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Do we have Go endgame tablebases, just like Chess?

I am a relative newcomer to Go and more interested in the programming aspects of designing a Go Engine. Do Go engines use a systematic list of Endgame positions with known wins, the way chess ...
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How many creatures should be in a draft deck?

How many creatures should the average, typical draft deck contain? Obviously this depends on a multitude of factors, including the kinds of creatures in your deck, the kinds of non-creatures you have ...
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How do split cards work?

I saw these cards on the Internet and quickly became curious: How in the world do they work? Do you pick one of them to play and then discard the card, or can you play both? How does their color ...
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When should I add cards whose primary feature is drawing more cards to my MTG deck?

It seems like cards that are based around scrying and drawing additional cards would be a nice addition to any deck. But what decks do they really shine in and what decks can safely forgo them? It ...
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What are the drawbacks of an automatic card shuffler?

I've seen people specifically mention they use automatic shufflers with easily replaceable cards, but what about if it matters if the cards get damaged? What are the drawbacks to using automatic ...
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What caused this world-class player' to respond inappropriately to her partner's transfer bids?

Zia Mahmood's Bridge column today relates an amusing tale of disaster at the World Championships. A player on the apparently very talented Netherlands ladies team, holding the following 6-3-2-2 hand: ...
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In Poker is it true that “you must give action to get action”?

In your experience, do most players "fold" when someone who seldom plays enters the pot? Does this mean that it is a good idea to play in some borderline (presumably break even) situations, just to ...
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Order of events with Stitcher's Apprentice

My girlfriend has Stitcher's Apprentice, and she thinks that you can activate its ability, use the homunculus to block, and then sac the homunculus. Is this possible, or does the sacrifice have to ...
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Easy way to see changes between core sets?

Is there an easy way to see which cards were added and removed between core sets? For example, by looking up the card Giant Growth I can see that it was in both M10 and M11, but was not included in ...
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Is It Possible To Win 2-Player Agricola Without Taking Wood?

A few months ago I visited a friend who'd recently taken up playing Agricola with her husband. "We think there should be a bigger handicap for going second," she said, "Otherwise the person who keeps ...
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If my creature has shadow and flying, can it only be blocked by creatures with shadow AND flying?

My understanding is that creatures with shadow can only block or be blocked by creatures with shadow, and creatures with flying can only be blocked by creatures with flying. If I have a creature with ...
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Where can I find Magic: the Gathering puzzles?

The Duelist used to publish MTG puzzles by Mark Rosewater in which you were placed in the last turn of a game and had to figure out the correct play to win. I remember these puzzles being extremely ...
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What is the Purpose of a “Ducking” Play In Bridge?

Sometimes I will have Axx in a key suit, opposite dummy's holdings of Kxxxx. In such situations, I was taught to make a "ducking" play by playing a low card from both sides, instead of playing an A or ...
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What is the optimal method to shuffle an organised deck of cards

In a number of games I play there are a play deck and a discard deck (for example Ticket to Ride and Pandemic). The discard deck, by the way the games are constructed, becomes organised as cards are ...
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Magic: The Gathering - Are there behavioral rules for sanctioned MTG games?

FNM is least stringent Rule Enforcement Level (REL) sanctioned Magic game there is. My question is that at that REL, are there any behavioral rules, and if so, what are the consequences? Example: ...
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488 views

Using Skinshifter's ability when Skinshifter Attacks

I was wondering what happens when I attack with Skinshifter. Imagine the following situation. I attack with Skinshifter and in the assign blockers phase my opponent blocks Skinshifter with Runeclaw ...
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What Is The Optimal Innistrad Sealed Deck From This Card Pool?

This weekend I participated in a very casual Innistrad Sealed Deck event with four of my friends. Opening my packs I discovered the following pool: White Selfless Cathar Avacynian Priest Elder ...
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Do Ensnaring Bridge and Tortoise Formation work together?

I would like to use Tortoise Formation to temporarily disable the effect of Ensnaring Bridge. My question therefore is: does that combo allow my creatures to attack, even if there are no cards in my ...
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Would multiple Trepanation Blades Stack?

I have a couple of Trepanation Blades, and I was wondering if the effect would stack if I have multiple equipped to one creature.
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Can a resource card be used more than once in a turn when allowed to build more than one structure?

Scenario: Player is using Babylon (side B) 2nd wonder has been completed (allows playing last card of each age instead of discarding) Player has a Mine in play (can produce either Stone or Ore) ...
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3answers
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What happens if a player exiles Wurmcoil Engine when it dies with Mimic Vat?

My guess is that the player who controlled Wurmcoil Engine doesn't get the tokens because Mimic Vat's exile resolves first and the creature doesn't land in the graveyard. Am I correct?
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What Is a “Reverse” In Bridge?

Partner opened one diamond. I responded 1 NT with the following hand. ♠Txxx ♥Axx ♦Txxx ♣Ax Partner then rebid two spades. I raised to four spades, reading my partner for 17 points or so. We went ...
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How does Inquisitor's Flail interact with Trample?

Lets say I am attacking with a Runeclaw Bear with an Inquisitor's Flail equipped. My opponent uses a Runeclaw Bear of his own to block. I then use Kessig Wolf Run to give my creature +3/+0 and ...
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When should I take a curse in response to Torturer?

In Dominion, when someone plays a Torturer, I almost invariably choose to discard rather than take a curse. The exceptions are if I have a trasher (Chapel, Steward, Upgrade, etc.) that I have the ...
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1answer
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How can I tell the difference between early Magic: The Gathering card editions?

I have a few Magic: The Gathering cards whose editions I'm having trouble identifying. They are obviously from either Alpha or Beta, since they have black borders and the same design as the Unlimited ...
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2answers
901 views

What HQ to take for my 1500pts codex Space Marine army list

I have the following list 10-man Tactical Squad (flamer + rocket launcher) + Rhino 10-man Tactical Squad (flamer + rocket launcher) + Rhino 10-man Tactical Squad (flamer + rocket launcher) 10-man ...
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Is it impossible to pay off-color mana costs in EDH?

In Commander, there is a rule that states: During the game, if mana would be added to your mana pool that isn't a color in your commander's color identity, that much colorless mana is added to ...
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Can lands that say “Add one mana of any color to your mana pool” be used in a colorless EDH deck?

A couple of other questions have been asked regarding cards that "Add one mana of any color to your mana pool", but One is for EDH decks in general (which, in most cases, have at least one color) ...
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When should I buy copper in Dominion?

Almost every strategy I have ever read on Dominion, although disparate in many ways, unanimously agree that not only is buying copper a bad thing, but that you should do whatever is in your power to ...
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Can colorless mana be generated from things that say “Add one mana of any color to your mana pool”?

Can colorless mana be generated from things that say "Add one mana of any color to your mana pool"? One example card would be Coalition Relic. Reasons: For example for sunburst spells, when the ...
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Dominion - Saboteur use

Dominion is designed to take 20-30 minutes, which is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. However, I find that the card Saboteur causes the game to take much longer if more than 1 or two are ...
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How can we use multiple Carcassonne expansions without the game taking forever?

My wife and I were playing Carcassonne last night with several of the expansions and we found that the game was taking a ridiculously long time. We had the base game, the River, Inns & ...
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How can we speed up Killer Bunnies?

What are some common house rules that you might use for a Killer Bunnies game? Because the game has so many rules/cards to begin with, the only one that we've come up with is not allowing Super ...
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349 views

What game do these dice belong to?

I can't for the life of me can't remember where these dice came from, but I remember liking the game (it was from my childhood). Does anyone recognize where these came from?
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How much control does the first player have when placing multiple monsters?

When drawing multiple monsters and placing them is there a choice in which monsters go to the outskirts? Do we get to pick what monster goes on what gate?
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Can I change the order of cards stacked in each room?

The first few times I played the game I've placed the cards in the rooms in the order that the Seed Cards reference tells me to, but I find that some cards at the bottom of each pile are supposed to ...
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1answer
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When can the Keeper use Trauma cards?

I understand I need to pick up a Mythos card during the Keeper's turn, but when do I pick up and use Trauma cards?
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Can I use the Axe weapon more than once?

Once I find the Axe card, can I continue using it to "solve" all locked puzzles I find or is this a one time use then discard card?
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Why is 20 the starting life total for Magic the Gathering? How would the game be different if this number was changed?

To my knowledge, each player starts with 20 life in nearly every MTG game ever played. But why exactly was the number 20 chosen? How would the game be different if we started with more or less life? ...
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1answer
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How to solve problems with the Invisibility power in Strange Synergy

This question is about the board game "Strange Synergy" by Steve Jackson Games - its a rather complex game so if you are not familiar with it, please ask for clarifications before attempting to ...
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1answer
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Can I redirect a spell to another type of target in MTG?

M12 features the card Redirect, which allows you to choose new targets for a spell. Innistrad introduced the card Into the Maw of Hell, which deals 13 damage to target creature. Can I redirect the ...
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When would you buy the Thief in Dominion?

The Thief card rarely seems to be of much use, even when my opponents have bought a lot of treasure. Rather than stealing treasure, it seems much better to buy treasure to directly get to the high ...
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2answers
330 views

What can I do to make my opponent play faster at Regular REL?

I play low-key Magic the Gathering tournaments, like release parties and Friday Night Magic. They're good fun but I'm often stuck looking at the clock, trying to avoid a game-3 draw. I know the ...
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Is there a conventional way of searching for lands in a mono-red deck?

I'm constructing a mono-red deck and I was wondering whether there are any options for land search / ramp for this kind of deck? I don't want to combine my deck with green for land searching. I was ...
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1answer
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If the room is dark, can I still move to a closet or explore?

When I enter a room that is "dark", can I still move to a closet or continue exploring or do I need to complete a puzzle first?
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1answer
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Can I solve a puzzle I originally failed if there is a monster in the same room?

In Mansion of Madness, my wife was in the laboratory. She then could not complete the puzzle in that room and the lights could not work. Then I had a cultist come in the room with her. Can she try to ...
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What's the easiest way to prototype a board game design?

In an idle moment I had an idea for a simple war game simulation. (Really simple - honest!) I'd like to prototype it, just to see if the game mechanic I thought of has any merit. I don't want to spend ...
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What happens when you remove a token creature from the game, and then return it under it's owner's control?

Player A plays Roar of the Wurm Player B plays Astral Slide Player B recycles a card and returns the Wurm token What happens then?
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In MTG, do Werewolves transform due to an out of range turn? Or an out of range player's spells?

The werewolves of Innistrad (such as Reckless Waif/Merciless Predator) transform from the following abilities: [Human Side] At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, ...
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How do you tell the difference between Alpha and Beta Star Trek CCG?

The 1994 Decipher Star Trek CCG Premier/1st Edition cards were released in black border limited and in white border which I've only recently found described as both alpha and beta releases. I'm ...

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