Questions tagged [house-rules]

Rule changes, additions and options proposed by players for players. This is not for officially sanctioned variations - use the [variants] tag instead.

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Can you stack cards of the same number but different colors?

During an Uno game, can one player put multiple cards of the same number but not the same color on top of each other, with the first card the same as the previous one in the Discard Stack?
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Auction of mortgaged properties during bankruptcy

We have a house rule - No form of trade/deal is allowed between players. If someone wishes to sell anything - an auction has to be held always and the property goes to the highest bidder. There are 3 ...
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Choosing same color after Wild (+4)

Playing Uno this weekend, one of the players played a Wild+4 but chose the same color that was in play (this led to a successful challenge). I had thought that, regardless of what's in the player's ...
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Minimum bid rule for Monopoly auctions

Other questions have asserted that many people don't actually auction properties as instructed in the rules. Monopoly doesn't specify any rules to control the auction. I have seen auctions stretch ...
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How many booster each players should crack for a 60 cards booster draft?

I plan to create a 60 cards booster format. How many booster each players should crack for a 60 cards booster draft? I think that 4 or 5 should works. Is there any existing format or math about this? ...
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Is it an official rule that interference in Monopoly requires paying $50 to free parking?

I have a question in regards to a rule, that I and a lot of family friends have always played by in monopoly, but a few new comers don’t get that rule, and I can’t find it in writing. We play by the ...
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Can two players tie for first place in Hearts?

At Pagat's website, it says game of Hearts (the card game) ends when a player reaches 100 points or more: http://www.pagat.com/reverse/hearts.html#scoring This implies that the game ends even if two ...
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What house rules/modifications have you adopted to make a board game work well over webcam? [closed]

During enforced isolation we're seeking social activities: what board games work well with others over webcam (ie in video chat; Skype, Jitsi, Zoom, etc.)? If you've played over webcam, was it better ...
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Where can I find more Brood War scenarios?

The Brood War expansion of Starcraft introduces the idea of the Scenario Game Mode, which basically comprises a pregenerated galaxy setup with special victory conditions. Often, playing scenarios ...
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UNO Stacking a Draw 4 Card instead of picking up 4 cards?

Need clarification on the Draw 4 rule. - Player 1 lays down a Draw 4 Card and says the color is Red. - Player 2 does not have a Red card but has a Draw 4 Card. Can Player 2 lay down his Draw 4 Card ...
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“Investing” in other players in Monopoly

I once played a (somewhat crazy) game of Monopoly where there were too many players, so not enough properties to go around. I ended up with close to zero property but lots of cash. So I made an "...
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What strategies are there for the “no forced jumps” variant of checkers?

In the standard rules of Checkers as it is played in tournaments and the like, jumps are mandatory, i.e. if it is possible for you to jump, you must jump, and if it possible to do jump again you must ...
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In UNO with card stacking rules, can you stack the opponents final card?

While playing UNO in the end only two players were left. Player 1 had five cards and player 2 had two cards (both of them a 'Draw 2'). Player 2 puts down the first 'Draw 2' card, and calls UNO. ...
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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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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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How can we speed up Killer Bunnies?

What are some common house rules that you might use for a Killer Bunnies game? Because the game has so many rules/cards to begin with, the only one that we've come up with is not allowing Super ...
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Is Ace high? Or low? Or both?

When playing the cards, Ace is worth 1. When counting runs, A 2 3 is worth 3. I've often played with Q K A also being worth 3. I've even played with K A 2 being worth 3! Definitely good ways to ...
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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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Does Dixit need any modifications to play with 7, 8, 9, and 10 players?

I've enjoyed Dixit greatly with groups of 5 and 6, and I'm curious if it needs any rule variations to extend it further. I was thinking perhaps requiring at least 2 players to guess the correct card ...
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How to balance Dixit?

The rules of Dixit that the game ends when the deck runs out (leaving players with full hands at the end). Every time I have played, the players have commented that this means that some players have ...
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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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Alternative play for Splendor

My husband and I like Splendor, but once someone manages to get one high level card, the game is pretty much over in minutes. Increasing the number of points you need to win doesn't make the game last ...
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Recommended Axis & Allies alternative rules / variations?

What rule variations do you recommend for playing Axis & Allies, from ones meant to balance the game to ones that add a little spice? Here are the variants I've played with - always looking for ...
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Progressive Draw 2 and Draw 4 Uno

When playing with progressive Draw 2 and Draw 4 and (say that there are 2 players playing) and Player 1 goes out with a Draw 2 Player 2 puts down a Draw 2 Does player 1 have to pick up 4 cards?
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How would these Ticket To Ride variants change the game?

In a recent question we securely established that the "Longest Route" bonus in Ticket to Ride is earned by the largest number of train cars used to make the route, not the largest number of stops. ...
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Can the original Ticket to Ride (US) rules be applied to the Europe map?

I am planning to get the Ticket to Ride: Europe and introduce the game to a new player. For a beginner, I was thinking of playing the European map with the original US rules. I will be ignoring ...
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What's the impact of allowing other players to continue while you choose tickets?

The rule book says that you need to decide on your tickets even before the next player takes his/her turn. How big a deal is it to allow a fellow player to decide on destination tickets while others ...
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Good ways to speed up a game of Ticket to Ride

I just played my first game of Ticket to Ride and we loved it. Our only issue was making it a little faster. We had some small obvious ideas that wouldn't affect the gameplay much, like keep score on ...
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How can I play Pandemic with 6 players?

I've recently bought Pandemic, and really liked the game. But since the basic game is only 2-4 players, I ordered the expansion "On the Brink", which brings it up to 5 players. Is there a rules ...
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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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House rules for Spade bids of nil, blind-nil, and 10-for-2?

My favorite bids in Spades are the riskiest ones: 10-for-2, nil, and blind nil. 10-for-2 is always worth 200 points, and most rule sets I've seen put nil at 100 and blind nil at 200. In our group, we ...
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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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How can we avoid big money in casual games?

My girlfriend and I have recently discovered the Big Money strategy in Dominion, and it's killing the game for us. We're not very competitive, so we don't want to spend a lot of time and effort trying ...
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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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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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Speeding up complicated games by limiting player interaction

Without changing "the official rules" of the game, what sorts of house rules can be imposed on player interaction to speed up game-play for games that generally encourage players to discuss options (...
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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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Whats a good house rule to give the Rogue a chance at winning Dungeon? [closed]

I was playing the new release of Dungeon! by wotc with about 6 young players. Looking at the cards, I noticed that its nearly impossible for the Rogue to ever win. What is the best way to give the ...
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House rules for Crokinole?

Any recommendations or variants for playing Crokinole? We say that you have to stay seated in your chair with at least one cheek touching to make your shot.
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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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Unique and fun rules for UNO [closed]

I know the regular rules for UNO, but over the years, playing with different people, I hear all kinds of different rules. I've hear different rules when a specific card is played, you and/or everybody ...
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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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How to make The Tower less of a pain in Carcassonne

I'm a big fan of Carcassonne and have a most of the expansions available in my language. One of the only expansions I don't play, at all, is The Tower. In my opinion, the ability to remove followers ...
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Does a book of 3's in Hand and Foot work?

My wife and I play Hand and Foot from time to time. We have toyed with the idea of allowing a book of 3's to count positive, with the caveat that they are only positive if the book is closed and clean....
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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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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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How to shorten Puerto Rico game to fit one hour?

I do love Puerto Rico boardgame, mostly strategy oriented over random factor. But this boardgame is so long to play, I would like to shorten play time to fit one hour. Do you have suggestions?
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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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