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I enjoy boiling complex things down to their bare essence at times. Regardless if it's light as a feather or weighs a ton, I try to give general strategy ideas to other (especially new) players to make sure we've got a level playing field and everyone feels they have a shot at winning. Plus, it's fun just to know what the general, broad strategies of games are as they can help others understand the game better and may help in the overall gaming experience.

In this Geeklist, feel free to add a new item or comment on a listed one but only give a 1-line synopsis of your personal winning strategy for the game in question.

What's 1-line? Well, how about the length of a Twitter post (max 140 characters)? Let's start there and see if we can stick to it.

What I'm NOT looking for:

Descriptions / Reviews / Rules
This list is for strategy tips only - anything else belongs on another list.

Debate (per se)
Game strategy can usually be an engrossing and drawn-out discussion, but if you disagree with one tip then offer up a counter 1-line tip. If an outright challenge or debate is in order, slap it in the game's Strategy forum where you will get a better response.

Repeats / Virtually Identical Tips
I'm all for various distinct or conflicting strategies, but I'd like to dish out some GG cents to really good 1-line tips that are to the point and pertain to every session if possible. Re-wording someone else's tip isn't really helping.

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176. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:445]
Christopher Bird
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Toronto
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Don't go for all the elements of your primary goal right away; it telegraphs your game plan. Set up multiple attempts in different areas of the board and try to complete one or two of them instead.
 
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177. Board Game: Midway [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1973]
William Garramone
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As much as I enjoyed this game, I think its broken. If the Japanese player masses every single ship he has in ONE space (his troop carrier in the middle of all those nasty battleships), then attacks Midway---the American is toast.
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178. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:178]
Scott Hinze
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Like all auction games, don't be afraid to jack up the bids and milk other players. Control the end of turns if you're sitting pretty.
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179. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:178]
ronaldinho @boardspace.net
Taiwan
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There is a cost to holding paintings (other than the cost of paying for them).
 
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180. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.45 Overall Rank:10970]
Joe Thomas
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Punch the person who pick this to play. laugh
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181. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.45 Overall Rank:10970]
Laurent CASTILLO
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Austin
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Well... Err... Just burn this game. It really sucks, and it will keep you warm.
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182. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:515]
Raymond Gallardo
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Newbie advice for bidding: Try to be the Chief's partner, and Mü is not a bluffing game.
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183. Board Game: Mutiny! [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:5801]
William Garramone
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Another game I think is broken. Bid for control of the Gunner very consistently and your odds of winning go way up. Play the variant rules posted on the geek.arrrh
 
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184. Board Game: Mystery Express [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1046]
Will Allbritain
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Keep clear notes. Don't just know that you've seen X, but remember who had it, and when.
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185. Board Game: Na Grunwald: rycerze króla Jagiełły [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:3150]
Thomas H
Austria
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Focus either on the kings knights or the mercenaries and try to get your missing meeples without costs.
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186. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:656]
Elwyn Darden
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Richmond
Virginia
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How can you use the night turns to help you?
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187. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Andy Ravenscroft
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Madison
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Always play a battle token if you can cause more damage to your opponent than they can do to you.

AND

Don't sweat your unit losses, it's a game of attrition.
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188. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:223]
Nathan Ehlers
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Cleveland
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The beginning of the game should be a race to uncover the board. Take as much as you can, then figure out what battles you want to fight.
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189. Board Game: Nightfall [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:868] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
Scott Hinze
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Buy chain/kicker-able cards, get your attacking minions out before your turn and don't be afraid to skip Your Chain as it limits others' options.
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190. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:333]
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Georgia
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If there is a card you can take without hurting your score, send it around a couple times to milk some chips from the other players. But take it before someone else has to or someone else is willing to.
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191. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:724]
Michael Caraway
United States
Kansas City
Missouri
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In the base game, don't be afraid to use some keys as a prophecy.


Also, feel free to shout explitives when playing solo at the ice rink while waiting for your son to finish hockey practice. blush
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192. Board Game: Operation [Average Rating:4.02 Overall Rank:10972]
Peter Elsenheimer
United States
Howard City
Michigan
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Remove the batteries ahead of time. But seriously, don't drink anything caffeinated within hours before playing.
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193. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:41]
Neil Christiansen
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Mount Pleasant
Michigan
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Don't pay too much attention to preventing outbreaks or the game will end before you have cured the diseases. (Unless playing with Dick, where you should use 7 Epidemics as he is unbeaten and undefeatable).
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194. Board Game: Panzerkrieg [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3769]
Elwyn Darden
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Richmond
Virginia
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The defender cannot hold a continuous line, he must use reserves and refused flanks.
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195. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:44]
Matthew Barratt
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Royal Leamington Spa
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Get to Total War as quickly as possible, if there is anything in your dead pile play RPs and don't leave holes in your frontlines.
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196. Board Game: Patton's Best [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2174]
William Garramone
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Smoke is your friend. Avoid taking on German 88's unless it's a rear shot or you've got a heavy tank.
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197. Board Game: Pent-Up [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
Néstor Romeral Andrés
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Force your opponent to place 2 adjacent tiles on the topmost level, so you can place one of yours on top of them.
 
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198. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1042]
William Bekking
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Kanata
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Two open threes wins (usually)
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199. Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:899]
ErikPeter Walker
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Replenishment = faster card cycle + more interventions. Buy them early if you can.
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200. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:915]
Frank McGirk
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Steal from the leader.
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