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Where can I get my mtg-cube critiqued?

I have reached a point in my cube building process where the decisions about what cards to include are getting tough. It's no longer as simple as "Card A is better than card B. Include card A.". Now I ...
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When are additional Dominion actions chosen? [duplicate]

At what point do you need to decide which additional actions to choose? To make this question explicit, suppose I play the Village (+1 card; +2 actions). Do I need to decide which two actions I will ...
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In Puerto Rico, what is the significance of coins being put each round on people that are not chosen?

Does this pretty much ensure that every role will be chosen after two or three rounds? (Unless there is a huge surplus of roles to players.) Coins are valuable (in most aspects of the game) after all. ...
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What does 'cheapest' mean in the Ancient Technology rule?

We really didn't understand this rule (page 7 of the manual): "3 x Ancient Technology: you may take the cheapest Technology Tile you don't already have...". How do you decide what is the cheapest?
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361 views

Eclipse ship parts - infinitely stackable?

Are all the ship part tiles infinitely stackable? We were ending up with Interceptors with 6 Ion Cannons (adhering to the power supply of course). And are the power sources stackable? Can you stack ...
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181 views

How does Reputation Tile swapping work?

After combat has finished and you have drawn between 1 and 5 Reputation Tiles, can you exchange any Reputation Tiles you have on your Reputation Track for any that you draw from the bag? So if I have ...
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When and how do you use suit preference signals in bridge?

One example is when you (West) lead a singleton against a trump contract, hopefully to your partner's ace, s/he takes it, and then East leads back a spot card in the suit for you to ruff. Besides the ...
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Can I tap land for mana AFTER opponent tapped those lands if it's in the same stack?

The other player plays a spell which makes me tap 3 lands. I want to play another instant on top of his instant using the 3 mana from the lands that will be tapped. Can I? To simplify: me: I have ...
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Choose from discard pile ability: put into play simultaneously?

The rules for the Wonder Pack say: If multiple players take cards from the discard pile during a given turn, the resolution order is the following: Halikarnassos, The Great Wall, Manneken Pis, ...
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In Settlers of Catan, is it possible to avoid “losing a won game?”

Here's the kind of sequence I'm talking about. You finished your last turn with eight victory points (VP)s. Between then and your current turn, one opponent interrupted another opponent's longest ...
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In Settlers of Catan, is there a transition/evolution between “building” and “development” phases of the game?

By "building," I refer to those activities such as roads and settlements that are heavy on wood and brick requirements. By "development," I refer to those activities that require the other three ...
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Identical creatures entering the battlefield

If I have two cards called Sin Collector in hand and I play my first, Sin Collector (A). I use its triggered ability. "When Sin Collector enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals his or her ...
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1answer
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What is the point of Jacob's Ladder?

I have the artifact Jacob's Ladder (from the Patriarchs expansion). For the life of me I can't figure out its use or why I'd want to include it in a deck. The text on the card reads: "Holder may ...
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Baker's Dozen: rule about kings

I've seen various versions of the rules of "Baker's Dozen" (e.g. on about.com, Wikipedia) stating that the rule for kings is simply that they are placed to the bottom of the column they end up in. ...
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Does the Lab Challenge make Pandemic easier or harder?

We've tried out the Lab Challenge (from the new In The Lab expansion), and I can't quite tell if it makes the game harder or not. All other things equal (#players, roles, # epidemics), is a game with ...
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224 views

Coaching in Team Sealed events

I'll be doing my first Team Sealed event soon. I watched a video covering Grand Prix Providence and recall seeing one player sitting, playing his deck, while his two teammates coached heavily ("Don't ...
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1answer
382 views

Phytohydra vs Trample

My friend and I were playing an epic game a few days ago (in the end, he smacked me for 117 damage, only 16 of it was trample, but I only had my Phytohydra out). I'm kind of the rules guy in my ...
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1answer
281 views

Initiating combat in Eclipse

According to the rulebook combat will take place if ships that belong to two or more players finish in the same hex. Does combat always have to take place? Is there no rule that allows ships to pass ...
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Are Summoned Monsters shuffled with other monsters when “returned to the box”?

My friend just got his Pathfinder Adventure Card Game set and I watched him go through a solo game. One point that came up quite a few times was Summoned Monsters. When returning them to the box, my ...
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1answer
287 views

Setting up Eclipse

When I set up Eclipse do players have access to all the ship part tiles throughout the game? And is it acceptable for me to layout a couple of each tile on the Supply Board and top them up as players ...
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Can Trait Doctoring be used to change words like “nonblack”?

Trait Doctoring reads: Change the text of target permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another or one basic land type with another until end of turn. Doom Blade, for ...
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1answer
374 views

Is there an online site to play Titan Boardgame

I know of ACTS and it works quite well. But in times of Web 2.0 I wonder -- is there an alternative to play Titan against friends (and mybe foes)?
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3answers
908 views

MTG: Rise of the Dark Realms - what are some strategies to beat this card?

How can this card be beaten/avoided? Is it possible to deflect this card so that you end up consuming it?
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3answers
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MTG: Mutavault - how does it work?

How does this card work? How do you effectively play this card? What happens when it gets killed as a creature? What makes this card so expensive? ...
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1answer
104 views

How do bonus tiles and booty tokens work?

In Pantheon, you represent... the collective interests of a pantheon that's trying to get worshiped. (You score points for getting deities worshiped, but the scoring system isn't picky about which ...
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2answers
387 views

Saboteur 2 - How many saboteur cards do you take out for 4 players?

I'm playing with 4 players in total in Saboteur 2 and we are not sure whether we are supposed to remove the other 2 Saboteur cards so that there is only 1 Saboteur. I guess what I'm really asking is ...
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468 views

How does Valakut work?

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle has an ability that says: Whenever a Mountain enters the battlefield under your control, if you control at least five other Mountains, you may have Valakut, the Molten ...
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In bridge, if a 1 NT bidder is doubled, is it right to “redouble for rescue?”

Suppose South opens with 1 NT (15-17). After two passes, East doubles, showing possession of most of the remaining 23-25 high card points not held by South. 1NT P P Dbl South has a flat 4-3-3-3 ...
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252 views

When Governor and Alchemy cards are in same game, how does gaining a card for trashed card work?

In Alchemy, the rules for what kinds of cards can replace a trashed card are governed by the following, somewhat ambiguous wording: Adding coins to a cost doesn't affect [potion] being in the cost ...
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2answers
149 views

In Canasta, may I discard a card of a rank I have melded?

If you are playing Canasta with two players, and you have 9's down in your meld, can you discard another 9 from your hand?
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529 views

How do I bid using “weak Stayman” (or garbage stayman)

People like Marty Bergen have written things like, "almost anytime you're responding to your partner's 1NT and you have few clubs, you should respond 2 clubs," Stayman (this is a paraphrase, not an ...
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1answer
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Countering the enchanting of a creature

I'm on my main phase. I cast a 1/1 creature, and want to enchant it in the same phase. My opponent has an enchantment with the ability to pay one mana to give 1 damage to creature or player. I cast ...
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1answer
538 views

Do I need to buy data packs to be competitive?

I've seen that there are tournaments of Android: Netrunner. Regarding data packs, is it necessary to buy all the data packs to have a chance to win those tournaments? I guess the cards allowed to ...
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2answers
340 views

Fluxx “Once during your turn” New Rule cards

If I play a "New Rule" that allows an action "once during your turn" (Recycling, Goal Mill, etc.) - do I get to take those action immediately, or is my turn now over because I've completed my "played ...
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Can Rebel Alliance Snowspeeder Launch Bay affect vehicles outside combat?

I was recently playing a "pure" Rebel Alliance deck. I happened to put my Snowspeeder Launch Bay (from the Battle of Hoth set) into play and also got one of my Snowspeeders (from either the Desolation ...
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1answer
59 views

Is it possible to have more than one active artifact in Redemption?

I have tried to look on the official Redemption REGEX and site, and have googled but can't seem to find a clarification to this question. My brother and I got into Redemption recently. There aren't ...
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Diminishing Returns vs Increasing Returns

I'm making a board game about constructing molecules out of elements. For example you can construct water out of 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen. When a player constructs it they take a water card worth 6 ...
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1answer
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Do elders help the villain in a non-showdown fight round?

I'm having a Fight Round with the Villain outside of a Showdown (Deadly Encounter Mystery card) and an Evil Elder has joined him already (it's cooperative mode and the elder has been investigated and ...
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What's the impact of allowing other players to continue while you choose tickets?

The rule book says that you need to decide on your tickets even before the next player takes his/her turn. How big a deal is it to allow a fellow player to decide on destination tickets while others ...
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1answer
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When do dead Evil Elders join the villain?

The rules say that dead elders should keep their Secrets. The reason that they keep their Secrets is that if they turn out to be evil, it is assumed that they faked their own death and still join ...
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1answer
360 views

Wake the Reflections and Young Pyromancer

I think i got this right, but I'd like to make a sanity check. If you cast Wake the Reflections with Young Pyromancer in play, the pyromancer's trigger will resolve first, so that you will get a ...
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In bridge, is there a way to determine when and where to “transfer control” to defeat a squeeze?

I am West, defending a no trump contract. (No bids by our side, no other bids than NT by the opponents.) We're down to the last few cards, and I have two suits, call them diamonds and clubs, like ...
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Which Factions sharply change the way that Alien Frontiers plays out?

I've picked up the Factions expansion for Alien Frontiers, and have played a single game with it. I ended up with the Proxima Centauri Scholars, which have the ability to place the various Fields once ...
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1answer
345 views

Can I “hide” a Vesuvan Shapeshifter?

Suppose I control a Vesuvan Shapeshifter and a face-down morph creature, and I then choose to turn the Vesuvan Shapeshifter face-down. My opponent definitely should still be able to tell which of the ...
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1answer
665 views

When can I use Cyberfeeder's recurring credit with icebreakers?

In Android: Netrunner, Cyberfeeder is a piece of hardware that reads: 1 [Recurring credit] Use this credit to pay for using icebreakers or for installing virus programs. I'm interested in ...
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2answers
1k views

Are permanent +1/+1 counters considered enchantments?

If a creature has one or more permanent +1/+1 counters are those counters considered "enchantments"?
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394 views

Magic: Shuffle face down cards after opponent looked at one?

As I understand it, there is basically hidden and public information in Magic. Now let's suppose I have multiple face-down cards on the battlefield, and my opponent gets to look at one of them. Is ...
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4answers
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Properly choosing a random discard

Sometimes an effect causes you to discard a card at random. In casual games, it's usually acceptable to have the player hold their hand out (or face down) and the other player picks a card. However, ...
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1answer
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In rubber bridge, when should you “lead your partner's suit rather than your own?”

With equal vulnerability, opponents bid 1 club, 1 spade, 1NT, 3NT. I'm sitting West, opening from: (s) xxx (h) J8732 (d) T9x (c) xx. I don't fancy leading my ragged hearts suit with no side entry. ...
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Cheating with foils and card orientation

Foils are slightly thicker than regular cards, more stiff, and are usually a bit curved. Even with sleeves it's possible to tell if a face down card is foil by looking at it or feeling/bending it a ...

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