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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: June 29, 2018, 09:27:05 pm »
Do you enjoy convoluted rules debates, etc? And just in general, the theoretical discussions about the logical structure of the game?

I ask because I personally find all that stuff fascinating, but I always feel bad since you are inevitably dragged into the discussion, and, well, I can imagine that's patience-testing!

Rules Questions / Re: summon + death cart vs. summon + nomad camp
« on: June 26, 2018, 04:26:54 pm »
I'm trying to think what would break if the lose-track rule didn't include covering a card in your discard pile, but only moving it from the discard pile. Does that actually cause any issues? I think it's the cover-up part of lose-track that causes the most counter-intuitive rulings.

In order to get the card out of your discard pile, you have to allow for searching through your discard pile, which is not allowed.

one question here is, if Dominion hadn't become such a computer-heavy game where programming precisely is necessary, would anyone interpret the rule like that? It isn't like you are generally sifting through your discard; you know EXACTLY where the card is.

Rules Questions / Re: summon + death cart vs. summon + nomad camp
« on: June 25, 2018, 11:57:21 pm »
that's very fair!

That said, if you explained all the basic rules of dominion to someone, and then set them up with a game in which this situation occurred, I doubt that anyone but the most precision oriented person would even think that something funky might possibly occur. Pretty much everyone, I imagine, would just set aside the death cart.

Maybe i'm wrong on this point though. I guess we could run it as an experiment and find out....

Rules Questions / Re: summon + death cart vs. summon + nomad camp
« on: June 25, 2018, 11:25:53 pm »
I am somewhat of the opinion that the Lose Track rule was made in order to arbitrate ambiguous decisions in a way which aligns with common sense and THUS in situations where common sense is violated like this, something is wrong with the rule, not the common sense (which the rule ought to preserve)! But I do get that dominion, especially online, should be as precise as possible.

(Wittgenstein once remarked something similar regarding Russell and Whitehead's Principia Mathematica, an attempt to ground arithmetic in the rules of logic (the work, famously, takes many dozens of pages before even proving that 1+1=2). He noted that basic arithmetic couldn't possibly be grounded in such a project, for if their logical structure told us something that contradicted a basic belief about arithmetic, we would automatically assume that it was their work that was wrong, not our naïvw arithmetical beliefs.)

Puzzles and Challenges / Re: Easy Puzzles
« on: June 24, 2018, 07:10:25 pm »

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Pile Control Card --Reinforcements?
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:11:55 am »
“Less than this” in the top half referring to the card itself is super confusing, it definitely sounds like it’s talking about the card being trashed. I would definitely say “costing up to $5” instead, otherwise it sounds like it’s a card that lets you trash a Colony from the supply to gain two Provinces. “Less than this” in the on gain ability is fine as there’s no other subject to confuse it with.

Originally I did have it this way; the change was because if the on-gain effect said $5, with a single highway in play, the whole pile could be emptied instantly, which seemed wonky. So I just changed the wording on all of it to be consistent (also it makes it sligggghtly weaker, which seems good)

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Pile Control Card --Reinforcements?
« on: June 17, 2018, 08:35:13 pm »
It is! Otherwise it would be totally insane.

Still, you might be right about its strength....another useful comparison might be Altar?

Dominion General Discussion / Logical Dominion translation?
« on: June 17, 2018, 03:49:58 pm »
How difficult would it be to translate the functions of Dominion, and all its cards, into a logically-precise language, à la Frege or Russell?

Variants and Fan Cards / Pile Control Card --Reinforcements?
« on: June 17, 2018, 03:02:27 pm »
Reinforcements - $6 Action

Trash a card from the supply.
Gain up to two cards, each costing less than this.
When you gain this, each other player may gain a card costing less than this.

Obviously a card that would be useful the whole game, but in particular the end--trash a province, gain two duchies while you're ahead; etc.

Too weak? Too pointless?

Goko Dominion Online / Weird Problem W/ Mac OS X Yosemite?
« on: November 25, 2015, 02:45:49 pm »
So, whenever I open Dominion, after I quit it, the dock is completely gone, and there's no way to get it back. I have to restart the computer. (In fact, not even minimizing a window works--it just freezes and then goes back to staying open).

Thoughts on this?

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Homage to the Best Card
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:15:47 pm »
Uh, pretty sure that should be socially awesome penguin all the way down.

General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: June 17, 2015, 05:32:21 pm »
Anyone who has Studio Ghibli's last movie playing in their city, I highly recommend.
(They still have been making high-quality stuff, even with Miyazaki gone.)

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Homage to the Best Card
« on: May 16, 2015, 09:31:49 am »

Sorry sir, you've made a thematically sensible dominion card. I'm afraid I have to revoke your dominion license.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: The Best Kingdom Ever
« on: May 09, 2015, 05:26:05 pm »
Give this kingdom to Marin, and see if he's able to resist buying Throne Room anyway.

I cringe every time he dumps every single card out onto the floor.

Puzzles and Challenges / Re: Easy Puzzles
« on: April 21, 2015, 08:42:38 pm »
I start the buy phase with no cards in hand.  I finish it with some cards in hand.  How did I do it?

Using coins accumulated earlier, you buy a Bonfire, trashing a Cultist, Rats, or Fortress in play.

Yep, this is what I was thinking.  I'm not sure if there are other ways to do it.

Highway--> Messenger --> Lost city
Actually, this only draws you one card, but I feel there must be something like it to get more.

Adventures Previews / Re: Previews #5 - Lost Arts, Borrow, Inheritance
« on: April 05, 2015, 08:43:54 pm »
Man, looking at these things, I feel like the whole point of this expansion was just a way for Donald to get the Rules Questions section flowing again…..

Adventures Previews / Re: Previews #4 - Expedition, Trade, Mission
« on: April 02, 2015, 10:20:29 am »
So, with mission, I could still activate another event on my second turn?

If there were traveler--reserve cards.......*shiver*. And I thought King's Court chains were bad IRL.....

Question: regarding duplicate, when you gain a card that isn't in the supply (i.e. spoils), then can you gain another? (My guess is no, but this seems blue dog-y enough to warrant asking)

General Discussion / Re: TEH OSCAHS
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:40:23 pm »
Princess Kaguya was robbed!
This is true.
I can't say I'm surprised though. I mean, check this out:

General Discussion / Re: TEH OSCAHS
« on: February 22, 2015, 08:51:32 pm »
I agree with "The Lego Movie"....but then, I think "Princess Kaguya" should win Best Animated Feature even with Lego in the running.
Probably it will end up going to Big Hero 6

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:19:07 pm »
You could just do it at Wandering Winder's place, cuz, you know, he's everyone.

(I guess he'd probably know it's coming though, for the same reason)

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion song parodies
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:03:41 pm »
You've got to buy some cards, love
You've got to buy some cards, for me
And trashing is just fine, cuz
I have possessed your hand

(From Death Cab for Cutie's "I have possessed your heart")

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion song parodies
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:25:57 pm »
From "Modern Major General" by Gilbert and Sullivan

Let's see the board today, oh my
It's looking like a awesome game
There's young witch as the curser
And we've got some squires as the bane

An engine looks quite winning
With some upgrades and some monuments
And King's Court seals the deal
And only adds to my excitement.

But look here, we have pools galore
To scry and scry and draw a bit
My deck is gonna soar
(Although each turn will take a hundred clicks.)

We open Upgrade/Squire
And trash into a nice scrying pool
Opponent goes big money
Quite unknowing that he will get screwed

I thin some more and trash estates
So that my deck's in tip-top shape
I dish out lots of curses
There's no way now that he can escape
(He thins some more, trashing estates
So that his deck's in tip-top shape
He dishes out the curses
There's no way that that dude can escape)

Opponent's got three provinces
But I still have the upper hand
I'm playing 20 actions each turn
All part of my expert plan

My monuments are churning
Dishing out piles of victr'y chips
(Opponent's AFK, he said
"I'll be back in five minutes")

No problem for me of course
For I have some tactics choices now
Do I play this pool first, then upgrade
Or the other way around?

In any case I'm winning
(well worth all the time I've wasted now)
The only thing left to do is
To find a way to pile out

So here we go, a well-won game
I'm gonna end it, so hurray!
Let's buy out all the estates
and I'll--
*goko crashes*

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