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Other Games / Re: Pokemon Sword and Shield
« on: January 09, 2020, 10:44:29 am »
So an expansion pass, huh? That beats buying slightly updated games, but it still feels pricey.

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Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Up to Date Guide to Fan Card Creation
« on: January 06, 2020, 01:51:36 pm »
How often do you play Trust Steed for +2 Cards and +2 Coins? I definitely do it less than 5% of all times. So we have a rough benchmark: +2 Cards and +2 Coins is weaker than Lost City which is a $6 or a $7. I am pretty sure that such a vanilla card, ignoring that it would be too boring without anything else on it, would be a $5.

I haven't yet read the guide, but will respond to this. I use Trusty Steed as +2 Cards and +$2 as often as I can get away with doing it. If Trusty Steed is my only village then obviously I mostly use it for +2 Cards and +2 Actions. But I try to budget +Actions with the aim of playing Trusty Steed as a powerful terminal.

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Other Games / Re: Mario Maker
« on: January 03, 2020, 06:04:56 pm »
Got the record on both! For now at least....

Nice! Thanks for playing them. I'm guessing you'll keep those records for a while.

One new level today.

Fort Hammer: SQQ-0GB-WGG

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General Discussion / Re: STAR WARS
« on: December 31, 2019, 01:14:25 pm »
I felt it was the least funny of the new trilogy by far. I was actively missing the genuine humor from VII and VIII. There were quite a few joke attempts in IX, but they mostly fell flat.

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Other Games / Re: Mario Maker
« on: December 27, 2019, 11:17:56 am »
I don't know whether it's worth posting these traditional levels here in Kaizo Corner, but here are two more uploads.

Chomp Cavern: LWD-TLH-DDF
The Rolling Hills: VH0-H2K-G0G

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Other Games / Re: Pokemon Sword and Shield
« on: December 12, 2019, 05:16:01 pm »
They are like a train wreck; you canít look away.

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Other Games / Re: Pokemon Sword and Shield
« on: December 12, 2019, 04:01:56 pm »
Sadly I also have Sword, as does my only local friend with the game. They really screwed up making the Galarian forms version-exclusive. Although I did join a Rapidash raid online and caught that.

You can get all the fossils from the more skilled of the mining brothers, but obviously two of them will be quite rare.

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Other Games / Re: Slay the Spire
« on: December 10, 2019, 11:36:06 am »
I was considering getting this while it was on sale for Switch, but didn't end up doing so. The graphical style is somehow a huge downside for me. I wish there were a demo so that I could give it a shot. Barring that, I guess I'll pick it up if it ever goes on sale for $5 or less. That's about my impulse-buy price for games these days.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Product Idea - Dominion: Memories
« on: December 10, 2019, 11:33:50 am »
Mostly I agree that the deprecated cards were hardly used.  I do think that feast has a LOT of impact on many kingdoms.

I won't argue that Feast doesn't have an impact on kingdoms, but I will argue that it doesn't have much impact on most kingdoms. Yeah it shifts the probabilities slightly, but that's less impactful than almost any other Kingdom card. I'm glad you enjoy Feast, but I'm also glad it was removed from 2nd Edition to make way for e.g. Artisan.

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Other Games / Re: Mario Maker
« on: December 09, 2019, 01:29:12 pm »
Finally got a chance to play the update over the weekend. Played through Barb's 2 Zelda levels. Good stuff; also some of the easiest things Barb has ever created. Played the Ninji speedrun enough to get around 20 seconds.

The crazy thing about the Link update is that when you are playing as Link it really is like a completely different game in many ways; it's no longer Mario at all. And yet at the same time; it's compatible with all of the different Mario course parts that they already had (those available in SMB of course). It's just really cool that they added so much to that one thing.

I agree it's very cool, though I wish you didn't turn back into Mario when you got hit. Even if they didn't add a heart meter, it would be nice if you just died after getting hit as Link. As it stands many Zelda levels have to liberally distribute respawnable Master Sword power-ups.

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Other Games / Re: Mario Maker
« on: December 09, 2019, 09:44:10 am »
New traditional level.

March of the Spinies: Y5L-WD6-FPF

I'm going to mess around with the new parts for my next level, which hopefully won't take as long to make as this one.

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Other Games / Re: Pokemon Sword and Shield
« on: November 18, 2019, 03:28:12 pm »
I just beat the first gym. I can recall those halcyon days of beating a Pokťmon game 3 days after release, but those days are gone for me.

Iím one of the people pretty angry about Dexit, but Iím slightly optimistic that the competitive aspect might be better for it. They took out Hidden Power, which is great. If only we hadnít lost so many other interesting moves in the bargain.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Donald X. announced a new expansion?!
« on: November 02, 2019, 07:05:51 pm »
If itís a hoax, I spent a lot of months playtesting a fake expansion. I sure hope itís real.
Dammit, Footnote! Why do you have to tease us? I assume you're not allowed to tell us anything. Maybe just one little thing?

If it were up to me, I'd love to tell you something. Alas, it is not up to me.
If it were up to you, what would you not tell?

Luckily I havenít had to spend time thinking about that.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Donald X. announced a new expansion?!
« on: October 17, 2019, 04:54:38 pm »
If itís a hoax, I spent a lot of months playtesting a fake expansion. I sure hope itís real.
Dammit, Footnote! Why do you have to tease us? I assume you're not allowed to tell us anything. Maybe just one little thing?

If it were up to me, I'd love to tell you something. Alas, it is not up to me.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Donald X. announced a new expansion?!
« on: October 16, 2019, 02:19:31 pm »
If itís a hoax, I spent a lot of months playtesting a fake expansion. I sure hope itís real.

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Other Games / Re: Kids games
« on: September 30, 2019, 03:52:19 pm »
Hey, where's my fish.

I assume you mean "Hey, That's My Fish".

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Other Games / Re: Kids games
« on: September 28, 2019, 02:49:35 am »
Fabled Fruit

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion 2019 Errata and Rules Tweaks
« on: September 27, 2019, 12:27:20 pm »
But for Captain, it's the type of the card that matters, not the type of the pile. Most things that care about pile types are effects that put tokens on piles. You can't use Lost Arts to put your +1 Action token on the Estate pile, even if you've Inherited Estates.

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Do you have the first or second edition of the base set? (If you have Woodcutter, Chancellor, Spy, etc., itís first. If you instead have Artisan, Vassal, Poacher, etc., itís second.)

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Other Games / Re: Greed
« on: September 17, 2019, 08:25:59 am »
Yeah, itís good. I just played a game of it recently, in fact. Still good.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Next expansion possible and when?
« on: September 15, 2019, 10:28:10 am »
From what I recall of previous conversations, the problem with a "booster" expansion is that the audience is too small. You need to own the base game (or the Base Cards product) and whatever expansion is being added to. There might be a sizable audience for that, but by definition there will be a larger potential audience for a regular expansion.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Memories of A Thief! and friends
« on: September 10, 2019, 07:40:20 am »

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Dammit, you're right!

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Let's Discuss ... / Re: Let's Discuss Renaissance Projects: Fleet
« on: August 27, 2019, 01:14:26 pm »
It would have been a more interesting card if it costed 8 and gave +buy on the bonus turn or something. 

The algorithm for it is pretty straightforward :(

At $5 it was a real question whether you'd have time to buy it.

I've played a four player game or two where I never gained Duchy because at 3 Provinces per player it doesn't always come to that point, and from a strong position Gold can "secure the win" more consistently.  So I could see my gain% of Fleet falling below 100% for that reason.

But, in multiplayer, is it truly possible to buy a Duchy before a Fleet?  I'm guessing still no, I can't imagine you'd not have "time to buy Fleet" but have time to buy Duchy.  The obvious exception would be if the Duchies are going to pile out but that's a 4p phenomenon, not a 3p one, and head to head picking a format to favor with the design it seems 2p deserves the design considerations over 4p.

That reduces it to a Landmark/Baker-global-effect more so than a Project, approximating out to something like, "When each player buys his or her first Duchy this game he puts it on the Island Mat".  Which might subtly influence buy sequencing for engines, probably, but I think you'd have to be pretty advanced, which you know hey this doesn't take up a kingdom slot and is not in the first 7 expansions so the boxes are checked for being the right place for that level of subtlety.

Perhaps "have time to buy it" was the wrong way to word that.

First let me address your comment about 2-player deserving the design considerations over 4-player. Too bad! That's not the way it is and it's probably never going to be that way. Donald X. plays most of his Dominion test games with 4 or 5 players. I play most of mine with 3 or 4 players. Some other testers play primarily 2-player games, but that's not most games. We do take into account 2-player games for sure, and some cards might die because they suck too much in 2-player games or 4-player games, but 2-player doesn't get "design priority" over 4-player. That's been my perception. The good news is that for most things it doesn't matter. Most stuff plays well at different player counts. And a Project takes up less space than a Kingdom card, in a sense. So I think it's fine that this one Project is usually an automatic pickup in 2-player games.

As for actually buying it in multiplayer games, you seem to be assuming that you'll always be able to get a Duchy on your Fleet turn. That has not been my experience. Buying Fleet is a risk, and I have been burned before. I have regretted those turns where my Fleet was only worth 1 VP, wishing I'd had that Duchy. I think part of this is that you can't often build those mega engines in 4-player games. Part of it is that most players aren't experts and their turns dud more often. Non-experts get to have fun too. For them an $8 Fleet would never be worth it. At $5 it's a question.

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Let's Discuss ... / Re: Let's Discuss Renaissance Projects: Fleet
« on: August 27, 2019, 10:49:50 am »
It would have been a more interesting card if it costed 8 and gave +buy on the bonus turn or something. 

The algorithm for it is pretty straightforward :(

Fleet was $8 for a while. In games with many players, people would not buy it at $8. At $5 it was a real question whether you'd have time to buy it. As a result, it's often automatic in 2-player games. That's a sacrifice I'd make again in a heartbeat, if it were my decision (which it isn't and wasn't).

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