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Lords of Waterdeep – House Rules

Hi! It’s been a minute since I last posted here, and to try to get back into the swing of things I thought I’d do a quick post about an old favorite, Lords of Waterdeep. My now fiancé and I have played this so much that we’ve adopted a number of house rules to customize the game. Feel free to use any of all of these in your game, or if you have any of your own add them in the comments!

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Lords of Waterdeep – Plot Quests Part 2

Continuing the discussion of plot quests in Lords of Waterdeep!

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Lords of Waterdeep – Plot Quests Part 1

Back to good old Lords of Waterdeep! Let’s talk about the plot quests that are available in the game. Plot quests are quests that have an ongoing reward for the rest of the game after you complete them. Completing a few good plot quests can go a long way towards victory. I’ll talk about them specifically, but first a few general caveats:

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Spades: Bidding Part 2

Let’s continue our discussion of bidding, starting with my favorite bid: nil.

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Spades: Bidding Part 1

I’m not exactly an expert on Spades, but I’ve played it a fair bit and am probably qualified to go over some of the basics. I’ll assume you know the general rules. If not, you can look at them here. You can see by scrolling through that link that there are about a million variations in scoring and gameplay, but which particular ruleset you’re using isn’t important for the purposes of this post.

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Cassino tips and tricks

I’ve talked about Cassino before and given some general tips here. In this post I’d like to share some little tricks you can use to help improve your Cassino game. All of these will be assuming a 2-player game, because once you get into 3 and 4 player games strategy becomes pretty iffy. But this first trick will still work with more players, as long as you’re the dealer.

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Advanced Pinochle defense tricks

Don’t worry, I’m not going to get too deep into Pinochle here, I just wanted to point out a few neat little tricks you can use to try to beat the declarer. You won’t be able to use these all the time, or even every game, but when the opportunity comes up it’s nice to have them in your bag of tricks. Pun intended!

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In-depth: Pinochle Pt. 4 – Playing as defender

In previous posts we looked at bidding techniques and playing as the declarer, now we’ll take a look at the basics of how to defend against declarer (we’ll assume here that you’re playing against the declarer which isn’t always the case, but that’s what usually happens).

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In-depth: Pinochle Pt. 3 – Playing as bidder, example hand 2

In previous posts I talked about bidding and showed an example of how to play a really good hand. This time we’re going to see how to play a marginal hand, one that isn’t such a cinch. Let’s say you’re dealt this hand:

A Q J 9 A♠ 10♠ Q♠ J♠ 9♠ A K J K♣ Q♣ 9♣

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In-depth: Pinochle Pt. 2 – Playing as bidder, example hand 1

OK, so you’ve read Part 1 and have mastered the art of bidding. And now you’ve taken a bid and need to know how to play it. Fear not, for I will try to impart to you the wisdom of play that my grandparents passed on to me.

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