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5answers
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Is it possible for players to gain an advantage from colluding in blackjack?

Blackjack basic strategy makes the assumption that the player is playing independently, with one person's decision to hit/stand having no affect on another player's decision to hit/stand. If the ...
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7answers
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Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge

What is the best bidding system which can be used for teaching beginners (who never played bridge before)? I suspect that showing any complicated system, or asking to learn some long manual would ...
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4answers
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What are a blackjack dealer's options?

Everywhere I read manuals it focuses my options as a player. I can't figure out if the dealer knows his hidden card or not? Of course, when dealer has 10 or Ace showing, he checks if he's got a ...
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5answers
626 views

What is the point in disclosure of the bidding system to opponents?

I fully understand and agree with the rule "do not communicate in illegal ways" (pose, tone of voice, etc), but I don't quite understand the point in requiring the disclosure of one's bidding system ...
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2answers
397 views

Which bidding system is assumed by default at BBO?

Which bidding system is assumed by default at Bridge Base Online (for humans)? I asked in chat several times in different games (ten times I think) and nobody answered. Is it Bridge base basic? Or ...
3
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1answer
230 views

1-on-1 unorganized tournament scoring system

Assume I want to run a game tournament with 1-on-1 games (think chess) that have (for simplicity) just win or lose as the outcome and I need a way to rank the players. Formally speaking, I want a ...
3
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1answer
314 views

Wort, Boggart Auntie and Goblins with Echo

So, I've got an EDH deck featuring Wort, Boggart Auntie as my General. I really want to exploit her ability for all it's worth, so I've been looking for different goblins that have "Enters the ...
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1answer
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Does an exiled Aetherling come back into play untapped?

Let's say I attack with Aetherling. After it deals damage I blink it out. When it returns at my end step, does it come back untapped and ready to block?
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Is there a Diplomacy variant that does not contain stalemate lines?

The standard Diplomacy game can often end up locked in a stalemate, with one player pushing for 18 territories, and two or more defenders trying to stop them. There are already many articles about ...
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113 views

Interpreting bidding by partners

RHO: 1C --> LHO: 1S --> RHO: 2D Does this mean 4-4 in clubs/diamonds, or 5-4 in clubs diamonds. Is it a reverse? (e.g.18+ pts?). Assuming opponents play SAYC.
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Commerce in Seven Wonders: possible to buy the same resource more than once in the same turn?

Situation: one of my neighbors has a single resource card; I want to build something that needs two of that resource; my neighbor's card is the only way I have access to that resource (i.e., I have ...
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1answer
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Dimir Doppelganger becoming Lazav, Dimir Mastermind

I have a few clarification questions regarding what happens after I use the activated ability of Dimir Doppelganger to target a Lazav, Dimir Mastermind that's sitting in a graveyard. For simplicity, I ...
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3answers
314 views

Looking for games with drop-in drop-out mechanic [closed]

When playing video games, I often prefer games that are easy to drop in and drop out of. Games like Team Fortress 2 where players are always respawning so the new player isn't set back, especially if ...
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1answer
96 views

Can the power of an attack be reduced below two?

When you are attacking in Illuminati and you're in the phase where players are spending Megabucks to aid or hinder the attack, is there a limit to how money can be spent to reduce the power of the ...
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2answers
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Where to buy bicycle quality custom playing cards

I have the ideas (and graphics) for two decks of cards. Googling I only found two options for creating custom playing cards in the bicycle quality/style that seemed legit. One: custom decks from the ...
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1answer
594 views

Do Untap triggers still trigger when the creature is untapped?

I control an untapped Goblin Sharpshooter, My opponent controls a 3/3 Beast Token, I Cast Lightning Bolt on the Beast, to kill it. Do I have to tap my Sharpshooter before the beast dies to get the ...
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3answers
457 views

Can people win at Diplomacy using a “Qin strategy?”

The Qin was one of seven (yes, seven) "warring states" in China several hundred years B.C. During its rise to power, it often followed a policy of "ally with the three far states against the three ...
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3answers
424 views

How can we remember to score points for claimed routes?

When we play Ticket to Ride we sometimes forget to score the points and move the score markers. You know; you're playing not only to get points, but to enjoy the game. And when someone realises they ...
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2answers
303 views

Can an opponent destroy an Iron Maiden during their upkeep to avoid taking damage from it?

I'll lay out the situation. I have an Iron Maiden in play. My opponent begins his turn with 10 cards in his hand (including a Disenchant), and 1 life. Iron Maiden's ability triggers at the ...
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2answers
404 views

If my opponent tries to resolve a triggered ability out of order, did they miss their opportunity to do so?

My opponent controls a tapped Nettle Sentinel, and has cast 1 copy of Glimpse of Nature this turn. They then play an Elvish Visionary, and in response I do nothing. The stack starts to resolve and ...
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2answers
783 views

How does casting a card for its miracle cost interact with cost modifying abilities?

If I reveal and cast a miracle like Temporal Mastery, Bonfire of the Damned or Entreat the Angels, When I am choosing a value for X, must it take into account effects like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben ...
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1answer
229 views

What are the other games in this series?

A few weeks back me and my friends were remembering our childhood games, and it turned out all four of us had at least one of these themed board game collection books. The link has pictures of the ...
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1answer
9k views

Storage Wars: MtG Black Lotus, others, actual worth?

Storage Wars had an episode in 2012 where Daryl Sheets finds a bunch of MtG cards, some loose, some bindered. They sell the entire lot at Frank and Sons Collectible Show for $700, basically the price ...
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2answers
1k views

Do any successful draft formats exist for Android: Netrunner?

It's still early enough in Android: Netrunner's lifecycle that using the full cardlist to build decks isn't too overwhelming, but as time goes on, it could well be, and archetypes will become ...
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1answer
213 views

Analyzing bidding sequence

My left opponent opened 1S - Right-side opponent responded 2H (I understood: 11+, 4+ card heart suit, shortness in spades) - L.O. responded 2S - R.O. responded 3D (has shortness of spades). R.O. : 4 ...
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2answers
2k views

Higher than level 9

I only recently learned that you're not allowed to go above level 9, unless it's from combat (or some special cards). I had played for years allowing higher levels, except you didn't win until you ...
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2answers
1k views

House Rules for divine intervention

Last several games of munchkin were won via "divine intervention". All agree that the win is less satisfying than normal. Does any have good house rules to make the card less onerous?
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332 views

If the Axis capture a factory in Axis and Allies, would the game tilt in their favor?

Despite the fact that the odds in the "real" war were heavily skewed in favor of Allies, the game is almost balanced. That is, if it is played with the "No Russian first turn attack rule," bidding ...
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1answer
896 views

How do Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and Vigor work together in Magic the Gathering?

Say I have Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and Vigor on the battlefield and Vigor dies. Lazav's ability triggers and I have him become a copy of Vigor. Does he now apply Vigor's ability to himself as well, ...
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1answer
2k views

Glaring Spotlight anti-hexproof work on enchantments

Does the Glaring Spotlight's anti-hexproof work on enchantments? So if a creature is not hexproof but has an enchantment such as Alpha Authority, does it still cancel the hexproof?
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4answers
444 views

Mini game within a game [closed]

Are there any board games where you play a mini game within the main game? For example, imagine playing Axis & Allies where you play a quick game of Tic-Tac-Toe each round to see which side gets ...
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0answers
296 views

Could Axis and Allies be “balanced” by weakening the US just a bit more?

In Axis and Allies (as in the real war), Germany and Japan together have more industrial power, represented by industrial production certificates (IPCs) than Britain and Russia combined. Hence The US ...
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2answers
286 views

First strike and bioshift

Player A's board consists of: 1/1 first strike with 4 +1/+1 counters 1/1 creature Player B's board consists of: 2/2 lifelink creature Player B has 5 life and has to block the creature with 4 ...
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0answers
55 views

How Does Wooly Bully 2's Waterproof Wings Variant Work?

I've started an online game of Wooly Bully (La Guerre des Moutons) 2 with the waterproof wings variant "on", but I'm not 100% sure how this rule plays out in practice. The key line in the rulebook ...
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1answer
2k views

What is the Power/Toughness of a */* when it is not on the battlefield?

If a creature has a P/T of * / *, but is not the battlefield, What is it's P/T with regards to effects that care about P/T such as Wild Pair and Varolz, the Scar-Striped. If I used Varolz, the ...
5
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3answers
2k views

Is there a viable “Japan First” strategy for the Allies in Axis and Allies?

In the "real" war, the Allies concentrated on, and defeated Germany before Japan. That might not have been the case if Hitler had not declared war on the United States in 1941, and the U.S. had ...
7
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1answer
489 views

How do zombies win in Last Night on Earth: Timber Peak?

My friends and I played Last Night on Earth extensively. Games were always very close, and tough for both sides. We liked it so much we got the Timber peak sequel/expansion. However, we find now that ...
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3answers
421 views

Responding to a simple overcall (SAYC)

LHO opened with 1C – Partner overcalled with 1S – (I have 6 pts, 4 Spades) → Do I respond with 2S? P.S. rho pass. EDIT : what my gripe with this is, that according to textbooks, you respond to ...
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3answers
570 views

In Axis and Allies, how do you choose which player plays which country? [closed]

Can players choose because there enough diversity of interest so that everyone can get their first or second choice? Do you use a bidding system where players "bid" for a country by specifying the ...
3
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2answers
7k views

Why is Trade Secrets banned in EDH or Commander?

Ban list for commander I don't see any announcement for Trade Secrets. Why has it been banned? Is there any mention of this card from Wizards, a card they made specifically for Commander?
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3answers
1k views

What is the meaning of “count your losers” at no trump, and “count your winners” for a trump contract?

Are no trump bidders taught to "count your losers" because their 25-26 points represents enough material for nine tricks so that they should "play not to lose" (i.e. to prevent their opponents from ...
5
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2answers
1k views

What does Counterbalance counter, when revealing a split card?

Split cards have 2 Converted Mana Costs everywhere except the stack. I saw a similar question relating to Dark Confidant explaining that you lose life for each converted mana cost, however the way it ...
5
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1answer
562 views

Will Counterbalance counter storm copies?

Counterbalance allows you to reveal the top card of your library whenever a spell is played, and counter it if the revealed card has the same mana cost. If an opponent has cast several spells to ramp ...
10
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1answer
17k views

What are some good general strategies for Eclipse?

I was recently introduced to Eclipse via Big Daddy's iPad implementation. I've been mainly playing the AI as I try to get the hang of this relatively complex game. I'm getting better but I hope that ...
6
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2answers
3k views

Does Thrumming Stone ripple after ripple

The card Thrumming Stone says: Spells you cast have ripple 4. (Whenever you cast a spell, you may reveal the top four cards of your library. You may cast any revealed cards with the same name as ...
5
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1answer
260 views

Can I extort Launch Party with the creature I'm sacrificing?

If I control exactly 1 Basilica Screecher, and I cast Launch Party sacrificing my Basilica Screecher, can I still use Basilica Screecher to extort on Launch Party?
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1answer
94 views

Overcall of 3S over 1C opening, what does it show? (assuming bidding system SAYC)

I assumed it was 10+pts, and 7 Spade suit -- am I correct?
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1answer
826 views

How can I quickly calculate the shanten number in Mahjong?

I am able to calculate the shanten number myself, but it often takes me more than a minute. I'm looking for ideas how to become more efficient. Background: I'm currently writing a paper about ...
10
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1answer
599 views

Dark Confidant and split cards

On my upkeep controlling a Dark Confidant I trigger revealing a card and losing life to it's cmc cost. What happens if I have a split card with 2 identifiable spells? Do I get to choose which one I ...
7
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1answer
522 views

If I forfeit Breaking News, will the tags stick?

Breaking News is an agenda that reads: When you score Breaking News, give the Runner 2 tags. When the turn on which you scored Breaking News ends, the Runner loses 2 tags. If I find some ...

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