Questions tagged [house-rules]

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In Uno, can you quickly finish a two player game by skipping your opponent's final turn and without saying Uno? [closed]

So me and my friend are playing Uno. It's a 2 player game and we play where you can stack draw 2’s or draw 4’s. My friend (player 1) has 2 cards left. I (player 2) have 2 cards left. It is player 1’s ...
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Gleemax targeting

Does Gleemax allow you to choose an invalid target for a spell or ability? If you have it on the field and the other player plays and spell that say choose 2 creatures you control and place a +1/+1 ...
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Modify Ticket to Ride to For Six or More People - Thoughts? [closed]

To get more than 5 people in on a game without having teams I was thinking about buying another set of train cars (or two or three), painting them a unique color, and then doing one of a few things... ...
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How to play Ticket to Ride with children?

I know that "Ticket to Ride: First Journey" exists but since I have a base game already (Ticket to Ride: Europe) I was wondering whether it could be streamlined for 5y-old children.
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Missing rules: “L'ecologia” Clementoni

I have an old copy of "L'ecologia" of "I giochi di Sapientino" by Clementoni. Unluckily the instructions are missing. Can anyone help?
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Can you use a clue that contains a word on the board within it in an unrelated way in Codenames?

In Codenames, can you give a clue when the series of letters of one of the tiles on the table is contained within it? For example, can you give the clue "barrier" when "bar" is on the table? Or "...
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Monopoly strategy if every unowned property goes to auction immediately?

My friends and I have tried playing with a house rule where every property, no matter who lands on it, immediately goes to auction for all players. We have been using a Vickrey auction so that the ...
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Shortening Harry Potter the Battle for Hogwarts while keeping the difficulty

My wife and I like the deck-building game harry-potter-hogwarts-battle. Games 1 to 3 where too easy for us; Game 4 is challenging to our liking. However, playing game 4 means having to battle all ...
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Quoridor rules when faced the opponent

I could not find an official rule that states directly what exactly to do when 2 pawns are face to face. It says that you can jump over it to go it's behind if there are no walls between the opponent ...
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In Faro how do players indicate/remember their call of the last three cards (“Calling the Turn”)

I've been trying to learn how to deal Faro. Online sources such as Wikipedia and Wizard of Odds mention that when three cards remain players can 'call the turn' stating the order they think the final ...
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Euchre Card Game

I need clarification on an issue that I had with playing euchre. As I ordered up, the dealer (on my right), and right after that, she said that she was going alone and asked for her partner's best ...
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In Euchre, Can a person of the opposing team go alone if trump was ordered up by the other team?

I ordered up trump from the dealer of the opposing team and the same person said they were going alone and asked for their partners best card. Is that legal in the euchre rules?
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Why is it important that the digits be all different?

In standard Bulls and Cows, the digits of the chosen number must be all different. Is this rule crucial for the "playability" of the game? In other words: if I ignore this rule and allow choosing a ...
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Does snapping reset the plusses (e.g +4) in uno? [closed]

I wanted to know if you snap a +4 or +2 does it reset the amount the person picks up?
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Secret Hitler: is asking another player to choose which card to discard “cheating?”

To signal one's allegiance to the Liberals as President, one could say to another player, "all my cards are Fascist and it matters not which one I discard! Tell me which card of the 3 to discard!" ...
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In The London Board Game, can you put a block on the main red stations?

The London Board Game allows each player to initially close two stations each, and these stations can be changed during the course of play. The rules I have don’t specifically preclude the ...
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Grand Tour USA (Helvetiq): How can you travel to Hawaii and Alaska?

Players can typically move by passing through bordering states following correctly answering a question. Although there are chance cards which allow for travel via oceans, they seem too infrequent to ...
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Catan setup order different than playing order

When I get with my friends to play Catan (normal Settlers or Catan), we first roll the dice to decide who is going to put the settlement first. The one that got the highest number goes first, the ...
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Alternatives to Mulligans in Magic: The Gathering

!edited: Added non-opinion-based question I am currently looking into ways of doing Mulligans in another way, or replace Mulligans altogether, for casual play around the kitchen table. I don't like ...
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Scattergories Duplicate Answers

The rules of Scattergories state: Players score zero points for an answer that duplicates another answer in that round. However, how do you define "duplicates another answer"? Should only the ...
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Star Wars Rebellion Resolve Space Combat before Ground Combat

I'm considering the following variant for Star Wars Rebellion (inspired by Twilight Imperium): Resolve space combat entirely and reconcile transport capacity before resolving a ground combat in a ...
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What if every suit were trump, and partners hated each other?

To anyone experienced in whist variations, are the following house rules playable? (that is, will this game be fun or frustrating to play)? I'm developing a nutty variation of Spades for tonight, is ...
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Uno: With a last card power card, are you allowed to play it after you draw a card?

Assuming you play with the following rules: You can't end on a power card (+4, color change) If you can't play and draw a card you are allowed to play it immediatly if that card does match If you're ...
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How to deal with being a 'dungeon master' and the other players finding the missions too hard?

My friends and I are playing Star Wars Imperial Assault: Jabba's Realm. My friends play as a team of rebels against me, the Imperial player. We played the base game campaign and found it to be quite ...
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Have there been revisions to the rules of Catan?

I have been playing catan for at least 6 years, following a trip to the Netherlands where I encountered the game. For the whole time, I have played that, on a role of 7, the player cannot build or ...
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Tapping cards - mana pool - general questions [closed]

I've been playing for very long time right now (with long breaks though...) and I happen to find some uncertainties about mana pool/tapping etc. When you usually play with your friends do you argue ...
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How do I deal with 'take backsies', particularly in Twilight Imperium? [duplicate]

I was playing twilight-imperium with an opponent who would often 'take back' or 'adjust' moves. In general I'm OK with this if: The player is new to the game It is a minor tweak on a part of the ...
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International rules for a king how many moves can the king take if there are no opposition pieces to jump?

We started to place international rules and just watch a video on youtube that seems to indicate, that a king cannot move unlimited spaces if there are no opposition pieces to jump. Is this correct? ...
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Diplomacy 'Trojan Blind' hints

I am starting a diplomacy game with the "TROJAN" rule. Does anyone have any hints on how to adapt strategy from a game with more typical rules? TROJAN (BLIND modifier) A TROJAN game is a BLIND ...
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Escape From Colditz (2 player): How do you deal with all your POWs being in Solitary?

In the game Escape from Colditz, once a POW player has acquired an item, it seems like the guards can pretty much round all of that player's team up from the inner courtyard and dump them in Solitary. ...
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Spin on old cribbage

A friend of mine and I have our own brand of Cribbage where we throw extra Cards into the game hypothetically speaking how many 15s would there be if there was five fives in one hand
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Draughts: King required?

Can one be compelled to use his king when there are alternative moves? Especially if that move will end up having the king killed. My opponent saud I was obligated to use the king.
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How to make a game of Yu-Gi-Oh! quicker?

I currently play Yu-Gi-Oh! at school, and sometimes, we want to fit in a game in less than 5 - 10 minutes, before lessons. Of course, in a normal game with 8k LP each, this is almost impossible for ...
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Is it feasible to do a Yu-Gi-Oh! booster draft?

Magic: The Gathering has a Booster Draft format in which each player opens a booster pack, picks a card to keep, then passes the rest to the next player. After this is repeated a number of times, ...
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Would A “Dual Capital” (house) rule make sense in Axis and Allies Pacific?

The gamemaker "opened the gates" to this question by allowing China to collect income and build units without a capital (or for that matter, and industrial complex). This is kind of an exception to ...
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Informal history of Crazy Rummy and/or Frustration?

It's my understanding that Gin Rummy was 'codified' in 1909 and that Rummy games in general are thought to be 'descended' from Conquian. And I realize that minor variants tend to be more of a 'house ...
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Does Monopoly Follow Standard Auction Procedures?

I am playing a game of Monopoly. One player lands on a property, but chooses not to buy it. I bid first. Another player bids for a higher amount. The rules state that the banker immediately gives the ...
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Could B-17 bombers identify individual ships in Midway?

This is a reference to the Avalon HIll Board game. One of the possibilities offered to the American player in the game is one or two B-17 attacks a day. A die roll of five inflicts three hits on a ...
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Challenging Chain Wild Draw Four's

I was playing Uno, and the card was a yellow 4. As I didn't have a yellow nor a 4 in my hand. I played the draw 4 card. Now should I have been challenged, I would have won the challenge. But my ...
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How to add of story-telling elements to increase player satisfaction? [closed]

My question is focused on the board game Eldritch Horror, but perhaps it could be applicable to other lore-based board/card games. Does anybody use additional story-telling elements to embellish the ...
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Do people commonly play collectible card games without shuffling?

I was watching the Garfield lecture on luck last night, and he mentioned that Magic eventually adopted a discard rule for the first hand drawn if it was a "dud", so that defeat is not so dependent on ...
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What difficulties occur in a three sided version of Space Hulk?

The Space Hulk Campaigns book outlines Marine vs Marine rules. Is it possible to then play Terminators vs Chaos Terminators vs Genestealers or are there game mechanics that make this unworkable e.g. ...
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Diplomacy: No units but 1 Non-Home Supply Center

Hello Diplomacy enthusiasts. I was recently playing an online game of Diplomacy with my friends and unfortunately drew Italy. All was going well until I was overrun by Turkey who made quick work out ...
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Mafia type variant with 3-5 players

I love mafia/werewolf/resistance/secret hitler type games, but my kids frequently want to play when there are too few people. Typically mafia is best when there's more than about 6 or 7. So I thought ...
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How to play a quicker game of Monopoly?

Is it possible to play a quicker game of monopoly that lasts under one hour on average with only two players? If so, how? I am not looking for anything that specific, but I need house rules that will ...
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How can I play Dominion by myself (like solitaire)?

Is there any suggested way to modify the rules to play Dominion on your own, like a Dominion Solitaire? It seems possible given that you're mostly just building your own deck and collecting victory ...
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How do the Monopoly odds change when the board is played in reverse?

One semi-popular house rule is to play Monopoly as usual, but move the pieces counter-clockwise instead of the usual clockwise - that is, hit the higher-end properties first and move down toward the ...
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Damage rarely matters in two-player RoboRally. How can I houserule it to be more interesting?

In the original version of RoboRally, I'm finding that damage rarely matters in two-player games. Over the course of the game, maybe four hits happen. No registers are locked, and drawing fewer cards ...
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Why is the first tile inactive in Burgle Bros?

In the Burgle Bros FAQ, the first tile of the first floor you are burgling is inactive: When entering a new floor for the first time, does the tile trigger when you move into it? Yes, except ...
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How do I Make this Backgammon-Spinoff more Level and Fair?

I call it March-Fall Gammon, or M-F Gammon for short. Played with regular backgammon board, chips, and dice. Game consists of 2 parts: The March and The Fall. Start with a clean board, roll, and ...

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