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When might a Standard American bidder “bend” the five card major rule?

"Five card majors" is the foundation of the Standard American system. Yet rules are made to be broken under special circumstances. My understanding is that some bidders will adhere to "five card ...
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Final round conflicts in Lancaster

In the final round of Lancaster do you only have to pay a ransom for knights involved in a battle that has been lost twice?
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What is the 'Liverpool Shuffle'?

Watching A Hard Days Night and they're playing cards in the train. Ringo shuffles the cards and someone (John?) says "Aye Aye, the liverpool shuffle" as Ringo doesn't actually shuffle the cards. He ...
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What are the chances of shooting the moon in Hearts? [closed]

In Hearts, we just want to avoid getting any heart card or the Queen of Spades. But if we can get all 14 cards, we shoot the moon and everybody else gets 26 points. So, given a fair shuffle, what's ...
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Overseer of the Damned board wipe [duplicate]

What happens with Overseer of the Damned in the case of a board wipe? I know that all the creatures die at the same time, so do I still get zombies or is that ability mulled by the fact that Overseer ...
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Can legions in Cardfight!! Vanguard be broken/un-legioned?

I am new to Cardfight!! Vanguard, and I was wondering if legions be broken or become un-legioned?
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Can a countered spell be targeted?

Let's assume that Alice and Bob are playing. Alice casts Serra Avatar. Bob casts an Essence Backlash targeting the Avatar. Alice, realizing that that would kill her, casts an Autumn's Veil. Bob casts ...
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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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Legend of Drizzt - How may items per Hero Phase?

I didn't notice anything in the rulebook about how many items can be used in each player's Hero Phase. Is it just 1, or are multiple items allowed to be used?
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What can a Runner do to trash ICE that is in play?

I know that the card parasite can potentially trash ice, but is there any other way? (I've just recently started playing)
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Deriving statistics from original card games

I have drafted a game that uses a French Deck with 52 cards, 4 suites (diamonds, clubs, hearts, spades), and no jokers. I'm interested in profiling game play along a few axes: How many turns are ...
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What do the colors mean on Better Settlers?

Answers to this question about tile layouts for Catan suggests Better Settlers. When I open Better Settlers, the page shows a board setup for Catan. What do the colors in the setup stand for? My ...
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Can opponents keep Jeskai Infiltrator under their control past the end of their turn if it was manifested?

So recently, when I was vsing a friend, they used Act of Treason on my Jeskai Infiltrator, then attacked me. I took the damage without blocking, then Jeskai and the top card of their library was ...
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Does priority matter in Magic?

When does priority actually matter in magic? I have been playing Magic since Time Spiral and have never once seen the rules for priority matter. I've never heard a question from a player about a ...
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Villages card game rules

In the Villages card game, we did not understand a few rules. Can you pick up cards from your villages during your turn? Can multicolor/light units switch which village they are in if possible? if ...
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Current 'Axis & Allies: War at sea' Rulebook?

I recently a booster pack for this game, so I don't have the rulebook. Reading in other sites and reading the website I found the one listed here but it appears that there is yet one more. I can't ...
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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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Is it possible for a person to lose “Pirate Islands” Seafarers scenario before the game even starts?

So here's where my question stems from: In the Pirate Islands scenario, each player starts with 3 settlements on the Eastern Island. A player only wins if: a) he has captured the Pirate fortress of ...
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How do “side effects” interact with a card that grants hexproof?

I was looking at the card Leyline of Sanctity and noticed that it gives its controller hexproof. I understand that this means that I can't use any spells or abilities that target the player, but what ...
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What happens when a miracle trigger is copied?

One of the newly spoiled cards in Magic 2014, Strionic Resonator, allows you to copy a triggered ability you control. This allows you to copy any of a number of things that previously would happen ...
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Fortifying move to complete a Risk mission

When playing the North American 1993 version of secret mission Risk, can a mission be acomplished with a fortifying move? Example:If your mission is, “Conquer 18 TERRITORIES with at least 2 SOLDIERS ...
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Beginner Brass Strategies?

Inspired by all the great answers to the similar question about Power Grid, I'd love to hear some suggestions for Brass. I picked it up a little over a month ago, and we've only gotten it onto the ...
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What can be played during an opponents turn?

What types of cards can you play on another players turn / i.e. sorcery or enchantments? Or can only instants/flash be played? It seems foolish to us as new players that every card other then land ...
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Proper Sleeves for Android Netrunner

I am trying to find the right sleeves to get for Android Netrunner. And while Fantasy Flight was nice enough to put a color coded sleeve and number of packs needed for that box on the back of both the ...
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What are the rules updates for Catan in the 5th edition? Are there any?

Page 6 of the new Seafarers rulebook states: "A general note on Catan rules. This is the 5th English-language edition of Catan Seafarers. Over the years, the rules have been clarified, refined, and ...
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Where can I find new map ideas for Settlers of Catan Seafarers?

basically my group has played through all the scenarios in the book and I was wondering if anyone knows of a place to get more map layouts?? is there like a sequel book or anything? i didn't have much ...
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Is there a program/game i can build a deck and play against AI's without a net connection?

When i build my deck i like to try and test it out to see what flaws could be exploited and cards used to exploit those flaws while also seeing how difficult it is to implement my strategies while ...
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What happens if I kill a creature enchanted with Murder Investigation by casting Flowstone Slide

Murder Investigation reads: When enchanted creature dies, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is its power. Flowstone Slide reads: All creatures get +X/-X ...
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How to Maintain the Balance of Power on Risk?

How can I stay strong enough to avoid being eliminated while at the same time avoid being too strong and making myself a target?
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How can I estimate my chances to win a Risk battle?

I'm looking for an way to estimate the percent chance of winning a specific Risk battle. Assume the maximum number of dice will be used. It doesn't need to be a perfect calculation, just an ...
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When testing a deck, what % of rejected hands is acceptable?

Good deck construction minimizes luck. I am about to enter my first tournament (Pauper). In addition to testing my deck against other decks in actual games, I simulate initial hands and first few ...
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Is Saboteur biased towards the miners?

I recently played a couple of games (i.e. six rounds) of Saboteur with ten and then nine players. The miners found the gold every round, and it was only a close thing once. The saboteurs win a bit ...
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Where can I find out-of-print Catan geographies?

Anyone have any ideas? I see a bunch on the Catan shop, but only a select few are actually for sale. http://www.catan.com/board-games/settlers-catan/variants-and-scenarios/regional-editions I've ...
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Are production boosters limited to production dice rolls?

The game include cards that double the production of resources in the neighbouring regions (Iron Foundry, Grain Mill, Brick Factory, Lumber Camp, Weaver's Shop). Does the bonus apply every time we ...
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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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If a creature with an effect is destroyed by blocking do other attacking creatures lose the effect?

I have a Rageblood Shaman that says: Other Minotaur creatures you control get +1/+1 and have trample. If I attack with it and multiple other creatures any my opponent blocks it and destroys it ...
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Why does Cascade exile?

From a design point of view, I cannot figure out why Cascade should specifically exile the cards involved, then return them to the bottom of the deck instead of revealing them (like Spellshift or ...
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Multiple effects causing extra phases in M:tG

Just checking that I understand rule 500.8 correctly: 500.8. Some effects can add phases to a turn. They do this by adding the phases directly after the specified phase. If multiple extra phases ...
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What has changed in the new edition of Junta?

I have the 1985 WEG version of Junta (that I rescued from a second-hand store years ago), and while it's a favorite of mine, I'll easily admit that it's not the clearest game for explanations or text ...
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Neuroshima Hex - Medics

When playing with the Moloch army, would it ever be advantageous to use the medic tile on another medic tile when playing the game?
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Are cards exiled with Ashiok revealed?

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver has the following abilities: +2: Exile the top three cards of target opponent's library. -X: Put a creature card with converted mana cost X exiled with Ashiok, ...
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When discarding the card in the Love Letter, is it mandatory to show the card you had?

I need a claryfication of the rules: Let's say another player uses Baron and compares his card with mine, mine being the lower valued one. I know that I'm out of this round at that point, but what ...
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Can a Dimir Keyrune receive a Cipher, and does the encoded spell stay?

Here's the scenario (I hope I get this right by the rules): last turn, I summoned my Dimir Keyrune onto the battlefield. This turn, if I transform it into that "2/2 blue and black Horror artifact ...
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Is it legal to announce results of an opponent's hidden card?

I was playing a round of Love Letter with my friends. When it came to my turn I had a Princess and King. I was forced to play the King and trade the Princess with another player. My question is, is ...
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Whose graveyard is “a graveyard”?

Shadowfeed card has following text: Exile target card from a graveyard. You gain 3 life. Does it mean my graveyard, or any graveyard, including my opponents'?
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Does Breaker Bay Grid reduce the cost of ICE hosted on Awakening Center

I have Breaker Bay Grid in a server, along with Awakening Center hosting a Janus 1.0. Does Janus 1.0 count as "in" the server for the purposes of Breaker Bay Grid's cost reduction? Equivalently, ...
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Are Risk 2210 A.D 3.0 MODs considered as 1 unit or 3 units?

In the rules it says you can trade three 1.0 MOD for one 3.0 MOD and that the 3.0 MOD is worth 3 armies. In the rules of Invading territories you roll 1, 2 or 3 dice, and you must have atleast one ...
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Which version of Taboo is the official version?

I played Taboo in college about 10 years ago and it enjoyed it thoroughly. I want to play it again. But looking at Amazon, I can't tell what game it is that I played. There's a Hasbro version. There's ...
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When can you start using the Pirate in Catan Cities and Knights / Seafarers?

In C&K rules, the robber cannot be moved at all until the first Barbarian Attack. When playing C&K combined with Seafarers, does this also apply to the pirate? It would make a lot of sense to ...
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Engines that play Mangala?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangala_(game) The Turkish have their own rules in the game mangala. I am planning on doing a project in it. Are there any game engines that either specifically play it, ...

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