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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: June 25, 2017, 07:05:18 pm »
I believe the first one I saw as a kid was La lengua de las mariposas (Butterfly's tongue), and it's one that often comes up on the topic. There's both more and less depressing than that one. If you are into that, I hear that, for a pitch-black story of loss of innocence, Pa Negre (Black bread) is up there, though I haven't watched it (came out right after I left Spain); it is set right after the war, not like it changes much. Uplifting movies that are neither contemporary propaganda nor written by foreigners are rare, though they do exist.

I would be curious to hear what you think if you end up watching either.

I just saw La lengua de las mariposas. It's not exactly what I thought I'd be getting into when I was thinking of war movies about the Spanish Civil War. I mean, I was more interested in the combat and how the war was experienced by the soldiers and everyone else who was directly involved in it, and also a little interested in the political details and stuff, but the film didn't really have combat in it at all and the politics were not really covered in a lot of detail either.

But it was an okay cute film. Wasn't really at all depressing, though.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: June 25, 2017, 03:53:59 am »
I just experienced sleep paralysis for the first time last night. Fortunately, it was pretty short (10-20 seconds I think, probably closer to 10) but still, it was by far the most terrifying experience I've ever had. It was pretty neat in a way, too, but I can imagine that it must be really awful to get these on a regular basis and especially if they're longer.

Rules Questions / Re: Fortune + Potion
« on: June 24, 2017, 05:32:37 pm »
Would have been cool if it doubled the debt though

It might have been interesting to have cards that let you take for an effect.  Like, "You may take to do that again" or something.

I may take to take again?

I mean, once you've Ambassadored over a Curse, your opponent doesn't need to buy one.  Since they now have a few.  Unless this was a Defiled Shrine game or something?

But they couldn't easily buy one the next turn before I could get 4 of them into their deck.  Obviously after that it's pointless.

Isn't it pretty pointless anyway? Your opponent didn't shuffle on his turn 21, so even if he had gotten a Curse on that turn, it wouldn't have entered his deck any sooner than the ones you gave him.

Dominion Articles / Re: Miser/Fountain Miser/Gardens
« on: June 23, 2017, 04:50:16 pm »
These have kind of been my thoughts as well.
Miser would give you some "trashing" where normally you don't want any of that on a gardens board, and later you could buy a gardens or a duchy any turn it showed up, but I'm guessing by that time the game is almost over already and you would have been better off buying a gardens in the first place. 
Still, if anyone happens to try using miser as part of a gardens strategy, let me know how it goes.  I love finding ways to make bad cards good.

Miser is not really a bad card, it's just not as good as most other trashers. It's worth getting very often when it's the only trasher on the board.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Novice player, looking to improve
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:32:01 pm »
I would say the wiki articles need some major updating.

That's certainly true, but I think the wiki is inherently not super suitable for articles, because you're missing the diversity of perspectives you have when someone posts an article on the forums and others comment on it.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:25:22 pm »
Any other former cub/boy scouts here who remember Tom Swifty quotes from Boys Life magazine?

That was so long ago.....i say as if I am actually really old. This year did mark 4 years since graduating college, 8 years since high school, so 12 years since I got my eagle scout and then didn't do anything else with scouts after that.

What did you achieve 16 years ago?

Rules Questions / Re: Fortune + Potion
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:15:22 pm »

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Novice player, looking to improve
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:13:29 pm »
I think the plural is "Awacli".

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:12:16 pm »
Here's a former scout for you:

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Novice player, looking to improve
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:40:20 am »
They're still a good place to start.

I don't think so. You have to unlearn a lot of stuff from those articles when you're starting to play seriously.

Dominion Articles / Re: Miser/Fountain Miser/Gardens
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:12:20 pm »
Yeah, Miser tends to be good with Fountain. I don't think it's amazing with Gardens.

Game Reports / Re: Monument-BM?
« on: June 20, 2017, 01:57:22 pm »
Pro tip: NEVER figure what your opponent is doing is a noob thing, even if he buys Pirate Ship or something. If you're prepared for the worst and his strategy sucks, you still win because his strategy sucks, but if you let your guard down and his strategy doesn't suck as much as you anticipated, you're more screwed than you would if you had prepared for it.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Novice player, looking to improve
« on: June 20, 2017, 01:52:34 pm »
I actually wouldn't recommend the wiki for strategy advice, a lot of the articles there are old or otherwise less than ideal. Best ways to improve at the game include watching high-level games on YouTube or Twitch, asking questions here or on the Discord channel if you have any particular boards you struggled with, and just playing a ton.

Introductions / Re: Hey Guys!
« on: June 20, 2017, 01:12:15 pm »

General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:46:38 am »
As I mentioned last time, most of my exposure to war movies while growing up were about the Spanish Civil War.

Any good ones you'd recommend? I haven't seen any on that topic and it could be interesting.

General Discussion / Re: Music talk
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:50:05 pm »
This is actually a slightly older production of mine, but since it was a collab project with HetaVocaCore (who was responsible for the animation), it only got released just now.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: June 18, 2017, 02:54:33 pm »
I just stepped on a Lego.

Game Reports / Re: Funny in a sad, WTH way
« on: June 17, 2017, 02:14:04 pm »
Prince is one of the best engine enablers out there. What nonsense is it that says it won't see much use in an engine?

Well, technically it is very close to automatically enabling an engine on every board, but it's such a weak card that it actually doesn't work that way in practice.

Game Reports / Re: Funny in a sad, WTH way
« on: June 17, 2017, 07:10:47 am »
Please don't think I'm an anti-engine person because of these posts. I'm not very good at playing engines myself, but I still think an engine-variation is the correct play 80,90% of the time. But I do have to say one last very controversial thing: just because an engine is the CORRECT play doesn't mean it's the correct play FOR YOU. There are complicated engine boards where players in the top 10 or 20 so can make something out of what looks like nothing, but if you're ranked significantly below that and you try to follow, you're going to make mistakes (I can say from experience). That's a fact, right up there with death and taxes. And if you're not playing the engine perfectly on a board that requires a lot of thought and effort to make it work well at all, then  a simple bm could give you an equal chance as your half-realized engine (Not that I'm saying you'll win. Play bm against a top-10 on an engine board, and it's a forgone conclusion). But as a mediocre player, for people around my skill level, if it's not obvious how long an engine will take to build or how powerful it has the potential to be, even after trying to use bm-draw as a benchmark, that should be an indicator that if you don't trust yourself in a competitive match to play it perfectly, at least give consideration to the bm.

Well, I certainly don't think engine is correct 90% of time (or 93% or anything in between, for that matter). 80%, maybe, but even that sounds like it could be an overstatement.

Your controversial thing is useful for gaining levels on the leaderboard, but which is more important to you: gaining levels on the leaderboard or actually getting better at Dominion? Because playing the engine will help you towards the latter goal a lot more.

Also, you should certainly not go through a thought process of "well, I'm lust a level 40 player, so I shouldn't play the engine here" not only is the level not a direct representation of Dominion skill, Dominion skill itself is not just a one-dimensional value that goes from 0 to 100 or whatever, but different people are better at different things. It happens sometimes that someone who's below me on the leaderboard beats me with an engine I deemed to be worse than whatever I was doing and only after seeing it in action, I also realize that it was actually better (i.e. not just a matter of luck), and it also happens in the other direction. In my case, it seems like I tend to underestimate boards where you can build an engine somewhat easily but the payload isn't great, whereas my opponents tend to underestimate boards where the payload is great but it's difficult to put the engine together.

General Discussion / Re: GenCon 2016
« on: June 16, 2017, 04:15:13 am »
Unfortunately not.

How do you know nobody is going to GenCon this year?

It's been cancelled due to rain.

That's unfortunate all right.

General Discussion / Re: GenCon 2016
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:15:33 am »
Unfortunately not.

How do you know nobody is going to GenCon this year?

Game Reports / Re: Funny in a sad, WTH way
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:12:33 am »
Just because the number of engine-enabling cards goes up doesn't mean that engine playability follows suit. I think hope we can all agree that most engines require
1)Solid Trashing
4) Payload (of some variety)
5) Gainers

Not a perfect or cumulative list (and I didn't post on the Engine-debating thread from a few weeks back because that's not something I feel qualified to give an opinion on), but I believe the 5 types from above are nearly almost always present on the boards where Engines clearly surpass BM. If a board is missing even one of those 5, the engine still might be the best option, but now the BM at least deserves a lot more consideration.

That's not really the case. You need payload and either +draw or any trashing at all (doesn't need to be solid necessarily). Splitters are only required if the draw or the payload requires them, and gainers are not required at all.

For instance, if you have Highway and Market Square and Trader in the kingdom, you can definitely play an engine by trashing your Coppers (but not the Estates) with your Trader.

Rules Questions / Re: "next hand" defined?
« on: June 14, 2017, 06:42:04 pm »
Is there any card that cares about it?

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:03:20 pm »
This is something I really like about Gmail. I get some notifications from advertisers and Twitch and stuff that all get automatically filtered out and don't go into my main inbox. Then when I have some spare time I give them a quick scan, see if anything is interesting that I care about, and hit mark all as read for the rest.

I get a lot of that stuff into my main inbox because I actually do want to notice it asap.

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