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Puzzles and Challenges / Asymptotic analysis of kingdoms puzzle
« on: March 23, 2019, 08:44:26 pm »
Hi f.ds, sharing a puzzle that a friend and I made (well, mostly my friend) for another friend of ours. You probably won't enjoy the puzzle unless you like both dominion and math, but hopefully everyone here likes at least one of the two. :)

The rules of our puzzle's asymptotic dominion are similar to those in, but the main difference is that in our puzzle, you can assume you will have perfect luck, as it asks about the best possible score. Also, this puzzle was made before Renaissance came out, so no Renaissance cards are in any of the kingdoms.

The puzzle is at Each of the 13 bullet points on the left is a separate kingdom to consider. Most of these kingdoms might not have exactly 10 kingdom cards (in fact, one has none), but should be considered as if that were the kingdom anyway. Each of them matches with an answer on the right, and taking the corresponding letters will spell out a message. The eventual goal is to have a final answer, which is a word or phrase.

Feel free to ask for any hints or clarifications here, and I hope you enjoy!

Note: Based off a sample size of 1, this puzzle may take quite a while to complete.
Edit: Adding some extra info here.

Some basic kingdoms and their answers, to get the idea across.
  • Market, Chapel. Answer: 1.2^T
  • Market. Answer: 1.2^(T/2) = 1.095^T

A list of sets that I think are easier, since completing the whole puzzle is probably unreasonable.
In approximately increasing difficulty:
  • Potion cost
  • Durations
  • Reactions
  • Artisan, ...
  • Hamlet, Watchtower
  • Debt cost

A kingdom I would say is pretty fun and decently approachable is Artisan, ....
Here's some other kingdoms not included in the puzzle that are fun, and not toooo crazy to analyze:
  • Bishop, Cursed Village, Seaway
  • Bridge, Hunting Grounds, Donate, Canal, Inheritance

Rules Questions / Multiple donates in the same turn
« on: November 01, 2018, 04:19:44 pm »
What happens if you buy donate multiple times on the same turn? Do you get one donate phase at the end of your turn for each time you bought Donate?
Not that you would want to most of the time, but hey, maybe there's Tomb + Fortress or something.

Some of you may remember a puzzle from the old days: assuming perfect shuffle luck and a kingdom of your choice, empty your entire deck in as few turns as possible. The old puzzle post is here:, and back then, it was possible to do it in 6 turns.

Of course, there are a lot more possibilities now. How few turns can you do it in? I can get x=5, and I think one turn fewer might be possible, since I can find a x turn solution that gets really close.

Some silly side puzzles to go along with this, each of which is a condition that can also be satisfied with an x turn solution (not simultaneously, each is its own puzzle).

1) No cards from Guilds.
2) No cards in the Native Village or Island mat at the end of the game.
3) Gain a Fortress at some point.

Goko Dominion Online / (please delete)
« on: July 04, 2013, 02:33:19 am »
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