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Dominion General Discussion / Best strategy on this board?
« on: September 19, 2012, 11:50:53 am »
I recently taught someone how to play Dominion at my school's gaming club, using Intrigue only, and after getting the base cards out, told them to pick any 10 piles. The board ended up being:

Courtyard
Great Hall
Shanty Town
Bridge
Wishing Well
Steward
Coppersmith
Scout
Swindler
Conspirator

Since my opponent was new to the game, I purposely avoided playing Big Money, and instead played a Shanty Town/Courtyard/Bridge engine, and won 26-19 after 3-piling those cards, though I'm sure Big Money would have been stronger. I'm curious, though, is there any strategy that could beat Big Money?

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When in Iso's solitaire mode, you make the choices for cards like Envoy that you play. This gets more interesting with Possession: namely, the fact that all trashed cards are instead discarded. Immediately, I thought of using Bishop. Any other ways to abuse this? Obviously, this doesn't work in real game, but I still think it's an interesting thought experiment.

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Simulation / Not that complicated, but my first AI
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:02:16 pm »
Just a basic Woodcutter/Gardens, since it seems to be missing. Any obvious changes?

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<player name="Woodcutter/Gardens"
 author="Anonymous"
 description="">
 <type name="Bot"/>
 <type name="TwoPlayer"/>
 <type name="Optimized"/>
 <type name="UserCreated"/>
 <type name="Province"/>
   <buy name="Province"/>
   <buy name="Duchy">
      <condition>
         <left type="countCardsInSupply" attribute="Gardens"/>
         <operator type="equalTo" />
         <right type="constant" attribute="0.0"/>
      </condition>
   </buy>
   <buy name="Gardens">
      <condition>
         <left type="countCardsInDeck" attribute="Woodcutter"/>
         <operator type="greaterOrEqualThan" />
         <right type="constant" attribute="6.0"/>
      </condition>
   </buy>
   <buy name="Gardens">
      <condition>
         <left type="countCardsInSupply" attribute="Woodcutter"/>
         <operator type="equalTo" />
         <right type="constant" attribute="0.0"/>
      </condition>
   </buy>
   <buy name="Woodcutter"/>
   <buy name="Estate">
      <condition>
         <left type="countCardsInSupply" attribute="Gardens"/>
         <operator type="equalTo" />
         <right type="constant" attribute="0.0"/>
      </condition>
   </buy>
   <buy name="Silver"/>
   <buy name="Copper"/>
</player>

Note that I don't expect it to be able to buy Provinces, I just put it there in case there is some crazy fringe case where it can. Also, I have no idea what the magic number is for Woodcutters; this is just a complete guess.

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Game Reports / First win: I had read that Garden was a game-changer
« on: January 28, 2012, 08:46:10 pm »
http://dominion.isotropic.org/gamelog/201201/28/game-20120128-173750-0443614b.html

I would have gone for Walled Villages and Traders more aggressively, but I remembered reading somewhere on this site that Gardens changed the game, so I went for it. Then again, I also read you should never buy Copper, but I took a gamble. It paid off, but did I play well or was I just lucky?

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