Questions tagged [history]

The history tag explores variation editions of changes to a board game. It also is used for looking into the past events that lead up to a game in some way.

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What rules changes have there been in Uno?

A previous question revealed that there has been at least one (albeit minor) rules change for Uno recently. This makes me curious to know if there have been any other changes to the rules over the ...
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Do you have to play a (replaced) joker immediately with 2 tiles from your hand?

I don't have the paper rules here as a reference, but I grew up playing Rummikub with the rule that, if you replaced a joker on the table you must immediately replay the joker in a run or set with at ...
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Is there an equivalent of Deep Blue in the Go world?

Deep Blue was a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. On May 11, 1997, the machine won a six-game match by two wins to one with three draws against world champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov accused ...
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Where did the "can't build next to the robber" house rule come from?

Several people I've met play Settlers of Catan with the house rule "you may not build anything that isn't a knight next to the robber". As far as I can see, it's not in the rule book. To clarify: ...
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What's the etymology for the term "Bingo" in Scrabble?

Using all 7 tiles nets a Scrabble player a 50-point bonus and is sometimes referred to as a "Bingo". I'm curious: how did that term come into use and why does it have such meaning?
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When was the Lord Licorice character added to Candy Land?

I recently played a brand new copy of Candy Land with my son and noticed a character named Lord Licorice, who I don't remember from playing the game when I was a child. The Candy Land Wikipedia ...
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Why did Yu-Gi-Oh! change from an unlimited deck size to a 60 card maximum deck size?

When Yu-Gi-Oh! first started, an unlimited deck size was allowed. Now there is a limit of 60 cards. It may not always be advantageous to play more cards (see Why would one want more than 40 cards in ...
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Where did Interrupts in Alpha & Beta Magic Editions end?

Here is another question regarding the very early Magic times, namely Alpha & Beta Edition. The old rules for spellcasting worked with a “Batch”, described in the Fourth Edition rules booklet as: ...
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Was it possible to target spells placed at the bottom of a just-cast fast effects chain?

[ This is a follow-up from this question about how various effects interacted in the earliest releases of Magic: the Gathering ] In an Alpha & Beta Series Magic Game something like this happens: ...
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How would casting a Lightning Bolt in response to Giant Growth work in early Magic?

In early Magic—in the early nineties—the rules had a rule that made damage occur on the stack. I'd like to know how a certain situation (described below) would work in the rules at that time: I have ...
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