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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Prosperity 2E
« on: May 12, 2022, 01:40:31 pm »
The obvious Loan/Venture solution is to just combine the two cards. Their wording is already almost identical. Just switch it to "discard, trash or play it".

This fixes basically all the issues brought up about Loan. And it can make Venture useful even in a treasureless engine.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion: Allies First Impressions
« on: April 08, 2022, 09:08:45 am »
my first impression is that swap is a super controversial card

Isn't that more of an "allies first impressions" thread first impression though?

As pointed out in the rulebook, Highwayman can actually draw itself! Was this possible before?

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Allies is online
« on: March 09, 2022, 06:16:24 pm »
Sycophant seems like in most kingdoms it would mostly be useful for the on-gain and on-trash effects. Having to discard 3 cards, without even any draw, seems a steep price for +$3

Indeed. Priced cheap to compensate. Nice synergy with discard strats and/or draw-to-X.
Sycophant + Plateau Shepards is crazy. They're just instantly worth 2 points, and your Estates are worth 3.

If the other person does something normal like buy Witches and curse you, you just win with those two piles.

Sycophant + Plateau Shepards. They Sycophants are just instantly worth points!

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Allies Preview 5: More Cards
« on: March 07, 2022, 10:30:42 am »
Played several games with Royal Galley last night against the bot (so it let me get all 10 of them). My impression is that it turns those semi-engines into a full fledged super-consistent engine. It really helps any sort of Village,Smithy,Workshop type of game.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Allies Preview 5: More Cards
« on: March 06, 2022, 09:19:24 pm »
Also, don't forget that Royal Galley is letting you pick a specific card to start next turn with. It's not just a free play from your initial 5-card hand. Starting your turn with a free Smithy or two is great! In that respect, it's more similar to a one-time Prince that also works on $5+ cards.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Allies Preview 5: More Cards
« on: March 06, 2022, 09:07:05 pm »
Royal Galley has tricked you all by reminding you of Throne Room.  Instead it reminds me of Caravan or Ghost Town.  This turn, it draws a card and lets you play an action, effectively +1 card +1 action.  Next turn, it's effectively +1 card +1 action again, but the extra card & action are spent on the same card you played the previous turn.

For the "next turn" assessment, isn't it more like playing a +2 cards +2 actions card (lost city)? Since you don't have to spend any cards/actions that turn to play the other card.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Allies Preview 2: Split piles
« on: March 04, 2022, 08:41:56 am »
Anyway...back to split piles. Man, if you get 3 of these new split piles in one game, that's a ton of extra cards to keep in mind simultaneously! It's not necessarily a new problem (eg Travelers), but it seems like this takes it to a new level.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Allies Preview 2: Split piles
« on: March 03, 2022, 09:29:20 pm »
Ah, I see -- the NA thing was about whether to pronounce the h in herb.

I disagree about the "we all know basic English" thing though. :D I see things like "an historical ..." all the time from major news organizations, etc.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Allies Preview 2: Split piles
« on: March 03, 2022, 04:04:38 pm »
If the "H" word sounds like it starts with a vowel, use "an". If it sounds like a consonant, use "a".

An hour.
A hat.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Allies Preview 2: Split piles
« on: March 03, 2022, 11:01:01 am »
Re: Voyage discussion.

I have to say, I was surprised how little you can do on a Voyage turn. I was expecting its power level to be more similar to "only play 3 action cards". But not being able to finish by playing all Treasures does kill most standard turns.

On the other hand, there are a ton of useful things you can do with just a single action play on an extra turn. A few that come to mind are to hand out a Curse (or any other attack that stacks), Trash a card, or play a gainer (especially one such as Sunken Treasure that works better when you haven't just played a huge engine turn). Sometimes these things could've just happened on the original turn, but if you can do them an extra time because of Voyage, that's a huge boost. You just have to weigh that against the cost of an otherwise dead card.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Allies Preview 3: Choose One
« on: March 02, 2022, 10:30:30 am »
Even ignoring the craziness of Elder, I really like the design space of these choose-one's. I'm thinking these cards are really going to help smooth out engine play -- especially in the early building stage.

As an example, take Town. Village is often completely useless if it's not drawn with other actions. Same thing for Woodcutter if it IS drawn with other terminals. Well, put them together, and it's almost always useful. And with Elder, it's... a Grand Market Village for $4?

Procession and Way of the Turtle is pretty awesome (WoT once on the processed action). It's basically: Play an action this turn and next turn. Gain an action costing 1 more than it.

Kinda like a gaining super-Captain effect.

Can we unpin this post now...?

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: June 07, 2021, 11:05:17 am »
How much are you involved with the Temple Gates version of Dominion? Answering rules questions? Testing? UI design or input?

I'm so excited for a good offline vs AI Dominion client that I can buy without a subscription! I just want to be able to sit down and play some non-competitive Dominion with the ability to turn it off or pause at any time (little kids create lots of interruptions).

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: October 27, 2020, 12:43:16 pm »
Wasn't there some news late last year about a new company developing an app or other offline Dominion version? Sorry, I don't remember many details. Anyway, is that still happening? Is there somewhere I can check for updates on that?

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Highest possible score?
« on: May 22, 2020, 02:34:21 pm »
Add some more restrictions that eliminate infinite loops and infinite points, and then you have a better challenge.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Stickers !
« on: May 22, 2020, 02:32:39 pm »
Darn, I was hoping you had printed stickers that I could get!

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Fleet vs Seize the Day
« on: March 25, 2020, 02:31:55 pm »
STD is something you might contract with early


Dominion General Discussion / Re: Invest
« on: March 17, 2020, 09:19:19 pm »
I just read the Invest event.

I have not...mind editing the text into the OP?

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Menagerie Previews 1: 5 Cards
« on: March 02, 2020, 12:12:32 pm »
One thing I didn't immediately consider until trying it out is that Snowy Village doesn't just make other villages not work. It also turns all your cantrips into terminal actions!

There's a crucial distinction to be made when defining the term "speed up". You're talking about total time of playing a game IRL. Typically on these forums the definition is more along the lines of number of turns per game.

For example, Hunting Party will typically speed up games online because it's a good non-terminal drawer. But to actually play with the physical card would really slow down  your game. You have to keep looking through your deck, showing your hand, and reshuffling extra times. Online these things happen very quickly, but they're a pain IRL.

Additionally look out for any cards that present varying complex options. Playing a Village is easy, but Count can take a long time to think about.

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