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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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Questions about pigs

We recently purchased some Carcassonne expansions, and I have some questions about the pigs. First, pigs can be placed on your field to increase the multiplier. But what if fields are merged? Do pigs ...
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1answer
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Non-team variants for four or more players in Mille Bornes?

Has anyone come across variant rules for Mille Bornes where the players don't play on teams? I've seen rules for 2 player, 3 player, 2 vs 2 and 3 vs 3, but nothing for four or more solo players. For ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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Know any games designed for old game systems like Orion or Sly

Recent game systems like piecepack, Decktet, or Stonehenge have tons of games to try, but older game systems like Sly and Orion only seem to have the official rules (PDF) that came with them. ...
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1answer
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Is there another good 3 player variant of Canasta?

The only 3 player variant of Canasta that I know is Cutthroat Canasta. Are there any other good 3 player variations?
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6 player Dog variation

In Dog there is a expansion from 4 to 6 players. The only variation I know and have played is 3 vs 3. Does anyone have experience with 2 vs 2 vs 2? Does that play well too? Background: I'm thinking ...
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9answers
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Rock-paper-scissors type randomizers [closed]

Most non-luck-free games use either open-ended randomizers (like dice, or spinners) or closed-ended randomizers (cards, chit pulls, etc). But there is an alternative, which is simultaneous revelation ...
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Categories of Board Gaming skill [closed]

How would you categorize gaming skill, based on your own talents, or those of people you know? And what makes certain people good at those categories? For one example, I've noticed I tend to win ...
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Carcassonne — problem telling the difference between the Big Meeple and regular Meeples

In our gaming group, we have a very hard time picking out the Big Meeple from the other Meeples on the board. While the Big Meeple certainly is bigger than the others, it's not by a significant ...
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Interesting non-zero-sum games

In game theory, a zero-sum or constant-sum game is a game in which there is a single constant payoff that will be divided equally between the players; in order for one player to get a better result, ...
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3answers
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How can you make Twilight Imperium games not take forever?

I really like Twilight Imperium (3rd edition), but I haven't really enjoyed my time playing it due to the long playtimes. I've played one 4-player game, two 6-player, and one 8-player game. The ...
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2answers
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Resolving Diplomatic actions in a RISK-style board game

I'm working on a board game called Farlanthia: Lords of War. And I need some help with resolving diplomacy during play. My original idea was to have Diplomacy be a form of "attack" like in RISK. ...
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What games are suitable for a large number of people with only a pack of playing cards? [closed]

What card games work well with a large number of players (say 6+ players) and only require a standard pack of playing cards? I'm particularly interested in games where the rules can be explained ...
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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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Do great Scrabble players ever turn in their tiles?

Presumably you would trade in tiles if you thought you would get in one turn, after trading, more than what you'll get in the next two turns without trading. But then, maybe you should make defensive ...
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What expansions for Carcassonne add variety without changing the character too much?

I've been playing a fair amount of Carcassonne with the basic tiles and the original River expansion. What other expansion packs will add a bit of variety to the game but without changing the ...
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In Small World, with berserk, do you roll reinforcement die before you nominate how many troops you're attacking with?

I.e., Do you: Roll reinforcement die, and add troops to make the short fall? Declare the number of troops you're using, and use the reinforcement die in an attempt to bolster your numbers?
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1answer
61 views

Any defense against the forum cards in Roma?

My friend and I have played about a dozen games of Roma, and it seems pretty consistent that the player with the most forum cards wins. They're just the fastest way to collect victory points. Has ...
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1answer
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Where can I read Mahjong game commentaries?

To improve, I'd like to read game records of professional players, and to understand these commentaries would be useful. Do you know if these game commentaries exist, and where I can find them?
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Good sites for trading unwanted board/card games and expansions? [closed]

I recently bought the Rio Grande/Alea Games Treasure Chest box set to get the Puerto Rico and San Juan expansions, but the boxed set comes with other expansions for games I have never played, and most ...
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Is there a viable corn-only strategy for Puerto Rico?

In the last Puerto Rico game I played I wound up with all corn. I tried to make this work with the following strategy: Office + large market + small market for income Harbor + wharf to ship all my ...
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41answers
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Games that have no element of luck. [closed]

Most of my favourite games, such as Diplomacy, have little or no element of luck - either via dice rolls, hands dealt, or other methods. What other games can you recommend that rely on 'skill' alone? ...
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Baby shower games [closed]

This question is more of a wiki about what games would be fun to play at a baby shower. My wife is throwing one and the games are fairly boring. I was hoping I could help think of at least one, ...
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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 ...
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4answers
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Recommended Axis & Allies alternative rules / variations?

What rule variations do you recommend for playing Axis & Allies, from ones meant to balance the game to ones that add a little spice? Here are the variants I've played with - always looking for ...
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2answers
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Glory to Rome: play a role, perform no action

In Glory to Rome, if a player leads with a role, say Architect (using a Jack, as it is important to this example) can I follow with an actual Architect card if I either have no legal plays (all ...
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4answers
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In backgammon, can you resign, and how can you tell when you should?

In backgammon, there comes a time when all pieces have passed each other; there is no more interaction, you are simply rolling it out until you can bear off all of your pieces. If one player is well ...
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9answers
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Which resources are better at the start of a Catan game?

Is it better to start with Wheat and Ore in order to rapidly upgrade settlements into cities, or is it better to start with Wood and Brick to build roads?
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What components does “everybody” have?

When designing a board game to publish on the web, what components are safe to assume that most people will already have in their collection?
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9answers
369 views

How to eliminate advantages gained from the seating position of inferior players?

In many games, such as Liar's Dice or On The Underground, there is an advantage to be had by sitting immediately after (in the turn order) the player who is least experienced or just plain bad at the ...
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2answers
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Can I use a reaction card in response to Minion being used for +2 coins?

Can a player reveal a Reaction card, such as "Secret Chamber", in response to the Minion action, even if the player who played the Minion chooses the +2$ option?
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How important is memorizing chess openings in casual play?

I've played chess since I was kid and after much practice have become a decent player. I still though, have little strategy to my opening moves besides starting with a King's Pawn Game. I know ...
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4answers
327 views

Good rules for combining the various expansions start tiles

The river expansions, the wheel of fortune and other expansions all add their own sets of start tiles and blocks of tiles to the game. Are there good rules for combining these starting tiles?
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3answers
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Beginner Brass Strategies?

Inspired by all the great answers to the similar question about Power Grid, I'd love to hear some suggestions for Brass. I picked it up a little over a month ago, and we've only gotten it onto the ...
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3answers
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What happens when you roll “Off the top” of a result table?

For example, on the Pegasus' various weapon stations, there is a result chart printed on the board. It covers the possibilities of getting a die result of 1-8, on an 8-sided die. But now suppose ...
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2answers
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18xx Companies able to buy other companies, what will be the impact

One of the fun parts of the 18xx games, is that its fairly easy to create your own (local) version. I like to create a dutch version (yes there have been two already but with limited availability). ...
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1answer
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Breaking roads in Settlers of Catan

Let's say my opponent (o) has a road network: o - - - - - o | x as x, can I: o - - -x- - o | | x ? And break his already existing road? My question is not ...
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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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3answers
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Would Steam/Age of Steam benefit from a non-constrained set of tiles

Steam and Age of Steam provide a finite set of tiles, and the rules explicitly mention that if a certain type of tile runs out then it is effectively unavailable anymore -- unless a tile comes back ...
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6answers
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Can Expansion Combining “Break” the Game?

There are a lot of different Carcassonne expansions available and I'm curious if anyone has any insight in to telling if combining them may break game play? Recently we've been using Inns & ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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3answers
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What is the best tournament format for Cripple Mr Onion?

I'm planning to run a Cripple Mr Onion tournament (the gambling variant of the game, but not for money), but I have never run a tournament before. How should I structure this tournament? What do I, ...
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4answers
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Computer AI programs for Axis and Allies?

Many classic board and card games have had their strategy studied, formalized, and "digitized," for lack of a better word. For instance, there are a plethora of computer programs that can analyze or ...
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3answers
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In Mahjong , what is the chance to get a hand that allows a player to finish on their first turn?

Made hands are very rare in mahjong. Is there a table that lists the possibilities of starting with a complete hand?
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Which hands do not consist of sets and a pair?

I know of only two hands that do not consist of 4 sets and a pair in riichi mahjong: Seven Pairs, and Thirteen Orphans. Are there more?
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0answers
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Why can't I win due to “missing multiplier”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why couldn't this hand win with ron? Occasionally, I try to Ron, but get prompted that I cannot due to a "missing multiplier". What does this mean, and how can I ...
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1answer
395 views

Are there disadvantages to the house rule that you always end before the starting player?

Once an end condition is reached, I like the house rule where you play until just before the starting player. It seems more fair to me. Are there any counterarguments? It seems like the game ...
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2answers
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What is a “dead hand”?

This book states that "If a claimed tile is not taken within the next two opponents’ turns, i.e. before another two discards has been made, the player has a dead hand." What is a dead hand, and how ...
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Trivial Pursuit - Rules for a “short to medium length” game?

The standard rules for Trivial Pursuit say that in order to win, the player must collect all six wedges from the special category spaces, then proceed to the center and answer a final question in a ...

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