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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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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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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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UNO with card stacking rules

While playing UNO, at last 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Texas Holdem All-In Question

This is regarding a texas holdem no limit home game. After the flop, player 1 and player 2 are the only remaining who bet. After the turn of the river card, player 1 goes all in. Player 2 decides to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Ways to handicap in Magic the Gathering?

I play Magic the Gathering with my kids a bit. But, the games are often very one sided (in my favor) as they haven't mastered all the rules, and intricacies of game play. For most board games, I can ...
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How can I make Agricola vegetarian friendly?

Agricola is a great game, with good theming, and I'd like to introduce it to a couple of friends who are vegetarian. The problem is they might feel uncomfortable with the 'eating your animals' ...
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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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What should be taken into consideration when mixing Fluxx sets?

What should be taken into consideration when mixing fluxx sets? I played a game of Stoner and Zombie fluxx mixed the other day, and I found it super fun. It add variance to the theming, and ...
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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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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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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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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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How to encourage rolling two dice in Machi Koro?

I've played Machi Koro a number of times, most often with in a group of 3 players, sometimes 4. So far the prevailing strategy usually ends up being to roll only one die and to: Buy as many ...
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Is there any good cure in Midway for Japan's lack of search capabilities?

In Midway, the Japanese player gets only three (airborne) searches per turn. What's worse, he only only gets to search "areas" within 12 zones of his ships, while the American's Midway based planes ...
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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) ...
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Are there any fan-created campaigns for Shadows of Brimstone?

I'd like to get into Shadows of Brimstone, but I've heard that there's a part during setup where you configure how hard the adventure is going to be. I'm a little bit put off by that. I worry that, ...
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Can you play Dixit cooperatively with only 2 players? [closed]

My son (age 5) enjoys Dixit, but often it's just the two of us. I've come up with my own variant, below, but I want to hear more from the community. We play with a hand of four cards, and we take ...
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What is proper order of resolving players actions?

In Jamaica each player selects a card with two actions on it. The left action is connected to the Morning die and the right one to the Evening die. So, basically there is somerhing that happens for ...
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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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Ticket to Ride house rule to help players with short destination tickets

The game balance in Ticket to Ride (in my social not highly competitive environment) seems to favour the person with the longest destination tickets and getting short tickets is almost automatically a ...
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Problem with lifelines in “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” board game

I have found an issue with playing the board game Who wants to be a millionaire 2nd edition, and the rules do not cater for the problematic scenario. The rules can be downloaded from www.fgbradleys....
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How can I make a Crisis game go faster?

I've played a couple games of Crisis Mode from the Crisis Expansion (Pack 1) of the DC Comics Deck-Building Game with one, two, and three players. While we like the cooperative mode of it (it always ...
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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 do I mitigate 'alpha playing' in Pandemic?

I don't quite like Pandemic for a simple reason. Basically - because all players have the same knowledge, and same goal, I don't see the need to have multiple players; one person (the alpha player) ...
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Hex Hex card interactions (foretell, play only when hexed, maddening compulsion)

In the game of Hex-hex, our gaming group gets into some rather interesting debates as to how particular timing and effects. This is one of my favorite aspects to the game, though it can cause things ...
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How inappropriate is it to track semi-secret information using paper or other memory aids?

Many board games have information which is semi-secret, where it's possible to keep track of it, but not easy. For example, which resources you get and spend in Catan is public knowledge, but which ...
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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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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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How to play Risk for office fundraiser? [closed]

My office frequently raises money for charities holding lotteries or raffles. A coworker and I were considering more creative & entertaining ways to raise money, and we hit on the idea of playing ...
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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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Who does the Warlord pay to — the bank or the player who had their buildings destroyed?

In our family, we've always interpreted the rules as paying to the bank. We had friends over who had played by Warlord paying to the player whose buildings they got destroyed. To us, it seems like the ...