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Should this site be called “tabletop games”?

Miniatures gaming is on-topic, which never would have occurred to me without seeing the question or reading the FAQ because it feels different from "board" games and certainly isn't a "card" game. ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for the rules or instructions to an obscure board game?

I've read the help center and seen nothing about not asking for rules, and I've done several searches here on Meta for the same information. Since I can't find a definitive answer, I prefer to check ...
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Are questions about statistics, math, analysis, simulations, numbers, chance, etc discouraged?

Deep strategical analysis certainly fits within the realm of "Board and Card Games" but these questions and their resulting discussions tend to drift into a different style of Q/A. Is there an ...
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If you can't sit down at a table and play it, it's not a board or card game - Good definition?

I'm wondering if LittleBobbyTables' definition here, might be a good, simple, definition of what this site covers? What potential grey lines, or exceptions might there be? Are they serious enough to ...
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Are questions about “games” that require no decision-making acceptable?

There are some pastimes (such as Candyland or War) that are commonly referred to by the general public as games, but actually aren't, as they have no decisions to make. Are questions around such ...
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Are well-defined theoretical or custom Magic questions on-topic?

Let's say I'm working on custom cards for fun, within Magic's rules. If I had a new mechanic, would it be on-topic to ask a question about the rules implication of the mechanic? For example, if I had ...
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“recommend a game” questions

I think there is a risk that "recommend a game" questions are "bad subjective". Can I suggest that we recommend that any "recommend a game" question should be tagged recommendation and should try to ...
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Should we ban game recommendation questions? - Done

We've discussed this before, but I think it's time to put the final nail in the coffin of Game Recommendation questions. Take a look at the recommendations tag. The most recent stuff is first. Look ...
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Game Recommendation questions are banned

With the agreement of the other moderators and the unanimous consent of the voters here on meta, game recommendations are banned. Plan of Action Update the FAQ (done) Close all questions (done) Clean ...
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Does the site cover “party games”?

Does this site cover "party games" like Pictionary, Taboo, or Cranium?
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Rubik's Cube is it on-topic?

Well, this is not board or card game, but it has same purpose. Combination/logic puzzles like Sudoku, Mastermind, etc. should be on-topic? In Programmers.SE we embrace some related proposals to avoid ...
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Are questions about flavor acceptable?

With a lot of games, and particuarly in this scenario, Magic the Gathering, flavor is an aspect of the game that doesn't directly deal with the game play, but it has a big impact on the overall ...
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Poker - is it on topic?

Is poker - while I readily acknowledge that it's a popular card game - really in the realm of what we want this site to be about? I'm seeing a bunch of questions about poker and it made me wonder ...
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Are game design questions on topic?

Are questions about new game design and development on topic? Example: How do I become a professional game designer? They were voted as such in the Area 51 proposal. (Note: To allow easier ...
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Are questions specifically about the computer version of a game on topic?

Our help center says: Questions about computer implementations of board games are fine. and our close reasons include: Questions about computer-based games (except for computer-based versions ...
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Loose house rules questions?

I see a lot of questions asking for generic house rules for a game. I don't really think that fits. I think questions about house rules to solve specific problems, or the benefits of a house rule ...
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Are objective questions that result in game lists on-topic?

I'm thinking of this question: https://boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/83/largest-number-of-components-in-the-box This question isn't subjective -- some game will have the most components. ...
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Are computer Go questions on topic?

In the earlier Game of Go proposal, all computer Go questions were on topic, but I'm not sure if they are on BGSE, too. Computer Go basically refers to two things: Algorithms and knowledge related ...
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Are dice games suitable for discussion here? Eg Dudo / liar dice?

I regularly play Dudo (peruvian liar dice, maybe branded as "Perudo" in the US?) with friends, especially at the pub, (as with no stakes, it's allowed in a UK pub, and because dice are waterproof, the ...
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How to ask about games with “impolite” names?

Several common card games have "impolite" names. Bull $... Egyptian Rat $.... Pimp the Backhanding How do we want to address this on the site? Should we not list the full name of the game as I have ...
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Are legal questions on topic?

There seems to be some disagreement as to whether legal questions are in fact off topic. The only information I can find on the topic is Card Game Legal Questions are off topic (apparently) can this ...
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Should questions purely about online versions of a game be allowed?

Here's one example: Are there any English servers where I can play Mahjong online?
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Are card recommendation questions on-topic?

Game recommendation questions are off-topic* on Board & Card Games Stack Exchange. But what about recommendations for specific cards within a game? For instance, What are some cards that allow ...
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Solitarie card games are they on-topic?

I think it is, they're valid solo card game.
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Isn't intellectual property (marked off-topic somewhere) part of the game-design process (on-topic in the help center)?

Context This question What is the duration of copyright on a board game map? is marked as off-topic. Also has this one How long does the copyright for a game last, after it is out of print? Also ...
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Lists of games - good and bad

This site has a lot of lists of games. Previously these may all have been closed or converted to CW (Community Wiki). This community appears to have chosen to allow many of these questions and find ...
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Are Hearthstone Questions allowed here?

Plain and simple, are Hearthstone questions considered "off topic" here? It's a card game, albeit a digital one. I often hear it talked about side-by-side with Magic the Gathering nowadays.
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Are 'what cards can I get that do X' questions allowed?

Are questions that ask for cards that do [thing] on topic? I feel like this is probably a list question and therefore off-topic, but I figured I'd check before leaving. Ex: In MTG, what cards let me ...
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Are questions about boardgames-related events on-topic?

I'm talking about events like SPIEL in Essen, where many new games are shown to the public at 1st time. Mostly these questions would be not about specific game, but still related to boardgames. And I ...
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Are questions about Playmation on-topic?

Last year, Disney released the Marvel Playmation system, described below. Playmation is the next step in the evolution of play, where digital gets physical and imagination becomes real. The ...
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Are wargame questions welcome?

Are questions about war games—in particular, Advanced Squad Leader—welcome here? Background: Rogier created an Area51 proposal, Advanced Squad Leader Rules. Shortly thereafter, it was closed as a ...
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Dominoes is it on-topic?

Games which has no cards or boards but it is played like a board game over a table should be on-topic? For me it should be. Games like that has the same mechanics.
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Question About Games in General

Which of the following is true? General questions about games are Off Topic. General questions about games are On Topic. General questions about games are On Topic if they meet Some Condition. I was ...
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Card Game Legal Questions are off topic (apparently) can this be added to the of topic FAQ?

I asked this Magic: The Gathering question: Are Magic The Gathering Proxy cards illegal to print? It was closed as Off-Topic. The main/first closer indicated that is was because the question was ...
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About probability - understanding the scope for a future question

I was reading the info about probability tag, which I quote: Questions about probabilistic game mechanics and how to calculate and estimate random events, as well as how probability affects games ...
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Is this really on topic: Cost of board games vs. other entertainment?

How does the cost of designer board games compare to other forms of entertainment? This question doesn't seem to really belong here, but I'm an infrequent visitor so I thought I'd bring it to meta. ...
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Is it offtopic to play or anounce games through BCG?

For now it probably is, but I can imagine the following in the future (if there is a chat channel available): Werewolf chat, I have a lot of good experiences with this. The games are mostly fast and ...
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Should we allow questions asking for a very specific type of game?

I'm thinking primarily about this question: it was originally closed because it asked for a list and SE sites do not handle list questions well, but there was a suggestion that perhaps the question ...
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Should I “move” my chess and poker questions to the board and games site?

I believe that chess and poker questions would ultimately find a larger audience here on the board and card games (BCG) site, with the larger number of viewers more than making up for the "experts" ...
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“Name that game” type of question is on-topic?

See What's the name of this board game? In Gaming.SE this type of question is very popular. Should we consider them on-topic?
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Are pricing and value questions on topic?

The question What's the most valuable Avalon Hill wargame? was recently asked. Similar questions that might one day be asked are: What is the most valuable Magic card? Has the price of [board ...
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Are questions about Little Wars on-topic here?

In 1913, H.G. Wells wrote Little Wars, a book with a set of rules for a toy soldiers game. It is similar to Kriegsspiel. I have a question about the rules of it. Are questions about this game on-...
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Better Supporting Miniature Gaming

There's currently a proposal to start a miniature gaming only stack exchange. A lot of the topics that could potentially be discussed there are on topic here, but there are some that wouldn't be. ...
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Questions about a board game that was ported to a video game

I recently bought Elder Signs: Omens on my iPhone and I wanted to ask questions about it. I've never played the actual board game equivalent, so I don't know if the digital version is as similar to ...
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Are gamebooks on topic?

Are gamebooks eligible for discussion in the board and card games topic? They can be construed as a game but they clearly do not use a board or cards. Specifically, there was a style that ...
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Are questions about playing space on topic?

Are questions about managing a physical play space on topic? I read through the current on-topic page, and it does not mention this topic. It seems like most of the topics are about the games ...
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Are we (as the Board and Card Game StackExchange) too broad in defining ourselves?

I know I'm way behind on all of this, but as I just found StackExchange last week, I'm hoping for some slight forgiveness. I'm concerned that the topic Board and Card Games, as it currently exists, ...
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Is Cornhole on-topic?

Prompted by: https://boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/186/variation-on-rules-for-cornhole-which-involves-two-boards If cornhole is on-topic, then what about games like shuffleboard, horseshoes ...
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Is this question about games with varied win/loss states a game recommendation question?

Recently I flagged this question which I thought to be a quite obvious game recommendation question, based on the following: It asks "Are there any games where" a particular criterion is true. It has ...
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Asked a Yes/No question on mechanics, but Closed for Opinion Based?

This was my question on utilizing a common token change to a commonly played board game (which has recently been voted into deletion): However, a Meta question on the topic of "Are Questions on ...