my black coin near the pot but there is a white coin which is blocking it from my strike. Can I pot my black coin striking on the white coin? More like cannon
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What's the best way to explain 7 Wonders to a new player?

I've been playing 7 Wonders for about 3 months now, and my friends & I love it. However, because of the complexity of the game and the large number of mechanics in it, I find it really hard to ...
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In Phase 10, can a Skip card be played in the first round of a hand?

Can a Skip card be played before all the players have had at least one chance to play? Or can it be played at anytime?
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Explorers and pirates: Where can roads be built near undiscovered hexes?

The note in the rules for explorers and pirates states that "Roads may not be built on paths adjacent to undiscovered hexes" then goes on to state that "If you build a road in such a way that one of ...
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Dominant strategy in chess

Is there any proof ensuring there can be no dominant strategy for chess? By dominant strategy, I mean a way of playing that always works regardless what the opponent do.
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Can negative toughness effects kill a creature?

There are some spells and abilities that subtract from a creature's power/toughness: for example, part of Ulcerate says "Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn." If the target creature is only ...
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Poison Dart Timing

The overlord has access to a card called Poison Dart (or Poison Dart Trap) that can be played whenever a hero opens a door or searches. When a hero searches, does this card get played before they ...
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Resistance Coup: Do you lose your coins when trying to assassinate a Contessa?

In resistance coup if you claim to be an assassin and try to assassinate someone. If they claim to be a Contessa and you believe them you lose you three coins to the bank correct? I had this argument ...
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Eye of the Storm - can I still counter spells?

Eye of the Storm exiles an instant or sorcery card 'when played', and adds it to its effect. When is it considered 'played', when the costs are paid, or when it resolves? More specifically, if my ...
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Eye of the Storm and Kicker Costs [duplicate]

If Rite of Replication is exiled with Eye of the Storm, can people pay the kicker cost to still get 5 tokens?
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1answer
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Can I build several connected roads on the same turn?

If I have enough resources to build several roads, can I build them connected to each other on the same turn without any other of my settlements or roads to connect to them (excluding the first road)? ...
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Why was the banding ability 'removed' from MTG? What was so complicated about it?

While the banding ability was never actually removed from the game, no cards have been printed that use the ability in any set following sixth edition and it has never appeared on any rules summary I'...
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1answer
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Trouble: Despicable Me Edition-Why is the 1 red?

My family got a brand new copy of Trouble: Despicable Me Edition. We were wondering why the 1 on the regular die was red, when the only special roll is 6.
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When controlling an opponent's turn after casting “Emrakul, the Promised End”, who is “target opponent”?

Say that I am playing a 1v1 limited game and I have just cast an Emrakul, the Promised End, and I am currently controlling my opponent's turn. If I cast (from my opponent's hand) Voldaren Pariah, and ...
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Do board game publishers design games 'in house', or do they merely publish games by external designers?

My understanding is that a book publisher typically publishes the work of an author, and takes responsibility for the printing and distribution of the book, and take some kind of percentage of the ...
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What are the standard time settings in chess

What are some of the most popular time limits for chess games? I'm looking for those used today as well as historically.
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1answer
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When using Fenians' benefit, do they also add their bomb value?

In the second edition of A Study in Emerald, Fenians have a one-use benefit that allows you to have agents count as two Bomb points instead of one. They also have a Bomb point on them. The rules for ...
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What is a Gateway Game?

Before joining the B&CG community, I had never heard the phrase "Gateway Game." The quintessential examples of Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne gives me a rough idea but Googling ...
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How to store and organize cards for Magic the Gathering?

I know there exist people who collect more than play, but I want to know how people organize cards who frequently build new decks and therefore want to be able to find cards quickly. After a few ...
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3answers
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Safari / ecology childs board game, collecting animal cards

As a child (UK, born 1989 so playing it mid-to-late 90s I guess?) I played a game which (IIRC) centred around collecting animals from different environments. The physical playing board was square, ...
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Can infinite scry 1 be shortcut by searching through your deck?

One of my standard decks is a 4-Color Rites deck. It has a few combos where infinite "dies" triggers are used. One of them involves having a Catacomb Sifter in play with a Brood Monitor and an ...
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How to identify miniature parts that correspond to in-game enhancements?

I'm totally new to Warhammer and to assembling my own miniatures. I'm preparing a team of tau fire warriors and I am confused with the enhancements and how to prepare the miniatures to reflect them in ...
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Should West read a low card as “not” discouraging in the following situation?

This is a link to the whole hand from a Frank Stewart column: E-W vulnerable, S bid 1 spade, raised to 2 spades by N. All pass. West opened with the king of hearts. Dummy, East and South played low ...
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Name of card game similar to crazy-8s or Uno

I would like to know if anyone on here has played or knows the name of a card game similar to hearts. The object of the game is to get rid of all your cards. If a player doesn't have a card that is ...
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How many lands do I need for a Commander deck?

A Commander deck consists of 100 unique cards, of which one is designated as the Commander and must be either a Legendary Creature or an allowed Planeswalker. I'm still very unfamiliar with this ...
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1answer
85 views

Landfall, land creature enter effect

If I have a creature like Embodiment of Fury and I play a land and use its landfall effect on the land that just entered will it trigger entry effects, for example Elemental Bond? Is it seen as ...
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1answer
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Does sister Mary pass with rolls of 3-6 when Blessed and 5-6 when Cursed?

The faq says Sister Mary and each other investigator on her space adds 1 to the result of each die rolled as part of an effect printed on a Condition card that has the BANE or BOON trait. This ...
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1answer
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Does this still happen in Haunt 16 even if the traitor dies?

The traitor's instructions for haunt #16, "The Phantom's Embrace", reads: You Must Do This On Your Turn At the end of each of your turns, advance the Turn/Damage Track to the next number. Then ...
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Do the UFOs over the continents get removed when they raise the terror level?

Each round, during the Timed Phase, UFOs can wind up overflying various continental landmasses. Each UFO that is not shot down by the intrepid forces directed by the Commander raises the terror level....
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If you trigger Tree of Perdition's ability, then give the tree -13/-13, does the player go to 0 life? [duplicate]

If you activate Tree of Perdition's ability, "Exchange target opponent's life total with Tree of Perdition's toughness", then play a spell before the ability resolves that brings the tree's toughness ...
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Rules for Churchill Solitaire?

I've been hearing about the double-deck version of solitaire, played by Winston Churchill, that's way harder than normal solitaire. I can't seem to find the rules posted anywhere. Anyone know the ...
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1answer
88 views

Does playing a ko add a dimension to the game?

Playing a game of Baduk I was thinking that playing a Ko adds a dimension to the Tree of possibilities. Meaning it at least double the number of next moves the player may think of. Am I kind of right ...
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1answer
117 views

What is the most common Bridge Bidding system in the US?

What is the most common Bridge Bidding system in the U.S.?
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1answer
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What is the current state of the art in hearts AI?

Occasionally I google around looking for the latest research into hearts AI, and I never find anything. As far as I can tell the best hearts AI out there is still far below the level of an expert ...
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1answer
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How do I replace lost plastic tiles for Scrabble?

Two of the letter tiles from my Hungarian language Scrabble set are lost. These are bright gray plastic tiles with the letters etched and painted on them. Is there a way I can obtain replacement for ...
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4answers
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Are newer editions of Carcasonne compatible with older expansions?

If I have the new edition of Carcasonne with the river and abbot mini expansion, are all the old expansions still going to be compatible? Mostly I'm looking for a compatible expansion that will add a ...
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What are effective strategies for passing cards in Hearts?

In Hearts, before three out of every four hands you get to pass three cards to another player. Some people seem to always pass the Queen of Spades while others like to keep her under certain ...
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Is it correct to infer a second, third etc place in board games with a score?

This may stray a bit into philosophy, but I believe it has some real-world impacts. Many games rank players during the game, and some leave players in some sort of order at the end (ie. a 'score'). ...
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1answer
151 views

What is the name of this card game?

I'm looking for the name of this game in English. It's a drinking game, in which the participants get together in a circle and, with a playing cards deck, draw cards and follow their drinking rules (...
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1answer
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Does Keep score points when another Keep is completed?

In Carcassonne Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars expansion you may build a keep on a completed 2-tile city and it will score points once other features are completed in its vicinity. What if the other ...
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Responder' rebid with unbalanced hand (system: Simple SAYC)

I have 1S-4H-4D-4C, 15 PTS. I open 1D -- Partner: 1S --> Now my options are: I can't bid 1NT (no nt distribution). I want to show that I have more than minimum (12-14 pts), so I don't want to bid 2C,...
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3answers
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What Are The Key Features Of The “Fantunes” Bidding System?

Zia Mahmood's Bridge column for the Guardian newspaper today tells of two players with world titles to their names, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, who apparently have an intriguing bidding system: ...
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When is there no going back on a trade?

In Settlers of Catan, what are the precise rules for when a trade is completed and there is no going back? For example, if player 1 asks if anyone is looking to trade a resource for another resource ...
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1answer
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Baker's Dozen: rule about kings

I've seen various versions of the rules of "Baker's Dozen" (e.g. on about.com, Wikipedia) stating that the rule for kings is simply that they are placed to the bottom of the column they end up in. ...
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1answer
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Is spellbook building with only a single core set possible?

Let‘s say a friend of mine and me buy a single core set of Mage Wars, play some games with pre-defined spellbooks and then want to start building our own ones. Although building a deck can be quiet ...

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