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How to handle late game tile drawing in Tsuro

The rules in my copy and on the official site are quite clear: If the active player has the dragon tile, he or she places it at the bottom of the draw pile and draws a tile from the top. If the ...
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

Yes. Though it's rare, some games mix up what it means to win and to lose, because why not? Games typically treat everyone as either 100% winner or 100% loser, but it doesn't have to be that way. In ...
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International Checkers - winning strategy for 3 [4] kings vs 1 king

The answer by @RemcoGerlich is essentially correct. Some extra info below. For further reference see the Dutch book Drie tegen een is gemeen, that contains a mathematical proof that 3 vs. 1 kings is a ...
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End game deciding on dead stones

As TimK pointed out, the situation could be but may not be a Seki but without a diagram to show to us, it's not easy for us to guess what happened. Seki : no one die, everyone live $$cm1 $$ +--------...
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International Checkers - winning strategy for 3 [4] kings vs 1 king

3 kings vs 1 king is usually not enough for force a win, because (as you discovered), you can't catch a king that can safely stay on the main diagonal. The rules say that 1 king vs 1 king (where ...
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

To truly meet with your criteria, there would have to be a ruleset that determines winning conditions as well as a ruleset that determines losing conditions, and some situation that does not fit ...
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What if there are two paths connecting to the gold in Saboteur 2?

There's no such concept. The following are the win conditions for the red and blue teams from the rules: A team wins if a dwarf from that team creates the connection to the treasure and the way there ...
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How to count non fully walled territory?

Simple answer: There is no such thing as "non-fully walled territory". So far as the upper left is concerned, black has exactly two points: D10 and F10. All the rest is not territory, because it's ...
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How to count non fully walled territory?

This isn't really a finished game. If both players passed, then all of the points around E13 would count as dame just like the ones around H8, and wouldn't be territory for Black. This wouldn't ...
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Are there restrictions on pawn promotion if two pawns are on the same column?

I am a chess arbiter and I can confirm that this rule does not exist whatsoever in the FIDE rules of chess. The only restriction to promotion is if it's an illegal move.
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How does this Example Endgame work in Scrabble? Playing Out Scenario

Playing OTIC blocks both OW and WAG. OTIC starting at H3 will put the 'C' on H6, blocking the opponent from playing W on I6.
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Territory inside of territory

This game isn't finished. Black's group shouldn't be able to die, so Black will have some territory, but the area between the white and black walls hasn't been decided yet, so the players need to ...
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Do harbor pieces count for determining the end game phase in Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails?

It only includes Ships and Trains. The English rulebook is a bit unclear on this point, but other translations make it clear. The specific wording form the English rulebook: When any one player’s ...
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Territory inside of territory

From the basic rules on Wikipedia: Territory Definition: In the final position, an empty intersection is said to belong to a player's territory if, after all dead stones are removed, all stones ...
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Are there restrictions on pawn promotion if two pawns are on the same column?

Some players will do anything to try to prevent them losing... From the position above, white promotes and black may as well resign. White can make a 2nd queen and give one of them up if necessary to ...
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Probabilities: Backgammon - final move

Let's set a lower bound on the likelihood of winning with doubles, by simply ignoring all cases where it is impossible to win without doubles. Assumption: All board positions considered are equally ...
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Go - How does one count territory in these two scenarios? (9x9)

You've misunderstood the scoring principle. White is, as you explained, dividing the board. But that has no impact on scoring by itself. We often say, misleadingly, "divide the board into areas&...
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

Magic: the Gathering has 3 end states for a player: win, lose, and draw. With certain optional rules, a game can end with some players winning, some players losing, and some players drawing. In ...
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

President, a card game (also known by many other names). The game has many variants and it can be played continuously. Each round has one winner (the president) and one loser (the scum).
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End game deciding on dead stones

This situation is called Seki. Scoring depends on the ruleset you're using.
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

I believe I know a game that matches your query. One Night Ultimate Werwolf has possibility of such scenario in one particular case when Tanner character is used in the game. An excerpt from the rules:...
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What happens when this situation occurs in Tsuro?

It's impossible to get into that situation. Please review how to handle the situation when you run out of cards.
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

There's also a subset of cooperative/competitive games, where a team of players will be pitted against another "team", generally a single player. Fantasy Flight does a lot of these games: in Middle ...
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

Clue (or Cluedo) is close to your question, especially as we play it at my house. At the end of the game there are three categories of players. at most 1 winner (the person who solves the puzzle) ...
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

Winning and losing seems like a binary question. And at the core of this argument, you have to define what a win and a loss is. Usually, you're defining the win condition and not the lose condition (...
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

Actually there is a game wich has that kind of ending. It is called Shadow Hunter. In the beginning people get a random card (hidden for the other players) with a character on it and a win condition ...
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Does a game exist where some win, some lose, and some don't?

I haven't found any and here is why I think that is. A situation such as in Nexus Ops where the game ends as soon as 1 player is eliminated could be re-imagined that the victor is the player who ...
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Are there restrictions on pawn promotion if two pawns are on the same column?

There is never any difference in restrictions when a pawn queens, regarding pawns in the same file behind it. (Of course you can't overtake the pawn in front) [my rating: 1920]
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