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General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:03:22 am »
The wife and I just started watching Electric Dreams, which is available on Amazon. I'm surprised it hasn't attracted more attention; it's an anthology series (like Black Mirror) based on Philip K. Dick stories. It's exceptionally good, and features an all-star cast in each self-contained episode: Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Liam Cunningham, Anna Paquin, Maura Tierney, Greg Kinnear, and others all appear.

Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:40:35 pm »
Welcome! Fellow libertarian here. You should check out this magazine I write for...

Cool! I read it regularly :) I'm active at even though our Swedish sister project is more prioritised at the moment.

neat, I'll share with my people

Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:44:48 pm »
Welcome! Fellow libertarian here. You should check out this magazine I write for...

General Discussion / Re: STAR WARS
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:22:19 pm »
I'm taking on the whole internet with my Twitter ranking of Star Wars movies.

General Discussion / Re: STAR WARS
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:34:18 pm »
My thoughts on Star Wars, which I just saw. Not gonna spoiler tag it. Don't read this thread yet if you haven't seen it!


I had low expectations going in, because everybody I know seemed to either hate it or at least have mixed feelings. Maybe the low expectations worked to the film's benefit. I liked it quite a bit! I'm tempted to say that it is the least flawed Star Wars film ever.

The highlight of the film was the relationship and interplay between Rey and Kylo and Luke. Rey and Kylo have genuine chemistry, and I very much enjoyed Luke's complicated relationship with both of them. His showdown with Kylo was good; Rey and Kylo taking down Snoke's guards was probably the best scene. Kylo stepping in to main antagonist territory was a welcome change of pace.

Leia was well used. Loved her use of the Force. Space combat remained enthralling: particularly the opening sequence / bombing of the dreadnought. Lots of terrific visuals: the ship tearing through the other ship, the representation of the Dark Side as a seaside pit, the red salt sequence.

The movie gets +1000 points for not employing a Death Star ex machina.

Less good was the Finn/Rose (is that her name? I don't even care) storyline. The casino detour was worse than pointless. I like the idea of the "inspiring the kids to #resist" but it just wasn't executed very well. Quite cheesy and generic.

The failure to explain Snoke whatsoever was glaring. They should have just made him the partly resurrected corpse of Darth Plagueis, betrayed once again by a more powerful apprentice. Rian Johnson said in an interview that he felt he didn't have time to do that, but okay, use your time more smartly (i.e., cut the casino subplot and do something else with Finn).

So yeah, I liked it a lot. I thought Leia and Luke both had a lot of great, respectful moments that made sense, but the movie didn't lean on them more than it needed to. Major props to Daisy Ridley, and also to Adam Driver for finally delivering the menacing, complicated, well-acted antagonist the Star Wars saga deserves.

Oh, the porgies. The porgies were fine, why do people even complain about the porgies? They can't all be the most essential cuddly little characters ever. (The Jedi nun aliens were genuinely hilarious.)

I really like the Werewolf art (for the official card). That dude's chill right now, but you know he's gonna start some trouble when night falls.

Actually, all the art for this batch of promos is pretty great.

Dominion: Nocturne Previews / Re: Previews #2: Shepherd, Pooka, Cemetery
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:35:28 pm »
Shepherd would combo really well with some way to get Victory cards into your hand.  Like imagine if there was some kind of non-terminal Action that would sift through the top of your deck and draw all the Victory cards into your hand - a sort of reconnoiterer, if you will.  Shepherd would definitely combo with that.

Meh, I don't really see it.

Dominion: Nocturne Previews / Re: Bonus Preview #1: Crypt
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:03:03 pm »
I quite like Crypt. Just having some Coppers not in your deck for a couple turns is pretty nice.

Dominion Nocturne: For people who spend their Nights not getting any action... and couldn't care less.

Well it's obvious that Night cards would have combo'd with Scout. Scout is also best use during a specialty game phase that never actually existed before.

Can we play the preview cards online yet? I don't understand how time zones work.

NVM, figured it out!

Can we play the preview cards online yet? I don't understand how time zones work.

White card: a point tracker written in blood, because point trackers are illegal but I found a loophole

White card: saying GG and then not resigning, like a tool

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Masquerade
« on: October 08, 2017, 06:20:32 pm »
Masquerade has become one of my most hated cards, and I might ban it if I could. The constant threat of being forced to pass your opponent a good card in exchange for junk just screws over so many other aspects of the game. It feels like Possession in that you have to keep your deck crummy so that your opponent can't take advantage of it. Even though it's one of the oldest cards, it's one of the cards I least understand. So, what I'm wondering:

-Should you not even bother with other trashers when it's on the board, simply because trashing down too fast will just give good cards to your opponent?

If an opponent's Masquerade makes you decide to not trash down for fear of passing a good card, then you have actually allowed yourself to be hit with an even more paralyzing attack (i.e., not trashing down).

Sometimes you have to pass a good card, but as a rule, don't plan to get unlucky. Maybe hang on to a couple more Coppers than you normally would--as long as this isn't slowing you down too much, again it's better to draw your whole deck and occasionally pass a good card than to slog through your deck and only pass bad cards because you don't have enough good cards.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion Strategy Blog Returns!
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:39:09 pm »
This is beyond awesome.

Dominion Articles / Re: On Lurker
« on: September 03, 2017, 06:23:10 pm »
The engine is going to obliterate the competition here. It will get points from Colonies, Nobles, Vineyards, AND Bishop.

Dominion Articles / Re: On Lurker
« on: September 03, 2017, 04:04:15 pm »
I would like to play example 3 with you...

Yeah. I calculate a 100% chance Council Room Big Money is NOT the optimal strategy, and that Lurker and Vineyards will both at some point have a part to play in the winning deck.

General Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones (show) [spoiler warning]
« on: August 29, 2017, 05:38:50 pm »
Showrunners continue to mistakenly think people care about Theon. I just don't get it. So much Theon, but fan favorite Lyanna Mormont got one scene this season. Melisandre got two scenes. Brienne did like one thing. But Theon, Theon, Theon.

General Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones (show) [spoiler warning]
« on: August 29, 2017, 02:46:22 pm »
Littlefinger's show!plot started going wrong when they decided to have him give Sansa to the Boltons, a decision that made absolutely no sense, except from the showrunners' perspective of wanting Sansa to suffer even more horror than she had already suffered.

General Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones (show) [spoiler warning]
« on: August 28, 2017, 04:47:21 pm »
I think what Rob is saying is not that Sansa is next in line, but that she is next of kin.  Based on my reading of the family trees, next in line actually appears to be Gendry, no?  Because Aerys has no more heirs, and Jaehaerys has no more heirs, so now you're on Aegon V, the only heir of which is Rhaelle -> Steffon -> Robert -> Gendry.

Sure, but it seems to me, for practicality's sake, Jon is likely to name Sansa as next in line, and for the realm to accept her as such, since she is already well known and liked. Gendry is a realistic husband for her, though, in order to bring additional legitimacy, especially if Jon decrees him legitimated.

General Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones (show) [spoiler warning]
« on: August 28, 2017, 10:09:55 am »
I actually wrote a real review of the episode, this time.

I am now fully convinced we are building toward Sansa Stark, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Realm and Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

Introductions / Re: Remember me?
« on: August 26, 2017, 07:15:47 pm »
Landmarks are huge. Make sure to read them, it's very often worth going out of your way to collect those points, even if it means executing your strategy in a manner that would be supoptimal otherwise.

For a baseline I'd actually advocate ignoring Landmarks for the most part. Look for the good deck to build first and then check the ways you can use the Landmarks to score points. This isn't the complete story but I don't like letting the Landmarks push your choices very hard. Of course it's good to take the points if you don't have to go out of your way for them.

Interesting that you say that. You are definitely better than me, so I will take this to heart, but I feel like my experience is often the opposite: I frequently ignore Landmark points if they will undermine my plans, and I typically lose this way.

Introductions / Re: Remember me?
« on: August 26, 2017, 11:14:14 am »
We live in the time of engines. You can almost always do something better than big money. Most of the traditional rushes (i.e. Gardens and Silk Road) are quite often obsolete as well.

Junking is still strong, quite often, though trashing options keep getting better and better. See: Donate.

Two-card combos don't matter as much, since they come up less frequently.

Probably the biggest check on engines is availability of extra gains or +buy. If a kingdom lacks both of those things, then maybe something simpler than an engine can win.

Landmarks are huge. Make sure to read them, it's very often worth going out of your way to collect those points, even if it means executing your strategy in a manner that would be supoptimal otherwise.

Watch out for Sauna/Avanto! It doesn't seem like a powerhouse, but dear lord is it strong.

Scout became too powerful when combined with later sets, so Donald X removed it. (Joking! But seriously, Scout was erased from existence.)

General Discussion / Re: DominionStrategy Forum Members Map!
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:48:28 pm »
Did we ever figure out how to edit this? The map has me in Detroit but I live in DC now.

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