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Hunt re-rolls in the presence of Sauron's servants or Strongholds

How should I understand this rule (rulebook p.41, Hunt Re-rolls)? Does it refer to the last known position of the Fellowship, or does the free peoples' player have to tell the shadow player that he ...
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1answer
57 views

When to make a small bet in two-player Haggis?

In the game of Haggis, you can make a big bet (30 points) or a small bet (15 points). I've always wondered what the use is of making a 15 point bet instead of 30. If you're pretty sure that you're ...
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What are legal ways to use the Dispatcher's special ability in Pandemic?

I don't quite understand what the person playing the Dispatcher role is allowed and disallowed to do. If the Dispatcher wants to move i.e. the Medic's pawn, does he need the approval of the owner ...
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After the initial meld, can I do multiple moves in the same turn?

I have to code a program that suggests what to do depending on the situation of a Rummikub game. More about Rummikub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rummikub In Wikipedia's explanation, I quote: ...
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431 views

When to reveal what you saw using the Map card in Saboteur?

When playing as a Digger, when is the best time to share the knowledge about one of the destination cards with the other players? Should the digger tell other players this information immediately to ...
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How do Captivating Vampire and Deadeye Navigator abilities interact?

In a recent casual game, an opponent controlled a Captivating Vampire and had enough untapped Vampire creatures in play to use its ability. I had a Deadeye Navigator on the battlefield, and on my ...
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283 views

What are the differences between Vinci and Small World?

Small World has been described as a re-implementation of Vinci, but I've heard that there are some non-trivial differences. How do these two games differ in terms of rules/mechanics and feel of play? ...
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How is Words With Friends different from Scrabble?

I like to play a game called Words With Friends, which is a freenium version of Scrabble. I thought it was however functionally the same. However, I've just seen that Zynga, the creators of the game, ...
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522 views

First Auction Power Plant in Power Grid?

Ok, let's say we just started Power Grid game for 4 players: A, B, C and D. We will be focusing on Step 1st/Phase 2nd, which is the first Auction Power Plants phase in the game. We have (randomly) ...
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399 views

Weight and dimensions of Hive game pieces?

What are the exact dimensions and weight of the bug pieces used in the game Hive? What are they made of?
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318 views

What are good tips and suggestions for first-time Junta players?

We'll be pulling Junta off the shelf for the first time in years, and our group will consist of players who haven't played since the last time years ago, and players who have never played it at all. ...
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What should I consider when selecting a Prize to take with my Tournament?

Straight forward really: What are the strengths and weaknesses of each Prize? What play styles do they complement well? Also, apart from the obvious (late in the game), when should I take a Duchy ...
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1answer
186 views

How to balance influence vs territorial plays on a 13x13 board?

Most of the answers to "What is a good opening on a 13x13 board?" deal generally with the differences between large and medium boards. I'd like to ask more generally about how I should be thinking on ...
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530 views

Does the Battlestar Galactica game spoil the TV series?

I've watched the first few episodes of Battlestar Galactica, and a friend recently got the game. We love The Resistance, and I'm eager to try a similarly deceptive game with more going on than just ...
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86 views

How do different sizes of Hnefatafl play?

There are some variants of Tafl games that involve differently-sized boards. Obviously there is more to a game than its size, but how do the different variations of the board size affect play?
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234 views

Hesitating as bluff

The contracting player leads a trump. As the next player I make an obvious hesitation before playing my singleton 10 of trumps. At the end of the hand my opponent, who did not call the director, ...
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1answer
247 views

How many missed triggers are necessary before you begin to have Game Losses and/or DQs?

While reviewing the latest changes to the Magic Infraction Procedure Guide, I notice that a missed trigger is considered a Warning, but that, Judges should not intervene in a missed trigger ...
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105 views

When should I send my current civilization into decline?

In Vinci, you play a civilization for some period of time and then declare it to be "in decline", meaning you sit out a turn and then start a new one. If you go into decline too quickly you're ...
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1answer
88 views

What edition of Empire Builder do I have?

My family has an old edition of Empire Builder by Mayfair games, and the box I have isn't listed on Boardgame Geek's edition list. I found an image of the box on that site. It is pre-fourth edition, ...
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1answer
866 views

Battlestar Galactica: why Pegasus sympathiser is better

I've heard the sympathiser in Pegasus Expansion is far more interesting to play than the one in the basic game. What makes it so different?
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4answers
470 views

How can I keep track of things, in Discworld: Ankh-Morpork?

I'm lost. Flummoxed and worse, confused by this game. I consistent fail to set up any sort of set piece, or notice when someone else is doing even the least sneaky, sneak move. I'm often in last ...
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1answer
816 views

How can I make Betrayal at House on the Hill less confusing?

A love to play Betrayal at House on the Hill, it's my favourite game at the moment and I'm sure it'll stay that way for a long time. Some of my friends have complained that it gets long-winded and ...
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1answer
2k views

How important is base size in Warhammer 40K?

I have a Tau sniper I want to put on a rocky out-cliff, that would require using a non-standard base (a larger one). Is that allowed in the rules? Would it fly in a casual game?
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620 views

Are copied spells cast from the graveyard?

If you copy Increasing Confusion or any other "cast from the graveyard" spell with Increasing Vengeance, does the copy act like it was cast from the graveyard? Or, since the copy technically was not ...
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1answer
2k views

Are there guaranteed winning strategies for Quarto?

As we all know in standard tic-tac-toe the game can't be won if both players play optimally. So: Is Quarto a game that will end in a draw if both players play optimally? If yes, what are the most ...
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1answer
165 views

Looking for a specific variant of Tic-Tac-Toe

I came across a nice variant of Tic-Tac-Toe game, but since I don't know the game, nor remember the exact parameters of the game, it is hard to find info about it, as existence of optimal strategies ...
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440 views

How can I teach other people game rules?

I am a game enthusiast. I mostly enjoy board games, card games and things like party games that require no preparations. My friends know that about me, and they seem to treat me as an official Rules ...
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176 views

Rival Executioner draws Robespierre…does this end the day?

The Rival Executioner card requires that, upon his execution, you take the noble from the top of the deck and "collect" it. My friend drew Robespierre, who, when collected, ends the day. We didn't ...
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How can we play a shorter but satisfying game of Arkham Horror?

I've only played about half a dozen games of Arkham Horror, and they ranged in length from about 3 hours to aborting after 8. These were all games with 5-6 players, with just the base game (no ...
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2answers
351 views

How does Jester interact with the Knights?

Each of the Knights has a different name. If someone reveals a Knight when I play a Jester, can I gain a Knight, or do I gain nothing since there isn't a second Dame Anne (or whomever) available in ...
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1answer
119 views

What are the name and rules of this hand signing spell game?

I remember finding the rules to this game on the internet, oh, 15 years ago or so. The players (typically (or necessarily?) two) sit around a table. At every "turn" - for advanced play indicated by ...
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3answers
563 views

When during your upkeep can you cast upkeep spells?

Certain spells in Arkham Horror can only be cast on upkeep. One example is "Voice of Ra": Upkeep Phase: You may cast and exhaust to gain +1 to all skill checks for the rest of this turn. The ...
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1answer
469 views

How can I learn to play chess blindfold?

I'm an intermediate-level amateur chess player. How would I go about learning how to accurately play a complete game of chess, blindfolded? What skills are needed, and how are they practiced? In ...
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3answers
156 views

Where can I find the most reliable information on upcoming boardgame releases?

Usually I just troll my FLGS to see what new has popped up and that works for me. However, right now I have a pressing need to figure out what games have been recently released, and which will be ...
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1answer
418 views

Does Steel Hellkite destroy cards in my opponent's library and hand?

The rules for Steel Hellkite say any nonland permanent with converted mana cost X gets destroyed if I deal combat damage this turn. The second ruling states "It doesn't matter who controlled ...
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Can you use a planeswalker ability even if the planeswaker doesn't have enough loyalty?

For example Tamiyo, the Moon Sage. Can I use the -8 ability even though she only has 4 loyalty? I understand it would kill her. Or would I have to get 8 loyalty first with the +1 ability?
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1answer
198 views

Which character abilities are most useful/effective in Yggdrasil?

I've played enough Pandemic (another co-operative game with varying player abilities) to know that some characters' abilities are more useful than others, or at least lead to a higher probability of ...
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2answers
595 views

Is it legal to buy property for $1 in Monopoly when other players are in prison?

This happened in one of the Monopoly games I had a while ago. It was a 3-player game. Two players were in prison when the incident occurred. The third player (let's call him Joe) landed on the ...
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2answers
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If a weak creature with death touch attacks a tougher creature, does my own creature die as well?

If a weak creature with death touch attacks a tougher creature, does my own creature die as well? If I have a 2/2 with death touch that attacks a 4/4, the 4/4 will die but what will happen to my 2/2? ...
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When can you cast spells?

In Arkham Horror, are there any restrictions on when spells can be cast? My specific question is about the spell 'Find Gate', it reads: Movement: Cast and exhaust to immediately return to Arkham ...
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3answers
212 views

Are some pieces better than others in Blokus?

Obviously the smaller pieces are generally easier to get rid of than the larger pieces, but I'd be interested to know which pieces I should aim to get rid of first, and which pieces I should save. ...
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3answers
422 views

Are there any alternative rules for Settles of Catan to rely less on luck?

Are there any rules to reduce the luck component is Settlers of Catan? I know there is one stated here, but I didn't understand this. How does this work? Are there any others?
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Does Doubling Season affect planeswalkers?

According to 306.5b, A planeswalker is treated as if its text box included, "This permanent enters the battlefield with a number of loyalty counters on it equal to its printed loyalty number." ...
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1answer
575 views

Elusive cards rule clarification

We've just started out playing the WoWTCG that I bought recently, and I'm having trouble with one of the rules regarding a keyword. The keyword in question is 'Elusive' and we are just not sure under ...
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3answers
5k views

Where can I get free tarot cards images to print?

I am looking to download some set/s of tarot cards in order to print them. This needs to be from a free site. Grayscale cards are also acceptable. It would be great if the images are designed ...
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1answer
151 views

What is the effect of a scout standing at an enemy barracks?

A barracks add +2 to the owners Combat score and 2 Trade. A scout allows you to effectively block or steal the benefits of an opponent's buildings by standing on them. When I have a scout on an ...
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2answers
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Are encounters naturally weighted against players and how do we 'fix' it?

I've been having a great deal of trouble when it comes to playing campaign mode with our current group. Initially, we were doing well, and I think most of it had to do with a learning curve for the ...
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1answer
93 views

If a player is forced to discard a card in which another card has a dependency, do they lose both cards?

In Rivals of Catan a player can be forced to discard buildings. If a player chooses an Abbey, do they also lose their University (which has a dependency on an Abbey), or do they just lose the Abbey?
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Do Flash Duel character abilities supplant main actions?

Many of the character cards in Flash Duel contain what might be considered a main action (e.g. Jaina Stormborne's Charged Shot stipulates a push). Does using this character ability prevent me from ...
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1answer
64 views

Does General Onimaru's Clockwork Soldier prevent retreats?

General Onimaru's Clockwork Soldier ability prevents players from moving backwards. Does it also prevent retreating from a dashing strike? If a player is forced to retreat past the Clockwork ...

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