VolcanoLotus
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How do game designers come up with suggested (or minimum) age requirements for games?
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According to this and this, the government has a role in labeling of products that can be used by children, and that 13 is the youngest recommended age you can put without doing additional testing (...

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How To Mitigate The Random Factor In Agricola?
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It sounds like it's not the randomness of the action spaces that bothers you, but the unknown factor. If you're playing in person and others share your opinion, I'd suggest revealing the cards after ...

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What is a good resource to discover new games?
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Online, I think BoardGameGeek is a great resource. It's kind of to board games what IMDb is to movies - tremendous repository with lots of rulebooks, user reviews, and more. It can be a bit hard to ...

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Who goes first in Pandemic?
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I agree with user1873 on what they were getting at. As a general answer for most board games, what they're usually getting at is to choose the start player randomly. Many games, like Pandemic, use a ...

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How can I mitigate some of the downtime between player's turns?
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The maximum acceptable downtime will depend primarily on how much analysis is required (and possible) for a player's turn. For example, downtime in Power Grid can get quite high during the final few ...

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How do I find players willing to participate in test-playing my games?
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Andrew Looney (Fluxx, Icehouse) has written several great articles about game design on his blog, which I'd encourage you to check out (even if you don't like Fluxx). For the purposes of your question,...

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What are the differences between the various versions of Stratego?
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I can't speak definitively for all versions, but I can give you some information. "Classic" Stratego is played with 40 pieces per side on a 10x10 board. There was a misprint in an early version that ...

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In Ticket to Ride, how do you overcome bad initial tickets?
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I've seen games won with as few as two total tickets, even if they're small and not near each other. In those cases, the strategy generally was to make one long transcontinental route (often through ...

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How does the cost of designer board games compare to other forms of entertainment?
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For me personally, dollar per hour calculations aren't useful. I usually peg costs to something else. Recently, I've been using Chipotle burritos. When I look at a $50 game, I determine whether I ...

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What game mechanic can be used for evenly selecting other players but not yourself?
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If you're happy with the way everything is working except for this edge case, you could just make it so the last 2 cards are drawn simultaneously. The second to last player gets the first card drawn ...

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How can we use multiple Carcassonne expansions without the game taking forever?
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The best way to increase variability without impacting game length is to focus on the aspects of the expansions that do not involve tile drawing. For example, you could use the base set (with or ...

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General advice for maximizing fun playing multiple games of Dominion
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My house rule for multiple games is to remove every pile that was used (i.e., had at least one card gained from it) and leave in everything no one touched during the game for the next round. It helps ...

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What are good games to play during a one-hour lunch break?
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Blokus is an outstanding game that's also very easy to track down, as it's available in most big-box stores. Each player gets an assortment of Tetris-like pieces in a single color, and must place one ...

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What are some good 8 player games?
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Memoir '44 is a scenario-based 2-player game, but if you have either 2 copies of the base game or certain expansions, you can play a 4v4 team game. I haven't played the team version (called Overlord),...

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Playing with the characters from the base and the Dark City expansion for Citadels.
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It's an interesting idea. I haven't tried this myself, but I'm not certain I'd personally want to. I agree with your assessment that having two characters that benefit blue and red districts but only ...

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What are good games to play during a one-hour lunch break?
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Coloretto is probably the best short game I've ever played - most games should take no more than 15 minutes to play. It's a card game in which you're trying to collect cards in different color groups. ...

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What are good games to play during a one-hour lunch break?
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If you've ever got just one other player or split into a group of 2, Memoir '44 is a great game. It's a WWII-themed game that's scenario-based, with 16 coming in the box and more available on the ...

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