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Where can I find a chart or diagram explaining Magic's turn structure?

Here is one I made: (click for full size - hosted on 27ld.com)
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Bridge guide for experienced Spades player?

The two games have some similarities. But they have a lot of differences too. Spades is a lot simpler, and so going from Bridge to Spades is relatively easy. Going from Spades to Bridge, well you're ...
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Eclipse for nongamers

Eclipse is a complicated game. If you have never taught the game yourself, expect a teaching game to take 4-7 hours. It took me about 20-30 minutes to learn the game. I am an experienced gamer, had ...
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In what order should I present the basics of Magic?

Start simple, build their knowledge step by step and only introduce new concepts when they're comfortable with what's gone before. When I introduce a new player, I always start with the basics: MtG ...
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How can I teach other people game rules?

When explaining a game, I go through the following: How do you win? (i.e. What are you trying to do?) For Risk, this is "eliminate all other players". For Catan, this is "first ...
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How can I use Board Games to help learn English?

I'd suggest than any of these games would be both fun and really helpful: 1) Snake Oil Snake Oil is a party game where the players create a products to pitch to prospective buyers. The game is a ...
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Running an introductory bridge lesson

My friends and I have taught a bunch of different people how to play bridge, and we've developed a system over the years. It basically boils down to: go slowly. Don't overwhelm them with information. ...
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Advice on teaching Go to a kid

My recommendation is to: Introduce recording of the games. This would allow her to study her own games offline, and come back with questions. The habit of recording one's own games is a gift beyond ...
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Bridge guide for experienced Spades player?

You may find the jump from Spades to Contract Bridge much larger than you expect. However the popularity of (generic) Bridge pre-dates the invention of Contract Bridge by Harold Stirling Vanderbilt in ...
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How/where can I get comments from strong players on my gameplay?

Join a Go club with strong players. Your club mates will give you comments and hints. Visit Go conventions and go to Go tournaments. If joining a Go club is not practical for you, consider to take ...
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How/where can I get comments from strong players on my gameplay?

GoKibitz is a new website that offers a nice frontend for discussing games. I did not use it myself, but it looks promising. I have no experience how strong the players are which are commenting ...
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Advice on teaching Go to a kid

N.B. The links to terms are for third parties, rather than the questioner, who as 7 kyu will already know them. Where she is now The best approach depends on the sort of person she is and what she ...
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What are some good games or techniques for helping kids learn to "lose gracefully"?

I once saw a good suggestion elsewhere on the web: in a one-on-one game, allow the kid to swap places with you at any point in the match. The original example was chess, but it would work with many ...
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Basic strategies for each country in Diplomacy

With some experience as England and Russia, I can say this: England: England is a safe country. Negotiate with France or Russia (one of the two) and then attack the other and raid the neutral ...
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What techniques should I use to teach my 5-year old to play chess?

The best training for playing chess is the game itself. But if you want to "dumb down" the game, then remove the two sets of knights. Those are the pieces with "special" moves that are relatively ...
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Methods for handicapping chess

A "third" handicap other than material or time is a "propositional" game. An example is that you lose (or cannot win) if you have lost all your pawns before administering checkmate, no matter what ...
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Methods for handicapping chess

Try something new. A new opening, or relying overmuch on an unusual piece. This works best when the junior opponent knows how to play and is getting the hang of your usual opening, but you are still ...
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Methods for handicapping chess

There are a few handicap ideas I use: Material Advantage Time Advantage Swapping colors midway through the game Material Advantage: Depends on the difference in skill of the two players. For ...
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Card game for children

Here are my suggestions of games that teach various card game rules, ranked in order from least difficult to most difficult. Go Fish has simple rules and can help you learn basics of card games, such ...
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How/where can I get comments from strong players on my gameplay?

The Go Teaching Ladder is a good place to get comments on your games. Unless you're already a dan player, you won't get comments from 6d+ players, but you also don't need them. Your game will be ...
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How/where can I get comments from strong players on my gameplay?

OGS has a review requests section. I just got a great review there so I'd like to share the link.
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How/where can I get comments from strong players on my gameplay?

Some Go tournaments will feature professional commentators who will also play several "simultaneous" games with players, typically for a small fee, such as $10 or $20 a head. They will remember the ...
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Card game for children

I started to play "Tschau Sepp" with my son who is also four years old. This is a swiss version of Mau-Mau. It is similar to Uno but uses a regular set of cards. He likes to play it but still needs ...
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How can I teach kids how to play Battleship?

I use Battleships as a teaching tool in my English Foreign Language classes, so I've developed a simple way to teach the game to my teenage students. I'd recommend breaking the game into steps, ...
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Basic strategies for each country in Diplomacy

I have some Expierence with Italy and Austria. Italy: don't focus yourself to one area. Take bits here and there, and make sure to talk to everyone. If you talk to everyone, you can directly ...
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How can I use Board Games to help learn English?

A number of English Foreign Language (ESL) teachers here in Japan have had success with Dixit. I've never used that, but I have had success using Battleships, Go Fish, my own board-game creations and, ...
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