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Risk Legacy: Is it better to roll 1 or 2 defense dice when defending a bunkered location?

In Risk Legacy, there is a Bunker that always adds (+1 to the highest defense die, except when the high die is a 6). Is it better to roll 1 or 2 defense dice when defending a bunkered location.
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Carcassonne: The River II playable/worth it without River I?

I recently received a copy of Carcassonne for the holidays, and have enjoyed it so far. My print, however, doesn't include the mini-expansion River I, and it seems like a neat little mechanic insofar ...
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Playing around a flag bearer

I'm playing a mono-Green infect Pauper deck that relies heavily on instant-speed pump spells in order to win. My opponent ruins my day pretty badly by playing a Standard Bearer: Fortunately, my ...
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Dominion: when playing the Big Money strategy, when should you switch from buying Gold to Duchy?

When there are how many Provinces left (if that is the way the game will most likely end), should you switch from buying Gold to Duchy (when you don't have 8 money)? Does this amount change for 3, 4 ...
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Guillotine: Face up or visible?

In Guillotine, the rules state that the cards should be "face up". But is it ok to stack the nobles on top of each other into piles? Technically, they are still face up, but the points are not ...
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Pirate Ship, Dominion Seaside

Do the coins that are on your Pirate Ship Mat need to disappear (go back to the coin pile) when you opt to use them in your buy? Or do they stay there for the entire game, being used whenever you have ...
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Risk (revised edition 2008): Is it better to roll 1 or 2 Defense dice with the Bonus Defense die Major Reward?

The Risk revised edition rules have a Major Reward that grants the defender a bonus defense die. This die will replace the lowest defender's die rolled (unless the bonus die is the lowest). What are ...
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When is the winning condition checked in Fluxx?

New Rule "Draw 4" is in play. One opponent changes the Goal to "10 cards in hand". I have six cards in my hand. It's my turn and I draw four cards. I contend that the game is now over, as I have ...
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Do you still collect a noble if the day ends?

If there is one noble left in line and you play "fled to England" to discard it (thus, ending the day) do you collect a noble from the new day?
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Where can I find examples of Game Mechanics?

I'm prototyping a game, but I'm not very schooled on board games. I'm looking for a list of game mechanics so that I can Describe my game in terms of mechanics Find other uses of the mechanics to ...
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What's a good handicap for a less experienced player in an MTG Draft?

My drafting group has a few hardcore players like me who have been playing magic for a while. We've memorized almost all the commons and uncommons in the sets we're drafting (usually Innistrad or ...
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What are the restrictions on picking up locomotives?

If, after drawing one of the five cards from the face up train cards, and after replacing that card, the second card is drawn from the top of the deck and is a locomotive card, is the player allowed ...
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In multiplayer, what happens if a player you're attacking dies before combat damage is dealt?

I can't work this one out. For example: I declare a creature attacking one of my opponents (who's on 5 life). Before he/she declares blockers another player casts Beacon of Destruction (or similar), ...
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Chess (and variations) Endgame Complexity

My understanding is that the game of Go with Japanese Ko rules is, like most such games, EXPTIME-Complete, but that ladders are PSPACE-Complete and that Go endgames have been analyzed independently as ...
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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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How to build a multi-colour aggro deck to be more effective against control

I'm building a vintage deck for my friend, out of our combined pool of cards, which will have 3+ colours (atm it's three). She's a Vorthos/Timmy. She often builds her own deck out of the ...
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2answers
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What are the Pros and Cons of using cards from multiple different sets when drafting?

My friends and I have never drafted before and are planning to try it in the next few weeks. However, one thing we're not sure of is whether its better to mix cards from different sets or just have ...
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How can I teach kids how to play Battleship?

I like playing battleship, and I would like to teach my nieces to play. What's a good, simple strategy to teach someone new to Battleship? In my particular case they are 8-12.
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141 views

What is the memory-style game that has pawn-like tokens covering pictures?

I remember a while ago having played a memory-like game which had blue plastic "pawns" which covered holes in a round cardboard sheet, while a second lower layer of cardboard was able to rotate ...
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What do I need to consider when creating a new card game variant?

I came up with a card game variant, combining Texas Hold 'Em and Cribbage, with a friend. You basically follow Hold 'Em play mechanics, and the best hand at showdown is the 5 card hand (2 hole cards ...
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Opening strategies in Chess 960 (Fisher Random Chess)

I had a go at Chess 960 the other day, but whereas I thought I might do better against the computer as it didn't have an opening book, in fact the opposite happened as it quickly found holes in my ...
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What happens to Mythos, Trauma, Keeper Action cards that have been used once?

What happens to Mythos, Trauma, and Keeper Action cards that have been used by a Keeper? Are they discarded to a discard pile, and can these discards later return back to the game when they run out?
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How to make Settlers of Catan less cut-throat?

I know some people enjoy playing this way, but the other 50% of players seem to prefer a more casual game. This often stops people wanting to play at all, and so Settlers gets left on the shelf. The ...
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What is the best strategy to avoid large farms in Carcassonne?

Whenever I play with my housemates and friends, Carcassonne often becomes 'farm wars'; everyone who understands the nuances of farm play gets caught up in playing meeple (or as I call them, 'dudes') ...
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How many Mythos cards can be played during the investigator's turns?

I am wondering how playing Mythos cards works. I read that the Keeper can play 1 Mythos card in the investigators' turn. Does that mean: 1) when playing against 4 investigators, the Keeper can play 4 ...
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Who's first in a battle in Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game (from 2010)?

There is a unit with 5 strength and 2 wounds. The attacker wants to use the resource ability of mathematics to finish the unit, the defender the healing effect of animal husbandry. Which effect is ...
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What is the difference between the board game “Clue” and the card game “Clue”?

Obviously with the card game, there's not a board or tokens, but is the card game version just as engaging as the board game version? It would be ideal to travel with just the cards, but I'm not sure ...
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How long will an MTG draft take with varying number of players (approximately)?

I'm planning to have a MTG draft with some of my friends, but I'm not exactly sure how much time I should block out. We'd be using 40 card decks with 3 boosters total. About how long will the ...
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Interactions of multiple Parallel Lives

If I have two Parallel Lives, and I have a Doomed Traveler that just died, how many Spirit tokens would I put into play?
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What happens when a commander is exiled?

Let's say you have a commander on the field, and an opponent uses Sisters Of Stone Death to force your commander to block the sisters and then exiles your commander? Does it remain exiled, or does it ...
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How much land do I need for a Commander deck?

A Commander deck consists of 99 unique cards and 1 legendary creature. I'm still very unfamilier with this format. How would you go about figuring out the number of lands to put into your commander ...
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2answers
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Is it common practice to publish/sell online versions of board games?

I bought the Ticket to Ride: Europe game by Days of Wonder, and it included an online registration code. Visiting the website, I noticed that some of the games had a free online preview available. I ...
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856 views

Solid openings for Blitz Chess

Is there an accepted repertoire of openings that are solid in Blitz (3-5min per side) Chess? I guess the primary factors should be: reasonably solid simple structures minimal number of tactical ...
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How to prevent being overrun in the early game?

My girlfiend has a U/G standard deck (Scars/M12/Innistrad), and she's having issues with being overrun in the early game so that she can take off late game with her deck (once it takes off it's nearly ...
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Table-top Golf game with coins?

About twenty years ago I saw this game board. It was huge, the size of a table. Made of wood. And on it was an 18-hole golf course, complete with pegs and barriers for hazards. You played with coins ...
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Do professional-level Go players memorize a list of endgame positions as part of their training?

As in this question there were two questions, I extract the second question here.
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What is the meaning of 'karai' and how is it applied?

A Western insei recently wondered about the term "karai": Japanese players call black 57 "karai", which is a term which I haven't heard used in western go at all! The meaning appears to be ...
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What are good strategies against counterspell decks?

I'm currently honing a white-green tokens deck for Standard tournament play. I feel like I have a good handle on my game-plan for most of the other common archetypes, but I'm really stymied playing ...
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1answer
199 views

Does a builder count as a follower when scoring?

The rules say you can have more than one builder on a road or in a city, so what happens when a city is completed and it has a follower and builder of one person and a big follower and builder of ...
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658 views

How can I arrange a Christmas gift exchange for board game geeks?

My circle of board game geeks usually celebrate Christmas by a simple gift exchange game where we take turns rolling dice to accumulate gifts, and have 2/6 chance to get a new gift but 1/6 to lose ...
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611 views

Munchkin: Singing and Dancing Sword - Companion, Weapon, or Upgrade?

I was wondering if a Singing & Dancing Sword could be played on top of another sword, or if it is equipped as your primary weapon. For instance, would the Rapier of Unfairness become A Singing ...
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1answer
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Strongest early-game counters for a Modern deck?

Magic's Modern format has a rather large card pool, including 90-ish counterspells with a good variety of mana costs and limitations. Assume you're playing a control deck that can fairly reliably take ...
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Monopoly Deal: My Bank Pile - Private or Public Information?

When we play with more than two people on Monopoly Deal, we have devised a rule: Your only exposed card in your bank pile is the top card. All other cards may remain hidden, as to add an element of ...
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Is there a strategy for consistent winning in the base dominion game with the base setup?

I've just started playing dominion a little while ago, so I'm pretty new. I get the basic tactics (big money, deck thinning, don't buy copper, etc.) and I do ok when the kingdom cards vary. However, ...
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4answers
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Does card-counting work in online Blackjack?

I realize that card counting is strongly discouraged. Are there systems in-place to prevent card-counting in online blackjack?
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2answers
354 views

In Go, Why are “High Point” Openings Seldom Seen in Modern Play?

I'm talking about opening with the "high point" of a "shimari, such as the 3-5 or 4-5 point. The disadvantage is that it allows the opponent to enter near the corner, such as the corresponding 3-4 ...
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1answer
703 views

What is the best version of Settlers of Catan for a group of people who have never played before?

I am trying to get our family to try out Settlers of Catan, and am wondering which version would be the easiest to begin with. I figured the original, but some sites say that some of the other ones ...
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1answer
91 views

What rules are used in international events

What rules are used during international events like the recent Samsung Cup?
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Where can I find reusable white playing cards for prototyping?

The question title says it all : Where can I find reusable white playing cards for prototyping? I find services online to generate cards but not reusable white cards (that you can write on and erase ...
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1answer
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Magic the Gathering: Two Skinshifters in play

If I have two Skinshifters in play, can I use the ability of one to effect the other? For instance, if one of my Skinshifters has Ice Cage on it, can I use the other Skinshifter's ability to morph ...

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