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Introductions / Re: Hello again
« on: June 04, 2020, 11:35:49 am »
Hmm, don't think I lasted very long this time.


Well, maybe I'll be back again at some point. The game's fun. Competition of any kind just isn't for me right now though.

Well, if you ever want to just hang and unrated casual, I'd be down for that again.  I enjoyed our session.  No pressure, just leaving the door open.  :)

Some friends of mine from college have been getting me back into the game in the last few months! I also appreciate all the resources linked here, and I will definitely be at least lurking around these parts for a while :)


Dominion General Discussion / Re: DeepMind for Dominion
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:33:34 am »
I guess I fell for the psychological fallacy that you consider the things you know more about as having more depth than things you know less about (relevant xkcd Of course there are also boring bit flips in Dominion (Copper in-the-trash or not-bought).

Oh, an interesting interpretation of that xkcd! I always took its meaning to be “everything is deep.”

Introductions / Greetings ... again
« on: April 28, 2020, 06:55:03 pm »
Coming back to f.ds after a looong hiatus from here and from Dominion.  Basically, 2012/3-ish I stopped reading Dominion stuff here, posted only in video game threads.

In the interim, I've had a lot more kids, gone to graduate school in my 30s for a doctorate, ... livin the dream?  Still hanging around on the east coast -- Virginia, a little bit outside of DC.

Been playing a bit on ShuffleIT, seems legit.  Plus my two oldest kids are getting into it, so we've been busting out the physical cards in the evenings during this covid super special family fun time.  ;D

Hi! I'm basically in the same boat! *waves* and I think I even remember your username from way back then!

I haven't jumped in to competitive play, just mostly been messing around with the bot... figure before I play real people I should at least get to the point where I can read some cards and understand what they do, instead of reading cards and having to go "wait, let me check the FAQ, how does that work again?"

Absolutely, I remember you, too  :D

I messed around with the bot for a couple weeks into this home isolation covid business, but the past couple of days I've just jumped into automatch.  Still a lot of base dominion though.

If you want to derp around together, PM me we'll make it happen.

Sign up for the league!

Done.  Thanks!

Discord is probably the best place to go these days. Instructions to find the discord server are in the league signups (you have to be on the server to be in the league)

Done.  Thanks!

Hello all, it's been a while since I've darkened the doorstep of this here forum.  I see some familiar faces from the olden times.

I am getting back into Dominion after a long hiatus -- I stopped playing actively sometime around the middle of the last decade, and I'm coming back to it now.  I'm looking for insight into opportunities within the community for reintegration.

My goals are:
1) update my knowledge of and competence with the sets/cards published since my hiatus began (I left shortly after Dark Ages)
2) gain greater familiarity/command of the ShuffleIT implementation and its advanced options (I have mostly only played Isotropic with a little bit of Goko)
3) explore the landscape of opportunities for structured competitive play
4) update my physical set of Dominion (my oldest two children have recently started playing and they are loving it!)

What resources exist to help me in these goals?  (see below for my notes/context of this personal update project, as well as a list of current questions/reactions)

Notes on efforts thus far:

goal #1) update my knowledge/competence
- I have just finished reading all of the dominion strategy blog posts.
- I am aware of the DS wiki, and I have started using that to learn about new cards/concepts/etc.  However, with some concepts, I have difficulty wrapping my mind around its context or significance (such as these 2019 rules changes).
- I think I "get" the basics of the following new concepts: Reserve cards, Traveller cards, Adventures Tokens, Events, Debt, Split Piles, Gathering cards, Night cards, Heirlooms, Projects, Coffers, Villagers, Exile, and Ways.
- I struggle to wrap my mind around the basics of: Fate/Boons, Doom/Hexes, States, Zombies, and Artifacts.

- I get the basics of Reserve cards, but it seems like they aren't Throne-able since the card doesn't stay in play.  Or has this changed with the changes to the lose-track rule (which I kinda got)?
- I get the basics of Travellers, but I see from Qvist rankings that they are both ranked VERY high.  What is it about this progression that is so powerful?  It seems like it would take quite a long time to make them come online...
- I get the basics of Debt, but it seems like Donate is game-warpingly strong and Capital is weak.  Can someone walk me through the significance of these cards?
- I get the basics of Split Piles, but several seem pretty underwhelming.
- I get the mechanics of Gathering cards, but Farmer's Market utterly confuses me strategically... when is this good?
- Nocturne seems crazy overwhelming!
- I get the basics of Villagers, but how strong are they?
- Renaissance seems like a little bit of a power-creep set... or am I missing something?
- Ways seem 'way' cool!  ;D
- Coming back, I hear that Butcher is considered one of the best cards in the game.  Can someone help me understand this?
- Also, it appears that the strategy space has shifted in favor of 'gainers' - what's the story there?
- Can someone point me in the direction of good Dominion content-creators on YouTube?  Twitch?  I hear there is a Discord?  Apparently Podcasts too?!?

goal #2) figure out ShuffleIT
- I have figured out how to log on, play bot matches, set cards as familiar, fiddle with some basic options, and (recently) play against other users.

- This seems like a nice implementation!  I was really bummed with Iso shut down, and I don't think I was ever pleased with Goko.  This seems like a really cool product that lets one be causal or a fanatic at their leisure!
- I am a little bummed by the limited options for subscribing.  I was expecting to just subscribe to the sets that I own instead of getting unfamiliar sets bundled-in or excluded.
- What does 'extra Menagerie' mean in the options?
- Is there a difference between ranked/unranked play?  How do you manage this with the automatch?
- When playing Isotropic, I would specifically try to play as random a kingdom as possible.  How do I achieve something similar here?  Do I need to create a table myself?
- I've been playing automatch with "prefer expansions" to try and include these daily-rotating expansions in my games (I am not yet subscribed).  However, so many matches have been just the base set.  Can I exclude base-only games without changing my preference to those with all of the expansions (as I still haven't really figured out the vast majority of Nocturne, Renaissance, Menagerie yet)?

goal #3) competitive play
- I have heard that this exists.

- How to get plugged into it (online)?

goal #4) update my physical set
- I own and have played Dominion, Intrigue, Seaside, Alchemy, Prosperity, Cornucopia, Hinterlands, and Dark Ages; additionally, I have the following Promos: Envoy, Black Market, Walled Village, and Prince.
- During the hiatus, I was gifted both Adventures and Empires.  (I have just opened these and started tentatively playing through the suggested sets of 10.)

- I never acquired Guilds, but it seems that it is now unavailable for purchase except in conjunction with Cornucopia.  Is there a stand-alone, updated Guilds set for sale?  Is the change from "Coin-tokens" to "Coffers" on the cards as they are currently being published?
- I have just bought the Intrigue 2nd-ed. update pack.  But I can't find the Dominion (base) 2nd-ed. update pack anywhere.  Other than re-purchasing the entire base game, any helpful suggestions on how to get these new cards?
- I have been using the Hobby Lobby artisan case for my storage - if/when I acquire Guilds, Nocturne, Renaissance, and Menagerie, plus the missing promos and 2nd-ed. update pack(s), I am concerned it may not all fit.  What all-in-one storage solutions are being used for the complete Dominion experience?
- Any creative ways of acquiring the promos that I am currently missing (other than BGG store)?

Hearthstone / Re: Arena General Discussion
« on: December 15, 2015, 04:35:55 am »
Just finished a run... I didn't expect this Rogue deck to do so well!  Made it to 9-3.

Deadly Poison
Leper Gnome
Southsea Deckhadn
Bloodsail Raider
Garrison Commander
Gilblin Stalker
2xGoblin Auto-Barber
Jeweled Scarab
Knife Juggler
Murloc Tidehunter
2xArgent Horserider
Emperor Cobra
Harvest Golem
Raging Worgen
SI:7 Agent
Evil Heckler
Mechanical Yeti
Piloted Shredder
Sludge Belcher
Gadgetzan Auctioneer
Dr. Boom

Hearthstone / Re: Arena General Discussion
« on: November 15, 2015, 06:25:17 am »
Anyone else stand with ADWCTA and Merps on the whole HearthArena drama?

As someone who has been watching them since before they were big deals, I remember countless references to "late nights tweaking the algorithms" and other similar things.  It sucks that HA and those two are parting ways.  Looking forward to whatever comparable site/drafting-assistant that they put together (if they follow through with their plan to do so).
Did you read the response?

Yeah, it's hard to sift through all the he said/she said.  Either way it stinks.  I'm still going to be following ADWCTA and Merps.

Hearthstone / Re: Arena General Discussion
« on: November 14, 2015, 10:52:43 pm »
Anyone else stand with ADWCTA and Merps on the whole HearthArena drama?

As someone who has been watching them since before they were big deals, I remember countless references to "late nights tweaking the algorithms" and other similar things.  It sucks that HA and those two are parting ways.  Looking forward to whatever comparable site/drafting-assistant that they put together (if they follow through with their plan to do so).

General Discussion / Re: Steam Group
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:50:48 pm »
If anyone ever sees me on (and I'm not already in a game) hit me up and we'll play.  I'm down for anything you want to play, just check my inventory to see if I have it.

Hearthstone / Re: Arena General Discussion
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:22:33 pm »
I got another 11 win run!  This time with a very mid-game focused Shaman deck.  Pretty crazy, I didn't expect it to do well.  3 hexes though...

Hearthstone / Re: Arena General Discussion
« on: October 14, 2014, 12:56:59 pm »
Yeah, it's not like Shaman or Rogue where you can fall behind on the board but quickly flip it.  As a Paladin, if you have a bad early draw, don't draw your Consecrate/Truesilver, you have a real problem recovering the board.

That being said it's still a very strong Paladin deck.  Replace one or two Guardian of Kings with Argent Protector and it's nigh-unstoppable.

So, it was unstoppable!  Or nearly so... I went 11-3, my highest by far!  The three losses were games where I saw neither Consecrate nor Truesilver and they had very good early games.

The Guardian spam became comical at times, but always worked out once I got to turn 7.  Tirion is a boss in Arena, btw, where silences and pure removal ("Destroy a minion") is much less common.

My highest result is 5 wins -- except that one time when I got 8 wins -- and except this time where I got 11 wins.  So, while it is a new PR for me, it is most likely due to the draft and not really so much my skill.  5 seems to be a bit of a ceiling for me.

Hearthstone / Re: Arena General Discussion
« on: October 13, 2014, 11:59:52 am »
My current Paladin run deck -- right now I'm at 5-1 with it.

I'm just extremely lucky to have gotten this, right?  Tirion, 4 Guardian of Kings', 2 Consecrates, 2 swords etc?  Obviously I need to survive to late game.  I've won a few of these games after dropping to less than 5 health and then dropping a Guardian of Kings turn after turn.

Thoughts?  I'll prob screw this up, but let's see how it goes =)

1 Light's Justice
1 Zombie Chow
2 Acidic Swamp Ooze x2
2 Bluegill Warrior
2 Faerie Dragon
2 Ironbeak Owl
2 Mad Bomber
3 Aldor Peacekeeper
3 Earthen Ring Farseer
3 Harvest Golem
4 Truesilver Champion x2
4 Blessing of Kings
4 Consecration x2
4 Ancient Brewmaster
4 Dark Iron Dwarf
4 Defender of Argus
5 Frostwolf Warlord
5 Sludge Belcher
5 Spectral Knight
5 Spiteful Smith
6 Argent Commander
6 Boulderfist Ogre
7 Guardian of Kings x4
8 Tirion Fordring

Hearthstone / Re: Arena Help Requested
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:34:42 pm »
From theory, in a different thread:

My coworker streams arena runs at 

He's a monster at arena (his most common result is 12 wins) so I recommend checking it out if you want to learn how to play arena.  He's also written a bunch of articles targeted at intermediate arena players.

This guy's articles definitely helped me.  I'm averaging 5 wins per run now, and getting better slowly.  Definitely recommended.

Yes, I've watched his streams, and also read his articles. Good stuff for sure, though the formula for tempo is utterly lost on my for the time being.

Hearthstone / Re: Arena Help Requested
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:23:21 pm »
I'd like to help, but I don't think I can schedule times like that. I'd be happy to comment post run, which is still good.

Thanks, but I currently don't have anything set up for recording my HS matches... so maybe if I get something like that going this could work.

How'd that run I helped you with go?

If you're going 0 on runs sometimes, but you have a good grasp of the guides it might not be an issue of your draft picks. You might be making some mistakes during gameplay. I found watching Trump play a few Arena runs (which I watched originally for help with drafting) I learned a lot of fundamental mistakes I was making during gameplay, which improved my play a lot.

I watch Trump, Amaz, and a few other of the higher-level streamers in both arena and constructed.  They don't always give the rationale for a lot of their decisions, or maybe I am just terrible at learning by example vs. experiencing it myself.

That run where you helped me draft I got 4 wins.  My problems are most likely in gameplay.

Hearthstone / Re: Arena Help Requested
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:53:55 pm »
Do you have some setup to stream/record your games so we can watch them?

Skype allows you to share screens.  It works really well in coaching situations.

I'm contemplating setting up a twitch channel and streaming, but haven't made the leap yet.

I'd be willing to coach.

Thanks!  I'm usually available for several hours starting around 9pm eastern time on most evenings.  Are you available anytime around that?

Hearthstone / Re: Arena Help Requested
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:37:59 am »
Lol thanks for the commend, but I'm not looking for someone who is manifestly the best or has infinite time on their hands...

I'll settle for anyone who is better than me at arena HS and who can just sit with me for an arena run.  Hint: mine are usually very short. =)

Hearthstone / Arena Help Requested
« on: September 10, 2014, 01:07:40 am »
So... maybe I'm not inculcating the stuff that I'm "learning" from reading all sorts of hearthstone arena guides and articles...  Because I suck at arena.  My max is 5 wins, my average is less than 3.  My last three were 0,2, and 0.

Is anyone willing to sit down with me and coach me?  I don't bite, and am very open to using something like skype. I know it's a time commitment, but if you are good at arena and good at coaching (i.e. explaining your rationale for certain decisions), please PM me or leave a reply here.

I know there are HS coaches out there, but a) I'm not willing to pay and b) I'd rather spend time with my f.ds peeps than some random person with whom I have no connection.

Game Reports / Re: Dear My Opponent: I am Sorry
« on: August 17, 2014, 08:14:11 am »
Did this tournament happen to be in Lancaster, PA?

I think I also have too much 2P bias... I lost in the same round as you.

In the first game I got wrecked by the Torturer and dealt with the curses eventually, but started greening too late and came in 4th when the 3rd pile emptied (torturers, curses, bishops?!?!).  Point spread was close - 16-13-13-11 (with me being the 11).

I actually wrecked face in the 2nd game of that round, building a very nice goons engine.  But they piledrove 3 piles before I had my 2nd multi-goons turn, and I only got 2nd place behind a big-money, early green deck.  A 4th place and 2nd place wasn't enough to advance.

I'll be there.

Sweet, I just noticed today that you're running the rftg tourney. I'd love to learn it; maybe I'll drop in and lose a game or two.

I had no idea the Westboro Baptist Church played Dominion!  Maybe I need to reevaluate those guys.


I'm here in Lancaster, PA now for the WBC.

Anyone planning on playing Dominion here later in the week?

Even if not, any other f.ds'ers around?

If so let's meet up!

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