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I am nothing right now, only a blocker for the others and a sitting duck to those with power.

One day however, I will step to their side and rise to the top, given the opportunity.

What am I?

(feedback for first puzzle appreciated)

seems too broad so here's a hint which will probably make it 10x easier...

The object will start out in a row of its own kind

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You are:

a pawn in the game of chess.

I am nothing right now, only a blocker for the others and a sitting duck to those with power.

Pawns start out with very little ability, but forming a row in front of all the pieces with more power.

One day however, I will step to their side and rise to the top, given the opportunity.

Pawns can capture other pieces by moving diagonally one square ("stepping to the side"); if they make it all the way to the opposite side of the board, they become a queen - arguably the most powerful!

Hint:

Pawns start the game in a row of entirely pawns.

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    $\begingroup$ knew it would make it 10x easier... :D i'll give a grace period for any other creative answers like shiv has. $\endgroup$ – L_Church May 2 '18 at 12:45
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, it was the hint that gave it away. I really like the wording of the original puzzle - it's really clever! - but I do think it opens it up to a lot of answers you may not have though of/ intended. Thanks for sharing this great puzzle, though! :) $\endgroup$ – puzzledPig May 2 '18 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking the same thing. Nothing really gave the idea of board game... heh. For next time. $\endgroup$ – L_Church May 2 '18 at 12:52
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You are:

A bowling pin

I am nothing right now,

The pin is worth zero points when standing

only a blocker for the others

It blocks the path to the pins behind, making them harder to hit

and a sitting duck to those with power.

A strong bowler will hit the pin hard with the ball. It is not defended.

One day however, I will step to their side

After pins have fallen they are pushed to the side.

and rise to the top, given the opportunity.

The pins are then lifted up inside the machine, so that they can later be lowered back into place.

Hint:

Pins start the game in rows.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is a crazy analogy. He was right. This question gives way to many ideas... Haha. +1 $\endgroup$ – L_Church May 3 '18 at 7:49
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This is also my first answer, I think its:

First sheet of notebook or newspaper

I am nothing right now

It has no meaning when empty

only a blocker for the others and a sitting duck to those with power

It blocks the others pages and usually people start with first paper

One day however, I will step to their side and rise to the top, given the opportunity.

when its written or completed it gets stacked on top

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice first answer! It's not what I had in mind though. I'll pop a hint in after a bit of time. Still, real nice guess! $\endgroup$ – L_Church May 2 '18 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ Added a hint. Feel like it's too broad anyway lol $\endgroup$ – L_Church May 2 '18 at 12:30

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