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What techniques do high level SET players use when looking at a layout of cards?

I've played SET a few times now and have noticed some general strategies arise. At the beginning, I try to take in the distribution of the 4 characteristics so I can figure out if I should be looking ...
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What effect does Attack Left vs Attack Right have on MtG multiplayer strategy?

Kelly Digges played both, but didn't make any comment on how/if it affected gameplay in any meaningful way. He also doesn't list any difference in his What's in a name Multiplayer Variants article. I ...
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Would a turn order opposite the disprove order affect the strategy or gameplay in Clue?

The official Clue rules call for a clockwise turn order, and a clockwise order of disproving suggestions. Would changing the order of the turn, or the order of disproving a suggestion so one is the ...
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When to make suggestions that include cards in my own hand in clue?

One strategy I've heard of in clue is to name a card or two in your own hand when making a suggestion. I presume this is primarily so you can gain information about the other two factors that need to ...
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When should I make an accusation in Clue?

In Clue, I can usually use careful observation of my own and others' suggestions to gradually eliminate possibilities. But when should I make the final accusation? Should I wait until I am 100% sure I ...
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In the official rules of Monopoly, can you offer immunity to other players in deals?

In the official rules of Monopoly, can you offer immunity to other players in deals? Also, what about tournament play, which has different rules again? For example, it was a common house rule from my ...
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Is Go played for money?

Playing for money in this meaning would be single games played for some stake, not tournaments with a prize money. Backgammon has a large tradition to be played like, chess a smaller one (I think). I ...
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How does this interaction between Black Sun's Zenith and Geralf's Messenger resolve?

My opponent has a Geralf's Messenger in play with a single +1/+1 counter on it. He also has a Diregraf Captain in play. Due to the combined effects, the Messenger is a 5/4. When I cast a Black ...
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Killing with Divine Deflection

I am at 2 life, and my opponent is at 3 life. It is my opponent's turn. He attacks me with a Kindercatch. After blockers are declared (none) but before the combat damage step, I cast Divine ...
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Phage the Untouchable as a Commander?

I was looking through the Black Legends with thoughts of building a mono-black EDH deck, when I came across Phage the Untouchable. Am I right in assuming that if she is cast from the command zone, you ...
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What is a good 'Baker's Dozen' solitaire strategy?

I am wondering what a good strategy is to win the 'Baker's Dozen' solitaire variant? So far, I have tried to keep the cards descending in the same suit, wherever possible, but when the Kings are at ...
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Does casting a card and paying for it work like this?

Let's say that I have two cards in my hand, Lion's Eye Diamond and Shock. According to the rules, the steps to casting a spell are as follows: Announcing the spell (put the spell on the stack) ...
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Which games qualify as Gateway Games? [closed]

I previously asked What are Gateway Games and got a fairly good answer: A gateway game is a game that you can use to introduce non-gamers to the world of 'real', i.e. complex games. A ...
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Backgammon Statistics To Know

I recently committed to memory the likelihood of "Entering from the Bar" in a game of backgammon. i.e. 1 point defence - 97% 2 point defence - 89% 3 point defence - 75% 4 point defence - 56% 5 point ...
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Resetting Soulbound

Say I have a creature with the Soulbound ability, Stonewright, which is currently bound to my Llanowar Elves. If I play a Birds of Paradise, can I switch my Stonewright to be bound to the Birds ...
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Trample + Deathtouch

If I attack with a Primeval Titan (6/6 Trample) that has Necrobite (Deathtouch), what happens if my opponent blocks with another Primeval Titan?
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Big or small team members?

So, there seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to creating your standard team: Go big or go home. Get all the biggest, most powerful guys you can to fit into your allotted points Swarm ...
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Can I activate Nim Deathmantle's creature saving ability more than once in a turn?

My opponent attacks with two 4/4 creatures. I block each of them with one 2/2 creature, but have Nim Deathmantle on the field, currently not equipped to anything. When my two 2/2 creatures are put ...
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Can I block with my Llanowar elves and then tap it for mana immediately afterward?

My opponent attacks with a 3/3. I block with my 1/1 Llanowar Elves, and have all of my land tapped from my last turn. Can I now tap my Llanowar Elves after it has been declared as a blocker to play ...
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Land ratio vs mana curve

When choosing cards for a deck, one of the most important things to consider is the number of land you put in. The biggest issue is mana curve, of course. What shortcuts are best for determining the ...
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How do Layers work?

Trying to expand my knowledge of Magic, and hopefully become a better player, I've come across several references to "layers." From what I've been able to find, they are as follows: Copy Control ...
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What happens when you play Cloudshift on Borderland Ranger?

I believe that when I play Cloudshift which reads: Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control. On Borderland Ranger which reads: When Borderland ...
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How does Terraforming work in Eminent Domain?

Terraforming says you attach it to a planet, and if it would be enough to satisfy the printed colonization cost, settle the planet. How does this work? Does this count colonization reductions from ...
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In bridge, what are the proper followups to a Jacoby transfer?

In bridge, over a 1 NT opening, a responder might bid 2D with five hearts asking the opener to "transfer" to 2H, or bid 2H with five spades, asking for a transfer to 2S. The idea is to try to find an ...
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Confused with Bidding in Contract Bridge

I'm building an Android game based on Contract Bridge, where 4 players will be playing simultaneously once they are connected with the Game Server. I have no prior experience of playing any card ...
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TI3 - Why go for Spec Ops Training?

In Twilight Imperium, the Federation of Sol have been given this as their secondary race tech: Spec Ops Training (5) Each time you roll a 1 during Invasion Combat, you may reroll the die. You ...
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How are skill check modifiers prioritized and ordered in Arkham Horror?

Time and time again, skill checks in Arkham Horror have been made without remembering to include certain factors, such as environments and the presence of stat-modifying items. For organizational ...
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How does Infinite Reflection work with Commander and commander damage?

Does a Commander which has been turned into a copy of another card still do commander damage (i.e. will 21 damage dealt to a single player from the copy lose the game for that player)? Alternately, ...
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How does the pool work in Glory to Rome?

I am reading my Glory to Rome instruction booklet and I do not understand how the pool works. Are players free to choose any card they wish from the pool, or are they just supposed to draw the top ...
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Ways different people enjoy board games

I once saw a very nice write-up of the ways in which people enjoy board games. It was somewhat similar to this answer but more comprehensive, focused on different ways of enjoyment rather than ...
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When is mystify worth using?

In Day and Night when you are playing Day mystify rarely seems to be useful. Towards the start of the game time spent attempting to mystify squares will either be wasted when night swiftly reverses ...
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Design for board to put on table to make it bigger? [closed]

I've got a reasonably big coffee table that we use for playing board games, but having played Arkham Horror on it It's starting to feel a little cramped. I thought It might be a good idea to get a ...
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What's a good source of generic pieces/components?

I'm interested in building up a decent collection of generic components that I can grab when I want to throw together a quick prototype of a game. I'm not aware of any "component collections" that you ...
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Where can I find a printer friendly version of the settlers of catan rulebook?

My copy of Settlers of Catan has been missing the rule book for a while. The Catan official site has the rule book available for download, but since it contains a lot of block backgrounds, it's not ...
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When you reset the counter for successes against an Elder God do you stop counting successes for that dice roll?

In Arkham Horror you have to roll a cumulative number of successes equal to the number of players to knock off a doom token from the Elder God's health. If you reach the number of players worth of ...
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Red and/or white cards that can handle indestructible creatures

I am creating a Red-White commander deck using Gisela as my commander. I noticed that my deck is incredibly weak against a deck with any sort of indestructible creature. I know of the board sweeper ...
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If you are moved to a location with a clue do you pick it up?

In Arkham Horror I was moved by an encounter to another location. This location had a clue on it, should I have picked up the clue?
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Can Zombies wound when a Hero rolls doubles?

I was playing Last Night on Earth the other day with some friends and came across a question that I don't believe is clear in the rules. When a Hero fights a zombie (or the other way around), the ...
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Commander damage from Mimic Vat token?

I've exiled my commander using Mimic Vat. Do the tokens it creates from it deal commander damage?
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Can models give up their Vengeance move to recover from Knocked Down?

I have a unit of Troll Fennblades. On my opponent's turn, they are attacked, and many are killed. Some make a Tough roll, though, and so are merely Knocked Down. In my next Maintenance Phase, all ...
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Too many Tech-Victories seen in 2-player rules for Civilization

I have been playing Civilization The Board Game some times with my girlfriend, but each time, the game quickly becomes a race for the tech-victory. Since it is a large advantage to research tech in ...
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Does it really matter if dice are randomized?

I was playing MTG with some friends the other day, when a guy walks up and challenges me to a game. He insisted that he would not roll my spin-down die to determine who goes first. When I pointed out ...
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Does 'fight' involve combat?

The text for Ulvenwald Tracker says: {1}{G}, {T} : Target creature you control fights another target creature. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.) Does this have anything to do with ...
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Does Sheltering Word remove an existing enchantment?

If a creature has an enchantment, like Defang, and I cast Sheltering Word on that creature, would the other enchantment be removed? Or does it need to be cast in response to the enchantment being ...
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Roll a 7, move robber AND play knight and move the robber again in the same turn

Lately while playing Catan I've been in situation of rolling a 7 and having a knight development card in my hand. Is it legal for me to move the robber due to the 7 and then play a knight and move ...
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How can you have units with secret locations on the board?

I've heard that there are games where the units on the board are secret -- that the other player doesn't know where they are. How does this actually work? How can you have units on the board without ...
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Is kingmaking in multiplayer games a problem that can be fixed?

The original Kingmaker was Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick. He was instrumental during the Wars of the Roses in the deposition of two kings. The term kingmaker has come to mean, "a person or ...
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Archetypes in triple Avacyn Restored draft

What good archetypes have you found in triple Avacyn Restored draft? I'm looking for strategies, color combinations and core cards for each deck type. Maybe you found something that was surprisingly ...
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How prohibitive is Glory to Rome's complexity to new players?

I've heard a lot of good things about Glory to Rome, but I've heard many people classify it as extremely complex. I asked around at my FLGS and they said it was more complex than Race For The Galaxy ...
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Which country's playing cards have CBR as the JQK?

Once 'my friends' played cards with me using playing cards that had CBR as the JQK.. I've always wanted to know why and where the cards originate. Does anyone know? Thanks

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