Questions tagged [game-setup]

For questions about general procedures for setting up or preparing to play games. This tag should be used for questions are either about game setup in general (ex. "how do I speed up this particular aspect of setup common to a number of games?)" or it should be combined with the tag of a particular game.

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How to secretly choose factions that become public later?

I'm looking for a website/tool/method that will allow my (in-person) group to submit their faction choices in advance without anyone knowing what it is. Then once everyone has submitted it can be made ...
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In Arkham Horror, are Ally cards treated specially in setup?

The rules say this in setup: The players shuffle the Common Item, Unique Item, Spell, and Skill decks, then return them face down to their places next to the board. Whenever players draw cards, ...
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How to minimize Puerto Rico setup time?

It takes quite a lot of time to set up Puerto Rico, especially when switching between games with a different numbers of players; a quarter of an hour I'd say. The problem is that it is rather time ...
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What is the Best Random Card Setup Tool? [closed]

In this question I received two different recommendations for iPhone specific apps to assist with Dominion setups. My group uses a third (non iPhone specific). Which is the best, and why? Please, ...
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What is the quickest way to setup Dune: Imperium from DireWolf playing single, double or more players?

I recently purchased Dune: Imperium to play with my family over Christmas. What is the quickest way to setup the board game for single player or multiple players? Is there a cheat sheet that ...
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Survive Escape from Atlantis: whales and sharks setup

In Survive: Escape from Atlantis, are the whales and sharks left out of the map during setup? Do they only appear when flipping "play immediately" whale or shark tile?
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Setup for more than 4 players in Dominion?

We have the base Dominion set along with the Alchemy and Prosperity expansions. The rules cover 2-4 players, but elsewhere it implies that up to 6 players are allowed with expansions. Nowhere we could ...
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Dice Masters Casual Setup

I recently purchased the Civil War dice-masters starter. After playing the starter scenario a few times, I would like incorporate the rest of the cards into a game. Question - How do we setup a game ...
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Black Market and game setup

In a game where Black Market is being used what happens to the setup phase of cards in the Black Market deck? In particular if the Black Market deck contains a card such as Young Witch or Trade Route ...
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Do non-random alternative methods of choosing a starting player actually WORK, and if so which?

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 ...
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Best method for evenly distributing epidemic cards in Pandemic setup?

The rules for Pandemic call for shuffling the Player deck and distributing the initial cards to each player. The remaining 50 or so cards are then seeded with epidemic cards by this rule: Divide ...
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Minimizing Agricola setup/clean up time

I enjoy playing Agricola, but the box the game comes in doesn't lend to keeping the pieces organized, and I generally spend a fair amount of time taking everything out, and even more time putting ...
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How can I speed up the setup of Eclipse?

I think I got everything separated and packed pretty well (including the upgrade tiles), but what's really taking a long time during setup is the cubes. Is there a way to set it up faster for players?...