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KGS http://www.gokgs.com/ IMO the best server for lower level games. It as an active English speaking community Ranking system is relatively meaningful, even in the lower ranks Many features in the client, such as game reviews


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IANAL (I am not a lawyer), this does not constitute legal advice. (Sidenote: Is it even necessary, i.e. do lawyers actually say this on the internet? Doesn't everyone assume that any advice you receive over the internet is suspect, and you should consult a professional?) Paul Edward Nowak has a great thread on the geek related to many of the common ...


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Online casinos use an 'infinite shoe', which would preclude any card counting, as they effectively draw random cards with a fixed probability. This means it's possible (though very very very unlikely) for all the players at the table to draw the same card (e.g. everyone gets an eight of hearts). This is done both for ease of the game developer (fixed ...


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Here are some: Richard Pavlicek's site on bridge which has puzzles, articles explaining concepts, bidding systems, calculators etc. A very good free resource. The now discontinued deal of the week by Fred Gitelman which is an over the shoulder type of software. Free. Bridge Master and software by other world class players: ...


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I have previously played on Epic Mafia (which is linked to from the Wikipedia page in the question). They have the largest set of player characters I have seen, some of which makes the game extremely complicated!


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Yes, you can reveal a reaction drawn by Secret Chamber. For example, the following scenario is perfectly valid (according to BGG's Dominion FAQ) Be attacked. Reveal Secret Chamber. Draw two cards (one Moat), replace two cards. Reveal Moat to deflect attack. Reveal Secret Chamber again. Draw two cards, replace two cards (put Moat back on deck) Most ...


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GoShrine The GoShrine is a good alternative to other servers: No download/install needed No Java/Flash requirement Play in the browser simply Levels similar to those on kgs Possibility to play bots as well It's where I play when I use my Android tablet. One disadvantage is there are too few players online at all time. And of course you can review the ...


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VASSAL was made for precisely this: it's a game engine/website where you can build games, and then play the games you built online. There are a wide variety of existing games already built for VASSAL, but Muggins is not one of them. This will not be simple: you're going to need to learn how to program the game using VASSAL's editor. It'll take time and ...


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GamesByMail Scott Michtell just introduced me to GamesByMail to play Axis & Allies, and I noticed that it has chess as well. All you need is an e-mail address to create a small profile, same thing for your opponent, and you're ready to play. You should get e-mail reminders when it is your turn. I haven't tried chess there yet, but if it's ...


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I've played Mahjong online through Yahoo. But, there usually aren't that many players on their server. Yahoo also have solitaire Mahjong games, if that's what you're referring to. You could also try MahjongExpress. I've never played on there, but it looks like it requires you to install software, kind of like the online poker games.


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OGS online-go.com is an excellent server if you're interested in turn-based go. The best thing about the site is the tournament system. There are five annual tournaments with multiple rounds in each category - even games, handicap games, and 9x9. Some tournaments require you to win your group to advance, and some allow all players to advance, and then be ...


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Vassal is pretty low bandwidth - as you correctly guess, the graphics are all part of the pre-downloaded game files, so in play it only sends information about which pieces you moved and where to. It's on the same order as using a text chat app, and pretty favourable compared to a web page. Obviously you'll need to download and update the actual game files ...


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A Train Station allows its owner to use one, and only one, of the routes belonging to another player, into (or out of) that city to help him connect the cities on his Destination Tickets. As per the instructions (emphasis mine), a station can only be used on a single route into or out of the city on which it's placed. Even if the route from Riga to ...


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Tygem http://www.tygembaduk.com/ One of the most popular Korean servers and well known in the West for its large player base. It was difficult to sign up to Tygem years ago, but they recently introduced an English client and website, solving this issue. Players range from super weak to super strong (several top pros play on Tygem). Their style tends to be ...


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A friend notified me of a site he occasionally plays on: http://tenhou.net/ According to him, it's a nice site. Problem is that it's entirely in Japanese. He's lucky enough to understand Japanese but most people don't so I added this answer just for reference. Update: I found a nice site where you can play (only) against the computer. English language, no ...


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An iPad/iPhone-version is coming this winter: http://ipadboardgames.org/2011/schedule-of-upcoming-games/ Edit: The iOS app is out: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/agricola/id561521557?mt=8


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No, using Vassal on a netbook is not a good idea. The standard resolution on most netbooks is 1024x600. While this isn't a bad thing for reading most websites, consuming video, etc. it doesn't work particularly well with the high resolution game boards in Vassal. The problems you will face will differ from module to module, but some of them will be pretty ...


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I agree, it should have copied Red's guild card for you. I can't think of any reason it shouldn't. I've never used BSW, but I'm assuming it makes this choice automatically. It sounds like a bug to me. I hope their logic isn't looking at the value of the guild card, as scored by the owner, in order to determine which one is best for Olympia. As that would ...


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VASSAL offers a way to create on online version of a game easily. I was involved in play testing Crown of Roses using a VASSAL module. The map for Clash of Monarchs has been critised as being difficult to use and the reason provided for this was that most of the play testing was done online which had a much clearer map.


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The answer might have been no by the time you asked, but now it is yes: Check out You Say First! I tried my best with the UI design, but any help there is welcome. Bugreports and feature requests can be submitted on https://github.com/nomeata/you-say-first.


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I'd say the first place that jumps to mind for me is boardgamegeek.com This forum seems like an appropriate place to post your rules and materials: http://boardgamegeek.com/forum/26/boardgamegeek/board-game-design You might consider setting up a tumblr or some other website you control and link the materials and information in the forum.


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Yahoo Games I'm surprised no one's mentioned that Yahoo has Go - there's consistently around 100~200 people on. It's a good place for English beginners to play, and there's even some higher-rated players if you're up for a challenge.


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It's actually quite rare. I've never encountered any other company doing so for free or even reduced cost on their own dime, save for the "instructional" modes. I've heard there are a couple others doing so, but I've not encountered them. Several 3rd party developers have made money by paid subscriptions to their sites and hosting lots of games under ...


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DashN http://club.dashn.com/english DashN is a Korean go server with an English interface. It is also known as DashBaduk or Dash & Dot. DashN and wBaduk are the only major Korean Go servers that offer clients with an English interface. The common belief is that this is the place to play fighting games. Tactics seem to also suggest a strong emphasis on ...


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In addition to sites dedicated to mafia like those already described, a lot of forums that have a "Forum Games" section will be open to running mafia games if they aren't already - I play mafia regularly on http://forums.xkcd.com and have seen it being run on many other forums I frequent.


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There are many options for online chess. A very simple site I use is itsyourturn.com. You get email reminders and it just does what you need if you want play chess with a friend. For more advanced options look at freechess.org. There are several different clients for it.


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Time for Chess*? It also has a great iPhone optimised site. a.k.a. Red Hot Pawn ;)



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