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Helicopter Lift

Yes. "Fly to a tile" is not the same thing as "discard a Helicopter Lift card". Furthermore, the Pilot's ability specifically limits the flight to another island tile. The win condition: Get to ...
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Forbidden Island Engineer's power?

From the manual: Any character can shore up a tile that is either adjacent or underneath them. The engineer is listed as an exception because he can shore up 2 tiles per action. It doesn't indicate ...
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Forbidden Island: Can the navigator move another player 4 tiles for 2 actions / 6 for 3?

According to the rulebook: The Navigator may move other players up to 2 adjacent tiles per action As it states it's per action so yes you could repeat that same action 3 times. It's a very useful ...
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Does anyone know a good way to play Forbidden Island with one player

In Forbidden Island, the players have no secrets from each other. There is also no real-time component to the game or other physical limitation that benefit from multiple real players. As such, you ...
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Navigator Role ability

The rules list four actions that a player can take on their turn: Move Shore Up Give a Treasure Card Capture a Treasure Note that Move is an action and Shore Up is a different action. ...
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Flood Card Question

The Water Level changes when you draw a Waters Rise! Card from the treasure deck. Drawing from the flood deck never changes the Water Level. As the rules say: If you draw a Waters Rise! card, you ...
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Forbidden Island Engineer's power?

Yes. The question is understandable. The Engineer's ability reads "shore up two tiles for one action", and the shore action is defined as follows: "To shore a tile, simply flip it so its un-flooded ...
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Forbidden island taking items

The rulebook only ever mentions being able to give a Treasure card as your action, so no you cannot use an action to take them from another player, you must wait until their turn to receive the card. ...
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"Helicopter lift" card

This thread on BoardGameGeek asks the same question. According to this post, the game developer provided this ruling: The user of the card does not need to be on the same tile as the pawns being ...
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When a treasure is recovered do you remove those treasure cards from the deck?

No. When you capture a treasure, discard cards to the Treasure discard pile and move the figurine in front of you. This is also where encountered Waters Rise! cards are placed. Discard the ...
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Can the diver swim around the outside of the island?

In addition to being able to move normally, the Diver may move through one or more adjacent missing and/or flooded tiles for 1 action. A missing tile is one that has sunk. This has been confirmed by ...
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Trading item cards to another player that already has 5

You may only have 5 cards at any given moment. If you share a treasure card (or cards) with a player that already has 5, that player must immediately discard down to 5.
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How many times will we go through the deck before the island is sunk?

In Forbidden Island the treasure deck has the following breakdown: 5 each of the 4 treasures 3 Waters Rise! 3 Helicopter Lifts 2 Sandbags Depending on the difficulty the Water Meter will begin ...
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Forbidden Island: Can the navigator move another player 4 tiles for 2 actions / 6 for 3?

I interpreted the rules that way, since other player abilities like the Explorer are not limited that way. When we play, a navigator can use her ability multiple times per turn.
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Helicopter Lift

Yes, even if you have a Pilot, you must still play Helicopter Lift with everyone on the launch pad in order to win the game.
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Forbidden Island

Yes, you still need to play Helicopter Lift to win the game, regardless of whether you have a pilot. The Navigator is only able to move other players, not cause them to take actions.
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Forbidden Island - Extending to 5 players

I tried: you can, but each difficulty level is to be considered one lower. In order to be able to have a chance to win with your friend if they have never played the game and that you want to start ...
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Can the diver swim around the outside of the island?

I suspect you're asking if the board "wraps around", can the diver swim from the left side to the right side? From the top to the bottom? Answer is definitely "no" on that one, it would be mentioned ...
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