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Are the A-sides and B-sides of the wonder boards really balanced?

I know the rules claim the sides are balanced and can be mixed in the same game, but I have my doubts. In general, the B-sides feel a little stronger to me, but it's sometimes hard to compare because ...
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8answers
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Why Does Magic Use The “Paris Mulligan” Rule?

In the early days, Magic had crazy, subpar mulligan rules: you could shuffle up and draw a new 7 if your hand had no lands or all lands, otherwise you were out of luck. A long time ago the Paris ...
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4answers
896 views

Is it advantageous to go first in Dominion?

The rulebook says: If the highest scores are tied at the end of the game, the tied player who has had the fewest turns wins the game. What advantages does the first player have over the other ...
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10answers
407 views

What are great gamer games that are still great for uncompetitive groups. [closed]

I play games almost exclusively with my wife and older children. They learn and enjoy playing games like Puerto Rico, Diplomacy, 7 Wonders and Dominion so I am looking for gamer games, not Apples to ...
7
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2answers
954 views

How can I make Shadows Over Camelot play better with 3 or 4 players?

I recently bought Shadows Over Camelot and its a great game, but it seems a shame that it only really works well with 5+ players. Is there anything I could do to combat this and make 3-4 player games ...
6
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5answers
400 views

Eurogames suitable for playing outside [closed]

We're planning a camping holiday and are expecting to be outside for a fair amount of it. Most of the board games we enjoy have lots of small pieces, or require cards to be displayed on the table. ...
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4answers
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Why was Gifts Ungiven so popular?

Back in Kamigawa Block, Gifts Ungiven was a very popular card, showing up in a good percentage of blue decks. I don't understand why it's considered useful. What made this card so popular?
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9answers
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Are Bishops more valuable than Knights?

Bishops and Knights are both traditionally considered to have a similar value, worth roughly three pawns each. However, I have heard arguments that under certain circumstances they are not so closely ...
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9answers
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Why is the strong 1NT so prevalent in Bridge?

Bridge is widely considered to be the queen of card games on both sides of the Atlantic. However, there's one huge difference between the way that (most) Americans and (most) Britons play. In ...
27
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10answers
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Munchkin as a two player game

Has anyone had any experience with playing Munchkin with 2 players? If so, what variant/house rules do you play with, and how do you feel the experience compares to 3+ player Munchkin?
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6answers
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What's the difference between a tactic and a strategy?

Some people consider tactics and strategy to be distinct (as they apply to boardgames), while I regard them both as "structured methods and plans to win". Are they distinct? And what are the ...
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2answers
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Seating orders effect on Puerto Rico

Within my group its taken for granted that some seats in Puerto Rico are better (if only slightly) than others. There's a general consensus that 3rd and 4th seat are strictly better than 1st, where ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to play 2-player, 2-character Arkham Horror successfully?

I've tried playing Arkham Horror with 1, 2 and 4 players. I've found that the game seems extraordinarily difficult with less than 4 characters. Simply put, you don't have enough gos to do everything. ...
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3answers
4k views

Winning Race for the Galaxy Without 6-cost Developments?

My brother-in-law bought me Race For The Galaxy for Christmas so I've been playing a few games recently. Obviously we are nowhere near mastering it; but what I've been seeing in all of our scorelines ...
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4answers
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What are good general strategies for Pandemic?

I've looked at a lot of forum posts on several sites on Pandemic and it seems that there is a decent amount of luck. You may win 2 6-epidemic games in a row, then lose 3 5-epidemic games. I have no ...
17
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4answers
838 views

Calculating luck as a factor in board games?

I´m hooked on Carcassonne but feel that after you learned the basic tactics it is mostly a game of luck. This has me wondering, when designing board games how would one go about calculating the luck ...
17
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8answers
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Playing with less or more than 10 Kingdom card types in Dominion

In Dominion you choose 10 of the 25 Kingdom cards to play with in a given game, generally at random. Is it possible/advisable to play with less or more sets? I've considered playing with less to make ...
16
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4answers
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Can someone explain the Damage on the Stack rule change?

I played Magic: The Gathering when Unlimited first came out, and quit shortly after Antiquities were released. About a month ago I started playing again. I was trying to find what the biggest ...
16
votes
1answer
13k views

What Are The Official Rules for Carcassonne: The River?

I played a game of Carcassonne last night with some friends, using amongst other expansions, the river. Their "house rule" was that both the river Source and Lake tiles do NOT wrap around: on each ...
16
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11answers
583 views

Where can I find reviews of board games? [closed]

Before buying a board game, I would like to read some detailed reviews. It's also hard to tell if the review is just a paid announcement from the publisher. Is there any website that is "the ...
14
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3answers
540 views

How to play teaching game and give a useful review

I've reached a rank where I'd like to start and help weaker players improve their games. How can I make a review useful for the opponent? Should I go deep into variations Talk about theory? Should ...
14
votes
5answers
2k views

I have an idea for a card game. How can I best start testing it?

I've been playing around with an idea for a card game for some time, and I think I've finally got the idea fairly well in place. How can I best start testing it out to refine it?
14
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5answers
2k views

When should you avoid a third bean field in Bohnanza?

I've played Bohnanza(BGG|Publisher) a few times, and it seems that most players will buy a third bean field card as soon as possible. A third bean field card costs 3 gold, but through the course of ...
13
votes
6answers
1k views

Maximum attainable points for a single player in a two player game of Carcassonne

Let's start this question with the following assumptions about a game of Carcassonne: It's a two player game. The game is using the current basic set of rules/tiles. edit: just to be clear, I'm ...
12
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1answer
1k views

What Makes Buildings Valuable In Puerto Rico?

I'm just learning the game, so some of my comments may seem ill-informed. But it seems that strategies fall under two categories, a commodity-based strategy and a building-based strategy. Commodities ...
12
votes
4answers
11k views

How do I find out a fair price for my Magic the Gathering cards?

Back in the day, I would check Scrye magazine to figure out how much my Magic cards should sell for, but they folded two years ago. Where's a good place to price my collection these days?
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3answers
8k views

How do the expansions for Carcassonne change the game?

There are a ton of different expansions for the Carcassonne base game. What are some of the differences between them? What does each one add to the game? How does each one change the strategy and ...
11
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4answers
7k views

Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?

As far as I can see, a card counter is still subject to the same mechanic as any other players, but they are able to perform better then most people within these confines. So why is card counting a ...
11
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2answers
340 views

Is there a best character in Button Men? Is there a worst character?

Button Men is a free Print&Play game for 2 players. Each player chooses a character card, and the polyhedral dice associated with that character, and takes turns trying to capture their opponent's ...
11
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15answers
58k views

What is the fastest MTG Mill deck that can be made?

I have been working on putting together a Mill deck and it occurred to me that there are likely much faster Milling decks out there. So, what is the fastest Milling win condition that can be achieved? ...
11
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3answers
3k views

Is It Possible To Win 2-Player Agricola Without Taking Wood?

A few months ago I visited a friend who'd recently taken up playing Agricola with her husband. "We think there should be a bigger handicap for going second," she said, "Otherwise the person who keeps ...
11
votes
5answers
667 views

If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?

When playing Dominion, I have developed the habit of buying a Gold the first time I can afford one, even if I could afford a Province instead. Is this a good rule of thumb? My reasoning is that if I ...
10
votes
2answers
546 views

Watchtower when someone uses a Masquerade

As a reaction card, Watchtower can be revealed whenever you gain a card. Does this apply to the card you receive from other players during a Masquerade?
10
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5answers
420 views

How can I recognize games I should avoid buying if I only play with non-hardcore gamers?

I started with this question about good games for new players and got plenty of good answers. But now I want to look at things from the other end and figure which games I should definitely avoid. I ...
9
votes
2answers
472 views

In Chess what is the Queens or Kings Indian?

In Chess what is the Queens or Kings Indian, and why might it be useful?
8
votes
2answers
578 views

Board game boxes

It seems like most commercial board games come in the same kinds of boxes. Where can you buy such boxes (without labels already on them)?
8
votes
3answers
407 views

Where can I find a good source for standard decks in Magic: The Gathering?

I am just getting back into Magic: The Gathering, and I see a lot of people talking about specific decks, like CawBlade. So my question is two fold, is there someplace that lists what cards make up ...
8
votes
8answers
13k views

Axis & Allies - Opening strategies for the U.K.

I haven't played Axis & Allies in a while, and I'm currently getting my butt handed to me in an online match (partly due to a failed Kwabang attack). I've got what I feel is a solid grip on ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Does “prevent all damage to target creature” save the other creatures in a gang block?

In The Great Designer Search 2, one of the participants designed this card: CW15 - Improvised Shield 1W Instant Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn. ...
7
votes
1answer
343 views

Does anybody know of a list of color-appropriate effects for new cards in Magic?

My playgroup has started to get into creating custom cards for our casual Magic: the Gathering games, but it's no fun if the cards aren't designed in a plausible way. According to Mark Rosewater's ...
7
votes
4answers
2k views

How can I make Dominion play better with 5+ players?

I just got Intrigue, and it seems cool that it opens up the game to 5 or 6 players. However, the common consensus seems to be that its possible, but not recommended. Is there anything I can do to make ...
5
votes
2answers
3k views

Does a Angel of Glory's Rise and a Fiend Hunter combo work like I think it does?

The scene I envision is that I have a graveyard full of humans, one of which is a Fiend Hunter. I play Angel of Glory's Rise and put all my humans from my graveyard and onto the battlefield, and when ...
5
votes
1answer
4k views

What rules changes have there been in Uno?

A previous question revealed that there has been at least one (albeit minor) rules change for Uno recently. This makes me curious to know if there have been any other changes to the rules over the ...
3
votes
1answer
5k views

How can a blue control deck be made more efficient?

It seems like my games last a long time and I don't do that much damage. Is that what it's supposed to feel like when using a control deck? How can I win more efficiently? Here is my deck: Lands 19x ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

What is a solid basic strategy for surviving Eldritch Horrors?

Is there a solid strategy that you can apply to increase the chances of a win? Of course the Eldritch Horror statistics do help in working out what can go wrong/right. But they do not offer a ...
2
votes
1answer
576 views

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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vote
2answers
2k views

Magic card database for websites [closed]

How is it that websites like SCG or CFB created their card database inventory. How would i be able to do this myself now? I want to create a similar website where a user can search and find any card ...
31
votes
3answers
4k views

In Magic, when can I tap my opponent's creatures to prevent them from attacking?

Whilst I haven't played Magic in a while, use of the stack was something that I always found a little confusing. When I first started out, our group could tap an opponents attacking creature after ...
23
votes
5answers
1k views

Protecting the surface of your board games…

Is there something anyone knows of that you can apply to the surface of a board game to protect it against wear so that it lasts longer?
22
votes
1answer
2k views

Why is Pandemic's Bio-terrorist Challenge not recommended with five players?

The rules say the bio-terrorist challenge is for three and four player games and is explicitly not recommended for five players. Why is that? If it's a difficulty issue, couldn't the number of ...

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