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How many moves can I make in a single turn in Maharaja?

The Maharaja rules state that I can take my two actions any way I like. I can even sub-divide the actions. So for example, given the "build palace and house" action, I could build a palace in one ...
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Can a Thief Steal a Really Impressive Title?

I thought that this one was pretty simple, but the argument got heated after multiple instances of challenging the rule that a thief can only steal something tangible, like weapons/potions/etc. The ...
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Are Hirelings Looted From Your Dead Body?

At first we said that he simply loses his item, and sticks around until you're respawned...but then my friend changed his mind and thought that, given we were in a real dungeon/monster/treasure ...
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What's a good counter-strategy to Workshop/Garden?

If we play a board that has Workshop and Garden kingdom cards, I almost exclusively play them as my strategy. In the early game, I focus on buying Workshop and by the third round I typically get two ...
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What's the missing white card in this New Phyrexia cycle?

There's a cycle of instants and sorceries in New Phyrexia that have an effect and adds at the end a loss of life to the targeted player or the targeted permanent's controller: Vapor Snag, Geth's ...
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How are jokers colored in decks with more than two jokers?

So, normally you have two jokers, a big joker and a little joker. The big one is sometimes distinguished by being red (or colored). How does it work with decks with 4 or more jokers? Is is supposed to ...
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Is the target for an ability part of the cost?

Can I cast a Manic Vandal if there are no artifacts in play?
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Can Thraben Heretic be used on creatures with undying?

Thraben Heretic says: {T}: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Undying says: Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under ...
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Cylon loyalty card abilities and the New Caprica detention location

If the Cylon loyalty card ability says "If not in the brig...", can the player then activate it when he reveals himself as a Cylon while in detention in New Caprica?
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How do I find players willing to participate in test-playing my games?

I have some game ideas that are currently in the prototype phase. I am now looking for groups who are willing to test these games. I am somewhat afraid that they won't like the game and would not be ...
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How can I tell what has changed in a Comprehensive Rules update?

As an example, the Comp Rules were updated February 1, 2012. I know that a reference to "Fateful Hour" was added to 207.2c since I know to search for fateful hour, but how do I know what else ...
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How is legality of blockers determined?

Lure says: All creatures able to block enchanted creature do so. I know that players cannot be forced to pay extra costs (via War Cadence for example) in order to make a creature a legal ...
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If Blightsteel Colossus loses its abilities through an effect like Lignify, can it be put into my graveyard?

If I cast Lignify on my opponent's Blightsteel Colossus and then deal 5 damage to it with one of my creatures, does it go to the graveyard since it has no abilities? Or is this ability regained ...
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Can I play Marrow Shards in my second main phase in MTG?

Is it possible to play Marrow Shards in the second main phase after combat is completed? Marrow Shards says: Marrow Shards deals 1 damage to each attacking creature. My opponent played this card ...
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Do “enters the battlefield” abilities trigger when a creature is copied with Phyrexian Metamorph?

The card Phyrexian Metamorph says: You may have Phyrexian Metamorph enter the battlefield as a copy of any artifact or creature on the battlefield, except it's an artifact in addition to its other ...
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How can I improve a Zombie deck to work faster?

I created a deck with the new expansion (Dark Ascension) using the cards I got from a couple of boosters last week. My initial deck form is [Zombies Nightmare] (created by me) but I feel like it ...
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Element, wind melds worth it to reach minimum han requirement?

Just wanting to confirm whether I'm understanding these rules correctly. The rule set from which I'm deriving most of my (Rīchi-)Mahjong knowledge only has this short paragraph about tiles being worth ...
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In Dominion, when it says reveal a card, who must I reveal it to?

The text of Bureaucrat reads: Gain a Silver card, put it on top of your deck. Each other player reveals a Victory card and puts it on top of his deck. (or reveals a hand with no Victory cards). ...
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After the combat phase, can hexes be claimed even if the ships weren't involved in combat?

From the Eclipse rulebook, page 21: Influencing hexes: If a hex has no population after all battles have been resolved and you have at least one Ship there, remove the previous controller’s ...
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In Monopoly, Is it OK for a third party to make a trade with a player who is about to lose?

I play with some serious board gamers, but we have neglected Monopoly for a number of years, so our knowledge is mostly based on high school & house rules. We played last week and enjoyed it, but ...
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Can I change the order of cards when they change zones?

While goldfishing with my new UG self-mill standard deck, I realized that I have a particular habit that is probably not legal. When I cast Forbidden Alchemy, I have a habit of unintentionally ...
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In Seafarers of Catan, are there any special rules for ships or harbors in lakes?

We just played our first Seafarer's scenario (New World random setup) that contained a lake - a water hex surrounded by 6 land hexes. Our Seafarer rules booklet (1999) did not discuss any special ...
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Can you support through ships in Game of Thrones?

In Game of Thones, one can send attacking troops to a distant region in one order with a chain of ships. Does this also apply to support orders? That is, can I support a combat with land troops in ...
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Is it allowed for the next player to take the next tile while the current player hasn't finished his move yet?

A Korean-Japanese player I occasionally play Mahjong with insists that it's okay for the next player to take a tile from the wall and contemplate it while the previous player hasn't yet discarded. She ...
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What if I forget to pay rent?

Is the rule of not paying rent if you aren't asked for it, in the rules of Monopoly? Or is this something that people have made up? When is this ok?
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Will Return to Duty get someone out of the Brig?

The other day, when playing Battlestar Galactica, we had all (bar the CAG) been brigged, and someone drew the crisis Return to Duty card. Turn 5 Crisis: Return to Duty CAG Chooses Any ...
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How To Mitigate The Random Factor In Agricola?

Agricola is my favourite boardgame and I'd love to reach a level where I could call myself a master of it. However, having found a place to play it online and gotten a lot more games in, I've been ...
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Do physical implementations of single player board games have any advantages over their electronic counterparts?

While multiplayer board games can give you the enjoyment of hanging out with your friends and family, and all the social benefits you reap from those kinds of interactions face to face, instead of ...
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Promised future trades as part of legal trades? (Solution described, alternatives/comments requested)

When making a trade in Settlers of Catan, there is no official rule encouraging or prohibiting making a promise (to make a certain type of trade or perform some kind of action in the future) during a ...
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What are the rules for playing with this unusual Mancala board?

I recently received a Mancala set hand-made from Africa. It has an unusual set up, and I was hoping someone knew the rules for playing on this set up. The board is an arrangement of circle and ...
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What's the current state of Magic: The Gathering online play?

I'd like to get back into this game, but the real appeal for me is the collecting aspect, especially trading cards and not knowing what to expect from a foil pack. It seems there are a lot of ...
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How does the cost of designer board games compare to other forms of entertainment?

Some people complain about the cost of designer board games. With most board games near the $50 mark, and some approaching $100, they might look at the price of a movie ticket, DVD, or video game and ...
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In Settlers of Catan, what seat position is the best for odds of recieving any resource?

If you use the standard rules, where the number tokens are laid out on the board in a pattern (small letters are below the pips), which seating position has the greatest odds of receiving the most ...
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Clarification about Tools in Stone Age

I just got Stone Age as a gift and I've played it one time so far. But I have a question about how the tools work. They way we played from how I understood the rules: A player places two people ...
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Does “prevent all damage to target creature” save the other creatures in a gang block?

In The Great Designer Search 2, one of the participants designed this card: CW15 - Improvised Shield 1W Instant Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn. ...
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Does mixing Dominion expansions lessen the power of card combinations in random kingdom setups?

Although they can be mixed together, Dominion sets seem to have many cards that were designed to combo with other cards in the same set. Scout works better with the cards that are both victory cards ...
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How likely is it to survive a game of Barbarian Prince?

Barbarian Prince is a brutal paragraph based game. Your character must collect 500 gold and return to his homeland to win the game. Unfortunately, there are unfriendly guards, wolves, mobs of ...
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Where can I play Carcassonne or Colonists of Catan online? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Boardgaming Online I want to play Carcassonne or Colonists (Settlers) of Catan online, either against other people, or against a computer opponent. I want to improve my ...
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How likely is it to win a game of Barbarian Prince?

Barbarian Prince is a brutal paragraph based game. Your character must collect 500 gold and return to his homeland to win the game. Unfortunately, there are unfriendly guards, wolves, mobs of ...
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Can You Choose To Beg When You Have Enough Food?

Normally, in Agricola, it would be crazy not to spend food on feeding your family - at a cost of 3 VPs per, it is difficult to imagine any situation where a food token could be worth more in the ...
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Is “meaningful decisions per hour” a good measure for how fun a game might be?

People quickly grow out of games like Candy Land and Tic-Tac-Toe. They don't have any meaningful decisions to make. Then there are games like Monopoly, that have a few meaningful decisions to make, ...
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Does Finn Edwards have to pay to upkeep his Bank Loan?

Finn Edwards has a power called Holdout: Any Phase: Finn never has to discard items or lose money, even when he is knocked unconscious or driven insane. He must still pay costs as usual. He also ...
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Should I shuffle the Visage tokens after an investigator gets devoured?

The Ancient One named Ghatanothoa has a power called Annihilating Gaze. While Ghatanothoa stirs in his slumber, place the eight visage tokens facedown on this sheet. Each time an investigator ...
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Does Paelleall's Wrath of the Volcano ability affect Heroes on her tile and the Entrance Tile?

Paelleall's Summoner Ability reads (emphasis mine): Wrath of the Volcano At the beginning of your turn, choose the shortest path from your current tile to the Dungeon Entrance tile. All other ...
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Is it possible to combo Spy and Wishing Well?

From the entry for Wishing Well on Dominion Strategy, I quote: Cards that you view with Spy get drawn by the Wishing Well instead of being wished for. The cards in question are these: But as ...
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Resources for learning about good shape?

Shape is immensely important in Go, and you can read about the basics anywhere - don't make empty triangles, table and mouth shapes are good, etc. Where can I find more advanced treatments of shape?
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Does Avis or Iago have a better chance of winning a match?

In my quest to find the answer to this question, I have decided to start smaller. The rules of Button Men are here, and the characters are listed below. Avis: d4, d4, d10, d12, dX (where X is d4, ...
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Types of EDH mana base

After looking at a number of EDH deck lists I have seen two distinct types of mana bases used by various decks. Some decks use a large number of basic lands, dual lands and utility lands. Other ...
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Where to find lists of cheap Cubes?

I'm an occasional social Magic player (not crazy about the game). I like playing drafts more than constructed to avoid the arms race, but they're not cheap, and one of my friends had a real problem ...
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Second line invasion of two-space extension

The two-space extension is a very common pattern and forms a base. I've found lots of material here, and here, and elsewhere on how it cannot be cut and how to defend against various invasions. ...

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