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The bad luck thread
« on: July 24, 2017, 08:44:07 am »
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We have interesting moments, uninteresting moments, semi-interesting moments... but I don't see a thread for just complaining about bad luck.

Anyway, I had this come up yesterday in a IRL 2 player game:

I opened Silver/Potion so I could get a jump on Scrying Pool. My opponent opened Silver/Monument. Turn 3 was and no , so I bought a Monument. Turn 4... and no . Knowing my Potion had missed the reshuffle, I bought a second Potion.

Turn 5... Potion, Potion, Copper, Shelter, Shelter.

Although my opponent (who had only played fewer than a dozen games of Dominion before) played great with buying up most of the Cities and Monuments; I managed to pull off a win with Scrying Pools anyway.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 10:08:32 am »
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017, 10:49:34 am »
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We have interesting moments, uninteresting moments, semi-interesting moments... but I don't see a thread for just complaining about bad luck.

Now we just need threads for good luck and mediocre luck.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 02:40:44 pm »
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We have interesting moments, uninteresting moments, semi-interesting moments... but I don't see a thread for just complaining about bad luck.

Now we just need threads for good luck and mediocre luck.

They'll all end up just consisting of debates about which thread each post belongs in anyway.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 12:41:39 pm »
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I recently failed to collide a Chapel with any of my Estates in three consecutive shuffles to start a game.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2017, 08:47:15 pm »
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Probably my most frustrating bad luck experience was an IRL game, some years ago. Since it was a long time ago I don't really remember the details. But basically, Lookout was on the board. Nobody else went for it (they were mostly beginners). I was running a deck that, I don't remember the details, but I really wanted to get rid of my Estates for it. Not only did my Lookout never trash an Estate in the entire game, but on I think the second and maybe third or fourth time I used it it hit three other cards I'd bought, forcing me to trash something useful twice. The end result was that one Lookout probably trashed something like four Copper and two or three Silvers over the course of the game.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 12:48:53 am »
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Opponent opened 5/2 and got to open Sentry/Page. Sentry is the only trasher, except for Jack of All Trades. I opened Page/Jack, maybe a mistake in retrospect, but none of the alternatives seemed very appealing.
My Page was at the end of my 2nd shuffle so it misses reshuffle. At least I bought a 2nd page on turn 3.
My Treasure Hunter gains 3 Silvers, which I don't want because Sentry + Market Square is enough to gain all the Golds you want, after you get Champion online.
My two Warriors collide, but at least they don't miss the shuffle.
My opponent's Warrior discards the Hero I gained, delaying my Champion by another shuffle.
By the time I get Champion in play the game is resignable.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 09:27:30 am »
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Alms game with Torturer and platinum. I started 4/3 (Smithy/ Silver), then drew 7 (Gold), 4 (Smithy).

Meanwhile, Lord Rattington was playing the following: 

Turn 1 - Lord Rattington
plays 5 Coppers
buys and gains a Torturer

Turn 2 - Lord Rattington
plays 2 Coppers

Turn 3 - Lord Rattington
plays a Torturer
draws 3 cards
plays 7 Coppers
buys and gains a Gold

Turn 4 - Lord Rattington
plays 2 Coppers
draws 5 cards

Turn 5 - Lord Rattington
plays a Torturer
draws 3 cards
plays 6 Coppers
and a Gold
buys and gains a Platinum

It felt brutal already, while I was playing, but copying the Log I realized that Lord Ratington did not even use Alms - twice! :o
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2017, 06:16:37 pm »
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Turn 3:
C draws 2 Coppers, an Estate, a Lookout and a Potion

Turn 5:
C draws a Silver, 2 Estates, a Moneylender and a Potion

Turn 7:
C draws 2 Coppers, an Estate, a Lookout and a Potion

Bought first Alchemist on turn 10. Somehow up with 8 of them and won.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2017, 06:52:55 pm »
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A few days later, and turn 3 was Estate-Estate-Estate-Moneylender-Silver. I think the universe is trying to make up for the difference in experience/skill between my friend and I.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2017, 03:33:37 am »
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A few days later, and turn 3 was Estate-Estate-Estate-Moneylender-Silver. I think the universe is trying to make up for the difference in experience/skill between my friend and I.

By coincidence, today my turn 3 E/E/E/M/S screenshot was my Facebook memory from exactly 3 years ago.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2017, 06:41:33 am »
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It looks that this is turning  into a meme thread.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2017, 01:21:37 am »
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Turn 3 - madd4math
m plays a Swindler.
T trashes an Estate.
T gains an Estate.

Turn 4 - madd4math
m plays a Swindler.
T trashes an Estate.
T gains an Estate.

Turn 5 - madd4math
m plays a Procession.
m plays a Swindler.
T trashes an Estate.
T gains an Estate.
m plays a Swindler again.
T shuffles their deck.
T trashes an Estate.
T gains an Estate.
m trashes a Swindler.
m gains a Worker's Village.

My first 4 swindles all hit Estates.  The estates ran out turn 9 from all the swindlers hitting estates.
My swindles until turn 9: estate, estate, estate, estate, gold, copper, estate, curse, gold, copper, estate

My opponent's swindles until turn 9: copper, estate, estate

Amusingly, my opponent's turn 14 swindler hits the 9th estate of the game, giving me a lighthouse since all the estates ran out.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2017, 08:22:25 am »
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Playing a three-player game with Knights and Cultists... Someone strung together Sir Bailey and another Knight early, revealing Copper and Cultist twice, killing all my junkers and knocking me out of the game. I then got to sit and watch them slug it out while they trashed whatever I bought and junked me.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2017, 08:24:53 am »
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Was playing online and we had both greened our decks and were trying to get the last province. I had hit seven a lot, so instead of getting a Duchy, I got a Mandarin and topdecked 2 Silvers and a Bank. I then failed to draw any other treasure or action card for three turns until my opponent finally bought the province.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2017, 09:23:38 am »
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Every time I've ever played a Treasure Map kingdom, one of two things would happen:

1. I ignore it, my opponent goes for it, and they crush me.

2. I try to get it, but fail, and fall behind as a result.

Last night, thanks to Baker, I went for it and they collided on Turn 4!

. . . which just made them easier pickings for Noble Brigand, and I lost anyways.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2017, 12:33:34 pm »
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2017, 05:32:22 pm »
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2017, 12:29:55 pm »
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I played game versus weaker player that initially ignored cultist. After opening silver/lookout got one cultist and next shuffle two more.
Next shuffle I played lookout vs 7 cards left. I didn't get choice trashed one cultist and discarded and could play only one with 9 ruins remaining.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2017, 03:16:07 pm »
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2017, 03:24:47 pm »
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I recently had an IRL game in which not only did I get the Golden Sombrero, but after my Turn 3, an opponent's Rabble (the only opening Rabble in the game), discarded not only my Turn 1-2 buys but (after reshuffling) my Turn 3 buy as well, forcing me to play 5 turns with my starting cards. 

I calculate the odds of this happening at less than 1:950 (chance of Golden Sombrero=(2/12)*(1/11); chance of opponent who bought Rabble playing it Turn 4=5/12; chance of Rabble's third card being my Turn 3 purchase=1/6).
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2017, 04:13:25 pm »
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I recently had an IRL game in which not only did I get the Golden Sombrero, but after my Turn 3, an opponent's Rabble (the only opening Rabble in the game), discarded not only my Turn 1-2 buys but (after reshuffling) my Turn 3 buy as well, forcing me to play 5 turns with my starting cards. 

I calculate the odds of this happening at less than 1:950 (chance of Golden Sombrero=(2/12)*(1/11); chance of opponent who bought Rabble playing it Turn 4=5/12; chance of Rabble's third card being my Turn 3 purchase=1/6).

Ouch. OUCH.

Did your opponent have the presence of mind to offer sympathy?
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2017, 05:08:38 pm »
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I recently had an IRL game in which not only did I get the Golden Sombrero, but after my Turn 3, an opponent's Rabble (the only opening Rabble in the game), discarded not only my Turn 1-2 buys but (after reshuffling) my Turn 3 buy as well, forcing me to play 5 turns with my starting cards. 

I calculate the odds of this happening at less than 1:950 (chance of Golden Sombrero=(2/12)*(1/11); chance of opponent who bought Rabble playing it Turn 4=5/12; chance of Rabble's third card being my Turn 3 purchase=1/6).

Well, that is quite remarkable indeed. Given that Rabble is required for it, it's pretty safe to say that most players will never experience that.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2017, 09:31:25 pm »
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I recently had an IRL game in which not only did I get the Golden Sombrero, but after my Turn 3, an opponent's Rabble (the only opening Rabble in the game), discarded not only my Turn 1-2 buys but (after reshuffling) my Turn 3 buy as well, forcing me to play 5 turns with my starting cards. 

I calculate the odds of this happening at less than 1:950 (chance of Golden Sombrero=(2/12)*(1/11); chance of opponent who bought Rabble playing it Turn 4=5/12; chance of Rabble's third card being my Turn 3 purchase=1/6).

Ouch. OUCH.

Did your opponent have the presence of mind to offer sympathy?

Not sure if it's just me, but when I get unlucky in IRL games, most of the people I get unlucky against aren't even good enough to realize they've gotten lucky.
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Re: The bad luck thread
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2017, 10:19:45 pm »
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I recently had an IRL game in which not only did I get the Golden Sombrero, but after my Turn 3, an opponent's Rabble (the only opening Rabble in the game), discarded not only my Turn 1-2 buys but (after reshuffling) my Turn 3 buy as well, forcing me to play 5 turns with my starting cards. 

I calculate the odds of this happening at less than 1:950 (chance of Golden Sombrero=(2/12)*(1/11); chance of opponent who bought Rabble playing it Turn 4=5/12; chance of Rabble's third card being my Turn 3 purchase=1/6).
This sounds like one of those Dominion puzzles.  "How can I make my opponent most likely ragequit the game?"
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