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Was it ever possible to target a zone?

The printed text of Circu, Dimir Lobotomist says "target library". The same rules update that changed the rule you quoted also errata'd that card to say "target player's library".
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Which games have ever been rated #1 on Boardgamegeek.com's Geek Rating?

Strangely, Wikipedia had this information: Paths of Glory (August 19, 2001 - February 20,2002) Tigris and Euphrates (February 20, 2002 - 2002) Puerto Rico (2002 - August 2008) Agricola (...
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Why are the pips on dice organized the way they are?

This is a really interesting question and just spent last hour googling around for various thoughts. The first thing is why pips and not numbers. This is because the invention of dice predates the ...
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What exactly was so broken about Urza's Block?

I played during combo winter. Some of the responses are good, but a couple issues. For example, when Urza's Saga was printed, 5th Edition was the Standard core set. So no one ran Grim Monolith; it ...
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Why is Royal Flush ever listed separately from Straight Flush?

There are a number of different hands that have a specific name. For example, A-2-3-4-5 is called a Wheel. The Royal Flush obviously gets its name from being the highest hand, and specifically having ...
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Which games have ever been rated #1 on Boardgamegeek.com's Geek Rating?

If you scrape all the versions of the current browse page on archive.org (that's sorted by geek rating, right?), you get this: 2009-02-05 Agricola (2007) 2010-04-07 Puerto Rico (2002) 2010-11-05 ...
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Did the first version of Ticket to Ride released in Europe have a USA map or a Europe map?

The German Wikipedia article is pretty clear on this. Name | Erscheinungsjahr | Spielplan | (Publication Year) | (Board Map) -----------------------------------------...
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Why did Yu-Gi-Oh! change from an unlimited deck size to a 60 card maximum deck size?

If Reddit is to be believed, there was a person at a German regional tournament who thoroughly abused this by bringing a deck with 2222 cards (enough for about 740 cards with 3 duplicates each). To ...
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How would casting a Lightning Bolt in response to Giant Growth work in early Magic?

This depends on what era of the game you reference: Pre-Sixth Edition (1993-1999), which used the batch. Sixth Edition (1999) and onwards, which introduced the stack. Your question referenced the ...
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Can anyone provide a citation for the existence of pre-alpha MTG rules about an initiative stat in combat?

Mark Rosewater, Magic's lead designer, says it's not true that such a mechanic existed. He began working with Wizards of the Coast in 1995 (the game launched in late 1993) and has been the game's lead ...
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What's the "biggest change we've ever made" in Magic?

This was to do with Vision design (see podcast #495 and #496) and the introduction of the design play team. There's an article here where Maro talks about it from October of 2017. It's a very ...
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What was the effect of AlphaGo on Go?

I've read a couple of articles discussing the impact of AI on professional Go, the second one being a reply to the first one: Impact of Go AI on the professional Go world Impact of Go AI on the ...
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Why isn't "Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small" called "Agricola: All Creatures Great and Small"?

I am almost certain this is a UK / US difference. Specifically, I believe it was named this way because of a marketing decision by the US publisher. Research: Although Agricola's creator is Uwe ...
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What land destruction enabler was wrongfully banned in the early history of Magic: the Gathering?

Dingus Egg was banned once upon a time, and it does 2 damage to the land's controller when a land is put into the graveyard from play. A few of these do a lot of damage per land, I've seen it in a few ...
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Why is Modern Affinity called "Affinity"?

The answer is #3. i.e. There was a deck long ago, that exploited affinity. That deck has slowly changed over the years as the card pool has changed. As those changes have occurred, the original ...
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Vintage Monopoly Game: What Year is it?

If the box looks like the images below, I'd say it's from the 1950's which is when all the mentions of a board with that trademark number appear to be dated. I've found examples estimated at 1955 and ...
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What are the origins and evolutionary track of the Dominion game?

I don't think you will be able to find an actual published book on the subject, but the creator of Dominion, Donald X Vaccarino, has written multiple articles about the subject. They are published on ...
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Was it ever possible to target a zone?

After posting the question, I continued my Google search, and came across this forum post that seems to have the answer. In addition to change change in 114.2 (now 115.2), 114.1 was also updated from:...
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How many different variations/editions of Monopoly are there?

It depends on how you define "variations" of the game. At this moment the monopoly wiki has 1144 versions of the game, but it includes fictional editions (Monopoly Capitol City Edition from the ...
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Board games sponsored for an agenda?

[Note: This answer focuses on the history of this subject, citing some famous examples, as opposed to contemporary propagandistic games, which I have no doubt exist, although I can't comment on the ...
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What is the Goods Station referred to in Scotland Yard

I believe it might refer to Bishopsgate, it was used as a goods (freight) station, near Shoreditch in Londons East End. ( I'm an old Cockney.)
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Board games sponsored for an agenda?

Very unlikely It is impossible to prove a negative, especially one regarding anonymity, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is unlikely to have happened. There have definitely been ...
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What board game was found in this Viking tomb?

The game is most likely Hnefatafl, the ancestor of a family of derivative modern games referred to as tafl games. Hnefatafl was the most popular board game in early-Medieval Europe, having accompanied ...
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Why are the pips on dice organized the way they are?

Rotation Invariance The reason the pips are configured in the pattern they are is so they look the same no matter what angle you're looking at them, as much as possible. This is called rotation ...
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Was Backgammon played in ancient Rome?

While old, we can pretty conclusively say that Backgammon itself was never played by the Romans. Backgammon is a relatively recent iteration belonging to the Tables family of games, the oldest within ...
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First game board to use hexagonal tiles?

One possible answer could be the game Agon (sometimes called "Queen's Guards" or "Royal Guards"). I ran across a reference to the game in the book "A world of chess: its development and variations ...
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Where did Interrupts in Alpha & Beta Magic Editions end?

Wizards have been kind enough to make available the transcript of a rulebook from the first era of Magic here. Among other things, it details the card types. Instants: An instant can be played at any ...
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Where did Interrupts in Alpha & Beta Magic Editions end?

For the purposes of this question, let's look at current rules first. Right now you can divide a spell or ability life cycle into 2 parts: the announcement part, where you, among other things, pay ...
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Did the first version of Ticket to Ride released in Europe have a USA map or a Europe map?

I have both Ticket to Ride (North America) and Ticket to Ride, Europe, and I live in Europe. As far as I know, Ticket to Ride was the first one available. But I have no link to prove it.
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How many different variations/editions of Monopoly are there?

Since you can make-your-own-opoly, there are effectively infinite Monopoly variations.
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