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Dominion FAQ / Re: What's the best card?
« on: December 10, 2018, 03:21:36 pm »
Likewise with a general powerhouse as King's Court (KC)- if you want many Treasures in your deck you might want to skip it altogether (Happens perhaps 10-7% of the games it's in).

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But probably the event Donate comes closest to be the most powerful thing in Dominion. King's Court for the most powerful Kingdom card.

I would also hold Donate up as probably the quintessential "must buy" card.  I have never won a game where I skipped it and the opponent didn't.  I have never lost a game where the opponent skipped it and I didn't.

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General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: November 24, 2018, 05:42:41 pm »
How would you even start solving it? I haven't graduated high school yet, but I know at least up through Calc II, so I figurde I would be qualified to post in this thread.

But still, I have no idea how to even start.

You probably have no chance (I certainly didn't).

https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-find-the-positive-integer-solutions-to-frac-x-y+z-+-frac-y-z+x-+-frac-z-x+y-4

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You may have seen such meme images before. They are always pure click-bait garbage: “95% of MIT graduates couldn’t solve this!”, where “this” is some inane, or ill-defined, or trivial brain teaser.

This one is not. The meme is a clever, or wicked, joke. Roughly 99.999995% of the people don’t stand a chance at solving it, and that includes a good number of mathematicians at leading universities who just don’t happen to be number theorists. It is solvable, yes, but it's really, genuinely hard.

Oh man.  That was actually a brilliant explanation.  I now know more about elliptic curves than I ever had before.

Your comment about elliptic curves should be marked as a spoiler.

I mean... this is a problem that's basically unsolvable by any other means, and my spoiler is hardly a hint.  I don't think anyone here was actually going to "solve" this--that was the whole point!

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Game Reports / Re: Dear My Opponent: I am Sorry
« on: November 23, 2018, 01:41:22 am »
Dear Opponent,

I'm sorry I had to zip away from the computer and didn't get a chance to resign.  I know it sucks to wait for someone to return.  But at least you got the win!

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Another interesting one today:

Canal/Seer

Seer can be a super-Lab if you have a lot of mid-cost cards, but it can't draw itself or other $5 cards.  But with your cube on Canal, all cards cost $1 less, from the start of your turn.  While this would in theory work with *any* cost reducer, this one doesn't require you to get a different card in play before your Seers can draw their compatriots.

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Searched the thread and didn't find it.  This one is extra-neat (though not extra-useful) because the cards are just two letter-steps apart despite having completely different etymologies!*

Patron + Patrol

Patrol can reveal Patrons, gaining you possibly multiple Coffers if you have enough Patrons.  You'll want a village or two to take full advantage, but you can stockpile Villagers on turns where this doesn't work out.

*Patron comes (eventually) from Latin pater (father) so from PIE *p[h2]ter (father), patrol is probably from pate (foot) so eventually from PIE *ped-

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Rules Questions / Black Market + Patron
« on: November 16, 2018, 04:19:26 pm »
Black Market tells you to reveal cards... as far as I can tell it's the only way to reveal a card that hasn't been gained by someone in the game. (Feel free to correct me on that!)

If I reveal Patron from the Black Market, do I get a Coffers?  It seems straightforward but it also seems incredibly silly to get it.

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General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: November 14, 2018, 08:18:33 pm »
How would you even start solving it? I haven't graduated high school yet, but I know at least up through Calc II, so I figurde I would be qualified to post in this thread.

But still, I have no idea how to even start.

You probably have no chance (I certainly didn't).

https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-find-the-positive-integer-solutions-to-frac-x-y+z-+-frac-y-z+x-+-frac-z-x+y-4

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You may have seen such meme images before. They are always pure click-bait garbage: “95% of MIT graduates couldn’t solve this!”, where “this” is some inane, or ill-defined, or trivial brain teaser.

This one is not. The meme is a clever, or wicked, joke. Roughly 99.999995% of the people don’t stand a chance at solving it, and that includes a good number of mathematicians at leading universities who just don’t happen to be number theorists. It is solvable, yes, but it's really, genuinely hard.

Oh man.  That was actually a brilliant explanation.  I now know more about elliptic curves than I ever had before.

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Variants and Fan Cards / The monster in my dreams...
« on: November 12, 2018, 05:32:08 pm »
Dominion showed up in my dreams last night, including this monster that was not given a name, just text:

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Landmark
At the end of your turn, pay $1 or gain a Curse.  When you would trash a Curse, return it to the Supply instead.
----

The game was literally directly attacking us.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Why Peasant Will Be On My Ban List
« on: November 12, 2018, 05:29:38 pm »
But hate on. And please ban-list, you can't come sooner. *stares at Sauna*

*stares in Rebuild*

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: What's the Weirdest Engine You've Seen?
« on: November 12, 2018, 05:09:00 pm »
Pretty sure Inn-Storeroom-Counting House from one of the championships is still the weirdest.

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Dominion: Renaissance Previews / Re: Renaissance Initial Impressions
« on: November 05, 2018, 06:00:59 pm »
Inventor looks crazy in the same way that Bridge does.  But after thinking about it, it doesn't have quite the same megaturn potential.  5 bridges and $7 in treasure gives you 4 provinces; 5 Inventors and $7 in treasure gives you only 2 provinces and a bunch of components.  It might be better for building, worse for scoring.

Going further, 7 Bridges and $1 treasure gets you 8 Provinces, 7 Inventors and $1 gets you only 4 Provinces.  Not providing the coin/buy of Bridge is a huge loss.

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Dominion Online at Shuffle iT / Re: Renaissance online release
« on: November 05, 2018, 04:32:20 pm »
Do we need to update our subscriptions?  Or did I just get unlucky to not get new cards in my matchup?

Edit:  Never mind, figured out how to update!

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I recently tried playing a game of Innovation with all 4 expansions, but e quit after a while because it was to complicated. Will probably try again with a slower approach soon.

This is definitely on my list of things to try, if I can get people to actually be interested.  Main problem is that you really have to play the expansions individually to understand them all...

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Other Games / Re: Pandemic Legacy (probably will have spoilers)
« on: October 29, 2018, 03:10:13 pm »
We're a bit over halfway through.  I'm not sure losing intentionally is an optimal strategy; building up the board too much (by spending the extra time doing so) also makes future games harder (resources spread thin, harder to finish some objectives.  But time will tell; we've had a few devastating losses, including at least one where game setup took longer than game play.

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Puzzles and Challenges / Re: RNG vs decisions
« on: October 26, 2018, 12:34:10 am »
Apropos of exactly nothing in this thread except minor mistakes among cards:

Bandit does not combo with Bandit Fort, but Bandit Camp combos with either.

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Star Cross'd Lovers of Dominion: HERBALIST/ALCHEMIST: A LOVE STORY

Thank you!

I un-voted it just so I could upvote it again.

ADK worked in so many Dominion cards, but I think I found at least three that weren't yet cards in there.

Also that story is FOUR YEARS OLD this forum is SEVEN YEARS OLD I am OLD

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Forum Games / Re: Awaclus and the Finnish Championship
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:36:04 pm »
(1) There's *championship* Mafia?  I don't even know how to feel about this revelation.

(2) We sent a representative to a Mafia championship?  Like an official f.DS person to represent us?  I'm entirely uninvolved in the Mafia community here because social deduction games cause me literal physical pain, but still I feel like... what the hell?
There is, but it is not this one. This one is a Finnish championship, held in Finnish. As far as I am aware, our mafia community has exactly two Finnish people in it and we could send up to 3 people. There was no choice of a representative involved there really.


Seems ironic that he decided not to... Finnish.

/sorry not sorry

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Where the hell is the link to the Herbalist/Alchemist story from a few years back?

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Forum Games / Re: Awaclus and the Finnish Championship
« on: October 18, 2018, 11:45:51 pm »
So:

(1) There's *championship* Mafia?  I don't even know how to feel about this revelation.

(2) We sent a representative to a Mafia championship?  Like an official f.DS person to represent us?  I'm entirely uninvolved in the Mafia community here because social deduction games cause me literal physical pain, but still I feel like... what the hell?

(3) Awaclus is a bit of a dick, and everyone on this forum (and likely that one!) knows this.

(4) Awaclus doesn't seem to have actually broken any rules over at their forum, and as we all know, breaking the spirit of the rules while adhering to their letter is a dick move that nonetheless fits the rules.  (Yet another reason I hate social deduction games, have you ever had to have an argument about the "spirit" of the rules in Dominion?  No, of course not.  Cue Walter Sobchak: "This is not 'Nam, this is bowling, there are *rules*.")

(5) Isn't this just the same as resigning?  The penalty for resigning is that you lose.  Which seems to have happened!

(6) Why did someone email theory about this?  Did Awaclus goad them into it or something?

(7) Why did I even involve myself in this conversation? (This is likely unanswerable.)

Summary: Awaclus is a bit of a dick, he did something apparently within the rules that might or might not have been a dick move, and he lost the game.  I mean, I'm shocked to be defending Awaclus here, but why is this thread even a thing?

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I liked Artifacts though I've only played with it the once.  I also grabbed the deluxe edition on KS.  It looks great but convincing people to play with multiple expansions is tough.

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Dominion: Renaissance Previews / Re: Your reviews of the previews
« on: October 02, 2018, 09:05:13 pm »
Flag bearer : I'm worried that the battle for the flag can turn games into ridiculous slogs, because it seems to me that even if you are getting more flag bearer than your deck can afford, the flag is too powerful to be ignored. The on-trash effect is very useful for that kind of situations. But what if we have no trashers ? Time will say. Anyway flag bearer a nice card that use the artifact mechanic in a very elegant way. Very good.

Treasurer : It seems to me that with treasurer players have two ways to play : either they fight for the key, or they trash coppers. Gaining from the trash is potentially interesting with tfb. Very versatile. But like flag bearer, the artifact seems strong, maybe too much. Good.

It makes sense that the stronger Artifact is on the weaker card--terminal Gold plus trash a Copper is pretty strong, but I think $1 every turn is kinda weak.

The Flag Bearer fight, though, is going to be annoying to figure out every game.  That +1 Card is so powerful, especially when unavailable to everyone else (unlike Hireling).  Do I go for it early; is it going to get stolen often; etc.

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Rules Questions / Re: Can you Banquet a Ghost?
« on: October 02, 2018, 08:11:47 pm »
All gainers can only gain from the Supply unless they specify otherwise. Banquet doesn't and Ghost isn't in the Supply, so Banquet can't gain it.

I feel like this rule needs to be on the first page of every rulebook. It's so often misunderstood.  Everyone knows you can't buy it, but gaining it through non-specific means is not obvious (to people who aren't paying attention).

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For instance, you have to decide which cards to discard with Young Witch before opponents have to reveal whether they have the bane

Even weirder, if there is another reaction (say Horse Traders), than has to be revealed before you draw cards (and therefore before you discard).

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