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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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76. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:542]
William Garramone
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Always make a secret bet. Don't forget to hedge your bets by placing at least one bet on another player's creature. The Unicorn, Gorgon, Troll, and Titan are very good at keeping themselves alive.
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German Mike
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Don't give up your Initiative Card to easily.
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Assume that your opponent has exactly the cards he needs to counter you. And remember: if you don't have the "First Strike", he can.
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William Garramone
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Play with the alternate house-rules regarding catapults with this edition of the game or catapults are unbalancing.
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Jacob Tierney
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Don't ask for allies you don't need.
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81. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:66]
Randall Barnes
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Georgia
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1. Know the deck!

2. Start building your hand for your final encounter from the beginning of the game.

3. Yes, don't invite allies you don't need, but remember an ally with you is one that's not with your opponent.

4. If you're playing with Techs and someone has a huge stack of ships on theirs...DON'T LET THEM GET TO FOUR!
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82. Board Game: Craps [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:10807]
Scott Hinze
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Max your odds and stick to '6' & '8'
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Matt Dodor
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Don't lead with a five.
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84. Board Game: Curse of the Mummy's Tomb [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:10524]
William Garramone
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Try and capture creature encounters whenever feasible as opposed to fighting or escaping. Having a captured creature as "cannon fodder" for future nasty encounters will help save one of your 4 precious lives. Always be aware that being on the 3rd level with only 2 lives is dangerous. Someone will play a pit trap on you for sure and take you out of the game.
 
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Dick Hunt
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Don't get attached to your starting hand because there's no way for you to win any of the cards in it; every card you start out with is going to be won by someone else.
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86. Board Game: Dealer's Choice: The Complete Handbook of Saturday Night Poker [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Adrian Hague
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Don't over-call.
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Make copies of all the athletes. Take 3 different shades of highlighter and color in the absolute best outcome(s) with one color, the absolute worst outcome(s) with another color, and every other possible outcome between these with the last color. This will help you know at a glance what your athlete is capable of for each event, and speeds up your decision making process on how hard to push him. And oh yeah, play Jim Thorpe....he's impossible to beat.
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88. Board Game: Decision in France [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:5333]
Elwyn Darden
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Virginia
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The game is about reserves: no offense can succeed without dedicated offensive reserves and no defense can hold without dedicated defensive reserves.
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89. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:227]
Ted Spencer
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Forget the quests and kill the rest.
 
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90. Board Game: Descent: The Road to Legend [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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Every Wednesday at 16:00 in the library.
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Overlord: don't get Lawlessness. Period.
 
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91. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:355]
Ronster Zero
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Trust no one.
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92. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:355]
Subhan Michael Tindall
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Portland
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The only way to win is not to play
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93. Board Game: Dogfight [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3214]
William Garramone
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Try not to fly around for very long without at least one Barrel Roll or Loop card in your hand, or you're toast!
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94. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:24]
German Mike
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Remember: One-third of the scoring is endgame scoring.
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95. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Scott Hinze
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When in doubt, buy Silver. Trash Estates and perhaps Copper ASAP. Understand card combinations and patterns that work in a set and buy them.
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96. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:114]
Nathan Ehlers
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Cleveland
Ohio
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Don't forget, this is a game about getting points, not killing heroes (i.e. refer to the score card often).
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97. Board Game: The Dungeon of D [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2733]
Perry Fergin
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MD
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Increase strength first: monsters get harder each level, while other challenges every two levels, and you get more gold from monsters.
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98. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:10]
Conrad Lumm
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Brooklyn
New York
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Who is bought and sold? Who is beyond the law? Who is free to choose? Who follows orders? Who salutes longest? Who prays loudest? Who dies first? Who laughs last? -Barbara Kruger
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In rough order of importance:

1) Don't forget, you get victory points for losing battles, too.

2) Never underestimate a couple of well-armed interceptors.

3) Let the tiles you draw as you explore your environs dictate your strategy.
3a) Don't whine about your tiles - you can still win.

4) Starbase up your borders and choke points.

5) If you have to earn the traitor card, do it early rather than late.

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99. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:664]
Me, sin? Pf! Nah! Chill
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Stick to shorter runs at the beginning. Avoid deadheading. Always have at least $3 in cash if you need to cross a river.

(Applies to all crayon rail games)
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100. Board Game: Empire of the Sun [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:672]
Greg Schmittgens
United States
Wichita
Kansas
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Get/keep your opponent in a state of Inter-Service Rivalry
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