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Limiting the number of silver and gold cards available in Dominion

One of the interesting aspects of Dominion is how you have to plan which kingdom cards you're going to get while they're still there. If there's 2 attack cards available and somebody's snagged all the ...
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Exchanging Cards in Pandemic

When exchanging cards between two players in Pandemic, does it matter which player's turn it is? I have seen this rule played two ways: - The active player can only give a card. OR - The active ...
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What changes or improvement will the Puerto Rico expansion offer me?

Puerto Rico Expansion My family really liked Puerto Rico, and I'm curious what the expansion is like. The only thing it adds are new buildings and some weird rules for drafting buildings at the ...
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Distribution of tokens in Standard 4 player catan?

My 4 player catan set has been mixed with my 5 & 6 player expansion set, parts have been lost, and last time I played we had 3 fields with an '8', no number '2' and a missing '10'. Would someone ...
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More conveniently randomizing the cardboard tokens

Since BSG takes up quite a bit of real estate on the table I found it to be difficult at times to a good random pick among the damage or ship tokens. I've thought about using the dice. Put them in a ...
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Using weapons control on raiders

I just played my first game of BSG (solo using the official fully cooperative rules). I've got the german edition so my card names might be a bit off... In my version the "weapons control" locations ...
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Quorum cards like “Inspirational Speech” - Difference between results

I just played my first game of BSG (solo using the official fully cooperative rules). I've got the german edition so my card names might be a bit off... The card "Inspirational Speech" says something ...
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Playing “Executive Orders” on self

I just played my first game of BSG (solo using the official fully cooperative rules). I've got the german edition so my card names might be a bit off... The green skill cards 1 and 2 say something ...
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Paying Costs you Cannot Afford

Sometimes you get a crisis card that has a choice, such as "-1 Food OR Current Player Discards 3 Cards". In situations where you cannot afford the cost of the latter, are you forced into the former? ...
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Is there a way to play the mafia party game online ?

Is there a way to play the mafia party game online ?
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Why Does The Parade Scoring System Work The Way It Does?

Has anyone here apart from me played Parade? It's a simple, cute, yet original and maddeningly addictive little Alice-in-Wonderland-themed card game from a Japanese designer. Basically, there are 6 ...
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What's a good use for Chancellor?

I'm having a hard time figuring out when Chancellor is useful. Forcing a reshuffle of the deck just seems of little use to me, at least relative to the other actions I could buy with 3 coins. I've ...
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What would be a good set of topics for a quiz game? [closed]

Suppose you wanted to design a quiz game in which knowledge questions are asked. What would be a good set of topics to subdivide all of human knowledge into? Try to avoid bias towards academic or ...
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Where can I find the rules for Word Thief?

I recently inherited a handful of games from a family member. One of those games happened to be Word Thief. When I sat down to play, I realized that the rulebook had been lost or was not included in ...
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What happens if you Forge nothing?

If I play a Forge and for whatever reason choose "none" as the amount of cards trashed (say if I played it via Golem by accident), do I gain anything? I could see 2 possibilities: Don't gain ...
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Instructions for Pegs and Jokers by Fundex

Does anyone have the instructions and rules for the Pegs and Jokers Game made by Fundex? They used their own deck of cards instead of a poker deck. I would also be interested in obtaining a complete ...
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Battlestar Galactica vs. Shadows over Camelot

I've seen these games compared very often, with steadfast advocates on each side. link1 link2 link3 I'm mainly concerned with: depth of strategy suitability for new players (length of time to ...
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Race for the Galaxy vs. San Juan and Puerto Rico

I've seen these games compared very often, with steadfast advocates on each side (that thread has a lot of interesting stuff as well). I'm mainly concerned with: depth of strategy suitability for ...
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WoW TCG Magtheridon Raid Strategies

I'm going to be running Magtheridon for some friends and was looking for advice in general and wondering specifically about bloods. Should I try to keep them around, or spend them on various effects? ...
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Khet: differences with version 2.0?

I believe I played the original khet a few years ago, now I notice there is a "2.0 version". Could anyone point out the main differences?
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Where can I find the dimensions and weight of a game?

I Want to order some games from the USA (i live outside the US). Is there an online store or some other site that specifies the dimensions and weight of a board game or the entire order and not just ...
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Why do some board games have long-lasting appeal?

Often, one plays a computer game through once and then is done with it. "Replay-ability" is something that is a great plus with a game, but not every successful one has it. But with board games, being ...
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What set of attributes can be used to describe, compare and contrast various board games?

A recent question about a good mix of board games got me thinking about how one could even objectively define "a good mix". My idea is to try and define a set of attributes that could describe, ...
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Does anyone have a way to modify Ticket to Ride to accommodate six people?

I recently bought Ticket to Ride to play at our monthly game night, which consists of three couples, i.e. six people. Stupid me, didn't read the five player limit before ordering the game. I've played ...
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Is his nobs/knobs separate from a flush in cribbage?

I've been hunting everywhere for this and am leaning toward the answer being yes but can't find it explicitly stated anywhere: is his nobs (or knobs) separate from a flush in cribbage? For example, ...
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Strategies and kingdom cards for a strong opening in Dominion?

Dominion is a game of widely varying strategies and paths toward victory. But the most important part of any winning strategy is a strong opening. How can I tell if a kingdom card is a good opening ...
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How to reduce total screw-overs in Ticket to Ride so there's always a potential path toward victory?

My family and I have very much enjoyed playing the original Ticket to Ride, but I've noticed one issue that keeps coming up. It is very easy to be cheated out certain critical routes that could easily ...
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At the end of the game, can you play a route that is longer than your number of trains?

A recent quandary came up with some friends in a game of Ticket to Ride. If, in the last turn, you have the cards to play a route longer than the number of trains that you have left, can you do so? ...
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Designing a Yu-Gi-Oh! like card game - the game phases

Yu-Gi-Oh! has 6 phases, of which only 4 are actually visible to a player playing in real life. Main phase 1, battle phase, main phase 2, end. I personally do not like the way these phases work, and ...
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Surveyor's Map in Agricola Farmers of the Moor

In a game we just finished one player used the Surveyor's Map minor improvement. When the field came up in round 11, he couldn't place it adjacently to his existing fields. Should we have allowed ...
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House rules for Spade bids of nil, blind-nil, and 10-for-2?

My favorite bids in Spades are the riskiest ones: 10-for-2, nil, and blind nil. 10-for-2 is always worth 200 points, and most rule sets I've seen put nil at 100 and blind nil at 200. In our group, we ...
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Political Prowess someone else's activation?

In Battlestar Galactica, there is a card (Political Prowess) whose text reads thusly: Play before making a skill check triggered by a location. Do not make the skill check; instead, it ...
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What are effective strategies for passing cards in Hearts?

In Hearts, before three out of every four hands you get to pass three cards to another player. Some people seem to always pass the Queen of Spades while others like to keep her under certain ...
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Character Specials Triggering on Non Bang Cards?

Several of the characters in the game have special rules that allow them to do things when they are damaged. For example, one character, when "damaged by another player" may then draw a card from ...
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Unique Item Cards in Bang?

Can you play an item card (like a Barrel) if you don't already have one, but someone else does?
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Please recommend a good shuffling machine

The shuffling question What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards? reminded me of a recent game of Munchkin with many expansions that taxed our shuffling endurance to the limit. My ...
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Simple games that involve psychological factors? [closed]

I need to find a simple game in which several people need to interact with each other. The game should be simple for an analysis (it should be simple to describe what happens in the game, what players ...
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How is Settlers of Catan different when playing with the 5-6 player expansion?

I've read a few reviews, and these are the things I've picked up: game will be longer. This is totally fine and normal, but I'm curious, what's the average time increase? Ports are a little less ...
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What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?

Especially for games which involve frequent card shuffling by multiple players of decks of uneven sizes is there is a technique for shuffling which is quick and easy for everyone to learn yet also ...
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Why Does Magic Use The “Paris Mulligan” Rule?

In the early days, Magic had crazy, subpar mulligan rules: you could shuffle up and draw a new 7 if your hand had no lands or all lands, otherwise you were out of luck. A long time ago the Paris ...
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What is the most damaging thing a cylon can do in BattleStar Galactica on a turn he is revealing himself?

What I have seen people do is try to brig a player making a final attempt to sway someone to help. The best success I have had in a game was grab the admiral position for a turn with a character ...
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Largest Army in Settlers of Catan: Cities and Knights

We were playing Cities and Knights at the weekend and halfway through the game realised that no one had earned the largest army card. The reason behind this was that no one knew what it was earned ...
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Water damage on cardboard pieces

Someone just spilled water on my Carcassonne tiles. The illustrations are coming apart from the cardboard (they're wrinkling). What's the best thing to do? How can I dry them with best results?
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Settlers of Catan play takes hours

I was under the impression that the play time in Settlers of Catan was more modest than say, Risk. However it seems almost as long. This is often due to a lot of trading and talk which drags on for a ...
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Axis and Allies 2nd Edition: to Pearl Harbor or not to Pearl Harbor

When playing as Japan in Axis and Allies, 2nd edition, should Japan attack Pearl Harbor on its first turn? If so, why and what force structure do you use? Do your actions depend on what Russia and ...
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What are some fun setups for Dominion for two players?

At present I only own the Dominion Base set and my girlfriend and I have only played the game a few times. I figure we'll stick to the starter layout for a few more games but after that I'm curious ...
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4answers
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In Monopoly Deal, can you pay with houses or hotels?

Can you pay with houses or hotels or do they remain with you forever?
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1answer
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Step 6 in Elfenland

In Elfenland, it states that on step 6, all the transport counters that were placed on the map are to be removed and shuffled with the remaining face down counters. Should I understand from this, ...
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4answers
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How can I make Dominion play better with 5+ players?

I just got Intrigue, and it seems cool that it opens up the game to 5 or 6 players. However, the common consensus seems to be that its possible, but not recommended. Is there anything I can do to make ...
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6answers
804 views

Wargame with customizable miniature stats?

I am looking for a wargame of any genre that has rules for creating stats for any miniature from any company. I know I've seen at least one set of rules like that, but I can't remember what the name ...

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