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What factors should be considered before doubling pawns?

I know the basic strength of double pawns is that it may open up a rank for a rook, and that the weakness is that the pawns can no longer defend one another. Other than an obvious material advantage, ...
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What are the rules differences in Empires in Arms?

The only version of Empires in Arms that I have ever seen is from 1986 by Avalon Hill. The game was originally released by the Australian Design Group in 1983. I've often seen comments that Avalon ...
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Advice on acquiring / constructing Dice Towers

A dice tower is a useful tool for keeping your dice from ruining your game (physically, that is). Can anyone point to: - Good dice towers, and possibly places to acquire them. or - Resources of ...
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Good produce/consume strategy in RftG

I've been playing Race for the Galaxy with a friend of mine for quite a while, and I've noticed the game seems to be going more and more in favor of a blitzkrieg strategy of conquering as many planets ...
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Secret Mission Axis and Allies

My friend and I sat down one day and made up some "Secret Missions" for all of the countries in the board game Axis and Allies. For example, if Japan takes Western United States, they are immune from ...
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What happens if I use the Huge Rock to pay the Income Tax?

The player who draws the Income Tax curse must discard an item. Each other player must discard an item (or items) of at least as much value as the player who drew Income Tax. If that player discards ...
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Fixing warped board pieces

The pieces are usually kept in the box and not even used that much. However, I took them out the other day to play and all the hex pieces were warped. How can I fix this?
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The Rivals for Catan - Theme Game Draw Stacks

We are ready to move onto the Era of Gold, but are unsure about some of the rule changes in the theme game regarding the draw stacks. From the manual: 4: Choosing the Starting Cards. You don't ...
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How does Mining Village's extra effect work in Dominion?

Mining Village has the option to trash it immediately and gain 2 coins. What exactly is meant by immediately? In other words, if I play a Mining Village what can I do before I must choose whether to ...
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Are There Any Real-Life Applications of Chess?

Chess seems to develop a specialized skill set that in my experience is mostly irrelevant to everyday life. However, I would like to know of any real-life applications that I have overlooked. I am a ...
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How do the various expansions for Arkham Horror change the game? In what order would you recommend buying them?

Currently there are 7 different expansions for Arkham Horror, and I'm need some advice as which to buy. How does each expansion change the game? What new components does it offer? In what order and ...
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Do I have to keep a creeper whenever I draw cards in Fluxx, even if I was drawing cards to give to other players for “Everybody Gets 1”?

Interesting scenario the other day. When playing the Action card "Everybody Gets 1" I drew a Creeper card. At this point though I had a conundrum. The Creeper card states I "must place it face up in ...
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Does Consult The Prisoner move jump track again, after an auto-jump?

Here's the scenario: The fleet is one away from auto-jumping, i.e. at the -1 location on the jump track Consult The Prisoner is drawn during the Crisis step Current Player chooses to attempt the ...
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How do I find out a fair price for my Magic the Gathering cards?

Back in the day, I would check Scrye magazine to figure out how much my Magic cards should sell for, but they folded two years ago. Where's a good place to price my collection these days?
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How long does it take to play Arkham Horror?

BoardGameGeek says 4 hours, I've heard a lot of people say 5 hours, but some of my friends say they've played it several time in less than 2. How does the game time vary with different numbers of ...
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Does the Event Card have to be drawn first when encountering a Town space in A Touch of Evil?

Last night we had one player move to the Doctor's Office Town space with one wound left. He wanted to use the special ability of the Doctor's Office prior to drawing an event card so that he could ...
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2answers
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Good handicaps for Descent

In certain cases in Descent, a good player (in particular with the Overlord) can destroy the other side. However, I feel that Descent is most fun when it is well balanced right up to the end. What ...
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1answer
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Does resolving a single fight round in A Touch of Evil also trigger “The Horseman Rides Tonight!” event?

When playing against the Spectral Horseman, if something in the game triggers a single fight round with the Villain, does the Spectral Horseman's "The Horseman Rides Tonight!" event take effect? For ...
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Do cards that supply bonuses trigger on actions modified by other cards?

Many cards in Agricola give you bonus resources under certain circumstances. For example, the Stone Carrier occupation says: Whenever you take Stone with an action, you can also take 1 ...
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What is the difference between thickness and heavy stones?

Thickness in Go describes a strong formation of stones. A heavy group is one that's over-concentrated. How do I know when my stones are thick, without going too far and becoming heavy? It seems ...
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Can a berserk unit advance in Advanced Squad Leader?

In ASL, may a berserk unit advance in the APh? It seems logical that it can't, but I cannot find the rule.
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How does the Merlin's company expansion change Shadows over Camelot?

What does it contain? How does each component affect the base game? What improvements/advantages will it offer me?
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2answers
605 views

How does the Ticket To Ride:1910 expansion change the original game?

What does the expansion contain? What are the different ways to play with it? How is each different from playing without the expansion? Is there anything else I should know about the expansion before ...
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3answers
137 views

Source for significant historical events

I'm designing a game that involves identifying historical events, and I'm looking for an online source that I can use to generate a set of event cards. For my prototype, I'm using a copy of the game ...
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1answer
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If the Witch steals the power of the warlord and tries to destroy a player's district, are they protected if they have the bishop?

Player A has the witch and bewitches the Warlord. Player A chooses to destroy player B's district. Player B has the Bishop. Can he reveal it to protect himself? If player B can do this and reveal the ...
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Can you counter a Land in Magic the Gathering?

I have always wondered this when I played Magic the Gathering, whether or not you can use a counter spell on a land. I know a land is technically a spell, but it is a special type, hence the ...
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1answer
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How does the addition of the Potion treasure from Dominion: Alchemy change the game?

These questions give a good explanation of the general changes each of the Dominion expansions add to the game. But in this question I really want to zoom in the focus, particularly on how the potion ...
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1answer
129 views

Zeus Role on Odysseus

Besides the Zeus' power of deciding to end the turn prematurely, he also fills the vacated space when the ship moves. Does he choose the "adventure disc" to be placed, or merely selects one at ...
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Agricola - After/Also rule

For an action space which states: After A, also B such as: After Family Growth, also 1 minor Improvement Does it mean that I must do both Family Growth and Minor Improvement?
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1answer
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Palafico round in Perudo

We played a game of Perudo the other day and ran into a situation during a palafico round. Assume there are three players left. Player A has just lost their 4th die, Player B also has only one die ...
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Agricola - Acreage minor improvement

The Acreage minor improvement in the K (complex) deck states that: When you Sow, you can plant 2 grain fields on this card. (This card does not count as a field when scoring.) Does ...
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1answer
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How are power plant discards handled in Power Grid?

When a player purchases a power plant above the maximum limit, and must discard one, does the discard go under the stack of power plants, into a separate pile, or is it removed from the game?
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When is the woodcutter worth buying in Dominion?

So far I've found every card in Dominion has its own niche, but the woodcutter's seems to be exceptionally small. I only buy 1 or 2 if its the only card that gives +buys, otherwise a silver is better ...
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2answers
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Playing with the characters from the base and the Dark City expansion for Citadels.

In 3 player Citadels, each player chooses 2 characters. I've found I liked picking 2 characters so much that I've modified the game to be able to do it with any number of players. All I had to do was ...
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When I put the robber on someone in Settlers of Catan, does the resource I take HAVE to be random?

Say I have 3 ore, 2 wheat, and a wood, and player B has a wheat, a wool, and a brick. Player B puts the robber next to one of my settlements and has to take one resource at random. Player B wants to ...
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3answers
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Evaluating tactical situations in Puerto Rico

I've been playing a bit of Puerto Rico against computers (AIs) lately. I'm doing quite well against the easier AIs so I think my overall gameplay isn't so bad but I've realized that I still have ...
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Does Jourdonnais's ability negate all or half of Slab the Killer's attack on a successful draw?

The other night we had Slab the Killer in play as well as Jourdonnais. Here are their abilities as listed on the cards... Jourdonnais Whenever he is the target of a BANG!, he may "draw!" : on a ...
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2answers
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Donk betting in No Limit Hold 'Em

I've been playing Hold 'Em for a while, and I've considered a variety of different strategies. However, one thing that's always left me a little baffled is "donk" betting. Rather, betting into the ...
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Munchkin “Insurance Rep” bad things

I have the German version of the game so the card may be named differently in the original or might not exist at all. The card "Versicherungsvertreter" says under "bad things" that you lose items ...
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Are creature effects considered an Instant?

I played Magic a long time ago, and I remember activated abilities on creatures were considered instants. Reading through the rules today, it isn't quite clear to me. The reason I am wondering is for ...
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1answer
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Where are the building entrances in Zombies?

It has never been clear where the entrances in to and out of buildings are from roads. Some are obvious when there is only a single road segment: Others are multi-square builds along side a ...
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1answer
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Cuba Ship Movement

Last night I play the board game Cuba for the first time. One of the rules that we could not quite figure out from the rule book, was how the ships moved down the shipyard. So, at the beginning of ...
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1answer
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2 Investigators in Mansions of Madness

I now have a few games of Mansions of Madness under my belt, all of them with three players - a Keeper and 2 Investigators. And I've noticed that there doesn't seem to be time for them (the ...
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Can Munchkin Quest be used for classic Munchkin?

I received "Munchkin Quest" as a gift. I had expected to get the classic "Munchkin"; I don't really know this variant but exchanging it is not an option. I wish to play this with some of my ...
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2answers
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Do the Elf creatures put into the battlefield by Planeswalker Nissa Revane suffer from summoning sickness?

The 3rd ability of Nissa Revane Planeswalker is -7: Search your library for any number of Elf creature cards and put them onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library. So the question is do the ...
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2answers
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Shaun the sheep games rules?

Recently I bought some shaun the sheep games from kosmos.de, but the rules are in german. Does anyone know the rules for next two games : card game board game
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Effectiveness of 1000 BWC in practice

To anyone that has played 1000bwc, or seen it played: Does it really work in practice? Does it only work for fun, or can you get a semi-serious competative game out of it? Does anyone actually play ...
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If I wanted to buy a card protector for every card in Arkham Horror (and expansions), how many would I need of each type?

I've been considering purchasing a whack of Fantasy Flight Supply board game sleeves for my Arkham Horror game and expansions. Does anyone know how many of each type of sleeve I would need to ...
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5answers
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Strategy for succeeding at Crisis skill checks

I've played my first real BSG game last week with three players and the humans got wiped out before we even jumped once... I did some calculations to figure out if things get easier or harder with ...
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2answers
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What is the best resource for Card Trays?

I'm looking for some card trays for a game I've been designing. Ideally, they would be six-slot trays that hold standard playing card sized cards. In my mind, they are similar in appearance and ...

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