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Dominion General Discussion / Shitty Rules Questions
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:11:52 am »
According to Inheritance, gaining an Estate (or otherwise having one move into your hand/deck) makes it yours. If you walk off with any such Estate cards before the game is over, have you committed theft?
  • If not, what if the game's owner resigns--does the Estates' ownership then revert to them?
    • If so, what if the game's owner dies midgame--are the Estates then permanently yours?

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:46:35 pm »
Underground Railroad: This doesn't really seem worth it. Sure, you can ideally put your hand on your mat, and if you are lucky, the Victory cards stay there. But you have to get rid of at least three cards at once to make it even possible r this to turn out worthwile (unless you were unlucky before).
This commentary is a bit confusing. You know what's in your hand at the time you play a night card, and you can look at cards on your Native Village mat at any time. There's not an element of chance.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Fan Wiki option?
« on: January 06, 2019, 05:26:57 pm »
I don't think the wiki model is a great match. Too text-focused, whereas I think you'd want easy comment forms, and version histories for different texts/prices/whatever, and easy ways to link cards to other cards, and create alternate versions of cards, and define lists/decks, and maybe even something to help with printing.

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:37:58 pm »
All the talk of the Island mat having no rules associated with it reminded me of a different mat:

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: December 16, 2018, 03:42:48 pm »
A bit of Nocturne-style unpredictability. I wanted to do something with debt and "if you have any debt," but Capital kept getting in the way, so here's some different less-explored territory instead. Maybe getting all these treasures for free is too powerful, I dunno, I didn't have any better ideas.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Dominion Card Image Generator v1.5
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:15:03 am »
So the DPI is higher in case you want to print anything.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Dominion Card Image Generator v1.5
« on: December 13, 2018, 12:23:04 am »
Okay! Look at this triangle.

In a raster image, which most image formats qualify as--png, bmp, gif, jpeg, etc.--this is basically encoded as a long list of pixels specifying whether each one should be black or transparent (or something in-between, for the edges). The downside to this approach is that if you want to resize the image, you get something like this:

The program doing the resizing, in this case your web browser, has no idea what the image is actually supposed to depict. It just knows there are a bunch of pixels in different places, and when trying to draw the image larger, it grabs one of those pixels (or multiple of those pixels, if it's blurring) and uses that. So that's one downside to raster images: they have a finite amount of detail, and when you try to display them at a size larger than their detail, it looks wrong.

Because raster images are essentially just lists of pixels, their filesize is hugely affected by their dimensions. A 32x32 image has far fewer pixels than a 1024x1024 image, for example, so it'll almost always be smaller. Depending on the specific image file format you're using, the complexity of the image will also play a role, but the dimensions will always be a factor.

Vector images (most commonly svg files) don't do any of that. The vector equivalent of that triangle image is basically, instead of a long list of pixels, a statement "there is a shape and it's black and it has three points and they are located here, here, and here." That's it! And each of those point locations would be expressed as a percentage of the image's overall width and height. So when you resize a vector image, it looks like this instead:

Perfectly smooth at any size. Vector image file formats generally let you specify a size the image should be displayed as by default, but really, the images themselves don't exactly have dimensions, they're just lists of shapes. The filesize of a vector file will depend purely on the number and complexity of those shapes, but won't care in the slightest about dimensions.

So you might think, wow, vector images sound great, they have none of the downsides of raster images, let's use them for everything! Well, for triangles and stuff, sure. But look at this random picture:

It would take forever to reduce this to a list of shapes and their colors. The more textured the image, the more irregular the shapes, etc., the harder it gets to make a vector equivalent, and automatic software solutions remain fallible. So both rasters and vectors persist, because both do different jobs.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Dominion Card Image Generator v1.5
« on: December 12, 2018, 08:05:49 pm »
For the official cards, there's a maximum size for rules text; the generator doesn't keep this in mind. For example, if you were to render your own version of Scholar, the text will be much larger than the official cards.
This isn't true. The generator's maximum text size is admittedly slightly larger--not "much" larger--than certain scanned images, but it was based on other scanned images, so for those ones it's the right size. This just isn't something that's fully consistent across all cards/expansions/editions, and if I have to pick only one size to start from, out of the various possibilities offered by different cards, I'd rather a larger than a smaller.
Another thing, someone has asked me to make German translations of the cards, but the generator doesn't bold the German words. Could you possibly add a way to force text to be bold? This would also be good for people adding new keywords *puppy eyes*.
This is in the works, but obviously only every once in a while do I actually feel like writing code for this, so I have no time estimate for you.

ETA: other replies:
I'm noticing that when I download the image, some problem occurs in my browser (Vivaldi), so that from now on, every time I re-focus the browser, it freezes for a few fractions of a second
I'm sorry, I've never even heard of Vivaldi and have no desire to troubleshoot this right now. The images are <canvas> elements, and you're downloading them using whatever your browser's standard code for downloading <canvas> images is. The download process is 100% something your browser handles, not me.

I wondered why the .png file to download from the generator is so big for a picture file. The .png file I just downloaded for the fan card is 2.5 Mb, compared the fan card images (also .png files) I made a while back with photoshop which are about 300 Kb.
I'm going to guess the images you made with photoshop are much smaller in terms of pixel dimensions, which naturally translates to being smaller in terms of filesize. These are raster images, after all, not vectors.

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:29:39 am »
Is this really a Victory card?
It's a bit of a stretch, yes, but its sole purpose is affecting your score and you only care about its text during (the very start of) scoring, so I think it's close enough.

(I think "just before scoring" is the more important part of the timing, and "at the end of the game" is mostly just there so that people remember when "scoring" happens.)

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: December 04, 2018, 02:51:20 pm »

Just a silly idea I've had kicking around for a while. Gamble on not all the Duchies getting bought, or some extra incentive to force a three-pile ending. (Or, even sillier, make last minute adjustments for Keep/Fairgrounds/etc.)

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:07:11 pm »
Would Treant's wording look better if it were something like:
Reveal and discard up to 3 cards from your hand. +1$ and +1 card per {VP} they are worth in isolation, ignoring all other cards you have ?
Might interact oddly with Wolf Den.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Dominion Card Image Generator v1.5
« on: November 24, 2018, 06:23:09 pm »
That's exactly the sizing information I was looking for, thanks. The discrepancy between lengths and widths was a little confusing, but I see here that there's some significant margin space between them to mark player color, so that makes sense.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Dominion Card Image Generator v1.5
« on: November 23, 2018, 01:49:46 pm »
A friend of mine just got his pre-ordered version 2 days ago. And in renaissance the 2 mats are combined. Into one mat.
Okay. Are they the same size as one another? Are they narrower than the original Coffers mat? What are their actual dimensions compared to cards?

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Dominion Card Image Generator v1.5
« on: November 21, 2018, 12:34:38 pm »
I want to use it in German and it would be nice if I can get the arrow just with ticking a box so that I can write the German word.
Ah, other languages are a good point, thanks for reminding me.

Intuitively it seems like it should be possible to have this tool support mats with text as well, now that we have two different examples (Coffers and Villagers) and know what's constant and what's variable. Unfortunately, judging just by the images on the dominionstrategy wiki, one of the variable things appears to be the dimensions, which can't be right. Look at this:

That's the two mat images superimposed and resized to use the same dimensions. The banners line up perfectly, which is nice; the text isn't quite aligned or sized consistently, but that's not a big deal. What's bothering me is that the Coffers mat is significantly wider than the Villagers mat. Is this right? Does Renaissance include a double mat that just hasn't been scanned onto the wiki, and if so, is that one's Coffers side narrower than the Guilds mat? Somebody with a physical copy of the game help me out here, because these images are inconsistent and I don't know what to do with them.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Dominion Card Image Generator v1.5
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:42:52 pm »
Oh, I might understand what you're asking about? The official Dominion cards only ever use the spelling "traveller," so my generator reacts to that spelling by drawing the giant arrow. You're using the spelling "traveler" and therefore not getting the arrow. But now that you point it out, it should probably accept either spelling.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Dominion Card Image Generator v1.5
« on: November 10, 2018, 08:47:08 pm »
I'm in the gradual process of replacing all the code for text/icon drawing, and italics are a part of that. If I can get this to work, there'll be a rich text editor instead of the page deciding for you whether this text should be bold but this other text shouldn't, etc. Legacy URLs will be converted to rich text. But that's not done yet, and I'm not going to retrofit italics into the old code in the meantime.

I'm not sure I understand the "clear text" ask. Is Ctrl+A, Backspace not sufficient?

Traveler arrow... I guess that could happen? Is this something you've wanted to be able to do?

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: November 08, 2018, 01:46:18 am »
7 Wonders - Tarken
The appeal of Native Village is not that it has a lot of words but that they all communicate a simple idea. By contrast, while I think I know what idea this card is trying to communicate, I don't see how its text arrives at that idea or really makes for a playable experience at all. I don't see why anyone would want to buy this... if you add a card to the wonder deck, and you want to GET that card, you're basically counting on shuffling before anyone else does, which is a hard thing to control unless complemented by specific cards (Messenger, Scavenger, etc.). You can't even use this as a very weak Attack by putting a Curse in the wonder deck, because then somebody else could just trash it for $2.

Agricola - Erick648
This feels more like a Haven variant than an Archive variant, despite the borrowing of some wording, but removing Haven's cantrip nature makes it play very differently. Getting the cards back into your hand on two different turns nicely gets around some of the more powerful possibilities of an into-your-hand duplicator (e.g. Treasure Map, Graverobber), and the fact this can duplicate anything (except for victory cards) is likewise balanced by the fact this is very slow and takes a long time to get back into your deck after you play it. All in all, this is a perfectly functional and plausible Dominion card whose influence from another game is quite subtle.

Agricola - GreyEK
This is cute, but doing something at the start of each player's turn like this is kind of annoying, especially when the text instructing me to do so is buried in a supply pile instead of on a card in front of me. Landmarks can get away with this because they give me points--Elder I wouldn't have as much incentive to remember.

Agricola - Holunder9
Making this a landscape card instead of part of the supply makes me a bit likelier to remember to add tokens to this one, but this feels a bit too self-contained, and the decision of whether to buy it or not on any given turn doesn't feel very interesting.

Arkham Horror - NoMoreFun
Oddly, I don't think this suffers from being as hard to remember as the last two Agricolas, because the fact it's a Landmark (and one that can end the game!) makes it function better as a looming presence over every turn. I think I'd need a lot of playtesting before I could really say how well this works, though... if taking 3VP is good enough to buy a Curse for, then does that mean that players will simply avoid buying cards that give Curses to other players? And how likely is it that this would ever actually end the game? It's hard to predict.

Battleship - MrHiTech
This appears to be a slower, less-integrated-into-general-Dominion-rules version of Chariot Race.

Betrayal at House on the Hill - Violet CLM
I can't lie: I think this is elegant. Really I'm surprised more people didn't end up using Heirlooms for things. My main concern is that the result of the high debt cost might be that everyone would wait for one player to buy this, then everyone else would buy it in immediate succession, to ride out the debt at roughly the same speed. I'm also not quite sure what I think about the fact that buying Estates before the Project, to make it cheaper, then gives you fewer chances to score lots of cheap VP afterwards.

Bohnanza - hypercube
Everything about this is stylish, matching the bean colors to the card colors in particular. Wax Bean is a great $2, usually less useful than Silver but just exciting enough to capture people's attention. My main points of concern are Blue Bean and Cocoa Bean... if you only play Coco Bean once, it's a Prince, and between the first and last times you play it, one or more Action cards you like have been removed from your deck. I'm not sure that's significantly more powerful than Teacher or Champion, but Blue Bean is so hard to exchange that getting Cocoa Bean should probably be slower than either of those canonical Traveller line enders. I guess that's the reason the lower Beans focus more on high numbers than on exchanging? On that note, kudos to Black-Eyed Bean for seamlessly giving you a source of useful action cards to use Cocoa Bean on, even if you'd spent the rest of the game only buying Wax Beans.

Broom Service - Fragasnap
I haven't played Broom Service, but this card reminds me of Basari, so I guess I can relate to it anyway. My suspicion is that this is so expensive there won't be a lot of copies in circulation at any given time, significantly reducing the chance of the gain failing to happen. Turn order has weird effects on this one too, like if player 3's card is revealed on player 1's turn, then player 2 can put down that same card in order to sabotage player 3's turn.

Carcassonne - spiralstaircase
A mini-expansion is not quite what I had in mind for allowing multiple card-shaped objects to express a concept, so I'm not sure whether to talk about each card individually or focus on what they have in common. In general I'm worried these are a little too focused on concept and not quite focused enough on execution. Cloister's eight card trigger isn't justified by the card's function itself, for example, only by its Carcassonne equivalent, and I am baffled by the $6 threshold on City Walls, which outside of Bank is basically never going to happen. I like Field as a sort of roll-your-own Landmark, and Road is probably quite strong in the right kingdom, but mostly I think these look very exciting but aren't quite ready.

Castell - scott_pilgrim
I think I'd rather see this concept as a Landmark, in the classic three-2VP-tokens-per-player vein. Otherwise I don't know... this is the kind of unexciting, sometimes-really-useful card that lots of games need, but is that really the right stuff for a $6? In general I'd rather have two Conspirators.

Chess - silvern
Should be a traveller.

Chutes and Ladders - MrHiTech
A collection of pretty ordinary fan card ideas, though structuring a split pile in a way other than AAAAABBBBB is an interesting idea. I suspect it would take some work while playing with these to determine how useful these are and how to optimize them.

Coup - Violet CLM
This is transparently an idea from another game clumsily transplanted into Dominion. It fails to preserve the reason that idea worked in its original context, and fails to integrate that idea with any other parts of Dominion in its new context.

Dungeons and Dragons - Doom_Shark
I kind of like the idea of a card that becomes much less useful if you draw it late in your turn, but +2 Actions is pretty weak, and in general I think this compares unfavorably with other VP-gaining actions.

Dungeons and Dragons - MrHiTech
The effects of playing this have been discussed pretty much exhaustively already, but I'll add that the dice don't feel like a very Dominion game mechanic to me. A small stack of cards with different effects, like Boons, would be more plausible.

Glory to Rome - Watno
The core idea here is sound, though considering how hard it would be to pull this off more than once (multiple Provinces and a specific other card in your hand), it may not need to be $6. Or maybe it could search your discard pile? This is somewhere between a Project and Royal Carriage, and that's not a bad place to be. The name needs changing now, of course.

Guess Who? - King Leon
An excellent candidate for silver-bordered Dominion, but possibly too strong and definitely too slow.

Isle of Skye - 4est
"Anyway, the idea definitely needs tweaking, but here's a stab at it," ends this post, and between that and the ensuing discussion I'm not sure what I can add. I'm also not sure from the wording whether the loop has a break instruction, or whether it's possible for every other player but you to end up gaining a copy of the card. Still, with enough tweaking I bet this could be a very cool Dominion card.

Life - MrHiTech
Hey, it's the Fairy from everybody's favorite Carcassonne expansion. This feels like kind of the simplest possible form of the Artifact idea--despite apparently being a State--and that helps drive home for me that I'm not especially into Artifacts. Some more variability needs to be injected into this idea somewhere.

Lifeboat - Aquila
Anything like this occupies an odd in-between realm where it has to have enough effect to be worth including in the game but not so much effect that it ruins all the player's plans. Tentatively I'd say this works, though like Boons, I'm sure it's not something people would want to deal with in super serious matches. Being able to see next turn's weather effect in advance is probably not usually too useful, but it could surely combine with some specific cards in interesting ways.

Monopoly - Tejayes
I'm assuming "discard this" at the bottom of this card is meant to negate the top part's effect, though in light of e.g. Procession+Duration I don't think that's strictly correct? Overall this is a pretty cool card, although I'd leave out "trash a Silver," because it's needlessly specific and also doesn't really seem to belong with the rest of the text. Also trying to define "end your turn" is probably too complicated an endeavor for a single card. But there's definitely a strong concept in here that could use a bit more fleshing out.

Netrunner - artless
This post didn't get a lot of response, but I like all these cards, even if to work better as challenge entries they should really interact with each other somehow. Hired Blade doesn't really do enough to distinguish itself from Witch probably? But the other two are good if you like your token-based gameplay.

Orleans - Nflickner
At max, this is $20 for 15VP... by comparison, buying five duchies would cost $25, and you'd also be saddled with them weighing down your deck. Plus, by itself the VP->$ trade isn't the best deal in history, but I would totally pay 1VP to turn $7 into $8. (Though I don't see any reason to invoke coffers at all, as compared to just +$1.) Unless it's too strong, this looks like a fine addition to a kingdom.

Pandemic - faust
This card takes some thought, but I think I'm mostly sold on it. Players are well motivated to buy this early to trash their Coppers/Estates, then at some point it starts being useful if they wind up with some Curses from not being able to play the card often enough to clear the way for their purchases. The only part that really bothers me is the "[w]hen any player shuffles their deck" trigger, which feels too variable and too vaguely defined.

Power Grid - Asper
There sure are a lot of cards caring about Provinces in this challenge. Power Grid is not my favorite game, but I think these card-shaped objects make good use of the concept in question, and tying the auction to an event that happens only rarely makes it less of a slog. It's a pity Dominion has no way of keeping track of people's scores, to give the underdogs a bit of an advantage in these auctions, but clockwise order is random enough I suppose. Really there's nothing to complain about here, a single concept well expressed without hitting any obvious traps.

Settlers of Catan - terminalCopper
Obviously these are all translations of development cards, but I still can't escape the feeling there are two separate concepts at play here: the Catanians/Handicaps, and everything else. And even the latter category is two concepts, powerful Reserve cards that may only be called once each and cards that are bought (and kept) face-down. As is, this post is trying too hard to incorporate everything about Settlers' development cards, but fleshing out some of the individual ideas might well be a fruitful endeavor.

Sheriff of Nottingham - Commodore Chuckles
Some of the wording here confuses me... "for each player you chose" suggests you can choose more than one player, but the preceding text does not. Can you choose the same player 46 times in a row to empty the Copper pile as part of ending the game? Even if not, this becomes a little too automatic the moment you hit a situation where gaining Copper is good for whatever reason. I wonder how many situations there are where being able to manually reveal another player's hand is beneficial... Gladiator, of course, maybe something else?  But those are all edge cases, and mostly I think this is a nice card. It's probably okay to have one or two, which you'll want considering how strong the on-play effect is, but if you try to rely on this card then your opponent/s will cut you down.

Star Realms - Chappy7
I'm not totally sold on Reconstruct, whose range of options (most of them unrelated to the top half) confuses me, but Trebuchet looks like a good, straightforward combination of Militia and Farmers' Market. Maybe a little too slow, though indeed 3+ player games would interact with that.

Stratego - terminalCopper
Even putting aside the issue that these should really be Action - Attack - Traveller, these cards just don't look very useful to me. You can't really assume the kingdom will have a lot of other traveller chains in it, and if not, these cards just don't strike me as powerful enough for me to want to buy some of my own to (occasionally) manage to make you discard yours.

Takenoko - Kudasai
I mentioned earlier that I'm learning I'm not too enthused by Artifacts, but the same cannot be said for Empires-style cards, and this is very Empires, even if the tokens in question are coins instead of VPs. Panda might be too expensive at $4, but I could definitely be convinced otherwise... otherwise, everything here looks like it'd be a lot of fun to play with. Extra points for Gardener providing a reason to put tokens on a supply pile that nobody (otherwise) wants to buy cards from.

Temporum - crlundy
Another from the Empires school of design, this is an easy enough Event to understand, but I'm not immediately convinced it would be the most fun thing to play with. This might be incentivizing specialization a little too much, and the player interaction could get nasty.

Terraforming Mars - Violet CLM
Issues with this one have been pointed out in another reply. A bonus for early Provinces is not a bad idea--see Tournament--but making the rest of the game less interesting is probably not the way to accomplish that.

Tichu - singletee
Like the Carcassonne and Netrunner entries, this is a series of separate supply piles, none of which are guaranteed to show up in the same kingdoms as one another. So that's a bit dubious. These are generally fine cards of varying memorability (though Loyal Companion looks weak to me on first blush), but I can't escape the feeling they're a little too narrowly focused on specific cards from within Tichu without much acknowledgment of the role they play in Tichu's broader rules. For sure some of the entries have flown a bit too close to the sun in trying to incorporate into Dominion rules from other games entirely, but these are too close to the ground.

Ticket to Ride - Fly-Eagles-Fly
First, a suggestion: using letters instead of numbers to specify each supply pile should avoid potential confusion with costs or the implication that the piles are being ordered. I don't see where the 19 number comes from... normally there should be 15 (ten + silver + gold + estate + duchy + province), and the odd cases with more piles (bane, colony/platinum) are probably not worth making a fuss over. Better to have no tickets reward you for buying Platinums than to have to begin each game by sorting out all the tickets that include numbers >= 16. Hopefully even after that there wouldn't be the full 15 choose 2 (=105) tickets, randomizing the number to supply pile assignment should mean having some gaps is harmless. Anyway, putting aside the issue you bring up of how to ensure players are able to gain two cards in a turn, I worry this might give people too many points without much to limit them besides running out of three piles. Why should I buy a Province when I could get 6VP buying a Village and a Woodcutter instead?

Tzolk'in - Violet CLM
Probably functional, but it manages to lose a lot of the point of Tzolk'in in the implementation. Tzolk'in is all about looking several turns into the future to set up effects; here you can try to do that, but you're still at the mercy of Dominion's deck shuffling and random card drawing. You can't even adjust the cost of the card you get from this the same turn you gain that card, so if you've spent the last many turns aiming for a Prince, and suddenly you draw a hand of all green and yellow, well, too bad.

Judging Dominion cards is an inherently subjective endeavor, all the more so when the standards for judgment were not well established. Some entries were too close to ordinary cards with no influence from other games--other entries were too close to their original games with only a token attempt to be Dominion cards. But I couldn't give you an objective way of measuring that, nor a promise that I was entirely consistent in my reactions to any given point on that scale. Some other entries were also unfairly negatively affected by relying on very precise numbers for their prices or effects, which playtesting could reveal to be exactly right or too high or too low, but which my intuitions were insufficient to fully gauge. Obviously, despite my concerns about this or that point on this or that card, I was really excited to read all these entries and I would enjoy trying out many of them. Still, I have to pick out two that best captured that delicate, poorly-defined balance between being good Dominion objects but also good references...

Runner up: Takenoko - Kudasai
Winner: Power Grid - Asper

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: November 05, 2018, 10:53:57 pm »
In theory it should end in a few hours, but in practice I'd expect more like forty hours, because the US elections are going to consume all my time tonight and tomorrow.

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: November 04, 2018, 04:38:53 pm »
Everything is great so far, y'all! Keep it up! I really enjoy this theme so I wanted to give some love to some games that haven't popped up yet, though obviously I can't vote for myself and all that:

Betrayal at House on the Hill::

Estates on the mat stand in for BaHotH's omen cards leading to the haunt roll becoming ever more likely to succeed.


Here "playing it as" is shorthand for the full Overlord/BoM effect. Initially this was just a Landmark, but I decided to make it an expensive Project instead, so it doesn't start slowing down the game until people have a greater variety of cards in their decks.

Terraforming Mars:

A few different Terraforming Mars mechanics found their way into this... cards that can't be played until the planet has gotten warm/wet/airy enough, special cheaper ways of acquiring basic resources, and drawing four cards for your research phase. If Young Witch turns up then I guess this only can be used three times instead of four. Not sure how "performing any necessary setup" would interact with cards with heirlooms, though.


Tzolk'in's main mechanic of getting more powerful effects by leaving things on the board for longer, but having your options somewhat reduced in the meantime. At first I had the coin tokens sit on the card itself instead of the Coffers mat, but decided the latter would be more interesting, at which point this turned into a Candlestick Maker variant.

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: November 03, 2018, 04:35:33 pm »
Do this twice: The player to your left asks a yes/no question, you have to truly answer.
This is significantly closer to a Truth or Dare card than I was expecting we'd get.

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: October 30, 2018, 03:01:35 pm »
Quick thought: Panda should probably specify "(VP or Coin)" too for the "take 1 token" instruction, unless you want this to be a pseudo-attack card against Teacher and its event cousins.

(everything looks great so far y'all)

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: October 30, 2018, 03:47:45 am »
4. The winner of a challenge posts the next challenge.
aaaaaaaah sorry sorry I totally forgot about this part

okay, so, uhhh

Your model here is Governor much more than it is Walled Village: design a card-shaped object in some way inspired by the rules of a board or card game other than Dominion. (Also kindly specify which game you're working from because I assume we haven't all of us played 100% of games ever made.) Be careful, though, that the game with the inclusion of your object is still Dominion. At the extreme end, don't write a card that says "play a game of Backgammon with the player to your left--if you win, +$4." But even a Landmark that replaces Dominion's supply piles with the rotating supply from Through the Ages or St. Petersburg is probably a bit beyond the scope of this challenge.

If your idea is better served as multiple card-shaped objects for whatever reason--heirlooms, split piles, prizes, non-supply piles, whatever--sure, go for it, that's fine.

Busen Memo is not allowed.

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: October 29, 2018, 02:09:39 am »
Ooh, I'm delightfully surprised--thanks for the kind words! The genesis for the idea was very simple: I thought about all the basic Dominion keywords that could conceivably be bound to spendable tokens, and "discard" seemed the most interesting. Their effectiveness as attacks probably varies hugely by kingdom, though, even putting aside the issue of how big a deal -1 point is depending on the VP options... cards like Tunnel, Poor House, Menagerie, or Library would all make me buy Sellsail specifically for the tokens. But hey, maybe that kind of variability is a good thing.

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: October 23, 2018, 08:37:01 pm »
Mutineers may be spent during your Action phase at any time when you might spend an action instead, i.e. when no cards are currently resolving. Spending a Mutineer discards a card from your hand. At the end of the game, each unspent Mutineer is worth -1VP.
I think with this rule, I can lose all my Mutineers as soon as I have an empty hand during my Action phase. Is that intentional?
I was concerned that adding a clause "if you have at least one card in hand" might be too precise for the rules of the contest, but looking at them again, I guess it's probably safe to include that part.

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: October 23, 2018, 01:06:56 am »

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Mutineers may be spent during your Action phase at any time when you might spend an action instead, i.e. when no cards are currently resolving. Spending a Mutineer discards a card from your hand. At the end of the game, each unspent Mutineer is worth -1VP.

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