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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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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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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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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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In Pandante, why is the fine for a failed challenge against a player telling the truth multiplied by the total number of players?

From the rules of Pandante, about resolving the winner of a gambit: When you’re challenged as lying about your poker hand, your two options are: a) keep your hand secret, fold, and pay each ...
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How to understand the given Preferans puzzle solution?

There is a Preferans problem: South chose crosses as the trump. How many tricks will get South? Part of the solution the author of problem proposes and that I can't understand is: Please help ...
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Best way to solve vassal module version conflicts issues

Vassal is a great way to try out a game, but it seems that vassal versions and module versions frequently create trouble actually trying something out, i.e. you want to try something that requires the ...
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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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Using Mimicry on an invalid target

I have some questions about which of these are legal plays when attacking a creature that has the mimicry attribute. Setup: I have a creature that only has mimicry on it. It is attacked by another ...
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Confusion on militia rules (The optional event)

According to the rules of Arcana, at the end of the resolution phase all militia should be returned to their pile. However, there is an event (part of the optional rules) which says that all militia ...
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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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Do Sidekicks have a level?

Do the Sidekick dice (NPCs in D&D) have a level? They don't have a card, and only one character face. Some actions and cards target characters but only of a certain level.
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Braille-Cribbage

It's already known that Cribbage can be played by blind people by using Braille-cards, but what I need to know is whether there is a data base for Braille-players to get together in their local areas. ...
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In The Captain Is Dead Episode 2: Adrift, do all systems with any damage gain damage no matter where hostile aliens are?

The instuctions here say At the start of any turn in which a hostile alien is present, add a damage token to any system that already has a damage token. Does this mean if an alien is anywhere in ...
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World of Warriors - how to play? Follow-Up

In this post someone asked for resources on the how to play the World of Warriors Trading Card Game (not the app): World of Warriors - how to play? The answer was helpful but only repeated what is ...
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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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How can I make a Crisis game go faster?

I've played a couple games of Crisis Mode from the Crisis Expansion (Pack 1) of the DC Comics Deck-Building Game with one, two, and three players. While we like the cooperative mode of it (it always ...
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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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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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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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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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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-François 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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