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In Bridge, Does It Make Sense to Pre-empt in Fourth Seat?

In one of my games, there were three passes. Fourth seat elected to "pre-empt," three hearts with something like the following: ♠xx ♥KQJxxxx ♦Jxx ♣x One of the opponents doubled (for penalties), ...
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Is there a “gotcha” with Caged Sun?

I'm reading the text of Caged Sun carefully and comparing it to Gauntlet of Might/Power. Gauntlet of Might (cost 4) Red creatures get +1/+1. Whenever a Mountain is tapped for mana, its ...
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How can I mana ramp in a Commander game without helping my opponents?

I'm working on a Commander deck and I'm looking at ways to ramp my mana that won't aid my opponents. I may eventually use all the listed ramp cards, but, I'd like to keep the restriction for the ...
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What are the rules for the card game “High Nines”?

A long time ago, my cousin taught me a card game he called "High Nines": It was a trick-taking game, similar to Euchre, though it used the full card deck. Trump cards were worth one point, except ...
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Scope of “Finger of God”

In "Monty Python Fluxx" the wording on the "Finger of God" Keeper is a bit ambiguous. Can its special power be used on another player's cards? If you have this on the table you may smite (i.e. ...
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Is it common to have too few resources for most cards in Age 3 of “7 Wonders”?

I've only played one game so far and it was with 7 players so that might not have been a normal experience... I got the feeling that most cards in Age 3 are simply not affordable because they need so ...
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Can I show my resource cards to other players in Settlers of Catan?

I was playing a game of Settlers of Catan the other day and one of my fellow players rolled a seven. One of the other players was trying to convince the person who rolled seven to put the robber on ...
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What caused “Liliana of the Veil” to double its price during a single week?

When Innistrad came out in the beginning of September 2011, the most expensive card was "Liliana of the Veil", selling for a little over $25. This card kept this price for almost a month. On ...
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What is this old tile game I inherited?

I have an old tile game with rectangular tiles, ivory, with different colored numbers on them. Some have 2 numbers one on top and one on bottom, others have one number with words on top like draw two, ...
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How to recognize the 2nd edition of Railways Of The World?

The 2nd edition includes cards for the Mexico map, which as far as I understand are rather indispensable for the 2 and 3 player variant of the game. My question is: is it possible to differ between ...
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Maxing out your buys in early Dominion

How important is it to always buy the most expensive thing that you can with your first buys in Dominion? I appreciate that in the later stages of the game you often have more money than you can ...
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Trying to remember a classic board game

I'm trying to remember the name of a game so I can look up strategies for it for my discrete math class. The game is laid out with however many rows of marbles or stones and each player can choose ...
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Dixit variations to increase replay value?

I recently got Dixit, and it's been a big hit with a couple groups of friends, however we're already finding it's replay value to be declining. I'm sure in a few months it would be very fun again ...
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What are good resources or techniques to improve one's offence or finishing game?

I'm a moderately skilled chess player; I can beat most casual players and survive quite a while against class A, expert, or master players. Unfortunately, virtually all of my skill is in control of ...
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In Bridge, Is it Sometimes Good to Lead an Opponent's Suit on Defense?

I was "West," that is, the opening leader. My left and right hand opponents had alternated diamond and spade bids, neither supporting the other, suggesting something like 6-1 misfits in both suits ...
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What do the abbreviations BB, SB and D mean in Texas Hold 'Em?

http://www.flopturnriver.com/Holdem-Expected-Value-10-Players.php Maybe D is dealer and B is blind, but what is BB?
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Which computer board game designer works best for card games?

I've heard of a few computer board game designers, such as Vassal, Cyberboard, and Zun Tzu. Which would work best for building a custom card game? Note, I am willing to use one I haven't heard of, so ...
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How many Diabolic Tutors is too many?

Everyone loves the Diabolic Tutor: But how many tutors is too many? If I'm running a mono-black or black-heavy deck, is there any reason to not just put in four Tutors? What are the possible ...
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What Are the Requirements for a “Jump” Bid Opposite a Takeout Double in Bridge?

My left hand opponent opened one diamond. Partner doubled. Right hand opponent passed. I was sitting in fourth seat with eight points, and something like (s) KJxxx (h) Jxx (d) xx (c) Kxx. I ...
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What is the most effective creature that can be resurrected from the graveyard in MTG?

I am currently designing a legacy deck around the new graveyard focused cards from Innistrad. My goal is to get cards in my own graveyard quickly and utilize those as best as I can. Innistrad offers a ...
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Does “Swarm” AI card affect all Locust on the map?

In the Gears of War board game there are AI cards. These cards generally refer to AI's that fit a specific criteria (like "all wretch with 3 spaces"). However the Swarm card reads: Each Locust ...
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Oblivion Ring targeting an Aura

Suppose I cast Oblivion Ring and have it target the Pacifism which is encumbering one of my creatures. What happens if the Oblivion Ring is subsequently destroyed? Pacifism re-enters play enchanting ...
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How many lands should I have in my sealed or draft decks?

A standard draft deck has 40 cards in it; a 4-booster sealed deck has 30 cards. How many lands should I put in each of these formats? And why do I need this ratio? The conventional wisdom that I ...
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How can I elegantly increase the difficulty of Elder Sign?

I think there's consensus that Elder Sign is not satisfyingly difficult. The variants I've seen suggested are either too long for my taste, or don't look play-tested. Has anyone found a satisfying ...
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I have an idea for a card game. How can I best start testing it?

I've been playing around with an idea for a card game for some time, and I think I've finally got the idea fairly well in place. How can I best start testing it out to refine it?
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Are cards of the same “rarity level” really equally rare in MTG?

In Magic the Gathering there are 4 rarity levels: common, uncommon, rare and mythical rare. In a booster pack you usually get 10 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare or 1 mythical rare. In Innistrad that ...
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In Axis and Allies, Does It Make Sense For Japan to Attack Sinkiang on the First Turn?

The idea would be to prevent America from building a factory there. The attack would be with two infantry from Indochina, supported by fighters from there and Manchuria. (Japan would replaced the two ...
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What is the difference between “flying” and “this creature can only be blocked by creatures with flying”?

Tons of creatures have flying in Magic:The Gathering, but I noticed Treetop Rangers have this ability: Treetop Rangers can't be blocked except by creatures with flying. Obviously this means that ...
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Do you get to draw a card if you rotate a tile?

In Eruption, one gets to draw new tiles by connecting lava flows to cities. If there is already a tile connected to a city, and it is rotated using a Aftershock card, and the lava is still connected ...
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When should I add life gain cards to my deck in MTG?

One common mistake in MTG is to overvalue life-gain cards (at least in 2 player games) because they don't do anything to actually help you WIN the game, and only make you lose slower. This makes them ...
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3answers
539 views

What the key minis for a new Ultramarine player to get?

I am starting to play Warhammer 40,000 as an Ultramarine Space Marine player. I got the starter kit: Assault on Black Reach and have been enjoying painting stuff since. Where should I look next to ...
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What are good strategies for booster drafts?

I know that doing a booster draft can be somewhat complicated, because to really be good you need to know a lot about the set you're drafting (or be really good at evaluating cards quickly) and to pay ...
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1answer
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How to deal with damaged cards from a MTG booster pack?

I bought a Magic the Gathering display box today with cards from the new edition Innistrad. Unfortunately one of the cards in a booster pack was damaged. It is not just a simple scratch - one corner ...
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Timings of Mana Costs vs Mana Payments

If I have 7 lands and a Wild Cantor (or another creature that sacrifices to produce mana, e.g. an Eldrazi Spawn token) in play, and there are no other creatures on the battlefield, can I cast ...
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Using Saboteur after Bridge in Dominion

In Dominion I play a combo: Any card which gives me an additional 2 actions, then Bridge folloewed by Saboteur. Bridge makes any card in my hand cheaper (i.e. cost $1 less) and cards in other ...
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Do I have to tell the other players how much money I have?

Do I have to tell the others how much money I have or may I make this a secret and everybody has to calculate/estimate themselves?
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10answers
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What techniques should I use to teach my 5-year old to play chess?

The other night while playing checkers with my 5 year old, he told me that he wanted to make up a game using the checkerboard which had different pieces that could do different things. I told him that ...
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2answers
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Can other Heroes and/or Monsters be purchased separately for Castle Ravenloft?

Can I purchase additional monsters or heroes for the CR board game? And if so, do they come with their stat cards? Just want to get the most out of the game as possible.
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1answer
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Can one hero use multiple Toryn Gauntlets?

Toryn Gauntlet allows a hero to wield an additional weapon. Can another gauntlet be wielded? How about a third?
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Can the Trader destroy a disease card?

The trader card says: Village: In addition to your by, you may destroy 1 card to take any non-Hero card worth up to 2 cost more from the village. Disease doesn't have a cost listed, so even if ...
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2answers
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In 7 wonders when you buy resources from neighbor do you take the card?

When you buy resources from neighbor do you take the card or just get access to the resources you need?
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5answers
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What are the possible ways to test a deck?

Naturally when you make a new deck, you test it on your friends but mine have all stabilised their tournament decks now and the game ends so quickly that I don't get a feel for how my deck flows. ...
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1answer
153 views

In Monopoly Deal, does the rent apply to a whole group or each card individually?

If a property specifies 2, 4 and 7 millions for 1, 2 and 3 properties respectively - do I calculate the rent owed once per property group (ie. 4 millions for 2 properties) or individually for each ...
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8answers
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How do I deal with Enchantments while playing mono-red?

I have played different mono-red decks in the past and my main problem with all of them is playing against decks with strong enchantments (e.g. Circle of Protection: Red). As soon as this enchantment ...
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1answer
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How can a blue control deck be made more efficient?

It seems like my games last a long time and I don't do that much damage. Is that what it's supposed to feel like when using a control deck? How can I win more efficiently? Here is my deck: Lands 19x ...
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1answer
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Does Day of Judgment remove hexproof / shrouded creatures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Wrath of God really destroy creatures with shroud? Does this: or other similar cards remove any hexproof / shrouded creatures?
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2answers
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Why is the Pandemic starting position always Atlanta?

Why did the creators of the game Pandemic decide that the starting position for each game would be Atlanta rather than any of the other possible cities on the board?
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1answer
141 views

In the sixth adventure, how do you destroy the Gravestorms Phylactery Token?

You can either kill the dragon by attacking it or by destroying the Gravestorms Phlactery Token. My question is how do you destroy it. There are no directions in the rule book or adventure book as ...
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2answers
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Mistakes a beginner should avoid in Magic the Gathering with more than 2 players

I have been playing Magic the Gathering for several years now and I have a solid understanding of basic strategy and deck building. Until now I have only played against a single opponent. Magic the ...
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0answers
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How can we win at Bohnanza: Al Cabohne?

My girlfriend and I have played the game Bohnanza a lot and we have bought the version Bohnanza: Al Cabohne. But somehow the game always beats us. Does anybody know a good tactic to win this?

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