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Can I activate an ability on a card in my graveyard that returns its to my hand?

Say I have Cage of Hands, Shackles or another card in my graveyard that has an activated ability that returns the card to its owner hand, but doesn't explicitly mention that it can be played from the ...
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Which Seven Wonders Leaders Should I Be Hoping To Recruit?

I got to play with the Seven Wonders Leaders expansion for the first time last night, and it certainly adds an extra dimension to the game. I was able to assemble a lethal combo of Xenophon (2 extra ...
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Optimal (Or Just Effective) Strategy For The Resistance?

I played Resistance for the first time last night, and it was great fun, but the consensus at the table was that the resistance can only beat the spies given a healthy dose of luck. I played a ...
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Are “Diagonal” Attacks More Deadly in Diplomacy?

As France, for instance, it's fairly easy to defend against an extended "frontal" attack in the north by England and Germany, by covering the connected zones, Burgundy, Picardy, and Brest. Fortunately ...
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Can the Mirror-Mad Phantasm rescue itself?

Mirror-Mad Phantasm in the upcoming Innistrad set looks like the following: If I use the Phantasm in combat against a creature that does at least 1 damage, is it possible to activate its ability ...
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Tri-dimensional board games: How does the additional dimension extend possible player requirements & game structure?

Recently I saw the Star Trek chess game in a serial and looked it up on wikipedia. It exists as a real game, but it seems it's not too popular, too tricky, too unwieldy to carry and play everywhere, ...
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When is it advisable to take Blue cards in the first age in Seven Wonders?

I've played several games of Seven Wonders now, and I'm still figuring out a lot of the strategy. I've learned that every card has its place and advantages, but the one group of cards that seems most ...
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Does the Yellow Squad's Move + Activate card swap places with a space marine or move and then shift the formation?

The text for the Move + Activate action for the Yellow Squad reads, Your Space Marines may move to any position in the formation (instead of just to adjacent positions). I'm just not sure ...
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Does “Mountainwalk” imply “Snow-Covered Mountainwalk”?

If I am playing a deck with Snow-Covered Mountains, does a creature with Mountainwalk become unblockable or do they require Snow-Covered Mountainwalk (where "mountain" is interchangeable with plains, ...
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Magic: The Gathering - Can Charge Counters be put on cards that don't “use” counters themselves?

Some cards allow you to add counters, or move counters, to other cards. Would you be allowed to do this onto a card that doesn't actually use any counters at all? For example: Would Coretapper be ...
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stone stacking game

I'm trying to find a game that I played a while ago with some friends, and not having much luck with Amazon/Google. Each player got a set of stones, and you were supposed to stack the stones in a ...
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Why does Mana-Burn exist in Magic: The Gathering?

My understanding of Mana-Burn is that if you have any left over mana in your mana-pool at the end of your turn, you loose that many life. But why is this rule necessary? The only time I see it come ...
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Can Aquamoeba beat Glory Seeker with discards?

Can Aquamoeba beat Glory Seeker if the Aquamoeba owner discards one or more cards during the fight? Discard a card from your hand: switch Aquamoeba's power and toughness until end of turn. 1/3 ...
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How many cards should be collected using the Mining Progress card?

The Cities and Knights expansion to Settlers of Catan has two cards that have caused us a bit of disagreement. Take the Mining Progress card for example. It says "...collect two ore for each ...
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What's the fastest way to print a card game prototype?

My goal is to minimize the amount of time I have to spend, with a budget of about $40. Also, I'm absolutely terrible at using scissors and glue.
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How Can I Identify How To Beat My Computer At Chess? [closed]

This is an embarrassing question to have to ask, but here goes. Recently I've gotten a new Mac laptop which has a chess program on it. I'm not a chess expert by any means: I can beat casual players ...
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How do I manage double-faced cards in Innistrad (MTG) tournament play?

I read about the new mechanic in Innistrad, the upcoming MTG edition, called double-faced cards. These cards have two faces, and no standard Magic back. They have actual creatures on both sides. In ...
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Best method for evenly distributing epidemic cards in Pandemic setup?

The rules for Pandemic call for shuffling the Player deck and distributing the initial cards to each player. The remaining 50 or so cards are then seeded with epidemic cards by this rule: Divide ...
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Children's version of Rummy?

Rummy is one of my favourite card games - we used to play it endlessly when I was at uni using various different rulesets. So I'm now trying to teach my children the basics of Rummy, as they love ...
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How many monster cards / what is the bonus value in the Alvin and Dexter Ticket to Ride expansion

The Alvin and Dexter expansion looks like an interesting one, and one you could quite easily do yourself. To that end, how many cards of each type of monster do you get in the expansion pack and what ...
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In Conquest of Planet Earth, Do I conquer a Location with my remaining Alien Ships after Losing the final Fight Round?

Consider a scenario where I land 2 Alien Ships at a Location with a Resistance level of 1. This means there will be 1 Fight. From the Battles, Fights, and Fight Rounds section of the Rules Wiki: ...
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What are useful guidelines for deciding when to power down in RoboRally?

I'm having trouble putting my finger on clear guidelines for choosing when to announce a power down, and would love to hear some analyses.
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What is the largest amount of pebbles in mancala to win with?

This question has puzzled me for quite a while. It was a statement on the box that I own that triggered it, translated it says: The strategic player can outwit his opponent and win all his ...
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What are the differences between Small World and SW Underground?

I was excited to see Small World Underground on the shelves of the local game shop yesterday, but neither the box nor the official web site seem to offer a succinct comparison with the original game. ...
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Which famous (board) games are unlicenced and royalty free?

Which famous board games such as monopoly are unlicensed? Which games could you recreate and sell without having to pay royalties? Is there a list somewhere of all board games and their license, or ...
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When is a backgammon not a backgammon?

So here is the basic idea: My opponent has put one of my checkers on the bar and begins bearing off. A turn or two later, I get a lucky roll and move off the bar, putting one of my opponent's ...
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How long does it take to play Elder Sign?

This dice game version of Arkham Horror is about to be published by Fantasy Flight but a lot of gamers have already picked it up or at least demoed it at GenCon and PAX Prime. I've read a few comments ...
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Does Wrath of God really destroy creatures with shroud?

I heard - (from an official MtG judge) - that Wrath of God ("Destroy all creatures") destroys creatures with the Shroud ability, because it doesn't target a single creature, it targets all creatures. ...
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What is the best method to make new Settlers like tiles

I am trying to make some new Settlers tiles and would like to know what is the best method to make Settlers like tiles that are roughly the same size and thickness to standard settlers tiles with a ...
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What computer games based on Magic: The Gathering are there? [closed]

I've had a ton of fun playing an old version of Shandalar on my PC. The computer opponents are great and I love the card antes and everything, but there's only around 600 cards and the rules are ...
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If two people wanted to play, would each have to buy the cards?

Would there be enough cards for two players to build adequate decks with only one copy of the base set and/or the Asylum Packs, or would each player have to have their own? Thanks!
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Can I choose “Artifact Creature” as a creature type as Adaptive Automaton enters the battlefield?

I want to use the card Adaptive Automaton in my white artifacts deck. Most of the creatures in the deck are artifact creatures. Now, I am not sure if "artifact creature" is a correct creature type. ...
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Liege of the Tangle with awakening counter - how does it work?

I just got a MTG card named Liege of the Tangle: card details. I'm a little confused here. What does that "awakening counter" mean? How long will it remain? Can it be removed from the land?
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You are a sympathetic Cylon

I'm still pondering over our Cylon's greatest loss in the last 6 player game we played. In turn 3 the first Cylon player got executed by an Admiral Chooses crisis card (Kain-player resolved that one ...
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In Arkham Horror, how many gates wakes the Ancient One?

If the max number of gates allowed on the board is, for example, 6, does the Ancient One wake up on the 6th or 7th gate? I'm pretty sure that the answer to that should be that the Ancient One wakes ...
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Do you have to move backwards with a 10 in Sorry?

If you are unable to move forward when drawing a 10, do you have to move backwards 1?
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Multiplayer version of Quizl

I recently started playing David Parlett's Quizl. It's a word game that is something like a cross between a word search and Battleship, and I really enjoy it. It's a two-player game, but I was ...
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Does anybody know of a list of color-appropriate effects for new cards in Magic?

My playgroup has started to get into creating custom cards for our casual Magic: the Gathering games, but it's no fun if the cards aren't designed in a plausible way. According to Mark Rosewater's ...
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How do Dominion tournaments compensate for the luck that's always present in the game?

Dominion is definitely NOT a game of luck. I'd wager it's at least 90% strategy. But at the higher levels I'm sure the luck comes out as players get better at finding the best strategies available to ...
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Learning to build multi-color decks in Magic

I'm a MTG noob, and currently I've only built single-color decks. However, I want to explore the art of building decks that use cards of multiple colors. What are the advantages of a multicolor ...
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When is it a good idea to pick the Craftsman in Puerto Rico?

At first, Craftsman seems like a great pick because it's what actually lets you actually produce goods, and if you're the one to pick it you can often produce more than everyone else. However, ...
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How can I play Arkham Horror remotely?

Having recently moved quite a long distance away from a friend who owns Arkham Horror, we have decided to continue playing games via telepresence (supplied by google+ hangouts). My first go at ...
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Using the Baron

Last night I finished my first ever game of Dominion: Intrigue, and I'm feeling conflicted about my evaluation of some of the cards on the board. In particular, I cannot decide of the Baron is junk or ...
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If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?

When playing Dominion, I have developed the habit of buying a Gold the first time I can afford one, even if I could afford a Province instead. Is this a good rule of thumb? My reasoning is that if I ...
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What does it mean to check behind?

In poker terminology, there's something called "checking behind". What does this mean?
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How can we finish Titan in 4 hours?

We like to play Titan but the game always feels too long, it usually takes 6-8 hours. We've tried the quicker game variant suggested in the rules (skipping the first level of recruits and going ...
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1answer
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Can the Paladin be summoned mid battle?

In Dungeon Lords, there is a spell that forces you to pay your monster(s) cost or withdraw it from combat. If you have a vampire and are just below the evil-o-meter level needed for the paladin to ...
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When will playing Rubber Bridge vs. Duplicate Bridge affect your decisions?

In Rubber Bridge, you are trying to get more points than your opponents. In Duplicate Bridge, you are trying to get more points than the other people playing the same hand later on do. For a while I ...
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How are numerical chess rankings calculated for different ranking systems?

I know there are several different ranking systems for chess, but how do they work in general? How exactly do they approximate your skill and how you will fare against other players? How can I figure ...
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Space Hulk: Death Angel - playing a 'multi-player' game solo

I just beat the game solo but could not do so when I had a teammate. I get the feeling beating it is easier when you are solo b/c the most genestealers that can pop out is 2. And having smaller swarms ...

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