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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 22, 2024, 01:36:40 am »
Yeah it's sad to see Doctor go. I kind of get the reasoning, and little feels worse than naming Copper and revealing 3 Estates... but still, it was unique and cool.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 17, 2024, 03:54:28 am »
There are a lot of self-proclaimed Libertarians that support Trump. But yeah, even if you add all those it's still the minority.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 15, 2024, 12:06:01 pm »
Is nostalgia really about remembering something from long ago, or is it really that children feel the-emotion-called-nostalgia frequently, maybe almost constantly, and the reason we associate it with memory is because it's not in the default state for adults, so we almost only get to experience it when remembering something from your childhood?
I'm not sure your theory holds up.

a) People can be nostalgic about experiences that were not even pleasant at the time.
b) People are frequently nostalgic about events that happened when they were already adults. Like I can think back with nostalgia to the time when I started studying.

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Seems really strong. Maybe have it be “costs exactly 1 more than the last card played”?
I was honestly rather worried that it's too weak. It takes a substantial amount of work to even make this better than Necropolis. And the ceiling (in magical dreamland) is that you can play all the Actions you want for the rest of the turn (if you exploit some shenanigans with other cards playing cards); that's decent, but not like a busted effect.

With your suggestion, it would be completely unplayable on a majority of boards (all that don't have both $2s and $3s).

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Social Climber - $1
Action

Do this any number of times:
Play an Action card from your hand that costs more than the last Action card you played this turn.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Cornucopia & Guilds 2E
« on: February 12, 2024, 03:30:20 am »
My guesses for removed cards, in order of confidence:

1. Harvest. Of course.
2. Masterpiece, it's just too niche.
3. Taxman -  again quite weak, and when it's good it can quite annoying.
4. Tournament. It's widely misliked, though I'm 50/50 on whether Prizes will stay.
5. Fortune Teller, another weak and not so interesting attack.
6. Stonemason. This is now getting into more speculative territory, but I think the overwhelming 3-piling threat of this card is too much.
7. Horse Traders. You get this card for the buy, but man it does not usually feel good. Noone will be sad to see this go.
8. Soothsayer, it is the Curser that leads to the most boring games. It is also weirdly off-theme for the expansion.
9. Remake. If you're gonna remake the expansion, may as well remake Remake, which is just too strong.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 09, 2024, 10:27:19 am »
as Varys correctly pointed out, power resides where people believe it resides
This is a bit undercomplex though. In Nazi Germany, lots of people believed that Jewish bankers secretly controlled the world. That did not exactly give those Jewish bankers more power.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 08, 2024, 07:04:23 am »
I notice that if the general argument is "a lot of good ideas poll well, even if it's not all of them" this sounds like an argument for more direct democracy rather than representative democracy
Well, direct democracy is more democracy than representative democracy.

My argument is that the current system does not actually succeed in translating the preferences of the general populus into policies. It does to a larger extent translate the preferences of the wealthy into policies. You are using the lack of implementation of these good policies as a deficiency of democracy, but the above shows that it is rather a result of a deficiency in democracy.

In a similar vein, good results have been achieved by councils of randomly selected citizens (see e.g. here or here), but those prescriptions are unfortunately not binding.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 08, 2024, 06:18:53 am »
[UBI case]

Ok, say I buy this. What about more difficult issues, like being pro nuclear energy? Not a popular position among democrats afaik. Would a true democracy do anything here? (Admittedly, I don't know what precise policies he proposed, but there was something about research into a new kind of reactor afair)
I am not sure where you are headed with this question. It's unclear where this policy would go. Currently the people are slightly in favor of nuclear energy, but this fluctuates over time.

But it should also be clear that even in a perfect democracy, decisions are not magically always correct. (It's debatable whether being pro nuclear energy is correct, but whatever. We can substitute the topic for GMO foods, where I think the popular opinion tends to diverge more clearly from scientific findings.) It's just that results can be expected to be better, but for controversial topics there is still work in convincing people that remains to be done.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 08, 2024, 01:04:33 am »
I don't think there is any simple story of how macro politics evolves. I also don't think that anyone meaningfully controls the big picture. E.g., no one in Germany caused or planned the war in Ukraine, no one controlled how people reacted to all the refugees; it just hit the country and then people reacted in the ways they reacted. It's just a big ugly mess.
Well, the rich definitely have more influence over policy than the poor; there are several studies on this (for the US / for Europe).

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 07, 2024, 08:09:10 am »
And as for psychologically appealing theories: I think it can be argued that a theory that soothes the own ego by reaffirming that you are so much smarter than everyone else has more appeal than one that posits that you need to take everyone seriously.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 07, 2024, 08:05:42 am »
It really seems to me like my own story of "people just aren't very smart and easily influenced to believe dumb shit" is simpler and explains the situation equally well.
It don't think this story explains anything. Who does the influencing? Are those people smart? Why are they smart and others not?

Your story has just like, zero explanatory power.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 06, 2024, 07:41:35 am »
which is a green party but without the tankies
Also, are there normally tankies in Green parties? This is news to me.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 06, 2024, 07:40:01 am »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it doesn't seem like AfD really has all that much power in Germany?
It's true, but they have been doing well in polls lately, and state elections are coming up in several states that are strongholds for them, meaning they will probably win first place there.

Also as far as I can judge from the Finn's party Wiki page, the AfD is significantly more extreme than them. There has been a recent scandal about a secret meeting in which they discussed the deportation of naturalized citizens (and even German-born ones that aren't white).

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 06, 2024, 05:49:38 am »
It's all connected in my mind, the lack of democracy and the support for the far-right.

The far-right benefits because it can put itself in a perceived opposition to a system that does not serve the interests of the average citizen. The system does not serve their interests because people in critical positions are reliant on the support of corporations. Corporate power stems from the undemocratic control that wealthy people have over the economy. If corporations were worker-controlled, we could significantly remove their influence over politics, and when they do lobby, it would be on behalf of the workers rather than their rich shareholders.

At the same time, a corporatized media landscape pushes the interests of the media owners, which align more with the far-right than the left. Here again worker democracy in journalism would allow them to set an agenda that is more closely aligned with the interests of the people.

The problems in the US and in Germany are systemic.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 05, 2024, 02:22:25 pm »
You could just pick a parliament out of citizens via RNG. If anyone doesn't want to do it or doesn't show up, they can get replaced by a different random person. This would probably be better than representative democracy.
I have some affection for this model, but I would argue that it is still, in the broader sense of the word, democracy.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 05, 2024, 02:21:33 pm »
But I feel like applying that to the system as-is is kind of missing the point. If politics were more of a niche thing that you have to study for, I'd hope it wouldn't get this polarized in the first place. Once it is this polarized, I think reason is basically lost
Again, this system pretty much exists in China. As a communist, I know that "look at China" is a really annoying argument, and I imagine that you don't want to use their model, but I do not understand how your proposal is meaningfully different.

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Mischievous Courtier - $4
Action/Attack

+1 Card
Reveal a non-Victory card from your hand. Choose one or all:
You gain a copy of it; each opponent gains a copy of it; +1 Action per type it has.

A Courtier that has some Jester in them.

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Puzzles and Challenges / Re: Return all copper to the supply
« on: February 05, 2024, 02:55:18 am »
Simply play with all the Heirlooms  :P

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 04, 2024, 01:50:10 pm »
No disagreements :P But I have no reply to the deontological point

I would agree for both Democracy and Capitalism. How do you justify that democracy is inherently the best option, rather than just the least bad one?
Because I believe that inherently every person should have a say in the organization of their own lives.

That is probably not going to satisfy a utilitarian mindset. But I feel like it's pretty hard to make utilitarian arguments on the organization of a state because it seems very hard to predict outcomes of unprecedented changes. But at the very least I think it's established that people having the feeling of agency over their own lives is correlated to happiness.

One thing is that I'm planning to vote for Die Grünen (Green Party) in 2025, but I don't feel like this gives me significant agency over my own life.

My vision of a healthy society is more that politics is boring and in the realm of nerdy intellectuals, whereas regular people get their agency in other ways.
Well, I guess, but someone has to decide who these nerdy individuals are. Democracy gives everyone a chance to be a nerdy intellectual. At the same time, nerdy intellectuals, if left to their own devices, will make policy decisions that appeal only to nerdy intellectuals.

Also stuff like workplace democracy has a much more immediate impact on your life.

I guess my main question would be, what's the alternative? You gesture vaguely at other options, but I'm not sure I can see what these are. What you said above sounds a lot like the system as it is in e.g. China.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 04, 2024, 10:16:48 am »
I guess I have only myself to blame for derailing the conversation on democracy being the best governing system, which I think is much more interesting.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 04, 2024, 06:21:46 am »
It's not elites running the world, but it's as much of an overlap with that hypothesis as we'll likely get
It's extremely funny to me that the author of this chose to lead with a random 4Chan post to introduce the idea of manufactured consent, rather than citing the leftist scholars who actually developed that theory.

And then the first paragraph is just "look at how much smarter I am than the unwashed masses". Oh my god. Why are all these libertarians such arrogant shitheads?

Why do we have to go to superlatives like "crime of the century"? How about climate change for the crime of the century?

I don't care much what the cause of COVID-19 was, and mostly the people interested in that stuff seem to look for a way to attach blame for the pandemic to the Biden administration somehow, which is also why Fauci is shoehorned into this post.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 04, 2024, 06:09:10 am »
I would agree for both Democracy and Capitalism. How do you justify that democracy is inherently the best option, rather than just the least bad one?
Because I believe that inherently every person should have a say in the organization of their own lives.

That is probably not going to satisfy a utilitarian mindset. But I feel like it's pretty hard to make utilitarian arguments on the organization of a state because it seems very hard to predict outcomes of unprecedented changes. But at the very least I think it's established that people having the feeling of agency over their own lives is correlated to happiness.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: The Necro Wars
« on: February 03, 2024, 06:11:11 am »
Everyone seems to agree on paper that democracy is just the least bad of the options, but then turn around and treat it as some kind of intrinsic good.
Not everyone. I think democracy is inherently the best option, and many of the problems with the current system stem from a lack of democracy rather than too much of it. Particularly when it comes to the organization of corporations. But I can agree with your sentiment if we only replace a single word:

I mean the the truth is that only a handful of legitimate alternatives to DemocracyCapitalism have been attempted. It's the equivalent of standing in front of a million different slot machines, trying out five of them, and finding that among those, #4 works best. To extend the analogy further, we can assume that every other slot machine requires a trillion dollars up front to see how well it works. In this situation, it's one thing to conclude that trying out others isn't worth it and we should just stick with machine #4 (seems reasonable), but it makes no sense to assume that #4 is actually the best one, and it makes equally little sense to declare #4 infallible and oppose gambling restrictions that have been shown to work pretty well.

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It's also worth noting that a deck in which Vassal works well will probably be a deck that draws itself every turn. But Vassal does not work with an empty deck. Conspiator does.

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