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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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What are the reasons behind naming the "community chest" and "chance" cards in Monopoly?

Community Chest is named from the original Atlantic City version of Monopoly. In Atlantic City, the Community Chest was a welfare organisation. Therefore, Community Chest cards are more likely than ...
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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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Is there an equivalent of Deep Blue in the Go world?

AlphaGo Now there is AlphaGo by Deep Mind, a company recently bought by Google playing currently a match against 9p Lee Sedol. It is the Deep Blue of Go. EDIT: The final result of the match of five ...
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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 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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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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Why do older players keep their money under the edge of the board?

This has most likely been passed down throughout the generations as "the way to do it", without any actual backing reasons, but there are some situations where it is beneficial to put the money under ...
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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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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 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 do older players keep their money under the edge of the board?

I never thought of it, but now that you do mention it, I do recall sliding Monopoly money under the board separated by denomination (as a kid in the 80s). The best reason I can think for why we did ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is it called "Chinese Checkers"?

There seems to be surprisingly little information about the origin of the name "Chinese Checkers". The game itself was first released in 1892 in Germany as "Stern-Halma" (literally "Star-Halma"), ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do any precolumbian board games survive?

After reading this article I could find several references to games played during the precolumbian era. For some of them the rules are unknown but here is the list (to be completed) : Patolli ...
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