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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5625 on: April 19, 2024, 08:40:50 pm »
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In the revised edition of the set Guilds & Cornucopia, a Bane marker was added, which sits underneath the pile as a reminder.
Euhm or not? Source was the “Young Witch” page.

The “Second edition” page mentions: Removed the Bane marker card.

Strange 🤔
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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5626 on: April 19, 2024, 10:27:52 pm »
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In the revised edition of the set Guilds & Cornucopia, a Bane marker was added, which sits underneath the pile as a reminder.
Euhm or not? Source was the “Young Witch” page.

The “Second edition” page mentions: Removed the Bane marker card.

Strange 🤔
Yeah I thought I would come with a bane card but it did not.
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« Reply #5627 on: April 19, 2024, 10:42:06 pm »
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In the revised edition of the set Guilds & Cornucopia, a Bane marker was added, which sits underneath the pile as a reminder.
Euhm or not? Source was the “Young Witch” page.

The “Second edition” page mentions: Removed the Bane marker card.

Strange 🤔
Yeah I thought I would come with a bane card but it did not.
I would use the randomiser (with the blue back) horizontally underneath its bane pile.
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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5628 on: April 20, 2024, 01:46:25 pm »
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Why does C&G not have a colored outline on the top of the box like say prosperity 2e?
In the words of Wernher von Braun, "that's not my department." It's nothing I knew existed, would have known to proofread for, care about.

What is the recommended way to mark which card is the bane?
It looks like the original rulebook had no such recommendation. I personally just put that pile next to the Young Witch pile on the table, and in my experience everyone will remember. If you need more you could mark it with the Young Witch randomizer card (or any randomizer card, since there aren't more of these).
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« Reply #5629 on: April 20, 2024, 01:48:08 pm »
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The “Second edition” page mentions: Removed the Bane marker card.

Strange 🤔
Was it worth it to have 6 Rewards? Or, to have 2 of each Reward for multiplayer? If it meant losing this thing that I personally never had in the prototype? My feeling was, yes, yes it was.
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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5630 on: April 21, 2024, 07:37:26 am »
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What is the recommended way to mark which card is the bane?
It looks like the original rulebook had no such recommendation. I personally just put that pile next to the Young Witch pile on the table, and in my experience everyone will remember. If you need more you could mark it with the Young Witch randomizer card (or any randomizer card, since there aren't more of these).

Actullay, the original rulebook says: "mark its pile with the Young Witch randomizer card (underneath it, sideways)."

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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5631 on: April 21, 2024, 12:51:05 pm »
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What is the recommended way to mark which card is the bane?
It looks like the original rulebook had no such recommendation. I personally just put that pile next to the Young Witch pile on the table, and in my experience everyone will remember. If you need more you could mark it with the Young Witch randomizer card (or any randomizer card, since there aren't more of these).

Actullay, the original rulebook says: "mark its pile with the Young Witch randomizer card (underneath it, sideways)."
I just checked my file, not the physical rulebook, sorry. But there we go.
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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5632 on: April 21, 2024, 06:11:09 pm »
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What is the recommended way to mark which card is the bane?
It looks like the original rulebook had no such recommendation. I personally just put that pile next to the Young Witch pile on the table, and in my experience everyone will remember. If you need more you could mark it with the Young Witch randomizer card (or any randomizer card, since there aren't more of these).

Actullay, the original rulebook says: "mark its pile with the Young Witch randomizer card (underneath it, sideways)."
I just checked my file, not the physical rulebook, sorry. But there we go.

I don't know how to insert a screenshot here, but it is in the original v1 Cornucopia rulebook. Page 3, Preparation, 2nd paragraph, 1st sentence.
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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5633 on: April 29, 2024, 08:56:54 am »
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Rising sun is listed at rio grande as "June". Will that be true for europe?
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« Reply #5634 on: April 29, 2024, 01:40:50 pm »
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Rising sun is listed at rio grande as "June". Will that be true for europe?
That's not information I ever have, but I don't know if it will even make June in the US. I'm still hoping for June.
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« Reply #5635 on: April 29, 2024, 04:24:13 pm »
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Rising sun is listed at rio grande as "June". Will that be true for europe?
That's not information I ever have, but I don't know if it will even make June in the US. I'm still hoping for June.

Is it still up in the air because the art has not been turned in yet? :)
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« Reply #5636 on: April 30, 2024, 02:28:45 pm »
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Is it still up in the air because the art has not been turned in yet? :)
It's that, and when the debt tokens arrive.
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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5637 on: May 08, 2024, 03:23:24 am »
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Donald, do you feel that there are similarities to the reserve and exile mat?
Distant lands for example could be made into
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This is worth 4vp if on your exile mat”
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« Reply #5638 on: May 08, 2024, 10:50:11 am »
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Have you ever looked at a question and thought "ugh this is going to take forever to answer" (like the one below)?

Can you give a quick introduction to your playtesters (as many of them as possible)? Things like: how you first met them, what they do, their playstyle, what they're most likely to complain about, etc.
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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5639 on: May 08, 2024, 12:46:26 pm »
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This thread has to be in the running for the longest interview of all time.
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« Reply #5640 on: May 08, 2024, 04:05:51 pm »
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Donald, do you feel that there are similarities to the reserve and exile mat?
Distant lands for example could be made into
“Exile this
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This is worth 4vp if on your exile mat”
Yes of course. It would have been good to have it be one mat, to conserve table space for people playing IRL with a big mix of expansions. You have to worry about a few things if you combine them, but you could sure do it.
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« Reply #5641 on: May 08, 2024, 04:08:34 pm »
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Have you ever looked at a question and thought "ugh this is going to take forever to answer" (like the one below)?
Yes, I had to put off answering the previous question for when I'd have time to answer this one.

Can you give a quick introduction to your playtesters (as many of them as possible)? Things like: how you first met them, what they do, their playstyle, what they're most likely to complain about, etc.
This is just people who seem like they might currently be playtesting, if there was something for them to playtest. Or at least making some comments. Not counting the one online-only playtester who I don't really know, don't remember how they got there even, but man they do say things sometimes (it's X-tra; hi X-tra).

- Sir Martin - I met him in 1994, playing Magic. He recently wrote me a program for generating card images, which is such a time-saver. He likes engine-building; he's most likely to complain about something not being engine-building. He's also a fan of psychology. He wants to try new games. He isn't afraid to speak his mind and try to kill things he doesn't like. He hates things that work with weird categories of things, like Patron.
- Sir Destry - I met him in 1997, at the Wacky Romantic Pyrate Salon. The 90s, amirite? He likes trying the exotic strategy and going hard for it and seeing what happens. He doesn't tend to complain about stuff.
- Dr. White - At a game store in 2011. He's always the test for, will a game be too slow with slow players. He thinks things through. And crushes you. He's up for any Donald X. stuff, willing to play light or heavy stuff. He doesn't like powerful cards; he was the lone voice speaking against Silk Merchant. He does enjoy breaking whatever I've blown it on; he will find it and abuse it to the max. Actually a doctor (a psychiatrist).
- Dr. Dibson - Same store, probably also 2011. He likes to play the same game a lot, really learn that game. Not actually a doctor. He's very positive but will say what he doesn't like sometimes.

- LastFootnote - Recruited for Prince testing, just prior to Adventures. He was vocal at these forums and that's something I was looking for. He took on making card images for playtesters who use Dominion-size cards (I have Magic-size cards), and did tons of playtesting, and ended up being credited as "head playtester" in a lot of rulebooks (and to this day). He's especially pro-casual-player-stuff. Wants to have a good time.
- Mic Qsenoch - For Adventures I looked at who seemed to be a good player and also who was posting. I got a few people who aren't still playtesting (including jsh357 and Adam Horton), plus Mic. He's the big defender of nasty attacks. You could go watch a year of videos of him playing the daily on TGG. Watch them at 1.5 speed, that's my advice.
- Ben & Steveie - Well I don't feel like checking rulebooks to see when these names show up. After the Adventures crowd but otherwise somewhat far back. They were just people I'd seen online including here. They were willing to test non-Dominion stuff and also Dominion. They type reports and have been helpful, but they don't so much chat on the discord.
- Ingix - Somehow the person I've known 3rd-longest here; I met him around 1998, as a fellow "rules guru" for Magic. We argued about what the 6th edition rules should be. Now he argues about what the Dominion rules should be. He's not a playtester in the sense of playing games, but talks through rules stuff, comments on the rulebook, and proofreads.

- JNails - At one point I was going to playtest on dominion.games, and invited player after player from the discord community. That worked for a bit, then there was a leak and it all collapsed, and most of the new playtesters were uh not retained. JNails seemed trustworthy and super-productive though. Sometimes plays a lot of games with DZ. Hates attacks.
- tracer - I know him from these places, but actually played a bunch with him IRL a few years ago. He's allergic to citric acid; now your life doesn't seem so bad. He will build an engine no matter what. In multiplayer he just builds the engine anyway no matter how much the board says to just buy some Golds. A significant voice for a few recent expansions; the voice of the expert player who wants to be drawing every turn. So for example he helped kill some of the Duration Loots; you couldn't play them every turn you see. These days he has a video a day reviewing a card for a minute.
- markus - Not so much a playing playtester, and doesn't pipe up much, but well there's his name in the list, he must be doing something. He did all the stats stuff you see on dombot, and recently compiled lists of interactions for me for the upcoming campaigns on TGG.
- kieranmillar - Another maker of videos, a long series looking in-depth at cards from the first several expansions. I think I found him that way. He playtested a bunch during the pandemic period. Friendly and verbose.
- Cave-o-sapien - You know him as the dombot guy, but he's played several of my games now; he'll be in the credits for Moon Colony Bloodbath and Pacific, hopefully both out this year. He's very chatty. Also has decent taste in music. Cares about flavor.
- DZ - What is there to say about DZ, that wasn't said better in the police dossier? I still remember the day I met DZ. That was the day I fulfilled my lifelong ambition to follow someone into a revolving door but come out ahead of them. DZ is like something you're trying to remember that everyone else wants you to forget. He's what the pig said to the apple. He's the stars painted on the ceiling of Dominion. He likes long walks on the beach, wonky cards, and having the game beat you up.
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« Reply #5642 on: May 08, 2024, 04:09:08 pm »
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This thread has to be in the running for the longest interview of all time.
It's easily beaten by Blogatog though. https://markrosewater.tumblr.com/
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« Reply #5643 on: May 08, 2024, 08:00:55 pm »
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DZ is like something you're trying to remember that everyone else wants you to forget.

Quote from: BoardGameGeek
Donald X. is like something you've forgotten that no-one wants you to remember.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/10525/donald-x-vaccarino

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Re: Interview with Donald X.
« Reply #5644 on: May 09, 2024, 12:00:41 am »
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DZ is like something you're trying to remember that everyone else wants you to forget.

Quote from: BoardGameGeek
Donald X. is like something you've forgotten that no-one wants you to remember.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/10525/donald-x-vaccarino

There should be a link from that page to this thread. Then we could play Scepter and go infinite.

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« Reply #5645 on: May 09, 2024, 02:37:38 am »
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DZ is like something you're trying to remember that everyone else wants you to forget.

Quote from: BoardGameGeek
Donald X. is like something you've forgotten that no-one wants you to remember.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/10525/donald-x-vaccarino
Also https://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=18150.msg741757#msg741757

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« Reply #5646 on: May 09, 2024, 06:33:45 am »
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I know there is a lot of talk about a Dark Ages 2E, but do you consider 2Es for more modern expansions like Nocturne? Or Deluxe versions (i.e. just 100 extra cards but no outtakes)?
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« Reply #5647 on: May 09, 2024, 02:41:58 pm »
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I know there is a lot of talk about a Dark Ages 2E, but do you consider 2Es for more modern expansions like Nocturne? Or Deluxe versions (i.e. just 100 extra cards but no outtakes)?
I've learned the hard way that I can't answer questions like this.
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« Reply #5648 on: May 10, 2024, 03:16:03 pm »
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Somehow Donald X. forgot about Josephine, Sylvia, and Natalie (I read the reports, I know they playtest occasionally). But anyways.

- Dr. White - At a game store in 2011. He's always the test for, will a game be too slow with slow players. He thinks things through. And crushes you. He's up for any Donald X. stuff, willing to play light or heavy stuff. He doesn't like powerful cards; he was the lone voice speaking against Silk Merchant. He does enjoy breaking whatever I've blown it on; he will find it and abuse it to the max. Actually a doctor (a psychiatrist).
- Dr. Dibson - Same store, probably also 2011. He likes to play the same game a lot, really learn that game. Not actually a doctor. He's very positive but will say what he doesn't like sometimes.

These two will be featured in one of Donald X.'s upcoming games. Somehow one of them never got invited to the private Donald X. discord.

- Ben & Steveie - Well I don't feel like checking rulebooks to see when these names show up. After the Adventures crowd but otherwise somewhat far back. They were just people I'd seen online including here. They were willing to test non-Dominion stuff and also Dominion. They type reports and have been helpful, but they don't so much chat on the discord.

The rulebooks/secret histories indicate that they came in during Renaissance. They suggested what would ultimately become Improve.

- JNails - At one point I was going to playtest on dominion.games, and invited player after player from the discord community. That worked for a bit, then there was a leak and it all collapsed, and most of the new playtesters were uh not retained. JNails seemed trustworthy and super-productive though. Sometimes plays a lot of games with DZ. Hates attacks.

Most playtesters' day jobs are a mystery. I think JNails is a high school debate coach, and I'll just assume everyone else is a computer programmer/mathematician. JNails also tries to convince Donald X. to remove unnecessary and egregious commas (I say "tries" because Donald X. likes those commas).

So why have I mostly played with them for Dominion testing. One reason is, they're mostly the only option. A lot of other online playtesters are either really busy post-pandemic, don't have the hardware to play on TGG, or block me. (I don't mind if anyone blocks me! If you find me annoying/rude, just do it. I'm just stating the facts, there are other playtesters who block me.)

- kieranmillar - Another maker of videos, a long series looking in-depth at cards from the first several expansions. I think I found him that way. He playtested a bunch during the pandemic period. Friendly and verbose.

Other than JNails, I've played a little Rising Sun with kieranmillar. They claim to be British, but they say dee-zee instead of dee-zed so I'm suspicious. btw dee-zed is the canonical way to say my name and I get to decide that. JNails doesn't care and says dee-zee anyways.

- Cave-o-sapien - You know him as the dombot guy, but he's played several of my games now; he'll be in the credits for Moon Colony Bloodbath and Pacific, hopefully both out this year. He's very chatty. Also has decent taste in music. Cares about flavor.

Moon Colony Bloodbath, that's an excellent game. Other than Rising Sun, that's the thing I'm most looking forward to this year. I never played Pacific (playtesting on it pretty much ended when I was invited), but I've seen a draft of the rulebook, it looks pretty cool.

- DZ - What is there to say about DZ, that wasn't said better in the police dossier? I still remember the day I met DZ. That was the day I fulfilled my lifelong ambition to follow someone into a revolving door but come out ahead of them. DZ is like something you're trying to remember that everyone else wants you to forget. He's what the pig said to the apple. He's the stars painted on the ceiling of Dominion. He likes long walks on the beach, wonky cards, and having the game beat you up.

What can I say about me.
* My actual initials aren't "DZ", but it's what my username is. Since it's just 2 letters it's already been claimed on a bunch of websites, but in 2017 dominion.games was still young and I could claim it.
* I first played Dominion in 2011; I got back into it in 2017 after reading Donald X.'s secret histories. Ah 2017. I remember getting so excited about Nocturne previews and being so sad that everyone else hated it (it's still easily the most overhated expansion).
* You may remember I wrote my own secret history for Cornucopia/Guilds. A Rising Sun one seems likely. I've got stories to tell, and some of them are of Donald X. dropping f-bombs.
* A couple days ago I'd say I'm a college student. However, I just did my last exam, so I've all but graduated. But who cares, right?
* One time LastFootnote asked "So what happens when you BoM a Landing Party now?" and Donald X. said "Currently the way BoM works with Landing Party is, * has no idea, waits for DZ *". This was after I declared in spec chat that BoM Garrison and BoM Landing Party are the 2 most controversial Dominion rulings.
* I don't tend to go outside so I deny enjoying long walks on the beach. I do enjoy tricky cards and the game beating you up. Not "getting beat up and doing nothing the entire game," "getting beat up and still winning with a masterful strategy."
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« Reply #5649 on: May 10, 2024, 03:39:38 pm »
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Somehow Donald X. forgot about Josephine, Sylvia, and Natalie (I read the reports, I know they playtest occasionally). But anyways.
Sylvia and Nat will get credited for Chef's Choice. They played just a little Moon Colony Bloodbath and Pacific, and probably no Rising Sun.

These two will be featured in one of Donald X.'s upcoming games. Somehow one of them never got invited to the private Donald X. discord.
He's just not into that scene.

Other than JNails, I've played a little Rising Sun with kieranmillar. They claim to be British, but they say dee-zee instead of dee-zed so I'm suspicious. btw dee-zed is the canonical way to say my name and I get to decide that. JNails doesn't care and says dee-zee anyways.
You're fighting the good fight.

Moon Colony Bloodbath, that's an excellent game. Other than Rising Sun, that's the thing I'm most looking forward to this year. I never played Pacific (playtesting on it pretty much ended when I was invited), but I've seen a draft of the rulebook, it looks pretty cool.
It will be great to have those finally come out.

* One time LastFootnote asked "So what happens when you BoM a Landing Party now?" and Donald X. said "Currently the way BoM works with Landing Party is, * has no idea, waits for DZ *". This was after I declared in spec chat that BoM Garrison and BoM Landing Party are the 2 most controversial Dominion rulings.
Yeah, it's a bummer. Errata for Band of Misfits seems likely someday.
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