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Dominion General Discussion / Dominion in xkcd?
« on: January 25, 2012, 11:46:04 am »

I know there's only 8 piles, but given the highly stylized nature of the art, I think it could eaily be what they're playing.

Game Reports / Nonstandard victory card insanity
« on: January 23, 2012, 11:10:54 pm »

Fairgrounds + vineyards + Black Market + Tactician. This was seriously fun. Halfway through the game I had no idea what the point totals were.

Variants and Fan Cards / Reaction effect idea
« on: January 06, 2012, 09:39:17 am »
I was thinking about tunnel, and also how annoying it can be to discard your only platinum to an opponent's Tribute or have your Sea Hag get Sea Hagged, and I wondered if a reaction could be made to turn that kind of deck cycling into a benefit. This is far to weak for a pure reaction, so it would need some kind of action component as well, but I thought it would be a cool idea.

If a card is discarded from your deck, you may reveal and discard this card. Place the discarded card into your hand.

I was also considering a secondary benefit, i.e. Place the discarded card in your hand and draw a card or something.

For the action component, I think something thematically related could be a card that retrieves something from your discard pile, ala Counting House, but for something other than coppers. But that has the potential for some extremely broken combos.

I know the usual M.O. on this board is design first and ask questions later, but I wanted to throw open the gates on this one. What do you guys think of this idea?  Too situational?

Game Reports / Successful Mint Opening - thanks to Duchess
« on: December 28, 2011, 12:04:31 pm »

I often try to open Mint unsuccessfully, but Duchess and Haven make surprisingly good partners for this strategy. The Haven lets you set aside your Mint until you have money you want to duplicate, and the Duchess, as well as keeping you from having to buy a copper, can help you discard the estates which will briefly be half your deck. Anyway, it's a possible use for what has been deemed the worst two card, so I thought I'd share.

Dominion General Discussion / Dominion Christmas Carols
« on: December 18, 2011, 12:49:55 pm »
I'll start us off:

Haggler's call, are you listening
In the lane, Fool's Gold is glistening,
Pick up a Duchy, get a Duchess for free,
Playing some Dominion Hinterlands
When he buys a Goons you'll buy a tunnel
and get lots of gold when you're attacked
The other guy's already got a province
Because he has been going Double Jack
But next turn, I'll get one my way
Got a smugglers, and two Highways
A Beautiful sight, I'm lucky tonight,
Playing some Dominion Hinterlands

With Ill-Gotten gains our decks are bloated
and some people say its kinda mean
cause on gain effects cannot be moated
and that can keep us all from going green
I just laugh at those haters,
in my hand, is a Traders
I've got silvers galore, you just gave me one more
Playing some Dominion Hinterlands

So, anyone else want to write a Dominion-themed Holiday parody to get us all in the spirit?

Game Reports / Vineyard/ Haggler - not as good as it sounds
« on: December 14, 2011, 06:23:59 pm »

So the set-up is perfect. Use Hagglers and Border Villages to gain lots and lot of action cards to beef up my vineyards. Just one problem - I never had a chance to buy any Vineyards. Every time I wanted to, I had a ton of Hagglers in play, and would have had to gain a bunch of coppers or curses - the only thing cheaper than Vineyards. And gaining so many action cards made it easy for my opponent to three-pile.

So in conclusion - Hagglers would be better as "may gain".

Dominion General Discussion / What expansion to get next?
« on: December 06, 2011, 11:55:56 am »
So as much as I love isotropic, I do enjoy irl Dominion with my friends, but I only own the basic set. Most of my friends are getting pretty good now, but have never seen any of the expansions. Every time I decide to buy an expansion, I end up coming home with a completely different game instead. So a little money has come my way, and I think I'm finally going to go buy another set. My question is simply this: In a group of players who basically "get" Dominion, which one expansion do you think most likely to expand the strategy space and maximize the added level of fun?

Dominion Isotropic / Can't type into require cards field
« on: November 04, 2011, 11:16:57 pm »
I have experienced a consistent bug with isotropic. I use firefox. Whenever I try to type a card into the "require cards" list, I have to keep clicking in the box every time the new games reload (that is, every time someone enters or leaves.) A simple way around the problem is to write the card constraints in a word document, then copy and paste, but I still wanted to report the problem.

Game Reports / Nearly identical decks - how did I trounce him?
« on: October 16, 2011, 01:24:46 pm »

#1 Glooble: 45 points (6 Provinces, 2 Duchies, and 3 Estates); 20 turns
         opening: Festival / Courtyard
         [32 cards] 5 Festivals, 3 King's Courts, 3 Libraries, 1 Courtyard, 1 Moat, 7 Coppers, 1 Silver, 3 Estates, 2 Duchies, 6 Provinces

#2 Wagz: 28 points (2 Provinces, 4 Duchies, and 4 Estates); 19 turns
      opening: Mining Village / Silver
      [33 cards] 5 Festivals, 4 King's Courts, 3 Libraries, 2 Moats, 1 Walled Village, 7 Coppers, 1 Silver, 4 Estates, 4 Duchies, 2 Provinces

Obvious strategy, and we both went for it. We had the same number of all the key engine cards, and bought them in roughly the same order. The only real difference is he picked up moats for extra card drawing at the end, while
I went for the Courtyard, and I started going green a little earlier.

How did this end up with a 6/ 2 Province split? Was it luck? Was it the 5/2 vs. 3/4 opening? Or did those extra two turns he spent engine-building just kill his chances?

Variants and Fan Cards / Master of Disguise
« on: August 02, 2011, 11:15:19 am »
Action - $6

When you play this card, choose any action card in the supply costing five or less. Until the end of your next turn, this card acts as that card.

What do people think of this idea? The "until the end of your next turn" was so it could be used as a duration card. I think on the one hand, you're spending six on a five, but on the other hand you've got an amazing amount of versatility. Limiting it to cards that cost less than five reduces the potential for abuse, I think (unless you play it with a bridge, I suppose.) What do you guys think?

Game Reports / Sabotuer is a terrible card
« on: July 03, 2011, 11:01:38 pm »
I forgot to save the log (might post it when it comes up on council room), but I just played a game where my opponent tried to go mass Saboteur. He had lots of villages to avoid the clashing terminals and managed to sabotage me a lot. I went big money with Ventures and won 76 to 20. Yeah.

The best part was that when we got down to two colonies left I started using his Sabotuers to gain estates and Duchies, thus shoring up my lead.

I remember when I first started reading the blog I thought Saboteur was over-powered. Ha.

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