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Dominion Videos and Streams / Re: Dominion: Up the Ladder
« on: June 11, 2019, 02:29:42 pm »
Clickbait! You say there are sneaky pileouts but houdini doesn't do one of those at 7:10.

EDIT: You say there are questionable plays so Ok I can buy that.

Tournament + Herald

Used Herald overpay to topdeck province and tournament. I bought an early province and got 3 prizes with it on my next shuffle.

Something tells me that would have taken multiple shuffles...

Dominion FAQ / Re: What's the best card?
« on: May 21, 2019, 06:20:08 pm »
There has been tons of discussion what the best card is and why.

Someone's gotta keep the F in FAQ

Dominion FAQ / Re: What's the best card?
« on: May 21, 2019, 02:30:33 pm »
What about Copper? Barring edge cases (Alms, Shelters+Advance, Baker+Poor House, Engineer, etc.), it helps all strategies.

Puzzles and Challenges / Re: Easy Puzzles
« on: May 09, 2019, 02:22:08 pm »
1. You have 40+ cards in your deck.
2. You start with a hand of 15 cards.
3. You play Storyteller, and you play 2 Golds and a third card.
4. You draw no cards.

What happened?

You drew no cards.

General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: May 08, 2019, 01:23:22 am »
[Couldn't find a better thread for this .. astrophysicists like math, right?]

One cannot see a black hole. Or take a picture of a black hole. That's why it's "black". You can take a picture of the accretion disc around it, or the circle of darkness that is the lack thereof of light emitting from the black hole. But not the physical thing that is the black hole itself. Just sayin. All these media outlets that claim people have taken a picture of a black hole are clickbait imo. If you could take a picture of a black hole, maybe they could call it a gray hole. Or change the definition of the term "black hole" to include not just the black hole but also the stuff around it (in which case, what exactly is "around" something ... is the Earth's atmosphere part of the "Earth"?).


Puzzles and Challenges / Re: Easy Puzzles
« on: April 21, 2019, 06:48:56 pm »
N* = N -(m*P)?
I don't think so, because if N=10, P=0.5, and m=30, then N*=-5, which doesn't seem possible.

Is N* the amount of Pixies you have on average?
Yes, I think? Think of it as the "expected" number of Pixies.

Do you trash pixies with Flame's Gift?
No. I guess I should have clarified -- you have no other way to gain Pixies and you don't get rid of them by any other means than trashing them on-play.

Puzzles and Challenges / Re: Easy Puzzles
« on: April 20, 2019, 01:03:40 pm »
If you start with N Pixies and never gain any more, and P probability of trashing a Pixie on play (0 <= P <= 1), how many Pixies, N*, do you have after m Pixie plays? N* can be not a whole number.

Midway through a turn, I play Prince, setting aside a Doctor. Weirdly, the Doctor is immediately put into play. I dutifully report the bug to ShuffleIt, only to find out that ShuffleIt was correct:

By "Midway through your turn", it was still "at the start of your turn", right? Similar thing would happen if you e.g. Summon'ed a Guide, then call the Guide right after you play it.

Haven | Leprechaun

Guarantee a Lep in your hand during your 7th card play (EDIT: 6th card play, as Haven counts as 1). Get 2 Leps in such a game, to set one aside every turn.

Travelling Fair can also kinda sorta be used for the same.

Dominion General Discussion / Competitiveness
« on: April 07, 2019, 12:48:53 pm »
Just kind of an open discussion here, curious what yall's thoughts are ...

What does it mean to be competitive? Are you competitive, i.e. does winning (or your ranking) in Dominion matter to you? Why or why not? Are you as competitive in other areas in your life as you are in Dominion?

I'm not curious so much how you get better -- we all have our methods, and there are a million forum posts on that front. I'm more curious on how much you want to get better, and why. Do you feel that drive?

I get that in the grand scheme of things, winning in Dominion really doesn't matter. First and foremost, I want to have fun, which Dominion certainly is to me. But I am a competitive being; all else being equal, I prefer to win. I like the feeling of being good at a skill, even if that skill isn't directly useful towards any other aspects of life. I have never known why I feel that way, but I do. I would say it's because it's hardwired into all of us, since we come from billions of years of ancestors that competed to the death over food/resources/mates. Except I have noticed that not everyone has this drive. Or maybe everyone has it, and it's just that only certain people are able to make it come to fruition?

To me, being competitive in Dominion means critically, unbiased-ly analyzing a kingdom and your decisions and their consequences, and applying those observations/lessons going forward. The opposite of being competitive is blaming all your losses on luck, or making decisions based solely (or largely) on emotion.

Competitiveness can certainly have drawbacks in life. Sometimes I'll join a casual Dominion playgroup, and Ambassador someone 10 Curses, then all the Potions, and then (shocker) they don't invite me back to their playgroup again. This stinks. But I don't feel I should (or can?) "turn it off". I feel like the dad that doesn't let their son win a game of 1-on-1 basketball; I'd rather they legitimately beat me when the time comes. It's more meaningful that way. Plus, I have fond memories when learning to play Dominion of getting Torturer-spammed. This did not turn me off to the game; it was the opposite. I was fascinated with how someone could link together that many terminals, and all I wanted was to learn how to do it myself. That's the competitive being in me -- I don't get mad/emotional/whatever when I lose .. I get even (and learn, and get better).

Thanks for listening to my rambling. It's a very interesting topic to me. Why do we strive to get good at this obscure, useless skill? What does it teach us about ourselves, and how does it translate to real life?

Feedback / Re: Abusive Players
« on: March 27, 2019, 03:42:54 am »
I have asked something like this before.
Can I mark them as horrible, i.e. different than a player that I blacklisted just due to, say, differences in undo preferences? This extra marking could contribute to the Stef-investigates-said-player more than the normal blacklist flag.

I think there is a big difference between
"I am blacklisting this person because they have different play preferences than me"
"I am blacklisting this person because they are a racist/sexist/whateverist person and I don't want anything to do with them ever again".

And I wouldn't think it would be that hard. Facebook for example has several levels of flagging -- silencing a friend, unfriending a friend, reporting a friend as spam, etc. Such a system seems industry-standard. And i still wonder how other online gaming platforms handle it.

Game Reports / Re: Dear My Opponent: I am Sorry
« on: March 18, 2019, 02:05:40 am »
I'm D...

L plays a Dame Anna.
D reveals a Gold and a Tunnel.
D trashes a Gold.
D discards a Tunnel.
D reacts with a Tunnel.
D reveals a Tunnel.
D gains a Gold.
L plays a Dame Sylvia.
L gets +$2.
D shuffles their deck.
D reveals a Gold and a Tunnel.
D trashes a Gold.
D discards a Tunnel.
D reacts with a Tunnel.
D reveals a Tunnel.
D gains a Gold.

All I know is that if I were the opponent here, I would be laughing too hard to be upset.

If I were the opponent, they would not be D

sory i am not good @ the english what is troll??  ???

The following is something a troll would do:

sory i am not good @ the english what is troll??  ???

I am still scared of Cathedral. I feel there are certain games where it is a must-open, but certain games where it is ignorable -- games with other reliable trashing, games that go on for a long time, games with hand-size-reduction attacks. Whereas the other top-tier Projects leave your deck in a strictly better state than they would without the Project.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Semi-Interesting Dominion Moments Thread
« on: February 24, 2019, 01:57:49 pm »

Grammar quibble: "it's" == "it is"

Programming quibble: what is ""it's" == "it is""?

I don't understand the hate for Fortune Teller. In the right Kingdom, it essentially gives your opponent 4-card hands instead of 5-card hands -- similar to Relic, Minion, etc. (which are also-underrated IMO). The opposite of which (a large starting hand) is literally what makes the top $5 card the top $5 card (Wharf). Playing a FT is strictly better than not having played it, which can't be said about other lower-tier $3's like Harbinger, Sage, Fool, etc. I mean yeah it's terminal, and a weaker terminal Silver. But in engines with a surplus of Actions with no green or purple thinning (of which there are many), it has a place, and a pretty valuable place at that. I would have had it at #60 (right under Sage). Masterpiece definitely bottom IMO.


Game Reports / Re: Shortest games around
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:48:13 pm »
Looking at this (random) Kingdom, I thought it was one of those crazy games that could win it in like 4 turns. Anyone know how? I won it in 9, but I bet it could have gone a lot faster. Honestly I didn't know the fastest route to victory; it was one of those Kingdoms that made my head hurt and I just sort of mash cards together and see what happens.

Random thoughts:
- Can buy Villas, or gain them from trash, then play a Scholar to essentially have a perpetual engine
- Can gain anything from the trash for that matter, including Processions you had recently Processed (into, say, Scholars), or Rogues you had recently Processed to gain stuff you had Processed earlier
- Can play Treasures multiple times per turn, by playing them, then gaining a Mandarin, then a Villa, then playing a Scholar -> repeat
- There's enough thinning, actions, buys, coins, etc. to hook it all together

game #23575146

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Dominion current Popularity?
« on: February 09, 2019, 02:24:09 am »
My new thread frequency has exponentially decreased since game logs and game kingdoms are no longer available/pretty.

And yes, we still need to try 'ultimate dominion ultimate'; i.e. with all expansions. Of course there is some consideration as to whether you put in Platinum and Colonies or not,

Are you sure about that? I can certainly imagine a "best possible deck" as not involving any Platina or Colonies (or Golds or Provinces).

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Mistakes We're still making in 2019
« on: January 30, 2019, 09:05:49 pm »

Dominion General Discussion / Re: number of setup combinations
« on: January 26, 2019, 03:57:03 pm »
sorry not sure what common terms that could be put into for us non-mathy people, is that
46,126,353,000,000,000,000,000 sextillion? or Just over 46 Thousand Trillion?

It boggles my mind that 46,126,353,000,000,000,000,000 sextillion is easier for some people to understand than 4.6126353x10^22

Dominion General Discussion / Re: How Many Games do you play?
« on: January 23, 2019, 02:58:17 am »
I bet people who randomize don't replay many kingdoms.

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