1-Line Strategy Tips
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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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No, seriously...

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[edited for length]
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