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trivialknot

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Duchess or Pirate ship?
« on: July 10, 2018, 03:05:48 pm »
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I played a game IRL with the following kingdom:

Duchess, Storeroom, Sea Hag, Worker's Village, Noble Brigand, Pirate Ship, Royal Carriage, Pooka, Tribute, Crypt, Arena

The big thing here is Sea Hag without curse trashing.  We both opened Sea Hag/Royal Carriage, using Cursed Gold, so you might imagine that our decks got junked up at record speed.  Once that happened, it seemed like the best way forward was to stockpile Royal Carriages, which could be bought with Cursed Gold.  The Royal Carriages could be called on Duchess or Pirate Ship to buy Provinces.  I went for Duchess, and my partner went for Pirate Ship.  We tied.

What would you have done here?  Is Duchess or Pirate Ship better, or would you have gone for something else entirely?

I think Duchess has the edge because Pirate Ship is slower, and you're happy to trash your treasures, which just get in the way of drawing Royal Carriages.
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Re: Duchess or Pirate ship?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2018, 03:25:01 pm »
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I feel like there might be an engine with Pooka/Storeroom (and potentially Crypt to supply Coppers to trash with Pooka). It's not very fast, but neither are the strategies you proposed.
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Re: Duchess or Pirate ship?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2018, 03:27:05 pm »
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I would not go for Pirate Ship.
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Re: Duchess or Pirate ship?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2018, 05:13:53 pm »
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So Curses and Royal Carriages emptied? I think Duchess because I think I would buy Duchy....
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Re: Duchess or Pirate ship?
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 06:08:14 pm »
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So Curses and Royal Carriages emptied? I think Duchess because I think I would buy Duchy....
Royal Carriages didn't empty, but maybe they should have.
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