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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 24, 2017, 02:23:41 pm »
Any thoughts about a future expansion including more Guilds-like coin-token cards (including events, landmarks)?
Experienced interviewers know that I leave such questions up to RGG, who also will not answer them.

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Other Games / Re: Weird Kingdom Builder stuff
« on: March 24, 2017, 02:22:02 pm »
Jonts suggested that I write a strongly worded letter to Donald X, but I'll just rant about it on the forum instead.

I'm guessing a strongly-worded letter to Queen would be more appropriate, though I haven't seen the Kingdom Builder prototype, so I'm not certain.

Yeah, I figured it's not likely Donald had a lot to do with that.
I did not make the pictographs.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 23, 2017, 07:26:04 pm »
Greed rule question:
How does the interaction between Ted "Naoleon" Bonham (gets Gun and Key next turn) and Ed "Rubberface" Teach (copies a Thug) work?
A) If you copy Napoleon while his effect is active, do you copy the temporary Gun and Key as well? Are they temporary on Rubberface as well?
B) Rubberface says do "its" rules. Is "it" Rubberface or the guy he copies, i.e. if you copy Napoleon, does Napoleon get the the icons next turn or does Rubberface?
If you play Rubberface as Napoleon, it's like you played a second Napoleon. It looks like Napoleon, it has the extra icons on your next turn.

A) The idea was to copy the card itself, which wouldn't include the temporary effect. Man it seems simpler if that's what it does. It's super-unlikely to ever matter (if you got the icons for one turn; you aren't getting them permanently).
B) Rubberface gets the icons, not Napoleon.

Also, am I right to assume you can stack Masterplans with Pete "Repeat", the guy who lets you play a second card next turn, and Hideout?
I play Louie. Next turn I play Pete and Hideout, repeating Louie (and Pete). Next turn I play Master Plan. It returns to my hand and I play it again (and it returns to my hand again).

Normally, Master Plan would stay out - the rules have cards that do something next turn stay out to track that. Pete overrides that and puts the card into your hand (already relevant just with Pete plus Master Plan). So you could play Master Plan again there for a quadruple $ turn.

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Rules Questions / Re: Possession + Donate
« on: March 17, 2017, 09:31:51 pm »
They thought of that.

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Rules Questions / Re: Basilica/overpay
« on: March 15, 2017, 03:53:26 pm »
So if you have $5, and you buy (for example) a Doctor, you can pay $3 for the Doctor leaving you with $2, take your VP from Basilica, and then overpay the Doctor, thus using up all your money but still scoring Basilica points?
Yes.

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Other Games / Re: Temporum: Alternate Realities speculation
« on: March 12, 2017, 09:55:56 pm »
So the Temporum expansion is supposed to release sometime this month (hopefully), and I took a look at the RGG page - it adds 48 new zones, and 60 new cards - that doubles both!  It also mentions chits and cards for certain new zones (interesting!).  What I'm mainly wondering is what the rules will be with playing with expansion cards - do you just play with all 120?  Make that 180 if another expansion releases?  Seems unwieldy.  Or will the rules say to play with one set or the other?  That could certainly add more variety.
You just play with all 120. I don't imagine there will be another expansion.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 12, 2017, 06:41:11 pm »
Did you consider changing the wording of Bridge for the second edition of Intrigue? Technically, the "but not less than 0 coins" wording doesn't cover the coin value of Potion and Debt costs going into negatives. Or is that just something that doesn't come up, anyhow?
I both considered changing and did change the wording for Bridge, though not the way you're talking about. The question you're referring to took years to come up as a poke-at-rules questions and would not be a factor in wording Bridge.

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Rules Questions / Re: Villa / Wine Merchant
« on: March 11, 2017, 12:26:23 am »
if I have a Wine Merchant on my Tavern Mat, and it's my buy phase, and I have $6, and I buy a Villa, can I discard the Wine Merchant from my Tavern Mat prior to returning to my Action Phase?

The wiki seems to say no (http://wiki.dominionstrategy.com/index.php/Villa), but this did work on Shuffle iT.
The wiki has it right, and please don't mention it to the ShuffleiT guys until 2018.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 10, 2017, 06:40:38 pm »
Initial favorite tracks or just thoughts from 50 Song Memoir?
In my youth I went to the record store every Tuesday to get new stuff (also new stuff came out on Tuesdays). These days I order stuff online and click the free shipping button. So it will be a week before I have any idea what I think of this album.

I can tell you that Wedding in Finistere was the highlight of the new (but not today-new) Jens Lekman, then How We Met, the Long Version (which I already knew from Postcards, his series of a-song-a-week for 2015).

The Shins' new album came out today as well.  I bought it but haven't listened yet.  I never got into their last one, though I was a huge fan of the first three.  I'm hoping this one will be a return to what I liked, but we'll see.
I'm going to listen to some of it on youtube and see if I actually want it. I liked the first two and the fourth, but not the third.

There is also a Laura Marling album today (she was in Noah and the Whale for their first album) (she did not stick around for 5 years).

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 09, 2017, 05:14:03 pm »
I don't remember if Architecture in Helsinki ever came up when talking about music before.  Do you listen to them?  Someone showed me one of their songs (Do The Whirlwind, the music video is cool) quite a few years ago, but I never looked further into them.  I just got an album from them (In Case We Die, from which Do the Whirlwind came).
In Case We Die is their best album, and the only one I'd recommend. The debut is similar but not as good; the two later albums are like a different band (and then they broke up).

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 09, 2017, 05:11:47 pm »
So, I know that Courtyard, Summon and Settlers were designed by people other than Donald X. I'm very, very sorry to ask this here, as I bet Donald has answered this a lot of times before... But are there any other cards by other people I forgot? It's okay if someone else remembers, I don't need Donald himself to go through the trouble of answering it again. I just didn't find it on the Wiki, and thought that if there was any place to ask, it would be this. I mean, we don't need another thread for this, and it's better this post than a bad meme, right? Right?
People have covered this; there's Counting House, and LastFootnote collaborated on the Castles including making Small Castle. You could look through the secret histories. I also try to cover changes that other people suggested, which there are more of.

Dame Molly suggested "spendy" as an expansion theme, which led to Prosperity. Governor is based on Puerto Rico, though I actually had that mechanic pre-Puerto Rico.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 08, 2017, 11:37:10 pm »
Since you have revised Intrigue with the 2nd edition release, how does it fit into your suggested order of expansions? Also, does it shake up your ordering of expansions in terms of quality? For example, has it surpassed Seaside?

I found the base Dominion set to be much, much more interesting since the 2nd edition release, so I was wondering how much better Intrigue has become.
It's better than it was! That's not a question for me but for players, but I mean, I certainly think I fixed it up, when I was trying to fix it up. Well done Donald X.!

What order to get the expansions in depends on what kind of a gamer you are. I like Dark Ages, Adventures, and Empires the best, in some order, and some gamers will be ready to go straight there, but some will not. If you are not, I'd get Intrigue first, then probably Prosperity; casual players like Prosperity a lot, and hey you get Platinum/Colony. Then Cornucopia / Guilds, which will be more complex but uh with the main set and two expansions you are probably getting the hang of things.

Seaside is now the lowest quality large expansion (one of them had to be), because it's the oldest and didn't get a new-cards 2nd edition.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: More new promos?
« on: March 08, 2017, 04:39:49 pm »
Check the secret histories, there is an article by Donald about why reflecting the attack does not work.
Which one?  There's one for each set.
He meant, the Bible subforum, which has the secret histories and then other stuff.

http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=71.0

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 08, 2017, 04:38:46 pm »
Is the Temporum expansion still on track to release this month?  If so, will you do previews for it?
I don't have any new news, so, to the best of my knowledge it's on track. As usual the big sign for me will be when my copies show up, and before that, an email from the shippers. I haven't gotten it.

Previews uh. Possibly one combination preview / secret history article. That has been my plan, as I didn't have a lot to say for a secret history, and it sure doesn't need multiple previews.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 08, 2017, 04:34:02 pm »
Have either of you listened to the Magnetic Fields Song Exploder episode? It's a fascinating glimpse into his songwriting process.
I haven't heard it. I did see the NPR thing where he writes a song.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 05, 2017, 03:27:06 am »
Have you listened to any of the tracks that have been released for 50 Song Memoir yet?  He's been releasing one a day as a countdown.
This does not appear to be accurate. There were five three months ago and have been two more since then.

I have listened to those seven. I liked '83: Foxx and I, so I've heard that one more times than the rest. My expectations for the album are suitably low; there will be songs I like, but it's not going to be 69 Love Songs II.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: March 05, 2017, 03:16:36 am »
So, uh, what the heck is the point behind changing the shuffling rules in the second editions? I find the new shuffling rules to be a bit confusing, and they have a tendency to cause more rules questions than they answer.
The point was to reduce confusion, and cut down on rules questions.

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Rules Questions / Re: Ritual
« on: March 04, 2017, 11:30:51 pm »
Was it intentional for it to be different than Procession for example, or was it just something that happened out that way because there wasn't much of a reason to put thought into weather to say "cost" or "costs"?
I don't remember if I thought I was improving things. If I'd thought it through I imagine I wouldn't have changed it, because probably it hasn't had any positive effect, and it's generated these questions.


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Rules Questions / Re: Ritual
« on: March 04, 2017, 03:40:13 pm »
Quote
Gain a Curse. If you do, trash a card from your hand. +1vp per $1 it cost.
This is the past tence, so the cost before trashing matters, right?
Yes.

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I seem to recall Donald or someone mentioning in a thread that the update packs would only be made available for a period of time.  Does that mean they will not get reprinted?
Actually they were already reprinted. The intention though is not to keep them in print. Since they're redundant with the second editions, it's only a matter of time before there is almost no demand for them.

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Many of the features feel targeted towards experienced players, not new players. It's unclear where new player concerns are in the priority list. Even if they are high on the priority list, the perception is that they aren't.

Ironic considering that was one reason to get away from Isotropic.

The reason to get away from Isotropic was that someone wanted to make an official version.  It had nothing to do with Isotropic.
Is there a citation for this?
isotropic was a fan-made version. Like other fan-made versions, we gave permission for it to be up until we had an official version, and no longer.

We asked Doug Z. if he wanted the job of making the official version; he didn't.

isotropic itself was never in the running to be the official version; it did not have the necessary pretty/friendly interface. Yes ShuffleiT currently does not have that interface either.

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Rules Questions / Re: Attack resolving
« on: February 22, 2017, 07:53:31 pm »
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Each other player discards the top card of their deck. If it's a Victory card they gain a Curse; otherwise they gain a copy of the discarded card or you do, your choice.
So, this phrase should be interpreted like this;

Each other player "reveals and discards" a card in turn order.
Each player who reveals a Victory gains a Curse in turn order.
You or each player who reveals a non-Victory gain a copy of the revealed card in turn order.

Right?
No, the period doesn't matter, it's still explaining what "each player" does.
So, cards like Catapult split resolving, and others do not.
I don't know what you mean, but on Catapult, all the Cursing happens, then all the discarding.

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Rules Questions / Re: Attack resolving
« on: February 22, 2017, 01:23:49 pm »
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Each other player discards the top card of their deck. If it's a Victory card they gain a Curse; otherwise they gain a copy of the discarded card or you do, your choice.
So, this phrase should be interpreted like this;

Each other player "reveals and discards" a card in turn order.
Each player who reveals a Victory gains a Curse in turn order.
You or each player who reveals a non-Victory gain a copy of the revealed card in turn order.

Right?
No, the period doesn't matter, it's still explaining what "each player" does.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: February 21, 2017, 07:38:08 pm »

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