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Split piles hmm ... Encampment/Plunder and Sauna/Avanto are very often heavily contested. Patrician and Settlers are not very strong and may be ignored when there is no +Buy, but Emporium/Bustling are often worth digging for. Fortune is very strong but Gladiator is a stop card that you'd prefer not to have too much of. Fortunately (ha!) they tend to dsappear by themselves. Rocks is the split bottom card I see least often in 2p games, as you rarely want more than 2 Catapults and rocks are not that great.

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Capital may be worth it when a) you want to spike towards for instance Platinum, Prince or Tournament prizes b) you grab those last Provinces and end the game in debt c) when it's the only source of +Buy. It has definitely more uses than Counting House but is surely on the weak side.

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Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Actually Passable Card Ideas
« on: May 25, 2020, 08:17:33 am »
Way of Contradiction
Way

Follow the instructions printed on this card.  If you don't, +1 VP.

I hereby violate the instructions on the card, choosing to gain 8 Provinces instead. Where's my VP?

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Destrier + Dismantle

Trash Destrier for Gold and a fiver of your choice. Next Destrier is $4.

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To let the blind lead you, here's another suggestion by a nonnative speaker: "and" instead of "or" would be taken as less ambiguous. (And "and/or" only exists in feeble minds.)

Of course, there's always the Semi-interesting moments thread full of examples where a neat combination proved to work once for a change.

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Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Actually Passable Card Ideas
« on: May 04, 2020, 08:18:22 am »
Fair enough. Though I did think of an even better animal. Cheetah was because of their speed, but better yet:
Way of the Lion (being King of the Jungle)

If the naming convention were enforced, I'd pick that.

Since the Way of the Seal puns are fair game too, so how about Way of the Drone.

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Hunting Lodge + Goons

or

Hunting Lodge + Monument

Play a Hunting Lodge for actions. If you're out of Goons/Monument, replace your hand. Play Goons/Monument until you need more actions. Play a Hunting Lodge for five fresh cards. Repeat.

Hunting Lodge is similar to Cursed Village. It is a bit better with weak trashing as the search space for useful cards is a bit wider. The bad cards are discarded and don't count against the draw-to-6. And played from a big hand it is at least not a Necropolis. There are some cases where I'd prefer Cursed Village, especially with a lean deck, but overall Hunting Lodge would get the nod.

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Improve/Rats is definitely a "potentially useful" card interaction.

The "draw card on trashing Rats" effect is almost wasted with Improve though.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: RIP IRL
« on: April 06, 2020, 10:08:51 am »
I shudder at the thought of truly randomize a card for Way of the Mouse without help of a computer.

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Treasure Trove and Commerce deliver three Gold in one turn and should permit a BM strategy. Bonus if you have Forager/Spice Merchant/Hideout to deal with the pesky Coppers.

On a similar note, the purchase of Destriers could be prepared by a Stampede, if possible.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 19, 2019, 04:00:20 pm »
first guess DRILL, clueless about 2nd guess

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames IX
« on: December 19, 2019, 04:23:24 am »
And for knowing while a bat is a mammal itís not as mammaly as the others.

Fun fact: Bats are the second most diverse order (after rodents) in the class of mammals. I would say that platypus (for whatever reason a word in Codenames) is less mammaly.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Homage to the Best Card
« on: December 19, 2019, 04:18:25 am »
There's Remake on the board. Lots of Remodel variants/trash which cares about card being trashed lend themselves to keeping Estate in hand.

Also, there's Crossroads in the kingdom, which along with Sheperd would be another reason to keep Estate for milling towards something better than Copper.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 18, 2019, 09:03:12 pm »
oh, and pass.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 18, 2019, 04:09:10 pm »
partially because as a clue giver it makes me happy if my team figures out my my larger numbered clues.

You are right: Jothenoah must be gloating right now, and deservedly so: what a clue!

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 18, 2019, 04:01:35 pm »
Fair enough: WASHINGTON

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 18, 2019, 03:44:14 pm »
I think we don't lose too much if we pass now, but I like WASHINGTON quite a bit better than the alternatives.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 18, 2019, 03:36:46 pm »
So I am fine with PIRATE.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 18, 2019, 03:36:16 pm »
Also:
My best guess for fourth yould be WASHINGTON (colonial wars), but we can save this for later.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 18, 2019, 03:35:36 pm »
What I said:

Agree on your suggestions, including the order.

As for #4: Hmm, you can cannonball into a pool, but also into a well, you need more luck though. I'd rather skip fourth word and save for later.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames IX
« on: December 17, 2019, 11:30:08 am »
Wow, DISEASE would have been first guess for me.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Inheritance - Highway PSA
« on: December 17, 2019, 11:24:29 am »
Wait, what's wrong with inheriting Death Cart?

"You may trash this or an action card from your hand, for +5" is the new text for Death Cart (one of the online changes made alongside the "Command" type update). The +5 is now contingent on trashing something.

It's still useful if you have something to trash, of course.  You just can't use it as a one-shot Platinum anymore

As if Death Cart needed a nerf. (OK maybe an impersonated Death Cart needs one.)

It was still a fun game, and I had Fair in the game you there was always the extra buy of another Estate. But more often than not there was no action left to trash.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 17, 2019, 11:20:32 am »
pointing to POOL

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 17, 2019, 10:45:36 am »
points to BOOM

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Codenames VIII
« on: December 17, 2019, 10:43:42 am »
OK, I got a "Definitely okay in my book" from Eevee, so I'm going with it:


Realistically, we need to get all 4, and we (probably) know that 2 of the remaining clues are for AIDA.

So if ipofanes cannot find a good clue for 3, he could find something for the other 2, and says XYZ: Infinity. That way we suspect 2 for the new clue and 2 for AIDA and be able to guess for all 4.

For the record, this would not have been A-OK in my book. But I would not have thrown a fit about it, and definitely did not read this before casting the final clues.

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