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Countermeasures to “analysis paralysis”?

Several of my gaming friends are victim to more or less chronic analysis paralysis, which can drag down even the simplest of games. We've occasionally used an hourglass to combat this, but it tends ...
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2answers
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How do I become a professional game designer?

How I can become a full- or part-time professional developing games? Are there specific courses? What specific knowledge should I be looking to learn? How do I enter the industry?
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13answers
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Taking back turns, and forgotten privileges

A generic question across most board games: once a player has taken their turn (taken their finger off the piece they are playing), should they be allowed to change their mind? Similarly, if a player ...
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12answers
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What are some good tactics for the early game in Risk?

In general what do you recommend at the beginning of the game?
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1answer
381 views

Differences between Steam and Age of Steam?

What are the key differences between the Steam and Age of Steam games?
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1answer
482 views

How important is Bankroll Management in Texas Hold'em Poker, and why?

How important is Bankroll Management in Texas Hold'em Poker, and why?
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5answers
323 views

What well designed Icehouse games are available for two people?

Recently the Icehouse game system has caught my eye. I've looked through a ton of rules on the Icehouse Wiki but haven't found any really engaging game for two players. What well designed Icehouse ...
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2answers
298 views

Poker Texas Hold'em Sit-and-Go - Independent Chip Model (ICM)

What is "ICM" in Poker Texas Hold'em? I want to know some mathematical equations in answers on this question, because this part is important for me.
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Games with features like Battlestar Galactica's “Traitor” Mechanic? [closed]

My local gaming group has been playing the heck out of Battlestar Galactica for some time now. Are there any other board games that can be recommended that have a similar theme, or similar mechanics? ...
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3answers
216 views

What are “Outs” in Texas Hold'em Poker?

What are Outs in Texas Hold'em Poker?
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1answer
102 views

What is “Pot Odds” in Poker Texas Hold'em?

What is "Pot Odds" in Poker Texas Hold'em?
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4answers
2k views

What's the name of the move where the player swaps King and Rook/Castle in Chess? Why is this move important?

I'm a chess beginner, and I was wondering: why was this movement introduced to chess, and why is it important to the game?
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4answers
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What are “Implied Odds” in Texas Hold'em Poker?

What are "Implied Odds" in Texas Hold'em Poker?
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7answers
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What extra roles have you used with Werewolves?

The standard game Werewolf, has just a few roles: Citizen, Werewolf, Witch, Cupid, Hunter, Seer, Thief. I know there are lots of other roles created. Which roles do you use and what is the impact. ...
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5answers
335 views

History of board games

Is there a good book about the history of board games? Preferably the book would cover all the way from the ancient games to the newest fads in the market.
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1answer
392 views

In two- and three-player Citadels, how does the Bishop's ability work?

In two- and three-player Citadels, if I have Bishop, am I always protected from the Warlord? Or, am I only protected if my second character is the Bishop (i.e. I was most recently the Bishop during ...
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2answers
351 views

Removing the Luck from Stone Age

Stone Age is one of my personal favourite games. The game dynamics are excellent and requires plenty of skill and strategy to win, with the only exception of the dice roll when determining resource. ...
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3answers
2k views

What are the most useful Major Improvements in Agricola?

What Major Improvements do you see as most useful in Agricola, and why?
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3answers
4k views

How can I counter Merchant Elves?

In Small World, the only combination we've encountered that we consider "broken" in any way is Merchant Elves - the Merchant property doubles the value of every occupied area, while the immortality of ...
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2answers
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Can a toilet be covered if the votes are tied in Drunter und Drüber?

In the game Drunter und Drüber a tile that covers a toilet must be voted on by all players. The rules say that the tile is placed if the yes votes exceed the no votes, and the tile is not places if ...
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7answers
1k views

Power plants in Power Grid

I've played Power Grid once so far. What is a good beginner's strategy in the initial accumulation of power plants?
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7answers
2k views

In Settlers of Catan, how do you overcome bad initial settlement placement?

In Settlers of Catan, how do you overcome bad initial settlement placement? In a lot of games of Catan I've played, initial settlement placement seems to really make or break the game for a player. ...
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4answers
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How do you place your initial settlements in Settlers of Catan?

Initial settlement placement in Catan can really affect the outcome of the game. What strategy do you follow in Settlers of Catan for initial settlement placement. Does this strategy change if you ...
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2answers
2k views

Which property group colour gives the best ROI , undeveloped or fully developed, in Monopoly?

Everybody always goes for the dark blues in Monopoly (Mayfair and Park Lane in the UK edition), but I'm convinced that the cheaper colour groups offer a better return on investment, partly because you ...
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2answers
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Do my own villages/cities interrupt my “longest road” in Catan?

In a monthly game night, my friend interprets the rules to say that if I have a village or city on my road, it reduces the "longest road" length. I interpret the rules as saying that my village/city ...
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6answers
903 views

What do you recommend to learn Go?

I am a beginner at this great game, and I would like to improve my skills at the game of Go. What resources would you recommend?
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4answers
728 views

Can I play a Beer to no effect in Bang?

Is it legal to play a Beer card in Bang! even if I am at full life? Some scenarios where I might want to do this: I don't want someone else to "Panic" it from my hand I'm Suzy Lafayette and I want ...
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5answers
2k views

Is it ever a good idea to research weapons development?

In Axis & Allies (2nd Edition Rules), is it every a smart move to spend IPCs to research weapons development? I usually forego doing any weapons development, but I play with others who spend 5 ...
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2answers
2k views

What happens to the House card in Monopoly Deal if I lose my complete set?

In Monopoly Deal, if I'm forced to sell off one of my properties, and that property is part of a complete set with a House on it, what happens to the House? I would think it should be discarded, but ...
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2answers
897 views

How are Scrabble Bingo's calculated with regard to word multipliers?

Are bingos added to the basic score of the word and then modified by multipliers or are they added on after the play is scored?
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1answer
711 views

Pandemic: “Resilient Population” card

The "Resilient Population" card reads: Take a card from the Infection Discard Pile and remove it from the game. When you play the "Resilient Population" card, what exactly are you allowed to do? ...
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5answers
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What are the key strategy differences between Settlers of Catan and Seafarers?

Just starting out with Seafarers of Catan—what are the key strategy differences between Settlers of Catan and Seafarers?
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1answer
196 views

House rule to fix vindictive behavior in Princes of Florence

In Princes of Florence, the bugbear is this rule: A player may move his figure backwards on the fame track at any time during the game. For each space moved backward, the player takes 100 ...
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3answers
1k views

Is castling still done in the openings in modern chess?

I have read in a somewhat old book that castling was to be done as soon as possible, but some of my playing friends don't bother to do it in the opening. What's the modern usage?
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6answers
2k views

What is a winning strategy for Italy with Diplomacy

Italy is almost the worst country to start with. But that makes it a nice challenge. What is your winning strategy with Italy?
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3answers
1k views

If Possession is played while executing another Possession, who takes the next turn?

In Dominion: Alchemy, you can play Possession to "possess" the player to your left and effectively take over his next turn. What happens if he has a Possession in his hand, and you play it during ...
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22answers
5k views

What cooperative board games are there that I could safely play with my wife? [closed]

My wife loves board games, but dislikes very competitive games, and is completely uninterested in aggressive "beat up the other guy" games. We recently discovered Pandemic, where each player works ...
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6answers
1k views

House rules to make the cloister less of a game winning tile in Carcassonne?

In my experience, cloister tiles in Carcassonne are often "too lucky". If you draw a cloister tile in the beginning of the game, it will typically still require an investment of quite a bit of ...
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2answers
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There seem to be several different scoring systems for fields/cities in Carcassonne — which is correct?

It seems that the scoring for fields and cities in Carcassonne varies -- has this changed over the years, or is this a difference between the US and international versions? Are there ...
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5answers
3k views

What is the best way to keep everything organized and spend less time setting up?

When playing Dominion, how do you go about organizing all of the various cards and sets while maintaining a priority to getting games started quickly?
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8answers
2k views

Playing with less or more than 10 Kingdom card types in Dominion

In Dominion you choose 10 of the 25 Kingdom cards to play with in a given game, generally at random. Is it possible/advisable to play with less or more sets? I've considered playing with less to make ...
38
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23answers
17k views

Good board games for single player [closed]

I love playing board games but often there's not many people around that share my passion. For that reason I'm looking for board games that can be played with just one player. I've discovered Arkham ...
16
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8answers
1k views

Does anybody need the 6th epidemic card in Pandemic?

4 epidemic cards in the pile are easy in Pandemic. 5 cards - it is interesting. Our win / lose ratio is about 50% with 5 epidemic cards. But I can't imagine how to play with 6 epidemic cards. Are you ...
6
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1answer
183 views

How does DeGray's Pilebunker chip work when trashing Gems of size 2+?

In Puzzle Strike, the "Pilebunker" chip says: Opponents reveal their hands, trash their largest [Gem chip], then you gain that many [1 Gems chip]s. How does this work when trashing 2-Gem, ...
10
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1answer
427 views

Surprise in World in Flames

Assume the following situation: Italy at war with France but not CW. Italian navy is in port in La Spezia, along with one German SUB and a German AA. CW DOWs Italy. In the port strike: Are the ...
7
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6answers
419 views

Battletech Pure Miniature Play

Did anyone play pure miniature play in Battletech? i.e. Off hex maps? Was it particularly difficult?
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6answers
19k views

Can every game of Solitaire be solved?

I play a lot of Solitaire games on my Android phone and love to keep an eye out for the statistics. Given that the Solitaire version lets you restart the game endlessly, I usually play until I solve ...

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