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Do -1/-1 counters count as damage?

I am wondering if -1/-1 counters are considered damage? On creatures with the wither ability is says that the creature deals damage in the form of -1/-1 counters. As such I would like to know if a ...
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Name of a card game

There's a game I remember that I'd like to know the name of: The game is played with normal 52 card deck. It can be played with 2-4 players. At first each player has 7 cards in hand. The rest of the ...
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What makes a cooperative board game actually a game?

Most board games are competitive, where you have players competing against each other, trying to win. Some board games are described as "cooperative", where the players are trying to do...what ...
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Minimizing Agricola setup/clean up time

I enjoy playing Agricola, but the box the game comes in doesn't lend to keeping the pieces organized, and I generally spend a fair amount of time taking everything out, and even more time putting ...
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How does Imprinting and the affinity work together?

I'm currently working on a artifact deck (casual). I am thinking of imprinting Somber Hoverguard on Soul Foundry. But how do I dertermine the imprint cost, and will the activation cost of Soul Foundry ...
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When should I get rid of the queen of spades in Hearts?

Whenever I play the QS on the 3rd or 4th round everyone gets mad at me and says that's a low down nasty thing to do! I thought the QS should be dumped asap so as not to get stuck with it myself - ...
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72 views

Building Limit in Lords or Waterdeep

Why is there a limit to how many buildings can built by each player? I was the builder lady lord, using the Undermountain Expansion, and would have been about to build 12+ buildings, but game rules ...
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Does Redshirts Deluxe fix the stalemate issues of the original game?

It took two hours to end the game originally, and by that point everyone was just glad to have finished. Does Redshirts Deluxe, the new version of Redshirts, fix any of the stalemate issues ...
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Does the Strive mechanic give the opportunity to cast the spell multiple times, or just have multiple targets?

I'm wondering if the strive mechanic counts as one spell that can be cast multiple times by paying the extra cost, or is it just one spell that can affect multiple targets if you pay the mana? I'm ...
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81 views

How do I promote a board game to the masses?

I created a board game for playing while watching American Football with your friends. We always had a great time playing it and anybody outside of our group who saw it immediately loved it. So I ...
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Chess: Efficient training for recreational players

What is an efficient way to train one's self at Chess? I really enjoy playing, perhaps 1-2 times per week. I used to play on an electronic board once per day and at one point I could start to beat it ...
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Are there restrictions on pawn promotion if two pawns are on the same column?

I was playing white and I had one pawn at a7 and the other at a6. My opponent didn't let me promote the pawn to a Queen stating that when two pawns are in the same column then the pawn doesn't get ...
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What's the name of the move where the player swaps King and Rook/Castle in Chess? Why is this move important?

I'm a chess beginner, and I was wondering: why was this movement introduced to chess, and why is it important to the game?
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Chess: Move 2 pawns as first move

When I was young I remember that it was usual to move 2 pawns on your first move. (ie b3 and g3 at the same time). I'm not sure if the 2 pawns had to be mirrored or not, but moving the knight's pawns ...
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Damage dealt by creatures and the order of damage

So I had an interesting one recently at our local win a box tournament. Scene - I have 12 life remaining, my opponent has 9. I have an un-monstrous Arbor Colossus and a Polukranos, World ...
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1answer
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Does Kill Shot-ing a morph during combat prevent damage?

I just started playing Magic this year, so this might a super-newb question, but here it goes: My opponent declares that he will attack with this 2/2 colorless morph. I declare no blockers because I ...
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How can I quickly calculate the shanten number in Mahjong?

I am able to calculate the shanten number myself, but it often takes me more than a minute. I'm looking for ideas how to become more efficient. Background: I'm currently writing a paper about ...
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659 views

Does a winning strategy exist for Don't Break the Ice?

Don't Break the Ice is a children's game, where players take turns using mallets to knock pieces of ice away from the playing field. The playfield is composed of a (6 x 6) grid of single square ...
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116 views

Will double strike trigger cipher twice?

Say I am playing with a creature that has double strike (e.g. Two-Headed Cerberus), and I cipher Hidden Strings to it. This allows me to tap/untap up to 2 target permanents whenever the creature deals ...
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What card should I play when my partner has bid nil and I can't follow suit in Spades?

Setup: My partner has bid nil or blind nil. The player to my right led the trick, and I can't follow suit, but have one or more Spades in my hand. Possible situations: I know my partner has no ...
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2answers
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Leading from the wrong (nondummy) hand in bridge

While playing bridge you were supposed to lead from the dummy's hand, but you pulled a card from your hand by mistake. After putting it back in your hand, do you have to play the same suit when you ...
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0answers
26 views

Can Sid Meier's Civilization (2010) be played cooperatively?

Is it possible to play Sid Meier's Civilization as co-op game? Are there some specific rules that must be thought about? As I can see this: play by normal rules. two players will both win if one of ...
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Why was the banding ability 'removed' from MTG? What was so complicated about it?

While the banding ability was never actually removed from the game, no cards have been printed that use the ability in any set following sixth edition and it has never appeared on any rules summary ...
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Can you play a spell on your opponents turn?

In Adventure Time's Card Wars game (the physical card game, not the computer game), can I play a 0 action spell on my opponents turn?
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Can the Swamp Rat's special ability be used to end combat?

In Xia: Legends of a Drift System, one of the ships, named "Swamp Rat", has a special ability that allows it to trigger one of it's own outfits as a defense to an incoming attack. If the outfit ...
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Can you store cargo on your outfit's “unused” spaces?

In Xia: Legends of a Drift System, you can upgrade your ship with outfits. These outfits take up several spaces in your cargo hold. Many of the spaces on the outfits have game-significant features, ...
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Can you purchase a ship to win your final Fame Point?

In Xia: Legends of a Drift System, there are many ways to gain Fame. One of them is to purchase it, at the cost of 5,000 credits per fame point. However, the rulebook explicitly states that you ...
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When turning in a mission, do you have to be on the mission hex to complete a mission, or is anywhere in the system acceptable?

In Xia, Legends of a Drift System, one can receive missions to go to certain locations and do such things as conduct negotiations or pick up contraband. In order to achieve this step of this mission, ...
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What are examples of Go played on non-flat surfaces, like on a sphere?

I know there was some thought put into how Go looks or feels like if it's not plaey on a flat, rectangular surface, but the surface of a 3-d object like a sphere or a donut. I'm mostly interested in: ...
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Good Euchre bidding strategy guide?

Is there a good Euchre bidding strategy guide? I like the game, but find my bidding to be very hit or miss. And I've been unable to find a strategy guide for Euchre bidding patterns. Either a good ...
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What are good strategies against counterspell decks?

I'm currently honing a white-green tokens deck for Standard tournament play. I feel like I have a good handle on my game-plan for most of the other common archetypes, but I'm really stymied playing ...
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0answers
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How many kings is it possible to have on the board at once?

Keeping in mind the force capture rule, how many kings is possible to have (of one colour) on the board at once in Checkers? What is the sequence leading up to this?
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Sinister Shadow Games and Dimensional Fissure

Can I activate 'Sinister Shadow Games' if Dimensional Fissure has already been activated and, if I can, do I get the second effect to flip up a face down Shaddoll? Sinister Shadow Games Send 1 ...
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Can I activate Sinister Shadow Games if I have no Shaddolls in my main deck?

Can I flip 'Sinister Shadow Games' if I have no Shaddoll cards in my main deck? Sinister Shadow Games Send 1 "Shaddoll" card from your Deck to the Graveyard, then you can change any number ...
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1answer
114 views

Use of race tokens when conquering new regions

When conquering a new region, do you deploy race tokens from other regions you have already conquered, or do you use your unused race tokens?
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391 views

Why can an ability resolve even if I exiled the creature it came from? [duplicate]

I just started learning magic a week ago and I've been playing duels of the planeswalkers 2014 to kind of get a hang of things. I'm confused with something that has happened twice now. I'm playing ...
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How does the wording “for each” work?

Some cards in magic has something happen for each {something}. For instance: Alive // Well makes you gain 2 life for each creature you control. Tapping Selvala adds one green mana to your mana pool, ...
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What's The Strongest Base Strategy in Thurn & Taxis?

It seems like you can take any number of different paths leading in the general direction of victory. Build short routes and grab points for being the first to complete a region. Build long routes ...
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1answer
185 views

Gomoku, is it possible to not be able to make a legal move?

On a 11 across 12 down Gomoku board with the following conditions: A player must make a move within 3 spaces of an opponent's piece. If a player can't make a move that player loses. Is it possible ...
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4answers
996 views

In the Great Dalmuti, should I be attempting to improve my seat position or shoot for the win?

The Great Dalmuti is a game where you attempt to get rid of your hand, a climbing card game like Tien len or Asshole. The deck consists of 80 cards, with different point values. There is one '1', two ...
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1answer
180 views

Is Starship Catan similar enough to be considered a two-player adaptation of Starfarers of Catan?

I've played Starfarers of Catan(BGG|Wikipedia) once and loved it. Usually, I only have one other to play board games with. I'd like to know how similar Starship Catan(BGG|Wikipedia) is so I can decide ...
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1answer
440 views

In Pass the Pigs, when is the optimal point to stop?

I can imagine that there is a point at which a single player would always be wise to no longer advance. I see it being a function of all of the various combinations. The problem is, I've never quite ...
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1answer
593 views

How should my strategy change for six players?

I often play (and often win) the card-game Wizard with 3 players. I call somewhat aggressively and it works out well. Recently, I played with more players, and my strategy didn't work as well in ...
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1answer
115 views

How are the Spiel des Jahres decisions made?

The Spiel des Jahres is one of the biggest, if not the biggest award in European gaming. It is estimated that winning Spiel des Jahres can increase the sales tenfold. I am interested to know what ...
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5answers
8k views

What exactly was so broken about Urza's Block?

I've often heard it said that the Urza Block (Urza's Saga, Urza's Journey, Urza's Destiny) was the most powerful, broken block in Magic history, with decks able to win on turn 1 or 2. I also saw it ...
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2answers
1k views

What are the rules of the game Senet?

I tried searching the game, but all I got were complicated instructions. So in basic rules, how do you play senet and what do the different symbols mean?
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2answers
281 views

What are good tips and suggestions for first-time Junta players?

We'll be pulling Junta off the shelf for the first time in years, and our group will consist of players who haven't played since the last time years ago, and players who have never played it at all. ...
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5answers
229 views

What techniques do high level SET players use when looking at a layout of cards?

I've played SET a few times now and have noticed some general strategies arise. At the beginning, I try to take in the distribution of the 4 characteristics so I can figure out if I should be looking ...
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2answers
166 views

How do you count troops in Shogun when they fall off the tower?

We have a problem regarding how to count the troops that fall from the tower in every battle. From what we understood from the English and Spanish rulebooks, there is no way a player could get more ...
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1answer
60 views

Go - How does one count territory in these two scenarios? (9x9)

I'm learning to play Go and I was trying to develop a game in java, but I'm still not sure how to count territory in some cases. In the scenario below, which side belongs to White, Top or Bottom? ...

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