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How do I mitigate 'alpha playing' in Pandemic?
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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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Building settlements over the sea
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It's pretty obviously NO. Page 2 of the rules - Except where noted below, Catan: Seafarers uses the same rules as The Settlers of Catan On page 4 Shipping routes act as roads across water ...

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Can Road Building Progress Card be played with only 1 road remaining?
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you may immediately place 2 free roads The "may" says you don't have to play 2, or even 1 road, it only says that it takes effect immediately, so you can't decide when to play them. Technically I ...

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Counting runs during play
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According to this site Yes it is a run. Example: Cards are played in this order: 9, 6, 8, 7. The dealer pegs 2 for fifteen when he plays the six and pegs 4 for run when he plays the seven (the 6, 7, ...

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Settlers of Catan cities and knights mighty knights maximum numbers
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Yes, like the Settlements and Cities, you are constrained by the number of knights you have to promote to Mighty knights (or any other type) 2 of each. You can always make house rules but the game ...

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How to make The Tower less of a pain in Carcassonne
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We rarely play with either the Tower or the Dragon, mostly because neither my wife or I like having to worry about 'randomly' losing our Meeple like that. and of course the fact that to stop the tower,...

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Catan Pirates Starting Phase Question
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Using the turn order described in base Catan, each player places a harbor settlement first and a regular settlement second on the starting island (each without a road). Your harbor settlement must be ...

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Carcassone scoring for a city with a mayor and a cathedral
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The Mayor doesn't affect the number of points received for completing a City. The Mayor only affects WHO might get the points. If someone has a meeple in a city and you get your Mayor in the city, ...

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Who wins when both teams score above 500 in Double Deck Pinochle?
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There are many different sets of rules for Pinochle, most are the same but almost every household I've played at has something 'different'. However, my understanding of the winner (in what ever ...

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Two player mahjong?
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These rules have 2 and 3 person variant rules. So yes you can play with 2 or 3 people as well. Here's the relevant rule changes: Two-Player Mah Jong This is good practice for beginners ...

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Carcassonne fairy - scoring with a fairy for multiple areas and at the end
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When a feature (city, road, cloister, or farm) with the fairy is scored, the player whose follower stands on the tile with the fairy scores 3 points for standing there, and may score for the feature ...

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Help identify an old board game with three rooms in a castle and a ghost
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It appears to be Le Fantôme des Mac Gregor Since this one appears to have been published in 2005 this is probably a reprint and might have some rule changes.

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How do you deal with the edge of the table in tile laying games like Carcassonne
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Everyone I play with leave it that if the piece can't sit there it can't be played there. If you make the rules that you can't play 'off the table' then it becomes part of the strategy for playing. ...

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Forgetting to steal in Settlers of Catan
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When we play, while it is still someones turn we tend to let them do things out of order as long as it isn't abused (mostly accidents). If someone actually does things out of order to 'cheat' then I ...

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What are good standard strategies for Carcassonne ?
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Having as many of your meeples on the board (-1 for quick scoring) is a very good strategy. Your meeples can't earn you points sitting in front of you. You certainly don't want 6 of them stuck in ...

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Are newer editions of Carcasonne compatible with older expansions?
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Carcassonne is very mutable. But yes the new game is compatible with all the old expansions. Including adding in a 6th or even a 7th or 8th player. Of course the more players you add the more ...

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Do non-random alternative methods of choosing a starting player actually WORK, and if so which?
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Most of those rules of 'who starts first' are really partly 'fun' extensions of the game, and a way to learn a little about each other at the start. I only use them for the first time we play a new ...

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Settlers of Catan: Building Roads 'Through' Settlements
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The reason it is no, is because when you build something new (except for the set up rounds) you need to build roads and settlements connected to something you have already built. When you reach ...

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What can I do with the Joker if I remove every tile from its meld? (Can I even do that?)
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We always played that Jokers value was 'set' until you replaced it with a chip from your hand. So if you had a Black 123J the Joker was a Black 4 until it was actually replaced with one from you HAND ...

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Ticket to Ride: May a train segment count for 2 different routes?
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Everyone I've ever played with count as long as you have a train route that connects to both ends on the card you are good to go. You don't need 'Make a new route'. That is a large part of the fun ...

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Can you play a new player game of Carcassonne w/o farms?
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I consider the first game a learning game. Not teaching/playing the farms merely postpones it. I think the only way to really understand them is to use them and show. I also spend a lot of time ...

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Is prompting players with alternate moves poor etiquette?
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There are no rules saying you can't give helpful points to less experienced players. As a matter of fact I consider it my duty to point out poor playing choices to others. Even to my detriment. My ...

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