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Can you build a road on the other side of another player's settlement?

Player A: Wants to expand to resource-rich area of board. They build two roads and plan to build a settlement and continue their road to the resource-rich area. Player B: Also wants same location as ...
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If I search for a Miracle and put it in my hand, can I cast it for its Miracle cost?

Lets say I use Mystical Teachings to grab Thunderous Wrath out of my library during my upkeep and put it in my hand. Can I then cast Thunderous Wrath for its Miracle cost?
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What is the best way to learn chess strategy and tactics? [closed]

I am interested in learning chess. I am already familiar with the rules of the game, but I am very weak when it comes to tactics and strategy. I am afraid that if I just register at chess.com and ...
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Do you have to play a (replaced) joker immediately with 2 tiles from your hand?

I don't have the paper rules here as a reference, but I grew up playing Rummikub with the rule that, if you replaced a joker on the table you must immediately replay the joker in a run or set with at ...
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Which tournament format best emphasizes winning (as opposed to avoiding last place)?

I've played enough Settlers that I think I could do well in a tournament. However, a cursory glance at upcoming tournaments suggests that most Settlers tournaments use a Swiss scoring system that ...
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Why does an open pinfu get 2 extra fu added to the score?

In riichi mahjong, a concealed pinfu hand is worth 20-fu if it goes out on a tsumo. However, a hand with no points that has been opened gets a 2-fu bonus for no reason other than being an open pinfu. ...
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How can I beat green Tron with a control deck?

I've been building a Modern control deck based around the Gifts reanimator engine. The general gameplan is to slow your opponent using counters and removal until you can reanimate a big creature for ...
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Is Loyal Cathar's ability a “delayed triggered ability”?

Loyal Cathar - When Loyal Cathar dies, return it to the battlefield transformed under your control at the beginning of the next end step. Question reposted from user Zacula: "I believe that ...
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Programme to help with face to face diplomacy

Can anyone suggest a programme or website that will allow playing diplomacy with all players on one computer. Ideally this should not involve logging in and out, or having a window open per player. ...
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Is it possible for a 6-player game of BSG + Exodus to only ever have one Cylon?

The revised rules for preparing the Loyalty deck when using the "Exodus" expansion say that in a 6-player game, we should build a deck with an additional "You are not a Cylon" card (compared to the ...
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Effective combinations of Shermans out of Blood, Guts, and Glory

The new lists for 4th and 7th armored divisions let you mix and match Sherman M4A3s, M4A3 76s, M4A3E8s, and Sherman Jumbos. The various versions vary greatly in terms of firepower, speed, and points ...
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What does a Breakthrough gun do?

I'm a little confused as to the rules for a Breakthrough gun in Flames of War. Unlike the bunker buster it doesn't have a dedicated section in the rule book that I can find. It is mentioned as not ...
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What are the strength and firepower of Ivory X bombardments?

The 2nd Infantry Division online briefing for Flames of War has a special rule called Ivory X that lets you fire anti-tank guns and anti-aircraft guns like a normal artillery bombardment. The ...
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Can a creature with protection from all colors be targetted with a damage spell when it is still on the stack?

A friend of mine casts a card that has protection from all colors. I know that I can counter it, but can I simply kill it by dealing damage to it while it is on the stack?
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Are cards that interact with sacrificing rare, and why?

For independent reasons, I was looking recently for cards that interact with Sacrificing. At the time (owing mostly to my lack of knowledge in MtG templating), I found none. Looking at the Avacyn ...
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How does the Miracle mechanic interact with Flashback?

The new Miracle mechanic causes a replacement effect for the casting cost of the card, which must be revealed and played immediately. How does this interact with flashback? If a player plays a card ...
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What happens if a unit recruited with “Bonds of Loyalty” dies due to paralyze?

What does happen? I can use Bonds of Loyalty to recruit yet another unit. It can be reused as a normal command token (without the special boni). It is discarded. Your idea.
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Do you have to select a zombie before you roll a d6 for Shamble?

One of the zombie cards, known as 'Shamble', has the following card text: Play this card to move a Zombie D6 spaces instead of its normal move. "Look out!" Do you pick the zombie, then roll ...
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1answer
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Which 40K army is this?

A friend of mine has recently acquired some models from 40K that look like space marines/chaos marines. Can anyone identify which army their from?
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Computer Go algorithms applied to other games?

Fairly recently, Computer Go programs became able to compete with humans using Monte-Carlo Search trees: A Monte Carlo (MC) go program plays random games and easily evaluates the terminal position ...
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1answer
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Is there an official way to speed up Elixir?

We've been playing a bit of the excellent (and silly) Elixir, but we often end up with long periods of inactivity. When players are unable to cast spells, we have several rounds where all players draw ...
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1answer
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Can you look at a Bonus Marker before placing it on the board?

In Hansa Teutonica, I know that for the initial three golden Bonus Markers (I think that's the right term for the English version), you place them on the specified beginning locations face down, then ...
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What are the differences between Elder Sign and Elder Sign: Omens?

I've played the board game Elder Sign. I have read some reviews and seen a gameplay video of Elder Sign: Omens, the iOS app based on the board game, but I haven't been able to find info on exactly how ...
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Erasable yet bold crayon for Empire Builder Games (e.g. Eurorails)?

We have kids, so we have lots of types of crayons in the house. Everything from airline freebie to crayola. None of them are very satisfactory for Eurorails (and related games). Either they are too ...
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What is optimal robber placement in Settlers?

Every time I think I've mastered Settlers, I discover yet another novel tactic or strategy. This time it's Robber placement. I've usually selected robber placement based on a combination of factors, ...
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1answer
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If my creature with deathtouch and 0 power blocks one of my opponent's creatures, does my opponent's creature die?

Deathtouch means that "any creature dealt damage by another creature with deathtouch is destroyed", but what if that creature with deathtouch is 0/1? I suppose a better title would be 'does a creature ...
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Do you have to reveal your hand when using Treasure Map and not trashing a TM from your hand?

Since the golden rule of Dominion is to do as much as you can, when you can, shouldn't you have to reveal your hand to prove you cannot trash a Treasure Map from your hand? Treasure Map doesn't say ...
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1answer
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What is the optimal strategy in Quantum Tic Tac Toe?

Quantum Tic Tac Toe is a variant of Tic-Tac-Toe with "entangled" states (there are even iPhone and Android apps). In essence, a classic naught or cross isn't placed until the 'quantum state' of the ...
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1answer
358 views

Dominion Seaside Treasure Map: do both copies activate?

The Treasure Map text says: Trash this and another copy of Treasure Map from your hand. If you do trash two Treasure Maps, gain 4 Gold cards, putting them on top of your deck. If I manage to ...
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1answer
877 views

How does Hypnotic Specter work in Two-Headed Giant?

If I attack with Hypnotic Specter and the defending team does not declare a blocker, should I "target" who is going to discard a card randomly? Or do they decide?
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1answer
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If you disturb a Jenga block, can you push it back into place?

In Jenga, when you are moving your block out and another block next to it moves, are you allowed to push the other block(s) back?
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1answer
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Tournament rules for RftG, how to ensure fair play?

I am going to run a Race for the Galaxy tournament at WBC this year. You should all come and play! I received a message that last year, one of the competitors suspected another player was underpaying ...
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When should I choose an Explore card in Race For The Galaxy?

On a VERY basic level, my RFTG choices work like this: Pick Develop if you want to build a development Pick Settle if you want to settle a world Pick Trade if you want to trade Pick ...
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2answers
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Choosing between Shanty Town and Village when both are in the Kingdom set?

Shanty Town: +2 Actions, Reveal your hand. If you have no Action cards in hand, +2 Cards Village: +1 Card, +2 Actions Occasionally I've had games where both of these are in the kingdom set ...
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1answer
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Crimson Hellkite vs Telekinetic Sliver + Darkheart Sliver

If player A taps his Telekinetic Sliver to tap an opponent's Crimson Hellkite, the opponent can pay 2 red mana (he can pay X, but lets say he pays two) and tap the Crimson Hellkite to put the effect ...
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1answer
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Are there any non-supply cards besides Black Market?

According to the designer of Dominion, Donald X. Vaccarino: Bridge makes all cards cheaper, not just ones in the supply. This was to prevent problems in weird situations. I am not sure the kind of ...
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How do you count troops in Shogun when they fall off the tower?

We have a problem regarding how to count the troops that fall from the tower in every battle. From what we understood from the English and Spanish rulebooks, there is no way a player could get more ...
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Has the significance of the term 'cast' changed?

Spellshock currently has the following wording in the Gatherer: Whenever a player casts a spell, Spellshock deals 2 damage to that player. However, the original wording shown in the card image ...
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Help! I'm A Cylon!

A bit of backstory: I've only played the Battlestar Galactica game twice. The first time I was uproariously drunk, and a bit too delighted at getting to "be" Dr Gaius Baltar; all the inexperienced ...
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1answer
267 views

If I play an action card and it is sabotaged, can I take another action?

If I play an action card as an action and another player plays sabotage on it, can I take another action or is my action considered taken already?
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1answer
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Trader vs Torturer, where does the Silver go?

My opponent plays a Torturer. I have a Trader in hand. I choose to gain a Curse and then reveal the Trader and gain a Silver instead. Does the Silver go to my hand like the Curse would have?
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2answers
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Can a creature be tapped to prevent its activated ability? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do twitch effects work with the stack vs activated tap abilities? If I have a creature with a tap to activate ability, can my opponent use an ability to tap it in ...
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What happens when I remove Mistbind Clique with its champion trigger still on the stack?

So, this recently happened to me in playtesting: It's my upkeep. My opponent casts Mistbind Clique. I don't have a relevant counter, but I do have Path to Exile. He has multiple fairies on the ...
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What happens if an alliance is created that would create an illegal battle?

In Rex: Final Days of an Empire, it is possible for the following sequence of events to occur: Sol Offensive is revealed as the Influence card and affects a zone occupied by the Sol player's troops ...
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Is untapping my permanents during the untap step optional?

I was reading the untap step rule and got confused a bit. It says: 502.2. Second, the active player determines which permanents he or she controls will untap. Then he or she untaps them all ...
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In Pandemic, do certain setup and card order combinations make it impossible to win?

My family has won most of the Pandemic (2 or 3 player games) we've played, but we ran into one recently that I thought impossible to win due to the 2 and 3 cube infections being far from Atlanta, far ...
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What are the differences between the oldest (EON) version of Cosmic Encounter and the newest (Fantasy Flight)?

I played hundreds of games of the EON version of Cosmic Encounter when younger but have not played the Fantasy Flight version, which is now the 5th version of this game. Including the expansions from ...
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Line of sight dots on “chasm” map tile

In Mansions of Madness: On the map room "chasm" there are two spaces (The Chasm room is the lowest left tile). But only one of them has "line of sight dots". Does this mean that the other half (the ...
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What does Masquerade do when you have no cards in hand, library or discard?

If you play the card Masquerade, and you have zero cards in hand, library and discard, what happens? I assume the person to your left will still have to pass a card along. Do you have to pass a card ...
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Are unused Start Worlds shuffled into the card supply?

When you begin play and randomly hand out the start worlds, do you shuffle the remaining start worlds into the deck?

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