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Axis and Allies - Is there a best country?

I've been told by several people that different countries are statistically better choices for Axis and Allies? Is there any evidence that one or more countries have a significant advantage?
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1answer
205 views

What are the standard rules of etiquette for Rummy?

Most card games have a fairly common etiquette. One rule for Rummy I know of is that you should announce any intention to adjust the visible cards before touching them, to indicate you are not taking ...
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4answers
295 views

What are the mechanical differences between Doom and Descent from Fantasy Flight Games?

I know that FFG's Descent and Doom board games use roughly the same mechanics, but my understanding is that there are numerous small differences that lead people to prefer Descent over Doom. Beyond ...
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2answers
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Where can I watch recorded Go games from Masters?

I think I can learn more if I see what people some kyu above me do. I'm aware of a related question, but I think, this one is more specific and might diverge.
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7answers
573 views

Timing a backstab in Diplomacy

When is a good time to backstab an ally in Diplomacy? Should I backstab if I can grab a Supply Centre or two, or should I wait for an opportunity to eliminate an enemy?
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3answers
380 views

How do you prevent deliberately losing in Republic of Rome?

In Republic of Rome, if Rome falls, everyone loses. Some gaming groups I've been in grok this concept completely and players will make major sacrifices of their positions (donating lots of money from ...
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2answers
546 views

Alternative rules for SimCity: The Card Game

Back in the 90s, I enjoyed collecting SimCity: The Card Game. I can't help but feel excited that there's a lot of potential in the game, but that the rules are broken and in certain aspects, to be ...
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4answers
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Are there any English servers where I can play Mahjong online?

I recently stumbled upon the Asian game Mahjong and came to like it. I already play Go and Chess online, but had difficulties finding a good, English-language Mahjong server. Are there any English ...
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3answers
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What are some good house rules to balance the sides in Saboteur?

My group of gaming buddies, after playing plenty of Saboteur, has found that the "good dwarves" can pretty easily win consistently once they learn which pieces are most valuable and how to best ...
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3answers
255 views

What's the proper etiquette when a Euchre trick is earned?

When a team has 3 tricks and the other scores a trick, you can throw in all the cards because you know the team of 3 tricks will get one point only. There is no sense playing out the final trick. I ...
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4answers
446 views

Interaction in Race For The Galaxy

In Race For The Galaxy, I'm usually focused on my own cards, and only find out who wins during the scoring at the end of the game. Is this a feature of the game — that is, is it low on interaction? ...
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1answer
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Orks Mob Rule in Warhammer 40k

I'm starting to play Warhammer 40k with Orks and I need a clarification to one of the rules for Orks. Orks have Mob Rule so they can exchange their Leadership value with a number of models in unit. ...
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6answers
1k views

Game piece storage

I have a number of games that come in large boxes that do not have sectioned compartments for individual pieces. Whenever I take them over to people's houses everything rattles around and gets mixed ...
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3answers
4k views

Is it possible to play 2-player, 2-character Arkham Horror successfully?

I've tried playing Arkham Horror with 1, 2 and 4 players. I've found that the game seems extraordinarily difficult with less than 4 characters. Simply put, you don't have enough gos to do everything. ...
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1answer
277 views

Tactic cards in combat in Warhammer: Invasion

Look at the following combat scenario: Both players had counted their forces strength and assigned the damage to opponents forces (assigned but not yet applied) Now according to the rules players ...
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1answer
308 views

Damage redirection in Warhammer Invasion

Some cards like Warrior Priest from Empire deck has a damage redirection rule. How exactly does this rule work? For example: if my opponent assigns 1 damage to my Warrior Priest can I simply move the ...
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8answers
762 views

Where I can buy good resources to build games?

Where I can buy boards, cards, dice, fake money, figures, and any sort of pieces? It would be nice if the store sells on the internet. Another good reason is to buy replacements for damaged or lost ...
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14answers
2k views

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
1k views

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
1k views

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
17k views

What are some good tactics for the early game in Risk?

In general what do you recommend at the beginning of the game?
12
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1answer
383 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
483 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
324 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 ...
9
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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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10answers
4k views

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
260 views

What are “Implied Odds” in Texas Hold'em Poker?

What are "Implied Odds" in Texas Hold'em Poker?
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7answers
9k views

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
338 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 ...
11
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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. ...
16
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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
65 views

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 ...
38
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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 ...
36
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2answers
10k views

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 ...
29
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6answers
905 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?
14
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4answers
729 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 ...
8
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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 ...
10
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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 ...
9
votes
2answers
901 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?
12
votes
1answer
718 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? ...
17
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5answers
3k views

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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