Games that use multi-purpose cards
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I find that I enjoy games with cards that can be used for multiple purposes (as money, for an ability, as a resource, as health, etc). I like the "agony of choice" when I have to decide how to use a great card. I am not talking about games like Port Royal where I have no choice in how the card is used. I am strictly speaking about having cards either in your hand or tableau and trying to determine the best way to maximize their usefulness.

Please list a game and explain how the cards can be used in multiple ways.
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51. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:228]
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Uses cargo cards as both Cargo as well as to resolve attacks on Merchant ships.
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52. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:315]
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Cards are either played for their effect, used as payment for other cards, or used to activate cards in play.

One type of card, paupers, can only be played to activate cards in play unless they are 'educated', after which they can be played to play other cards too.
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53. Board Game: Eminent Domain: Microcosm [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2216]
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Cards used for:

-actions
-victory conditions
-resources
-victory points
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54. Board Game: Captain's Wager [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:13716]
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High Ridge
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The Treasure Cards serve 3 purposes:

In your deck they are money (value 1)

In your claimed treasure stack they are treasures (value 2-4)

In your hand they are items (variable effects)
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55. Board Game: Sylvion [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:911]
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This is a solo game that utilizes a similar mechanism to San Juan, Race for the Galaxy, et al. You discard cards from your hand in order to pay for other cards.
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56. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:601]
Aaron Edwards
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Cards can either be played into your tableau as the number shown or discarded into the middle to change the game's victory condition.
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57. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:130]
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The players can use the card as an "order" (Like move, fire, advance, etc.) or use the card as an "action" which usually modifies an order (like spray fire which allows targeting 2 adjacent hexes.) or can only be played at a specific time (like the end of a deck or when fired upon).

Also the cards are drawn for various random occurrences: events, dice rolls, random hex selection.
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58. Board Game: Progress: Evolution of Technology [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1879]
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Cards can be either played for their technology or discarded to pay when you don't have the necessary prerequisites.
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59. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:283]
Kevin Shillinglaw
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Cards can be used for movement, money, combat and settling locations
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60. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:126]
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Cards are divided in Mobilization, Limited War or Total War decks, and can be used for Events (continuous and reshuffled, or one-shot and discarded), Ops, SR (Strategic Redeployment) and RP (Replacement Points).
This is a WW1 masterpiece.
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61. Board Game: Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2750]
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Cards can be used as inventions, payment for inventions and acquire resources.
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62. Board Game: Valley of the Kings [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:708] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Cards can be used for actions, money to buy cards and end game points (this option locks the card, so it can't be used for the other two options).
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63. Board Game: World War II: Barbarossa to Berlin [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:1400]
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The twin brother of Paths of Glory, for the WW2 core ETO events. Card play is the same as above, but better organized imho.
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64. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:704]
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Like many of the deckbuilder games already mentioned here, a given card in your hand might be able to be used to:

- perform a card-specific special action
- spend money to move agents
- place influence cubes on the board
- raise or lower the war/terror track
- support/power an assassination

You can only ever play a card for one thing at a time, and some of the uses, like the card-specific action, are one use and will remove the card from the game.
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65. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:455]
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Each card has at least one action. Some are "split actions" where one side can be used by one nationality and the other by the others.

Some cards have an additional action printed on the side: RADIO (to call in artillery), FLANK & FORD.

Every card can be used as an open ground terrain card by playing it face down.

Also every card has an RNC (Random Number Card) and a set of RPC (Random Position Card) numbers which actions used to resolve various actions. (RNC's go from -6 to +6 in a rough bell curve and are mostly used to resolve combat. RPC are used to determine 1 out of N events. i.e. if one of 5 men in the group has a malfunctioning weapon, you check column 5 which will be a random number from 1 to 5 with roughly equal chance of occurring.)

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66. Board Game: The Bloody Inn [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:742]
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Cards are used as accomplices, buildings, and payment.
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67. Board Game: Sake & Samurai [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:9983]
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Samurais fighting over the last bottle of sake.



Each card can be used for any of the 4 common actions (every card has them; the numbers in each corner), or to do whatever the card says in the center.
White cards are items that remain in play in front of you, red cards are played to do some "instant" effect etc.
So each card has always 5 uses.

The "corners" are: attack, defend, drink sake, move. Higher the number stronger the action.

Also cards are used to track life points, and you can convert life to draw cards... literally, you draw your life points.
(I am not sure this counts for the purpose of this geek list.)
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68. Board Game: Lisboa [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:70]
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Cards can be used for portfolio actions, visiting nobles/sponsoring events, or discarded for a gold resource.
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69. Board Game: Inhabit the Earth [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1675]
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Cards are used as creatures (and, in this way, will unlock unique powers or end of game scoring opportunities), upgrading creatures (in two different ways), triggering movement of creatures, and payment for some actions.
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70. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2180]
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You place a card sideways to use it as workers and vertical to make use of the building.
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71. Board Game: Villages of Valeria [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:958]
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Cards can be either used as the building on the card to be added to your village for benefits and victory points, OR they can be flipped upside down to be used as resources - food, wood, stone, magic etc. Absolutely brilliant game!
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72. Board Game: Oh My Goods! [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:623]
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Some cards depict a half sun.
Two of those make a sun rise or set, depending in the current phase.

Each card can be used as:
- Ressource
- Building
- Crate of goods (with each crate's value depending on the building it lies upon)
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73. Board Game: Multiuniversum [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2091]
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Action cards can be activated on 5 different transformers with different actions available (corresponding tranformers sections are color coded).
The action cards can also be used as items to close portals or be trashed to draw a new card.
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74. Board Game: Rocky Road à la Mode [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2726]
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Cards can be used:
1. To play music to attract customers to you,
2. As customers with orders to fulfill,
3. As an item to help fulfill an order,
4. To show rewards from fulfilling orders (either victory points or permanent bonuses).

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75. Board Game: Mottainai [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:837]
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So obviously Carl Chudyk's Glory to Rome successor fits in here:

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