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Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:51:24 am »
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...and it's not because of anything wrong with ShuffleIt.
Reasons:
- I choose kingdoms semi-randomly, but I check it and switch cards out if it's a bad kingdom (junkers with no trashing, mostly terminals with no splitters, cards I hate, etc).*
- my usual play group is close to my skill level. Even in rated games, I often get paired with players who either slaughter me every time or who I can beat really easily.
- fan cards are fun
- in person communication/jokes/etc and no rude/insulting opponents.

 (*Yes, you can choose your kingdom on Shuffleit, but then you could be waiting quite a while for anyone to join your table. Automatch on unrated tables is my #1 wanted feature on ShuffleIt, but I think I'm in a minority there...)

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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 07:41:13 am »
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Do people play with 3+ players on ShuffleIt?
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 08:14:49 am »
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It takes *so much longer* though. Between setup, waiting for shuffles, cards resolving slower, and all that. I have an IRL friend I play with sometimes and he always insists on just getting out tablets and playing on screens.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 11:32:35 am »
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I personally have more fun playing with friends in person, as well, but I haven't gotten to do that much since my move. I also choose kingdoms semi-randomly, and I like swapping out limited numbers of cards between games.

I think online has a big advantage in competitive play, though. Speed, fairness, and rules being consistently and correctly applied are big deals. My limited in person tournament experience does not give me confidence in people's ability to truly shuffle their decks. And there is a lot of shuffling in Dominion.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2019, 11:43:46 am »
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Shuffling and setup times are big pros of online playing. Social interaction and the ability to play as you wish (e.g.  with fan cards) are what makes me prefer IRL games. It comes down to what you want from the game.

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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2019, 12:14:03 pm »
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What we need is for full colour e-ink displays to become cheap enough that we can afford 300-400 card-shaped ones for a game of Dominion.

Want a supply pile? Just stack at least as many cards as needed and let it morph the bottom n into the required cards, leaving the surplus with red faces so they're easy to drop back in the general stack.

Want your deck shuffled? Just pile up the cards and hit a button. The faces permute themselves without having to move the actual cards.

Give it another decade or two. (-8
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2019, 03:04:00 pm »
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It's really fun to play with your real life friends on ShuffleIT, especially with skype or something for voice chat.

And it means you can play constructed kingdoms without waiting for opponents too.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 05:50:59 pm »
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(*Yes, you can choose your kingdom on Shuffleit, but then you could be waiting quite a while for anyone to join your table. Automatch on unrated tables is my #1 wanted feature on ShuffleIt, but I think I'm in a minority there...)

If you play IRL, you're probably going to have to wait even longer for anyone to join your table.

Do people play with 3+ players on ShuffleIt?

Some people do. Don't ask me why.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 06:28:07 pm »
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Automatch on unrated tables is my #1 wanted feature on ShuffleIt, but I think I'm in a minority there...
I'm in a similar minority for wanting rated-and-automatched games with kingdoms chosen the way you choose yours.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2019, 11:38:17 pm »
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I've never played online.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2019, 11:58:45 am »
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I've played only a few games online, not since the goko days.  And, it's fine.  But I like table chatter and people online would probably find that annoying.  I also like the tactile sensation of handling cards--shuffling cards is a great feeling even if it takes too long.

But the main reason I don't play online, isn't that I think it would be less fun, but because Dominion is an activity between me and my husband, and I'm trying not to completely outpace him.  I kinda already do, because I watch competitive games sometimes.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2019, 03:13:39 pm »
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What we need is for full colour e-ink displays to become cheap enough that we can afford 300-400 card-shaped ones for a game of Dominion.

Want a supply pile? Just stack at least as many cards as needed and let it morph the bottom n into the required cards, leaving the surplus with red faces so they're easy to drop back in the general stack.

Want your deck shuffled? Just pile up the cards and hit a button. The faces permute themselves without having to move the actual cards.

Give it another decade or two. (-8

While we can't quite have this, yet, it sounds like a use case for Augmented Reality. Have 400 otherwise empty cards with a unique identifier, so you can can assign them arbitrary overlays. There's some more tricks to it, but it seems doable.

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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2019, 02:31:15 am »
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What we need is for full colour e-ink displays to become cheap enough that we can afford 300-400 card-shaped ones for a game of Dominion.

Want a supply pile? Just stack at least as many cards as needed and let it morph the bottom n into the required cards, leaving the surplus with red faces so they're easy to drop back in the general stack.

Want your deck shuffled? Just pile up the cards and hit a button. The faces permute themselves without having to move the actual cards.

Give it another decade or two. (-8
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2019, 09:20:13 am »
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IRL takes longer, but I like the tactile sensation of playing with real cards.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2019, 09:39:42 am »
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I've never played online.
I am a 10 year veteran of Dominion IRL, and also have never played online.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2019, 08:17:32 pm »
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Shuffling and setup times are big pros of online playing. Social interaction and the ability to play as you wish (e.g.  with fan cards) are what makes me prefer IRL games. It comes down to what you want from the game.

I like IRL better but a lot of people on my gaming group don't pay attention, get annoyed when I announce which cards I'm playing/buying, and then get all suspicious about "when did you buy that?" when I suddenly have a much better engine than them.

Online is nice because there's no dispute that everyone is following the rules.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2019, 06:19:18 am »
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I've never played online.
I am a 10 year veteran of Dominion IRL, and also have never played online.

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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2019, 09:25:01 pm »
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I also prefer IRL. I think a lot of it is the nostalgia factor for me, as I first got the game as a birthday gift 6 or 7 years ago.

It can get frustrating when I ask if anyone wants to play and either nobody responds or 2+ people respond, but I still prefer it for some reason.
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Re: Playing IRL is way more fun than playing online.
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2019, 01:21:35 am »
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IRL takes longer, but I like the tactile sensation of playing with real cards.
When I talk about Dominion, I enjoy talking about it with people whose faces I can see, and hands I can shake.  However, that's rather difficult this day in age, so for everything else, there are places like DominionStrategy.com ;)

On a related note, I'm glad we had a dictionary in the house when growing up, but I'd much rather look up definitions of words online  8)
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