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Agricola Card Organization Solutions?

So I expect most of us Agricola nuts have already got a tackle box for all the meeples and counters. But now that I own the base set, Farmers of the Moor, the Gamers Deck, AND the Goodies, I'm ...
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Can Demons “eat” ghosts?

I'm reasonably sure the answer is no, but at Monster Payday I (or when hiring) can you sacrifice a ghost to the demon? Or not, since it's not a monster, and the icon is a monster icon and ghosts aren'...
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Is the Elder God Health affected by the number of board expansions in play?

We have been playing that the number of board expansions does not effect the successes required to defeat the elder god, as it does not seem in the spirit of the rule. The rules seem to back this up ...
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Do Monster Surges Count as a Prevented Gate Opening for the Purpose of Increasing the Deep One Rising Track?

Does a token get added to the Deep One Rising Track for a Monster Surge? Rule in question: "There are two primary ways for the Deep Ones rising track to advance. Each time a Gate is prevented from ...
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The Simplifier vs The Snitch

We played with Agricola: The Goodies for the first time last night, and while it was very silly, it didn't have the negative impact on gameplay that I'd feared. However, the Occupation cards from the ...
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How Does The “Franz” L-Deck Occupation Work?

We played with Agricola: The Goodies for the first time last night, and while it was very silly, it didn't have the negative impact on gameplay that I'd feared. However, the Occupation cards from the ...
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Hand Order In Agricola (and Bohnanza)

We played with Agricola: The Goodies for the first time last night, and while it was very silly, it didn't have the negative impact on gameplay that I'd feared. However, the Occupation cards from the ...
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What Makes Buildings Valuable In Puerto Rico?

I'm just learning the game, so some of my comments may seem ill-informed. But it seems that strategies fall under two categories, a commodity-based strategy and a building-based strategy. Commodities ...
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Does the Paladin count as an adventurer for the purposes of the Magic Key spell?

Do Paladins count as Adventurers? Year one, I kill the Paladin, and no adventurers. Year two, the first spell is Magic Key (a slow spell): Discard one of your imprisoned adventurers (if you have ...
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Typo in the Women's Health Clinic, Richville, MD card?

We dug out my old X-Files CCG cards to play tonight, and in the process of playing, came across the card "Women's Health Clinic, Richville, MD". Card Stats: WOMENʹS HEALTH CLINIC, RICHVILLE, MD XF97‐...
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Short-version of Settlers of Catan

What are some rule changes that shorten the game, and what drawbacks do those changes have? Please limit your answers to rules changes with which you have first-hand experience!
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Is there WSOP (or other organisation) Texas Hold-em chip and blind schedule?

Is there a WSOP (or other organisation) agreed hold-'em tournament set-up for chips and blinds schedule: e.g. something that lays out: Chips arrangement: Players start with 2000 worth of chips: 200 ...
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Is there a way to approximate Hold'em blind increases to time a game?

At a poker night I organise with friends, we're currently ratifying a set of rules. For the blind structure, at the moment, we start with blinds of 5/10 and increase the blinds every 15 minutes. If ...
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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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Is the Talisman Upgrade Pack worthwhile?

I own the Talisman 4th edition game published by Black Industries. Talisman revised 4th edition is now published by Fantasy Flight Games. I have seen an upgrade pack that is supposed to make the 4th ...
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In Seven-Wonders Can I buy resources that were built by my neighbors this turn?

In 7 Wonders, you do a lot of building things and purchasing resources from your neighbors. Naturally, you cannot purchase resources that aren't actually there. However, sometimes you run into a ...
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Can you choose the role with the “New Assignment” event?

In Pandemic: On The Brink there are several new event cards. We are curious as to whether the "New Assignment" card lets you choose, or whether you pick one at random (as at the start of the game). ...
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What is the correct opening move in mancala when you go first in a 6 hole per side board?

Obviously the first thing you want to do is get the bonus turn. But I'm confused after that. You don't want to do your 4th hole from the left because that would allow your opponent to get 2 bonus ...
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In Monopoly, Does It Make Sense NOT to Buy a “Second” Property in a Color Group?

Most Monopoly players would want to buy at least ONE property in a color group, for defensive purposes. Money is usually tight though, so it often pays to "cut corners" somewhere. Could this "corner"...
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Creative handicaps in Settlers of Catan?

I've gotten really into Settlers of Catan recently. There are a few people I regularly play with and these games are really fun / intense; however, when any of this group splits off to play "friendly ...
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How much would it cost to get started with Magic: The Gathering?

I've heard a lot (of good things) about this game and I'm interested in exploring it; however, I'm slightly worried about the initial cash investment involved. About how much would it cost to get ...
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General advice for maximizing fun playing multiple games of Dominion

My girlfriend and I are a bit late to getting Dominion but so far are really enjoying it - we have the base set and just bought Intrigue. We don't have a lot of time to play (and so far at least have ...
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Are there names for checkers openings?

I have never heard of one; but I don't know where to look to make sure. This is something I've been wondering for a long time!
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How many units do you use to attack a dead zone in Axis and Allies?

How many units do you use to attack a dead zone territory? Is there a formula or computation that can be used to discover the optimal number of units to attack with? Consider the Eastern European ...
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In Chess, Why Does Black Sometimes Play “Cramped” Openings?

I'm referring to openings such as d6 (Pirc Defense) or e6 (French Defense) in answer to say, e4. These openings often make it more difficult to develop pieces than say, c5 or e5. In particular, the ...
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In chess, when is it appropriate to resign?

I know I should not resign after losing the exchange, or a piece, and probably not even if I lose a Rook. But how about if I lose a Queen for a Knight? Would it be expected of a player to keep ...
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Where can I find Bobby Fischer's debut game?

Once I saw the game in an encyclopedia, and I remember being impressed. Now, I'd like to find it again. Is there some inventory of famous games I can find it in?
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Is there a variant of chess such that in the starting position Bishops and Knights are switched?

White's back row would look like this: RBNQKNBR and Black's would undergo an equivalent change. Where can I learn more about this variant/play this variant with someone experienced?
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In Axis and Allies, should the UK Build a factory in Australia?

Compared to South Africa and India, Australia, is, or can be made safer from, Axis occupation. It also has the potential to be "relevant." This may be more true in the newer versions, such as AA ...
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Are there any reputable chess openings which begin a4, b4, g4, or h4?

I have heard of 1 b3 and 1 g3, but never any of those in the question title. Is this because they do not work in practical play? I've tried 1. g4 d5 2. h3 e5 3. d4 Nc6 etc. with a good chance of a ...
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How far can a knight travel without visiting the same square twice?

How many Knight moves is it possible to execute on an empty chess board before the Knight lands on a square it has already landed on in its previous moves? The most I've ever been able to land on was ...
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How many spins does it take to complete a game of Hi Ho! Cherry-O?

I recently picked up this game for my 2-year-old daughter, who is learning how to count. I find this game fairly infuriating to play by the actual rules. It contains a spinner with the 7 following ...
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Does anyone use the P-K4 type of chess notation anymore?

I have several chess books, all of which use the P-K4 type of notation rather than the e4 type. I am still more used to the older form, since those books were my first introduction to chess ...
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In chess, why is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 rarely visited?

This opening begins by copying the Ruy Lopez/Morphy Defense for the first three moves, but White branches off with 4 Bxc6. I've read that 4 ... dxc6 5 Nxe5 Qd4 is effective for Black to recover his ...
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Why is there a bonus for holding honors in bridge? Isn't having 4-5 of the highest trumps privileges enough?

After I read about honors in bridge, I quickly started wondering why they were added to the scoring system. Its obviously a privilege to be holding the cards required, so I can see why the scoring ...
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Is there a way to point chess moves?

I know there are points for each chess piece, but is there a way to - imprecisely, for sure - measure/point chess moves?
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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 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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How does the introduction of victory cities in Axis & Allies revised change gameplay and strategy?

In the 2nd Edition of Axis and Allies, you win one of two ways: Capture two of your opponent's capital cities (i.e. Germany and Japan if playing as the Allies or some combination of Eastern US, ...
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How can I play a short/small, but still satisfying round of Diplomacy?

I liked playing Diplomacy back in university, where I had almost no problem gathering seven people with a whole day (including the nights) to spend. Nowadays however, I'd consider myself lucky to ...
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Finding places to play Magic the Gathering games

A friend of mine recently got MTG for the XBox and is talking us into getting real cards. I'm all up for starting but I dread the idea of playing the same two people over and over with no change ...
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Is drawing resources required?

Players draw resources, commodities (Cities and Knights), and fish tokens (Fishermen of Catan) during the course of various Catan games. It is almost always advantageous to draw your earned "goods" ...
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Does a Takeout Double Apply to a “Passed” Partner?

Using Standard American my left hand opponent bid one heart. Partner passed. Right hand opponent raised to two hearts. I was in the "balancing" (fourth) seat and held: (s) Axxx (h) x (d) KJxx (c) ...
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How Can I Improve Combat in DungeonQuest?

I've been playing DungeonQuest for a while with some of my friends, and what I've discovered is that there's a noticeable drop in interest during the combat, which is too complicated for new players ...
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In Bridge, Do You Count Defensive Points In the Opponents' Suit When Making a Takeout Double?

Left hand opponent opened 1 heart. Partner doubled for takeout. Right hand opponent passed. I "had to" bid 2 clubs with something like (S) xxx (H) xx (D) Jxxx (C) Jxxx. We were doubled for penalties, ...
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Small World : purpose of hiding VP

Have you ever tried playing Small World with visible VP ? It sometimes frustrates me to discover in the end that some player had much more or less VP that we expected. Memorizing the VP count for ...
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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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What is the best way to play with someone in another location?

I'd like to play board games with friends who live in other states. I thought I could use Skype to communicate and a webcam to send out a picture of the board. Does anyone have suggestions on how to ...
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Counting cards in Catan?

Since most moves in Catan are public knowledge, one could count cards and keep track of the opponents' hands at all time. However, it seems that there are a few obstacles to doing this. Have any ...
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Recording Settlers of Catan games?

When I was learning to play Go, recording and reviewing my games helped me improve rapidly. I'd like to do something similar for Settlers of Catan, but it's obviously much more difficult to record ...

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