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Not revealing a Moat:

Your opponent played followers, you have watchtower in hand. Trash the curse, and in the end your opponent is the only person who gained a junk card.

But you could just reveal the Moat and the effect would be the same as far as gaining junk cards is concerned.

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Rules Questions / Re: Knight + 2 Royal Carriages
« on: Today at 10:52:33 am »
I agree that the card doesn't make it clear. But the FAQ does.

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I'm not usually persuaded by the "not giving opponents information" argument; revealing a Province just doesn't tell them much about your hand, even in a Tournament game.

It does tell them quite a lot actually. It means you have one dead card in your hand and it also means you only need a Tournament to gain a Duchy in addition to whatever you're buying. Both of these can be crucial factors for PPR considerations.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The swingiest card ever
« on: June 27, 2017, 05:15:35 am »
Edit: more to the point, I'm not sure you and Donald actually disagree on anything, I think you're just arguing from different definitions.

It wasn't really my intention to tell him that he's wrong or anything, just discuss stuff because I was coming from a different point of view.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The swingiest card ever
« on: June 26, 2017, 06:52:00 pm »
Swingy in Dominion context means that it's quite luck dependant -> the less skilled player is more likely to win, right?

If so, I think Chapel is one of the least swingy cards in the game. My vote would go to either Swindler or Jack

I'm not sure that's actually a good measure. At least, it doesn't really fit my definition of "swinginess" at all. That definition is more, "is this card both strong and simple to use?" If so, then yeah obviously it's going to favor the less skilled player. Embassy does not seem luck-dependent to me. Quite the opposite, in fact; it sifts as it draws. But it is a card that has a very simple strategy, so sometimes a novice player employing that strategy will beat the more nuanced deck. Ditto Jack of all Trades.
I think there are two metrics to consider here. There's "how much does the presence of this card in the game downplay skill" and there's "how much can one draw of this card vary."

The rrenaud thing I love linking to is of course the first metric. Embassy makes the game more about luck by making skill less relevant; I don't need to do anything clever, I can just buy Embassy. The tricky things you can do may be competitive, but they don't just beat up the Embassy guy. In multiplayer it's magnified; I always remember that game from a few years back where three people had turn one Embassy. My buys went Embassy, nothing, Embassy, Province, Province, Province, Province. I did not learn anything about whatever we were playtesting.

Tournament is an example of the second. Maybe you draw it with Province, maybe you don't; it's a big difference. This makes it feel like it's all about luck, even though the card actually favors the better player.

Well, cards that work in strong simple strategies favor weak players for sure, but in a match-up between two highly skilled players, Embassy doesn't really favor the slightly less skilled player as much as something like Chapel does. It depends on the board of course; if it's just Embassy/BM and there's nothing better either player could do, it's just a matter of luck basically, but more often than not, there's an engine that can beat the BM. For example, maybe on a certain board, I would have a 30% chance of beating Stef with Embassy/BM, which is actually pretty good if you're not very skilled, but being me, I might want to aim for something like 40% so I would mirror his strategy anyway. And if there's Chapel, that's a great opportunity for him to draw badly.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The swingiest card ever
« on: June 26, 2017, 10:26:03 am »
I went with Tournament. The fact that it requires more steps to pull off I think makes it more swingy.

Tournament isn't that swingy, you have plenty of time to mitigate the RNG with your choices before it really kicks in.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The swingiest card ever
« on: June 26, 2017, 08:03:50 am »
I don't think anything comes even close to Chapel. If your opponent opens 5/2 and you don't and there's a $5 worth opening with, you're pretty screwed. If your Chapel collides with your other card, you're pretty screwed. If your Chapel misses the reshuffle, you're completely screwed. At least Sauna gives you a chance to recover by including two separate splits, both of which you want to win so even if you fall behind on trashing, you can win the splits to make up for it a little, although it's also a pretty big offender.

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: June 25, 2017, 07:05:18 pm »
I believe the first one I saw as a kid was La lengua de las mariposas (Butterfly's tongue), and it's one that often comes up on the topic. There's both more and less depressing than that one. If you are into that, I hear that, for a pitch-black story of loss of innocence, Pa Negre (Black bread) is up there, though I haven't watched it (came out right after I left Spain); it is set right after the war, not like it changes much. Uplifting movies that are neither contemporary propaganda nor written by foreigners are rare, though they do exist.

I would be curious to hear what you think if you end up watching either.

I just saw La lengua de las mariposas. It's not exactly what I thought I'd be getting into when I was thinking of war movies about the Spanish Civil War. I mean, I was more interested in the combat and how the war was experienced by the soldiers and everyone else who was directly involved in it, and also a little interested in the political details and stuff, but the film didn't really have combat in it at all and the politics were not really covered in a lot of detail either.

But it was an okay cute film. Wasn't really at all depressing, though.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: June 25, 2017, 03:53:59 am »
I just experienced sleep paralysis for the first time last night. Fortunately, it was pretty short (10-20 seconds I think, probably closer to 10) but still, it was by far the most terrifying experience I've ever had. It was pretty neat in a way, too, but I can imagine that it must be really awful to get these on a regular basis and especially if they're longer.

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Rules Questions / Re: Fortune + Potion
« on: June 24, 2017, 05:32:37 pm »
Would have been cool if it doubled the debt though

It might have been interesting to have cards that let you take for an effect.  Like, "You may take to do that again" or something.

I may take to take again?

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I mean, once you've Ambassadored over a Curse, your opponent doesn't need to buy one.  Since they now have a few.  Unless this was a Defiled Shrine game or something?

But they couldn't easily buy one the next turn before I could get 4 of them into their deck.  Obviously after that it's pointless.

Isn't it pretty pointless anyway? Your opponent didn't shuffle on his turn 21, so even if he had gotten a Curse on that turn, it wouldn't have entered his deck any sooner than the ones you gave him.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Miser/Fountain Miser/Gardens
« on: June 23, 2017, 04:50:16 pm »
These have kind of been my thoughts as well.
Miser would give you some "trashing" where normally you don't want any of that on a gardens board, and later you could buy a gardens or a duchy any turn it showed up, but I'm guessing by that time the game is almost over already and you would have been better off buying a gardens in the first place. 
Still, if anyone happens to try using miser as part of a gardens strategy, let me know how it goes.  I love finding ways to make bad cards good.

Miser is not really a bad card, it's just not as good as most other trashers. It's worth getting very often when it's the only trasher on the board.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Novice player, looking to improve
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:32:01 pm »
I would say the wiki articles need some major updating.

That's certainly true, but I think the wiki is inherently not super suitable for articles, because you're missing the diversity of perspectives you have when someone posts an article on the forums and others comment on it.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:25:22 pm »
Any other former cub/boy scouts here who remember Tom Swifty quotes from Boys Life magazine?

That was so long ago.....i say as if I am actually really old. This year did mark 4 years since graduating college, 8 years since high school, so 12 years since I got my eagle scout and then didn't do anything else with scouts after that.

What did you achieve 16 years ago?

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Rules Questions / Re: Fortune + Potion
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:15:22 pm »
No.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Novice player, looking to improve
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:13:29 pm »
I think the plural is "Awacli".

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:12:16 pm »
Here's a former scout for you:


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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Novice player, looking to improve
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:40:20 am »
They're still a good place to start.

I don't think so. You have to unlearn a lot of stuff from those articles when you're starting to play seriously.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Miser/Fountain Miser/Gardens
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:12:20 pm »
Yeah, Miser tends to be good with Fountain. I don't think it's amazing with Gardens.

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Game Reports / Re: Monument-BM?
« on: June 20, 2017, 01:57:22 pm »
Pro tip: NEVER figure what your opponent is doing is a noob thing, even if he buys Pirate Ship or something. If you're prepared for the worst and his strategy sucks, you still win because his strategy sucks, but if you let your guard down and his strategy doesn't suck as much as you anticipated, you're more screwed than you would if you had prepared for it.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Novice player, looking to improve
« on: June 20, 2017, 01:52:34 pm »
I actually wouldn't recommend the wiki for strategy advice, a lot of the articles there are old or otherwise less than ideal. Best ways to improve at the game include watching high-level games on YouTube or Twitch, asking questions here or on the Discord channel if you have any particular boards you struggled with, and just playing a ton.

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Introductions / Re: Hey Guys!
« on: June 20, 2017, 01:12:15 pm »
Welcome!

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:46:38 am »
As I mentioned last time, most of my exposure to war movies while growing up were about the Spanish Civil War.

Any good ones you'd recommend? I haven't seen any on that topic and it could be interesting.

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General Discussion / Re: Music talk
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:50:05 pm »
This is actually a slightly older production of mine, but since it was a collab project with HetaVocaCore (who was responsible for the animation), it only got released just now.


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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: June 18, 2017, 02:54:33 pm »
I just stepped on a Lego.

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