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How does the Amazons “+4 When Attacking” power work?

So I got a copy of Small World, and in our first game, the "Amazons" came up early. According to the rules, they get "+4 when attacking". What exactly does that mean? We argued it out and what we ...
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4answers
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How can I play Dominion with 5+ players without expansions?

I am going to get a Dominion expansion (probably intrigue based on its popularity) but in the meantime I'm curious about what I can do with just the basic set. I know it was designed for 2-4, but I ...
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When do trading deals become too unbalancing?

I've played a few games of Settlers of Catan with friends and seen some deals emerge in the trading that don't seem quite right to me. When do deals that extend beyond the current trade become ...
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2answers
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What is the best way to clean dirty cards

I have a few frequently played card games where the cards no longer feel "clean". They aren't stained or anything, just a bit grimy. Is there an effective way to clean the cards without damaging the ...
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2answers
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Flexibility of number of players in Fluxx

I've played Fluxx in groups from 2 through 10; Zombie Fluxx seems to work even better at the ends of that range. from here The boxes of all the Fluxx games say 2-6 players, but how well do ...
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1answer
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What happens if you steal an Elixir of Immortality and then use it?

In an EDH (Commander) game recently, Alice used Thada Adel, Acquisitor to steal an artifact out of Bob's deck, the Elixir of Immortality, and cast it. That artifact's ability says: {2}, {T}: You ...
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2answers
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Arkham Horror - Tips for making the game more dynamic and fun when you play with more than 5 players?

I'm new to this game, but I recently hosted a play with friends. With 8 people the game was very slow and difficult to play. What would you recommend to make the game a little more dynamic and fun ...
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2answers
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Arkham Horror: dominant personality issue?

I recently experienced the problem mentioned here, with myself being one of the enthusiasts pushing other party members around. It wasn't intentional, it's just that the structure of the game lends ...
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2answers
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Ferries and Tunnels in Ticket to Ride Expansions

My wife and I play a lot of Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries but recently we discovered we'd been playing Ferries incorrectly. Oops! A ferry is depicted on the board as, e.g., 4 red spaces and 2 ...
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1answer
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What are the difference between Chinese and Japanese rules in Go?

What are the differences? And do these differences influence strategy?
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5answers
1k views

How do you pronounce Agricola?

I played my first game of Agricola yesterday. Naturally, I'm left with a bunch of questions, but chief among them is: How do you pronounce the name of this game? Our group was split pretty evenly ...
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14answers
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Any good way to add a handicap in Dominion?

I play Dominion pretty regularly with one group of friends, but only occasionally with another group. This creates a pretty big experience gap between me and the second group, and I'm afraid they ...
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4answers
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Tales of Arabian Nights — Story versus Destiny and variants?

In the ZMan version of Tales of Arabian Nights, you choose 20 points between Story and Destiny. I tend to do 10 of each or something similar. Is this the best strategy? Also, the game is very ...
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5answers
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Is there a 10 player expansion for Settlers of Catan? Where can I get it?

Somebody told me that he has an extension for Settlers of Catan that allows play with up to ten players. Who made it? Is it still sold?
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1answer
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Scrabble computer version that uses the new dictionary? (OSPD4/OTCWL2)

Is there a version of the computer Scrabble game that uses the new dictionary (not really new anymore, came out in 2006)? I know about ISC, but we're looking for something that my technophobic ...
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2answers
478 views

What is the best opening in Hansa Teutonica?

What opening move should I prefer in Hansa Teutonica with 3, 4, or 5 players, and why?
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1answer
775 views

Paper thickness (weight) to use for card tabs/dividers?

I'm planning on building a custom storage solution for my Dominion cards (to fit the expansions in the main box with the base set). For part of this, I will need to cut some tabs similar to the ones ...
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1answer
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What Are The Official Rules for Carcassonne: The River?

I played a game of Carcassonne last night with some friends, using amongst other expansions, the river. Their "house rule" was that both the river Source and Lake tiles do NOT wrap around: on each ...
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8answers
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Getting started with trick-taking games (whist, euchre, bridge, pinochle, etc.) [closed]

I've heard there are a lot of different trick-taking games out there, such as whist, bridge, euchre, pinochle, oh hell, hearts etc. I've heard a lot of good things about these games, but have very ...
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4answers
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Dominion - Defeating the Alchemist

I have a friend who loves this card. I know that every time it's on the table, he will load up on them, and chain long turns that take ages. It's even more powerful when Scout and/or Apothecary ...
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14answers
7k views

Games that can be played with just normal playing cards that are engrossing enough for a hardcore gamer [closed]

Most of my family likes playing crazy eights, 31, and occasional even go fish. I'm more into games with a bit more strategy and intrigue that require a decent amount of brain-work to play masterfully. ...
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8answers
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Do you know any rules that make Pandemic's difficulty more even?

Pandemic varies vastly in difficulty depending on the number of players. Does anyone know of any custom rules that make it more even?
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3answers
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What factors should I consider when choosing card sleeves?

There seem to be a lot of options when it comes to card sleeves. What factors do I need to consider about different sizes, materials, and quality of sleeves when deciding which to purchase? How ...
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2answers
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Mystery of the Abbey - How to track clues over time?

If I have Novice Gerard in my hand early in the game, and quickly learn that player A has one Templar Novice crossed off and player B has one Templor Novice crossed off, I know I can eliminate all ...
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5answers
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What is a good way to make Water Effects in Terrain?

I am working on some Terrain for Warmachine, and I am interested in making some water effects. What is a good way to go about doing that? I am planning on using Foam Core as the base of a lake, ...
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2answers
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In Alien Frontiers, how does Raider's Outpost work after a ship has been teleported to another Orbital Facility?

Scenario setup: A player uses the Raider's Outpost by docking a 3-4-5 set of ships. Same player uses an Orbital Teleporter to move the 5 ship to another Orbital Facility. Do the 3 and 4 ships ...
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1answer
535 views

Catan and Seafarers 5-6 player expansion

I have both standard Catan and Catan Seafarer, thinking about buying the player extension to expand both games to 5-6 players. If I only buy the Seafarer's player extension, can I also use it onto my ...
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4answers
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Where can I play Hearts online? [closed]

I would like to play against other people. Can't seem to find any sites.
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6answers
4k views

Examples of board games with good/interesting rules for trading?

Trading is in my opinion often an overlooked aspect of rules for board games. The lack of such rules often results in players modifying or making up these rules themselves. While making up the rules ...
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4answers
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What's an effective Small World strategy for new players?

I've played one game of Small World. I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite losing badly. For one, I had no game plan, and was sort of just trying things randomly. Is there an effective, yet basic, ...
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1answer
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In Dominion, how do Duration cards interact with King's Court / Throne Room?

For example, suppose I play a King's Court on a Lighthouse. Do I get +$3 now and +$3 next turn? +$3 now and +$1 next turn?
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What are common contracts in Catan?

Players in my Catan groups never reneg on deals, so we have a number of common contracts. For example, we often sell each other a "Not-Hit," the right to be avoided the next time the seller gets to ...
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Calculating luck as a factor in board games?

I´m hooked on Carcassonne but feel that after you learned the basic tactics it is mostly a game of luck. This has me wondering, when designing board games how would one go about calculating the luck ...
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1answer
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Why is Pandemic's Bio-terrorist Challenge not recommended with five players?

The rules say the bio-terrorist challenge is for three and four player games and is explicitly not recommended for five players. Why is that? If it's a difficulty issue, couldn't the number of ...
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1answer
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Khet opening set-ups

What are the different merits of the Khet opening set-ups - Classic, Imhotep & Dynasty?
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Is it unsportsmanlike to concede when you believe you cannot win?

I've had a long running debate with some folks I play with regarding concession. Some argue that is it is unsportsmanlike to concede a game if you are not doing very well. I contend however, that if ...
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6answers
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How can I play Pandemic with 6 players?

I've recently bought Pandemic, and really liked the game. But since the basic game is only 2-4 players, I ordered the expansion "On the Brink", which brings it up to 5 players. Is there a rules ...
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28answers
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What are good games to play during a one-hour lunch break? [closed]

On any given day we can have any number of players, up to ten, so that's not a limitation. Keep in mind that setup, play and packing up needs to be done in the hour. My coworkers are all experienced ...
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2answers
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Looking for full spoilers for the Shadowrun CCG

I'm looking for full-text (or even better, image) spoilers for the old Shadowrun collectible card game (interchangeably known as Shadowrun TCG or CCG). Basically, I'm looking for a list of all the ...
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How does Intrigue change your general Dominion strategy?

I've seen a lot of discussions about the basic strategies newcomers to Dominion develop: First you buy as many action cards as you can get you hands on. After several games, someone discovers Big ...
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What are the differences between the four editions of The Settlers of Catan base game?

I haven't played Settlers of Catan yet, but I've been considering asking my gaming group if they want to try it. As I understand it, Settlers of Catan is now in its fourth major version. If I do get ...
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Good set of cards for teaching beginners

We have 1 or 2 new people who are interested in joining our lunch Dominion games where I work. We'd like to teach them about the various rules unique to each of these sets: Base, Intrigue, Seaside, ...
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3answers
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Agricola: Traveling Player?

What the heck is the "Traveling Player" space for in Agricola (family game)? Besides gaining the food there, is there anything else significant about that space?
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2answers
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Texas Hold'Em Heads-Up Blind Structure

Why does the Dealer post the small blind and the other player post the big blind? Normally the person to the left of the dealer will post the small blind then the second player to the left of the ...
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7answers
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Proper use of Dominion card Upgrade

In what situations is Upgrade (Intrigue) useful? I have never seen anyone buy Upgrade in the games I've played where it was available. Whenever I play with Upgrade and Swindler, I always give Upgrade ...
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1answer
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Should I avoid getting any pot in Poison or try to pick a color and get as much as possible?

What is the better strategy in Poison (BGG)? Trying to get nothing at all may be a good strategy, but sometimes hard. Is it better to try to get the most of a color, so that this color doesn't count ...
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0answers
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What board games have good quality versions available for play online for free?

What are some worthy online versions of board games? They should be: Complete working versions On a site that is easily accessible (so no spam, lots of pop-ups or requires handing over excessive ...
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Boardgaming Online

This is a community maintained list of online resources to play boardgames with. Does anyone know of more resources for online play? Answers that address the following points would be much ...
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Is the luck factor indeed overwhelming in the Catan Card Game?

I recently bought the Settlers of Catan Card Game, played two partial games, and was very disappointed because of the seemingly huge importance of luck. Just about every action is based on chance: ...
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What are the requirements for progress?

I've lost galactic progress map for Twilight Imperium 2 edition. So now we can only play till one person obviously dominates all the others, which takes a lot of time. Each progress step requirements ...

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