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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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Help identify an old board game with three rooms in a castle and a ghost

Some things that I can remember: There is a castle with 3 rooms. There are tree treasures in each of the rooms Maximum about 4 players Someone plays as a Ghost and others as people Ghost is hunting ...
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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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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 ...
4
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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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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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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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In Arkham Horror, do you ignore counting items that can't be lost or stolen when going insane or unconscious?

The Arkham Horror errata says on page 6: Q: Some Items state that they cannot be lost or stolen unless you choose to allow it. When does this ability come into play? A: It would come into ...
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Stalingrad Pocket 2nd ed Air Power Barrage Shift

According to rule 1.10g Divisional Integrity Artillery Bonus: "Artillery which does not have a friendly unit adjacent to the intended target ... will receive a (leftward) shift on the Barrage ...
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Additional/Make up roles in Resistance or Resistance avalon

My friends and I have started making up new roles for resistance when we get tired of using the basics like Merlin, Percival Mordred, Morgana and Oberon. So far we've played where Oberon is blind. ...
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In a&a 1942 2nd edition is it necesarry to build an industrial complex in order to mobilize units?

Like if the soviet union does not build a complex that means it cant mobilize units anywhere? I dont see any complexes printed on the board itself to start the game off, does that mean i have to buy ...
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Skills as a Victory Tie-Breaker

How are skills counted for the victory condition? The first tie-breaker for winning the game is the number of statuses each contested player possesses, followed second by how many skills they ...
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In Elder Sign, does defeating a monster with a spell count as a completed task?

My understanding is that a 'completed' task is one in which you fulfill the roll requirements and thus can roll the remaining dice without discarding one as a penalty. If I use a spell to defeat a ...
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In Elder Sign, what is the distinction between completing and defeating a task?

The faq says that Mandy Thompson's ability should read Once per day, after any player has rolled, Mandy may re- roll 2 dice before determining if the active player was able to defeat a task. ...
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Can a sub attack a lone sub in axis and allies and the attacked sub submerge?

If a English sub attacks a german sub(by itself in a sea zone), can the german sub submerge? From my understanding subs can only conduct a surprise strike or submerge if there are other sea units ...
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How to capture territories with no numbers printed on them?

In a&a 1941 if japan conducts an amphibious assault on soviet far east can she capture it? If yes, then does she still put the controller marker and does nothing else? (I mean no adding anything ...
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In a&a 1941 how many spaces would an aircraft have to move to get from Alaska to Soviet Far East?

From my understanding that would be sea zone 48 (1 space), sz 47 (2 space), Soviet Far East (3 space). Is that correct or is it 2 spaces ?
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Mobilization of units allowed on a territory with an industrial complex controlled by a power on same side?

My friends an I were playing a&a 1941 and soviet union wanted to mobilize units in India. Is that ever allowed? If yes, when? I read through the whole book and I did not find anything about when ...
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Can destroyers present in amphibious assault ignore enemy subs?

If I am conducting an amphibious assault with my destroyers present can I ignore enemy subs?
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Is the combat move and the conduct combat phase always necessary to execute?

I am in Karelia with a couple of infantry and tanks. The german territories are heavily fortified. I don't want to lose what few units I have. Do I have to conduct combat or can I skip to noncombat ...
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Hex Hex card interactions (foretell, play only when hexed, maddening compulsion)

In the game of Hex-hex, our gaming group gets into some rather interesting debates as to how particular timing and effects. This is one of my favorite aspects to the game, though it can cause things ...
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Does State Parlor give bonus for dwellings added after the fact?

When the state parlor is built, and a dwelling is later added, does the player get the two food bonus? One school of thought is that the bonus is applied only once for the parlor itself. Another ...
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Ghost stories white moon - cemetery tile Qi

Ghost stories white moon. When using the village cemetery tile to bring a player back, the revived player gets 2 Qi. When using this same tile to bring a villager back from the graveyard, what ...
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I'd like to get into Wings of War / Glory but am confused where to start

I became aware of Wings of War / Glory when someone mentioned it as an inspiration for the Xwing Miniatures game. I'm late to the party and would like to understand the differences between Wings of ...
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In 12 Days, are intermediate cards mostly useless but for playing early to assess how many high cards to target and when to play low cards in later?

I've provided a short overview at the bottom of this question since 12 Days is one of the simpler rule-sets. This trick-taking game has a few competing elements: Preserving low cards in your hand ...
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In Chicago Express, how important are strategies of tight share bidding and inducing others to develop railroads toward your shares?

Chicago Express appears to be a game with no luck in that there are no dice, no cards drawn. There are minimal random elements such as player seating. My interpretation of the game has been that in ...
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Most important buildings in 3 player Machi Koro

In Machi Koro (base game), finding an optimal strategy depends on the number of players involved, since you take turns rolling the dice. Green and purple buildings are only activated when you roll the ...
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Pegs and jokers specialized cards

My hubby and I recently learned to play Pegs and Jokers with some other retirees. The cards they used were not regular playing cards but specifically meant for p&g. They had golden peg cards, word ...
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Where can I find strategy advice?

Where can I find books or online resources in English with detailed strategies for the card game Shelem? I am looking for the level of detail one can easily find for chess or Bridge, for example, a ...
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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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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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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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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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Has Magic or any other card game become formalized by someone?

I want to know if someone has modeled the game of Magic, its rules, and all the cards that have been made thus far, by mathematics. Has anyone ever embarked on this gigantic project? And if not, has ...

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