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Should We Eliminate or Modify the “Factory Rule” In Axis and Allies?

The better players I know don't build industrial complexes "factories" outside of their home countries. It costs 15 IPCs (five infantry) up front, and offers an uncertain return. Far better, they ...
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Should Japan and the US Meet on Another Battlefield Than the North Pacific In Axis and Allies?

In World War II, the US and Japanese navies battled it out in the north Pacific. That's understandable because Japan controlled the western edge, the US the eastern edge, and the ocean was the route ...
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In Axis and Allies, Can Heavy Bombers Be “Tamed”?

Most players of Axis and Allies understand intuitively that the original heavy bombers tech "unbalances" the game by being disproportionately good. My own research confirms this by valuing the two ...
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In Seven Wonders can you use the “Play card from Discard Piles” ability to play an age III card?

In Seven Wonders one of the the wonder abilities allows you to look through discarded cards and pick one to build for free. If you use this in your very last turn can you pick a card from Age III, ...
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Axis and Allies Europe edition: Neutral Territories?

So, as far as I understand it, the rulebook for Europe states that if a country invades a "strict neutral" (that is, any neutral that doesn't specify if it is Pro-Allies or Pro-Axis) then ALL other ...
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Is there a good casual online place to practice/learn bridge?

I know that Pogo.com (which powers Yahoo Games) has a long running online bridge game and that there are a handful of places for serious tournament/MasterPoint level bridge players online (though most ...
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In Axis and Allies, Is There A Way to Measure the Benefits of Various Techs Against Each Other? And the Cost of Discovery?

At one level, we can measure the cost of discovering tech using IPCs. Each die roll costs 5 IPCs, and one discovery will be made every six rolls, on average, yielding an average cost of 30 IPCs. Some ...
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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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What Is the Preferred Strategy For the US in Axis and Allies? Why?

Everyone knows how the United States REALLY won World War II. It concentrated first in North Africa, then the Mediterranean (Italy), and closed with the cross-channel invasion at Normandy that ended ...
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Can Russia and Japan Follow A Mutual “Hands Off” Policy In Axis and Allies?

During World War II, the Soviet Union and Japan had a five year mutual non-aggression pact that was kept until the very end. Could a similar thing happen in Allies and Axis? In some versions of the ...
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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 ...
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Recommendation for D&D players who want a faster dungeon/questing game after dinner? [closed]

My friends and I play Advanced Dungeons and Dragons from time to time. Since it's cumbersome to make so many preparations to play so little, I'd like a faster alternative reason to get together and ...
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House Rule for Minor Improvement/Occupation distribution?

I'm in a group that regularly plays together. We love Agricola, but we tend to play the family version because we feel the minor improvements and occupations are a bit too unbalanced. Or sometimes one ...
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Can Dawnguard Scyir get 4 damage dice on a charge?

Dawnguard Scyir has the ability Flank[Faction Warjack]. If a warjack was in melee with a given enemy model and the Scyir charged into combat with that model, would he get four dice on the damage roll? ...
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Are the counters limited in Wrath of Ashardalon?

In the new D+D game Wrath of Ashardalon, suppose that you use a daily power that places counters (like Blade Barrier, Mirror Image, or Flaming Sphere) and then get the power refreshed (through an ...
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Would this potential Saint Petersburg house rule work? [closed]

A friend mentioned a possible easy tweak of the Saint Petersburg rules: just pay out the buildings once again at the end of the game (perhaps disallowing observatory/debtor's prison except for taking ...
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In Catan, should you try to exclude others players from one resource?

In Settlers of Catan (the board game), in a game with four players, is it considered a good strategy to try to lock one (or two) other player(s) from a given resource in order to have an upper hand ...
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Did tactics training improve your chess significantly?

There are quite a few sites for training in chess tactics. For those having experience with using any of these, how did these affect your rating? Is there a strong correlation between e.g. ...
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MTG: Activated abilities and change of control on the stack.

Let's say I play an activated ability of one of my creatures; for example, this one: My opponent responds to this with an instant that takes control of this creature: Question: Will the effect ...
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Can sheep farmer perform multiple exchanges at once?

We were playing Agricola last night and I ran into an unusual situation. I had three pastures, each able to contain four animals. I also had the House Goat minor improvement, which means I was not ...
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1answer
112 views

When does Urbanization occur in Age of Steam

I am second in turn order, I select Urbanization. Do I place the city at the start of my build track phase or before the first person who builds track?
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546 views

Can Monty Python Fluxx be used with the regular Fluxx deck, or is it a separate game?

As far as I understand, Monty Python Fluxx is a separate game, not an expansion pack, that doesn't require the original Fluxx deck to play. But can it be used with the original deck - can it be used ...
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1answer
101 views

Whats a good way to handle multiple players bidding when playing by email?

I have recently moved away from most of my gaming friends and taken to playing by email. We have played a few rounds of Age of Steam but the bidding at the start of each turn takes many emails just ...
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1answer
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Are tile bonuses counted twice if 2 new words are formed?

An example: O O There is a triple letter tile to the right of the bottom O. If I place an x on it, do I score 50 points (scoring the tile twice) or 34 (scoring it once)?
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How does Flute of the Outer Gods work in Arkham Horror and when should I use/buy it?

First of all, what's the sequence of events in using this item? If I would go insane/unconscious before using the flute, does that mean it would be useless to use the flute as I would be unable to ...
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Draw at the end of turn in Carcassonne [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pre-drawing cards or tiles I often play Carcassonne in a lunchtime setting where we are looking to condense playtime as much as possible. We recently have started ...
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Resources for Nine Men's Morris

I just started playing Nine Men's Morris. I have tried playing with both the computer and on online multiplayer settings and have been doing abysmally. I tried finding some good resource on the net ...
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How many IPCs does the USA receive in Axis & Allies Global?

In the combined global game for Axis & Allies: Europe 1940 and Axis & Allies: Pacific 1940, how much money does the USA receive before and after it is engaged in a war? Many references I've ...
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Can a Zooloretto Enclosure Score Money if Filled Via Enclosure w/ Breeding?

In the rules for Zooloretto it states that you won't collect money for filling an enclosure through the "exchange" action. It also states that animals of opposite sex will not breed in the barn. If ...
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Can You Buy a Catan Border That Fits?

"The border of the 4th edition Settlers of Catan is too small for the board hexes. To be exact, each hexagonal tile is about 79 mm wide. Five of them, end to end, form the longest stretch of land ...
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Rivals For Catan – How do you draw a card when playing the Library

In Rivals For Catan, the Library card says that: "When you build the Library, you may immediately choose a card from a draw stack." Does this mean that you look through a draw stack and select which ...
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Clarifying Bearing off

At the end of the game (bearing off), which of the following moves are valid?
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How can I estimate my chances to win a Risk battle?

I'm looking for an way to estimate the percent chance of winning a specific Risk battle. Assume the maximum number of dice will be used. It doesn't need to be a perfect calculation, just an ...
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Game where you construct a line through the board blocking the other player?

This is a two-players game, where each players construct a line. The first player has to join the top and the bottom of the board whereas the second has to join the left and the right. The two lines ...
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2 draw piles for convenience?

Sometimes when the table is large enough, or people don't want to reach too far, a single draw pile is split into multiple draw piles. This has always bothered me. Does it bother anyone else? Are ...
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Name and official (?) rules for this cards game I half remembered

There is this card game I like to play whenever I have 5+ people around and the group includes some 'not so serious' gamers. The problem is I have sort of forgotten the real rules over the years and ...
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What is a good opening for Go on a 13x13 board?

I have been playing a lot of Go recently at lunch but we are playing on a 13x13 board instead of a 19x19. I can't seem to ever win! I am beginning to think that my opening is leaving me in a bad ...
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When should I build the Crane card?

In San Juan, is the Crane card useless? I haven't found it useful at all. My conclusions about it are: Pros Allows you to build a high cost building for less cards. Cons Lose abilities of ...
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Age of Steam Expansion Board Rules

I just grabbed VASSAL to play AoS with my brother in Korea. However the only boards they support at the moment all seem to have non-standard rules. Paris is multi-colors. There are these white ...
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Where can I get these Carcassone expansions?

Where can I find the mini-expansions for Carcassonne? I've seen there are several such as "The Cathars" and "Crop Circles" but don't know where to get them, my local board game store doesn't have ...
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What other games can I play with the zombies from Zombies?

What other games can I play with the zombies from Zombies? It seems like a waste to have so many of the little guys and not use them to maximum effect. What other rulesets or alternate games are ...
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1answer
967 views

Keeper Action Card Reuse in Mansions of Madness

Some Keeper Action cards in MoM specifically state "This card can be used only once per Keeper turn." Other specifically state that a card may be used a number of times - once per monster on the ...
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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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Use of Executive Order in Battlestar Galatica

As seen in this question ...Playing "Executive Orders" on self Executive Order lets another player take 2 Actions if they don't move. From my understanding of the rules this means the ...
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When should I buy a Possession in Dominion?

Possession is easily one of the most controversial and game-changing cards in Dominion, and I've often heard it described with disgust by many players. Most Dominion cards require you to take ...
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How has the composition of Catan's development card deck changed over time?

Has the number of Knight/Year of Plenty/Road Building/Victory Point/Monopoly cards in Settlers of Catan's development card deck evolved across editions, or is the latest edition the same as the first? ...
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Multi-Game Deck Building Tool

I play Magic: The Gathering, one of my son's plays Pokemon, and the other plays Yu-Gi-Oh! I got a deck building tool for my iPad to build Magic decks, but I am curious if there is an app for building ...
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What is a good Pokemon deck ratio?

My son really likes Pokémon, and owns a lot of cards. He mostly plays the video games and reads the books, but wants to build a Pokemon deck to play as well. We understand the basic rules. I know ...
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Where can I find a good source for standard decks in Magic: The Gathering?

I am just getting back into Magic: The Gathering, and I see a lot of people talking about specific decks, like CawBlade. So my question is two fold, is there someplace that lists what cards make up ...
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Official Rules for Hand and Foot?

Some friends of ours taught us "Hand and Foot" but I have never seen any official rules for it. What I have seen varies from site to site quite a bit. I am curious if someone could tell me the history ...

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