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Official Diplomacy sets, variations and where to buy

Diplomacy only seems to have one set available to buy widely that I am aware of, built by Gibson Games. It's nothing special, an averagely constructed cardboard board with plastic pieces. Are there ...
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Interesting boardgames to play with children [closed]

I have two children aged 8 and 6 and they like to play board games. Some of the ones they have are for very young children and boring for an adult to play. Are there any suggestions for games that ...
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Recommendations for 6-player board game [closed]

What's a good game for six players? Many games can be played by 6 players, but suffer from a loss of pace, and long waits between turns. What games have parallel planning phases, or lots of ...
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Is using Quickshade a good way to finish miniature painting?

Recently I've discovered that Army Painter is selling a can of pigmented varnish called Quickshare. Has anyone had any experience with this or other similar products? On the pictures I've found models ...
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Alternative major improvements for Agricola

Are there any (official/unofficial) alternatives to the major improvements in Agricola?
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Game end in Shark

In Shark I think the game ends in one of two ways. Either one company reaches 15 points, or one pile of counters runs out. In the first case what happens if a company would reach 16 points? In the ...
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House rules for Crokinole?

Any recommendations or variants for playing Crokinole? We say that you have to stay seated in your chair with at least one cheek touching to make your shot.
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Domaine - How does the Chancery work?

When a player takes a card from the Chancery, can he only take the top card, or can he look through the entire pile from the Chancery and picks a card he wants (except the one he just sold).
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How to Maintain the Balance of Power on Risk?

How can I stay strong enough to avoid being eliminated while at the same time avoid being too strong and making myself a target?
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Are general 3-to-1 or specific 2-to-1 ports better in Settlers of Catan?

Which type of ports do you find more useful in Settlers of Catan, General 3-to-1 ports or 2-to-1 ports for a specific resource?
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Clarification on the Royal Garden from Puerto Rico expansion 2

The Royal Garden states: At game end, the owner of the occupied royal garden takes 1 VP for each noble on his island. As each noble is normally worth 1 VP (whether on a building, plantation or in ...
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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 are good placement strategies for Stratego? [closed]

How would I set up a good placement in Stratego, especially with bombs and the flag? What is a good strategy for varying the placement?
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How can I beat Germany in Axis & Allies: Europe?

I've played Axis & Allies: Europe BGG quite a few times now. It seems that Germany always wins by rushing for Moskva in all the games I've played. Usually USA never plays an important role, coming ...
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What games are similar to Risk? [closed]

Are there any other board games that have similar game mechanics to Risk?
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Board games for two players [closed]

My wife and I enjoy playing board games (having gotten hooked on Settlers of Catan and expanded from there) but we don't often have the opportunity to play with other people. The question What ...
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Is Mr. Jack balanced?

Is Mr. Jack a balanced game, or do experienced gamers tend to win more often with either the Inspector or Jack the Ripper?
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When is the Bureaucrat worth buying?

When I first started playing Dominion, I saw the Bureaucrat and thought, cool, free silver and an attack! I bought one almost every time it was available. The more I played, though, I began to ...
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How to handle late game tile drawing in Tsuro

The rules in Tsuro are very vague about what happens once the players start to run out of tiles. What's the best way to handle how titles are drawn in Tsuro when a player goes out, and other players ...
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When on New Caprica, can a crisis effect move a player from Detention to the Medical Center?

When on New Caprica in the Pegasus expansion, can a crisis effect move a player from Detention to the Medical Center? The Cylon players allowed it in the individual instance to try and keep the game ...
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Protecting the surface of your board games…

Is there something anyone knows of that you can apply to the surface of a board game to protect it against wear so that it lasts longer?
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Replacing center cards in Ascension

Do I understand the rules correctly in that all center cards are replaced when defeated/bought? So I can if I have good power cards spend some runes on replacing cheap cards in order to hope ...
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Blood Bowl 2nd edition: Star Players

Is there a list of Star Players for 2nd Edition of Blood Bowl somewhere? Obviously the ones from Star Players Handbook and Companion Rulebook is simple enough but the ones printed in White Dwarf etc?
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Why would you want to play with a deck bigger than 60 cards in MTG?

In Magic the Gathering, the decks are required to be no less than 60 cards, but can be larger. Since you can only have 4 of each card (except for basic lands), it seems you would want the limit size ...
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Carcassonne: The Grass Connection

Been looking into the rules a bit but can't find all the answers I want and it's possible this is more of a house rule with no definitive answer, but what I'm looking for is some official ruling if it ...
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Axis and Allies - Is there a best country?

I've been told by several people that different countries are statistically better choices for Axis and Allies? Is there any evidence that one or more countries have a significant advantage?
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What are the standard rules of etiquette for Rummy?

Most card games have a fairly common etiquette. One rule for Rummy I know of is that you should announce any intention to adjust the visible cards before touching them, to indicate you are not taking ...
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What are the mechanical differences between Doom and Descent from Fantasy Flight Games?

I know that FFG's Descent and Doom board games use roughly the same mechanics, but my understanding is that there are numerous small differences that lead people to prefer Descent over Doom. Beyond ...
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Where can I watch recorded Go games from Masters?

I think I can learn more if I see what people some kyu above me do. I'm aware of a related question, but I think, this one is more specific and might diverge.
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Timing a backstab in Diplomacy

When is a good time to backstab an ally in Diplomacy? Should I backstab if I can grab a Supply Centre or two, or should I wait for an opportunity to eliminate an enemy?
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How do you prevent deliberately losing in Republic of Rome?

In Republic of Rome, if Rome falls, everyone loses. Some gaming groups I've been in grok this concept completely and players will make major sacrifices of their positions (donating lots of money from ...
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Alternative rules for SimCity: The Card Game

Back in the 90s, I enjoyed collecting SimCity: The Card Game. I can't help but feel excited that there's a lot of potential in the game, but that the rules are broken and in certain aspects, to be ...
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Are there any English servers where I can play Mahjong online?

I recently stumbled upon the Asian game Mahjong and came to like it. I already play Go and Chess online, but had difficulties finding a good, English-language Mahjong server. Are there any English ...
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What are some good house rules to balance the sides in Saboteur? [closed]

My group of gaming buddies, after playing plenty of Saboteur, has found that the "good dwarves" can pretty easily win consistently once they learn which pieces are most valuable and how to best ...
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What's the proper etiquette when a Euchre trick is earned?

When a team has 3 tricks and the other scores a trick, you can throw in all the cards because you know the team of 3 tricks will get one point only. There is no sense playing out the final trick. I ...
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Interaction in Race For The Galaxy

In Race For The Galaxy, I'm usually focused on my own cards, and only find out who wins during the scoring at the end of the game. Is this a feature of the game — that is, is it low on interaction? ...
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Orks Mob Rule in Warhammer 40k

I'm starting to play Warhammer 40k with Orks and I need a clarification to one of the rules for Orks. Orks have Mob Rule so they can exchange their Leadership value with a number of models in unit. ...
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Game piece storage

I have a number of games that come in large boxes that do not have sectioned compartments for individual pieces. Whenever I take them over to people's houses everything rattles around and gets mixed ...
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Is it possible to play 2-player, 2-character Arkham Horror successfully?

I've tried playing Arkham Horror with 1, 2 and 4 players. I've found that the game seems extraordinarily difficult with less than 4 characters. Simply put, you don't have enough gos to do everything. ...
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Tactic cards in combat in Warhammer: Invasion

Look at the following combat scenario: Both players had counted their forces strength and assigned the damage to opponents forces (assigned but not yet applied) Now according to the rules players can ...
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Damage redirection in Warhammer Invasion

Some cards like Warrior Priest from Empire deck has a damage redirection rule. How exactly does this rule work? For example: if my opponent assigns 1 damage to my Warrior Priest can I simply move the ...
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Where I can buy good resources to build games? [closed]

Where I can buy boards, cards, dice, fake money, figures, and any sort of pieces? It would be nice if the store sells on the internet. Another good reason is to buy replacements for damaged or lost ...
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Countermeasures to “analysis paralysis”?

Several of my gaming friends are victim to more or less chronic analysis paralysis, which can drag down even the simplest of games. We've occasionally used an hourglass to combat this, but it tends ...
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How do I become a professional game designer? [closed]

How I can become a full- or part-time professional developing games? Are there specific courses? What specific knowledge should I be looking to learn? How do I enter the industry?
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Taking back turns, and forgotten privileges [closed]

A generic question across most board games: once a player has taken their turn (taken their finger off the piece they are playing), should they be allowed to change their mind? Similarly, if a player ...
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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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Differences between Steam and Age of Steam?

What are the key differences between the Steam and Age of Steam games?
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How important is Bankroll Management in Texas Hold'em Poker, and why?

How important is Bankroll Management in Texas Hold'em Poker, and why?
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What well designed Icehouse games are available for two people? [closed]

Recently the Icehouse game system has caught my eye. I've looked through a ton of rules on the Icehouse Wiki but haven't found any really engaging game for two players. What well designed Icehouse ...
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Poker Texas Hold'em Sit-and-Go - Independent Chip Model (ICM)

What is "ICM" in Poker Texas Hold'em? I want to know some mathematical equations in answers on this question, because this part is important for me.

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