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Can Thraben Heretic be used on creatures with undying?

Thraben Heretic says: {T}: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Undying says: Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under ...
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Types of EDH mana base

After looking at a number of EDH deck lists I have seen two distinct types of mana bases used by various decks. Some decks use a large number of basic lands, dual lands and utility lands. Other ...
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What do you recommend putting in an Arkham Horror quick reference sheet?

I've played Arkham Horror twice and am still boggled by the complexity of the mechanics and the number of rules. During both games I wished for a quick reference guide to summarize the turn order and ...
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What caused “Liliana of the Veil” to double its price during a single week?

When Innistrad came out in the beginning of September 2011, the most expensive card was "Liliana of the Veil", selling for a little over $25. This card kept this price for almost a month. On ...
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Does anyone use the P-K4 type of chess notation anymore?

I have several chess books, all of which use the P-K4 type of notation rather than the e4 type. I am still more used to the older form, since those books were my first introduction to chess ...
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What are the differences between the Fluxx games?

I currently have Fluxx and Zombie Fluxx, and I've noticed there are some differences: obviously, Zombie Fluxx is more centered around creepers. Zombie Fluxx is considerably less random. Less crazy ...
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Good ways to speed up a game of Ticket to Ride

I just played my first game of Ticket to Ride and we loved it. Our only issue was making it a little faster. We had some small obvious ideas that wouldn't affect the gameplay much, like keep score on ...
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Can nonbasic dual lands such as “Azorius Chancery” be destroyed by the card text “destroy target land”?

My cousin and I play MtG together sometimes. He has many years of experience, and I just started playing recently and we have had an argument when I tried to destroy his nonbasic dual lands such as ...
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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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How difficult is Puerto Rico to learn for first time players?

I've heard a lot of good things about Puerto Rico, but from the 12-page manual it seems a little complex. I revel in the challenge of learning new and difficult games, but sadly the friends I play ...
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Creatures with Tribute and targeting

Nessian Demolok, one of the latest creatures revealed in the Born of the Gods spoilers, reads: Tribute 3 (As this creature enters the battlefield, an opponent of your choice may place three +1/+1 ...
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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 are good resources or techniques to improve one's offence or finishing game?

I'm a moderately skilled chess player; I can beat most casual players and survive quite a while against class A, expert, or master players. Unfortunately, virtually all of my skill is in control of ...
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Can an indestructible creature die by a combination of damage and -X/-X effects?

Say I have a 5/5 indestructible creature. An opponent plays a 3 damage spell on this creature. After that spell resolves, the opponent then plays a spell which gives the creature -2/-2 until end of ...
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Dominion - Saboteur use

Dominion is designed to take 20-30 minutes, which is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. However, I find that the card Saboteur causes the game to take much longer if more than 1 or two are ...
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Countering Villa + Jeweler in Puerto Rico: The Nobles

A while ago I played a game of Puerto Rico with all of the buildings from Expansion II: The Nobles. One of the players pretty much had a run-away game using Villa + Jeweler, and we were pretty much ...
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Axis & Allies Chess

My curiosity in this variant was piqued by this comment in my 'Games that have no element of luck' thread. I'd love to read an expanded explanation of the rule changes and peoples experience ...
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Card game vocabulary

I am building an online version of the game of Set, and I want to get my vocabulary straight. So far, the words I have are "card", "deck", "(card) feature", "set", "player" and "dealer". I am missing ...
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What are the differences between the 3 versions of Carcassonne?

I see this question was partially answered on B&CG for scoring differences between the 3 versions of Carcassonne. Are there any other differences?
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What can be played during an opponents turn?

What types of cards can you play on another players turn / i.e. sorcery or enchantments? Or can only instants/flash be played? It seems foolish to us as new players that every card other then land ...
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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 ...
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How do you decide which way to finesse for an ace?

This is from the New York Post, which is to say that it is a "problem." You are declarer (South) in a 3 no trump contract. You get a "friendly" lead in a suit where you have three winners (two in ...
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Klondike Solitaire - moving partial sequences between columns

You'd think all the rules for this game would be well established but I have a question about the movement of partial sequences between columns in the tableau. Lets say I have two columns with the ...
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What are the most popular formats for Magic The Gathering?

I have been playing Standard Constructed (Type 2) games so far but it seems that there are a lot of formats which are gaining popularity. I'm looking for the most popular ones which are recognized ...
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Can casinos protect themselves against card counters by limiting bet variations in blackjack?

For reason discussed below, "card counters" make their money by observing the flow of cards as they leave the deck. This is legal in most cases (although it's a felony to use a "device" such as a ...
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Does the Thorncaster Sliver's ability damage have to be assigned before or after blockers are declared?

If I have 5 slivers and one of them is a Thorncaster, will I need to assign the "1 damage to target creature or player" before or after my opponent declares blockers? My guess is that it is as I ...
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What board games have good quality versions available for play online for free?

What are some worthy online versions of board games? They should be: Complete working versions On a site that is easily accessible (so no spam, lots of pop-ups or requires handing over excessive ...
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Where can I find price-lists for Star Trek CCG cards?

I have some Star Trek CCG cards from the Decipher game in the 1990s. I'm looking to discover if any of these cards have economic value. I've tried looking at starcitygames.com and tcgplayer.com, but ...
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Is pawn promotion to rook or bishop something that is seen in play?

Reading What is the proper Algebraic Notation for a pawn being promoted? made me wonder whether pawn promotion to rook or bishop ever happens. The only time I can think this might happen is when ...
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Which alternative methods of choosing a starting player actually WORK?

So I've been noticing that there's a vogue in gaming recently for the starting player to be chosen by some method other than simple lot. I'm wondering if this is a good fashion, or if it's just ...
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Does newer card text on a Magic: The Gathering card override the old wording?

While going through the Gatherer database I noticed that the Alpha version of Icy Manipulator says, C: You may tap any land, creature, or artifact in play on either side. whereas the Tenth ...
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How is Test of Faith resolved?

This is the scenario: he attacks with a 4/4 and I block with a 1/1. I cast Test of Faith on my 1/1. I say his creature dies because I block 3 damage and become a 4/4 killing him but he says that ...
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Is castling still done in the openings in modern chess?

I have read in a somewhat old book that castling was to be done as soon as possible, but some of my playing friends don't bother to do it in the opening. What's the modern usage?
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Power plants in Power Grid

I've played Power Grid once so far. What is a good beginner's strategy in the initial accumulation of power plants?
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Is it possible to lose Forbidden Island on the first turn?

My first time playing this game last night. My friend that was teaching me had only played a couple times. Despite a quick rules reading we wanted to verify this sequence that happened to us. ...
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Does Infect count as damage?

I have a card named Dissipation Field that reads, "Whenever a permanent deals damage to you, return it to its owner's hand." If my opponent attacks me with a creature with infect (i.e. Cystbearer) ...
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Special event cards and timing

The Special Event cards all indicate they may be played "at any time". Are there any restrictions to "any time", i.e. in the middle of someone's turn? Suppose an epidemic card has been drawn -- can ...
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What is a positional game in chess?

What does it mean to have a positional game, or to play a positional game? What is the opposite?
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What's a good way to shuffle small decks of cards?

In the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, there are a lot of small deck of cards to shuffle: 1 to 6 15-cards character decks and 3 to 8 10-card location decks, depending on the number of players. Due to ...
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Is there an equivalent of Deep Blue in the Go world?

Deep Blue was a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. On May 11, 1997, the machine won a six-game match by two wins to one with three draws against world champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov accused ...
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How many lands should I have in my sealed or draft decks?

A standard draft deck has 40 cards in it; a 4-booster sealed deck has 30 cards. How many lands should I put in each of these formats? And why do I need this ratio? The conventional wisdom that I ...
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Can a 4-length road ever be Longest Road in Settlers of Catan?

Suppose I have an 8-length road and Longest Road, but later someone splits my road in half with a settlement, leaving me two 4-length roads. Assuming no one else has a longer road than me, do I lose ...
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Exchanging Cards in Pandemic

When exchanging cards between two players in Pandemic, does it matter which player's turn it is? I have seen this rule played two ways: - The active player can only give a card. OR - The active ...
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When is it a good time to offer a draw in chess, and when should I accept one?

Professional players often offer draws in chess and accept them. While draws can be very common in professional play, they appear to be very rare in casual play. Naturally, if you're winning, ...
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How does Infect interact with Lifelink?

When a creature with Infect and Lifelink puts poison counters on a player, does the controlling player gain life? Do all abilities that trigger on combat damage still occur? A link to an official ...
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Viable, alternative, first round role orders in 5-player Puerto Rico

I'm a big fan of Puerto Rico. But one thing that bugs me a little bit in my (5 player) games is how stable the first round is, with regards to role choices. It (almost) always goes: Settler ...
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What is a Gateway Game?

Before joining the B&CG community, I had never heard the phrase "Gateway Game." The quintessential examples of Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne gives me a rough idea but Googling ...
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Multiple cards in play with “At the beginning of your upkeep…”

I had several humans on the battlefield. On turn three, I played Triumph of Ferocity. On turn four, I played Descendants' Path. On turn five, during my upkeep, this question came up. At this ...
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Are there any specific strategies in Jenga?

Does Jenga have any specific strategies for block placement and removal that can be employed? Are there certain moves or ideas I could employ to (for example) increase the likelihood that the stack ...
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In Dominion, how do Duration cards interact with King's Court / Throne Room?

For example, suppose I play a King's Court on a Lighthouse. Do I get +$3 now and +$3 next turn? +$3 now and +$1 next turn?

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