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If damage is redirected infinitely, does the game end in a draw?

These are replacement effects, and you can't apply any single replacement effect to any single event more than once. So, once you apply both effects, you stop, the damage is dealt, and the game ...
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Handling multiple "timers" on the board and player mat

There are several ways to implement timers in board games Tokens. Games like Paper Tales or Pixel Tactics (starting from 2nd set) use addition/removal of tokens from game components to track passage ...
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Is there a method that gets beneficial diminishing returns when adding more dice, yet stays random?

You're actually asking two questions: How can I design a function that computes a result on a dice roll that gives asymptotically decreasing benefit to adding more dice? How can I have a system ...
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Do Collectible Card Games without shuffling exist?

Zatch Bell The Card Battle TCG (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/18287/zatch-bell) is a TCG with no shuffling. It also features deck as health and deck as resource.
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If damage is redirected infinitely, does the game end in a draw?

While your example is not a loop, as @murgatroid99 described, the answer to your question for actual loops is still No. Any time there is a loop that involves optional actions (...you may have that ...
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Handling multiple "timers" on the board and player mat

Not sure if this is the right way to offer a suggestion I have thought of myself for feedback, but... A time bar Labelled 0-5 or so, various items are put on the time bar, and everything is brought ...
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Board games involving players' consensus for who wins?

For starters, you cannot objectively have the scoring based on precision, cleanliness, etc. Players will vote however they want, which - depending on the system you use to collect votes - can allow ...
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Do Collectible Card Games without shuffling exist?

Mage Wars is a living card game and not a CCS, but that is an irrelevant point once gameplay begins. Unlike a CCG, a living card game sells packs open so you always know what you are going to get. I ...
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Mechanic for secret actions in a card game

I'll illustrate with a five-player example. It is player A's turn. Based on my reading, I am assuming the following things. Are these assumptions correct? Players B, C, D and E each play a card ...
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Does this mining mechanic add genuine choice to my game?

Instead of modeling you can compute these results exactly. If you roll n dice at difficulty d, the variance will be [d * n * (d-1)/6 * (7-d)/6], and the mean net gain will be [d * n * (7-d)/6 - 1]. ...
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Handling multiple "timers" on the board and player mat

I would recommend building your own timer out of something like card stock with spinning wheel, something similar to the design below (pardon the MSPaint): The Bottom layer: The base of the Timer, it ...
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Tapping cards - mana pool - general questions

Under normal circumstances, you cannot forget to untap lands because it's not an optional action. As for rules enforcement in your own group: that's entirely your group's call. Untapping lands is not ...
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How many poison counters warrant an EDH loss?

It is 10 just like in a normal game. The only format that changes the number of poison counters needed to cause a player to lose a game is Two-Headed Giant. 704.5c If a player has ten or more poison ...
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Tokens and how blocking works

Normally, each creature can block only one attacking creature. Some abilities can change this. For example, Brave the Sands has an ability that allows each of your creatures to block an additional ...
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Tokens and how blocking works

Tokens are not relevant here. When your opponent assigns blockers, he can choose to have each of his untapped creatures block one of your attacking creatures. So if you are attacking with more ...
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Does this dice mechanic exist in other games and does it have any drawbacks?

Formula D is a racing game where you select your die (non-standard D4, D6, D8, D12, D20, D30) based on your "gear". So if you are in first gear, you roll the D4 and you can roll between 1-4. If you ...
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Deck Size Problems in Deckbuilding

The best way is obviously subjective so I'll throw out some ideas for Severance. Here's two quick ideas to make Severance possibly work during the initial reveal: A): When you reveal your card, ...
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Is there a strategy PVP board/card game with Negative Feedback loops?

The great granddaddy of deck-building actually does have a negative feedback loop in it: In Dominion, victory points come in the form of green cards which you add to your deck[1]. In every game of ...
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How semi-cooperative games handle players who have nothing to lose?

The social contract does most of the heavy lifting The social contract is an unspoken agreement between all the players of the game as to how the game should be played to maximize the enjoyment of ...
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What are the standards for algorithmically forecasting metagame evolution under certain conditions of TCG design?

It is likely that making this kind of prediction to any useful degree of accuracy is beyond the current state of the art in computing. First, consider that forecasting the future metagame that uses ...
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Is there a method that gets beneficial diminishing returns when adding more dice, yet stays random?

There's a lot of ways to weaken the effects of the dice. Only the best X dice count - this means the more dice you have the more likely you will get a better overall result, but you are still stuck ...
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What is the general name for this particular game mechanic?

This is called first in wins. See for example this article on game design First in wins. Markers placed later are considered to fall behind those placed earlier. The only way a later player can get ...
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How can I identify the mechanics of Risk?

So from the sounds of it, you've just sat through a Game Design 101 course lecture, and part of the homework is to identify all the mechanics of the game. I had to do that too at one point. The thing ...
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Does this dice mechanic exist in other games and does it have any drawbacks?

I am unable to find any game with that precise mechanic, but there are many related: Snowblind: Race for the Pole uses different sided dice to provide different probabilities. Every action you ...
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Most important elements of easy-to-learn hard-to-master?

Make sure that single actions can have multiple different outcomes depending on how and when they are used Strategic complexity is created when a player has multiple mutually exclusive actions* they ...
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Is there any card game where the cards' back color is meaningful?

Nertz requires a different color back (or back design) for each player to determine the score at the end of the game, so two-player Nertz would match your description. Each player (team) scores one ...
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How semi-cooperative games handle players who have nothing to lose?

There is really not much that you can do in rules to totally eliminate this problem, but you can try to reduce it. One possibility is to implement catch-up mechanisms so that it is rather unlikely ...
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What board games have maps that change each time?

On BoardGameGeek there are listings for two mechanisms that are likely to help - over 7,000 games are listed under Modular Board, and 166 under Map Addition.
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Mechanic for secret actions in a card game

Depending on how long you'd want to be anonymous to the target player, and assuming every other player plays their cards anonymous at the same time you could do the following: each player takes one ...
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Does Republic of Rome usually generate one or more wars per turn, leading to a loss even when cooperating?

You really do need to read the rules, more thoroughly than it sounds as if the rest of the group has done. If you do, you will find that RoR is not a common-or-garden multiplayer game where an ally is ...
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