Tim Lymington
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Can Russia make a truce with Japan (without USA/UK knowing)?
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It looks as if your friend has read too much history and not enough of the rulebook. Russia did have such a truce with the Japanese (actually, there was no declaration of war until Germany had been ...

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When will playing Rubber Bridge vs. Duplicate Bridge affect your decisions?
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I wholly agree with thesun's answer, particularly "you must squeeze every ounce of potential out of your cards". But since you've posed particular queries at the end of your question: Part-scores ...

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Does "tournament experience" show "too many players" in a game of monopoly?
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There are two ways of playing Monopoly: I find them considerably more different than, say, Chess and Draughts. The first is the commoner, a family game played to fill in the hours till bedtime. ...

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Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge
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A system is proper use of conventions. Genuine beginners don't need any conventions, so don't worry about what system to use. Just start with "If you have 13 points, bid your longest suit, or the ...

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Does Monopoly Follow Standard Auction Procedures?
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The rules say only "auction it to the highest bidder", which means that your group has to agree on what from of auction to use. The form you are using, where each player has only one bid, suffers from ...

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Fairness of Cowry Shells as Dice
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This has been a problem since the days when dice, hand-carved out of sheep's knucklebones, could never be considered mathematically fair. Historically, there have been two principal ways of improving ...

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Avoiding the "wrong" calamity
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You have to assume that the third card will be a calamity: the rules are designed to prevent you being certain, but it's always wise to expect the worst, and very likely in your position. You need to ...

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When and which board game was the first to be ever invented?
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This academic paper makes a strong claim for Three Men's Morris (later to become Nine Men's Morris; the game is generalised to 'merels' in the paper); it may be that some Stone Age or Bronze Age ...

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Should I alert a conventional 'Pass'
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From the English Bridge Union Blue Book (Rules and Ethics): Unless it is announceable ( see 4 D , 4 E, 4 F and 4 G ), a pass or bid must be alerted if it : (a) is not ...

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A Couple of Hearts Probabilities
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The reason H2,H3,H4,H5 is more likely than H6,S6,C6,D6 is simply the rules of the game. If a heart is led, it is mandatory to play a heart if possible, so most tricks contain four of the same suit, ...

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In bridge, how can you "see" (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
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This is a huge subject, and I think the answer is divided equally between experience and analysis. But to answer your last sentence: failure to bid can be as illuminating as an actual bid. Suppose you ...

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Bridge - Counting and Visualising
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There are many books written on this subject; Ron Klinger's 'Improve Your Bridge Memory' was the one I used, but I imagine your public library or bridge club will have a selection. The problem is ...

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In Bridge, Is "ruffing" a good enough reason to postpone drawing trumps?
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There isn't really a single answer to this; when to draw trumps and when not to is probably the area where most judgement is called for, as opposed to applying rules. You have to balance the probable ...

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In Bridge, Is There A Way To Shorten "Reaction Time" For "Real Time" Play
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In tournaments, there is no time limit, official or unofficial for a hand or trick; taking 5 minutes to play to the first trick is not unusual. Tournaments don't grind to a halt (i) because there is ...

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Dictionary for Scrabble that doesn't contain ridiculous words
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You could have a house rule that you can only play a word if you can give (a reasonable close version of) the definition. That would eliminate the problem of players who memorise the word lists, but ...

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How can you have units with secret locations on the board?
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ASL has two levels of secrecy: the simpler is concealment, where you place a blank counter (actually marked '?') on top of every stack, and have a few stacks consisting only of blanks; when the other ...

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Did the British employ a reasonable strategy in "Bismarck"?
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Given the assumptions they were working under, yes. Those assumptions proved incorrect, but in real life you don't get to check the rulebook and the numbers on the counters before you decide on a ...

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How do you prevent deliberately losing in Republic of Rome?
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It could be that the 'draw' players aren't thinking creatively enough; IIRC, the victory conditions become more fluid as crisis approaches (you can, for example, win by being in rebellion when the ...

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What can the dummy player do in Bridge?
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The etiquette for rubber bridge is not that for duplicate bridge, and it has remained pretty much the same for many years. It does specify that dummy should not touch the cards; when you table your ...

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How long does the copyright for a game last, after it is out of print?
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As previously pointed out, just because a copyright holder has stopped producing a game doesn't mean they stop owning it. GW still own the rights (unless they have sold them; you could write and ask ...

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What makes a cooperative board game actually a game?
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One of the best ways to keep it interesting is to have the players competing against the system (eg as a team of firefighters trying to put out a fire) and award points for, e.g. each civilian saved; ...

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What happens when a deal is passed out in Duplicate Bridge Tournaments?
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In tournaments, certainly, a passed hand is treated like any other; both pairs get a zero score. But in some (NB not all) of those clubs where the hands are dealt at the first table rather than set ...

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What is the penalty for the dummy failing to follow suit?
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The actual answer is in Law 64D there is no trick penalty for the established revoke ...3. if the revoke was made in failing to play any card faced on, or belonging to a hand faced on, ...

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Can an immobile vehicle expend movement points?
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Your specific situation seems to be actually quite simple: D8.1 says An immobilized vehicle cannot expend a Start MP, leave its current Location nor change its VCA, but may otherwise change its ...

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How do I deal with 'take backsies', particularly in Twilight Imperium?
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You need, however annoying it may seem, to formalize a policy that deals not only with minor 'take back' adjustments, but with mistakes that were not noticed at the time. Before the next game, ask the ...

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In Backgammon, when can the dice be doubled?
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I think you are confusing two uses of the word double. If you roll doubles (e.g both dice show 3) you move not two but four counters three spaces ('Movement, 3' here). You can also use the doubling ...

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Does Republic of Rome usually generate one or more wars per turn, leading to a loss even when cooperating?
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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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What defines "Isolation" in Third Reich?
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My rulebook index has "Isolation (out of supply units)" and a reference to the rule that units that both started and finished the turn unsupplied are eliminated. So I would think isolated is a ...

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Question regarding strong 2c opening
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Questions like this depend on what you have agreed with partner (presumably not applicable here) or the default for your system. The default for Acol, for example, is that, unless the bidding goes 2C-...

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Can one ask for a "time out" to study the hand in bridge?
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As the answers to another of your questions said, it is unethical to hesitate over a play when you actually have no choice, since there can be no good reason for your hesitation. The same principle ...

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