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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Tom Vasel Nocturne Review
« on: December 17, 2017, 02:59:45 pm »
I wrote my own Java application because I couldn't find a randomizer application with the functionality I wanted.

I wrote my own Java application

Java

You must have been desperate.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Forced Wins Training Sessions
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:14:49 am »
You could alternatively

play the Mill to draw the Bridge Troll, Stonemason the Bridge Troll into two Wandering Minstrels, play the other Mill to draw a WM and discard WM+Estate for $2, then you can buy a Messenger to empty the Bridge Trolls and a WM to empty the WMs.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: list your big nocturne secrets
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:22:02 am »
If you open Silver/Night Watchman, it guarantees $5 on turn 3 ($6 on 4/3 opening). Potion/NW guarantees $4P. In general, your turn 3 hand is guaranteed to be your turn 1 hand with a card of your choice replaced with your turn 1 buy.

I don't think Scout does that.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Bard is not weak
« on: December 16, 2017, 07:11:13 am »
So...

Bard is like Baron?

They both share cost, type, first three letters, let you hit $5 early, and they can be bad.

Pretty much. I think Bard is better as an opener, but Baron has the +buy which is important in the late game.

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General Discussion / Re: STAR WARS
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:52:31 am »
Well when was the last time a truly great Star Wars film was released?

Never?

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Tom Vasel Nocturne Review
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:29:06 pm »

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:30:12 pm »
It's the wrong link. Yout link goes to a page with the image there, not to the page of just the image. You need to use this link: https://preview.ibb.co/iFLvAR/IMG_8575.jpg

This link is better: https://image.ibb.co/bBxxPm/IMG_8575.jpg

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:28:29 pm »
Thanks!

https://ibb.co/dzyRH6

The img tag still wasn't working for me though

That's because you're not using the link to the image file, you're using a link to the web page that displays the image. In order to get the link to the picture, you actually need to right click on the picture and choose the option to copy the address of the image.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:13:31 pm »
I drew a picture, how do I upload it from my computer?

1. upload it somewhere, e.g. imgbb.com
2. when you've uploaded the image, find the page with the original image in original size without any watermarks (on imgbb, you can do that by clicking the thumbnail)
3. when you have the original image open, right click on it and choose "copy image address" or equivalent
4. if you want to create a link to that image, use the url tags
5. if you want to post the image directly on the forums, use the img tags (and you can use the width parameter to make the picture smaller if that's necessary):


You can quote this post to see how to use the aforementioned tags if that's unclear.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:28:40 am »
That was Mafia Games.  Here we use true numbers.

Roman numerals are fake numbers, they don't even have a zero.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The Dominion Cards Lists 2017 Edition
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:42:23 pm »
There's a lot of discussion on it from the Preview thread, but I think this one sums it up really well:

I think I know what irks me with the art. Several things are really muddy, but other things look highly realistic. It appears as if the creator had just copied pictures together and painted over them, which also explains the off perspective, eg. for Celine's  Apprentice's foot and Mason's wall. It looks a lot like the images in those dreadful object searching apps.

This particular comparison was difficult for me because I dislike them both for very different reasons.

I think it looks pretty good.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The Dominion Cards Lists 2017 Edition
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:57:37 pm »
I was doing the best art list, and I got scout vs harem.  I'm still stuck on it.  I can't decide which one looks worse. 

They both scare me. A lot.

v.

What's wrong with Zombie Apprentice?

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General Discussion / Re: Visual novels
« on: December 13, 2017, 07:49:11 am »
There's a visual novel bundle on Humble Bundle right now.

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/mangagamer-and-friends-bundle

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:12:52 pm »
So if Bob picks one of three doors and then is shown one door he didn't pick is a loser, he still has a 1/3 chance of winning the prize.

But when Carol walks in at this point, she's assigned to the other door, and she has a 1/2 chance of winning the prize.

I'm not even going to bring that up. That'll drive the deniers nuts. It even makes me feel uncomfortable.

Well, from Carol's perspective, Bob also has a 1/2 chance. From Bob's perspective, Carol has a 2/3 chance.

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Tournaments and Events / Re: Noctournament (Dualset)
« on: December 11, 2017, 02:14:12 pm »
Awaclus 3.5 - 1.5 RTT

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Empires cards I still don't get
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:53:47 am »
Nah, it's translated right but I remembered it wrong. The actual version sounds worse though.
Still, how much is that effect worth compared to the $3 debt?

It obviously depends on what cards you are shuffling in and what you're leaving out. Basically, if buying Annex improves your next expected hand by , it's worth paying for the effect. If it doesn't, it's not. Even if you would break even in two or three turns, that's not good enough because it's a critical stage of the game and you can't afford to fall behind, even if it's just in the short term.
I am pretty sure annex helps you stay in the game because it makes you not miss duchy.

It makes you not miss Duchy only if it improves your next expected hand by more coins than you have to take debt.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: New German Promo 'Abbruch'
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:57:48 am »
That's why I wrote "just a Potion" (having Transmute and Vineyard in mind) and "just Debt" (having Engineer, City Quarter, Overlord, and Royal Blacksmith in mind).

Well that's not true either, Alchemist doesn't cost less (or more) than Duchy.
What is untrue in this statement "Cards costing just a Potion or just Debt do not cost $1 or more, so you gain no cards if you trash them." (in Dismantle context of course) - where "just X" means "no cost in coins, but in X only"?

Nothing.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: "I couldn't help myself"
« on: December 10, 2017, 07:14:48 pm »
Double Witch is a powerful BM strategy because Witch is sufficiently powerful, Double Jack is a powerful BM strategy, because Jack is sufficiently powerful, and Double Margrave is a powerful BM strategy, for the same reason.  I've heard around that Tactician is more powerful than any of those cards.  And Tactician can meaningfully be played as your only terminal for the term.  Therefore, Double Tactician is a powerful BM strategy.

Logic checks out.  Also, all men are Aristotle.

And all f.dsers are Wandering Winder.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:17:18 pm »
If your odds of winning go from 100% to 0%, that is a decrease, not an increase.
That happens 33% of the time.

That doesn't happen. Your odds of winning aren't 100% until you've actually opened the door and learned that the prize was there. As long as you don't know where it is, your odds can't be greater than 2/3 and the way to have 2/3 is by switching.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:03:16 pm »
Switching does increase your odds of winning more often than not

It increases your odds of winning every time. It doesn't matter whether or not the prize is actually behind that door because you don't know where it actually is, and you can't do math based on information that you don't have. What you know is that there's a 1/3 chance it's behind the door you chose and 2/3 chance it's behind the other one, and 2/3 is better than 1/3, so switching is better.

It doesn't guarantee winning though.

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General Discussion / Re: Buying a new Monitor
« on: December 10, 2017, 01:15:48 pm »
I don't think you're going to be satisfied with a bigger 1080p screen because more stuff won't fit on it, it's just upscaled.

I don't think that makes sense, but we'll see. I bought the smaller of the two (which is still twice as large as the on I have right now).

Why wouldn't it make sense? You can only fit one 1920*1080 picture on both monitors.

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Rules Questions / Re: Blessed Village + Moon's Gift + Changeling
« on: December 10, 2017, 01:07:36 pm »
does "exchange" necessarily require the trade to actually take place?

Yes.

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Other Games / Re: McGarnacle's Youtube Channel
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:39:53 am »
Also, I have  a question for other people with a youtube channel: Should I delete older videos I'm no longer happy with, or just keep them up?

Generally, I would be more inclined to keep than delete. I'm only happy with a couple of videos on my music production channel, but every video increases the chance that someone might discover the channel so it's worth it to keep the videos up even if I could do way better with my current skillset. I have deleted a couple of videos that were so bad and/or different from what I do right now that I absolutely didn't want them to be someone's first introduction to my channel, and there was one video that I unlisted after making a better version of it.

If it's a very old video and it only has very few views and stuff, I would be more inclined to delete than keep.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Empires cards I still don't get
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:24:48 am »
Nah, it's translated right but I remembered it wrong. The actual version sounds worse though.
Still, how much is that effect worth compared to the $3 debt?

It obviously depends on what cards you are shuffling in and what you're leaving out. Basically, if buying Annex improves your next expected hand by , it's worth paying for the effect. If it doesn't, it's not. Even if you would break even in two or three turns, that's not good enough because it's a critical stage of the game and you can't afford to fall behind, even if it's just in the short term.

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Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Dominion: Ice Age
« on: December 10, 2017, 07:58:45 am »
which may also have something to do with the fact that doing so has gotten easier over time, as later expansions have better enabled it by focusing more on Engines.

No, we have better enabled it by getting better at the game.

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