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How common are offensive words in tournament Scrabble play?

There are a number of different 'official' Scrabble dictionaries, but at least for this question I'm primarily interested in North American play, and so I'm interested in two word lists particularly: ...
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Lasting games in the past century [closed]

One of the appeals of traditional games such as Chess, Go, Backgammon, or Poker is the depth that they have acquired over the years; long-standing communities and traditions, wide range of players ...
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Which tournament format best emphasizes winning (as opposed to avoiding last place)?

I've played enough Settlers that I think I could do well in a tournament. However, a cursory glance at upcoming tournaments suggests that most Settlers tournaments use a Swiss scoring system that ...
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How does tournament-level Puerto Rico deal with seat-order disparities?

It is well-known that there are disparities between the strength of various seats in Puerto Rico. How do tournaments deal with this? Please give details. I know that some competitions use bidding ...
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How did Andrea Mengucci receive a game loss for incorrectly registering his card on arena?

I just received a Game Loss because I registered a wrong card from my Draft. It kinda stings because I acknowledged it in the checking process after decklists were handed. But as the Latin says: ‘Dura ...
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In what category of information are timestamps?

In Magic the Gathering Competitive/Professional REL, there are four categories of information: status, free, derived, and private. Under which category of information do timestamps fall? If ...
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Is there a Risk World Championship?

Is there any national or world level governing body that holds an annual Championship?
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What does it take to play a Battle of Wits deck successfully at a tournament?

Magic tournament rules specify that players must be able to randomize their decks in an appropriate amount of time (three minutes for pre-game procedures). As Matt Sperling points out, this may be ...
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What happens if I lose a match due to time in a single-elimination game, but I have a Platinum Angel on the battlefield?

According to the Magic: the Gathering tournament rules, when time has been called on a game during single-elimination rounds: In single-elimination rounds, matches may not end in a draw. If all ...
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Do Friday Night Magic games count toward your DCI rating?

I've gone to a few FNM drafts, and it's structured as three qualifying matches, followed by a single-elimination tournament for the top 8. Do all these games affect your DCI rating?
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What are the legal tournament formats for MtG?

What are the current legal tournament formats for Magic: The Gathering? What are the differences/definitions of each format? At what point do sets rotate in/out of a format?
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What rules are used in international events

What rules are used during international events like the recent Samsung Cup?
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Do I need to buy data packs to be competitive?

I've seen that there are tournaments of Android: Netrunner. Regarding data packs, is it necessary to buy all the data packs to have a chance to win those tournaments? I guess the cards allowed to ...
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Tournament rules for RftG, how to ensure fair play?

I am going to run a Race for the Galaxy tournament at WBC this year. You should all come and play! I received a message that last year, one of the competitors suspected another player was underpaying ...
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Why is "All that remains" banned from Android: Netrunner World Championships?

The Android: Netrunner tournament rules say the choice of banned cards is up to the tournament organiser. With the single exception of banning "All That Remains" at world level. Authorized Cards ...
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Adam Logan vs. Ben Schoenbrun (2023 Canadian Scrabble Classic): where can JUN be placed?

In this YouTube video, the commentators say in this position that if Adam Logan plays JUN then Ben Schoenbrun will play SIJO and win. However, I cannot find where JUN can be legally placed on this ...
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How do you run a short multiplayer Conspiracy draft tournament?

There is a new set in Magic the Gathering coming out, called Conspiracy. Conspiracy is a set specifically designed for drafting, and notably, multiplayer games. My question revolves around how to ...
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What is the meaning of OMP, GWP, OGP?

I am using mtgarena for my tournament organization. What do OMP, GWP and OGP mean? Does anyone know what they stand for? Example: Player Points OMP GWP OGP 1 9 33.33 100 ...
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1-on-1 unorganized tournament scoring system

Assume I want to run a game tournament with 1-on-1 games (think chess) that have (for simplicity) just win or lose as the outcome and I need a way to rank the players. Formally speaking, I want a ...
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Tournament and League Rules For Dominion

Where can I find official tournament and league rules for Dominion?
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What is the best tournament format for Cripple Mr Onion?

I'm planning to run a Cripple Mr Onion tournament (the gambling variant of the game, but not for money), but I have never run a tournament before. How should I structure this tournament? What do I, ...
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Why is there no ruling to offset Mandatory Loops?

Why is there no ruling to offset Mandatory Loops? As pointed out in a recent question: Marauding Raptor and Polyraptor - what happens when a loop has no exit? Which states this ruling 721.4. If a ...
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How do Dominion tournaments compensate for the luck that's always present in the game?

Dominion is definitely NOT a game of luck. I'd wager it's at least 90% strategy. But at the higher levels I'm sure the luck comes out as players get better at finding the best strategies available to ...
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Can my opponent and I decide on a victory condition to avoid a draw?

Say I'm playing against a player and we finish game 2 with 5 minutes left in the round. If we draw, both of us will be knocked down, and most likely neither will be eligible for prizes. I know ...
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Can anyone tell me who Mr. Suitcase is?

I acquired a collection of cards among which were some sinkholes. One in particular is signed; I understand the name in concept. From the wiki page for The Duelist: "Mr. Suitcase" being a ...
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How do I create an account with Wizards of the Coast if I have a very old DCI number without activation code?

During Battle for Zendikar prerelease yesterday I played my first "real cards" MTG tournament since GP Vienna around 2003-ish. Now I learned that there is now a DCI website where you can look up your ...
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What actions constitute passing priority?

I played in my first PTQ (and got top 8!) a few weeks ago and received a warning for missing a trigger. The situation was as follows: It's game 3 of the last swiss round. I pass the turn with a ...
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Are players permitted to resolve errors between themselves, without involving a judge?

Suppose that a game play error occurs during a tournament. Both players agree that they would rather handle the error themselves than call a judge, and so they agree on a resolution and continue to ...
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What requires MTG players to remind their opponents of “may” parts of effects?

Section 3.7 of the IPG defines Tournament Error — Communication Policy Violation as follows: A player violates the Communication policies detailed in section 4 of the Magic Tournament Rules and the ...
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What should I prepare for a Star Wars X-Wing tournament?

Next week I am participating in my first Star Wars X-Wing tournament. The tournament will be from 10am with up to 16 participants and three to four games. I have played Star Wars X-Wing with a friend ...
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Brackets for tournament in a three player game

Suppose we have game which can only be played in a group of three. I want my playing system to be somewhat similar to the "Double elimination tournament" but I have trouble getting my head around it. ...
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What can I do to make my opponent play faster at Regular REL?

I play low-key Magic the Gathering tournaments, like release parties and Friday Night Magic. They're good fun but I'm often stuck looking at the clock, trying to avoid a game-3 draw. I know the ...
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Intentionally Not Announcing Triggered Abilities Until Just Before They Would Be Considered Missed

In Magic the Gathering, the Infraction Procedure Guide details what it means for the announcement of a player's triggered ability to be missed, as a function of what category of effect the triggered ...
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In Magic: the Gathering, how often on average do the top players make day 2 of a tournament?

Definitions: Top player: the old platinum-ranked pros, or MPL members. If there isn't enough data for this small group, I'm also interested in the old gold-ranked players. Tournament: an open ...
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What activity is there in Computer Go tournaments?

At the moment, the 17th TCEC superfinal is running, Stockfish vs. Leela. It is considered the unofficial world championship of computer chess, and games are frequently publicly commentated by ...
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Can I look up the text of my foreign cards on my phone in MTG tournaments? [duplicate]

Hey guys I have a question. I play commander and most of my cards are in foreign language. I use google drive to have a picture of the actual card in English. If I go to a tournament am I allowed to ...
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Warhammer Fantasy Tournaments Statistics

I'm looking for raw tournaments result database/statistics, divided per format, date and including army distribution something like this : tabletoptournaments.net but where I cand filter by date and ...
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How are bridge hands chosen, at top tournaments? What's the motive?

I've noticed that bridge hands in many top tournaments, are often extremely uncommon combinations of distributions and types. For example a single hand at the 2021 EBU Premier League contained a hand ...
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What board and card games have full-time professional players?

Can we provide a listing of what board games or card games are played by full-time professionals? I define such a professional as someone whose income arises primarily from competing and winning ...
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Missed State-Triggered Abilities

Player A controls Emperor Crocodile and some other creatures. The other creatures leave the battlefield, and only Emperor Crocodile remains. The state-triggered ability is not noticed, and some ...
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Would hypnotizing your opponent be against the Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament rules?

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime episodes "Return to the Spirit World", Part 1 and Part 2, Professor Frank hypnotizes his opponent, Luna, during a Duel Monsters tournament duel. In addition to having an ...
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Warhammer 40k: Do 'decurion' style detachments comprised of multiple formations still count as one detachment for ITC purposes?

Say I have a Hunter Contingent (the Tau 'decurion' style detachment) comprised of Hunter Cadre and an Optmised Stealth Cadre, will this count as one detachment against the ITC tournament limit of ...
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How can I learn about and keep track of major Magic tournaments in my local area?

I've been interested in going to a large Magic tournament for a while now, though whether I can go and how far I could travel varies week by week. I know how to look up the Grand Prix schedule and ...
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What number is so large that one would never wish to have named a larger number?

When Magic the Gathering players create infinite resource combos, they often name numbers such as 1 million, 1 billion, or 1 trillion. Usually this results in Player A creating that many permanents, ...
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In what way are cards simultaneously milled by multiple players?

According to Rule 101.4a, "If an effect has each player choose a card in a hidden zone, such as their hand or library, those cards may remain face down as they’re chosen. However, each player ...
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Additional Official Rule Sources For Monopoly

Some questions about how to play a game of Monopoly are not answered in the official rulebook that comes with the board game (not surprisingly). For example, under the header of Building Shortages... ...
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Would illegally moving cards during a game from the sideboard to the hand/library or vice-versa be a Hidden Card Error or a Deck Problem?

Would illegally moving cards during a game from the sideboard to the hand/library or vice-versa be a Hidden Card Error or a Deck Problem? For example... A player is instructed to shuffle their hand ...
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What tools exist to manage an M:TG tournament?

I work in an office with a good number of Magic players. I'd like to try and organize some sort of pauper cube style tournament that could be run like a "season" over the course of a couple months. ...
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Is table talk acceptable in tournament play? [closed]

I'm interested in playing boardgames competitively. I want to know if there are any unwritten rules or written rules when the stakes are high. I'm really concerned that cross talk (conversation ...
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Season's champion [closed]

We play once a week with the same gaming group, each night a different game. I thought about creating "season" records, such that every ~3 months we will announce the season's champion. The prize ...
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