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What are some alternatives to using dice in Settlers of Catan?

In Settlers of Catan, there's a variant where instead of rolling the dice, you use a stack of 36 cards with each combination. This reduces the luck component, but has as disadvantage that you can ...
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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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23answers
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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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6answers
9k 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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10answers
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Games with features like Battlestar Galactica's “Traitor” Mechanic? [closed]

My local gaming group has been playing the heck out of Battlestar Galactica for some time now. Are there any other board games that can be recommended that have a similar theme, or similar mechanics? ...
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4answers
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I have the Dominion base set only, in what order should I buy the expansions?

I've heard a lot about the different Dominion expansions, but I'm still not really sure which direction to go. In what order would you suggest I buy the expansions? How does each one change the ...
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15answers
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Good travel games for two players, especially for playing on trains? [closed]

I would be interested to hear if anyone had recommendations for 2-player games that are particularly suitable for playing while travelling on trains. (I ask this as someone who mostly enjoys games ...
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6answers
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Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?

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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3answers
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Settlers of Catan Data

I'd like to do some statistical analysis on Catan games, but to do that I need data. Does anyone know of a place I can find empirical data on Catan play? The stronger the players, the better. Awesome ...
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4answers
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What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?

Especially for games which involve frequent card shuffling by multiple players of decks of uneven sizes is there is a technique for shuffling which is quick and easy for everyone to learn yet also ...
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6answers
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How can I play Pandemic with 6 players?

I've recently bought Pandemic, and really liked the game. But since the basic game is only 2-4 players, I ordered the expansion "On the Brink", which brings it up to 5 players. Is there a rules ...
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9answers
7k views

In Monopoly, Is it OK for a third party to make a trade with a player who is about to lose?

I play with some serious board gamers, but we have neglected Monopoly for a number of years, so our knowledge is mostly based on high school & house rules. We played last week and enjoyed it, but ...
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2answers
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Dominion randomizer deck confusion

A friend of mine got Dominion for Christmas, and while the game plays wonderfully (I'm hooked), we were both confused by the randomizer deck. Why are there Curse, Copper, Silver, Gold, and victory ...
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3answers
707 views

Does a card that affects 'each' creature affect creatures that enter the battlefield after it resolves?

My opponent casts Predatory Rampage, which resolves, then he attacks with his creatures. In my hand, I have a creature card with Flash. If I summon this creature before the declare blockers step, ...
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4answers
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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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3answers
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Is Mana Weaving ok if it's followed by a thorough shuffle?

My friends and I are relatively new to MtG. At some point, one of them introduced us to the idea of mana weaving, and we'd do this to declump our decks prior to a very thorough shuffling. However, at ...
10
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2answers
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If I Unsummon a blocking creature will my attacker damage my opponent?

Suppose Player 1 has a Dragon on the table and Unsummon in hand, while Player 2 has two Spiders on the table. Player 1 chooses to attack with the Dragon and Player 2 chooses to block with one of the ...
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5answers
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Is Pandemic harder with fewer players?

I've played a couple of Pandemic games with 2, 3 and 4 players. From my point of view, the game should be harder with only 2 players since it will be more difficult to get a medic and both players ...
17
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4answers
648 views

What is optimal end play in Settlers?

Part of what makes Settlers of Catan both balanced and exciting are two sets of slow-the-leader rules: The robber and trade embargoes. While this means you have a chance to win even after a slow start ...
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9answers
6k 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?
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1answer
677 views

What factors should be considered before doubling pawns?

I know the basic strength of double pawns is that it may open up a rank for a rook, and that the weakness is that the pawns can no longer defend one another. Other than an obvious material advantage, ...
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7answers
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Is there any way to rehabilitate the “junk rare” Lost In The Woods?

I've really been enjoying the incredible Innistrad set, and advance previews of Dark Ascension (on the Wizards official site and elsewhere) have been living up to it so far. However, I had to do a ...
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2answers
2k views

Finding places to play Magic the Gathering games

A friend of mine recently got MTG for the XBox and is talking us into getting real cards. I'm all up for starting but I dread the idea of playing the same two people over and over with no change ...
10
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1answer
440 views

When two card texts confict, which takes priority?

Let's suppose there are creatures in play and someone plays Humility. It's clear that all the creatures lose their abilities. How is this situation changed if True Conviction were in play? Is the ...
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3answers
9k views

Destroying a Planewalker before its ability is used

Say my opponent plays a planeswalker during their first main phase. I have a Hero's Downfall or some other effect that will kill it after it is already in play, but before they use any of its ...
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10answers
2k views

Why do cards have different rarity levels in Magic: The Gathering?

I've been reflecting on this concept and trying to come up with a concise answer: Why do different levels of card rarity exist in MtG? In order for this concept of different numbers of different cards ...
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2answers
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Do Thorncaster Sliver's triggered abilities go on the stack?

I was guessing, since you actually target things instead of just dealing damage (similar to Hellrider), Thorncaster Sliver's triggered abilities would actually go on the stack. This came up in a ...
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3answers
297 views

Can I cast spells in the middle of another spell resolving?

Say I had Vedalken Orrery and I used Cloudshift on something, could I respond to Cloudshift bringing the creature back into play with Day of Judgement or something similar?
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6answers
1k views

What do you recommend to learn Go?

I am a beginner at this great game, and I would like to improve my skills at the game of Go. What resources would you recommend?
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8answers
973 views

Where I can buy good resources to build games? [closed]

Where I can buy boards, cards, dice, fake money, figures, and any sort of pieces? It would be nice if the store sells on the internet. Another good reason is to buy replacements for damaged or lost ...
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11answers
3k views

Which program to chose when designing my own cards?

I am working on a prototype of a board game for which I need to design several cards. The cards will have several features like name, picture, text and some additional symbols. I am not sure which ...
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3answers
2k views

Which computer board game designer works best for card games?

I've heard of a few computer board game designers, such as Vassal, Cyberboard, and Zun Tzu. Which would work best for building a custom card game? Note, I am willing to use one I haven't heard of, so ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I become a professional game designer?

How I can become a full- or part-time professional developing games? Are there specific courses? What specific knowledge should I be looking to learn? How do I enter the industry?
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6answers
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Where can I find a database with a list of all magic cards?

I am going to write a program to manage my library of Magic cards and I am looking for a database file or list of all of the cards that have been released. I know that the Gathering site is useful, ...
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4answers
2k views

What is the best 18xx game to teach someone? [closed]

There are several 18xx games easily available, maybe 8 or so that have mass produced and a few dozen kits that can be purchased or downloaded. I love 18xx games, but I've found that not everyone I ...
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votes
2answers
4k views

Which property group colour gives the best ROI , undeveloped or fully developed, in Monopoly?

Everybody always goes for the dark blues in Monopoly (Mayfair and Park Lane in the UK edition), but I'm convinced that the cheaper colour groups offer a better return on investment, partly because you ...
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4answers
9k views

What are the most busted cards in Agricola?

There's quite a few Occupations in Agricola that elicit a traumatized shudder from hardened Agricola players. I'm thinking of cards like the Taster, which basically allows one player to be in a ...
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votes
7answers
5k 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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votes
16answers
4k views

Is pretending to want to trade before playing a monopoly card objectionable?

In Settlers of Catan, I sometimes try to ask people if they want to trade a certain resource, tricking them into revealing the approximate amount of that resource in everyone's hand. After this I play ...
27
votes
3answers
3k views

How can we play a shorter but satisfying game of Arkham Horror?

I've only played about half a dozen games of Arkham Horror, and they ranged in length from about 3 hours to aborting after 8. These were all games with 5-6 players, with just the base game (no ...
27
votes
5answers
2k views

How do you place your initial settlements in Settlers of Catan?

Initial settlement placement in Catan can really affect the outcome of the game. What strategy do you follow in Settlers of Catan for initial settlement placement. Does this strategy change if you ...
18
votes
27answers
927 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 ...
18
votes
13answers
26k views

What are some good tactics for the early game in Risk? [closed]

In general what do you recommend at the beginning of the game?
13
votes
5answers
3k views

Evaluating a Dominion Kingdom set

How do you analyze a Dominion Kingdom set to determine what your strategy is going to be for the game? In other words, are you looking for specific cards? for abilities (e.g., trashing cards or ...
19
votes
6answers
2k views

Game piece storage

I have a number of games that come in large boxes that do not have sectioned compartments for individual pieces. Whenever I take them over to people's houses everything rattles around and gets mixed ...
18
votes
5answers
4k views

What is the best way to keep everything organized and spend less time setting up?

When playing Dominion, how do you go about organizing all of the various cards and sets while maintaining a priority to getting games started quickly?
13
votes
11answers
2k views

Short-version of Settlers of Catan

What are some rule changes that shorten the game, and what drawbacks do those changes have? Please limit your answers to rules changes with which you have first-hand experience!
12
votes
4answers
4k views

What's the difference between Puerto Rico and San Juan?

I've heard people describe San Juan as Puerto Rico's little brother. What's actually the difference? How is the game-play changed? Is it any easier to teach new people? Is it worth buying if I ...
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votes
3answers
4k views

How can I tell when to take a mulligan in Magic?

Determining when to mulligan is a very important skill in magic. But how can I hone my abilities in that skill? Obviously if I had no/all land I'd probably want to mulligan as the opportunity to ...
22
votes
9answers
3k views

Why is real-money-betting necessary for poker to be fun?

Obviously, all games may be played with an ante, but it is often not mandatory for the game itself to be fun. I've long wondered what makes poker so different from everything else: poker, when played ...

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