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Rules Questions / Re: haunted castle attack?
« on: Today at 01:19:12 pm »
Oh right, another common question that's worth noting... if someone plays Pirate Ship or Minion, they have played an attack, even if they plan on choosing the option on the card that doesn't hurt/affect you. So you can still reveal Moat or Diplomat, for example. In fact you have to choose if you're revealing those before the person who played the card chooses which option they're taking.

Similarly Legionary; you can reveal reactions before they reveal their Gold.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: What would you open here?
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:49:41 pm »
I open a bottle of aspirin for the headache of figuring this one out.

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Tournaments and Events / Re: Dominion Online Championship 2017
« on: August 11, 2017, 02:03:23 pm »
  • There is a prize pool!
i'm excited to see the EG | Mic Qsenoch vs. [A] | Stef grands

Unfortunately, Stef wont be playing, but I'm happy you chose those two organizations to make your point

I'm missing some sort of joke here, I think.

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General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: August 10, 2017, 01:30:54 pm »
Excel gives the formula as 3.129(P) + 132.74

It's not a perfect fit, but it has R^2 = 0.9982, and I have my doubts Nintendo would fit things to a third-order polynomial.

And 135 + 3P is almost as close a fit, and given that you likely have a +- 2 error in your measurements, I'm gonna go with that.  3 per skill point.

Which now that I look more closely is exactly what you posted above.

My later measurements I'm much more confident in the accuracy of, and it really doesn't fit for quite a few points. It's up to 4 degrees off for e.g. the 6 points result. There's a little error in measurement here, but 4 degrees seems a little excessive - it's very easy to notice something being that far off.

Eh, I just pulled the image for 6 points into Illustrator, put it into a polar grid the best I could, and got 150, maybe 151.  Protractors have major measurement error, especially because here there's no easily defined center.  Maybe, maybe if we printed it out and used a straightedge to define the center and used the protractor on paper.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Combo: Donate-market square.
« on: August 09, 2017, 05:52:42 pm »
i know i'm inviting pages of pedantic debate with this, but...can we safely call this the fastest big money strategy? top 3 would probably be:

1. Market Square/Donate
2. Gear/Inheritance
3. Jack/Donate (think this might move up a spot if Borrow is also in the game)
Honorable Mention: Jack/Bonfire (just barely worse than Donate)

Once it needs two cards (or card-like objects), I think it's a combo deck rather than BM.

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General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: August 09, 2017, 04:55:48 pm »
Excel gives the formula as 3.129(P) + 132.74

It's not a perfect fit, but it has R^2 = 0.9982, and I have my doubts Nintendo would fit things to a third-order polynomial.

And 135 + 3P is almost as close a fit, and given that you likely have a +- 2 error in your measurements, I'm gonna go with that.  3 per skill point.

Which now that I look more closely is exactly what you posted above.

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General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: August 09, 2017, 04:52:06 pm »
Excel gives the formula as 3.129(P) + 132.74

It's not a perfect fit, but it has R^2 = 0.9982, and I have my doubts Nintendo would fit things to a third-order polynomial.

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General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: August 09, 2017, 04:48:52 pm »
All this math ability and you guys can't use freaking Excel?  How did you get through science classes?

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: August 08, 2017, 07:25:55 pm »
I deleted 180 gigs worth of stuff.

I don't think I've ever had that much stuff, not counting various duplicates...

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Night cards speculation
« on: August 07, 2017, 03:34:57 pm »
How about:

Night cards are purchased and set aside.  During the Night phase, they can be played and discarded.  Once they're in your deck, they're an unplayable card--though of course they're still trashable, and some supporting Actions might allow you to play them a second time.

Since it's self-junking, they need either low cost or high value.  So consider:

Night Watchman
$2 -- Night - Duration

At the start of your next turn, draw 4 cards.

----

I think the ideas of "cost in hours" are excessively complex and don't follow the generally parsimonious trend of Dominion cards, so I'm betting against that.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion: Nocturne announced!
« on: August 07, 2017, 03:25:56 pm »
The theme of Dominion is a veneer only slightly thicker than graphene.  Trying to say that these cards don't fit thematically is a bit silly.

Right. I mean, the range of eras represented by the cards is quite large. What cards best represent the two extreme ends of this range? Which is the most "primitive" card and which is the most "advanced?"

Dominate shows Vercingetorix laying his weapons down in front of Caesar, which happened 52 B.C. Be my guest to find the other extreme.

Catapults are attested from at least 400 BCE

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion: Nocturne announced!
« on: August 07, 2017, 02:39:28 pm »
I'm still miffed we didn't get a Dagger Tester in Empires.
And where's the Cheese Destroyer?


Still waiting on the Cheese Destroyer.

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Game Reports / Re: why cultist shouldn't be top 3 in the $5 list
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:18:14 pm »
here's one i would rank above cultist at this point: groundskeeper

another game i played fairly recently illustrates this pretty well.  i went for cultist-BM, opponent completely ignored cultists.  the board had castles, goons, groundskeeper, and bishop...but no villages or draw, or even any trashing besides bishop.  i thought eating all 10 ruins would be a death sentence for them, but they persisted with the alt-VP and beat me.  they even misplayed it quite a bit, only getting 3 groundskeepers; if they had concentrated more on those, i suspect it wouldn't have been close.

granted, getting 2 or 3 cultists then transitioning was probably the way to go there.  but cultist wasn't *the* power card on that board even with all its limitations...

Groundskeeper is particularly good with alt-VP, and supremely good with Action-Victory and Treasure-Victory cards.  No wonder it's good with Castles.

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Other Games / Re: Recomendations for easy to learn games?
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:15:47 pm »
Carcassone hasn't been mentioned yet I see.  Favor of the Pharaoh is quite easy.  Century Spice Road when you get bored of Splendor.  Jaipur if you're looking for 2-player specifically.  Patchwork, also just for 2.

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General Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones (show) [spoiler warning]
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:14:21 pm »
Spoiler: everyone dies.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion: Nocturne announced!
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:14:02 pm »
The theme of Dominion is a veneer only slightly thicker than graphene.  Trying to say that these cards don't fit thematically is a bit silly.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: August 06, 2017, 01:24:44 am »
I'm about to start playing Chrono Trigger for the first time, something I probably should have done about 10 years ago if not more. I'm excited. I know small amounts about the game, like something tragic happens to someone called Frog - from the context it sounds like he gets killed and Lavos is the final boss and causing chaos throughout time but mostly, I know very little. I've also heard one or two of the music tracks before and enjoyed them.

Chrono Trigger is a pretty great game - it's just a really solid JRPG that doesn't drag on for too long.

I liked that after a certain point, you got to pick when the game ended, and got different endings depending on when you did so.

Just be careful that you don't spend too long on                                 Moat                                   

Also, no, you're wrong, this joke never gets old.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: August 05, 2017, 01:25:39 pm »
Okay, I suppose it's possible that it doesn't appear in Pi, but the chance is vanishingly small.


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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:25:46 am »
My PIN appears somewhere in pi, right after my birthday in unix time.

I should probably be worried about identity theft, because my SSN, PIN, birthdate, and credit card number all appear in pi directly one after the other.

Guys, I hate to break it to you, but while it's hypothesized (and probably likely) that pi is normal, it's not proven yet.

I checked the first 200M digits of pi and my SSN was not in them, but you'd expect to need a billion digits to find most SSNs (on average).

Also, oblig:


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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:16:48 am »
Man, I accidentally used a racial slur. It's not even one that was part of my normal vocabulary. But somehow it slipped out.

It was more egregious than using "gyp," but it's along those lines. I somehow blurted it out.

So weird that growing up with normalized racism could let me casually leak one out 30 years later.


Yep.  My mother uses these tiny racial slurs all the time, and I'm sure eventually I'm going to accidentally use one.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion: Nocturne announced!
« on: August 04, 2017, 12:35:07 am »
Oh man, how long ago were "Something to replace starting coppers" originally posted in the fan cards thread?

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Golden Sombrero question
« on: July 09, 2017, 01:10:37 pm »
I thought I was pretty thourough with reading this forum, but I've never heard that term before.

I know it was coined by AdamH.  I still haven't a clue what it means.

At least I have a general idea what TfB means.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: July 08, 2017, 01:32:34 pm »
Sometimes I really love the internet:

http://fwc.wikia.com/wiki/Moss_Covered_Three_Handled_Family_Gredunza

I'm shocked, shocked I say, that this comes from Fark.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: July 07, 2017, 06:28:13 pm »
Context shmontext, taking things at complete and perfect face value is the best way to ensure proper miscommunication!

Meanwhile, I was ninjaed by xkcd:


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They're a lost cause.  Play other games with them.

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