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Can I change the order of cards when they change zones?

While goldfishing with my new UG self-mill standard deck, I realized that I have a particular habit that is probably not legal. When I cast Forbidden Alchemy, I have a habit of unintentionally ...
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In Seafarers of Catan, are there any special rules for ships or harbors in lakes?

We just played our first Seafarer's scenario (New World random setup) that contained a lake - a water hex surrounded by 6 land hexes. Our Seafarer rules booklet (1999) did not discuss any special ...
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Can you support through ships in Game of Thrones?

In Game of Thones, one can send attacking troops to a distant region in one order with a chain of ships. Does this also apply to support orders? That is, can I support a combat with land troops in ...
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Is it allowed for the next player to take the next tile while the current player hasn't finished his move yet?

A Korean-Japanese player I occasionally play Mahjong with insists that it's okay for the next player to take a tile from the wall and contemplate it while the previous player hasn't yet discarded. She ...
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What if I forget to pay rent?

Is the rule of not paying rent if you aren't asked for it, in the rules of Monopoly? Or is this something that people have made up? When is this ok?
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Will Return to Duty get someone out of the Brig?

The other day, when playing Battlestar Galactica, we had all (bar the CAG) been brigged, and someone drew the crisis Return to Duty card. Turn 5 Crisis: Return to Duty CAG Chooses Any ...
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How To Mitigate The Random Factor In Agricola?

Agricola is my favourite boardgame and I'd love to reach a level where I could call myself a master of it. However, having found a place to play it online and gotten a lot more games in, I've been ...
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Do physical implementations of single player board games have any advantages over their electronic counterparts?

While multiplayer board games can give you the enjoyment of hanging out with your friends and family, and all the social benefits you reap from those kinds of interactions face to face, instead of ...
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Promised future trades as part of legal trades? (Solution described, alternatives/comments requested)

When making a trade in Settlers of Catan, there is no official rule encouraging or prohibiting making a promise (to make a certain type of trade or perform some kind of action in the future) during a ...
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What are the rules for playing with this unusual Mancala board?

I recently received a Mancala set hand-made from Africa. It has an unusual set up, and I was hoping someone knew the rules for playing on this set up. The board is an arrangement of circle and ...
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What's the current state of Magic: The Gathering online play?

I'd like to get back into this game, but the real appeal for me is the collecting aspect, especially trading cards and not knowing what to expect from a foil pack. It seems there are a lot of ...
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How does the cost of designer board games compare to other forms of entertainment?

Some people complain about the cost of designer board games. With most board games near the $50 mark, and some approaching $100, they might look at the price of a movie ticket, DVD, or video game and ...
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In Settlers of Catan, what seat position is the best for odds of recieving any resource?

If you use the standard rules, where the number tokens are laid out on the board in a pattern (small letters are below the pips), which seating position has the greatest odds of receiving the most ...
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Clarification about Tools in Stone Age

I just got Stone Age as a gift and I've played it one time so far. But I have a question about how the tools work. They way we played from how I understood the rules: A player places two people ...
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Does “prevent all damage to target creature” save the other creatures in a gang block?

In The Great Designer Search 2, one of the participants designed this card: CW15 - Improvised Shield 1W Instant Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn. ...
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Does mixing Dominion expansions lessen the power of card combinations in random kingdom setups?

Although they can be mixed together, Dominion sets seem to have many cards that were designed to combo with other cards in the same set. Scout works better with the cards that are both victory cards ...
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How likely is it to survive a game of Barbarian Prince?

Barbarian Prince is a brutal paragraph based game. Your character must collect 500 gold and return to his homeland to win the game. Unfortunately, there are unfriendly guards, wolves, mobs of ...
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Where can I play Carcassonne or Colonists of Catan online? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Boardgaming Online I want to play Carcassonne or Colonists (Settlers) of Catan online, either against other people, or against a computer opponent. I want to improve my ...
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How likely is it to win a game of Barbarian Prince?

Barbarian Prince is a brutal paragraph based game. Your character must collect 500 gold and return to his homeland to win the game. Unfortunately, there are unfriendly guards, wolves, mobs of ...
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Can You Choose To Beg When You Have Enough Food?

Normally, in Agricola, it would be crazy not to spend food on feeding your family - at a cost of 3 VPs per, it is difficult to imagine any situation where a food token could be worth more in the ...
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Is “meaningful decisions per hour” a good measure for how fun a game might be?

People quickly grow out of games like Candy Land and Tic-Tac-Toe. They don't have any meaningful decisions to make. Then there are games like Monopoly, that have a few meaningful decisions to make, ...
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Does Finn Edwards have to pay to upkeep his Bank Loan?

Finn Edwards has a power called Holdout: Any Phase: Finn never has to discard items or lose money, even when he is knocked unconscious or driven insane. He must still pay costs as usual. He also ...
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Should I shuffle the Visage tokens after an investigator gets devoured?

The Ancient One named Ghatanothoa has a power called Annihilating Gaze. While Ghatanothoa stirs in his slumber, place the eight visage tokens facedown on this sheet. Each time an investigator ...
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Does Paelleall's Wrath of the Volcano ability affect Heroes on her tile and the Entrance Tile?

Paelleall's Summoner Ability reads (emphasis mine): Wrath of the Volcano At the beginning of your turn, choose the shortest path from your current tile to the Dungeon Entrance tile. All other ...
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Is it possible to combo Spy and Wishing Well?

From the entry for Wishing Well on Dominion Strategy, I quote: Cards that you view with Spy get drawn by the Wishing Well instead of being wished for. The cards in question are these: But as ...
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Resources for learning about good shape?

Shape is immensely important in Go, and you can read about the basics anywhere - don't make empty triangles, table and mouth shapes are good, etc. Where can I find more advanced treatments of shape?
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Does Avis or Iago have a better chance of winning a match?

In my quest to find the answer to this question, I have decided to start smaller. The rules of Button Men are here, and the characters are listed below. Avis: d4, d4, d10, d12, dX (where X is d4, ...
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Types of EDH mana base

After looking at a number of EDH deck lists I have seen two distinct types of mana bases used by various decks. Some decks use a large number of basic lands, dual lands and utility lands. Other ...
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Where to find lists of cheap Cubes?

I'm an occasional social Magic player (not crazy about the game). I like playing drafts more than constructed to avoid the arms race, but they're not cheap, and one of my friends had a real problem ...
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Second line invasion of two-space extension

The two-space extension is a very common pattern and forms a base. I've found lots of material here, and here, and elsewhere on how it cannot be cut and how to defend against various invasions. ...
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How do the Investigators Collectively Decide?

So in Arkham Horror, we're playing with the "Lurker on the Threshold" expansion. It introduces the idea of 'pacts'. When these pacts are received, cards from the 'reckoning' deck are resolved. We ...
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Why doesn't Undying trigger if a creature with +1/+1 counters dies from -1/-1 counters?

From the Dark Ascension FAQ: If a creature with undying that has a +1/+1 counter on it receives enough -1/-1 counters to cause it to be destroyed by lethal damage or put into its owner's graveyard ...
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Does the Bavarian Illuminati make a privileged attack in addition to their two actions?

The special ability of the Bavarian Illuminati allows them to make a privileged attack for the cost of 5MB. Is this a free action?
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What are “attack” Spells?

In the rules, it says Attacking a monster does not require making an evade test. This attack may be unarmed, with a weapon, or with an “attack” Spell card. This attack does not need to ...
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How can I modify an existing deck for a wide-open environment?

Say you've got a fairly competitive Magic: the Gathering deck you really like. It's likely to be tuned to the particular environment it developed in, whether that's what's most popular among your ...
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Is there a best character in Button Men? Is there a worst character?

Button Men is a free Print&Play game for 2 players. Each player chooses a character card, and the polyhedral dice associated with that character, and takes turns trying to capture their opponent's ...
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How much should the University cost?

I once read that the main regret in the design of Puerto Rico was over-pricing the University. Anyone have any guesses (or statistical analysis) as to the "correct" price?
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Is a player required to ship on a wharf if they are able to?

In Puerto Rico, a player is required to ship as many of one good as they can in turn order. If a player has a wharf, goods available to ship, and is otherwise unable to ship goods on the available ...
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With Print&Play board games, should the focus be beauty or simplicity?

Many Print & Play (P&P/PNP) board games come from a designer's desire to get people to play their game. If the intent of designing a P&P board game is getting the most people to play it, ...
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Three beginner clarifications about Cribbage

I started playing Cribbage on my phone 2 days ago and want to play with my friends, so I have some questions: How do you determine who leads the next hand? I know the after the deal, the Pone leads, ...
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Ambiguous mission objectives and scenarios

In the newer form of Mission Risk (link), where each player has 4 mission cards of varying difficulty, there are a number of ambiguities that are not covered by the manual. After an exhausting (if not ...
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Why do cards have different rarity levels in Magic: The Gathering?

I've been reflecting on this concept and trying to come up with a concise answer: Why do different levels of card rarity exist in MtG? In order for this concept of different numbers of different cards ...
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Does newer card text on a Magic: The Gathering card override the old wording?

While going through the Gatherer database I noticed that the Alpha version of Icy Manipulator says, C: You may tap any land, creature, or artifact in play on either side. whereas the Tenth ...
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Which of the 5 resources in Settlers of Catan (base version) is most important? Why?

Experienced Settlers of Catan players know that the answer to this question will vary based on many board setup factors such as resource productivity, 2:1 ports, whether you can corner the market for ...
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How does the full-size board change the game of Go?

My Go board has two playing surfaces, one big and the other small. As a Go beginner, I have been playing on the reduced size board. I assume this is recommended because it makes games shorter, and ...
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Is it valid to exploit infinite loopholes in Magic: The Gathering?

Today at work, I played my first game in almost 10 years using a deck from another player. He was playing a deck made of creatures that facilitate life points regain. At one point, using 3 different ...
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How do you find not-quite-club level human opponents to regularly play bridge with?

What's a good way to to go about finding human bridge players (kids or adults) that is less intense than what you find at duplicate bridge clubs, but more competitive and learning oriented than ...
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What is a good strategy for selecting commons and uncommons for trade folders?

I recently came into several large collections of Magic cards that I am looking through for trade stock, obviously cards such as Counterspell tend to be good trade stock even though they are common; ...
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When using the Influence action, can you influence a hex adjacent only to the newly claimed hex?

The Influence action allows a player to move up to two Influence Discs to a hex that is "adjacent to a hex where you have a disc or a Ship." In a case where the first Influence Disc is moved to an ...
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How early should I move my king in Hnefatafl?

In Hnefatafl (with these rules) the aim of the white player is to move their king to one of the corner squares. How do I know when it's safe to move the king? Are there 'signs', for example, the other ...

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