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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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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 ...
56
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13answers
964 views

Taking back turns, and forgotten privileges

A generic question across most board games: once a player has taken their turn (taken their finger off the piece they are playing), should they be allowed to change their mind? Similarly, if a player ...
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16answers
4k views

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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14answers
1k views

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 ...
43
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41answers
7k views

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? ...
43
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14answers
2k views

Is pretending to want to trade before playing a monopoly card objectionable?

In Settlers of Catan, I sometimes try to ask people if they want to trade a certain resource, tricking them into revealing the approximate amount of that resource in everyone's hand. After this I play ...
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10answers
2k views

Should I trash Copper or Silver with Mine?

Assuming I've got both Copper and Silver in my hand, which is better to trash in general and why?
38
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28answers
15k 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 ...
38
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23answers
15k views

Good board games for single player [closed]

I love playing board games but often there's not many people around that share my passion. For that reason I'm looking for board games that can be played with just one player. I've discovered Arkham ...
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6answers
16k views

Can every game of Solitaire be solved?

I play a lot of Solitaire games on my Android phone and love to keep an eye out for the statistics. Given that the Solitaire version lets you restart the game endlessly, I usually play until I solve ...
38
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7answers
2k views

In Settlers of Catan, how do you overcome bad initial settlement placement?

In Settlers of Catan, how do you overcome bad initial settlement placement? In a lot of games of Catan I've played, initial settlement placement seems to really make or break the game for a player. ...
38
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2answers
2k views

Which property group colour gives the best ROI , undeveloped or fully developed, in Monopoly?

Everybody always goes for the dark blues in Monopoly (Mayfair and Park Lane in the UK edition), but I'm convinced that the cheaper colour groups offer a better return on investment, partly because you ...
36
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2answers
9k views

Do my own villages/cities interrupt my “longest road” in Catan?

In a monthly game night, my friend interprets the rules to say that if I have a village or city on my road, it reduces the "longest road" length. I interpret the rules as saying that my village/city ...
35
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24answers
2k views

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 ...
34
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8answers
15k views

Why would you want to play with a deck bigger than 60 cards in MTG?

In Magic the Gathering, the decks are required to be no less than 60 cards, but can be larger. Since you can only have 4 of each card (except for basic lands), it seems you would want the limit size ...
34
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10answers
17k 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?
33
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9answers
18k views

Is there much strategy and planning in 7-Wonders or is mostly luck?

I have played about 15 games of Seven Wonders now. When I ask the winning player why they won, they tend to tell me what they did rather than why they did it, and rarely does it involve anything ...
32
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7answers
957 views

What are some good games or techniques for helping kids learn to “lose gracefully”?

This is a good question asked as example on Area51. I remember when I was a kid I hated to lose, and worse; I would try to cheat to win. I don't remember when or how this attitude changed but I ...
32
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4answers
28k views

Must a player take a jump in checkers?

Is a player in checkers required to take a jump if one is available? What about a double or triple jump if that is available?
31
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5answers
1k views

Is kingmaking in multiplayer games a problem that can be fixed?

The original Kingmaker was Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick. He was instrumental during the Wars of the Roses in the deposition of two kings. The term kingmaker has come to mean, "a person or ...
30
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9answers
2k views

Why is the strong 1NT so prevalent in Bridge?

Bridge is widely considered to be the queen of card games on both sides of the Atlantic. However, there's one huge difference between the way that (most) Americans and (most) Britons play. In ...
29
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34answers
12k views

Good games for playing in a bar [closed]

Sometimes, I'm sitting in a bar, hanging out with a friend or three, and we run out of things to talk about. I think "this would be a great time to play a game, but I don't have one on me." My local ...
29
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9answers
2k views

Which resources are better at the start of a Catan game?

Is it better to start with Wheat and Ore in order to rapidly upgrade settlements into cities, or is it better to start with Wood and Brick to build roads?
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8answers
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Who won this game of Settlers of Catan?

If player A reaches 10 victory points on his turn but forgets to count, and immediately after his turn, the following player, player B, also reaches 10 victory points and claims victory, does player A ...
29
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8answers
3k views

What are some alternatives to using dice in Settlers of Catan?

In Settlers of Catan, there's a variant where instead of rolling the dice, you use a stack of 36 cards with each combination. This reduces the luck component, but has as disadvantage that you can ...
29
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7answers
5k views

Are Bishops more valuable than Knights?

Bishops and Knights are both traditionally considered to have a similar value, worth roughly three pawns each. However, I have heard arguments that under certain circumstances they are not so closely ...
28
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30answers
2k 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 ...
28
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21answers
2k views

Which alternative methods of choosing a starting player actually WORK?

So I've been noticing that there's a vogue in gaming recently for the starting player to be chosen by some method other than simple lot. I'm wondering if this is a good fashion, or if it's just ...
28
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12answers
11k views

What are good standard strategies for Carcassonne ?

I've only just discovered Carcassonne (thanks to the iPhone app), but I keep losing (in 3-player games). Which standard strategies are there? (game without extensions, 3-4 players). One strategy per ...
28
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6answers
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What are mistakes beginners should avoid in Dominion?

I am going to play my first round of Dominion (+ Intrigue Expansion) this weekend with 4 other players who have played Dominion before. I have read the rules and now I want to avoid the typical traps ...
28
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3answers
3k views

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 ...
28
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6answers
843 views

What do you recommend to learn Go?

I am a beginner at this great game, and I would like to improve my skills at the game of Go. What resources would you recommend?
28
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10answers
3k views

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 ...
27
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23answers
7k 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 ...
27
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6answers
1k views

What's the difference between a tactic and a strategy?

Some people consider tactics and strategy to be distinct (as they apply to boardgames), while I regard them both as "structured methods and plans to win". Are they distinct? And what are the ...
27
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2answers
1k views

Is pawn promotion to rook or bishop something that is seen in play?

Reading What is the proper Algebraic Notation for a pawn being promoted? made me wonder whether pawn promotion to rook or bishop ever happens. The only time I can think this might happen is when ...
26
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3answers
1k views

Does newer card text on a Magic: The Gathering card override the old wording?

While going through the Gatherer database I noticed that the Alpha version of Icy Manipulator says, C: You may tap any land, creature, or artifact in play on either side. whereas the Tenth ...
26
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5answers
1k views

When I put the robber on someone in Settlers of Catan, does the resource I take HAVE to be random?

Say I have 3 ore, 2 wheat, and a wood, and player B has a wheat, a wool, and a brick. Player B puts the robber next to one of my settlements and has to take one resource at random. Player B wants to ...
26
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8answers
10k views

How do you make Settlers of Catan work well for 2 players? (Problems and play-tested solution described, alternatives requested)

The basic Settlers of Catan game is designed to work for 3-4 players (or more with 5-6 Player Extension). No 2 player variant is suggested by the rules, and for good reasons: Trades (an exciting ...
26
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2answers
2k views

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 ...
26
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9answers
14k views

Munchkin as a two player game

Has anyone had any experience with playing Munchkin with 2 players? If so, what variant/house rules do you play with, and how do you feel the experience compares to 3+ player Munchkin?
26
votes
2answers
427 views

If I buy a Mint, do I still get to use the coins from the treasures I played that turn to buy a Grand Market?

In the Prosperity rules it says "if you have 11 coppers in play and 2 Buys, you could buy a Mint, trash all of your played Treasures, and then buy a Grand Market." My question is: What are you going ...
26
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2answers
734 views

How do game designers come up with suggested (or minimum) age requirements for games?

Is there a standard formula or procedure for determining suggested (or minimum) age requirements for games? Or do a few game designers just sit around and discuss for a few minutes and then just come ...
25
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13answers
5k 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.
25
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7answers
2k views

How important is memorizing chess openings in casual play?

I've played chess since I was kid and after much practice have become a decent player. I still though, have little strategy to my opening moves besides starting with a King's Pawn Game. I know ...
25
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2answers
1k views

How is Test of Faith resolved?

This is the scenario: he attacks with a 4/4 and I block with a 1/1. I cast Test of Faith on my 1/1. I say his creature dies because I block 3 damage and become a 4/4 killing him but he says that ...
25
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3answers
969 views

Is castling still done in the openings in modern chess?

I have read in a somewhat old book that castling was to be done as soon as possible, but some of my playing friends don't bother to do it in the opening. What's the modern usage?
25
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3answers
3k views

Which of the 5 resources in Settlers of Catan (base version) is most important? Why?

Experienced Settlers of Catan players know that the answer to this question will vary based on many board setup factors such as resource productivity, 2:1 ports, whether you can corner the market for ...
25
votes
6answers
2k views

How should I approach teaching Magic:The Gathering to a new player?

I've been playing MtG since Ice Age (mostly with friends) so I'm now sitting on a massive duffle bag of cards, plenty of decks, and quite some experience of the game. I want to teach the game to ...

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