3
votes
1answer
241 views

In bridge, how do you tell when to use holdup versus blocking plays?

You are the declarer at a 3NT contract (1NT, 3NT, no opposing bids). West leads what appears to be a five card suit, and you have Axx in dummy. Your main concern is that East can get the setting ...
4
votes
1answer
391 views

Does assassination nullify the bishop's protection?

If you are the bishop and you were assassinated, are you still protected from the warlord in that turn? I'm guessing you are, and this question also hints that you are, but the rules are not clear so ...
11
votes
5answers
884 views

I died, what can I do until the world ends?

The other day whilst playing betrayal at house on the hill, I died early on and didn't get back on the board as a monster in any way. What can I do to contribute without 'over doing it'?
13
votes
3answers
251 views

When is it ok to king-make?

The other day whilst playing an epic, 4-deck game of Munchkin, I found myself well behind and in a position to let someone win so we could quit. I didn't want to leave early (I did anyway!) but the ...
5
votes
1answer
294 views

How does ignoring the first retreat flag work?

In Memoir '44, if an infantry unit is surrounded by sandbags, the rules state that the unit "may ignore the first flag rolled against it." I can come up with two interpretations that seem to have very ...
7
votes
3answers
773 views

What happens when I Radiate a Time Stretch with Timesifter in play?

The question is based on the following situation: In a five person game, there has a been a Timesifter in play and the turn order has already been varied for a few turns. A player plays a Time ...
6
votes
2answers
499 views

Can I use Bad Toys on other people's babies?

In the rules for Evil Baby Orphanage, it says for Bad Toys that "you may discard the toy from your Orphanage to cause any Evil Baby to take it's Unsupervised Actions during your Activity Step." Does ...
7
votes
2answers
738 views

Should I shuffle the Zombicide zombie “deck”

The rules for Zombicide just state: Make a deck with the Zombie cards and another one with the Equipment cards, then place them face down, close to the gameboard. Clearly the equipment cards ...
0
votes
1answer
108 views

When using the Research role, does the symbol on the role card count towards meeting the cost?

If I select Research during the role phase, does the symbol on the role card count towards the requirements for the technology I acquire or not? In other words, if I want to acquire "Improved ...
3
votes
1answer
59 views

Kingsbridge Scarlet: trade 1 cloth for 3 VP

In Chapter 4 long-term (blue) event card, there's one that says: Each player may trade 1 cloth for 3 VP If this were a one-time card, there wouldn't be any issues. However, as this is a blue ...
3
votes
1answer
878 views

Do all the haunts in Betrayal at House on the Hill follow a pattern?

So, I've recently received Betrayal at House on the Hill, and I'm smitten. I'm also learning Java in my spare time. I thought it would be pretty cool to team up with my friend, who's had more ...
2
votes
2answers
212 views

Different kinds of “two direction” finesses in bridge?

I once read in a book about a "backward" finesse. You, declarer, have AJ9, and dummy has Kxx. Ordinarily, you would finesse twice from dummy toward AJ9. Except that your left hand opponent has ...
11
votes
2answers
6k views

Can I discard a race or class card directly from my hand to avoid charity?

In Munchkin (or any of its various sets) the rules say that "You can discard a Class card at any time, even in combat: "I don't want to be a wizard anymore." When you discard a Class card, you become ...
10
votes
3answers
210 views

BlackJack Game with no splitting

I'm playing a black jack game that does not allow splitting. My question is, do I play A/A as a soft 12 or hard 2? If I play it as a soft 12, do I follow the same hit/stand procedures as say a soft 13 ...
12
votes
3answers
2k views

First modern Naughts and Crosses/Tic Tac Toe?

When was Naughts and Crosses first released in its current form? I see there were Egyptian and the Roman versions, but these are very different games.
5
votes
3answers
485 views

In bridge, are there some 13 point hands that should not be opened?

Suppose you have: (s) Jx (h)KQxx (d) KJxx (c) Kxx. That's 13 points, by the usual count. But I can think of at least two things wrong with it. First, there are no aces, meaning that the hand has ...
2
votes
1answer
146 views

In bridge, is an “uppercut” a special case of a “forcing game?”

In a standard forcing game, you the defender, may have four (or more) trumps, and ypu lead a long suit in which declarer is void in order to force him to ruff, thereby shortening his trumps to your ...
3
votes
0answers
43 views

In Midway, would it make sense for the U.S. player to save his “punch” for the arrival of the Atago on Day 2?

In the Avalon Hill board game, the cruiser Atago is the flagship of a fleet of eight transports carrying 5,000 soldiers for the occupation of Midway. As such, it "represents" the transports and ...
4
votes
1answer
667 views

When can abilities be used in Elder Sign?

Some Elder Sign abilities seem really powerful in big groups. One of them allows you to re-roll 2 dice every turn, and several others do things like switching a die from Terror to Scroll, or similar. ...
3
votes
2answers
159 views

How to identify when to try a “Merriamac Coup” in bridge?

A "Merrimac Coup" in bridge usually refers to the "suicidal" lead of a king, in order to force out an opposing ace before the opponent is ready to use the ace as an entry. If that hand (usually dummy) ...
16
votes
4answers
2k views

I killed myself, did I win?

I played an odd game of Shadow Hunters the other day. There were five players: two Shadows, two Hunters and one Neutral. I was dealt the Neutral, Charles. For the unaware, his win condition states: ...
1
vote
3answers
415 views

What happens if I use Sudden Disappearance?

I just saw this card: Sudden Disappearance. Suppose I use it in my first main step. I attack while my opponent has his cards exiled. At the end step he gets them back. My question: Will those cards ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How to counter an aggro deck with massive +1/+1 counter packing

I recently played with a guy who had a deck full of vampires and whenever one of his vampire attacks/deals combat damage/etc that vampire or all of his vampires get +1/+1 counters. How can I ...
4
votes
4answers
993 views

What can I do with my late game mana in Commander

I'm building some EDH decks and I keep running into a problem - lots of mana, no spells to cast. Now, this is moderately acceptable, but only because my opponents are often in the same state. It ...
2
votes
2answers
164 views

How do you decide which way to finesse for an ace?

This is from the New York Post, which is to say that it is a "problem." You are declarer (South) in a 3 no trump contract. You get a "friendly" lead in a suit where you have three winners (two in ...
4
votes
2answers
437 views

Should dying have won us the game when playing the voodoo haunt?

We were playing the voodoo haunt in Betrayal at the house on the hill and a few factors came into play, to paraphrase the rules of that haunt: ...You win if all the dolls are destroyed and at ...
7
votes
2answers
4k views

Betrayal at House on the Hill characters: Strength and Weaknesses?

The character cards for Betray at the house on the Hill are very complicated, in so much as the track you move the traits along are not linear. Different character's traits start in different places ...
2
votes
1answer
604 views

How can I make alternative characters for BatHotH?

The people who I play Betrayal at the House on the Hill with are also the same groups that share my love of Supernatural. We'd love to make some Dean, Sam and John Winchester characters as well as ...
5
votes
1answer
258 views

Can I use the Idol during other player's turns?

If I have the Idol in Betrayal at House on the Hill, can I use it on someone else's turn, say in a defensive roll? Or is it just for your turn? If I used it on someone else's turn can I also use it on ...
3
votes
1answer
428 views

Can Voodoo dolls be moved?

In one of the haunts (25/26?) the traitor has hidden several Voodoo dolls about the house. When we played I had the dog and found my fellow explorers doll. I tried to use the dog to move it (to take ...
6
votes
2answers
416 views

How can we stop the same person being the traitor each time?

I recently received Betrayal at House on the Hill. The last and only three times we've played it the same person/player has been the traitor. I know this is unlikely, but we've started joking that the ...
3
votes
1answer
376 views

Is the zombie lord a zombie?

We played the Zombie haunt (21) last night and found a hitch. The rules say the Heros win if they ...kill the zombie lord or all the zombies... I went on an axe murdering spree and nailed all ...
18
votes
13answers
7k views

How can I get the trait clips in Betrayal at House on the Hill to stay on?

Betrayal at House on the Hill features character pentagons with 4 traits that can increase or decrease and are marked by clips. I find (at least with my copy) that the clips slip and slide too ...
4
votes
1answer
312 views

How could I augment my Tau army with Necrons?

I'm planning on using the 6th edition Allies rules to add some Necrons to my tau army. As a novice player I'd like to know which units would best suit this mix? I only barely know my Tau army, and I ...
10
votes
1answer
3k views

I've massively over-sprayed my models! Help!

I foolishly over-sprayed some of my Warhammer models. They are now have a thick coat that obscures some details and has cracked in places. Can I remove this coat at all? Do I use chemicals? Do I ...
5
votes
1answer
417 views

Procession and pillage interaction

If I use Procession on Pillage, what happens? I'm guessing that I would gain 4 Spoils, but no action worth 6, since the Pillage was already trashed by the time Procession finished resolving?
2
votes
1answer
208 views

Did the British employ a reasonable strategy in “Bismarck”?

This is a reference to another Avalon Hill Board game, this time the chase of the German superbattleship Bismarck. The British put out "hunter groups" of two surface capital ships, for instance, the ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Do I have to physically cut into my Necron Overlord's Staff of Light to upgrade it to Warscythe?

I'm just double checking so that I don't ruin a $20 model. Clarification: I don't plan on playing in tournaments, however, I would like to stick to the rules as far as my army is concerned just to ...
2
votes
1answer
173 views

What are some interesting starter games for a very young child? [closed]

I'm interested in playing some games with our very young (16 months) son. I think he's a little young for most things yet - I'm familiar with Old Maid, Dominoes, and similar games that involve a ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

Can you Clone a creature with protection or shroud?

So, Clone doesn't say the word "target" anywhere in it's text: You may have Clone enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield. Does this mean that it isn't targeting the ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

Is a spell with split mana in its cost a multicolored spell?

Say I play a Noggle Bandit (or any card with split mana in its cost). Does its color depend on what mana I use to play it, or is it always both red and blue? It seems a little weird that this card ...
12
votes
2answers
551 views

How can I play Somnium in real life?

The computer game Civilization IV allowed large scale user customisation. One of the largest and most detailed of these game mods is the community-based Fall From Heaven II. Within the mod, it is ...
7
votes
1answer
290 views

Remembering Decktet Card Distribution

Recently I discovered the Decktet playing card pack, and have been enjoying the way that suits and ranks combine to make for some very clever games. However, I think I would be able to use better ...
5
votes
1answer
55 views

Does a unique collection give 4 or 7 points?

In Gloria Picktoria, does a unique collection give 4 points because it is unique, or does it give 7 points because it is unique (4) but also the longest collection of that type in the game (3)? ...
9
votes
2answers
652 views

Board game boxes

It seems like most commercial board games come in the same kinds of boxes. Where can you buy such boxes (without labels already on them)?
1
vote
2answers
278 views

Mêlée based, fantasy themed Warhammer 40k army?

Which army is best suited to adapting to a fantasy themed, mêlée based army (in both rules and look of model)? Do 40k armies suit mêlée combat at all?
7
votes
3answers
626 views

Can I mix Fantasy and 40k in a game?

I'm trying to get my fiancée interested in playing Warhammer games. She's interested in fantasy and I'm interested in the sci-fi 40k branch of the game, plus I've already got an army in the making. If ...
4
votes
1answer
260 views

How to avoid the situation in which player 2 knows for sure that player 1 chose the King?

In Citadels/Machiavelli the rules state that the current king, in order to start a round, needs to look at the first character card and put it face down on the table. Then put a certain number of ...
3
votes
0answers
27 views

Are starting cards in Principato unbalanced?

In Principato each player randomly gets one card that allows them to build a facility: a house, a bank, a field or a farm. However, only houses and fields yield resources needed to expand your ...
2
votes
1answer
59 views

Principato: availability of cubes

In Principato two basic resources are gold and food. When 4 people play the game the bank runs out of these cubes pretty quickly. The rule book says nothing about this. First question: I assume that ...

15 30 50 per page