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1answer
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Does a flush beat a straight in three-card poker?

Does a flush beat a straight in three-card poker?
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5answers
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When is Loan worth buying?

When would you ever want to buy this instead of just buying a Silver for the same price?
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1answer
981 views

Additional questions for Cranium?

My group of friends really enjoys playing Cranium, but we played it so often that we all more or less memorized the questions and have plans for all the activities. Is there more content available ...
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1answer
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Death Angels - Is the Force Field Overpowered?

We've been playing the new Space Hulk card game, "Death Angels" at our gaming sessions of late. We've noticed that the Force Field card (the Librarian Support) seems to be a game-winner, to the ...
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1answer
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Does software for optimizing the train route in 18xx systems exist?

While playing the 18xx games (create routes for trains and try to get the most money with your trains), it sometimes takes a lot of time to find the optimal route for the trains. Does anybody know if ...
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Multiplayer timer for board games

I'm interested to know if there exists something like a chess timer, but for an arbitrary number of players. I would like to use this for games such as Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan, where each ...
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1answer
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Is it a good idea in TI:3 to play with fixed alliances?

Whenever we play TI:3, we play free-for-all. Of course, during play you can make agreements with fellow players whom you are still free to backstab later. I was thinking about playing with fixed ...
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Is there a situation or way that a sabotage run is a good idea in TI:3?

I have often considered using the optional rule of a sabotage run on a War Sun, but have always decided it would be a waste of fighters. I was wondering if there exists a situation when you might want ...
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3answers
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What's better for Ork Nob in Warbiker Mob: Big Choppa or Klaw?

I've been assembling a warbiker mob recently and I've wanted to make one unit a Nob. According to the Ork Codex I can then give him either a Big Choppa (+10 points) or a Klaw (+25 points). I know the ...
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1answer
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Rules for the game “Chainstore”

There is an old box in our storeroom containing the game Chainstore. My brother and I bought the game when we were kids (ages ago). Now my children wants to play it, but the rules are missing. I've ...
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Other “network building” style games, like Hackers and Illuminati? [closed]

In these games (both from Steve Jackson Games) you build a network of cards you "control" over the course of the game. The main difference between the two is that in Hacker's, the "card network" ...
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1answer
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Domaine - Can you expand into an opponent's domain if your domain and his have no knights?

According to the Domaine rules, you must have more knights in your domain than your opponent's domain to expand into his. If both domains have no knights, does it mean that neither domain can expand ...
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Advice for responding to “Kwabang” attack when playing Japan?

When playing Axis & Allies as Japan I occasionally have an opponent use the "Kwabang" opening against me, which is where UK attacks Kwangtung on her opening move with the two infantry and fighter ...
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In Magic, when can I tap my opponent's creatures to prevent them from attacking?

Whilst I haven't played Magic in a while, use of the stack was something that I always found a little confusing. When I first started out, our group could tap an opponents attacking creature after ...
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3answers
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7+ Players in Carcassonne - Problematic?

I currently have the Carcassonne base set plus Inns & Cathedrals which expands the game to 6 players. I've found that I can buy extra sets of Meeples in different colors which would effectively ...
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1answer
116 views

Sunrise vs. “Summon Eclipse” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Yes, I play the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (US) board game. Yes, I like it. On to the question! The Sunrise rule states: When the talisman moves to the Sunrise, all vampires that are outside ...
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Catan: when to buy development cards?

I never buy development cards in the beginning: the Knights are fairly useless, the Largest Army bonus is not a priority, and it's too risky to gamble on drawing a Road Building card. When is the ...
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2answers
274 views

What happens when I draw cards if I've built the Library and the Observatory?

In Citadels it's possible to build both the Library and Observatory: Library If you choose to draw cards when you take an action, you keep both of the cards you have drawn. Observatory If ...
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4answers
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What's the difference between ante and blinds?

What is the difference between an "ante" and a "blind" in poker?
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2answers
597 views

Seating orders effect on Puerto Rico

Within my group its taken for granted that some seats in Puerto Rico are better (if only slightly) than others. There's a general consensus that 3rd and 4th seat are strictly better than 1st, where ...
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6k views

What are good standard tactics for Dominion? [closed]

Googling reveals several sites listing standard tactics for Dominion. Let's collect ideas here, and discuss and judge them using the voting system. One tactic per post please.
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2answers
442 views

Descent Campaign Shortening

Myself and some friends meet up for some games every so often, and enjoy a good game of Descent to Darkness. We recently tried a campaign over an extra long weekend (the idea of carrying equipment ...
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4answers
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What is a good strategy for using the Doomsday card?

Doomsday - The card text reads as follows: Pay half your life, rounded up: Put your graveyard on top of your library, then remove all but five cards of your library from the game. Put the rest on ...
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7answers
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What is the Best Random Card Setup Tool? [closed]

In this question I received two different recommendations for iPhone specific apps to assist with Dominion setups. My group uses a third (non iPhone specific). Which is the best, and why? Please, ...
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2answers
389 views

What's the difference between a Euchre, a March and a Set?

I've heard of different terms for the same result in Euchre, but is it just preference or is there more to it? Call trump and get all 5 tricks: Is this called a "March" and/or a "Euchre"? Earn 3 or ...
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27answers
809 views

Games that play well with a wide range of different numbers of players [closed]

Many times, I have limited space to pack games, and don't know how many players there are going to be. I frequently end up in a situation in which we have 5 players, but games that only work with 3 or ...
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1answer
159 views

Forcing the combat in Warhammer: Invasion

I've been playing several games of Warhammer: Invasion Core Set with my friend and a couple of times we've encountered a situation where he had pretty good attack force set up in his battlefield and I ...
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8answers
889 views

Lasting games in the past century [closed]

One of the appeals of traditional games such as Chess, Go, Backgammon, or Poker is the depth that they have acquired over the years; long-standing communities and traditions, wide range of players ...
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3answers
341 views

How many submarines do I need to take down an aircraft carrier?

In Axis and Allies, how many submarines do I need to have a greater than 60% chance to take down a lone aircraft carrier?
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4answers
609 views

How to help kids to hold their cards in their hands ?

I'm trying to show some card games to my kids (4 and 6), but they have difficulty holding the cards in their hands. Maybe it's because their hands are too small, or not strong enough... Does anyone ...
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1answer
268 views

Can you avoid the Boss in Munchkin Quest?

Are you able to use magic/tricks (e.g. a Teleport spell) to circumvent the final creature, and thus win the game?
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3answers
173 views

Cluedo and the Great Museum Caper characters

Are there any other games in the Cluedo series that has the same characters? The only other one I could find was The Great Museum Caper...
4
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1answer
1k views

Carcassonne: Replacement/Extra player sets.

So far I've found MeeplePeople and BoardGameExtras carrying replacement/extra sets for Carcassonne. I am however missing Mayor, Farm and the Cart(?) from those sets (possibly some expansion I have not ...
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3answers
920 views

Official Diplomacy sets, variations and where to buy

Diplomacy only seems to have one set available to buy widely that I am aware of, built by Gibson Games. It's nothing special, an averagely constructed cardboard board with plastic pieces. Are there ...
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30answers
3k views

Interesting boardgames to play with children. [closed]

I have two children aged 8 and 6 and they like to play board games. Some of the ones they have are for very young children and boring for an adult to play. Are there any suggestions for games that ...
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23answers
8k views

Recommendations for 6-player board game [closed]

What's a good game for six players? Many games can be played by 6 players, but suffer from a loss of pace, and long waits between turns. What games have parallel planning phases, or lots of ...
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2answers
575 views

Is using Quickshade a good way to finish miniature painting?

Recently I've discovered that Army Painter is selling a can of pigmented varnish called Quickshare. Has anyone had any experience with this or other similar products? On the pictures I've found models ...
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2answers
346 views

Alternative major improvements for Agricola

Are there any (official/unofficial) alternatives to the major improvements in Agricola?
10
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1answer
119 views

Game end in Shark

In Shark I think the game ends in one of two ways. Either one company reaches 15 points, or one pile of counters runs out. In the first case what happens if a company would reach 16 points? In the ...
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2answers
192 views

House rules for Crokinole?

Any recommendations or variants for playing Crokinole? We say that you have to stay seated in your chair with at least one cheek touching to make your shot.
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1answer
56 views

Domaine - How does the Chancery work?

When a player takes a card from the Chancery, can he only take the top card, or can he look through the entire pile from the Chancery and picks a card he wants (except the one he just sold).
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3answers
606 views

How to Maintain the Balance of Power on Risk?

How can I stay strong enough to avoid being eliminated while at the same time avoid being too strong and making myself a target?
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9answers
2k views

Are general 3-to-1 or specific 2-to-1 ports better in Settlers of Catan?

Which type of ports do you find more useful in Settlers of Catan, General 3-to-1 ports or 2-to-1 ports for a specific resource?
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2answers
295 views

Clarification on the Royal Garden from Puerto Rico expansion 2

The Royal Garden states: At game end, the owner of the occupied royal garden takes 1 VP for each noble on his island. As each noble is normally worth 1 VP (whether on a building, plantation or in ...
11
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1answer
3k views

Is there a Risk World Championship?

Is there any national or world level governing body that holds an annual Championship?
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12answers
19k views

What are good placement strategies for Stratego?

How would I set up a good placement in Stratego, especially with bombs and the flag? What is a good strategy for varying the placement?
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7answers
5k views

How can I beat Germany in Axis & Allies: Europe?

I've played Axis & Allies: Europe BGG quite a few times now. It seems that Germany always wins by rushing for Moskva in all the games I've played. Usually USA never plays an important role, coming ...
15
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10answers
5k views

What games are similar to Risk? [closed]

Are there any other board games that have similar game mechanics to Risk?
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28answers
16k views

Board games for two players [closed]

My wife and I enjoy playing board games (having gotten hooked on Settlers of Catan and expanded from there) but we don't often have the opportunity to play with other people. The question What ...
10
votes
1answer
215 views

Is Mr. Jack balanced?

Is Mr. Jack a balanced game, or do experienced gamers tend to win more often with either the Inspector or Jack the Ripper?

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