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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2018, 12:17:35 pm »
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Nomad Camp
Spice Merchant

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Mandarin
Margrave

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Oasis
Scheme
Silk Road
Farmland

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Crossroads
Duchess
Fool's Gold
Embassy

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Develop
Oracle
Tunnel
Jack of all Trades
Trader
Cartographer
Haggler
Highway
Inn
Stables
Border Village

***:
Cache

****:
Noble Brigand
Ill-Gotten Gains


Oh and uh:
Walled Village: **
Governor: ***
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2018, 12:23:11 pm »
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(The rating for Governor is based in part on thematicity to the game Puerto Rico, which it was based on.)
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2018, 03:39:01 am »
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I don't see where Stables is particularly thematic. On the other hand I'd like to include a shoutout for Spice Merchant. He is a merchant so he trades you something for something else, and you may choose. Variety is the spice of life!
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2018, 03:51:04 am »
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I don't see where Stables is particularly thematic. On the other hand I'd like to include a shoutout for Spice Merchant. He is a merchant so he trades you something for something else, and you may choose. Variety is the spice of life!

I was thinking that Stables is, you put down some money to rent a horse so you can move rapidly through your kingdom. It gets a high score for the same reason as Bureaucrat: the explanation isn't immediately obvious, but once you come up with it it works pretty well for how detailed it is.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2018, 11:36:59 pm »
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Hunting Parties and Scouting Parties often lead to finding Gold in Tunnels :)

Venture is a subset of Adventurer

Minion is a subset of Dominion

all of the cards pertaining to land often give points, and appropriately color-coded green.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #30 on: January 27, 2018, 02:34:58 pm »
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Feodum
Wandering Minstrel

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Vagrant
Forager
Hermit
Sage
Urchin
Armory
Death Cart
Scavenger
Catacombs
Count
Rogue
Hunting Grounds
Survivors
Overgrown Estate

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Market Square
Ironmonger
Counterfeit
Cultist
Mystic
Madman
Spoils
Necropolis

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Squire
Storeroom
Fortress
Procession
Bandit Camp
Junk Dealer
Knights
Rebuild
Altar
Abandoned Mine
Ruined Library
Hovel

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Band of Misfits
Graverobber
Pillage
Mercenary
Ruined Market
Ruined Village

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Beggar
Marauder
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2018, 05:05:54 pm »
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Knights

I'd put knights at 4 stars.
them being both offensive, but also defending attacks by knights with other knights is very flavorful.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #32 on: January 28, 2018, 12:50:03 pm »
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Journeyman

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Candlestick Maker
Baker

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Masterpiece
Plaza
Soothsayer

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Stonemason

***:
Doctor
Advisor
Taxman
Butcher

***:
Herald
Merchant Guild
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2018, 02:43:41 am »
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Plan
Seaway

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Messenger
Storyteller
Quest

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Coin of the Realm
Amulet
Gear
Port
Ranger
Relic
Hireling
Disciple
Hero
Expedition
Ball

**:
Lost City
Wine Merchant
Treasure Hunter
Travelling Fair
Pilgrimage

***:
Page
Peasant
Ratcatcher
Raze
Caravan Guard
Dungeon
Guide
Artificer
Haunted Woods
Swamp Hag
Soldier
Fugitive
Warrior
Champion
Ferry
Mission
Raid
Lost Arts
Training
Pathfinding

***:
Magpie
Miser
Bridge Troll
Distant Lands
Giant
Treasure Trove
Scouting Party
Bonfire
Trade
Inheritance

****:
Duplicate
Transmogrify
Royal Carriage
Teacher
Alms
Borrow
Save



Plus,
Prince: ***
Summon: ***
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #34 on: January 30, 2018, 03:39:19 am »
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I would have put both these at ****:

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Storyteller

I found her very apt, as the story continues as long as people are tossing coins.

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***:
Ratcatcher

Here, the theme works wonders with the card art.

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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2018, 05:05:44 am »
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Plan

Id give Plan  *** or even ****.

Because whenever I buy Plan, I have a plan.

If I said this about my other purchases, it would be a lie.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #36 on: January 30, 2018, 08:58:17 am »
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Plan
Id give Plan  *** or even ****.

I agree with both of you.
It's a different kind of *** or ****

The actual mechanics make no sense, but it's similar in feel to how...good?...torturer feels.

It is really satisfying from a human feeling achieved while playing the game, rather than a "oh how clever, the sentry doesn't let people past unless you want them too" sort of feel.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #37 on: February 01, 2018, 03:41:48 am »
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Settlers
Forum
Basilica
Labyrinth
Palace

*:
Small Castle
Villa
Charm
Banquet
Aqueduct
Colonnade
Keep
Mountain Pass

**:
Patrician
Humble Castle
Wild Hunt
Delve
Wedding
Conquest
Arena
Battlefield
Obelisk
Orchard

**:
City Quarter
Overlord
Crumbling Castle
Opulent Castle
Farmers' Market
Annex
Tower
Triumphal Arch

***:
Engineer
Plunder
Emporium
Grand Castle
King's Castle
Rocks
Enchantress
Gladiator
Fortune
Sacrifice
Archive
Crown
Legionary
Triumph
Advance
Ritual
Windfall
Dominate
Bandit Fort
Defiled Shrine
Wolf Den

***:
Royal Blacksmith
Encampment
Bustling Village
Haunted Castle
Sprawling Castle
Catapult
Temple
Groundskeeper
Donate
Baths
Fountain
Tomb

****:
Chariot Race
Capital
Tax
Salt the Earth
Museum
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2018, 11:04:08 pm »
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Wedding

really?
wedding is hyper flavorful!

1) throw a party, going into debt
2) get gifts from the guests
3) get tired of your wife, and decide to have another wedding the next turn
4) marry a few more times because, why not?

see it's perfect!
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #39 on: February 02, 2018, 02:03:08 am »
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Mill

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Vassal
Poacher
Diplomat

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Merchant
Lurker
Secret Passage
Courtier

***:
Harbinger
Artisan
Patrol
Replace

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Bandit
Sentry
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2018, 11:12:02 am »
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***:
Harbinger
Artisan

Harbinger is a bit philosophical...
Do the people come because the harbinger foretold it, or does the harbinger foretell it because the people are coming?
Depending on how you feel abut that, could be a ** or a ****.  *** feels about right.

Customer: "by the way, Lou's been telling everyone that you're gonna be in the village tomorrow, and people have been gathering tools for you to sharpen"
blacksmith: "that son of a bitch, he knows saturday is my day off!"

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What's the story behind artisan that gets it a high ranking?
I don't think I'm creative enough this early in the morning to know why you rated it as such.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #41 on: February 02, 2018, 11:48:58 am »
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What's the story behind artisan that gets it a high ranking?
I don't think I'm creative enough this early in the morning to know why you rated it as such.

No story there; it just gets *** for the same reason e.g. Workshop does. An artisan is someone who makes things skillfully; the name on a $5-gainer just makes me think, hm, yeah, that name makes sense.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #42 on: February 03, 2018, 12:24:41 am »
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And, to conclude:

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Pooka
The Field's Gift
The Sea's Gift
The Sky's Gift

*:
Tracker
Skulk
Den of Sin
Ghost
The Earth's Gift

**:
Bard
Idol
Tormentor
Pasture
Pouch
Imp
The Forest's Gift
The Moon's Gift
The River's Gift
Delusion
Fear
Lost in the Woods

**:
Monastery
Ghost Town
Cemetery
Conclave
Exorcist
Shepherd
Cobbler
Crypt
Cursed Village
Envy
Famine
Plague

***:
Druid
Pixie
Night Watchman
Secret Cave
Blessed Village
Sacred Grove
Goat
Zombie Mason
The Mountain's Gift
The Wind's Gift
Bad Omens
Greed
Haunting
Locusts
Misery
Poverty
War

***:
Faithful Hound
Changeling
Fool
Devil's Workshop
Tragic Hero
Magic Lamp
Will o' Wisp
Bat
Zombie Apprentice
Zombie Spy
The Flame's Gift

****:
Guardian
Leprechaun
Necromancer
Vampire
Werewolf
Haunted Mirror
Cursed Gold
Lucky Coin
Wish
The Swamp's Gift

Plus:
Sauna: **
Avanto: **
Dismantle ***
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #43 on: February 05, 2018, 10:38:05 am »
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I'd rank Cobbler higher, since it's a "night workshop" and the art implies the Cobbler and the Elves story.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #44 on: February 05, 2018, 10:51:46 am »
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I'd rank Cobbler higher, since it's a "night workshop" and the art implies the Cobbler and the Elves story.

I mean, yeah, I get what you mean. But in the story, it's the elves, not the shoemaker, who cobble things up at night, so it loses a bit for that.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #45 on: February 05, 2018, 10:56:18 am »
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I'd rank Cobbler higher, since it's a "night workshop" and the art implies the Cobbler and the Elves story.

I mean, yeah, I get what you mean. But in the story, it's the elves, not the shoemaker, who cobble things up at night, so it loses a bit for that.

I don't know, can't we assume cobblers will have elf backup in the world of Nocturne? Without the Nocturne context, I'd agree that thematically it is not super great.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #46 on: February 05, 2018, 11:16:10 am »
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I'd have bumped goat up to ****.  how many cards are slam dunks in three words?
"goats eat anything"
A lot of the trashers are most thematic when they trash things you are never going to realistically trash with them, and don't make a ton of sense when you use them on your starting cards.  Bonfire? Sentry?
But a goat eating your money and home resonates extremely well.

This has been my favorite thread.  The flavor has always been a draw to any game for me.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #47 on: February 05, 2018, 11:25:09 am »
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Mill is totally flavorful.  You're grinding up wheat (discarding cards) for profit!  And it takes up land, which is worth something.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #48 on: February 05, 2018, 11:39:37 am »
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Mill is totally flavorful.  You're grinding up wheat (discarding cards) for profit!  And it takes up land, which is worth something.

Eh, most Victory card names refer to the land or territory itself, not the buildings on them, and are sources of glory or prestige. Any shmo can have a mill.
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Re: How thematic are card names?
« Reply #49 on: February 05, 2018, 11:46:15 am »
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Pasture seems pretty underrated here. The more land you have, the bigger your Pasture is!

Trashing flavour is all over the place. Graverobber, Cemetery, Necromancer etc. tell us that trashed things are dead, so what exactly is that Bishop up to?
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