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What has been the popularity trend for D&D Miniatures?

How have D&D Miniatures been faring in terms of popularity? Has it been decreasing or increasing; slowly or fast? Recently (as in the last year), and if possible, on a broader scale as well. On ...
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Game from 1978: Why does this fuseki position favor black?

$$ --------------------------------------- $$ | . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | $$ | . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | $$ | . . O . . . . . . . . . . . X . . . . | $$ | . . . , O . . . . ...
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Online resources for learning/practicing bridge [duplicate]

Are there any good online resources to learn the game. By learn, I mean learn attain the knowledge that one would by buying/reading a good book. For example, are there any "puzzles" that are well ...
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Tsumego only solvable under NZ rules?

The most significant difference between the New Zealand rules and the other rules for Go is that suicide is not forbidden. In most cases, the only time this can come in handy is that you can suicide ...
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How can Munchkin Quest be played quicker?

I love Munchkin Quest, but if you have more than 3 players you tend to get longer games. I know one way to make games quicker is to reduce everyone's starting moves to 2. That works ok, but I want ...
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What is the formula of rank difference to handicap stones?

When the difference in rank is one stone the weaker player takes black and the komi is 0.5 for white (sometimes called "no komi" even though that's not technically correct). From then on add one ...
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Who should I try to kill? Chandra or opponent?

Here's a board state I faced today in a casual Constructed game: In case it's not clear from the picture, I have 1x Mausoleum Guard, 1x Doomed Traveler, and 2x Intangible Virtue, while he has 1x ...
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What is “Playing For Top or Bottom” In Bridge?

Apparently it relates to duplicate bridge. Initially, I thought it meant playing the hand in a risky way to score overtricks, and taking the chance of sacrificing a potential game. But then someone ...
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Are professional ranks representative for how many stones of handicap players can give each other?

It was mentioned elsewhere that a 9p could not give 7 stones to a 2p. I have no databases available and wondered if this is correct. Bonus: If they aren't representative, why not? And is there a ...
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How to handle handicap as white?

I found it very difficult to handle handicap when my opponent is given 6 or more stones. I don't really like to force something complex when I know it could be severely punished. The good way to ...
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Why is this corner enclosure considered to be safe against 3-3 invasion?

I have read somewhere, but unfortunately forgot where that the following enclosure is safe against the invasion at a. $$ White invades at 'a' and supposedly dies. $$ --------- $$ -........ $$ ...
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At what level should one try to teach go?

I am now at a level where I don't consider myself to be a complete beginner, and I can now recognise at least some of the mistakes made by lower level kyu players. I would like to help other people ...
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Are the A-sides and B-sides of the wonder boards really balanced?

I know the rules claim the sides are balanced and can be mixed in the same game, but I have my doubts. In general, the B-sides feel a little stronger to me, but it's sometimes hard to compare because ...
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How many points are won/lost during this exchange?

$$ six=two $$ -.a..... $$ -....... $$ -...OOOO $$ -4....XO $$ -1OOOOOX $$ -XOXXO.X $$ -2X5.XX. $$ -3...... $$ -------- White territory around a is safe. Move 2 and 4 can be swapped for identical ...
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Understanding influence and using it properly

I'm an amateur player, mostly-self taught with some help on KGS by a few awesome people. I think I now know my way around the board, and am not a complete plonker anymore, just a regular plonker :) ...
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Do I take one card in a room or take all?

When I investigate a room, do I take one card per action turn at a time or do I take them all on that action turn?
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After failing the test on Dhol Chants, does the card stay in the room or get discarded?

Cards like Dhol Chants state that if you pass the test, you discard the card and receive another one. It doesn't say what to do if you fail the test. Do I discard it also, or do I leave it in that ...
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4answers
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Is there an equivalent of Deep Blue in the Go world?

Deep Blue was a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. On May 11, 1997, the machine won a six-game match by two wins to one with three draws against world champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov accused ...
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How to protect a large piece of side territory

I've played several games where I have gained a good chunk of side territory, but lost it due to invasion by the other player. Below is an example, ignore the placement outside of the area black ...
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1answer
364 views

What is a creature's power when it has some equipment equipped?

I would like to use Rite of Consumption by sacrificing a creature that is using equipment (e.g. that has a +1/+2 bonus). Is the creature's power then increased by the equipment effect, and thus ...
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Why did black avoid the straightforward capture here?

The following position is from a 1998 China-Japan friendship match, described in Shuko's book The Only Move by Hinoki Press. $$Bcm31 Why B33? $$ --------------------------------------- $$ | . . . . . ...
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How far can you safely extend from your own wall?

When extending into what is basically open territory, how far can you extend to increase your influence/moyo, without inviting an invasion?
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4answers
334 views

Why are the boards not square?

I noticed gobans are not square, but rectangular. Why is that, and what is the correct orientation of the board when playing?
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Take out double at first opportunity to double?

I dealt and passed - LH opponent passed, partner passed and RHO opened 1 Heart. Holding: ♠ K98 ♥ 109 ♦ A986 ♣KJ2     can I double as this is the first opportunity to do so?
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Why are Chinese stones half-convex?

Unlike regular ishi that come in full-convex shape, Chinese stones are flat on one side. I found those stones difficult to work with, as they are not easy to pick up from the board. Granted, they lay ...
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1answer
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In Descent, can heroes jump over arbitrary tiles or just pits?

The rules clearly state that heroes can jump over pits, and how much movement it costs to do so. But in some quests, simply stepping on a regular terrain tile may trigger effects too (in this case, ...
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540 views

How to play teaching game and give a useful review

I've reached a rank where I'd like to start and help weaker players improve their games. How can I make a review useful for the opponent? Should I go deep into variations Talk about theory? Should ...
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In The Resistance is it always a bad idea for the spies to fail the first mission?

My first thought was that it was always a bad idea to fail the first mission as a spy. As there are only two people on the mission, the spy has revealed himself to one of the players. With 5 players ...
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How do ranks work in Go?

One of the most commonly asked questions of beginners. How do ranks work in Go? Why do we start backwards? And why do we suddenly count upwards again? What is the difference between 9d and 9p? How is ...
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Where can I find a good Joseki database?

I've been wondering about certain positions that arise often. To help me understand them, I would like to study the joseki moves. Since printed joseki dictionaries are out-dated very fast, I'd prefer ...
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What is the difference between thickness and heavy or over-concentrated stones? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between thickness and heavy stones? Many beginners and even advanced players have difficulties telling apart thick from heavy or over-concentrated ...
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Is there a site to solve tsumego online?

I'd like to solve tsumego online, not having to install a program or app locally. Are there any sites that allow this? How about for smartphones?
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How can I create that sharp, intense sound when placing a stone?

No matter the material (board, stones) being used, pros are able to create a very sharp, loud, intense and beautiful sound when placing a stone (which immediately sits perfectly placed on its ...
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In The Resistance, how does In the Spotlight work?

The card says "You can choose another player to submit their Mission card face up." If 4 people are on the mission, and 1 player has this card played on them, do the other 3 players get to see what ...
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Where to play Go online? [closed]

I used to play regularly on KGS but have been inactive for several years. I am frustrated by the Catch-22 of the KGS system: in order to play rated games, you must have a solid rating. Solid ratings ...
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561 views

Best way to improve ourselves when playing against a computer

It's often said by world-class Backgammon players that the best way to improve one's play is to analyse one's games with a computer program such as gnubg, JellyFish or Snowie. gnubg has a "tutor ...
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Is playing on a 9x9 board a solved problem?

I would think that on a 9x9 board, the number of possible moves is small enough that computers could exhaustively search all possible permutations and compute a line of play that always wins by moving ...
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Why are stones placed with index and middle finger?

I have read that stones should be picked out of the bowl and placed on the board by pinching them between the tips of the index and middle finger. This seems to be a long-standing tradition. Is this ...
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What is a good way to get used to counting points?

Being able to count is important - in the end, it's about the points. Does anyone have any tips to get used to counting during a game, little things that can speed it up or make it a little less ...
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Why is the 19x19 board so much more common than other sizes?

While there are probably some cultural reasons, are there any general reasons a 19x19 board may be preferred? Also, if, say, 21x21 was suddenly found to be in some way superior and a large number of ...
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Is there an official Catan FAQ that is a supplement to the included rules book?

I was wondering if Mayfair Games or Klus himself created an official FAQ for the base (or all versions) of the Settlers of Catan.
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What are the possible archetypes in Innistrad draft?

Assuming Innistrad-Innistrad-Innistrad in a booster draft, what are the potential archetypes a player could draft? For a reference, see Alex P's answer to another quetion here
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Should I Use A “Negative Double” Over a Possible “Short Club” Bid And Overcall in Bridge?

Playing Standard American, partner opened 1 club. Right hand opponent overcalled 1 spade. I raised to 2 clubs with: ♠xx ♥Axxx ♦JTxx ♣Qxx Everyone passed. Partner had 13 points and a "short" three ...
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1answer
140 views

Bohnanza Fan Edition

I bought the Bohnanza Fan Edition by mistake and I can't return it (long story) how can I alter the cards to make them more readable/playable like the original edition?
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Am I allowed to use archaic words in Quiddler/Scrabble?

While playing Quiddler tonight, I played both words "SIC" and "QUO". Both got challenged and both were in the dictionary that we agreed upon (dictionary.com). But the question of whether I can use ...
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2answers
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In Catan, can I ask how many cards are in a player's hand?

While playing Catan tonight, I rolled a 7 and moved the robber. No one had more than 7 cards, but I still asked how many cards people had in their hand because I wanted to know who had the most. All ...
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1answer
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Running a MTG draft without actually having to buy new boosters for each player every single time?

MTG drafting sounds like a really awesome way to play the game. I'd love to try it with some of my friends, but having to spent >5$ for each player every single time you want to play seems ...
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Is the number of cards in my opponent's library public knowledge in Magic: The Gathering?

The number of cards in players' hands is public knowledge, as is the number of exiled cards and cards in anyone's graveyard. But is the number of cards in your library public knowledge at all times as ...
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What makes an ideal “control finisher”?

In Magic: The Gathering, many players talk about a "control finisher" -- some kind of big back-breaking spells that (usually) seals up your victory. I guess you could say that, if you boil down a ...
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How Do You Catch A Player Who Takes A Quick Lead In Alhambra?

I really enjoying playing Alhambra, but I'm a bit worried that my strategy may be overly simplistic. Basically, I play according to the following principles: Try not to build buildings unless I can ...

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