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Catan starting strategies — actual data?

I'm new to Settlers of Catan, and I quickly learned the importance of having a source of Brick and Lumber at the start of the game. And some googling showed that others agree ... and others disagree. ...
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How do you play Winter Tales (in a non-gamist manner)?

I recently bought Winter Tales and had my first two games with five friends last night. It was kinda fun, but we really felt like we were missing something or misinterpreting the rules somehow. The ...
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Name of this interesting variant of Tic-tac-toe?

A group of grad students and I regularly meet up at conferences. Often, we spend our coffee breaks between talks playing various suggested generalisations of common pen-and-paper games to see if we ...
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What do you do when you get stuck in an Eastern Crows loop?

What do you do when you get caught in an Eastern Crows loop? There are three Eastern Crows cards that get shuffled back into the encounter deck every time they're defeated (supposing none are drawn as ...
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Sorry! Fire Token Bumping Rule

In Sorry! if I have the fire token, and I advance to the next corner fire slot before drawing my card, do you bump somebody else back to start who is on the fire slot before drawing the card? My ...
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How is bridge for beginners taught in Taiwan or Italy today, Precision or another method?

I play duplicate bridge, and have recently begun studying the Precision bidding system on my own. Precision was invented by C.C. Wei in the 1960's with Truscott's assistance, and was used with great ...
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Do starting positions make a significant difference?

I had my first game of Senji a couple of days ago, and it's clear that the starting positions for each player are very different. (Senji map: http://goo.gl/LuHTA) In a 6 player game it seems to me ...
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What are the strength and firepower of Ivory X bombardments?

The 2nd Infantry Division online briefing for Flames of War has a special rule called Ivory X that lets you fire anti-tank guns and anti-aircraft guns like a normal artillery bombardment. The ...
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Beast combat in Scenario 19 (The Beastmaster)

In Scenario 19, the Traitor's Tome says that certain beasts get extra successes when they initiate an attack. What does "extra successes" mean? When we played, we assumed it meant add the number of ...
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Space combat game with standard deck of cards

About a year ago I was clicking around on the net and I found someone's personal blog with a description of an invented card game. It was played with a normal deck of cards. Face cards were ships, ...
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How soon is “Just Played”

Ainoa and some other general have an ability which reads: Force an opponent to move an Agent he just played to a different District Does this mean I have to use the ability at the same time as ...
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interaction of “Foreclosure” and “Crop Insurance” cards

In the game Farmageddon, if the Foreclosure card is used to "buy" a crop from another player with a Crop Insurance card on it, is the crop acquired complete with the Crop Insurance, or does the Crop ...
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What is the name of this snakes-and-ladders-like race game?

Someone taught me a game that they remember playing many years before. They drew the board from memory, it looks mostly like this: _____________ | __________ | | |E| | | | | | | | | | | | | | ...
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Can an optimal strategy for Roll Through the Ages be created for two player games on modern hardware?

Yahtzee has been weakly solved* for single player, and uses about the same dice on average. The game is probably only slightly more complex than Yahtzee. Can an optimal strategy for Roll Through the ...
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How can I handicap?

I have suburbia, and I quite like it. However, some of the people I play with, don't quite have the cutthroat edge to win. It makes not so fun to play if I win every game. What's an effective way ...
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I bought the Dixit Odyssey standalone game and was wondering which expansions would best match up

I bought the Dixit Odyssey standalone base game and was wondering which expansions would best match up. I want to keep the expansion by the same artist (So not Journey). I also want the cards as ...
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1932 Finance board game

We inherited board games from my husbands grandmother who died in the 1980s. Among them is a practically brand new (doesnt look used) board game called Finance. The instruction booklet says ...
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Could Axis and Allies be “balanced” by weakening the US just a bit more?

In Axis and Allies (as in the real war), Germany and Japan together have more industrial power, represented by industrial production certificates (IPCs) than Britain and Russia combined. Hence The US ...
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How Does Wooly Bully 2's Waterproof Wings Variant Work?

I've started an online game of Wooly Bully (La Guerre des Moutons) 2 with the waterproof wings variant "on", but I'm not 100% sure how this rule plays out in practice. The key line in the rulebook ...
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Common rules or house rules to resolve catching dispute

In Ghost Catch (Geistes Blitz original name) the idea is that you grab the correct item before any other player can. Obviously the one player having the correct item in hand wins the round. However ...
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Why did I win “Asia Passport” achievement early?

I'm playing iPad edition. Fifth Legendary Asia achievement says: Asia Passport: Win all achievements for the Legendary Asia map. I thought it means that I have to win first four achievements. For ...
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Question about leading signals

The defense often gives signals with the played cards. If I know it right, the defense must tell the opponents what the signal means. Suppose, you do not play with signals, but the opponents do not ...
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How are missing alerts handled?

If a side misses an alert and the other side protests, the tournament director must decide if the missing alert is a disadvantage for the protesting side. It is not possible to check, if the ...
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Does the possibility of claiming tricks prevent the defense from profitting from declarer's errors?

Suppose, the declarer claims 12 tricks in a slam, but you have the opinion that declarer can make a mistake. Can you demand declarer to play it out, or does the tournament director decide how many ...
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First Aid - Unbalanced

The group I play with has no problems with first aid dealing damage but we do have issues with the big power differences it can have based on your character. This comes from situations where the ...
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What is the longest possible suit for a player in a par-zero-deal?

S AKJ97 H J63 D 987 C A9 S QT865432 S H 9 H AQT72 D J3 D AKQT C 54 ...
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While covering the Queen, if a player pockets the last C/m of his own together with the striker

While covering the Queen, if a player pockets the last C/m of his own together with the striker then will game continues with placing a penalty or it will be a win?
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Is there a real shift in balance if Blueprints players violate their blueprint?

After being taught how to play Blueprints, I was told that building your blueprint was completely optional, with the only downside that you would miss out on the 6-point bonus if you don't follow it. ...
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Power Tile Effect: Initiative and Movement/Victory

When using the 'Initiative' power tile (which destroys two units pre-battle) against a [foolish or unfortunate] opponent who has only two units: Is a victory point scored? Is movement interrupted?
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Power Tile Combo: Initiative combined with Crusade

When using the Initiative power tile (which destroys two units pre-battle) combined with the Crusade power tile (which gives Ankhs per units destroyed in battle): Does the attacking player get ankhs ...
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Swapping Creatures in Troops

Regarding the Creatures in troops: May a troop with a creature have its creature replaced with a creature not currently on the board?
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When do I lose 2 SO Points at the end of each day?

The Artillery Unit (1S) notes say: Lose 2 SO Points at the end of the Day. Can the 2 SO points come from Daily SO Points that are awarded at the end of day? Or must I deduct the 2 SO points ...
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Can you play the Crisis Expansion with the core game and Heroes Unite combined?

The description for the DC Comics Deck Building Game: Crisis Expansion 1 says the following: This is not a standalone product. DC Comics Deck-building Game or Heroes Unite is required to play. ...
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Is it possible to change or destroy goods that a scout is sending?

In the rulebook of Civilization (p.26) it says that The player declares which of their cities the scout is "sending" the square to during the Start of Turn Phase, and all the icons in that ...
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Does the bonus die for Captain of the Guard's Battle Steed ability have to be assigned a target color before the roll?

One of the new heroes in Expansion #1 is Captain of the Guard, and he gets a bonus die when initiating attack in a new location. Does this extra die have to be assigned to a color of minion on that ...
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What is the point of promoting nobles to watchmen?

In the game "The walled city" you can promote nobles up into towers to make them watchmen. Is there any strategic advantage to doing so? It feels as if you are better off leaving them as nobles, ...
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Can the Russia no first turn attack rule be realistically extended for more turns?

This is a reference to the Classic edition of Axis and Allies. One "alternate" (house) rule is that Russia is not allowed to attack the first turn. (But she does get her "income" of,say, eight ...
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Flying enemy disk ending on friendly disk under King Daqan's protection

The disk "King Daqan" has the text Enemy Disks may not Activate to Attack other friendly Disks within 6" of unpinned, Unactivated King Daqan. If a flying disk attempts to fly over a friendly disk but ...
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Special Gift/Give Back Privilege Cards

In Bacchus' Banquet the Give Back and Special Gift privilege cards read as follows: Give Back: When a player gives you the "gift" card, you may play this card and return the "gift" card to that ...
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In Life Adventures, are there restrictions on what cards can be given when sued?

For those unfamiliar with the game, Life Adventures is a card game version of the classic Life board game. If someone is sued, can they give the litigant a card that they cannot use? For example, a ...
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Follow up question to “Do I need On the Brink to play ”Pandemic In the Lab“”

Having read this Do I need On The Brink to play In The Lab? I have no interest in buying On the Brink, however if I were to buy the On the Brink replacement cards can I use the events cards from OtB ...
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Luck ability is useless when starting a fire or returning to the camp?

Jean-Fran├žois and Marguerite de La Rocque abilities say: You may add 1 to any die roll by discarding 1 random story token. This ability can not be used on a reroll. Emphasis on the 'add'. By ...
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How do the end of game conditions work in Volcano?

I've played a few games of Volcano now and the 2/3 player game often ends because there is a round of moves without anyone capturing a piece (the "Alternate Ending Condition" as listed in the "Playing ...
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Gonzalo Pizarro effect also solves ties?

If a player has the Gonzalo Pizarro progression card, his ship with the highest value should be regarded as having value of zero during the supply step. Is this also effective to solve ties?
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Can you play base-game Claustrophobia scenarios with De Profundis included?

Perhaps stupidly, I bought both Claustrophobia and its De Profundis expansion both at once. After doing so I discovered that the designer has stated the scenarios in the base game are not suitable ...
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Can Quincy 'The Spider' be moved to a battlefield with a full sandstorm in Revolver?

I'm playing the side of the law in Revolver, without any expansions. I played Quincy 'The Spider' Whitmore at Whiskey Canyon, the second battlefield. My opponent has placed a Sandstorm at Buzzard ...
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Are there online tools to solve card-based puzzles?

There are "chess board editor" sites, which you can use to solve chess puzzles. Input chess position and move the pieces trying different combinations of moves. For example: ...
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Six Handed Pinochle card Game

What would be the odds of getting three runs of same suit in 16 card hand? Two partners exchange from bidder three cards each. The run has five cards and the 16th card in the hand was also the same ...
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What are Bonus Tactics Markers in Heroes of Normandie

Me and my friend are playing through the scenarios of Heroes of Normandie and have just been asked to use Bonus Tactics Markers. From the picture in the book we found them amongst all the other ...
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Where can I find a list of all the cards in Elder Sign?

I'm looking for a breakdown of the common item, unique item and spell cards so I know what my chances are when buying certain cards. I've done a bit of googling and have not come up with anything.

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