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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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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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Magic card database for websites [closed]

How is it that websites like SCG or CFB created their card database inventory. How would i be able to do this myself now? I want to create a similar website where a user can search and find any card ...
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2answers
446 views

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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0answers
485 views

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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Why would you want to play with a deck bigger than 60 cards in MTG?

In Magic the Gathering, the decks are required to be no less than 60 cards, but can be larger. Since you can only have 4 of each card (except for basic lands), it seems you would want the limit size ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the differences between the four editions of The Settlers of Catan base game?

I haven't played Settlers of Catan yet, but I've been considering asking my gaming group if they want to try it. As I understand it, Settlers of Catan is now in its fourth major version. If I do get ...
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7answers
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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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625 views

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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2answers
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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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841 views

Can I show my resource cards to other players in Settlers of Catan?

I was playing a game of Settlers of Catan the other day and one of my fellow players rolled a seven. One of the other players was trying to convince the person who rolled seven to put the robber on ...
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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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551 views

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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267 views

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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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4answers
558 views

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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3answers
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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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5answers
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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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2answers
261 views

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: 1-6 15-cards character decks and 3-8 10-card location decks, depending on the number of players. Due to the ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
524 views

When is the Richest Settler evaluated?

I've run into what I believe might be an edge case for the rules of the Traders and Barbarians expansion to The Settlers of Catan. I'm hoping someone might be able to clarify (preferably with ...
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6answers
419 views

Creating an “Everyone but me knows my role” mechanic

I am trying to design a game where there are X citizens + 1 saboteur. Unfortunately for the saboteur he does not know that he is it. All the citizens know that one of them is replaced, and they all ...
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1answer
610 views

Timing of Babylon's (B) and Halicarnassus' special abilities?

Alice has Babylon (B), Bob has Halicarnassus (B). Alice has built the 2nd wonder stage, so she is able to play her 7th card. In the 6th turn: Bob builds a stage of his wonder, so he is able to ...
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Is the Complex deck in Agricola strictly better?

I've played half a dozen games of Agricola — enough to get a feel for it, but not enough to know all of the cards or really weigh their balance. It's my impression that the Basic and Interactive ...
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2answers
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What happens when you can't conquer regions?

I came into a situation with a 2-player Small World game, where I was surrounded by an active race with the Diplomatic power, and that player had declared peace with me. I could not attack the active ...
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1answer
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Do creatures that enter the battlefield at the same time see each other enter?

Let's say I have Goldnight Commander on the board. He is a 2/2 that says: Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn. ...
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Bottom card drawn during epidemic: Are 3 cubes added to the city pictured, when the disease in that city's region has already been eradicated?

I suspect not, because the rule on Eradicating Disease states: From now on, cards of this color have no effect when drawn on the Infector's turn. Take all of the cubes of the eradicated color ...
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Are cards of the same “rarity level” really equally rare in MTG?

In Magic the Gathering there are 4 rarity levels: common, uncommon, rare and mythical rare. In a booster pack you usually get 10 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare or 1 mythical rare. In Innistrad that ...
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Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it ?

Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it online or physically ? I see that there were patents filed in 1923 . Can I create an improvement on the existing game and sell it online ? ...
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2answers
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Arkham Horror: dominant personality issue?

I recently experienced the problem mentioned here, with myself being one of the enthusiasts pushing other party members around. It wasn't intentional, it's just that the structure of the game lends ...
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1answer
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Can you build the same building more than once in Puerto Rico?

Is one player allowed to build the same building more than once in Puerto Rico? If so, do the bonuses stack, so that a player building both Large Markets would get +4 for trading? I wasn't able to ...
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2answers
261 views

What does “poker size cards” mean?

I: I am not sure how many cards can best suit our manufacturing until I know the size of your cards. Customer: I expect the cards will be "poker" size. I: Poker also have different ...
10
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1answer
359 views

Dark Confidant and split cards

On my upkeep controlling a Dark Confidant I trigger revealing a card and losing life to it's cmc cost. What happens if I have a split card with 2 identifiable spells? Do I get to choose which one I ...
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2answers
466 views

In Pandemic, do certain setup and card order combinations make it impossible to win?

My family has won most of the Pandemic (2 or 3 player games) we've played, but we ran into one recently that I thought impossible to win due to the 2 and 3 cube infections being far from Atlanta, far ...
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2answers
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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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4answers
900 views

How are + Action cards used in Dominion?

We were confused by the + action cards. It says you have to start at the top of the card and work your way down. so when do you play a second action card and are you allowed to play another action ...
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2answers
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Texas Hold'Em Heads-Up Blind Structure

Why does the Dealer post the small blind and the other player post the big blind? Normally the person to the left of the dealer will post the small blind then the second player to the left of the ...
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2answers
454 views

In bridge which bids need alerting?

When playing bridge which bids need to be pointed out/alerted?
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4answers
852 views

Is Pandemic harder with fewer players?

I've played a couple of Pandemic games with 2, 3 and 4 players. From my point of view, the game should be harder with only 2 players since it will be more difficult to get a medic and both players ...

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