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Small World: Do Spirit Ghouls Score When Active Race Declines?

So I already understand that when Spirit Ghouls are the already-in-decline race, they cannot make any conquests on the turn that the active race declines, but do they score victory points for the ...
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How do the expansions for Race for the Galaxy alter the game - are they worth buying?

Can someone give a good summary of each expansion for Race for the Galaxy, and explain how it changes the game? Is it worth it to buy the expansions straight out? Or is it fine to stick with the base ...
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The Pilgrim in the Pine Forest

I just bought the new Agricola "Gamer's Deck" from my local store - hooray! 119 sweet new Occupation / Minor Improvement cards that will keep me happy while I wrestle inwardly with the question of ...
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How to easily differentiate Catan expansion pieces?

The only thing holding me back from playing Settlers with BOTH the Traders and Barbarians set and the Seafarers set at once is the thought of sorting the pieces out at the end and getting everything ...
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What has been your experience with random villager roles in Werewolf?

In Werewolves there are many Villager roles: normally we play essentially the same roles every time and the players know exactly which are the roles that are going to be used. If you have 8 players ...
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4answers
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What can dead Werewolves players be doing?

When you've been lynched by the villagers or ripped apart by the werewolves, I believe the rules say those players are completely out of the game and should not contribute in any way. In the handful ...
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1answer
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Demonic Strategies for Claustrophobia

I have recently begun playing Claustrophobia BGG and have found myself playing the human side almost every time. The problem I encounter is - I'm winning. This is not usually a problem for me. But ...
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Is there a way to play Munchkin Quest with 5 people without the expansion?

Given that there are 2 extra colors on the color die, and you can buy the pawns separately, is there a way to play Munchkin Quest without the expansion? I realize there are no stands for the ...
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Evaluating a Dominion Kingdom set

How do you analyze a Dominion Kingdom set to determine what your strategy is going to be for the game? In other words, are you looking for specific cards? for abilities (e.g., trashing cards or ...
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What is the difference between 'passageway' and 'regular door' links?

In Munchkin Quest, what is the difference between 'passageways' and 'regular doors'? They both cost 1 movement, and I don't think monsters are affected. So, how are they different?
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How is the “Longest Route” calculated in Ticket to Ride?

This had never even crossed my mind as an issue before, but someone brought it up in a comment on another TTR-related question, and having checked the USA rulebook I'm no longer 100% sure: When ...
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Are the Goons un-fun?

At my weekly boardgames night earlier this evening I was roped into an all-expansions, 6-player game of Dominion. A girl on the sidelines piped up: "You should take out the Goons card. It takes all ...
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Ticket to Ride Strategies [closed]

Hey! A few of my friends have gotten into ticket to ride, and we've been trying to determine a few strategies - obviously there's the build long trains and ignore tickets, or just accumulate a lot of ...
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How Unethical Is A Purely “Blocking” Move In Ticket To Ride?

Here's a scenario to illustrate my question. My wife and I were playing Ticket To Ride: Nordic Countries earlier this evening - apologies if you don't own this particular edition, but hopefully the ...
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3answers
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Non-disclosure agreement or no?

I told some of my friends and co-workers about a board game I designed, and we're hoping to play it sometime soon. However, I am not sure if I should let everyone sign a non-disclosure agreement or ...
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5answers
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Good ways to speed up a game of Ticket to Ride

I just played my first game of Ticket to Ride and we loved it. Our only issue was making it a little faster. We had some small obvious ideas that wouldn't affect the gameplay much, like keep score on ...
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2answers
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What is the term for a stalemate in Checkers?

What is the term for a stalemate in Checkers? What are the official conditions for a "no winner game"?
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4answers
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Must a player take a jump in checkers?

Is a player in checkers required to take a jump if one is available? What about a double or triple jump if that is available?
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1answer
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Axis & Allies Chess

My curiosity in this variant was piqued by this comment in my 'Games that have no element of luck' thread. I'd love to read an expanded explanation of the rule changes and peoples experience ...
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Is the Catapult expansion as cool as it sounds?

I've often heard of the Carcassonne Catapult expansion, and I'm wondering, is it actually cool to use, or is it one of those novelties that will quickly wear off? Please give me your experience with ...
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5answers
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Is bidding in contract bridge just a matter of applying a set of rules?

Some years ago I tried to learn to play contract bridge with some friends and I never really understood the philosophy (for want of a better word) of bidding. It seemed as if we just had to learn a ...
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When should Curses be used?

Should Curses always be laid out as a supply pile even when no kingdom cards give curses? Or should the only be available when a curse kingdom card is chose? An extension of this question could be ...
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2answers
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Dominion: When to use Platinum and Colony

I recently acquired Dominion: Prosperity (yay Christmas) and came across the Platinum and Colony Cards which are designed to be new Basic Cards (like Estate, Copper, etc...). My question is, should I ...
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Why is real-money-betting necessary for poker to be fun?

Obviously, all games may be played with an ante, but it is often not mandatory for the game itself to be fun. I've long wondered what makes poker so different from everything else: poker, when played ...
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Rewards and punishments for card games

With playing a long board game you have the satisfaction of the endurance and outsmarting your opponents. It's a struggle and winning is the glory. When you play something like poker or Uno you are ...
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3answers
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Does anyone else use The Little Girl in Werewolf?

The group I play with uses a character called The Little Girl. She can peek each night at everyone else and see who the werewolves are, but if the werewolves spot her she's dead. It seems that in ...
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Winning Race for the Galaxy Without 6-cost Developments?

My brother-in-law bought me Race For The Galaxy for Christmas so I've been playing a few games recently. Obviously we are nowhere near mastering it; but what I've been seeing in all of our scorelines ...
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Arkham Horror: Tokens

This is more a question for the big games with a lot of investigators. A few non-critical tokens seem to be able to run out, and I can't find anything about those specific tokens in the rules. Do you ...
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Best Light Strategy Party Games? [closed]

I'm wondering, what are some good games for mixed gamer/non-gamer parties? I've had good luck with some light strategy games in the past, but nothing too serious. What's good, quick, and can easily ...
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21answers
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Which alternative methods of choosing a starting player actually WORK?

So I've been noticing that there's a vogue in gaming recently for the starting player to be chosen by some method other than simple lot. I'm wondering if this is a good fashion, or if it's just ...
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13answers
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How to reduce slow starts at the beginning of the game?

We recently played a game of Settlers of Catan where for the first 3 rounds none of us got any brick at all, so there was no road construction at all and it dragged a little. I'm not looking to reduce ...
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Disadvantaging an overly good Agricola player

One of my friends and I often play Agricola, and he's considerably better than me at it - I'm getting better, but he seems to be advancing at a faster rate, and it's getting to the point that although ...
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Agricola Solo “Campaign” professions

In my solo campaign I played the "Home teacher" (The card that shows Obi Wan) and chose that as my first fixed profession for the following rounds. The card says something like: At the end of the ...
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How are + Action cards used in Dominion?

We were confused by the + action cards. It says you have to start at the top of the card and work your way down. so when do you play a second action card and are you allowed to play another action ...
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How can I recognize games I should avoid buying if I only play with non-hardcore gamers?

I started with this question about good games for new players and got plenty of good answers. But now I want to look at things from the other end and figure which games I should definitely avoid. I ...
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I have the Dominion base set only, in what order should I buy the expansions?

I've heard a lot about the different Dominion expansions, but I'm still not really sure which direction to go. In what order would you suggest I buy the expansions? How does each one change the ...
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Dominion: what happens when I play Throne Room on a Feast since Feast gets trashed when played?

Throne Room: "Choose any action in your hand and play it twice" Feast: "Trash this card and gain a card costing up to 5$" So I use the Throne Room and play Feast twice. The first time it gets played ...
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Dominion randomizer deck confusion

A friend of mine got Dominion for Christmas, and while the game plays wonderfully (I'm hooked), we were both confused by the randomizer deck. Why are there Curse, Copper, Silver, Gold, and victory ...
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What are some good 8 player games? [closed]

What's a good strategy game for 8 players? Many games can be played by 8 players, but suffer from a loss of pace, and long waits between turns. What games have parallel planning phases, or lots of ...
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Solitaire rules for Catan Card Game?

I want to play the Catan Card Game more often than I can find someone with the patience to play it with me. I know there are some good solitaire rules for Settlers of Catan, but are there any for the ...
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What kingdom set would lead to the highest scoring games of Dominion?

Obviously anything that puts curses into circulation would be anathema. I'm not necessarily looking for one player to have the highest score possible, so much as to have games where everyone's scores ...
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What changes to the game will the “On The Brink” Pandemic expansion offer me?

I'm trying to decide if I should get the pandemic expansion on the brink. Here's the obvious advantages I can see: lets you play with 5 people adds some variety with new cards options to make the ...
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Minimum bid rule for Monopoly auctions

Other questions have asserted that many people don't actually auction properties as instructed in the rules. Monopoly doesn't specify any rules to control the auction. I have seen auctions stretch ...
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9-player Advanced Civilization rules

We're playing our yearly Advanced Civilization game this Saturday, and we may have 9 people. Does anyone have any 9-player rules? We have all the extension maps.
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Does Forbidden Island usually need any rule variants for playing with 5+ people?

I don't see any reason why Forbidden Island wouldn't be able to handle 5 or maybe even 6 players with some simple variants. Does anyone have any experience with different player numbers with some ...
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How long does it take to play Diplomacy?

I guess this varies a lot from game to game, but I've seen everything from 120 to 360 minutes, and wondered where the average lies. If it's closer to 360, I don't think I will bother to buy it. I ...
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Does my Carbonite Cousin need feeding?

For Christmas, I received Agricola - The Goodies. It's a fun expansion that provides new themed farm boards, shaped resources and animals, stickers for your people, and four interesting decks of ...
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Is there much strategy and planning in 7-Wonders or is mostly luck?

I have played about 15 games of Seven Wonders now. When I ask the winning player why they won, they tend to tell me what they did rather than why they did it, and rarely does it involve anything ...
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Are there any differences between the Ticket to Ride games I should take into account when choosing one?

There are many different variants and expansions for the Ticket to Ride series, and I'm curious about the differences. I know the standard version and the Europe version differ only by map, but I'm ...
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How difficult is Puerto Rico to learn for first time players?

I've heard a lot of good things about Puerto Rico, but from the 12-page manual it seems a little complex. I revel in the challenge of learning new and difficult games, but sadly the friends I play ...

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