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How To Mitigate The Random Factor In Agricola?

Agricola is my favourite boardgame and I'd love to reach a level where I could call myself a master of it. However, having found a place to play it online and gotten a lot more games in, I've been ...
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What 'rules of thumb' are recommended for Free Cell and similar solitaire games?

What "rules of thumb" do people play by when playing Free Cell or similar games involving moving cards from columns to foundations (e.g. Klondike) to complete the game? For example, one book I have ...
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Monster Stacking Puzzle Game?

A couple of years ago I bought a game that I absolutely adored. Unfortunately I lent it to a friend, never got it back and haven't been able to find it since. Can anyone help? I don't know the name of ...
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What is a good opening in Blokus?

I have played Blokus enough times to get a feel for the game and one thing that always bugs me is how to play the first few moves. There seem to be a couple of competing aims: Get rid of big, ...
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Modern affinity deck without Mox Opal

I am making a modern affinity deck with all the usual cards, Arcbound Ravager, Etched Champion, Inkmoth Nexus and the like. The problem is I can't afford the Mox Opals - they're over £200 for the ...
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How many monsters should be drawn in a 5 player game during an encounter?

When playing with 5 or more players, you should draw 2 monsters when opening a gate during the Mythos phase. Should you also draw 2 monsters when an encounter says that "a gate and a monster appear"?
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Going to ground behind a Aegis defense line

If a unit goes to ground while behind an Aegis defense line (or some other "high" terrain), do we still consider them visible and potential targets for other shooting attacks? After all, they're ...
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Space Marine Attack Bike Twin-Linked bolter

According to page 62 of the Codex: Blood Angels (5th), the Space Marine Bike are equipped with twin-linked bolter. According to the army list, neither Attack Bike Squad nor Bike Squad mentions this ...
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Trashing Market Square and another card at the same time

I use a card that allows me to trash 2 cards from my hand (like Chapel). I trash Market Square and another card. Are the cards trashed simultaneously or sequentially? Does either possibility allow ...
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Can I flicker Aurelia to get more than two attack phases?

Whenever Aurelia, the Warleader attacks for the first time each turn, untap all creatures you control. After this phase, there is an additional combat phase. If I attack with Aurelia once, ...
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Eclipse for nongamers [on hold]

I've been thinking about getting the board game Eclipse, but before I actually take the plunge and buy the game, I would like to get a better idea of whether or not I would actually be able to get my ...
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1answer
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Paying a Cost and Communicating

I have four Burning-Tree Emissary and one Firefist Striker on the field. My opponent is in his Precombat Main Phase. We are under Competitive Rules Enforcement Level (REL). The following actions occur ...
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Communication - Saying “Draw”

My opponent was in his second main phase, sitting silently for about a minute. He finally gestured towards me and said, "Draw." I drew. My opponent then shouted, "Judge!" and told the judge that I ...
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Has the value of a five-card suit in no trump contracts been demonstrated?

Going through old bridge books (by e.g., George Coffin), I was struck by the fact that some 3NT contracts made easily with "only" 24-25 and a good five card suit, while if both declarer and dummy had ...
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How much do the Heroes and Traitor need to reveal while using their haunt-specific rules?

In Betrayal At House On The Hill, the explorers will eventually reveal one too many Omens, causing some (random) explorer to become the Traitor and try to do something terrible to the remaining ...
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How does Lava Burst work with hexproof/shroud?

How does Lava Burst work with hexproof/shroud ability? Lava Burst text says: If Lava Burst would deal damage to a creature, that damage can't be prevented or dealt instead to another creature or ...
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In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?

Author Terence Reese wrote that the difference between amateurs and professional was that the former could "see" (locate) only 26 cards, while professionals could "see" 52 before the hand was over. ...
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What happens when you lose an invention that has a one-shot benefit?

In Robinson Crusoe, the players are a collection of castaways on some remote island. There are 6 different scenarios, so the goals and perils of the game will change a bit. During the game, you can ...
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Dixit variations to increase replay value?

I recently got Dixit, and it's been a big hit with a couple groups of friends, however we're already finding it's replay value to be declining. I'm sure in a few months it would be very fun again ...
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Can I use multiple items and spells in one action?

I was wondering if I could use multiple items and spells in one action. The rules say Although an investigator cannot perform a component action from a single component more than once each ...
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Square cards larger than 70mm (2¾″)

Many board games use square cards that are 70mm × 70mm, about 2¾″. Are there any that use larger square cards? If so, what's the largest square card that is in use? I'm mainly interested if there ...
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What happens if you get lost while rescuing Jenny?

In scenario 3 of Robinson Crusoe, your task is to build a raft to rescue Jenny, and then build a lifeboat to escape your deserted island before a hurricane arrives. (Let us not consider the wisdom of ...
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1answer
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Is there an online site to play Titan Boardgame

I know of ACTS and it works quite well. But in times of Web 2.0 I wonder -- is there an alternative to play Titan against friends (and mybe foes)?
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Is there ANY way to activate a planeswalker ability at instant speed?

With the vast richness of magic rules on all the cards and the comp rules, is there any way at all to activate a planeswalker ability at instant speed? Typically, per the rules, you can only activate ...
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The Witches: A Discworld Board Game - Removing crisis counters

When you solve a problem (easy or hard), and it has a crisis counter.... what happens with those chips? Are simply removed from the game or they return to the initial stack? For example, when there ...
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Drop pod deviation above terrain

Assuming a drop pod place 2 inch away from a 6 inch wide impassible terrain (eg: river of lava). Drop pod deviation says that it has to deviate 12 inches, in the direction that passes above said ...
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Apparent contradiction in official rules for Kamisado?

I have in front of me the official Rules of the Game for Kamisado. They make me wonder which player takes the opening move in a new round after filling from the left or the right. The section ...
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In Munchkin, can a thief steal at level 1?

Can a thief steal at level 1 given that failing to steal causes the thief to lose a level?
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In Axis and Allies, Should the U.S. Build a “Factory” in Brazil?

In Axis and Allies (original version), the basically maritime powers, the US and UK have a problem coming to grips with the land-based Axis. One solution is for them to buy industrial complexes in ...
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2answers
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In Haunt #43 - The Star Sickness: I'm a Traitor and Have the Serum, now what?

During Haunt #43 - The Star Sickness, I was infected as a traitor early in the Haunt, but also previously harvested enough Mandrake root to make the serum. Not knowing what to do, I proceeded to the ...
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Hammer of Purphoros doesn't let me destroy my opponent's lands; why is that exactly?

The text on Hammer of Purphoros reads: Sacrifice a land: Put a 3/3 colorless Golem enchantment artifact creature token onto the battlefield. I know that this doesn't allow me to destroy my ...
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Value of Joker options

How should one compare the value between the two main options of Jokers? In Yomi, Jokers have two primary purposes: Gold Burst, which allows one to gain aces, and Time Rewind (also affectionately ...
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1answer
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What are the odds of getting a double run in four-handed pinochle?

My partner and I played four-handed pinochle. I passed four cards and she got a double run in trump. What are the odds of getting a double run in four-handed pinochle?
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Gild and the Gold tokens it creates

Gild says "Exile target creature. Put a colorless artifact token named Gold onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."". I assume that that ...
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Risk - To secure a world domination win? [duplicate]

I have been playing Risk with my four best friends and i have very rarely won. I have been wondering what is the best strategy to win at Risk?
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What do the abbreviations BB, SB and D mean in Texas Hold 'Em?

http://www.flopturnriver.com/Holdem-Expected-Value-10-Players.php Maybe D is dealer and B is blind, but what is BB?
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Jenga: When does a player's turn begin?

So in a hypothetical jenga game we have two players, let's call them player A and player B. Player A completes a turn, and the tower remains standing for the 10 seconds until player A's turn is over. ...
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1answer
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Artisan of Forms and Gift of Immortality

Artisan of Forms says: Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Artisan of Forms, you may have Artisan of Forms become a copy of target creature and gain this ability. Say I play a Gift ...
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How long does a creature returned by the Whip of Erebos remain on the battlefield?

Whip of Erebos says Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If it would leave the battlefield, exile it ...
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1answer
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When does the game end when the last player pushes the first player over the 40-point limit?

In a three-player game, the first player had about 38 points. It is the last player's turn, and he uses a Free Agent which gives the first player (whose turn will normally be next) 41 points, ...
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Why are bridge games seemingly documented only by the hands and bidding?

I was looking for an interesting sample hand in Bridge to sort of demonstrate a card game system that could be used for Bridge (a game I know exists, and thought I knew more-or-less the system of it, ...
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the sycophant card

We need an impartial explanation on how to use this card "the SYCOPHANT". The card states " Any other player that uses the take 1 grain action space must first pay you one food. In addition, you ...
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2answers
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When moving an Agent from a non-local Faction, what is the correct orientation?

This came up in a three player game, but I think it'd be even worse in 4 or 5. One of the Free Agents ("The Interloper" maybe?) has the power "Move one Agent from any Faction into a neighboring ...
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4answers
744 views

How does Rook compare in difficulty to other trick-taking games?

How does Rook compare in difficulty to other trick-taking games? It is commonly played by older people in my area, and so my siblings and I learned it as small children. What games would be good to ...
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1answer
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Deep Space cannons: how many times can they shoot?

In Twilight Imperium 3rd ed you may get a technology advance that lets your PDS fire to a system adjacent to the one that contains them: The Deep Space Cannons. The rules of firing in their same ...
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3answers
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Dominion: Doctor + Rats

I play Doctor and name Rats. I reveal the top 3 cards and find 1 Rats, so I trash it. Which happens first: re-ordering the other cards, or drawing my card from trashing Rats? And if the draw ...
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2answers
241 views

What are the limitations on using a Planeswalker's loyalty abilities?

I assume I can only use a loyalty ability once per turn, is that right? Otherwise it'd seem to me that Planeswalkers would be hideously broken. And I assume that if you used the +1 ability that the 0 ...
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1answer
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Persephone Super Moves in 2v2

Two questions about how Persephone's super move Mistress's Command function in 2v2 mode. 1) If Persephone hits with Mistress's Command and then tags out to an ally (2v2 mode) before the next turn ...
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1answer
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Soviet space exploration board game (now with pictures)

I have an archaeological question :). I used to have this space exploration board game that my father bought in the USSR in the 80s. I can't remember its name and I've been trying to find it on ...
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1answer
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Is there a way to tell if a Cards Against Humanity card exists already?

I have Cards Against Humanity with all the expansion packs that come with blank cards. I have some ideas for cards but there are so many I couldn't possibly remember/know all the ones that already ...

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