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What cooperative board games are there that I could safely play with my wife? [closed]

My wife loves board games, but dislikes very competitive games, and is completely uninterested in aggressive "beat up the other guy" games. We recently discovered Pandemic, where each player works ...
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16answers
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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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1answer
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In MTG, what happens when a player loses in multiplayer?

In Magic: The Gathering, the rules for a player losing in a multiplayer game are quite complex, so I'd like to try to understand them by example. I would be happy to ask each of these situations as a ...
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41answers
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Games that have no element of luck. [closed]

Most of my favourite games, such as Diplomacy, have little or no element of luck - either via dice rolls, hands dealt, or other methods. What other games can you recommend that rely on 'skill' alone? ...
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4answers
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What does protection from [quality] do?

Example 1) Let's say I have some random creature with protection from white, and my opponent plays Day of Judgement, a white card with the effect "destroy all creatures." Can my creature with ...
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28answers
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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 ...
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10answers
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How can I beat “Big Money” in Dominion?

Our group has determined that buying (almost exclusively) money and points is the way to go. Most kingdom cards are ignored, or are bought very sparingly. This has lead to games feeling 'samey' and ...
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14answers
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Countermeasures to “analysis paralysis”?

Several of my gaming friends are victim to more or less chronic analysis paralysis, which can drag down even the simplest of games. We've occasionally used an hourglass to combat this, but it tends ...
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2answers
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There seem to be several different scoring systems for fields/cities in Carcassonne — which is correct?

It seems that the scoring for fields and cities in Carcassonne varies -- has this changed over the years, or is this a difference between the US and international versions? Are there ...
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3answers
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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
800 views

Can a resource card be used more than once in a turn when allowed to build more than one structure?

Scenario: Player is using Babylon (side B) 2nd wonder has been completed (allows playing last card of each age instead of discarding) Player has a Mine in play (can produce either Stone or Ore) ...
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1answer
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Rules for 7 Wonders (and extensions)?

Are the rules for 7 Wonders and the expansions available online?
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30answers
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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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24answers
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Games that are quick to teach to new people, yet still fun and strategical [closed]

I love board games and don't mind sitting down for 10-15 minutes with some experienced players to learn how to play a complex game. However, I don't think most of my friends are as tolerable of ...
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13answers
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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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4answers
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How do twitch effects work with the stack vs activated tap abilities?

I'm becoming more and more confused as I learn about how things have changed during a break in play I had some time ago. Seems the stack has changed now, and oft times abilities use a source's last ...
11
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1answer
804 views

How does Babylons's second stage wonder work for building/discarding your last two cards? [duplicate]

Babylon: When you have the second stage of the wonder that allows you to buy your last 2 cards in the age instead of discarding, does this count as 1 turn or as 2 separate turns? Here's why I ask... ...
11
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1answer
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How does the double strike mechanic interact with other mechanics like lifelink or trample?

I understand that the double strike mechanic allows a creature to attack in both a first strike combat damage step and a normal combat damage step. It's clear that when a creature with no other ...
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1answer
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In Magic free-for-all multiplayer, what happens when someone dies? [duplicate]

In a free-for-all multiplayer Magic game, what happens when someone dies? Specifically: What happens to spells they've cast that are on the stack? What happens to enchantments they have cast onto ...
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2answers
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Why couldn't this hand win with ron?

I have just started learning Japanese Mahjong and I am a bit lost as to why this hand failed. I did several pons and chis over the course of a hand, having a total of three open melds (one set and ...
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2answers
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Can you claim a Double Sacrifice Bonus?

Two very closely related questions: If a card has two different "Sacrifice this creature for X" abilities on it, does sacrificing it give both benefits? Likewise, if a card requires a creature to be ...
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3answers
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Does a card that affects 'each' creature affect creatures that enter the battlefield after it resolves?

My opponent casts Predatory Rampage, which resolves, then he attacks with his creatures. In my hand, I have a creature card with Flash. If I summon this creature before the declare blockers step, ...
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2answers
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If I Unsummon a blocking creature will my attacker damage my opponent?

Suppose Player 1 has a Dragon on the table and Unsummon in hand, while Player 2 has two Spiders on the table. Player 1 chooses to attack with the Dragon and Player 2 chooses to block with one of the ...
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4answers
486 views

What is optimal end play in Settlers?

Part of what makes Settlers of Catan both balanced and exciting are two sets of slow-the-leader rules: The robber and trade embargoes. While this means you have a chance to win even after a slow start ...
12
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1answer
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Housing shortage in Monopoly

So the rules of Monopoly state that you can't buy a house if there are no houses left for sale. You can't even pay all at once and buy a Hotel if there aren't enough houses to place 4 on the property ...
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2answers
703 views

Do Thorncaster Sliver's triggered abilities go on the stack?

I was guessing, since you actually target things instead of just dealing damage (similar to Hellrider), Thorncaster Sliver's triggered abilities would actually go on the stack. This came up in a ...
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2answers
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How can we play a shorter but satisfying game of Arkham Horror?

I've only played about half a dozen games of Arkham Horror, and they ranged in length from about 3 hours to aborting after 8. These were all games with 5-6 players, with just the base game (no ...
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3answers
4k views

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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3answers
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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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4answers
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Where can I find a database with a list of all magic cards?

I am going to write a program to manage my library of Magic cards and I am looking for a database file or list of all of the cards that have been released. I know that the Gathering site is useful, ...
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3answers
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Can I cast a spell after a certain part of the stack is resolved in MTG?

Let's say my opponent plays a spell like Fireball. It is put on the stack. I cast a Snapcaster Mage in response. My opponent does nothing in return. The Snapcaster Mage resolves first and it seems ...
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2answers
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How can I tell when to take a mulligan in Magic?

Determining when to mulligan is a very important skill in magic. But how can I hone my abilities in that skill? Obviously if I had no/all land I'd probably want to mulligan as the opportunity to ...
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8answers
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In Monopoly, Is it OK for a third party to make a trade with a player who is about to lose?

I play with some serious board gamers, but we have neglected Monopoly for a number of years, so our knowledge is mostly based on high school & house rules. We played last week and enjoyed it, but ...
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7answers
448 views

What to do in long games with players who are way behind?

When our group plays longer games (6+ hours), we usually choose games where players who fall behind still have chances to recover, so all players remain interested in and engaged with the game. ...
13
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4answers
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Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?

When learning modern bidding (Standard American 5 card majors in my case), I noticed that the system's bidding techniques and common conventions described good ways of getting to a reasonable contract ...
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4answers
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Does “Going Infinite” necessarily end the game?

I've seen a variety of combinations that will allow a player to "go infinite"* in life, power, toughness or simply create an endless loop**. In the case of the endless loop, I understand why it ...
12
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7answers
595 views

What are some good ways to transition to more complex strategic thinking games?

What are some strategies that people have used to introduce novice players (kids or spouses...) to increasingly complex strategic gaming? Ticket to Ride is a big hit at our house - we'd like to move ...
10
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2answers
4k views

What is a solid basic strategy for surviving Arkham Horror?

First, I should note I've only played Arkham Horror once in a 2 player game and loved it. I am curious if the game is even survivable, and if so, what factors contribute to that success? I am ...
10
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4answers
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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 ...
9
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2answers
379 views

How likely are you to lose because Fool's Landing sinks into the abyss?

Since I like probability questions, and tttpp brought it up, I figured it might be interesting to calculate how likely you are to lose on the first turn in Forbidden Island, because Fool's Landing ...
9
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4answers
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Where can I sell my Magic: The Gathering cards?

I played for quite a few years and have a ton of cards that I want to get rid of. I have a mix of all editions before 2007. 7th, 8th, etc... So the question is where can I sell them effectively. And ...
8
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3answers
436 views

How do you handle fast players in a casual setting that skip priority?

This really isn't a problem in a tournament setting, because players are expected to know the rules, and will usually ask their opponent if they wish to take any actions before allowing a spell to ...
7
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3answers
167 views

Can one ask for a “time out” to study the hand in bridge?

"West" (the opening leader) has to lead before seeing the dummy. Both declarer (South) and partner (East) ought to study the dummy before playing. But often they do not. Suppose South wins the trick, ...
6
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2answers
2k views

Is there ANY way to activate a planeswalker ability at instant speed?

With the vast richness of magic rules on all the cards and the comp rules, is there any way at all to activate a planeswalker ability at instant speed? Typically, per the rules, you can only activate ...
5
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2answers
408 views

Is there a way to approximate Hold'em blind increases to time a game?

At a poker night I organise with friends, we're currently ratifying a set of rules. For the blind structure, at the moment, we start with blinds of 5/10 and increase the blinds every 15 minutes. If ...
16
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6answers
2k views

How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?

Anyone who has played a wide variety of games knows that some games are almost purely skill (i.e. Chess, Go), while others are 100 % luck (ie. Candyland, card game of War). However, most games are in ...
14
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3answers
2k views

Are the utilities worth buying?

In Monopoly, there are two utilities. They cost 150, and rent is 4x the dice roll if one utility is owned, or 10x the dice value if both are owned. Are the utilities something I want to purchase if ...
13
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2answers
379 views

Are professional ranks representative for how many stones of handicap players can give each other?

It was mentioned elsewhere that a 9p could not give 7 stones to a 2p. I have no databases available and wondered if this is correct. Bonus: If they aren't representative, why not? And is there a ...
13
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4answers
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How does regeneration work in Magic the Gathering?

How does the regeneration work? I know that if my creature is destroyed then I can spend X mana then tap my creature and move it out of combat. Is it attackable in any way after that? With spells or ...
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2answers
1k views

Can Trait Doctoring be used to change words like “nonblack”?

Trait Doctoring reads: Change the text of target permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another or one basic land type with another until end of turn. Doom Blade, for ...

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