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The chess site (and the poker site, and the go site, and the Magic proposal) were created because vocal proponents for those communities felt that those games were substantively different from other board and card games, and a specialised site for each would be much better. By allowing (most of) those sites to be created, Stack Exchange essentially decided ...


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I agree with you, but Arqade is also my home site, so that's not surprising. I think we should not have a protection tag, for the reasons you mention. I also think we should not have a magic-protection tag, or any similar tag that refers to a specific rule of the game. This is for three reasons: Nobody is an expert in "protection." Playing Magic and ...


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I would like to nominate myself (parent profile, meta profile). I have participated in community moderation of this site and of Arqade (main profile, meta profile) for several years. I am an active participant in our chat room, and from my experience in the Arqade chat room, I believe that can improve both the speed and quality of site moderation. I am ...


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Good question! There are reasonable criteria for suggesting that Magic should have its own Stack Exchange — such as a desire to attract a community of Magic-focused players who don't identify with the "board games" label — but, from the perspective of this site, its presence isn't a problem. Here's my argument for why that's the case: 1. Magic ...


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Yes, let's burninate it. It's redundant, and we can & should tag MTG history questions as magic-the-gathering history.


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Leave it up to the asker how people are represented in their question - be that with names, numbers, or game specific terms (AP/NAP for MtG; BB, LB, BTN, etc for poker) - If anything I would personally discourage the use of proper names and encourage game specific terms or generic terms where these don't exist. Using names doesn't really add to the question ...


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What is a game recommendation question? Anything where you're asking for answers providing a (set of) games meeting the criteria in the question. It doesn't matter if you ask for the best ones or just any/all of them. Why no recommendation questions? Mainly because they attract too many answers (they're polls). There was extended discussion on the Board ...


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No, it isn't. This is a Q&A site (see the tour), so anything you post needs to either be a specific question (i.e. not "do you like my game") or an answer to an existing question. Additionally, unsolicited self-promotion is frowned upon, so it generally won't be appropriate to promote anything here. You're welcome to mention a game you've made if it's ...


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There's more than that: I've also created mtg-double-faced-cards, mtg-competitive-rel, mtg-professional-rel, mtg-regular-rel, mtg-color-identity, and mtg-emblems. The rationale is that our MTG tag hierarchy has been super undeveloped (borderline nonexistent) which makes it extremely difficult to find and reference past answers or find past duplicates. Very ...


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I think as a community, we have already accepted candy-land as on topic. We already have two questions about it. Having meaningful decisions isn't one of the criteria that we decided was important for being on-topic, so you are free to ask questions about Candyland, War, Chutes and Ladders, etc. The help page notes the following criteria for being on-topic: ...


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I am more in favour of only Linking the first instance of the card as per Wikipedia standards. One thing that I find when looking at questions or answers that have every instance of a card linked, is that all the blue can get a little visually overwhelming. I find it is a lot easier to accidentally miss a link if there are a lot in a question or answer. I ...


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This tag doesn't sound like it is one that will have any experts in it as combat is different in many games. I would recommend removing this tag.


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Any time you're quoting more than one line of someone else's text, you should use a block quote. If you really need custom indentation, you can represent that part of the quotation as a code block within a block quote: This is a code block in a block quote: mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm nnnnn nnnnn nnnnn With bullet points afterward: Bullet 1 Bullet 2 ...


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This is perfectly acceptable as finding the rules for a board game is on topic even if it is an obscure one. The fact that you have done some searching on your own is also good as it shows you are not just expecting others to find the answer for you. I would go and post your question and best of luck on finding the rules.


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I think they should be (& remain) on topic. These questions are generally well-scoped and are about achieving a specific functional purpose within a game. For card games like Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Magic: the Gathering, or Android: Netrunner, needing to do something specific in the game naturally leads to needing to know the cards that let us do that. As ...


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Since chess is already on-topic here, I doubt that many users of Board & Card Games would have a problem with that merge (I certainly don't). The ones most likely to oppose it would be the users of Chess.


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Yes, they're on topic here. The current policy as stated in the help center and close reason does not make an exception, and there's not enough reason to change that policy. So for example: On-topic: Rules issues: Why did Experiment One not get a counter when my Undying creature returned to play? (it was a bug) In Lords of Waterdeep on iOS, why does ...


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I think it should be closed and the asker should consult Anime & Manga Stack Exchange instead. We can't really help them very effectively. It's worth noting that media regularly makes up games completely: Firefly features a card game where the actors have said in interviews they were just given cards and told to improvise; Battlestar Galactica features ...


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I would strongly support making this change. The elevation of the accepted answer is primarily valuable in situations where the asker is in a unique position to evaluate the answer differently than any other voter. In particular, when questions are about the asker describing a problem that they face and answers are about solving that problem, only the asker ...


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I agree that personal attacks like that are uncalled for, whether to a new user or a long established one. People should criticize the post, not the poster. If a user shows patterns of making the same mistake over and over, its fine to point that out, but I don't think there is any reason to accuse someone of intentionally providing low quality posts, ...


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I have no objection to questions about flavor as long as they meet the other criteria of a good question. From What Type of Questions Should I Avoid Asking You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front ...


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Your edit did more than just add links - you fixed other issues with the post. I cannot say the same of the next edit. I would love to hear why two high reputation users approved an edit that adds redundant links and nothing else. How does that improve the post? I think you did the right thing by rejecting that edit. Now, to actually answer your question, I ...


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I am generally in favor of questions about custom Magic cards. They're interesting ways of exploring nuances in the rules, and that's valuable especially with rules as complex as Magic's. I think that if we do choose to allow this, we have to accept that most questions will be of the form "Does this custom card function as I intend it to?" or "What does ...


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It has always been the philosophy of the StackExchange network that determining whether a topic is on topic should be done on a purely per-site basis, without considering whether the topic is on topic on any other site. This means that it is OK if some questions are allowed on multiple sites, and it is also OK if some questions are not allowed on any site.


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There's another game called Timeline that's more widely known (nearly 1000 reviews on BoardGameGeek, sold at mass-market stores) that's not by Cheapass Games. I can't find a BoardGameGeek page for the Cheapass Games one, and it's not easily searchable as "timeline card game" so it seems reasonable for the OP to have wanted to disambiguate. That said, we ...


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Lore questions on here are fine by current policy. They are also on topic for Sci-Fi & Fantasy SE as long as the game has science fiction or fantasy elements; SFF has a MTG tag. You may ask on either one, since Stack Exchange network practice acknowledges sites can have overlapping topicality and allows that you can ask on whichever you want that ...


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There are two entirely separate things going on here: was it correct to close this question, and general policy about who should and shouldn't close questions. It seems you've decided that the answer to the first is no, the question shouldn't have been closed, and have moved straight on to concluding that this means that other users are voting with ...


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Thank you for bringing these to my attention. I reopened them all with some editing. Only one deserved to be closed. I don't believe that any close votes were cast maliciously so this meta post is a great way to find some consensus. People with the close vote privilege can absolutely do what they want. My preference would be that folks consider their ...


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You've mistakenly interpreting the situation. You've started from a basic assumption your answer's totally correct. That's OK, that's where almost all answers start from. The voting community's disagreed, but rather than us being manipulated by sockpuppets or cabals, it's more commonly reasonable that (a) you're wrong, or (b) the voters are misinformed or ...


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I don't think we should close all such questions. However, I think we should be very mindful of how we handle them: Use spoiler block quotes (>!) - at the very least for card text/images. (Images can also be linked instead of embedding.) Card text is especially unfortunate: a snippet of every question is displayed on the main page, so even people who ...


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