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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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Adding money to a game of Risk

A friend and I recently had a conversation around making a set of rules for a buy-in variant on Risk, and I wanted some help from experienced players to review them as they stand now. Risk is not a ...
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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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Munchkin with 7-12 players

I am wondering on what modifications could we make to Munchkin for a better overall gameplay when adapting it to be played with 7-12 players. I am currently worried with the following issues: Number ...
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Casual trick taking penalties for illegal plays

I want to know if there is any standard penalty for when someone breaks a rule in a trick taking game, especially failing to follow suit when required. I know the penalty would depend on the game, ...
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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 to quantify first player advantage?

In playing a two player variant of sheepshead, the group I play with decided that it wasn't that much fun. So I simplified it, and taught it to my niece (5 years old) as a start to learning about ...
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Increasing engagement in Crack the Case

I thorougly enjoy playing the Milton Bradley game Crack the Case with friends. For smaller groups (up to 5 people), I find that without teams or keeping track of time or points is already more fun ...
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Can Boss Monster work with 5+ players?

The Boss Monster game is specific in that it says only 2-4 players can play the game, but from reading all the rules, and the fact that there are more than 4 monsters, I don't understand why it cannot ...
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Power Grid removing lowest plant if first player passes

A friend of mine (a bit of a board game geek) says that this following rule is wrong, imbalanced, and is changed in one of the expansions: (Auction phase) If, in later rounds, no power plant is ...
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Rewards and punishments for card games

With playing a long board game you have the satisfaction of the endurance and outsmarting your opponents. It's a struggle and winning is the glory. When you play something like poker or Uno you are ...
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Can Ronan of the Wild use Pico himself?

In the Descent 2nd Edition expansion pack Call of the Wild there is a new hero named Ronan of the Wild. His hero ability gives him the familiar named Pico. Pico's card states: During another hero'...
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Ora et Labora. Ideas for an alternative 2 player game ending rule?

I love the game "Ora et Labora" by Uwe Rosenberg. It is has especially a nice 2 player mechanism. In 3 and 4 player mode the game ends after a certain number of rounds. Which I like very much. ...
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In Split, should one cross out 200

On the Split scorecard, the last box in each row is worth 200 points. The rules say that in scoring you should cross off the next available box, but don't go out of their way to point out that a 6th ...
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How to expand Love Letter to accomodate more players?

Love letter was a surprise hit in my group. Everybody enjoys the fast pace and player interaction. It's just a shame that it only allows up to 4 players, because it seems like it would be better for ...
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How to fix very high impact of losing players last turn

Don't get me wrong - I love the fact that being almost nullified early on doesn't necessarily spell out slow and frustrating snowballing doom for you. But in every single game I've played with people ...
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Game stagnates if supply card not drawn

I've played a couple of games where the game has been stifled because the supply card is never drawn. (What happens is that the 'winter is coming' card is drawn, and the deck reshuffled, and supply ...
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How do we assign Game of Thrones houses?

In Game of Thrones the assignment of each player to a house has a drastic impact on the way the game plays out. What are the different ways to assign houses to players, and what are their ...
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How should we setup Settlers of Catan for three players?

Settlers of Catan for three players suffers slightly from too much space. I find the four player game much more enjoyable because of the tense competetion for places to settle. It seems that this ...
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Monopoly : Is buying properties second time round a house rule or official rule?

Just wondering that when playing a normal game of monopoly, can I buy a property when I haven't passed go yet. Anything will help. thanks!
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How can I mitigate the luck factor of drawing destination tickets in Ticket To Ride?

I get the feeling that a big part of how well someone does in Ticket to Ride, is the drawing of their initial destination tickets, and the drawing of subsequent destination tickets, and how well they ...
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Can we extend the game by playing Multiple Boards At Once?

I play Ticket To Ride with my gf and friends and we love it! So much so that we always reach the end thinking, 'this went too quickly!'. We've toyed with playing two maps simultaneously, has anyone ...
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The sheep and the wolves

When I was a child, I was playing a game such as the following: The game is played on a standard chessboard, but only on the black squares. There are two players: the white player has a single white ...
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Making 2-player Starcraft more enjoyable

In theory and according to the rules book, Starcraft can be played by 2-6 players. From my own experience and what I heard from others, it does not work at all for 2 players. The random factor gets ...
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Robo Rally - Alternative rules for option cards?

Robo Rally is a fun game but the option cards totally break it if a person just sits on the wrench and hammer and collects them all. Has anyone tried a house rule to discourage this behaviour? How ...
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Can you mix Warhammer Fantasy armies?

My wife is interested in playing Warhammer Fantasy. We've tried to work out what army she'd like to play (we went through all the pieces on the GW website, and she picked out these ones she likes the ...
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Can the owner of the largest army move the robber every turn?

Someone told me that in catan the possessor of the largest army card can move the knight each time it is their turn. Is this a common house or tournament rule? I could find no such statement in the ...
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Is there an Eldritch Horror variant for playing against two ancients at once?

Has anyone tried modifying the rules of Eldritch Horror so you can play against two ancients at the same time? How was your experience? Mysteries Do I solve alternating or in parallel? Mythos Do ...
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Removing the Luck from Stone Age

Stone Age is one of my personal favourite games. The game dynamics are excellent and requires plenty of skill and strategy to win, with the only exception of the dice roll when determining resource. ...
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Spoons: is passing your cards w/o looking cheating?

In the game of spoons (aka "pig" or "tongue"), you can simply not look at your cards, passing them on directly, so as to be ready to pick up a spoon at any moment (fixated on the spoons, with your ...
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Can the Russia no first turn attack rule be realistically extended for more turns?

This is a reference to the Classic edition of Axis and Allies. One "alternate" (house) rule is that Russia is not allowed to attack the first turn. (But she does get her "income" of,say, eight ...
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How To Play Coup: The Resistance with more than one set of cards?

I recently purchased 2 sets of Coup: The Resistance So that I could play with more than 6 people. However, The included rules don't state how many of each card to use when dealing with more than 6 ...
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Is there a real shift in balance if Blueprints players violate their blueprint?

After being taught how to play Blueprints, I was told that building your blueprint was completely optional, with the only downside that you would miss out on the 6-point bonus if you don't follow it. ...
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Does removing the timer make Space Hulk significantly easier?

I played the recent edition of Space Hulk with my brother, who insisted on playing the entire campaign as the Space Marines (bad idea - they tend to lose!) He gave up the campaign about half way ...
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Are there online variants to "Path of Glory"? WH40K

I've been watching a handful of this extended campaign type for a while now and I just saw a video where someone created an Ork war-band by using a dice-roll sheet prepared from custom rules. Can ...
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In Axis and Allies, could a house rule upgrading the German navy finally "balance" the 1942 game?

Because of the historical strength of the Allies, Axis and Allies is somewhat Allies favoring, despite numerous attempts to "balance" the game. I was wondering if curing the Axis' "achilles heel," the ...
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Monopoly (advanced) with speed die

So my family and I were playing when one of us landed on the "Go to Jail" space. They went, on their second roll to get out he rolled a double, now since we are playing the advanced game, does he roll ...
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Shuffle destination cards in Ticket to Ride

I'm considering a house rule where discarded Destination cards are always shuffled into the deck instead of returned to the bottom. The pros and cons seem balanced to me: Pros :- We may need the ...
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Eclipse: some House rules to cut down on chance in die rolling?

My group and I enjoy Eclipse, but it has fallen out of favor because of the extreme chance in battle on die rolls. Heck, I can't even get my wife to play at all because the first three games she ...
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Occupations and minor improvements break the game?

After playing several games of Agricola in the family friendly mode, I played a couple of games of the full version with a friend. What we've found is that adding the additional occupations and ...
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How can I elegantly increase the difficulty of Elder Sign?

I think there's consensus that Elder Sign is not satisfyingly difficult. The variants I've seen suggested are either too long for my taste, or don't look play-tested. Has anyone found a satisfying (...
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Is there a set of better rules for Monopoly? [closed]

Monopoly is pretty infamous for sucking. Has anyone ever reconstructed the rules from the ground up to make it a better game? If it were a video game I'd ask for a total conversion mod or something ...
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House rules to make the cloister less of a game winning tile in Carcassonne?

In my experience, cloister tiles in Carcassonne are often "too lucky". If you draw a cloister tile in the beginning of the game, it will typically still require an investment of quite a bit of "meeple"...
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How to combine Risk, Catan, and Monopoly? [closed]

So my group of friends play a lot of Catan. And we recently got a version of Risk. We ended up thinking about how relationship destroying a combined version of Risk, Catan, and Monopoly would be. So ...
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What is the best strategy to avoid large farms in Carcassonne?

Whenever I play with my housemates and friends, Carcassonne often becomes 'farm wars'; everyone who understands the nuances of farm play gets caught up in playing meeple (or as I call them, 'dudes') ...
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How to stimulate more creative storytelling?

According to the blurb on the box, Rory's Story Cubes® is a pocket-sized visual story generator that sparks the imagination of all ages. You throw 9 dice and then create a story that connects ...
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Magic the Gathering for very young kids [closed]

I have a ton of MTG cards sitting around and an urge to use them again. I also have a 4 year old son. I'm sure he won't appreciate my B/G infect deck or the rules of the game in general lol. I'm ...
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Are there any house rules for combining Munchkin and Fluxx? [closed]

It occurred to me that the Fluxx and Munchkin are quite similar games in that they are casual games that derive their fun from their theming. Is it possible to combine the games?
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How can I speed up a game of High Frontier?

I really like High Frontier, but it takes a long time to get going and can take several hours to play. Does anyone know of any house rules to make the game run faster?
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German Carcassonne fan expansions - available in English?

I was browsing the Hans im Glück website and found two 'official' fan-made expansions for Carcassonne. The expansions are called: Die Stadttore (The City Gates) Der Osterhase (The Easter Bunny) ...