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Creature Ability List

Sudden Spoiling reads Creatures target player controls become 0/2 and lose all abilities until end of turn. Can someone help me find a list of abilities that they lose?
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Why does the efficiency of creatures in MTG favor low and high cost creatures, leaving those in the middle much weaker?

Here's a stereotypical description of creatures of a certain mana cost where each creature's primary utility is in its power/toughness level and not in its effect. The mana cost is the number furthest ...
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How often should I bluff in poker?

Obviously bluffing is an important element of poker, and bluffing too often, or not often enough will negatively affect your winnings, but is there a rule of thumb for how often you should bluff? For ...
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Guillotine: After You… and Callous Guards

The "Callous Guards" card states: Put this card in front of you. Action cards that alter the line may not be played. (This includes adding or discarding nobles.) You may discard this card at ...
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What are good strategies for sealed deck?

In the same vein as my Drafting Strategies question, what strategies exist for a good sealed deck? I want to know about general strategies regardless of the card pool being played.
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How do I decide if I should mulligan in MTG? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I tell when to take a mulligan in Magic? Once a game has started, the first crucial decision is if you want to keep your hand or if you want to take a mulligan. ...
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Cosmic Encounter Data: Which powers are best?

Cosmic Encounter was the first of many games based on the idea that you get some special power that allows you to break a rule in the game. Which powers were best? I include two answers for this ...
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Is there a limit to the maximum number of each card in a Netrunner deck?

In collectible card games there is usually a maximum number of each card one can use in a deck for constructed formats. As a reference, take Magic: The Gathering where most formats allow for 4 of each ...
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A reference of practical tsumego?

There are insanely many tsumego in existence, but many of them are very artificial and would never occur in real games. While any tsumego helps to improve, specifically learning shapes likely to be ...
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Developing Chess Game After 20 moves

Suppose I start out a chess game in this manner: http://goo.gl/reCxP From this advantage, I have a few questions: Which item should I sacrifice so I can gain better ground position? Should I ...
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Does Dixit need any modifications to play with 7, 8, 9, and 10 players?

I've enjoyed Dixit greatly with groups of 5 and 6, and I'm curious if it needs any rule variations to extend it further. I was thinking perhaps requiring at least 2 players to guess the correct card ...
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Chess - Learning to Sacrifice Pieces for the Greater Good

I have trouble with learning what pieces to sacrifice when. Any good examples or playable scenarios on the web to help guide with that? My biggest problem is in the early game, learning what to ...
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Why is Bazaar of Baghdad supposedly such a good card?

I've been looking at the card Bazaar of Baghdad: (Land) Tap: Draw two cards, then discard three cards. Almost everywhere I've seen has it as over 200$, and most of the Arabian Nights set is much ...
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How to decide if I should use a counterspell in MTG?

I always have a hard time to decide if I should use a counter spell in a given situation and one step earlier if I should save enough mana for a counter spell this round. I am currently facing this ...
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What are effective strategies for playing control against aggro-control?

In Magic, there's a style of deck known as "aggro-control", which plays a mixture of cheap threats and disruption (especially counterspells). Against a pure control deck, aggro-control seeks to set up ...
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How do you make Settlers of Catan work well for 2 players? (Problems and play-tested solution described, alternatives requested)

The basic Settlers of Catan game is designed to work for 3-4 players (or more with 5-6 Player Extension). No 2 player variant is suggested by the rules, and for good reasons: Trades (an exciting ...
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Is there an online platform for collaborative development of a board game?

I`m interested in developing a few variants of a DIY board game in open source fashion. For a start, I need to choose an online platform for that. What could be a solution for public elaboration and ...
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Why does Online Dominion allow you to reveal reaction cards multiple times?

In the FAQ for Isotropic's online Dominion game, the creator states: No, you really can reveal a reaction card like Moat or Secret Chamber multiple times. They are designed to be idempotent so ...
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Can Meddling Mage Be Used as a Counter?

If a player activated an Æther Vial with two counters on it to drop in a Meddling Mage and named a spell already on the stack, would the named spell resolve?
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How to explore with wormhole generator in Eclipse?

In the Eclipse board game, how do you explore with the wormhole generator? You have to select where you are exploring before you draw a new hex. You must be connected to that empty space with half a ...
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What are the basic tactics for the heros in Last Night on Earth? (Zombies dominating)

I have been playing Last Night on Earth with my family after my daughter got it for Christmas. So far we have played five games and the zombies have won each time. We played "Die Zombies Die" and ...
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What are the changes in the Revised Edition of Curse of the Dark Pharaoh?

I recently picked up a copy of the Miskatonic Horror expansion. In the rules, it says Note: Miskatonic Horror is designed to be used with the revised edition of The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh. If ...
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Which Dominion expansion playes best with two players? [closed]

I'm looking at picking up my first expansion for Dominion. I play primarily with 2 players (total). Which of the expansions would play best with two players, and why? (For example, a card like ...
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Identify card game similar to Kalookie

Several years ago I was taught a card game that was called "Oh Sh*t." Recently I looked it up online and found another card game with the same name, but completely different rules, so I'm hoping ...
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Do you have to go around the board once to purchase properties?

When it comes to Monopoly I know there are ways the gameplay can be altered and I was wondering if this is one of them. Basically everytime I play I'm told you have to go around the board once before ...
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In {American, Bios} Megafauna, how can we improve showing who has what traits?

In American Megafauna and its newer version Bios Megafauna, each of up to four players has up to four species in play. Each species has several traits, and some traits can be multiplied (values up to ...
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What aspects of a game are not protected under copyright?

Certain aspects of a game are protected by copyright, while others are not. You certainly cannot copy the particular expression of the rules, but the mechanics themselves aren't copyrightable. For ...
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Is Circus Maximus solvable?

Circus Maximus is a chariot racing game in which players place their 3 chariots within the starting gate, and then take turns racing around the oval course to be the first to place all 3 chariots at ...
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In Dungeon Run, is there ever a reason to assist another player if you have full health?

In Dungeon Run, when another player is on your tile, you can assist them. If you do, you are allowed to rally which means to remove a single damage from your character. Since any other player will ...
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What's a good counter for Immortal Iron Dwarves?

In Small World: Underground, in our first game, one player managed to pick up the Immortal Iron Dwarves. I understand that the race/power combinations are not supposed to be balanced, but even once ...
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What happens when all your cards (the whole deck) are in play?

I am particularly fond of going through my entire deck each turn. However while I like to do this, are there any actual rules for handling cases like "You just played a smithy, but there are only two ...
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In Small World: Underground, do the Iron Dwarves keep their hammers from turn to turn?

We just played our first game of Small World: Underground, and we're not sure if we played the Iron Dwarves right. The Iron Dwarves can get Silver Hammer tokens for occupying Mine regions, and it ...
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When must an Instant be played that prevents damage?

Consider the card Harm's Way or similar. The Oracle text states: The next 2 damage that a source of your choice would deal to you and/or permanents you control this turn is dealt to target ...
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In the game “En Garde!” - How do optional routines work?

For some time I've been puzzling over just how optional routines work in En Garde! I'm not even sure I fully understand how the Parry-Reposte routine works, let alone the Optional Block and Optional ...
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Where can I learn the lingo of Go?

I'm only a beginner at Go, but have been reading the questions in the go tag with interest. However, this game seems to have rather more special terminology than most. What do joseki, shimari, ...
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Komoku-Oogeima joseki order variation

In a game my opponent derived from the joseki line I was familiar with. $$W Actual game $$ ------------ $$ -........... $$ -.94........ $$ -.5128O..... $$ -..X36...0,. $$ -...7....... $$ -........... ...
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Would the +1/+1 counter from Curse of Stalked Prey save my creature?

My question pertains to a situation that happened last night when my friends and I were playing Magic: the Gathering. There was a game of Two-Headed Giant going on and I had Werewolves on the ...
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In Ticket to Ride USA, does obtaining longest continuous path of routes highly correlate with winning?

It has in the first 15 (mostly 2-3 player) games I've played so far but I'm wondering if this is true in general. Are we missing strategies? Is this less true in 4-5 player games? Another way of ...
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What is the name of this game with temples, volcanos and stacking tiles?

You build the board with tiles that are 3 hexes joined together, each has a volcano on it. You stack them, and build stuff on them. Temples on tiles that are 4 high, villages need to have a certain ...
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What is the definition of an unused Station?

In the rules for the European game, the last sentence under "Building a Train Station" states A player is never required to build any Stations. For each Station a player has not used, four ...
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Can I cast a spell after a certain part of the stack is resolved in MTG?

Let's say my opponent plays a spell like Fireball. It is put on the stack. I cast a Snapcaster Mage in response. My opponent does nothing in return. The Snapcaster Mage resolves first and it seems ...
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In Ticket to Ride, how do you overcome bad initial tickets?

I've played fewer than a dozen games but have noticed that I can now guess with about 75% accuracy whether I'll win or not just based on my initial 3 tickets drawn. If I have a long transcontinental ...
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Is giving resources away for free allowed?

Motivation: I once had one surplus card on my hand, and knew the robbers would come soon. So I gave it to someone for free, to avoid losing more cards when they hit. I was surprised by how badly this ...
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What is the Trans America Express card for?

I just got the USA 1910 expansion for the US version of Ticket To Ride. It comes with a few new cards including "Trans America Express". What is the Trans America Express card for, and how does one ...
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How can we keep Ren Faire fresh?

After you've played Ren Faire with the same group for a while, the performance requirements seem old. All of us have had to bellydance, act like a hyper kid, etc, etc. I suppose we could crank out ...
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In vanilla Twilight Imperium 3rd ed., should you always take Imperial if it's available?

Sometimes, when we're playing Twilight Imperium, if we're in a tight spot or a position to advance, our play group tends to pick the strategy that will help their board position (for instance, ...
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When should I start collecting Victory Points in Dominion?

When is a good time to start collecting victory points... is it good to wait until toward the end, or seldomly through the beginning of the game? The tradeoff too early is they can clog up your deck, ...
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How do continuous effects interact with “enters the battlefield” triggers?

At what point do creatures entering the battlefield begin to be affected by enchantments and abilities of creatures already on the battlefield? For example, Mentor of the Meek's ability triggers when ...
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What general strategy exists for countering a white swarm/pump deck?

A white swarm/pump deck is a deck with a lot of small, inexpensive white creatures that are subsequently improved by enchantments such as Honor of the Pure or other bonuses. The goal of this deck is ...
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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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