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Are card recommendation questions on-topic?

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, ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for the rules or instructions to an obscure board game?

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 ...
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Are well-defined theoretical or custom Magic questions on-topic?

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 ...
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Are chess questions on-topic here?

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 ...
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Are legal questions on topic?

I'd strongly prefer that legal questions (of either category) be off-topic. I get that people are interested in such questions, and it'd be cool to get actual answers. But although legal questions ...
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Are legal questions on topic?

It is hard enough to avoid questions which ask for specific legal advice on Law Stack Exchange itself, when we have moderators and experienced users that have fine-tuned the skill to tell apart the ...
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Are questions regarding similar game suggestion on-topic?

We do not allow game recommendation questions. Please see the What topics can I ask about here? and the What types of questions should I avoid asking? pages in the help center for more information ...
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Are 'what cards can I get that do X' questions allowed?

Yes, those questions are allowed. This kind of question is different from "list questions" because the possible answers are drawn from a specific known list, so it is possible to verify that ...
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About probability - understanding the scope for a future question

Go ahead and ask, we've got several similar questions already. In general, the advice murgatroid gave is perfect. Ask whatever question you want on the main site. If a question gets closed, and you ...
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Are pricing and value questions on topic?

Pricing questions should be on topic regardless, and the community should use their votes to push low quality answers to the bottom. I am not a fan of making rules where crowd moderation can work ...
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Card Game Legal Questions are off topic (apparently) can this be added to the of topic FAQ?

I wholeheartedly disagree with Pat's answer, and think that we should be explicit that legal questions are off topic if that is the stance that we are going to take. We do accept questions that are ...
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Is this question about games with varied win/loss states a game recommendation question?

I didn't decline this flag, but I would have if I'd seen it. Although it's not worded well, I don't think this is really a question about listing instances. It's about whether an entire class of board ...
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Are questions about Playmation on-topic?

This is not a board or card game as we would define it, and is not on topic here. The video on the site shows that this Playmation system is a set of toys with some software and communications ...
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Are game copyright issues on topic here?

I would say they are not on topic here as the legal issues can be very tricky and users on this site are not expected to have the required legal knowledge to properly answer those questions. I can ...
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Of-topic: Computer game support

I don't see anything to gain from this change or any new motivation to reconsider our policy, so I think things are fine as-is. Your concerns here don't seem to be borne out by much evidence. We don'...
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Is this question about games with varied win/loss states a game recommendation question?

The question isn't asking for a list of games, it's asking if a type of game exists at all. An answer could exist that is clear, concrete, and well-defined. Does the category exist? Here are some ...
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Can we please reopen this question? 'What do boardgame publishers do?'

Too Broad Your question is vague and doesn't state a specific problem. Questions that ask for general knowledge (could be reframed as "I'd like to know XXX") are often too broad and can be ...
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Are questions asking whether a category of games exists on-topic?

These questions must be taken on a case-by-case basis. Generally they'll be off-topic, but some may be on-topic. First and foremost, we do not want to allow people to skirt the rules on ...
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Canonical question request: "Is it legal to play a third party's online implementation of a board game?"

We should not make a canonical answer for the simple reason is that the answer to the question of a third party online implementation being legal depends on the game and third party in question. ...
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Asked a Yes/No question on mechanics, but Closed for Opinion Based?

I disagree that this is a simple yes/no question as it seem pretty clear that it does have a big impact on the balance of the game with the question being what kind of impact it would have (positive/...
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Asked a Yes/No question on mechanics, but Closed for Opinion Based?

It wasn't a yes/no question at the time it was closed. Being yes/no doesn't make a question immune to being closed as primarily opinion-based anyway. “Are these mechanics cool?” is a yes/no question. ...
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Are questions about software simulating card games still on-topic?

For questions 1 and 2 they are both shopping questions, therefore they are off-topic. "Is there X?" questions may not look like a shopping question, but as your answer shows it really is. The problem ...
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Are gamebooks on topic?

As a general rule of thumb, if there is no existing variant of a game that involves a board or cards, then it is most likely off topic on the Board and Card Games Q&A site. If I understand ...
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Is an online game that is totally playable as pen and pencil or card game allowed?

Yes, questions about that game would be allowed. Our criteria for whether something counts as a "board or card game" for are purposes are that the game must Be playable on or around a table Have ...
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Isn't intellectual property (marked off-topic somewhere) part of the game-design process (on-topic in the help center)?

If you're dealing with "copyright" issues, the appropriate site is Law SE https://law.stackexchange.com/ You're no longer dealing with "games." You are dealing with LAW as it applies to games.
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Are questions asking whether a category of games exists on-topic?

"Are there any X" is an example of a question where there is no actual problem to be solved. The proper response is, "Why do you want to know?" You should only ask practical, answerable questions ...
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Asked a Yes/No question on mechanics, but Closed for Opinion Based?

I suspect that the original "too opinion based" was related to the wording of the question as asking for advice. With the edits, the focus on mechanical conflicts makes it looks a lot more objective ...
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What does the help center mean by "the preparation of miniatures/terrain/etc."?

If the game is on topic for B&CG.SE (ex. Warhammer), then questions about building and painting miniatures and terrain for those games are also on topic. While most of the questions we get are ...
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Are game development resource recommendations on-topic?

I would argue that the answer should be a "No". Game recommendations are IMO borderline relevant, but game design and questions related to game design is a completely different topic. Even the ...
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Are game development resource recommendations on-topic?

I think this is a duplicate of Why are game recommendation questions off-topic?, because I don't see why any of that reasoning wouldn't apply here. Card recommendations are the exception to the rule ...
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