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Tactics is the art of responding to specific situations as they appear and choosing the best course of action. Please also use game-specific tag, e.g. [catan].

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What's the tactics for Tac Tix?

What I've found is: First Player If N Is Odd (non-misere): The player takes the center piece and symmetrically imitates every one of the opponent's moves. Second Player If N Is Even (non-misere): ...
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Progressive euchre tourney question

Progressive euchre tourney when individuals are trying to score as many overall points as possible, should you order the other team in the middle of the tournament simply to prevent giving up four ...
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How can 7NT be played for this hand?

I played a deal online as South and ended up as 3NT +3 (490 points). The deal analysis page indicates that this deal can be played at 7NT. I retried several times, went straight for 7NT, but all ...
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How to open with Baratheon at Game of Thrones Board Game?

I've played a couple of games as Baratheon or closely observing the Baratheon player, and in my experience, there are two initial strategies that people choose. I'm undecided which one is better. The ...
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Positional based, strategical card games? [closed]

There was a CCG called Warlord: Saga of the Storm that I played briefly in its relevancy. It was the only CCG I played where positioning was a main element. Ranged attacks, etc. The accompanying image ...
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Zombicide: Black Plague! Strategy suggestions for Clovis and Samson

I've completed the 11 quests in the base Zombicide: Black Plague! box (i.e. 1 necromancer, 1 abomination, no expansions), and I found that Clovis and Samson consistently lagged behind in terms of ...
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What are some common tactics to make runs against servers with unrezzed ICE in Netrunner?

When I play as a runner, I tend to be apprehensive about unrezzed ICE unless I have a breaker of each type and a pile of credits. Naturally, neither of those things are in place early in the game, and ...
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How can I do better than chance in Uno?

Just started playing Uno. What are the most important strategies that might improve my game? Of course luck is important, but I'm trying to do better than crossing my fingers. For example, before and ...
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Is a "drop-finesse" better than a simple "drop" play with a nine card suit in bridge?

Regarding finesses for a missing queen in a key (e.g. trump suit), there is a proverb of "eight ever [always] nine never." Instead, one is supposed to play for a drop. (This, and most other proverbs ...
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Tactics for Othello [duplicate]

I understand that occupying the corners is desirable, as a counter placed there can never be flipped. Also, placing a counter on a square next to a corner seems to be bad as it usually hands the ...
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Are there common themes in "settlement" games? [closed]

I'm referring to games like Agricola, Puerto Rico, and Settlers of Catan. But a few themes seem to pop up in each game. One is the importance of brick/stone/wood for building. Without improvements, ...
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Should You Take "Your Opponent's" Sheep In A 2-Player Game?

As you may well have guessed by now I play a lot of online Agricola; here's a situation that comes up all the time. If I'm the second player, and sheep come up as the round one action card, quite ...
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In Dungeon Run, is there ever a reason to assist another player if you have full health?

In Dungeon Run, when another player is on your tile, you can assist them. If you do, you are allowed to rally which means to remove a single damage from your character. Since any other player will ...
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What is "Playing For Top or Bottom" In Bridge?

Apparently it relates to duplicate bridge. Initially, I thought it meant playing the hand in a risky way to score overtricks, and taking the chance of sacrificing a potential game. But then someone ...
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How Do You Catch A Player Who Takes A Quick Lead In Alhambra?

I really enjoying playing Alhambra, but I'm a bit worried that my strategy may be overly simplistic. Basically, I play according to the following principles: Try not to build buildings unless I can ...
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Is It Possible To Win 2-Player Agricola Without Taking Wood?

A few months ago I visited a friend who'd recently taken up playing Agricola with her husband. "We think there should be a bigger handicap for going second," she said, "Otherwise the person who keeps ...
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Optimal (Or Just Effective) Strategy For The Resistance?

I played Resistance for the first time last night, and it was great fun, but the consensus at the table was that the resistance can only beat the spies given a healthy dose of luck. I played a ...
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If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?

When playing Dominion, I have developed the habit of buying a Gold the first time I can afford one, even if I could afford a Province instead. Is this a good rule of thumb? My reasoning is that if I ...
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How do I Detect/Defend Against an throw in In Bridge?

When I see declarer draw trumps, and then start to "eliminate" (ruff out) one or more plain suits, my biggest fear as a defender is of a throw in. That is, the declarer will put me on lead because I'...
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In Bridge, How do I Differentiate Between My Partner's Signals on Defense?

On defense, there are attitude, suit preference, and count signals. My guess is that the play to the first trick would represent an "attitude" signal for a suit. Beyond that, how do I differentiate ...
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In Bridge, What is the Merit of Taking a "Double" Finesse?

Suppose I am declarer, and dummy has a "side" (non-trump) suit with AQx or AQxx, and I have xxx in my hand. I have been told NOT to finesse the Q (a 50-50 chance), except as a last resort, or late in ...
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Is A Good time Make a "Penalty" Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your "Allowance"?

Most contracts are predicated on the supposition that the defenders will win some tricks. If game can be made with "26 points and eight trumps," this leaves 14 points and five trumps to the defenders ...
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Which castling method is superior?

Chess has two types of castling: kingside and queenside. Which one is more advantageous near the beginning of the game?
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In Bridge Play, What is Meant by "Combining Your Chances?"

I was in a NT contract. After the initial rounds of play, the last few (visible) cards were something like these in two suits (call them spades and hearts): dummy: spades KJx Hearts xxx Me: Spades ...
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In Axis and Allies, Should An Attacker Be Allowed to Relinquish Certain "Prerogatives?"

These are situations that seem to be outside the official (second edition) rules. Unless I'm missing something. Suppose Russia is allowed attack Norway on the first turn, and does so with two ...
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In Bridge, Which Forms of Deception Are Ethical? Does This Include "Moodying?"

Playing in a casual game of bridge, holding JTx of trumps, I "falsecarded" on the second trump lead with the J. Believing that he had drawn them, declarer stopped leading trumps. Later, I trumped ...
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Did tactics training improve your chess significantly? [closed]

There are quite a few sites for training in chess tactics. For those having experience with using any of these, how did these affect your rating? Is there a strong correlation between e.g. http://...
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How Unethical Is A Purely "Blocking" Move In Ticket To Ride?

Here's a scenario to illustrate my question. My wife and I were playing Ticket To Ride: Nordic Countries earlier this evening - apologies if you don't own this particular edition, but hopefully the ...
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How can I compete against the unit armies tactic in Risk?

How to I avoid one player getting too strong by playing just to defend a small area or continent and only gaining territories just to obtain Risk cards to trade in for more armies.
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What's the difference between a tactic and a strategy?

Some people consider tactics and strategy to be distinct (as they apply to boardgames), while I regard them both as "structured methods and plans to win". Are they distinct? And what are the ...
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What are some good tactics for the early game in Risk? [closed]

In general what do you recommend at the beginning of the game?
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