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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Tom Vasel Nocturne Review
« on: December 14, 2017, 06:45:05 pm »
I just watched Vasel's review of Nocturne.  Although I do agree with some of what he says, mostly I just got a kick out of it.  It was funny, because it was pretty obvious that he doesn't really know what he's talking about when it comes to dominion. 

I watch his reviews for lots of games I am interested in, but this makes me wonder how well he explains them.  He described ghost saying "you can look through your deck and set aside an action card".  He neglected to mention the part that is actually good about ghost.  He also just said a lot of things wrong.

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/344530-briefly-stated-the-gell-mann-amnesia-effect-is-as-follows-you

So much of this.  I think I watched one of Vasel's reviews and... nothing about it made me think he was a good reviewer.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: New German Promo 'Abbruch'
« on: December 13, 2017, 04:43:23 pm »
And I just played a game with it on ShuffleIt

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:43:42 pm »
How come many apparently simple potential card names haven't been used yet, when so many more obscure words and phrases have seen the light of day?

Looking back at the outtakes there are a bunch of names like Cavalry, Servant, Battlements, Barbarian, Butler, Poison, Academy, etc. which you were once considering.

Also, statues have been mentioned in the intro text for two expansions now, but we still don't have a Statue, let alone one that comes to life. (-8
The goal is never "make sure I get these simple potential card names used." The goal is always to have names that fit the cards and expansion well. So I mean. There's no mystery here.

As noted Guardian is a statue that comes to life.

But it's not made of baklava, which is only slightly disappointing.

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Rules Questions / Re: Start of turn question
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:56:35 pm »
As an aside, Imp is a lovely target for Prince, isn't it? If Imp is the first card you play each turn, the restriction fades into irrelevance and it becomes (almost exactly) a Laboratory that costs "up to $4".

Not only that, but you can use it to pull neat tricks like playing a Vault, discarding your hand, and then calling Guide. Or playing KC-KC-(engine) to draw your entire deck, then calling Transmogrify with your whole deck in hand.

It's impressive, but it can be impractical to do that without your deck imploding.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:48:56 pm »
"Stupid Prior" is the name of my Weird Al cover band.

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I've played a game of Dominion on my phone while in the middle of a IRL game of Dominion!

I once played a 6P IRL game with 4 first time players. I could have played a league match between each of my turns.

It's like the Dominion player's hell.

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I've played a game of Dominion on my phone while in the middle of a IRL game of Dominion!

Dominionception achieved?  Did you win either game?

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: "I couldn't help myself"
« on: December 10, 2017, 07:03:23 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.

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Rules Questions / Re: Start of turn question
« on: December 10, 2017, 07:02:33 pm »
I think you should have been able to do so.  The Princed action should still have been part of the "start of turn", because you might have followed that with another Princed action.

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General Discussion / Re: Buying a new Monitor
« on: December 10, 2017, 02:50:23 pm »
Go with a Komodo Monitor.  Those things are awesome.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: "But it worked"
« on: December 09, 2017, 12:24:55 am »
I just lost a game where the only Familiars were in my deck and the only trashing was develop.  The sifting was Secret Cave and Tracker

Surely that shouldn't work on average.

It probably doesn't work 90-93% of the time.  And don't call me Shirley.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Semi-Interesting Dominion Moments Thread
« on: December 08, 2017, 04:30:46 pm »
m plays a Wishing Well.
m draws a card.
m wishes for Wishing Well but reveals Wish.


...later...


K plays a Wishing Well.
K shuffles their deck.
K draws a Silver.
K wishes for Wish and finds it.

So much for "no wishing for more Wishes"

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Dominion Online at Shuffle iT / Re: Does a resign count as a win/loss
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:04:20 pm »
When they resign, the screen even says "You Win."  Why would it count otherwise?

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: December 06, 2017, 07:57:46 pm »
I don't think The World is Not Enough is that bad honestly. The worst parts were Denise Richards' awful acting and the relentless onslaught of bad puns.

"Christmas comes early" was likely the worst of the batch.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Dominion phase diagrams
« on: November 30, 2017, 02:07:21 pm »
For instance, do people even know what phase diagrams are?  Is that a thing that needs explanation?
I learned in chemistry that gasses heat when expanded or something...

For seirsly, though:

The transition between big money and an engine is similar to physical phase transitions, such as that between water and ice.
As I recall it (99% confident), 'phase' is means the state the matter is in: solid, liquid, gas. I figure a phase diagram divides some space of variables—temperature and pressure seem like good candidates—into regions in which the matter in question is in one or another phase.

So, when diagramming e.g. water, there's a 'liquid' region whose boundary includes the points (0°C, 1 ATM) and (100°C, 1 ATM); one point is also on the boundary of the 'solid' region; the other is also on the boundary of the 'gas' region.

That's my guess, based on reading the quoted passage and looking at your diagrams. I may have seen a phase diagram on wikipedia once or twice. I majored in CS and minored in Math, so my post-secondary education is not relevant. My being good at numbers and knowing natural science basics is.

That's actually an extremely good guess!  The points and boundaries you describe are pretty much perfect.


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Well, I've never played online, and I don't actually have any verifiable proof that the rest of you aren't just figments of my imagination.

Counter point, I've never owned a single card-shaped-thing from a Dominion box, and I do believe my online Dominion experiences were real.

What a conundrum you seem to have here, WanderingWinder.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Empires cards I still don't get
« on: November 30, 2017, 01:58:19 pm »
With trashers to get rid of the curses and an extra buy Ritual is great for trashing Colonies, Provinces, and late game Platinums for VP tokens. In particular, removing green cards from your deck without losing VP.

This is only really true if you're certain to dump the Curses every turn.  Turning a Province into a Curse with Ritual is like paying $4 for 1 VP, unless you're certain you can get rid of the Curse ASAP.  And even then, Ritual might be better used on other cards if you no longer need those cards to draw your deck.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: "But it worked"
« on: November 30, 2017, 01:41:17 pm »
Before Saboteur was removed, I lost a Rebuild game to Sab.

Wait, is that "losing to a bad strategy", or is that "cards that are usually weak can be effective on certain boards"?

When I lose, it's losing to a bad strategy; when they lose, it's weak cards being effective.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: "But it worked"
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:58:13 pm »
Before Saboteur was removed, I lost a Rebuild game to Sab.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Empires cards I still don't get
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:04:34 pm »
Remember that Triumph is a Duchy for just 5 debt if you've gained at least one other card this turn.  It gets much better than that when you've gained a bunch of cards...

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Rules Questions / Re: Idol Count during Resolution
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:00:52 pm »
I don't think that's enough to trigger weirdness, but Highway-*Crown*-Idol to get Mandarin would.  In your scenario, Idol is only played once, so you can only get one or the other.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The Dominion Engine Alignment Chart
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:52:54 pm »
Yes, not everything on this chart will be an engine to everyone. Most people do not think ice cream tacos are sandwiches, after all. And, well, IGG's gain you Coppers which make it easier to hit $5 to get more IGG's or Duchies (or maybe $8 for Province) both this turn and in the future. Here "do more" is just "gain and play more Treasures."

Oh, I understand now.  I didn't actually click through to the Sandwich chart and was misremembering.  Yeah, most of those aren't engines, but most of the sandwich chart isn't sandwiches.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The Dominion Engine Alignment Chart
« on: November 29, 2017, 06:25:43 pm »
Yeah, "Engine" is not the right word to use here.  Even the top left isn't really an engine.

Also, Crown on Idol gives you two Boons and doesn't curse your opponents; you still only have one in play.

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Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Really bad card ideas
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:06:41 pm »
Sibling Pie Cutter*
Action
Cost: $6

+1 Action
Reveal the top 5 cards of your deck.  The player to your left chooses two.  Either put those cards in your hand, or the others.  Discard the remaining cards.

* - Alright Timmy, you cut the pie, and Billy will choose which piece he wants!  No more fighting!

You know this is already a Magic Card, right?

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Dominion Articles / Re: Inheritance
« on: November 29, 2017, 12:27:31 am »
Shepherd/Faithful Hound/Inheritance is nuts too FYI.

Probably even better to just Inherit Shpeherd though, yes?

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