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Can humans play Connect 4 perfectly?

Is it possible for a human to play Connect 4 perfectly? Have there been such players? I am actually a Connect 4 enthusiast, but find it increasingly hard to memorize so many initial positions. Is it ...
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867 views

How inappropriate is it to track semi-secret information using paper or other memory aids?

Many board games have information which is semi-secret, where it's possible to keep track of it, but not easy. For example, which resources you get and spend in Catan is public knowledge, but which ...
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Is “refund with discount” a valid move on Catan?

On her move, Alice trades with Bob: Alice gives 2 wheat, Bob gives 1 sheep. Then Alice does her calculations again and decides it was a wrong move. She wants to trade her sheep back for one wheat, ...
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1answer
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Playing Catan for the first time, what should I know?

Tonight I'm going to play Settlers of Catan for the first time. The thing is that I will play with very expérienced players and they strongly recommended me to gather the more information I could in ...
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2answers
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Calculating the probability of a combo hand [duplicate]

Before I ask the question, I should mention I already saw this and just don't get it. I have a 40 card deck with cards I'll label: A (3 copies) B (3 copies) C (3 copies) D (2 copies) E (1 copy) F (2 ...
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1answer
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MTG: How does Devour work with abilites like Dragon Tempest

Suppose that I have Dragon Broodmother, two dragon tokens, and Dragon Tempest on the battlefield. Dragon Broodmother puts a 1/1 Dragon Token with Devour 2 on the battlefield and Dragon Tempest deals ...
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2answers
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Twilight Struggle, Longer game

My friend and I play a lot of Twilight Struggle and we have a lot of fun with it. The thing is we only reach the late war 1 in 5 times so far. Is this how it is supposed to go or are we doing ...
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2answers
210 views

Dropping from a sanctioned event mid-draft

The tournament rules say: Players who drop during limited events own the cards that they correctly have in their possession at that time. This includes any unopened or partially drafted ...
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1answer
95 views

Which of two conflicting abilities takes precedence?

The runner card Titanium Ribs reads: You choose the card(s) from your grip to trash whenever you take damage. The corp card Chronos Protocol: Selective Mind-mapping reads: For the first net ...
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1answer
27 views

Lazax ally advantage conditions

In Rex Lazax ally advantage allows Lazax player to give influence to an ally before she makes a legal bid on a strategy card. The tricky point which prompted questions when we played is: is the ally ...
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3answers
184 views

Complexity of Eldritch Horror versus Arkham Horror

I have heard Eldritch Horror described as a "streamlined Arkham Horror", as if the makers of AH considered how to make a faster, more accessible successor. Having played and enjoyed Eldritch Horror, ...
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3answers
506 views

Effect of “Thran Lens” on Devotion

I want to know the effects of Thran Lens on a devotion-dependent enchantment creature, like a god or something. I read somewhere that, when a permanent becomes colorless, the Thran Lens makes the ...
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1answer
42 views

Can I use “De Vermis Mysteriis” every round?

The "De Vermis Mysteriis" card seems very strong. The card does not have any rules for discarding after use. Is it really possible to keep it an improve a skill round after round? Combined with some ...
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1answer
629 views

What happens if neither player decides to do anything?

My question is about Magic The Gathering. What happens if both players perpetually decide to do nothing in a turn, except draw and then discard to 7. What happens then?
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1answer
79 views

What zone is a spell or ability in when it is resolving?

When I cast a spell or activate an ability, or a triggered ability triggers, it goes on the stack, and then some time later, it resolves. Is it still on the stack while it is resolving? If not, is it ...
4
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1answer
67 views

In Secret Misson Risk which player is the winner when 2 missions are simultaneously achieved?

When playing the North American 1993 version of Secret Mission Risk, which player is the winner when 2 missions are simultaneously achieved? Example: If your mission is, “Conquer Asia & Africa” ...
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1answer
26 views

Dungeon petz 2 or 3 player game: how many cages should be replenished?

The rules has a separate passage for replenishing cages: If one of the two cage-buying action spaces is blocked by a neutral imp, you deal only 1 new cage, leaving one pit empty. Apparently, the ...
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3answers
223 views

Can I shortcut a loop with conditional actions?

I control Wirefly Hive, Filigree Sages, Darksteel Forge, and some means of making an arbitrarily large amount of mana. My opponent is at two million life, and there are ten minutes remaining on the ...
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2answers
249 views

Are there any other spells in bant colors that will cause Enduring Scalelord to go infinite?

Are there creatures, artifacts, enchantments, etc that will make Enduring Scalelord go infinite in Bant? I'm building a Bant counters EDH deck and it'd be fun to have ES blow up in a couple of ...
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2answers
355 views

Can I tap a creature in response to it being tapped?

My buddy uses Dromoka Dunecaster to tap my Humble Defector. Can I in response activate Humble Defector's ability?
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1answer
204 views

List of blue counterspells that can be played for free?

I looked around on the internet for a list of blue counterspells in Magic: the Gathering that can be played for no mana. (Alternative costs or a mana cost later is fine.) Does anyone have a list or ...
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319 views

Can I cast a spell if I might be able to pay its cost but don't know yet?

A Wizards forum thread had an interesting question that was left unanswered. If I have only two black mana available, can I cast Fatal Lore if my opponent has a Spellwild Ouphe on the battlefield? ...
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0answers
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Pegs and jokers specialized cards

My hubby and I recently learned to play Pegs and Jokers with some other retirees. The cards they used were not regular playing cards but specifically meant for p&g. They had golden peg cards, word ...
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0answers
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Can I back out of activating an ability where my opponent chooses the target? [duplicate]

Say I have a Magus of the Arena, and my opponent and I each control other creatures. Magus of the Arena's ability is {3}, {T}: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's ...
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139 views

Do I tap a creature when it fights? Can a creature with summoning sickness fight?

If a card has text: target creature fights (another creature), do I have to tap the target creature? Can I target a creature, that has summoning sickness this way?
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3answers
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When does a sacrifice on entering the battlefield happen?

My opponent plays Vexing Devil which states: When Vexing Devil enters the battlefield, any opponent may have it deal 4 damage to him or her. If a player does, sacrifice Vexing Devil. When does ...
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2answers
44 views

Summoning Surge: do you put the event card in the discard before taking event action?

The Deep Dwarve's Summoning Surge event card states: you may remove up to 3 cards from your Discard Pile and place them on top of your Magic Pile. The Illusionary Warrior event says this: ...
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1answer
439 views

Will Heroic trigger if a spell would cause the creature to lose all abilities?

So me and a buddy of mine got into a argument: he had Setessan Battle Priest out which has heroic Whenever you cast a spell that targets Setessan Battle Priest, you gain 2 life Then he played ...
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2answers
101 views

Does anyone have experience playing Tokaido with only 2 players?

I see Tokaido accomodates from 2 to 5 players. I am wondering wether there is aspects to the game that is problematic or less entertaining with only 2 players?
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1answer
57 views

Does Takenoko work as a 2 player game?

I am wondering how well Takenoko plays with 2 players. What is the main problems only playing with 2, if any?
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3answers
199 views

Technically highest 7 Wonders score

I was wondering what is the technically highest score one can achieve in Seven Wonders (with Cities and Leaders) in a 3+ player game, considering all players are working with the performer. Has ...
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0answers
52 views

Are you required to buy items when you choose the Legendary Object options at the village?

The wording of the rules states that you must either peruse/buy the souvenirs or buy a legendary object, but what if you cannot afford the remaining legendary objects? To the letter of the rules, it ...
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1answer
55 views

What is the optimal strategy to solve Hanoi Solitaire?

I recently discovered for the first time a variation of Solitaire called Hanoi (sometimes spelled Hanoy or Hanoii). My Solitaire app says it's rated easy, but I have never solved it because I only get ...
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2answers
127 views

Practicing Go for a beginner

I am looking to learn Go. I learned the rules a few years back, but there is a mindset that the game rewards. I want to try to capture that mindset. I have read many Go books, but they are static. ...
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2answers
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How can we adjust starting conditions in Twilight Struggle to favour the USSR?

My girlfriend and I play Twilight Struggle. She likes playing as USSR. I'm a bit better at the game, which leads to a frustrating situation where I win most of the games. Are there any generally ...
5
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1answer
61 views

In Articulate would using Girl Band as the description for Girls Aloud violate the rules

Could the good people of Stack Exchange settle an argument - "not so recent girl band" was used as a description for Girls Aloud. Does the fact girl is a word in both the clue and the question violate ...
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1answer
54 views

Can all all ability bonuses aside from weapons “+” effects be stacked?

By ability bonus, I mean any quality of an asset at all, not just the "+N" to an attribute. My question centers around how to compound effects on assets. The quick reference explains that weapon "Gain ...
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1answer
103 views

Bidding: How to figure out if responder has 4 carder or 5 carder major?

Playing SAYC, you open 1 Minor. Left passes and partner bids 1 Major. How do you figure out if partner has 4 carder major or 5 carder? Obviously if left overcalls, then partner can use a negative ...
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1answer
961 views

Can my opponent force me to play out a demonstrated loop?

We are at a Competitive REL tournament. With ten minutes left on the clock in game three, my opponent is at 5000 life. I control two Elite Arcanists. Each of them have Time Stop exiled. I also control ...
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2answers
313 views

can you activate abilities during a resolving stack?

So for example: I have Krenko, Mob Boss with Thornbite Staff equipped. He is targeted with Doom Blade. In response I tap Krenko to make 1 Goblin token. I also have Goblin Bombardment to sacrifice the ...
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1answer
62 views

Cthulhu flux metamorphosis/ madness clarification

If one of these two cards are attached to an investigator, is it no longer an investigator? (not talking about the powers the investigator has) E.g. if Madness is ...
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1answer
157 views

Can I Redirect a Retract to affect my opponent?

Can I Redirect my own Retract to my opponent with a redirect? I'm just wanting to know before I try it and look dumb. I know you have to have a valid target for a Redirect but Retract targets me, a ...
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1answer
21 views

How does fire on sidewalk spaces affect vehicles (outside of the building)

When fire spreads to spaces outside of the building, how does this affect vehicle movements and usage? Do vehicles extinguish fire as they drive over it? Are vehicles unable to drive through fires ...
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1answer
110 views

Does “Cheat!” effectively give you two more hands?

Suppose you have a player who has a two-handed weapon A and another two-handed weapon B. He can use either of them without any problems, but not both as he only has two hands. With the card "Cheat!" ...
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1answer
83 views

Can you run away without losing against a monster?

In Munchkin, I found the following for running away (source) If nobody will help you . . . or if somebody tries to help, and your fellow party members interfere so the two of you still cannot ...
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1answer
24 views

Does the new specialist after a crew change retain saved unspent AP from the previous turn?

The rules say "The player's Firefighter has the AP (less the 2AP required for a crew change)...." If I effect a crew change and had Action Markers from unspent AP on my previous turn, do I get to keep ...
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1answer
104 views

Scion of the Ur-Dragon and Grave Pact

When I use Scion of the Ur-Dragon's ability and put a dragon card from my library into the grave yard, does that trigger Grave Pact?
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1answer
255 views

What happens if you are unable to draw because your library is empty?

In Magic the Gathering, what happens to a player if they get their draw phase, but are unable to draw a card because their library is empty?
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1answer
63 views

Should the Hare nap when in the lead among remaining racers?

One of the rules of the Hare dictates that when he is in or tied for 1st, he doesn't move (naps) when 4 Hare cards are played in the card pool. Once other racers have secured a place on the podium, if ...
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2answers
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In Guillotine, do Noble abilities work from the score area?

The card Clerical Error has the text: Choose a player. Collect any noble of your choice from that player's score pile. That player then chooses any other noble from your score pile and ...

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