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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Isotropic pictures?
« on: February 02, 2012, 12:46:49 am »
As a goodbye-to-isotropic present can we get an archive of higher quality isotropic pictures?  Plus whatever art was chosen, if any, for playtesting upcoming expansions, when they are out?  I grew rather attached to them.  Yeah I could probably save all the images manually but it's a pain, plus the quality is poor.

Dominion Isotropic / Re: Leaderboard change
« on: November 24, 2011, 03:57:49 am »
Here are some relatively easy ways to get a high rating:

1) play only low-level players
2) play only 3p/4p games, which implies mostly low-level players; I did this, now I'm number 5 (yay?)
3) veto cards you're no good with
4) veto boards that look scary to you
5) veto players you don't like the look of

Here are some ways to fix the problems:

1) Only count games where players are all +/- 5 levels
2) Create separate 2p, 3p, 4p leaderboards
3) Don't count veto mode games
4) Only count games with a fully blind kingdom
5) Only count blind automatch games

Yes, there's some overlap there, but I think those changes would make it much harder to game the system.

Simulation / Re: Simulating challenge: Province vs Colony
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:16:20 am »
How about Border Village/Governor, using Governor to remodel Golds purchased or gained with Governor and Border Villages themselves into Provinces?

If that doesn't work, try adding Militia as a terminal.  Also if opponent remodels, trash coppers and upgrade estates into silvers.  Might also want to remodel silvers into Governors.  Late game silvers can be converted into Duchies, and Duchy can also be gained with Border Village.  I imagine this is somewhat tricky to program.

Dominion Isotropic / Re: Optimizing your level
« on: November 14, 2011, 05:41:51 pm »
+1 on supply blind no veto.  Also I'd like separate 2p, 3p, and 4p rankings.

Dominion Isotropic / Re: Decline of civility on isotropic?
« on: November 08, 2011, 05:01:47 pm »
I have a 2p account and got it up to the mid-20's, but then I found I was obsessing over my rank too much and so decided to play a bunch of unranked games under this new alias.  I soon found I enjoyed the 3p/4p games quite a lot, and so decided to register the account, and my ranking soon shot back up to the mid-20's.  All of my ranked games with it are 3p/4p.  It's especially convenient with the gmail and yahoo options: gmail is 2p, yahoo is 3p/4p, and I just click on the account type I want. 

I find that player psychology is a lot more important in multiplayer games.  The lowest-ranked player can end up being a kingmaker, and being aware of this adds a neat dynamic.  If that includes them resigning, then so be it... at least it means I won't come in last place.  The 12 provinces or colonies vs. 8 isn't such a big deal, you just have to accomodate more cards in your deck.  Besides, if there's 2 people left, I get to play 50% of the time, and that can be a slight quality-of-play bonus. 

There are games I've lost in 3rd place against two level 0's that I would never lose in 2p.  I wouldn't say it's because 3p/4p is more swingy, it's just that you generally need more than card counting and minmaxing to win.  I wish more high-level players would play 3p/4p... then I could restrict the opponent rank to +/- 5 levels like I do with 2p.  Things I like about multiplayer are that all attack cards become more interesting, and choices about cards that involve the player to your left or right are also interesting, because their effect can depend on the skill of those players, e.g. smugglers, possession, and even envoy.

Back on topic: the only type of resign I find aggravating, even in multiplayer games, is when I have to wait for 3 minutes.  It's possibly worse in multiplayer games because then 2 or 3 people have to wait for 3 minutes.  I think that in an unknown number of cases it isn't because the person is being passive aggressive, so I'm not going to comment on whether they're being rude or not.  Maybe they just close the tab without thinking about it.  I'm not sure what the exit link does.  If it's the same as resigning, why bother having the resign button at all?  (I've never resigned from a game except once when my connection died.)  And since I can force resign people in the middle of my turn, I think anyone should be able to resign at any point in the game; having to wait for the beginning of your turn seems arbitrary and more likely to induce the 3-minute timeouts.

Dominion Isotropic / Re: Decline of civility on isotropic?
« on: November 08, 2011, 05:16:07 am »
I only get annoyed if someone quits by hitting exit and then timing out so I have to force resign them.  This is my understanding of a ragequit.  If they actually take the time to wait for the beginning of their turn to hit the resign button, I already consider that a courtesy, regardless of whether or not they say gg.  The problem seems worse in 3p/4p games. 

Afterthought: In some cases it might be due to players not knowing how to resign.  A permanently visible resign button might help that.

Game Reports / Re: How ambassadors can lose you the game (w/o Possession)
« on: November 07, 2011, 06:08:36 pm »
One of his opponents Amassadored the third pile empty.

I would have bought the last village on my turn anyway.  When I realized they'd run out the peddlers and estates and that I might come in 1st or 2nd my morale shot up from negative infinity to about plus ten.

I love it.  I'ts not often you can get 18 estates.  And the best part is octopus won with 18 estates and bought 0.  He could have not played anything the whole game and still won.

I would like to introduce my new martial art, judominion.  Especially good versus multiple opponents.

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