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General Discussion / Re: Autoplay?
« on: 18 November 2017, 02:54:27 PM »
 sorry for being terse, I'm on mobile.

I did not have a necropolis in hand. This can be reproduced easily. Just have a hand with your only actions being crowns, and you have actions remaining. I should be sent to my buy phase but I am not. What is the point of auto play if not this?

I read the post but I still don't get it. Can someone give an example of one auto play option, have a specific in-game scenario, and describe the behavior with autoplay on and off? And perhaps explain what these questions are? I just don't understand it, please try to use little words for me so I don't get confused.

General Discussion / Autoplay?
« on: 17 November 2017, 02:34:43 PM »
All right, I'm extremely excited that autoplay is a thing. I read the "documentation" on it and I have no idea what it means. Something about answering questions? I have no idea what a lot of these options do. OK fine, let me start up the game, just turn some of them on, and see what happens. Maybe that will help.

I put Crown on "Auto-end actions" and I found myself with one action left, a single Crown in hand, and a bunch of treasures. No other actions. Here it goes! I click the Crown without clicking end actions first! Crown is played as an Action! WTF? It doesn't work.

I have no idea what autoplay is supposed to do, and it doesn't appear to work. The documentation needs to be much clearer, because I read it like 3 times and I have no idea what it's trying to say. Also, whatever is happening with Crown is not right, because I just tested it.

Man, I really thought this was the end to so much frustration and I feel like we're so close, but this was a huge disappointment.

Game Log Issues / Plural of Hero misspelled.
« on: 03 November 2017, 02:09:14 PM »
In the game log, the plural of Hero is spelled "Heros" and it should be spelled "Heroes."

General Discussion / Re: New Start Game feature
« on: 24 October 2017, 07:05:44 PM »
It would be nice if there was an option to skip this at the beginning of each game. I'll be very thankful that it's there for the next month or so while I'm still getting used to the cards, but eventually I will get annoyed by it.

BTW, the update that came when these previews started included a lot of really awesome features, including this. I'm really happy with the display for duration attacks and various tokens.

General Discussion / Re: Terms of Service
« on: 20 October 2017, 02:22:58 PM »
I don't see why it would prohibit using broadcast software.

The idea is that broadcast software means that more people view the game and give advice to the player, making them better and giving them a competitive advantage.

But if this is not your interpretation of the rule then I will continue to stream with no wording change.

General Discussion / Terms of Service
« on: 17 October 2017, 04:05:30 PM »
With the recent kerfuffle over the tournament and ToS violation, there is a certain statement in the ToS that has been scrutinized:

2.A. You agree that you will not, under any circumstances: use cheats, automation software (bots), hacks, mods or any other unauthorized third-party software with either the direct aim or incidental side-effect of gaining a competitive advantage

Perhaps an update to the wording is appropriate here? Currently the use of any broadcasting software is not allowed (which is probably not the best thing in combination with later tournament matches being "required" to be streamed). Perhaps a list of approved pieces of software could be added to the ToS, which would include common streaming software like OBS or XSplit. Maybe give the blessing here for other third-party apps like Sparklepig? I would like to continue streaming Dominion but not if there's any risk of getting my account banned.

It also may be a good idea to make it so you can use this stuff with the consent of all of your opponents. Many times I will play games where I'm tutoring someone sitting next to me -- my opponent is OK with this (it can often include some long delays in play so I usually arrange for a specific opponent who is willing to put up with this) and sometimes I'll use text editors or calculate odds or something to help explain things. Currently this is against the ToS.

I understand why the ToS is written the way it is, to give you the maximum flexibility over what you can act upon; but given recent events it might make people feel better if you have a whitelist of things that are definitely OK to use.

Even if you decide to make no changes to the ToS, a followup reply here saying so would be appreciated just so I am clear with your stance on the issue. Thanks.

Feature Requests / Two Undo Buttons
« on: 09 October 2017, 10:46:05 PM »
I think it would be a huge help to the software (and shouldn't take that long to code) if there were two undo buttons.

1. The undo button that currently exists, it just undoes one step. It would be nice if it took you back to the last decision YOU made rather than the last decision ANYONE made (so if you were playing a bot it would actually work for going back to your previous turn, for example). But that's a different feature request.

2. And undo button that lets you undo back to any decision -- essentially something you can click that does the exact same thing as typing "/undo" in the chat does.

I think this second undo button would make the software a lot more usable for a very small cost. Not only does it present the user with one of the most useful features of the software without them having to know about its existence somehow (which is not in the client), but not having to use the keyboard in order to do an arbitrary undo is a huge step in the right direction for usability.

Other Bugs / Re: Max events/landmarks not respected
« on: 29 September 2017, 08:00:51 PM »
You are free to express your own opinions, but I'd really appreciate it if you would make a little more effort trying to not represent them as facts or the opinions of others.

If I say something that you disagree with, you can say what it is and why you disagree with it. Telling me that everything I say is just my opinion doesn't make everything I say wrong.

And I thought I was doing you a service, telling you what I'm hearing from people I talk to who aren't going to sign up on these forums or otherwise tell you their feedback. If you would like me to stop, sure I'll stop, but if you're trying to tell me that I just post random crap on your forums and say "everyone else is saying it too!" then that's just not true.

Other Bugs / Re: Max events/landmarks not respected
« on: 29 September 2017, 05:02:59 PM »
Yeah this kind of thing is going to happen when the list of reported bugs is not kept up to date and reported bugs don't get fixed. I'm not going to look through all the threads everywhere to make sure something hasn't already been reported.

And really that's a shame. It would be much easier for someone to keep a list maintained than it will be for them to go back and remake the list when the time comes, so it leads users to think that they don't care about ever fixing the numerous problems with their software.

Other Bugs / Max events/landmarks not respected
« on: 26 September 2017, 11:14:40 PM »
I'm playing a game at a table I created. It's a 1-player game. I have max Events/Landmarks set to zero and I am getting events and landmarks at my games.

I have required two cards, no colonies/shelters, and they are not Events or Landmarks. This is definitely a bug.

Dominion Online Championship 2017 / Re: Rules Discussions
« on: 01 September 2017, 03:43:05 PM »
Oh that's neat.

I have no further comments on the rules.

Dominion Online Championship 2017 / Re: Rules Discussions
« on: 01 September 2017, 03:17:38 PM »
What do you mean by replay mode? I don't think there is a replay mode currently. Im not 100% certain of the technicalities used, but I think there will be a way that only the streamers can join the spectator mode.

The only way I know of to allow certain people to spectate a game and exclude all others is using the "friends only" spectator mode. So a player would have to clear off their friends list and add only the moderators or streamers or whoever. I don't think this is reasonable to ask of people.

If there is some other way, I'm not aware of it.

The replay mode I'm referring to would be where people take a game number, then I think you can just click through each of the decisions made -- I guess you could do that one stream. I am not as familiar with this feature, but it seems like the only thing you could really do if you wanted to cast a tournament game after-the-fact. It doesn't seem that great, since you'd have to keep the results quiet until that stream/video was released for there to be any suspense at all, but there is some upside. If some guy is taking a long time to think, you don't have to wait for it, you can just have the commentators say whatever they want to say and then move on when they're done. You could also rewind if needed.

Dominion Online Championship 2017 / Re: Rules Discussions
« on: 01 September 2017, 02:12:21 PM »
Excellent. I think section 8 is very much improved. For this tournament it seems that the plan is to have matches streamed on replay mode, then?

Also, I assume there are no officially "tournament-sanctioned" commentators, since there is no mention of that in the rules?

Dominion Online Championship 2017 / Re: Rules Discussions
« on: 01 September 2017, 02:35:47 AM »
There was a League Championship match, and it was announced beforehand that Donald X in pair with someone else will be commenting.
That "someone else" turned out to be not Adam.
That is the issue.

This is a pretty inaccurate description of the issue.

But that's not particularly relevant to the fact that the rule should be made more specific.

Dominion Online Championship 2017 / Re: Rules Discussions
« on: 31 August 2017, 07:23:07 PM »
Moderators will decide about the commentators. If a player is unable or unwilling to have their match streamed or commentated by the selected commentator, they forfeit the match.

If the moderators want the authority to make people forfeit matches, it's pretty good practice to do it as objectively and transparently as possible. You don't want to get into the situation where this was the rule, we get to the QFs and the mods decide "OK we're having AdamH do the commentary" and all of a sudden people would rather forfeit the match. It could easily be seen as a move done by those dastardly evil mods -- "MWAHAHAHAHHAHHH I want Joebob to lose the tournament and I know he hates Adam, so I can make him forfeit by telling him Adam will commentate!!!!!" when it could have all been prevented by just listing all of the commentators before the tournament started. If I was a mod, I would want that rule to be written before the tournament starts so that I could just point at the rule and everyone's life is easier (except for people who join the tournament without reading the rules first. There's no helping them by making better rules, sadly).
It seems likely that commentators will be top players who have been eliminated from the tournament; thus it's not possible to specify them in advance?

I am just posting to say though, that if you are in a Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour, and make the quarterfinals, the match will be filmed, and there will be commentary, and you will have no say in any of that. And they have had players eliminated in earlier rounds do commentary, thus not possibly specifying them ahead of time. And that has all worked out, no-one ever forfeits to avoid that.

I of all people don't mind being filmed, but I think it would be a good idea to explicitly state it in the rules if the organizers want to be able to kick someone out of the tournament for any reason, especially if they necessarily have to make a deep run to get there and there might be higher scrutiny.

One idea is to have a pool of people to choose from, and only choose people who have been eliminated so far.

But yeah in Magic, do they really have people who played in the tournament commentate? I thought that with any competition of that kind of scale they would have dedicated commentators. It would seem weird to me but I'm not educated on the issue.

But as for this specific tournament, yes the commentary situation is a significant concern of mine. It comes from the fact that the TO and other people I suspect are involved in the tournament (organizers, but actually not any of the moderators, which is a big deal) have had a significant issue in the past related to commentary. Given that that's happened, regardless of my personal feelings about it, it seems like a smart idea to at least say something more specific in the rules to prevent a similar situation from getting bad in future tournaments that they run, like this one.