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Combined Catan player+player+bank transactions

No, this is not legal as written. This is really a series of three separate trades (one of them being with the bank), and two of them are giving a resource for free, which is forbidden by the rules. ...
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Is pretending to want to trade before playing a monopoly card objectionable?

The Settlers of Catan FAQ offers an official answer: Monopoly - In order to find out which resources my opponents have, may I first offer them trades and then play my Monopoly card? Yes. However, ...
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Trading in two-player games

Trading in a 2 player game is a difficult problem. You can have some form of forced trading. For example player 1 (after getting granted a trade action somehow) can name a resource, which player 2, ...
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Trading in two-player games

One simple way to do this is to make sure that each player has information that the other does not have. For example, each can have a hand of cards that only they can see. This way, for some trades, ...
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Is pretending to want to trade before playing a monopoly card objectionable?

This is absolutely allowed. From the Catan FAQ: Development Cards – Progress – Monopoly - In order to find out which resources my opponents have, may I first offer them trades and then play my ...
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Settlers of Catan trade dynamics question

It's not a rules violation, but there are still consequences I don't think that there are any rules against it (Catan doesn't have much to say about when trade agreements become binding), but I would ...
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Trading in two-player games

Castle Panic is an excellent example of a game that does exactly what you describe. The game has two goals. The first, is the players must cooperate to defend the castle from the oncoming hoards, if ...
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Trading in two-player games

As you've assessed, in a two-player game, a trading mechanism seems pointless. If the trade benefits one player, then there is no reason for the other player to agree to the trade, and if the trade ...
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Trading in two-player games

Mutual equally beneficial actions for all parties involved in a game does not provide anything to the contest aspect of games, which are often the entire point of 2 player games. Imagine a chess game ...
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What's the name of this oil trading board game?

Perhaps "Wildcatters" as shown on the website of CapStone Games. This link is the game on BGG. Oil tanker minis: Spherical gas storage tank minis:
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Recommended strategies for Mercante in Fiera?

There are only two strategic decisions over which a player has control: the amounts bid in auction and the quantity of cards traded. A winning strategy requires paying less on average for one's cards ...
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Trading in two-player games

You're right that there should be no reason for players to openly trade in a 2-player game. One option you could have is a compulsory trade at the end of each round in which each player chooses one ...
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Trading in two-player games

Catan Junior uses a third-party to assist in trading. There are five types of resources you can gather. The marketplace starts with one of each resource. On your turn, you can trade one time with ...
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"Investing" in other players in Monopoly

This is part of the reason why board games have a limited set of tokens that goes along with the number of players on the box - the mechanics of many games break down when the number of players gets ...
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Do other players replenish their traded cards after a trading phase in Bohnanza?

The other answers are right, only the active player draws cards. So the standard-rules make it possible that you empty your hand through trades. The extension Ladybohn offers a rule variation. ...
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