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General Discussion / Re: Brag Board
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:22:39 am »
My wife just successfully defended her Ph.D. so now we have a Doctor and a Master in the house.  :)

That's convenient, you can just overpay her whenever you need to get rid of stuff.

No, she's a Ph.D., not a real Doctor.

I think that's backwards ~

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General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:10:31 am »
The wife and I just started watching Electric Dreams, which is available on Amazon. I'm surprised it hasn't attracted more attention; it's an anthology series (like Black Mirror) based on Philip K. Dick stories. It's exceptionally good, and features an all-star cast in each self-contained episode: Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Liam Cunningham, Anna Paquin, Maura Tierney, Greg Kinnear, and others all appear.


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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:51:46 am »
I'm going to be doing a lot of driving this weekend, can anyone recommend a good podcast or audio book? I've never been into either of those things and have no idea what I'm looking for, I just figured it might be more entertaining than listening to music for hours and people here probably have similar interests to mine.

I highly recommend Harmontown.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:51:01 am »
I'm only a couple weeks from my 5 year anniversary date.

Wow, I'm here since 6 1/4 years, insane.
I just checked and I'm nearing 6 years as well. Pretty crazy considering I hardly even play Dominion anymore.
We're coming up on the 5 year anniversary of isotropic shutting down (which happened on March 15, 2013). So soon, anybody who came here from isotropic will have been here 5+ years.

Isotropic is going down?! What???

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part II
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:41:39 am »
random stuff part IV is #fakenews

What I do is generate an integer from 1 to random_stuff_index_max from a uniform distribution and then post in that thread.

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General Discussion / Re: STAR WARS
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:08:52 am »
Just saw it. Thought it was one of the best star wars movies. Top 3 maybe. Though the bar isn't all that high for the series. Most of the faults I see are endemic to the whole series so I don't see why this is so much lower rated.

I'm really hoping for a novel about snoke though. That seems like a ton of wasted potential.

Definitely in the top 10.

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General Discussion / Re: STAR WARS
« on: December 30, 2017, 05:06:42 pm »
"Fuck you, Poe."

Because Diane from Twin Peaks.. that was the joke. I was happy she had someone antagonizing her so I could play this scenario in my head.

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General Discussion / Re: STAR WARS
« on: December 26, 2017, 11:56:27 pm »
Last Jedi is the best Star Wars movie I've seen.  Fight me.

I just wish they would stop dictating all the battle actions. Like you should have gone over your battle strategy long before the very unnecessary pause when the ships are just staring at each other. And us knowing their strategic details doesn't really add anything and only detracts, since it's all really contrived anyway.

The opening scene was particularly poor. After that, things were much better, though.

And this kind of thing has always been done throughout the Star Wars movies, so it's not a like a flaw of this movie alone. Maybe at this point it's stylistic homage. I wish they'd break from it, though.

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General Discussion / Re: STAR WARS
« on: December 26, 2017, 11:17:58 pm »
"Fuck you, Poe."

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:16:01 pm »
Say you have a million doors, with a prize behind one. You pick one door, the host opens 999,998 of them (not the one you picked), making sure not to open the one with the prize behind it, and then you have the opportunity to switch doors.

You'd have to be crazy not to switch. The host almost certainly picked the door he didn't want to open because it had the prize behind it. There was a 1 in a million chance you originally picked the correct door, but the other 999,999/1,000,000 times, the door that the host went out of his way not to open is the one with the prize behind it.

This is phrased slightly misleadingly. The premise of the problem is that the host of opens remaining doors without prizes, so there is no guessing of host's intention.

edit: sorry, I should say remaining up to all but one that are without prizes. If all are without prizes the opening is selected with equal probability.

I'm not sure what you mean but I agree I didn't say that clearly. What I meant was that in almost all cases, the host is forced to open all but the door with the prize behind it.

I guess another way you can think about it is that when you switch, you are betting that the prize is behind any one of the doors you didn't originally pick; if you don't switch, you are betting it is behind the single door you originally picked.

I just mean the way you said it sounds as if the host has choice in the matter. Really the host is only flavor; the game runs algorithmically based on only the player's decision.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part III
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:48:02 am »
Say you have a million doors, with a prize behind one. You pick one door, the host opens 999,998 of them (not the one you picked), making sure not to open the one with the prize behind it, and then you have the opportunity to switch doors.

You'd have to be crazy not to switch. The host almost certainly picked the door he didn't want to open because it had the prize behind it. There was a 1 in a million chance you originally picked the correct door, but the other 999,999/1,000,000 times, the door that the host went out of his way not to open is the one with the prize behind it.

This is phrased slightly misleadingly. The premise of the problem is that the host of opens remaining doors without prizes, so there is no guessing of host's intention.

edit: sorry, I should say remaining up to all but one that are without prizes. If all are without prizes the opening is selected with equal probability.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: farmer's market is pretty good
« on: December 07, 2017, 12:14:11 am »
It's where I get all my organic VPs.

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General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: December 06, 2017, 12:47:44 pm »
So I finally watched American Gods, and it was fantastic. Unfortunately Fuller has left the project, so Season 2 will be made under someone else. I'm guessing style will change. I think it will still be good, though.

I also watched Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Highly entertaining. I also didn't realize it was based on Douglas Adams novels.


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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: December 05, 2017, 11:51:47 am »
Donald,
Once again, thanks for answering all these questions.

Onto: I'm curious about how you got your name plastered on the Dominion box. How does that happen? I mean, I know that once you've won two Spiel awards, any publisher would be dumb to not put your name on the box; But, when the first Dominion game came out, I understand your name was on the box. Is this just how RGG rolls? Is there a fun story here?

I imagine it went something like this:


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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: November 30, 2017, 11:31:49 pm »
Whatís the most fun you can have with a deck of traditional playing cards?

Strip Poker.

Or maybe Bridge.

Come on, making card-houses is way more fun.

Being Gambit and blowing stuff up.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Homage to the Best Card
« on: November 30, 2017, 10:05:30 am »
I understand none of these latest references.

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Dominion FAQ / Re: Maximum Possible VP?
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:50:45 pm »
... the kingdom is, I mean.

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Dominion FAQ / Re: Maximum Possible VP?
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:11:19 pm »
You can go infinite with Overlord, Crown, Mandarin, Watchtower, Lurker, Raze and Monument.

Or with 5 Highways, a Goons and a Trader with Forum in the supply.

It'd be fun to troll people with this kingdom.  I mean, more fun than other trolling at least.

I came here to gain Silvers and troll kingdoms. And I'm all out of Silvers.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Homage to the Best Card
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:42:08 pm »
Leprechaun should be True Neutral.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The 5/2 rule
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:30:38 am »
Itís like the Dire Straits song. I never understood what advantage there was to getting chicks for free; if you were also getting money for nothing.

There's a certain social stigma attached to getting chicks for money.
There's usually some cost, still. It just isn't always a direct transaction.

Yes itís kinda like that other Dire Straits song:
When you can fall for chains of silver you can fall for chains of gold
You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold

Oh, hey, The Killers covered this on an acoustic album. I didn't know it was originally a Dire Straits song.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The 5/2 rule
« on: November 24, 2017, 10:22:16 am »
Ferry.  Plan.

Ferry works in the way that Alms works, by having a similar effect without technically working. Plan doesn't work at all? Unless you just mean that it lets you do something different/new on the first 2 turns.. but it doesn't change what you can afford on turn 2.

Ferry lets you open 0/6 or 0/5.  Plan (and Bonfire, actually) don't change split values, but do change deck compositions after the first shuffle.
Every card you buy changes your deck composition after the first shuffle...

Except when it doesn't!

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The 5/2 rule
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:33:49 am »
If you start with 2 coin your next hand has 5 coin. If you start with 5 coin your next hand has two coin. Seems consistent.

My take is that this is true whenever it is true, and false whenever it is false.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Bard is not weak
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:33:16 pm »
The fact that you don't get to choose which of the effects is a big deal. Image how much weaker Steward would be if instead of saying "Choose one:..." it said "Do one of these three things, chosen at random:...". Bard is like that but with (up to) 12 things instead of 3.

Bard is not like that at all. You get the most important effect, which is +$2, every time, and almost all of the Boons are strictly beneficial in almost any situation.

Maybe Governor is a better analogy. "+1 Action. Choose one: ..." >> "+1 Action. Do one of these three things, chosen at random:..." Idk, maybe I'm a bit jaded cus I just played a Scrying Pool game where I got 2 Bards specifically for their +Buy and no othe reason, and well lets just say that did not work out in my favor.

Bard also feels a bit like Black Market to me. In some cases it's just a terminal Silver but in other cases it's terminal Silver plus jackpot.

Some times you just don't know how a song is going to inspire you.

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Dominion Articles / Re: Bard is not weak
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:07:37 pm »
The apparent problem with the bard is that he seems aimless. The bard does stuff, but is he doing stuff that will create your game winning deck?

Spoony Bard!

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Dominion: Nocturne Previews / Re: Nocturne Initial Impressions
« on: November 17, 2017, 01:07:50 pm »
Yeah man, I'm super disappointed that none of the cards have animated gif arts.
I mean, it's two thousand and friggin seventeen fer cripes-sakes. You would think they could do that by now.

Donaldpls

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