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In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?

Count the cards in the supply In Settlers of Catan you are always allowed to count the number of resources left in the supply decks. It is a perfectly legal move to count the deck before using the ...
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Is cheating allowed in Munchkin?

According to the very old rules from the beginning of munchkin you could cheat if the other players didn't catch you. Likewise, you may also use only one headgear, one suit of armor, one pair of ...
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Does reading strategy guides before a game count as cheating?

This is all about your social contract1 - some groups play to win, in which case the behaviour you've described seems perfectly reasonable. Other groups play more for fun, and fun can often be reduced ...
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Can experts roll dice with non-uniform distribution?

In theory, yes (the macro nature of the dice and the table overcoming any quantum-level randomness, leaving you with classical physics). In practice, the bulk of the evidence says no, that the chaos ...
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How do I prevent cheating on my token based card game?

You simply need a mechanic that makes it impossible for a player to see the other players' token counts until they are all simultaneously revealed. There are quite a few ways to do this, so you have ...
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In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?

In my group we always employ the 'Shenanigans' rule. I have a couple of 'creative' players and though they may swear they are not cheating, they may be doing it inadvertently or from sheer ignorance ...
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How do I prevent cheating on my token based card game?

This mechanic sounds like "Blind Bid auction" In a blind bid auction all players select how much they will pay, and then find out the bids. Usually the highest bid wins and pays, but sometimes there ...
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Spoons: is passing your cards w/o looking cheating?

Given that this is a highly variable kitchen table game, most of the answers you'll get here are opinions. That said, I think that keeping your hand hovering next to the spoons is practically cheating,...
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Can you change your mind after discarding during Monolith Arena?

I don't know this game at all but will answer this in a broader etiquette sense. In games people make mistakes or they start taking a move and realise that they want to do something different. When I ...
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Does reading strategy guides before a game count as cheating?

Nope it is not cheating and should not be considered such at all. The problem is that assuming you can't would mean that you are limited in what you can do to improve your skill at the game which may ...
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Bananagrams: dumping rules/etiquette. Is it cheating to keep track of dumped tiles?

It is not cheating. The rules as you state just say peeling is taking a tile from anywhere and dumping in placing a tile in a Bunch and taking three tiles back. The rules at no point say the Bunch is ...
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Intentionally Not Announcing Triggered Abilities Until Just Before They Would Be Considered Missed

This would not qualify as cheating. In the example, Tower of War's Exalted trigger creates a continuous effect that modifies Bear Cub's power and toughness. These are not visible changes, so they are ...
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Can you change your mind after discarding during Monolith Arena?

Yes, it is against the rules. The rules (as you quote) do not permit drawing a tile directly after discarding it. Rather than "is it against the rules?" (a question you seem to already know ...
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Does reading strategy guides before a game count as cheating?

I think it's a particular issue with this game, which can be played at two different levels - as a 'friendly' game with family or friends, where people unfamiliar with the game stick to the most ...
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What is the best way to deal with cheats?

If you're playing in any kind of organised play, there should normally be a store owner, tournament organiser or some kind of official you can report this to. This is normally the best approach as you ...
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How can I prevent players from cheating on their stats that carry between games?

Checksums, CRCs, Hashes, etc. Computer science has a possible solution for this. In computer science, sometimes you need to verify that some received data hasn't been altered or corrupted. The ...
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In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?

The way I handled this - as we played with a player who subscribes to the philosophy that "it's up to the other players to enforce the rules, and he is only 'using his resources' (the unknown being ...
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In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?

In games I play with my friends, we just play with our resource cards revealed. (Development cards are still kept hidden, though.) We're not exactly tournament-level players. Counting cards is ...
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In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?

Things like "lying" and "bluffing" are really the rightful subject of house rules. The rules of the original games don't encourage lying, but they don't always go out of their way to prevent it ...
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In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?

It could be possible in two ways: Involve house rule of checking hand - each player is checked by the player on his right. Disadvantage of this method is then each player would have knowledge about ...
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