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What are some good strategies against land takeovers in Alexandros?

I recently purchased Alexandros and after a few games I found that getting a head start makes you the primary target for land-takeovers. A slow start can also cost you the game, however, and make it ...
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What has changed in the new edition of Junta?

I have the 1985 WEG version of Junta (that I rescued from a second-hand store years ago), and while it's a favorite of mine, I'll easily admit that it's not the clearest game for explanations or text ...
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Name of this interesting variant of Tic-tac-toe?

A group of grad students and I regularly meet up at conferences. Often, we spend our coffee breaks between talks playing various suggested generalisations of common pen-and-paper games to see if we ...
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Does the Diplowinn variant play similarly to the original Diplomacy?

The Diplomacy Variant Bank contains a huge number of variants on Diplomacy, ranging from completely different maps and powers, to minor tweaks of the rules. I was searching for a variant that would ...
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In Agricola, why are Minor Improvements not separated by number of players whereas Occupations are?

In Agricola, Occupations cards are each marked with 1+, 3+ or 4+, indicating the number of players for which they are valid. For example, you cannot be dealt a 3+ or 4+ card in a two-player game. With ...
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When is mystify worth using?

In Day and Night when you are playing Day mystify rarely seems to be useful. Towards the start of the game time spent attempting to mystify squares will either be wasted when night swiftly reverses ...
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In LOTR with Sauron, what's the timing of Nazgul cards?

We were playing the LOTR board game (Reiner Knizia) with the Sauron expansion (me as Sauron). On a player's turn, I played a Nazgul card. They interrupted the card with yellow cards, putting the ...
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How do different sizes of Hnefatafl play?

There are some variants of Tafl games that involve differently-sized boards. Obviously there is more to a game than its size, but how do the different variations of the board size affect play?
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In {American, Bios} Megafauna, how can we improve showing who has what traits?

In American Megafauna and its newer version Bios Megafauna, each of up to four players has up to four species in play. Each species has several traits, and some traits can be multiplied (values up to ...
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Which country spends most for board & card games?

I've just wondered which country spends most money on board / card games? Are there any statistics available?
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What is the name of this solitaire variant?

I recently learned a new solitaire from a friend, but we have no idea what the name of it is. Can anyone help? You use two decks of cards, and start by placing 14 rows of cards. The middle 4 rows ...
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Baker's Dozen: rule about kings

I've seen various versions of the rules of "Baker's Dozen" (e.g. on about.com, Wikipedia) stating that the rule for kings is simply that they are placed to the bottom of the column they end up in. ...
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Which Factions sharply change the way that Alien Frontiers plays out?

I've picked up the Factions expansion for Alien Frontiers, and have played a single game with it. I ended up with the Proxima Centauri Scholars, which have the ability to place the various Fields once ...
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Are starting cards in Principato unbalanced?

In Principato each player randomly gets one card that allows them to build a facility: a house, a bank, a field or a farm. However, only houses and fields yield resources needed to expand your ...
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Double Deck Solitaire for PC 1989-1992

Looking for the name and directions for a solitaire game found in early releases of solitaire for the PC (circa 1989-1991). It used two decks, eight foundation piles and a tableau with ?3 rows of 4 ...
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Zombicide: Black Plague! Strategy suggestions for Clovis and Samson

I've completed the 11 quests in the base Zombicide: Black Plague! box (i.e. 1 necromancer, 1 abomination, no expansions), and I found that Clovis and Samson consistently lagged behind in terms of ...
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Clarification on the rules of Top Trumps when two or more cards win

The rules state: If two or more cards share the top value or data is not available for that particular subject then all the cards are placed in the middle and the same player chooses again from ...
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What do I need to replace Cranium: Turbo Edition's electronic timer?

I picked up Cranium: Turbo Edition at a yard sale for a couple dollars, and everything is in great condition except that the electronic timer centerpiece is missing. I figured I could replace the ...
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“Stay Away” how to handle case with 4 Infected cards

Last night I had a game where I was infected by The Thing and drew a Panic! card (Forgetful) which states that I should discard 3 cards and draw 3 more. What happened was that after that Panic! card I ...
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Can I add Ogre mercenaries to any army in Warhammer fantasy?

In the fluff, Ogres are generally employed as mercenaries, as opposed to an army in their own right. Can I do the same in the tabletop version? And if so, does it matter which army? Could both the ...
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Annotated 9x9 Go Games

I've recently started playing Go and I would like to study some annotated 9x9 games, but can't seem to find anything. Does anyone know where I could find such games? If it's free that would be even ...
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Richard Pavliceks mystery

Richard Pavlicek made a great bridge site. Here http://www.rpbridge.net/7f55.htm The mystery is this: Is there a bridge hand where North/South can make a grandslam in any suit, but not even ...
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How do you pronounce “Hacan” in Twilight Imperium?

One of the iconic races in Twilight Imperium are The Emirates of Hacan. However, there is no pronunciation guide. I can think of many ways it could be pronounced: HA-KAN /hɑkɑn/, rhymes with "spa ...
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Trying to figure out name of the game below

If anyone could help I would love to find the name of this game. As you stack the blocked the sides on the block below rotate and they change color (see the stickers) and there are four "bases" or ...
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How does US/UK scoring work for the invasion of Japan?

In the game Churchill, how does US/UK scoring work for the invasion of Japan? We've been poring over the rules, coming to several different conclusions. If all US/UK fronts invade Japan at once, how ...
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What are the best ways to manage challenges to the storyteller?

The rules list various subjective ways players can force a storyteller to end her turn when she: Gets stuck Contradicts the story Rambles Is too silly Introduces unimportant elements What have you ...
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Poker hand probabilities in Doomtown:Reloaded

The short version of my question is as follows: What is the best way to compute the probability of different hand ranks after redraw in poker? Can this easily generalise to a stacked (non-standard) ...
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Is there an error in equilibrio puzzle #45?

Is there an error in puzzle #45 of the game equilibrio? seems like the middle brick on the third line is turned incorrectly. thanks
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Increasing engagement in Crack the Case

I thorougly enjoy playing the Milton Bradley game Crack the Case with friends. For smaller groups (up to 5 people), I find that without teams or keeping track of time or points is already more fun ...
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When can I scramble?

In Axis and Allies Pacific, What constitutes an adjoined sea space for a scramble? Sea space in square contains the fighters or all sea spaces that touch that square?
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What is the procedure for recapturing rescued men?

In Little Wars, captured men can be rescued by killing one or more of their captors. What is the procedure for recapturing the men who were just rescued? For example, 14 men of team A attack 12 ...
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Help identify a game with a vampire and his servants

A friend asked me quite a question yesterday. She was trying to remember a game that she saw in a game shop when she was a child, in the 80s-90s. On its cover was a vampire at a table, ready to eat, ...
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What is the most time-efficient way to earn gold in Barbarian Prince?

Like the title says. Does this change over the course of the game (example, when you hire followers, when a wizard/witch/monk join your party)? What is the average gold earned per day using the most ...
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How likely is it to win a game of Barbarian Prince?

Barbarian Prince is a brutal paragraph based game. Your character must collect 500 gold and return to his homeland to win the game. Unfortunately, there are unfriendly guards, wolves, mobs of ...
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Any gotchas/common mistakes for first time players playing Asia Engulfed?

A number of years ago (... 5ish now I think) I played a game called Europe Engulfed a few times, and loved it. Since moving a few years back, I have not had anyone to play with locally. Recently, a ...
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Determining Naval Interceptions

I have a complicated situation involving four major powers. The below chart will summarize their relations. Both sets of allies are using simultaneous movement. France Russia Spain ...
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Is there a (tournament) standard for Citadels character picks?

The Dark City expansion increases replay value for casual play by adding extra character roles. But what about tournament play? Is there a combination of characters that is commonly used in a ...
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What happens in these end-game situations?

This is intended to be a canonical question regarding possible endings of the game. For each question, assume a single proper strike was made, and note where an improper strike would change the game ...
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Who wins when the would-be last wizard standing is killed by a reaction?

Say player A has a spell that kills player B (and any other survivors by the time B dies). Well, it turns out that B has a reaction card waiting that will kill A (but not save B)! Who wins? This ...
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In Catacombs, how do the remaining party members deal with a dead Hero's possession?

The rules (3rd edition) say that Only the hero who owns the item may use it and items cannot be given away or traded. and that Players may, but are not obligated to, pool their gold The ...
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If damage is assigned to AAA during bombardment, can it defend before general combat begins in the territory or is it removed?

Question pertains to Axis & Allies 1942, 2nd edition. If a defender assigns damage to anti-aircraft artillery units during the bombardment phase of an amphibious assault, do the AAA's still get ...
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Can the Xxcha predict a special victory for Sol or Hakan?

The Xxcha have the ability to predict a winner (solo or from an alliance). Can they use this ability to predict the special win conditions? IE: if the Xxcha player predicts Hakan victory on turn 8 ...
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Dungeon! Quick opening strategy for wizard

We have been playing the wizard for some time, but it looks like the wizard has a lot of challenges: The wizard cannot do well unless it makes it to levels 5 or 6. Having said that, one alternative is ...
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Do I lose a card if I roll 3 bad luck symbols and spend some of them?

If I buy Pension, which costs two bad luck symbols, do I still suffer misfortune because I initially rolled 3 bad luck symbols? The rules state that you select cards as step 2 and then resolve bad ...
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Addon for Risk with cards

I remember download a file in the emule some 15 years ago, with a lot of cards that works as an addon for Risk. For e.g., one card give you terrorism so you can attack from Irak to some region in US, ...
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Can characters join units?

In Warhammer Fantasy characters could join units to move and fight alongside them. In Age of Sigmar characters have different Warscrolls and there don't appear to be any obvious rules to allow them to ...
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Is play effectively the same with 1 player, multiple runners?

The rules say Runners are not allowed to show other runners what cards they have in their hand, but they can verbally discuss anything they like in order to form an effective plan as a team. To ...
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Pegs and Jokers

Question for marble movement. Your partner has a marble in their in-spot ( start of home). If you hit that marble with yours, what happens to your partners marble? And yours? We have been playing ...
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1935 Paul Heath's New Battleship Game

We recently found a game entitled "Paul Heath's New Battleship Game", 1935 buried in a box. It appears to be a resin board and the board contains rows of holes and the game includes many colored wood ...
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Card game similar to jokers and pegs

I recently read about a popular game that, similar to Jokers and Pegs, used cards to determine play. As I recall, it required multiple decks of cards - two more decks than the number of players, but I ...

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