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How can I handicap Ticket To Ride: USA, without seeming patronizing?

Some actions you can take, in increasing order of difficulty it will impose: Don't aim for the Longest Route. Don't draw from the visible options. This will reduce the 'skill' you can exercise, ...
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Any good way to add a handicap in Dominion?

Tweaking with the starting deck is a handicap that scales on most Kingdom setups and, in particular, replacing Copper(s) with Silver(s). Before analyzing this, here is why some other handicaps would ...
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How to quantify first player advantage?

One way to remove a first-player advantage (in general for any open-information game) is to let one player make a proposed first move. Then the other player can choose to play as either side. This is ...
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How can I handicap Ticket To Ride: USA, without seeming patronizing?

Simply play a game with a fully open hand. All of your car cards, tickets are played face up. Pre anounce & explain your every move & intention openly to the novice player. This will not only ...
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Are there ways to handicap bridge as there are in chess and go?

Certainly, you can. Whether it's at all useful is another question, as others have been saying. The ACBL has formulas for handicapping pairs and teams (based on Masterpoint total; there is another ...
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Are there ways to handicap bridge as there are in chess and go?

My local club occasionally hosts a handicap duplicate game, in which weaker pairs are spotted a few matchpoints to start. I don't play rubber bridge, but I would imagine that you could start by ...
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How to quantify first player advantage?

This sounds like a great game for younger kids - but it must play so fast that I wouldn't even worry about handicapping for first player. Simply play First and First sets of two games, each player ...
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Good handicaps for Descent

Descent is balanced towards the heroes, if certain conditions are met: Played with 4 Heroes, regardless of actual player count Descent scales terribly. The actions of all 4 heroes are necessary to ...
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Handicapping an experienced Agricola player.

I suggest the stronger player secretly applies a handicapping rule to themselves. The problem with some of the other handicaps (especially the simple victory points handicap) is that it's not a ...
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Methods for handicapping chess

A "third" handicap other than material or time is a "propositional" game. An example is that you lose (or cannot win) if you have lost all your pawns before administering checkmate, no matter what ...
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Methods for handicapping chess

Try something new. A new opening, or relying overmuch on an unusual piece. This works best when the junior opponent knows how to play and is getting the hang of your usual opening, but you are still ...
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Methods for handicapping chess

There are a few handicap ideas I use: Material Advantage Time Advantage Swapping colors midway through the game Material Advantage: Depends on the difference in skill of the two players. For ...
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How can I handicap in Suburbia?

Generally, score handicaps are the way to go. You don't have to worry about playing games and experimenting in order to find a balance, you can just use the knowledge you already have of how much you ...
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Are there good ways to "handicap" Midway?

Depending on the edition (60s or 90s), you can handicap for the Japanese by: 60s: allow Japanese player to start a day (or partial day) sooner than the American player 90s: allow Japanese player ...
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Are there ways to handicap bridge as there are in chess and go?

Not really. The problem is that for any handicap to be meaningful the players must be quite close in ability. So close, that a handicap is pointless. Beyond that the game is either structurally ...
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Online Scrabble Handicaps

You can record your matches - including handicaps, so that the winner is the winner - on our platform rankade. It's a free ranking system for sports and games, suitable for Chess, Go, Scrabble, and ...
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How can I handicap in Suburbia?

An alternative is to handicap the premium costs for early development This could be implemented for stronger players as: +$1 or +$2 for every spot +$1 or +$2 for every spot except the last free spot ...
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Are there any games with handicaps/imbalancing?

Nations is a board game that has a high ranking on BoardGameGeek (currently ranked 7.97 out of 10 and ranked as the 39th favorite board game) that has a handicap system built in. As part of the ...
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What's a good handicap for a less experienced player in an MTG Draft?

It sounds like your newer players' disadvantage will be mostly in the deck creation phase of the draft. I suggest handicapping the experienced players in this phase. Impose a time limit per pick on ...
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Any good way to add a handicap in Dominion?

At the start of the game after seeing the available kingdom cards, allow the junior player(s) to choose a kingdom card the senior player(s) will be disallowed from gaining by any means this game. For ...
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