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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Need Help Developing a Ranking System
« on: September 22, 2017, 09:26:55 pm »
You shouldn't rank on how often you buy, but probably impact instead or a combination of the two.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion Strategy Blog Returns!
« on: September 20, 2017, 05:11:04 pm »
Well guys, after much thought, consideration, and feedback, I am changing the article release schedule. First, I want to ensure that quality content continues to get made. As is, my previous plan was just too ambitious and created a risk of contributors getting burnt out, quality declining and/or no more content being generated. I did not make this decision lightly. More than anything, I want quality content to go up on the blog, and for that content to continue to exist. My announcement can be viewed here.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion Strategy Blog Returns!
« on: September 19, 2017, 01:01:38 am »
How much effort would it be to have hover links that pop up card images?. I think I've seen Magic sites do that.

Do people like it?

Most likely, that would involve a monetary investment into something that can do that, and then the time commitment of adding every card into the database. It does sound cool though.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion Strategy Blog Returns!
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:32:24 pm »
Thief should be removed from the list of Base Dominion cards.


That's a good idea. When I get home, I will fix it.

This article is now up on the main Dominion Strategy page Congrats to 4est for his well-written article.

I like the article. I think a lot of people here make some valid points, so I would try and incorporate those ideas or reword parts of your article.

Dominion General Discussion / Official Dominion Strategy Podcast
« on: September 16, 2017, 02:01:04 am »
Hey guys,

Well, here it is, the first episode of The Outpost. I admit, I'm fairly new to the Podcast thing, so any constructive criticism is welcome. This week Seprix hosted, but we will be interchanging who leads each week. The goal is to also have a special guest each week from the Dominion Community. I am talking with someone right now, but they haven't been locked in yet. It's a matter of everyone's schedules meshing together. Anyway, without further ado, here is the Podcast.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Heralds are not so hot as we thought?
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:24:31 pm »
I don't know, Herald is pretty good. Of the Guilds cards though, Advisor has gone up in value for me the most over the years. As for Herald, I think it's as good as it always has been.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion Strategy Blog Returns!
« on: September 14, 2017, 01:40:40 am »
On a related note, I encourage Beyond Awesome (or delegate) to comb through the last 3-4 years of articles and feature the best ones on the blog.  There's no need to start from scratch.  I'm sure the community would be willing to help you identify the gems.

I'll start since I combed the Articles archive a year ago or so. Here's my list of greatest hits from 2015 that can probably be repurposed, some of which did appear on the blog before it went dormant, I think. Probably worth focusing on combing 2016-2017 rather than going further back.

Light-Hearted Strategic Fun:
The 10-Word Card Summary Challenge (OP is not updated. Whole thread is good.)
The Haiku Card Challenge

I would LOVE to see responses in these threads made into blog posts. Ten cards from the 10-word card challenge or ten haikus. Something like that. And these threads are lacking post-Adventures posts.


Engine Economies and the Limitations of Money Density (WanderingWinder, March 2015)

Rebuild in Non-Mirrors (WanderingWinder, April 2015)
     Related: Rebuild Mirrors (ragingduckd and SCSN, June 2013)
     I believe this appeared on the blog already?

Key Cards (ehunt, August 2015)
Something like this would need to be updated. But I like the rubric style.

Weak Cards (werothegreat, October 2015)
Also partly outdated, but I liked the idea.

End Game Example (DG, February 2015)

Cards, Combos, and Events:
Coin of the Realm (werothegreat, June 2015)
Combo: Bridge and Royal Carriage (aku_chi, October 2015)
Combo: Counting House and Travelling Fair (gamesou, June 2015)
(Crosspost) Duke (Wandering Winder, December 2015)
Menagerie (AdamH, August 2015)
Pilgrimage (jsh357, October 2015)
Rats (Dingan, August 2015)
Watchtower (liopoil, October 2015)

Thanks! I will use this a resource.  8)

Based on the varied responses to my thread on "glhf", I'd be interested in an article exploring the etiquette of online Dominion. I'm not averse to writing it, but I'd want to do much more research (polling etc.) on what people consider the norms before doing so.

Ideas to explore:
-- Pre-game salutations
-- Appropriate ways to comment on game in progress
-- When to resign
-- Ending the game as quickly as possible vs. maximizing points
-- Post-game 'gg' dance

Interesting. My only concern with pregame and salutes and the whole gg thing is that too many people might start overthinking it. Though, an article going over those points could be very valuable.

As I mentioned before, I'm the admin of a group blog, and I'm willing to send over a copy of our constitution to give you ideas about governance.  It's mostly boring details about procedures to add or remove people from the blog, how to hold a vote, and so forth.  It might be important if you ever have >3 people on the team.  Anyway, the offer still stands.

I am also willing to write a few articles about stuff.  At one point I was interested in writing about VP curves, so I collected data from about a dozen games.  They kinda look like Dingan's curve regardless of deck type, but a few of the details are different.  Maybe I'd also write a basic article about Poacher?  I'm assuming that there's no rush on this because so many people are offering to write articles right now.

All of that sounds interesting. Feel free to PM your constitution at any time.

Since people are posting ideas here. Here's a few I thought of that are geared a little more toward retention of players/getting people to invest in learning more strategy:

1: Something describing the common skill plateaus people reach (going from buying random stuff, to big money, to engines, to finer considerations such as shuffle control, PPR, etc.) Something like this could be helpful to show the strategic depth of the game, and get people to see that it's a worthwhile investment with enjoyment at each level.

2: How to hook new players. (useful starting kingdoms, dos and don'ts, etc.)

3: Suggestions for if you start leaving your IRL Dominion friends in the dust.

All of that sounds good. These are articles I would be interested in seeing.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion Strategy Blog Returns!
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:28:13 am »

Great news! Could you please give a little more information on what qualities you are expecting for the beginner strategy articles? Do individual card articles count? Should it be geared toward base only players? Should it just be about general principles (e.g. the deck type articles)? Is anything fine as long as it doesn't get too caught up in edge-case minutiae?

Finally, if we have article ideas, but aren't likely to write them ourselves, where should we share those ideas? Here? Should I make a "articles ideas" thread in the articles section?

A begginner article shouldn't be too in-depth, but taking into account some edge cases is fine. Individual card articles do count. There are some cards out there that would make for excellent beginner articles. I'm pretty open to what people write. If I feel something is off, I will provide feedback. If I feel the article is too much for a beginner but I think it's good, I will still put it up, but not as a Dominion 101 article.

Sure, if you want to start a thread of article ideas, I'm all for that. Wero has made a list of some ideas, but he hasn't posted it in a thread.

How will the podcast be distributed?  Will I be able to find it on my podcast app?

The plan is too post it on YouTube to start and also the main blog page. Once things get more situated, I will look at adding it to iTunes as well.

Good luck!

I'd be happy to contribute with an essay on Silver and when not to buy it.

I would love to see that article!

I know I'm new here, but I've been looking on YouTube for strategies on specific cards. How they work best, how to get maximum use from them, what types of cards they combo with, as well as specific interactions with other cards. Not much exists, especially for expansions.

A pairing of the blog and YouTube could help a 101 type article. Being able to read a write up and then a link to a YouTube video would help a lot.

I don't have anything like that planned, but I am open to the possibility of making a YouTube video discussing strategy about specific cards or combos. If it goes over well, more of these videos might get made.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion Strategy Blog Returns!
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:32:01 pm »
I'm on my phone at work right now, but I will respond to everyone's questions later tonight.

Dominion General Discussion / Dominion Strategy Blog Returns!
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:17:32 pm »
Hey everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know that I am now managing the Dominion Strategy blog. Now that the blog is under new management, I am looking for new articles to post up. So, if you have an idea for an article, feel free to post it on the forum. I am especially interested in beginner strategy articles for our Dominion 101 series. If anyone has any comments or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me, or post them below. I am open to hearing everyone's feedback.

Below is the official announcement from the main blog page.

More content is coming to the DominionStrategy blog!

Quite a few years have passed since this blog started, and unfortunately, there has been a while without really any substantial posts or updates.  However, the DominionStrategy blog has come under new management and our new administrator, Beyond Awesome, is assembling a team of writers and Dominion experts to bring weekly content to the blog for new and veteran players alike.

Our tentative schedule is currently:

Mondays: Dominion 101 a weekly column with advice geared toward new players, to help them get up to speed on Dominion strategy
Wednesdays: Game Analysis we look at a particularly interesting game, and dissect it
Thursdays: Experts Corner a weekly guest column where we invite a high-level Dominion player to share their experience with articles geared toward veteran players
Friday: The Outpost A podcast hosted by Beyond Awesome and Seprix, discussing the latest Dominion news and strategy
Also, keep your eyes out for previews of the upcoming expansion Nocturne.

We hope you enjoy the new blog!

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Turn 1 Overlord
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:54:11 pm »
If you don't want silver, opening Overlord sounds reasonable. It's very close to opening 5/2, but with more flexibility of what your $5 cost is.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: DominionStrategy Blog Update
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:32:56 pm »
I'm working on all of that. I hope to have it done very soon. I work today, but have all day Sunday to get it done. I'm not just adding 2e, Adventures and Empires, but also updating the card wordings for all the cards.

I like the idea of linking to the ShiffleIT forum. I will also add Dominion Sparkle as well.

Dominion Articles / Re: On Lurker
« on: September 09, 2017, 02:32:50 am »
Nice. I really like the update a lot. I hadn't really thought of Lurker Apprentice. That's an interesting combo there.

In your part about sifting, you discuss discarding Provinces. I would actually try and emphasize trying to get to your most important cards first. For instance, if Silver is on top, you probably want to discard that as well. And, let's say a card on the Peasant line is in your deck, you might even want to discard "good" cards to try and get to your Peasant line card quicker. Also, the same holds true for pretty much any power card. If you have King's Court, discarding two other cards will help you get to your KC quicker.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: The bad luck thread
« on: September 07, 2017, 11:41:08 pm »
Your opponent messed up and should have played Overlord as Sentry.

Dominion Articles / Re: Hot Take: Triumph
« on: September 07, 2017, 05:00:06 pm »
For an introductory article, I think this is very good. I feel a lot of players below level 55 don't really understand this card and outright ignore it.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: oh man, I was just thinking
« on: September 07, 2017, 03:37:58 am »
They were actually breaking expansions apart back then and trying to sell them in smaller components.

Iso was trying to sell expansions?

No. Goko.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: oh man, I was just thinking
« on: September 07, 2017, 01:58:07 am »
I remember that. Those were dark ages to be a Dominion player.

But then Iso came back. #iwb
With Dark Ages very briefly, ironically enough. (At least, as I recall.)

It came with a portion of the expansion. They were actually breaking expansions apart back then and trying to sell them in smaller components. DA was three small sets. I remember Cultist was there initially. I can't remember if Rebuild was there or not.

Actually, the expansion leaked accidentally because they put up the card list for a temporary amount of time, but then pulled it, but someone got a screen capture of all the cards.

I will say this,  I do have a long-term vision for the blog, and I would still like to work with Wero. It seems Theory though is pointing more towards having one person oversee everything. My vision involves trying to get as much of the community involved as possible. I would really like to see various voices contribute to the Dominion blog. Ideally, there would be at least one article a week focused more on strategy for players getting into Dominion. I was thinking having this one go up every Monday to start the week off. Then, on Wednesdays, we would have articles geared towards higher skilled players. i.e. the majority of us on these boards. Then, on Friday, we would cap it off with a Podcast. I imagine rotating guests, but also keeping some regulars on board for the podcast. One idea I had was doing a podcast with Donald X. if he was down with it.

Also, important announcements would be put up on the blog such as when a new expansion came out and also those counterfeit cards being sold on Amazon. I think that's a pretty big deal. Naturally, when Nocturne previews week came out, the preview cards would be posted on the blog like they used to be. And, of course, tournament announcements would be put up, both irl and online. I think doing interviews of top players would be pretty neat like theory used to do for the f.ds championships.

In addition, I would like to highlight LF's fan cards and Asper's cards. I would love for them to talk about fan card creation and maybe write an article or two on it. I would like to highlight the creativity within the community.

Now, I understand this is quite a lot. So, it probably is best to go slow at first. Maybe have one new strategy article per week and alternate between beginner strategy and expert level strategy articles. I still like the podcast idea though. Also, there is a lot of catching up to do. First, I think something needs to be posted up that Adventures, Empires and the 2nd Editions are out. I'm pretty sure there are people out there that aren't aware expansions past Guilds exist.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: oh man, I was just thinking
« on: September 06, 2017, 06:32:09 pm »
I remember that. Those were dark ages to be a Dominion player.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: card tokens and action tokens
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:47:24 pm »
Action tokens sound fun.

"Just $1 more" is huge, though.

Yeah. My favorite example of this is Lighthouse vs Merchant Ship. In order to go from giving now and next turn to giving now and next turn, you need to lose the +1 action, lose the attack protection, and increase your price from to .

Merchant Ship is a weak card though.

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