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How can I learn to play chess blindfold?

I'm an intermediate-level amateur chess player. How would I go about learning how to accurately play a complete game of chess, blindfolded? What skills are needed, and how are they practiced? In ...
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Where can I find the most reliable information on upcoming boardgame releases?

Usually I just troll my FLGS to see what new has popped up and that works for me. However, right now I have a pressing need to figure out what games have been recently released, and which will be ...
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Does Steel Hellkite destroy cards in my opponent's library and hand?

The rules for Steel Hellkite say any nonland permanent with converted mana cost X gets destroyed if I deal combat damage this turn. The second ruling states "It doesn't matter who controlled ...
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Can you use a planeswalker ability even if the planeswaker doesn't have enough loyalty?

For example Tamiyo, the Moon Sage. Can I use the -8 ability even though she only has 4 loyalty? I understand it would kill her. Or would I have to get 8 loyalty first with the +1 ability?
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Which character abilities are most useful/effective?

I've played enough Pandemic (another co-operative game with varying player abilities) to know that some characters' abilities are more useful than others, or at least lead to a higher probability of ...
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Is it legal to buy property for $1 in Monopoly when other players are in prison?

This happened in one of the Monopoly games I had a while ago. It was a 3-player game. Two players were in prison when the incident occurred. The third player (let's call him Joe) landed on the ...
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If a weak creature with death touch attacks a tougher creature, does my own creature die as well?

If a weak creature with death touch attacks a tougher creature, does my own creature die as well? If I have a 2/2 with death touch that attacks a 4/4, the 4/4 will die but what will happen to my 2/2? ...
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Can I cast “Find Gate” when delayed in Other World?

In Arkham Horror, while delayed, can I cast "Find Gate" in Other World? The spell 'Find Gate', reads: Movement: Cast and exhaust to immediately return to Arkham from an Other World. Can I, for ...
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Are some pieces better than others in Blokus?

Obviously the smaller pieces are generally easier to get rid of than the larger pieces, but I'd be interested to know which pieces I should aim to get rid of first, and which pieces I should save. ...
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Are there any alternative rules for Settles of Catan to rely less on luck?

Are there any rules to reduce the luck component is Settlers of Catan? I know there is one stated here, but I didn't understand this. How does this work? Are there any others?
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Does Doubling Season affect planeswalkers?

According to 306.5b, A planeswalker is treated as if its text box included, "This permanent enters the battlefield with a number of loyalty counters on it equal to its printed loyalty number." ...
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Elusive cards rule clarification

We've just started out playing the WoWTCG that I bought recently, and I'm having trouble with one of the rules regarding a keyword. The keyword in question is 'Elusive' and we are just not sure under ...
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Where can I get free tarot cards images to print?

I am looking to download some set/s of tarot cards in order to print them. This needs to be from a free site. Grayscale cards are also acceptable. It would be great if the images are designed ...
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What is the effect of a scout standing at an enemy barracks?

A barracks add +2 to the owners Combat score and 2 Trade. A scout allows you to effectively block or steal the benefits of an opponent's buildings by standing on them. When I have a scout on an ...
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Are encounters naturally weighted against players and how do we 'fix' it?

I've been having a great deal of trouble when it comes to playing campaign mode with our current group. Initially, we were doing well, and I think most of it had to do with a learning curve for the ...
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If a player is forced to discard a card in which another card has a dependency, do they lose both cards?

In Rivals of Catan a player can be forced to discard buildings. If a player chooses an Abbey, do they also lose their University (which has a dependency on an Abbey), or do they just lose the Abbey?
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Do Flash Duel character abilities supplant main actions?

Many of the character cards in Flash Duel contain what might be considered a main action (e.g. Jaina Stormborne's Charged Shot stipulates a push). Does using this character ability prevent me from ...
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Does General Onimaru's Clockwork Soldier prevent retreats?

General Onimaru's Clockwork Soldier ability prevents players from moving backwards. Does it also prevent retreating from a dashing strike? If a player is forced to retreat past the Clockwork ...
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Where can I find an exhaustive inventory of cards in Ticket to Ride?

I have fallen quite in love with Ticket to Ride on my iPad, but don't have the physical board game. As I attempt to master the game, I'm finding one difficulty, however- I don't have an exhaustive ...
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Magic the gathering question about exiling a flashback card [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Cremate counter flashback, scavange, and their ilk? If my opponent uses Think Twice for the flash back cost, and I in response use Cremate to exile it, does the ...
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Does Mogg Sentry gain +2/+2 for each spell?

I was playing with a friend who has Mogg Sentry on the field I then play Champion of the Parish and Vexing Devil. Does Mogg Sentry become a 5/5 creature until end of turn or is it just a 3/3?
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Can Necron Deathmarks shoot in your opponents turn?

Necron Deathmarks get to intercept an enemy unit when they deepstrike, deepstriking themselves. Because they appear in the other player's turn, I've heard arguments to say that this means the ...
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Ponder: to shuffle or not to shuffle

You know the situation. You need something specific: a land, say, or a removal spell, so you play Ponder. You find the thing you're looking for. Hooray! Unfortunately, the other two cards that Ponder ...
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Is there any reason to buy the Ascension base game?

Since Ascension: Storm of Souls is both a standalone and expansion to Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, is there any reason to buy COTG? SOS adds new mechanics and seems to have better artwork.
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Will using Nephalia Smuggler save a creature targeted by a destruction spell?

If an opponent targets one of my creatures with a destroy spell, and in response I tap Nephalia Smuggler to exile that creature and return it to the battlefield, does the destroy spell fizzle due to ...
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Are experience awards additive in Battlestations?

I'm having trouble deciphering the v1.1 rules in general, but especially whether some experience awards are additive. For example, are the rewards for attempting the mission and the experience for ...
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Stalled Active Auction Plants in a 2- person Power Grid game?

In a two player version of Power Grid we normally get to a point in the game where 2-3 of the Active Auctions have little to no value to add to our grid. Either they power too few cities than what I ...
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550 views

What is the African board game in this picture?

What is the name of the board game in the picture below? Any article/document about the game would be very appreciated.
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219 views

Can I somehow block zone spells?

Can I somehow block a spell that targets a zone and damages all creatures within it, like Firestorm?
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In bridge, can “good” players get away with bidding “light”?

The conventional wisdom is that it takes 26 points to make a game. But authors such as Terence Reese have written compendiums of how they made games with 23-25 points by "outplaying" the defense; ...
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In Dungeon Petz, what is the optimal round to pick the “Inviting new imps” action space?

What is the optimal round to pick the "Inviting new imps" action space in a 2-, 3- and 4-player game, respectively?
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What happens when a creature with Persist AND Undying dies? ('return to battlefield' issues…)

Say I have a creature with Persist and I give it Undying until end of turn. Later this turn, it is put into the graveyard, and I choose for the Persist ability to resolve before the Undying ability. ...
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Is there a traditional card game with similar rules to “Lost Cities”?

It's often pointed out that the excellent Reiner Knizia card game, Lost Cities, could be played with a standard deck of cards if there were one extra suit. Thinking about the simplicity and elegance ...
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Ticket to Ride Europe: Drawing destination cards

I cannot find anywhere in the rules whether or not a player may hold NO destination cards. Is a player obliged to pick up new destination cards when he or she has run out? This is currently causing ...
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When is a creature's toughness calculated

At what point is a creature's toughness calculated? If I have Korozda Guildmage where I can sacrifice a creature and put X 1/1 token creatures onto the battlefield, where X is the sacrificed ...
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Are there common themes in “settlement” games? [closed]

I'm referring to games like Agricola, Puerto Rico, and Settlers of Catan. But a few themes seem to pop up in each game. One is the importance of brick/stone/wood for building. Without improvements, ...
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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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What is meant by “built” regarding the Vineyard card?

On the recommendation of a friend, I picked up 7 Wonders, and two other friends and I played our first game a few nights ago. When one of my friends played Vineyard, we had a lengthy discussion of ...
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How do the hand size rules interact with Share Your Nuts?

In the game of Nuts the rules state: Drawing Cards Whenever you play a card, whether on your turn or out of turn, immediately draw a card from the deck. You should always have five cards in your ...
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How do you resolve Polarity Stabilizer when Bifurcation Conduit has triggered?

Bifurcation Conduit states: If you have two or more opponents remaining, choose an additional opponent. For the rest of the turn each part of your machine affects both chosen opponents. Then remove ...
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Is there an instant win condition by abusing a loophole in Bang?

I apologize for not using the exact names of the cards as I did not play the English version of the game. In a gaming session with some friends the following situation arose: A player had the ...
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In Village (2011) are the winning strategies really balanced?

I've been playing Village often with my girl (2 player game only) - it is more a matter of making more points than actually competing (as in blocking the other player). I have not, so far, played the ...
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116 views

Game for 2 payers [closed]

Looking for a good board game for 2 players. We currently have flux, killer bunnies, Settlers of Catan, but these are most fun with 4-6.
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1answer
488 views

Can a monster split its move action?

Can a monster, similar to a hero, move 2 spaces, execute another action, like attack, or open a door, and move 2 spaces again?
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How to determine the edition of The Settlers of Catan?

I know that there are four editions of The Settlers of Catan so far. But how do you tell which edition it is when buying? Is it written somewhere on the box? The titles for the products in online ...
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In Settlers of Catan, what are ways to “hide” your strength until the end?

For instance, is accumulating cards less visible/threatening than accumulating resources, settlements or roads? Conversely, is building "basic strength" (e.g. settlements and cities) less provocative ...
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What's the difference between the versions of Cards Against Humanity?

I have version 1.3 of Cards Against Humanity, but it's got different cards than the free to download PDF file. Which cards are different between the various versions of CAH? Since I've also got some ...
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2answers
430 views

Dominion: How to Deal With a Board Filled With Terminal Actions

My hardest games are where the board is filled with terminal actions. When you have a board where 10 out of 10 actions are terminal actions, some of which are attack cards, or there is one card that ...
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Is “Longest Road” an overrated strategy in Settlers of Catan?

At one level, "longest road," is an "obvious" way to win the game. At another level, could it be too obvious? That is, a player clearly pursuing this strategy might stir too much fear in opponents, ...
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In Settlers of Catan (like Diplomacy), is the secret to winning avoiding “peaking too soon?”

In a two person game, one should try to make the "best moves." (If your opponent doesn't, you'll crush him unless the dice or other luck factors go very much against you.) That's not always true in a ...

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