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comment Estimating Value Games
For more on why we don't do recommendations questions, and where to try instead: meta.boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/1307/…
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comment What new game should I buy?
A cleaner explanation of the policy is here: meta.boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/1307/…
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comment Why is 21 damage from a commander lethal?
It's not super ranty, exactly, but it does take a bit to get to the point - maybe you could simply summarize the first several paragraphs? "Here's the rule: <quote> It's cumbersome to track extra life totals, and it's odd that the number isn't round like most things in Magic. I am wondering..."
May
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revised Are there any other spells in bant colors that will cause Enduring Scalelord to go infinite?
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comment Can I shortcut a loop with conditional actions?
@Rainbolt It actually has some "may" in it (although the author is trying to get rid of them). And if you modified it to insert more points where players have choices, you'd only make things more complicated. But in any case the point is merely to show how incredibly complex board states can be - whether it's due to mandatory actions based on board states, or players describing conditional actions based on board states, it can be a mess, so attempting to allow shortcuts through anything but the clearly simple cases is a recipe for trouble.
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comment Can I shortcut a loop with conditional actions?
As for why a restriction like this makes sense: in this case it's pretty easy to demonstrate the behavior (probability -> 1 as n -> infinity) but things can get pretty complex (apparently you can even build a Turing machine), so by (over-)restricting to no conditional actions, you hopefully avoid all the icky situations.
May
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comment Can I cast a spell if I might be able to pay its cost but don't know yet?
On the other hand, this specific case doesn't really have a one-sided upside - you're basically revealing a card from your hand and offering the two creatures for three cards deal to your opponent, so it's not an abuse of the rules like a lot of the other situations.
May
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comment Can I back out of activating an ability where my opponent chooses the target?
@murgatroid99 I almost missed it too - it's on the second page of the forum thread.
May
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comment Can I back out of activating an ability where my opponent chooses the target?
@murgatroid99 The discussion eventually covered a bit more than that, though: "As far as 'announce a spell/ability without the intent to actually produce mana to pay for it hoping to get information from the opponent', this is something that is only technically possible by lawyering the rules, and is far from an intended 'bluff' we want to be available for players. If you try this, you'll get a stern talking to, and you'll stop trying that in the future (or you'll be committing Unsporting Conduct - Major for failing to follow the direct instruction of a tournament official)."
May
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comment Does anyone have experience playing Tokaido with only 2 players?
Yup, your question is clear, that's why that was just a comment.
May
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revised Will Heroic trigger if a spell would cause the creature to lose all abilities?
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comment Does anyone have experience playing Tokaido with only 2 players?
Users on Board Game Geek seem to think Tokaido isn't as good with 2 players (in the "suggested # of players" section click the "poll" link, then the "results" button) - almost 40% say not recommended.
May
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revised How can I find out when a specific comprehensive rule was introduced?
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revised How can I find out when a specific comprehensive rule was introduced?
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answered How can I find out when a specific comprehensive rule was introduced?
May
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comment How can I find out when a specific comprehensive rule was introduced?
To put it another way, the other question is about how to know what happened in a specific rules update, and this question is more about how to know what happened across all the rules updates.
May
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comment What happens if you are unable to draw because your library is empty?
The previous version of the basic rules had this: "You also win if your opponent has to draw a card when none are left in his or her deck, or if a spell or ability says that you win." I think they tried to do a lot of simplification in the most recent version, and unfortunately cut that out. There are a lot of other good things about the previous edition too. (It's ~twice as long, so I guess it's less basic, but it has a lot of really helpful information, and it's still all understandable.)
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revised Can uncounterable spells still be countered somehow?
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