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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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How do I mitigate 'alpha playing' in Pandemic?

Of course this can happen, but the expectation is that all the players help contribute to finding solutions to the current problems. While you might see one path, someone else might see another, that ...
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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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Is buying older power plants than what you have disallowed?

someone we play with regularly insisted on a rule that you're not allowed to purchase a "lower" technology power plant than you already have. e.g. if you have 13,17,25 as your power plants, you can't ...
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Can you play a new player game of Carcassonne w/o farms?

You could do, the game would work perfectly well without farmers. I would argue against it because this still leaves the new players in a position where they don't see farms being used and don't see ...
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Ticket to Ride house rule to help players with short destination tickets

The goal in TTR is not "complete the cards you're given", it's "get the most points". There are plenty of ways to do this with short routes (e.g. by focusing on building only length 4+, not going for ...
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Choosing same color after Wild (+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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What is this game, played with chess board and pieces, but with totally different rules?

Doing a quick search for "chess" and "immobilizer" led me to Baroque Chess.
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How inappropriate is it to track semi-secret information using paper or other memory aids?

There's two schools of thought on this subject - one is that you can do anything unless the rules say you can't, the other is that you can only do what the rules say you can. I believe there's a ...
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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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How to play Risk for office fundraiser?

I would veer away from having to paying money to raise armies, which, depending on implementation, might be perceived badly (as either being able to pay money to buy huge armies, or requiring money to ...
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How can we avoid big money in casual games?

For my suggestion of a house rule to use, please see the section of this answer titled "Embargo Counters". If I understand correctly, you were learning the game naturally by playing it - it's just ...
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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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Munchkin as a two player game

A two-player version that my son and I came up with was pretty fun. Here are the altered rules: OBJECTIVE: Be the first player to retire your four heroes at level 6. SETUP: Start by separating out ...
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Can you trump the first trick in Spades?

No trumping the first trick is definitely a house rule, insofar as rules for the game actually exist (there are no official ones). It's hard to say exactly how common it is; for what it's worth I ...
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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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