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In a game of Hearts played by 4 good or expert playing agents, what percentage of rounds will end with a player shooting the moon?

Because nobody knows the game-theoretical-optimal strategy in Hearts, I am looking for an approximation based on empirical data. For example, based on logs of games between expert players from an ...
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What has changed in the new edition of Junta?

I have the 1985 WEG version of Junta (that I rescued from a second-hand store years ago), and while it's a favorite of mine, I'll easily admit that it's not the clearest game for explanations or text ...
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Looking for name of very old board-type game

I do not remember if it is competitive, cooperative or solo game. It is played with small cubes having a different marking on each side representing directions such as straight, turn, an X, diagonal,...
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What is the effect of filling the Dragon Ball Meter?

What is the effect of summoning Shenron? The rules regarding what happens when the Dragon Ball Meter is filled seem inconsistent. The rulebook states the following (emphasis mine): Once the meter ...
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How do different sizes of Hnefatafl play?

There are some variants of Tafl games that involve differently sized boards. Obviously there is more to a game than its size, but how do the different variations of the board size affect play?
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How do you play Winter Tales (in a non-gamist manner)?

I recently bought Winter Tales and had my first two games with five friends last night. It was kinda fun, but we really felt like we were missing something or misinterpreting the rules somehow. The ...
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When is mystify worth using?

In Day and Night when you are playing Day mystify rarely seems to be useful. Towards the start of the game time spent attempting to mystify squares will either be wasted when night swiftly reverses ...
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How is bridge for beginners taught in Taiwan or Italy today, Precision or another method?

I play duplicate bridge, and have recently begun studying the Precision bidding system on my own. Precision was invented by C.C. Wei in the 1960's with Truscott's assistance, and was used with great ...
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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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Help identifying old board game

Does anyone know what game this is? It seems to be a 12x12 grid with the outside rows used to mark a winner of a row. It appears that each box can be slid to reveal a color. Picture is from the late ...
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In {American, Bios} Megafauna, how can we improve showing who has what traits?

In American Megafauna and its newer version Bios Megafauna, each of up to four players has up to four species in play. Each species has several traits, and some traits can be multiplied (values up to ...
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Is it possible to download full tournament data including every card in each deck and wins losses?

Does Wizards make this information available? This would be a really cool machine learning problem to try and predict which decks do better against which decks based on their cards. For example, for ...
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What is the name of this solitaire variant?

I recently learned a new solitaire from a friend, but we have no idea what the name of it is. Can anyone help? You use two decks of cards, and start by placing 14 rows of cards. The middle 4 rows are ...
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Which Factions sharply change the way that Alien Frontiers plays out?

I've picked up the Factions expansion for Alien Frontiers, and have played a single game with it. I ended up with the Proxima Centauri Scholars, which have the ability to place the various Fields once ...
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Determining Naval Interceptions

I have a complicated situation involving four major powers. The below chart will summarize their relations. Both sets of allies are using simultaneous movement. France Russia Spain ...
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Children's transport-themed game book, possibly European

From the 1970's - a large-format hardback children's book where each double-page spread was a transport-themed game with cut-out cardboard pieces. Most of the games were more complex than basic roll-...
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Could B-17 bombers identify individual ships in Midway?

This is a reference to the Avalon HIll Board game. One of the possibilities offered to the American player in the game is one or two B-17 attacks a day. A die roll of five inflicts three hits on a ...
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What is this tile set with the card suites and numbers set in a 6x6 grid?

What is the name of this game? How do you play it? (if instructions cannot be easily found online) Board and Game Pieces: Board and Back of Game Pieces: The game also includes: 12 White Poker ...
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Misreading your hand when knocking in Gin

What happens when a player knocks and misreads their hand? This hand recently came up: I announced a knock but mistakenly included a card as deadwood that could have been played. If the card (6c) ...
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Are starting cards in Principato unbalanced?

In Principato each player randomly gets one card that allows them to build a facility: a house, a bank, a field or a farm. However, only houses and fields yield resources needed to expand your ...
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What are the strength and firepower of Ivory X bombardments?

The 2nd Infantry Division online briefing for Flames of War has a special rule called Ivory X that lets you fire anti-tank guns and anti-aircraft guns like a normal artillery bombardment. The ...
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In a four person game of Quoridor, can a player be forced to pass a turn?

As a follow up to my question earlier, can a player be forced to skip a turn when playing a four player game of Quoridor? The rules state that a pawn cannot jump over more than one pawn when moving, ...
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How do I tune my magic arena (MTGA) deck for 3 lands in my opening hand, under the new mulligan rule and selection algorithm?

Is it 22 lands? Did I understand the algorithm correctly and did I draw the correct conclusions, or am I getting it wrong? From what I have read, the arena algorithm takes 2 virtual copies of your ...
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Stacking game around 1993-1996

I remember playing a game when I was younger you had 4 plastic pegs and 9 blocks. only 3 blocks could fit onto a peg at a time. The blocks had different colours and numbers. You pulled a card out of a ...
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Supreme King Gate Zero's role/s in a Dark Magician deck?

Update (to old question: Does Supreme King Gate Zero's negation apply to Dark Magician the Dragon Knight after the latter has left the field?): Wait I think I get it now. The reason why I couldn't ...
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What does a player get after defeat the Boss Monster in area 11, 12 and 13?

In the Mini Rogue game, when a player encounters a boss monster and defeats it, he/she gets a reward that is mentioned at the boss monster card based on the level in each area. In front of level 5, ...
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Pixel Tactics - static stat modifiers and damage calculations

Recently I was playing a game of Pixel Tactics and I had a scenario where a card in my middle row was giving the card in front of it +2 life. The card in front had damage counters from a previous ...
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Is there a formal designation for “pure placement” games?

Specifically in the context of abstract or combinatorial games. As an example, Go and Reversi are both placement games. Although mathematically distinct (Reversi requires placement in the center at ...
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Vast: The Crystal Caverns Strategies

My friends and I have recently gotten very interested in this game, and have been playing it more and more frequently. However, the group has noticed that some roles seem to have it much easier than ...
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Color Plastic Sheeps As Game Pawns

For years I've been trying to remember what game was this I played as a kid mid-1980's. It had a huge board and within the board there was a road. The board tiles were drawn stone-like. There were ...
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Richard Pavliceks mystery

Richard Pavlicek made a great bridge site. Here http://www.rpbridge.net/7f55.htm The mystery is this: Is there a bridge hand where North/South can make a grandslam in any suit, but not even ...
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Is there an error in equilibrio puzzle #45?

Is there an error in puzzle #45 of the game equilibrio? seems like the middle brick on the third line is turned incorrectly. thanks
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What is the procedure for recapturing rescued men?

In Little Wars, captured men can be rescued by killing one or more of their captors. What is the procedure for recapturing the men who were just rescued? For example, 14 men of team A attack 12 ...
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What is the most time-efficient way to earn gold in Barbarian Prince?

Like the title says. Does this change over the course of the game (example, when you hire followers, when a wizard/witch/monk join your party)? What is the average gold earned per day using the most ...
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How likely is it to win a game of Barbarian Prince?

Barbarian Prince is a brutal paragraph based game. Your character must collect 500 gold and return to his homeland to win the game. Unfortunately, there are unfriendly guards, wolves, mobs of peasants,...
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Doctor Who Fluxx - do Dalek cards affect all doctors

Dalek card says "if the Doctor is anywhere on the table, during your turn you can discard both him and this". So player 1 has Doctor #2, player 2 has Doctor #3, I have the dalek. Can I discard the ...
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How does “reveal a card, play it, then return it” work with locations?

During a game of DC Comics Deckbuilding Game: Rivals, we had a strange situation (which could also happen in the base game). The Joker's second form says the following: Once during each of your ...
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Is there a tier list of all precon Commander deck?

C19 is currently being spoiled and I am thinking about buying it. The idea is to buy a group of deck to play with friends. Here is the idea. Lets consider that we are 5 people sitting at a table. This ...
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Solitaire all cards dealt face up in 13 columns, then 12, then 11, 10, 9

I’m trying to figure out the name of this card game. First turn: Deal out 52 cards, all face up in 13 columns (4 rows). The cards in each column overlap. Can move single cards only. A card can be ...
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What happens when a Reward that is a character card loses its hitpoints?

While playing the Oblivaeon expansion to Sentinels of the Multiverse, we completed the Mission card “Time and Time Again”, giving us the Reward character card “The Chronoist”. He has 14 HP. ...
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What game does this black die belong to?

Bought a house and found this die in the backyard. The icon is in the spot where the 1 would go. This has peaked my curiosity and have tried to search google image but have had no luck. I also thought ...
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How does the Locket and Meenlock interact?

There is some disagreement about how these items interact. Locket: Gain 1 Sanity Any time you take mental damage, take 1 less point of damage. Lose 1 Sanity if you lose control of the Locket. ...
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Looking for rules to “Geomag: Magnetic Challenge” (2005)

I picked up a complete set of this 2005 game, missing the ruleset though. On BoardGameGeek there's a nomination of it, for "Worst rules ever" and some basic info, but no rules to illustrate the ...
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Freecell puzzle unsolvable?

I think this freecell puzzle (739671 on Odesys) has no solution but not 100% sure. Using this solver could not solve it. Is there a better solver, or does this really have no solution? This is the ...
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What are the differences between the Battletech Master Rules and their Revised Edition?

What are the specific differences between the Battletech Master Rules and their Revised Edition? I've just had a look at sarna.net, but couldn't find any answer (except for the differences in the ...
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How to balance Projex?

Projex is like Hex, in that it is connection based. It is played on a board that looks like the following h i A B g . . . C f . . . . D e . . . . . E d . . . . F c . . . G b ...
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Start of the First Day

Do effects that occur at the start of a day happen at the beginning of the first turn? Does the Fellowship player draw two (due to Pippin being in play) additional cards at the start of the first ...
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What's the (Dutch) name of this “push your luck” dice game?

My wife and her family introduced a game to me that they know (in Dutch) as "knobbelen". It seems similar to the game of 5000s(in Dutch). In this game, each player throws three dice (d6) repeatedly, ...
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If the last surviving human mutates to an alien, do they win with the aliens?

In Escape From Aliens in Outer Space, one of the item cards is the Mutate card, which turns a human into an alien. The rules say that the human then plays as an alien from then on. However, if the ...
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Common rules or house rules to resolve catching dispute

In Ghost Catch (Geistes Blitz original name) the idea is that you grab the correct item before any other player can. Obviously the one player having the correct item in hand wins the round. However ...

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