Unanswered Questions

198 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
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In Hearts, played by experts, what is ratio of shooting the moon?

Because nobody knows the game-theoretical-optimal strategy in Hearts, I am looking for an approximation based on empirical data. For example, based on logs of games between expert players from an ...
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What has changed in the new edition of Junta?

I have the 1985 WEG version of Junta (that I rescued from a second-hand store years ago), and while it's a favorite of mine, I'll easily admit that it's not the clearest game for explanations or text ...
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Is this game in a tv ad real or fake?

On Facebook's Board Game Revolution Community page, someone wants to know if the board game pictured in a television ad is a real game or a jumble of game parts.
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What is the effect of filling the Dragon Ball Meter?

What is the effect of summoning Shenron? The rules regarding what happens when the Dragon Ball Meter is filled seem inconsistent. The rulebook states the following (emphasis mine): Once the meter ...
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Looking for name of very old board-type game

I do not remember if it is competitive, cooperative or solo game. It is played with small cubes having a different marking on each side representing directions such as straight, turn, an X, diagonal,...
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How do you play Winter Tales (in a non-gamist manner)?

I recently bought Winter Tales and had my first two games with five friends last night. It was kinda fun, but we really felt like we were missing something or misinterpreting the rules somehow. The ...
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“The Terrible Experiment” Mythos Card - How to deal with it?

Yesterday my game was progressing quite smoothly until we got "The Terrible Experiment" Mythos card. http://www.arkhamhorrorwiki.com/The_Terrible_Experiment We were playing with two investigators ...
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Help identifying old board game

Does anyone know what game this is? It seems to be a 12x12 grid with the outside rows used to mark a winner of a row. It appears that each box can be slid to reveal a color. Picture is from the late ...
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When is mystify worth using?

In Day and Night when you are playing Day mystify rarely seems to be useful. Towards the start of the game time spent attempting to mystify squares will either be wasted when night swiftly reverses ...
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What is the name of this solitaire variant?

I recently learned a new solitaire from a friend, but we have no idea what the name of it is. Can anyone help? You use two decks of cards, and start by placing 14 rows of cards. The middle 4 rows are ...
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How is bridge for beginners taught in Taiwan or Italy today, Precision or another method?

I play duplicate bridge, and have recently begun studying the Precision bidding system on my own. Precision was invented by C.C. Wei in the 1960's with Truscott's assistance, and was used with great ...
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In {American, Bios} Megafauna, how can we improve showing who has what traits?

In American Megafauna and its newer version Bios Megafauna, each of up to four players has up to four species in play. Each species has several traits, and some traits can be multiplied (values up to ...
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What's the etymology of the name Eldraine?

Ravnica is based on a Serbo-Croatian word for plain. And the other planes, like Phyrexia (basically "land of Phyresis") seem to have etymologies for their names... So, what's the etymology of the ...
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If the last surviving human mutates to an alien, do they win with the aliens?

In Escape From Aliens in Outer Space, one of the item cards is the Mutate card, which turns a human into an alien. The rules say that the human then plays as an alien from then on. However, if the ...
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Is there a formal designation for “pure placement” games?

Specifically in the context of abstract or combinatorial games. As an example, Go and Reversi are both placement games. Although mathematically distinct (Reversi requires placement in the center at ...

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