# Dominion Strategy Forum

## Dominion => Dominion FAQ => Topic started by: nasmith99 on December 29, 2018, 08:49:50 pm

Title: What counts as an attack?
Post by: nasmith99 on December 29, 2018, 08:49:50 pm
The obvious answer is "the cards with attack written on them". My question is whether there is a concrete algorithm Donald uses to determine which cards get counted as attacks.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: J Reggie on December 29, 2018, 09:01:56 pm
Basically anything that it would make sense for Moat to block, is my impression. So for example, Ill Gotten Gains could be an attack, but couldn't be blocked since it doesn't attack when played. On the flip side, Council Room could be an attack but it wouldn't usually make sense to block it.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: Chris is me on December 30, 2018, 12:11:36 am
I think it's pretty obvious to me - it's cards with an on-play effect that are usually detrimental to an opponent.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: Donald X. on December 30, 2018, 04:42:19 am
I think it's pretty obvious to me - it's cards with an on-play effect that are usually detrimental to an opponent.
Right - an on-play effect that looks like it is clearly trying to hurt opponents.

Ill-Gotten Gains would have been an attack if attacks and Moats were worded so as to handle that from the start. Things like Council Room or Embassy's when-gain would never have been attacks, even though you can argue that sometimes they hurt you.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: Awaclus on December 30, 2018, 04:58:18 am
I think it's pretty obvious to me - it's cards with an on-play effect that are usually detrimental to an opponent.
Right - an on-play effect that looks like it is clearly trying to hurt opponents.

Ill-Gotten Gains would have been an attack if attacks and Moats were worded so as to handle that from the start. Things like Council Room or Embassy's when-gain would never have been attacks, even though you can argue that sometimes they hurt you.

I would argue that Embassy's when-gain hurts more often than some actual Attacks in the game.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: markusin on December 30, 2018, 01:22:42 pm
I think it's pretty obvious to me - it's cards with an on-play effect that are usually detrimental to an opponent.
Right - an on-play effect that looks like it is clearly trying to hurt opponents.

Ill-Gotten Gains would have been an attack if attacks and Moats were worded so as to handle that from the start. Things like Council Room or Embassy's when-gain would never have been attacks, even though you can argue that sometimes they hurt you.

I would argue that Embassy's when-gain hurts more often than some actual Attacks in the game.

"Thanks for the free cycle, Fortune Teller"
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: Donald X. on December 30, 2018, 07:20:12 pm
I think it's pretty obvious to me - it's cards with an on-play effect that are usually detrimental to an opponent.
Right - an on-play effect that looks like it is clearly trying to hurt opponents.

Ill-Gotten Gains would have been an attack if attacks and Moats were worded so as to handle that from the start. Things like Council Room or Embassy's when-gain would never have been attacks, even though you can argue that sometimes they hurt you.

I would argue that Embassy's when-gain hurts more often than some actual Attacks in the game.
And yet, if it were possible to make it an attack, it still wouldn't be one.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: crj on December 30, 2018, 07:40:24 pm
...and now I'm suddenly wondering why Council Room's draw and Embassy's Silver gain aren't optional.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: ThetaSigma12 on December 30, 2018, 10:38:58 pm
...and now I'm suddenly wondering why Council Room's draw and Embassy's Silver gain aren't optional.

Simplicity. There's no reason in adding "may" on Council room when 99% of the time you're going to want that card.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: Donald X. on December 31, 2018, 04:40:58 am
...and now I'm suddenly wondering why Council Room's draw and Embassy's Silver gain aren't optional.

Simplicity. There's no reason in adding "may" on Council room when 99% of the time you're going to want that card.
Correct, and it's more simplicity than it may look like. An option that almost always goes one way needs a good reason to be an option (in Dominion a main source of this is getting to drop keeping-you-honest stuff, e.g. "you may" on new Moneylenders).
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: GendoIkari on December 31, 2018, 11:18:40 am
I asked about this a long time ago in this thread (http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=4819). My definition was basically anything that makes it so that, on average, your opponents will take more turns to accomplish the same thing.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: LittleFish on January 01, 2019, 03:16:04 pm
...and now I'm suddenly wondering why Council Room's draw and Embassy's Silver gain aren't optional.

Simplicity. There's no reason in adding "may" on Council room when 99% of the time you're going to want that card.
What if you have a library where you get more cards if you didn't draw it. It may be an action which library could have skipped
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: ThetaSigma12 on January 01, 2019, 06:51:53 pm
What if you have a library where you get more cards if you didn't draw it. It may be an action which library could have skipped

If you're playing Library against an opponent playing Council Room, you brought the attack upon yourself.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: LittleFish on January 02, 2019, 07:38:59 am
What if you have a library where you get more cards if you didn't draw it. It may be an action which library could have skipped

If you're playing Library against an opponent playing Council Room, you brought the attack upon yourself.
I guess
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: Commodore Chuckles on January 02, 2019, 10:47:36 pm
What if you have a library where you get more cards if you didn't draw it. It may be an action which library could have skipped

If you're playing Library against an opponent playing Council Room, you brought the attack upon yourself.

If you're doing a draw-to-X engine though, the extra card will help because it will (very likely) be an extra payload to play before playing the first Library.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: LittleFish on January 03, 2019, 07:52:12 am
What if you have a library where you get more cards if you didn't draw it. It may be an action which library could have skipped

If you're playing Library against an opponent playing Council Room, you brought the attack upon yourself.

If you're doing a draw-to-X engine though, the extra card will help because it will (very likely) be an extra payload to play before playing the first Library.

Unless the card is another library, which library could have skipped
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: LittleFish on January 03, 2019, 07:53:52 am
Basically anything that it would make sense for Moat to block, is my impression. So for example, Ill Gotten Gains could be an attack, but couldn't be blocked since it doesn't attack when played. On the flip side, Council Room could be an attack but it wouldn't usually make sense to block it.
Also, maybe council room should be an attack because lighthouse would stop the draw. That would be interesting
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: ConMan on January 03, 2019, 06:00:50 pm
As a bit of a thought experiment, how different would things be if there were an "Attack" keyword on cards, rather than a type? The keyword would mark something that effects other players, and it's something you can react to regardless of whether it happens as part of playing the card or otherwise.

For example, Witch would become "+2 Cards. Attack: Each other player gains a Curse.," Minion would become "Choose one: +\$2, or discard your hand, +4 Cards, and Attack: ...", but you could also have Ill-Gotten Gains: "+\$1 ... When you gain this, Attack: Each other player gains a Curse."

Similarly, things like Moat become "+2 Cards. When another player uses an Attack, you may reveal this ..." and Squire becomes "... When you trash this, gain a card with an Attack".

Some of the immediate effects I can think of:
• Attacks now work a little closer to new players' intuition of them.
• Optional attacks (like Minion and Pirate Ship) favour the other players more, since the person playing the card has to choose whether to attack before it gets reacted to.
• Still not obvious what happens with Masquerade or Possession (or Embassy, I guess), and regardless of how you treat them someone would probably complain.
• Introduces a new keyword in card text, which is something mostly avoided in the game (at least up until Renaissance).
• Probably changes the design space in a way I haven't anticipated.

For the record, I think the current solution is a good one, I'm just looking at an alternative one and wondering how it would affect things.
Title: Re: What counts as an attack?
Post by: Donald X. on January 04, 2019, 06:03:37 am
For example, Witch would become "+2 Cards. Attack: Each other player gains a Curse.," Minion would become "Choose one: +\$2, or discard your hand, +4 Cards, and Attack: ...", but you could also have Ill-Gotten Gains: "+\$1 ... When you gain this, Attack: Each other player gains a Curse."
I have worked out this exact approach. It probably would have been better. Something to remember for future games.