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How to play a quicker game of Monopoly?

First of all make sure you are following the base rules for Monopoly as there are a lot of different house rules that are used that make the game take much longer then it should. Judging on the ...
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In Uno, can you quickly finish a two player game by skipping your opponent's final turn and without saying Uno?

Player 1 hasn't won yet at all. They broke the rules. Uno says when it's your turn, you play a card. Then it's the next player's turn. That player might have to do something with their turn (like draw ...
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Ways to handicap in Magic the Gathering?

My friend and I have used the following and we think they work pretty well. Start with a lower life total. Start yourself off at 10 or 15. As the kids get better, slowly increase it until you are ...
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Is it an official rule that interference in Monopoly requires paying $50 to free parking?

That is a house rule as there is nothing in the base rules about communicating with other players and there is also no such thing as paying free parking. Honestly it is a rule that hurts less ...
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Are "three way" trades allowed in Catan?

No (or yes, depending on how you define a single trade). The person whose turn it is can trade. Each trade is with that person and one other person. If you can accomplish what you need in a series of ...
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Secret Hitler: is asking another player to choose which card to discard "cheating?"

Yes it is cheating and called out in the rules. Rules Verbal and nonverbal communication between the President and Chancellor is forbidden. The President and Chancellor MAY NOT pick Policies ...
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Ways to handicap in Magic the Gathering?

How complex are your decks? For teaching kids, you want simple decks: big green fatties, red burn, blue fliers, black removal, white weenies, etc. Most of the time when I want to handicap myself, I ...
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Can you use a clue that contains a word on the board within it in an unrelated way in Codenames?

Yes, you can. While certain questions like this will be up to each play group to decide; this one is actually directly addressed in the rules. At the bottom of page 6: England and island were ...
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Can the owner of the largest army move the robber every turn?

This is not an official rule; that is why you didn't find it in the rule book. The reason this isn't a rule is because it would detrimental to the game experience. The player with the 'largest army' ...
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How to play a quicker game of Monopoly?

Deal all the 28 properties to the two players (shuffle the deeds and then alternate properties) before the game begins. The trades occur at the beginning, and players can start building houses and ...
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Is it an official rule that interference in Monopoly requires paying $50 to free parking?

This rule is a house rule, because any rule that involves putting any amount of money under Free Parking is a house rule. As @Joe W quoted: "FREE PARKING": A player landing on this place does not ...
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Does Monopoly Follow Standard Auction Procedures?

If you can't bid more than once in an auction, then you would want to go last. But everyone can't do this. The standard auction procedure is to sell to the highest bidder. So if someone tops your bid,...
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Choosing same color after Wild (+4) Draw 4

These rules appear to be from 2001, and these rules appear to be from 2003. Both sets of rules do not indicate any restrictions on the choice of colour after either wild. The points from both rules ...
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UNO Stacking a Draw 4 Card instead of picking up 4 cards?

Not under the standard rules - there is no ability to respond to a Wild +4 (or a +2 for that matter). If the previous player to you played one of those cards, you take the cards and the turn pass. "...
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How to play Ticket to Ride with children?

I played with my 5y old daughter using the Ticket to Ride: Europe base game and the following house rules. (We played twice; each game taking 20-30min.) The first player to complete 4 tickets wins! (...
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Texas Holdem All-In Question

Because Player 1 made the final raise, he should be the first to show his cards when players reach the showdown. However, according to the World Series Of Poker rules, When a player holds a hand ...
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Catan setup order different than playing order

I think you have got how you work out start player wrong. You said "the second highest number goes second and so on." The rules do not state this. Looking at rules here it says :- Each ...
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Alternative play for Splendor

I play quite a bit of Splendor, love the game, but I've never run into this problem. Do you each pay attention to the other's gameplay? (that sounds rude, but I promise it's not meant to be!) Do ...
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How do I fix the statistical distribution of using 3 dice to handle Chance and Community cards in Monopoly?

If I understand it correctly, you're looking to generate a uniformly distributed random integer in the range 1-16 using only regular d6s. You'll need two distinguishable dice; if you don't have ...
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In Monopoly, can you save an 'advance' card to use later?

No. Cards are resolved when drawn (except for Get Out Of Jail, by explicit card text). CHANCE AND COMMUNITY CHEST When you land on either of these spaces, take the top card from the deck indicated, ...
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Can the owner of the largest army move the robber every turn?

No, this is not a rule. There's no rule I could quote to prove this, but as you say, the rulebook doesn't mention it. The rulebook says when you CAN move the robber (when playing a KnightS/Soldier or ...
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How do the Monopoly odds change when the board is played in reverse?

The key change in reversing the direction of movement is the fact that players now leave Jail in the opposite direction. The oranges and reds are particularly profitable because they are within 1-2 ...
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In Uno, can you quickly finish a two player game by skipping your opponent's final turn and without saying Uno?

You cannot play a "Wild Card" and say "Red, draw 2" because you are only allowed to pick a colour (and not a specific card of that colour) to change the top of the discard pile to. ...
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How can I mitigate the luck factor of drawing destination tickets in Ticket To Ride?

Find a new game. Taking of tickets in Ticket to Ride is supposed to be a high risk/high reward action that has the potential to lose you a significant amount of points. Once you try to mitigate an ...
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Power Grid removing lowest plant if first player passes

No, this is no part of the original ruleset; the base-game rule has never changed and remains as you quoted: if nobody buys a Power Plant, then at the end of Phase 2 you discard the lowest Power Plant ...
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Monopoly : Is buying properties second time round a house rule or official rule?

From what I gather from your question the rule you are talking about is a house rule. In the basic rules it is intended for all properties to be sold the first time anyone lands on them. Either from ...
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How to expand Love Letter to accomodate more players?

If you're really up to it, you might want to buy the Love Letter Premium Edition which lets you play with up to eight players. It might be a bit different from the Love Letter you're used to though as ...
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How to shorten Puerto Rico to fit one hour?

We have played 2-3 times a month for a long time. Of course games are shorter with fewer people and go faster when everyone is well acquainted with the game. We have played normal extended version ...
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How to shorten Puerto Rico to fit one hour?

Play it more often. I finish two-player games with an expert friend in about 50 minutes, after having played a lot over the Internet and live. As you start learning the buildings and understand the ...
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How can I make Agricola vegetarian friendly?

The game already supports this with improvements like Pottery, which converts clay to food. Clearly, the imagined implication isn't that suddenly your family has a fulfilling case of pica — instead, ...
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