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How do you place your initial settlements in Settlers of Catan?

Initial settlement placement in Catan can really affect the outcome of the game. What strategy do you follow in Settlers of Catan for initial settlement placement. Does this strategy change if you ...
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6answers
1k views

Game piece storage

I have a number of games that come in large boxes that do not have sectioned compartments for individual pieces. Whenever I take them over to people's houses everything rattles around and gets mixed ...
18
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5answers
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What is the best way to keep everything organized and spend less time setting up?

When playing Dominion, how do you go about organizing all of the various cards and sets while maintaining a priority to getting games started quickly?
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9answers
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Why is real-money-betting necessary for poker to be fun?

Obviously, all games may be played with an ante, but it is often not mandatory for the game itself to be fun. I've long wondered what makes poker so different from everything else: poker, when played ...
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16answers
4k views

What are some good 8 player games? [closed]

What's a good strategy game for 8 players? Many games can be played by 8 players, but suffer from a loss of pace, and long waits between turns. What games have parallel planning phases, or lots of ...
10
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5answers
457 views

What is the difference between thickness and heavy stones?

Thickness in Go describes a strong formation of stones. A heavy group is one that's over-concentrated. How do I know when my stones are thick, without going too far and becoming heavy? It seems ...
10
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2answers
998 views

Cupboard size for storing board games

We're currently in the process of furnishing the 'games' room* in our house and we're planning to get some storage units to go along one wall. I'm interested to know if anyone has recommendations as ...
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4answers
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What's the difference between Puerto Rico and San Juan?

I've heard people describe San Juan as Puerto Rico's little brother. What's actually the difference? How is the game-play changed? Is it any easier to teach new people? Is it worth buying if I ...
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4answers
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Axis and Allies 2nd Edition: to Pearl Harbor or not to Pearl Harbor

When playing as Japan in Axis and Allies, 2nd edition, should Japan attack Pearl Harbor on its first turn? If so, why and what force structure do you use? Do your actions depend on what Russia and ...
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4answers
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When you King's Court a King's Court, when must you pick the three target cards?

Bear with me here. In Dominion: Prosperity you can play King's Court and choose another King's Court as the target: The rules are clear on the basics of what happens here: you pick three cards and ...
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8answers
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How do I avoid the endless trade negotiations in Settlers of Catan?

When I play Settlers of Catan, I often find myself rapidly bored by the trading component of the game. This is normally because of one or two players who insist on endlessly protracted negotiations ...
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3answers
1k views

Settlers of Catan Data

I'd like to do some statistical analysis on Catan games, but to do that I need data. Does anyone know of a place I can find empirical data on Catan play? The stronger the players, the better. Awesome ...
17
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1answer
1k views

What happens when you need to tear-down a hotel but no houses are in the bank in Monopoly?

Strictly following the rules of Monopoly will show that just because you have the cash to out-right buy hotels for your properties, you cannot if there are not enough houses in the bank to support an ...
15
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13answers
796 views

How to reduce slow starts at the beginning of the game?

We recently played a game of Settlers of Catan where for the first 3 rounds none of us got any brick at all, so there was no road construction at all and it dragged a little. I'm not looking to reduce ...
15
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8answers
559 views

Pre-drawing cards or tiles

This goes for many games where players take turns to draw cards, but I specifically wondered about Carcassonne: Do you allow players to pre-draw tiles? So they don't have to wait until it's their ...
15
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2answers
3k views

Catan : Multiple extension combination

I just bought the extension Cities and Knights (I don't know the rules very well at the moment). I already have the base game and the Seafarers of Catan. Is it possible to combine, on the same ...
14
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2answers
15k views

What is the term for a stalemate in Checkers?

What is the term for a stalemate in Checkers? What are the official conditions for a "no winner game"?
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7answers
3k views

Settlers of Catan play takes hours

I was under the impression that the play time in Settlers of Catan was more modest than say, Risk. However it seems almost as long. This is often due to a lot of trading and talk which drags on for a ...
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2answers
2k views

In Axis and Allies, Should the U.S. Build a “Factory” in Brazil?

In Axis and Allies (original version), the basically maritime powers, the US and UK have a problem coming to grips with the land-based Axis. One solution is for them to buy industrial complexes in ...
2
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3answers
985 views

Can We Find a Middle Ground on the Russia First Turn Attack Rule In Allies and Axis?

Some (mainly Axis) players refuse to play Axis and Allies if Russia is allowed to attack on the first turn. Other (mainly Russian) players argue that Russia is unfairly hobbled if it has to play ...
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12answers
11k views

What are good standard strategies for Carcassonne ?

I've only just discovered Carcassonne (thanks to the iPhone app), but I keep losing (in 3-player games). Which standard strategies are there? (game without extensions, 3-4 players). One strategy per ...
16
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9answers
3k views

Best Light Strategy Party Games? [closed]

I'm wondering, what are some good games for mixed gamer/non-gamer parties? I've had good luck with some light strategy games in the past, but nothing too serious. What's good, quick, and can easily ...
15
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7answers
14k views

What is a good opening in Blokus?

I have played Blokus enough times to get a feel for the game and one thing that always bugs me is how to play the first few moves. There seem to be a couple of competing aims: Get rid of big, ...
15
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7answers
7k views

What extra roles have you used with Werewolves?

The standard game Werewolf, has just a few roles: Citizen, Werewolf, Witch, Cupid, Hunter, Seer, Thief. I know there are lots of other roles created. Which roles do you use and what is the impact. ...
24
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8answers
719 views

Diplomacy “lite”? [closed]

I love Diplomacy. The alliances, intrigue, negotiation, backstabbing, and the relatively simple mechanics that help emphasize the diplomatic aspect over the game mechanics. However, it can be hard to ...
16
votes
4answers
560 views

How would you “study” Risk?

This question is not about a particular situation in the game, but rather how to study the game in the sense of if I wanted to learn Scrabble, I would spend time focusing on how certain uncommon ...
8
votes
2answers
526 views

What set of attributes can be used to describe, compare and contrast various board games?

A recent question about a good mix of board games got me thinking about how one could even objectively define "a good mix". My idea is to try and define a set of attributes that could describe, ...
18
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8answers
884 views

Lasting games in the past century [closed]

One of the appeals of traditional games such as Chess, Go, Backgammon, or Poker is the depth that they have acquired over the years; long-standing communities and traditions, wide range of players ...
21
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5answers
7k views

How does Intrigue change your general Dominion strategy?

I've seen a lot of discussions about the basic strategies newcomers to Dominion develop: First you buy as many action cards as you can get you hands on. After several games, someone discovers Big ...
18
votes
3answers
777 views

Evaluating tactical situations in Puerto Rico

I've been playing a bit of Puerto Rico against computers (AIs) lately. I'm doing quite well against the easier AIs so I think my overall gameplay isn't so bad but I've realized that I still have ...
17
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7answers
30k views

Which Settlers of Catan expansions are recommended? [closed]

I was introduced to Settlers of Catan just a few weeks ago here. I plan on buying it and I would like recommendations as to which expansions I should get.
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3answers
1k views

Comparisons Betwen Deck-Building Games

I never played Magic. I briefly tried the original Vampire: The Masquerade (V:TM) themed CCG (Jyhad?). I had some Illuminati: New World Order (INWO) cards. I bought and listlessly toyed with a deck of ...
19
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3answers
1k views

What is the most balanced/competitive character set in Citadels?

In Citadels, most versions that are currently available for sale also include the Dark City expansion. Since those extra characters are available, what arrangement of characters do you find the most ...
10
votes
10answers
387 views

What are great gamer games that are still great for uncompetitive groups. [closed]

I play games almost exclusively with my wife and older children. They learn and enjoy playing games like Puerto Rico, Diplomacy, 7 Wonders and Dominion so I am looking for gamer games, not Apples to ...
6
votes
5answers
302 views

Eurogames suitable for playing outside [closed]

We're planning a camping holiday and are expecting to be outside for a fair amount of it. Most of the board games we enjoy have lots of small pieces, or require cards to be displayed on the table. ...
30
votes
9answers
2k views

Why is the strong 1NT so prevalent in Bridge?

Bridge is widely considered to be the queen of card games on both sides of the Atlantic. However, there's one huge difference between the way that (most) Americans and (most) Britons play. In ...
29
votes
7answers
5k views

Are Bishops more valuable than Knights?

Bishops and Knights are both traditionally considered to have a similar value, worth roughly three pawns each. However, I have heard arguments that under certain circumstances they are not so closely ...
27
votes
6answers
1k views

What's the difference between a tactic and a strategy?

Some people consider tactics and strategy to be distinct (as they apply to boardgames), while I regard them both as "structured methods and plans to win". Are they distinct? And what are the ...
24
votes
2answers
559 views

Seating orders effect on Puerto Rico

Within my group its taken for granted that some seats in Puerto Rico are better (if only slightly) than others. There's a general consensus that 3rd and 4th seat are strictly better than 1st, where ...
22
votes
2answers
3k views

Is it possible to play 2-player, 2-character Arkham Horror successfully?

I've tried playing Arkham Horror with 1, 2 and 4 players. I've found that the game seems extraordinarily difficult with less than 4 characters. Simply put, you don't have enough gos to do everything. ...
17
votes
8answers
3k views

Why Does Magic Use The “Paris Mulligan” Rule?

In the early days, Magic had crazy, subpar mulligan rules: you could shuffle up and draw a new 7 if your hand had no lands or all lands, otherwise you were out of luck. A long time ago the Paris ...
17
votes
8answers
2k views

Playing with less or more than 10 Kingdom card types in Dominion

In Dominion you choose 10 of the 25 Kingdom cards to play with in a given game, generally at random. Is it possible/advisable to play with less or more sets? I've considered playing with less to make ...
16
votes
4answers
7k views

Can someone explain the Damage on the Stack rule change?

I played Magic: The Gathering when Unlimited first came out, and quit shortly after Antiquities were released. About a month ago I started playing again. I was trying to find what the biggest ...
16
votes
2answers
21k views

What are good general strategies for Pandemic?

I've looked at a lot of forum posts on several sites on Pandemic and it seems that there is a decent amount of luck. You may win 2 6-epidemic games in a row, then lose 3 5-epidemic games. I have no ...
16
votes
11answers
527 views

Where can I find reviews of board games? [closed]

Before buying a board game, I would like to read some detailed reviews. It's also hard to tell if the review is just a paid announcement from the publisher. Is there any website that is "the ...
13
votes
1answer
10k views

What Are The Official Rules for Carcassonne: The River?

I played a game of Carcassonne last night with some friends, using amongst other expansions, the river. Their "house rule" was that both the river Source and Lake tiles do NOT wrap around: on each ...
13
votes
5answers
2k views

When should you avoid a third bean field in Bohnanza?

I've played Bohnanza(BGG|Publisher) a few times, and it seems that most players will buy a third bean field card as soon as possible. A third bean field card costs 3 gold, but through the course of ...
11
votes
3answers
6k views

How do the expansions for Carcassonne change the game?

There are a ton of different expansions for the Carcassonne base game. What are some of the differences between them? What does each one add to the game? How does each one change the strategy and ...
10
votes
2answers
488 views

Watchtower when someone uses a Masquerade

As a reaction card, Watchtower can be revealed whenever you gain a card. Does this apply to the card you receive from other players during a Masquerade?
10
votes
5answers
390 views

How can I recognize games I should avoid buying if I only play with non-hardcore gamers?

I started with this question about good games for new players and got plenty of good answers. But now I want to look at things from the other end and figure which games I should definitely avoid. I ...

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