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Hi Stef,

here's my prio list.
User name in Dominion online: Rachmaninoff

1. An offline client, allowing you to play campaigns against bots
not necessary for me
2. A bot with a setting for different play styles
yes, nice to have - the bot's play style should be chosen either randomly or with a pre-set
3. A strong bot.
yes, this should be included in #2
4. Options for timed games
not necessary for me
5. Options for undo settings
undo should be automated in case there is no new information detected
6. Online mini-tournaments; the option to easily create one for you & your friends.
I am not sure, whether me personally will use this often - but could be fun for many players
7. Option to invite specific players to your table
yes, matching tab should include private tables and invitations for friends (or specific players)
it would be nice to have some more information together with the player's name always when this is shown (current level, a little flag of home country, an avatar)
8. More translations (to what language?)
9. Better animations when cards are gained/bought/played/...
yes, could be nice - but I recommend a smoother log with last cards bought pictures, last card trashed pictures etc.
"smooth log" means also replay funtions in slow-motion for the last 1,2,3 turns
10. Better visualization of split piles, Archive/Crypt contents, Prince targets, ...
no - I use the kingdom visualiser from Icehawk for this
10. Option to hide the log
see #9
11. Android app (or just improved compatibility?)
12. iPhone app (or just improved compatibility?)
13. Downloadable game logs
14. Improved moderation (dealing with chat abuse, slowplayers, ...)
no - Discord moderators do a great job here
15. Tutorial on how to play Dominion
16. Tutorial on how to play dominion online.

To be honest, I would like more statistics:
- leaderboard of the day / week / month (based on games last day / last week / last month)
- shooting star of the day / week / month
- bring the Breppert tool into Dominion online
- leaderboard against bots (when #2 and #3 is implemented)

That's it - have fun and many thx for the job done so far.


General Discussion / Re: Random people joining my table
« on: 23 November 2017, 08:28:30 PM »
Hi, Lotoreo,

this is more an attempt at an explanation, because I think there is no conscious system behind it. There are simply two ways to get to a new game - via the Matching Tab with the Automatch function or via the Tables Tab and the Join function.
I assume that the great majority of users use the autoplay function, but in the end there is also the tables tab, which always shows the newly created tables first by default - this is due to the alphabetical order of the possible statuses (new, post-game, running) - so the status NEW is always at the top of the list. And I think it's the easiest thing for some players to just press the join button for the top new table in the list - that's all.

As you may know, I'm a fan of multiplayer games and sometimes I also look at the tables list for the newly created or running 3-player games. If I know the host of one of these tables, I have pressed the join button several times to get more or less unasked directly to one of these tables.
And I think that for the 2P games it is ultimately the same intention and approach.

Have fun

Other Bugs / Re: 3 people joined my 2-player table after a game
« on: 22 November 2017, 11:39:25 AM »
Hi Ingix, it's nice when even I can give you a few good tips - because it's usually always you who gives good tips to others.

Of course, the data you see on the leaderboard for 2P games is different from that for 3P games - but in order to see it, you not only have to switch the tab in the leaderboard, you also have to click on your own name in addition (ok, this could be technically optimized, indeed).

And then you will see that at 2P you have a level 45 (248 games scored) and at 3P you have a level 41 with exactly 3 games scored.

Have fun

Other Bugs / Re: 3 people joined my 2-player table after a game
« on: 22 November 2017, 09:19:14 AM »
Ingix: Is there even a rating list for 4P games?

Quite apart from the real mistake discussed here, I would like to say that there is of course a leaderboard for games with 4 players - it is a combination of all 3 and 4 player games and will be judged exactly like the rules of the 3 player game.
This is to be added, because Ingix's rhetorical question has just given the impression that games with 4 players are never scored - this only applies to 5 or more players.

Have fun

General Discussion / Re: People needing 2-3 minutes to start the game
« on: 21 November 2017, 12:05:06 PM »
Hi Lotoreo,

of course there is a modification - for some weeks now there is this button "Start game", which you have to press - and I don't think all players are aware that they have to press this button to get the game started.

Personally, I like this additional button because you have a little extra time to look at the cards in peace - especially for the new Nocturne cards.

But I'm with you, it shouldn't take three minutes in average to get everyone ready.

Have fun

Feature Requests / Re: See Hexes/Boons list in game
« on: 20 November 2017, 09:14:55 AM »
Hi Gloures,

to have a quick overview of all kingdom cards in play (including hexes and boons) please feel free to install the Google Chrome extension "King's Courtier" from Icehawk.
It might not show you which hexes/boons have been played and which ones might come up next - but for overviewing the new (nocturne) cards and their instructions during the game, it helps me a lot.

You will find some more information in the link below.


Have fun

General Discussion / Re: Nocturne Previews & weekend
« on: 28 October 2017, 05:21:16 PM »
Stef, thank you very much for the previews - I definitely realized that the complexity of this game will not diminish. By the way, this was certainly a good trial run to kill a few bugs before going live.
And thanks also for Donald for the nice teasers on Dominionstrategy - that was really a successful addition.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the Nocturne cards.

Have fun

Hi Ingix,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent support. Your analyses for reported bugs and special cases and your always helpful and brilliantly structured answers and tips are a real enrichment for this forum.
I assume, you are doing all this on a voluntary basis and having a lot of fun with it - really good moderation performance - thx a lot.

Have fun

Feature Requests / Re: See all Kingdom Cards
« on: 19 July 2017, 03:32:39 PM »
Adam, Icehawk's approach is at least much more than nothing.

The initial post was from d.Thomas as a newbie - who made his first post here - so I can assume that he never heard before from the King's courtier plug-in - so I am sure it might help him a lot more rather than waiting for the perfect solution.

Feature Requests / Re: See all Kingdom Cards
« on: 19 July 2017, 02:34:48 PM »

to have a quick overview of all kingdom cards in play please feel free to install the Google Chrome extension "King's Courtier" from Icehawk - it helps me a lot.
You will find some more information in the link below.


Have fun

Bug Reports / Re: Crossroads / Inheritance
« on: 07 July 2017, 08:30:24 PM »
I can’t judge about the “plain English meaning of the description of the effect of inheritance” – I am not the native speaker to give advices for that …
But from my perspective there is a very distinct separation to make between

a) an inherited Crossroads
(an Estate only gets the ability of the crossroads card - the Estate card is still an Estate)
so first time played it is still an Estate and will give no actions, but 1 card per green

b) an overlorded Crossroads (similar with Band of Misfits)
(which really makes the Overlord being a Crossroads card)
so first time played will give 3 actions plus 1 card per green

Have fun

I think resetting the leaderboard after a period of time is out of discussion – and as some others here I am unclear about the purpose of this thread (in regards to “twink” accounts and all that stuff).

However, most of us love stats, and why not adding some other playfully views on the leaderboard as well (like we have it in the Breppert tool with the “Champion belt”).

Top players might see this as a needless thing, because they are visible in the ranking within the top 100 all the time and will get noticed in the leaderboard anyway. But there are some 1.000 other players never having the chance to get there – why not providing an additional statistics platform to give every player a chance to be “the king for one day”. Please don’t underestimate the ambition of players only to be listed awhile in a public board and to gain a kind of "trophy".

I am aware that all these lists can be misused – and indeed they shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but as long as it keeps the community playing, it is good business. Only some thoughts without any demand to be implemented in the next future …, but ok, give it a try some day.

Per day / per 7 days / per month?

- Top 10 Shooting stars
  (highest climb up of levels)
- Top 10 Scary Monsters
  (most victories as a level <50 player against level >60)
- Top 10 HighScorer
  (highest VP-scores in one / or 10 rated games)
- Top 10 players per home country
  (given the premise that the country can be added in the player account)
- Top 10 win streak
  (most wins in one row – only rated games)
- Make the bingo on discord more public
- …

The list could be continued with many other ideas – but again, the current leaderboard should be seen as the one and only in regards to matchmaking, showing skill levels and highlighting the real champions - but to be honest, it is at the end a very academic ranking which allows a significant identification for the top players only. Facing Dominion as a fun game for some thousand people (what it is !) may justify the addition of fun rankings as well – could be a value-add for the community.

General Discussion / Re: What is a "good" rating?
« on: 20 May 2017, 10:55:55 AM »
The initial question was about “what’s a good rating” – and of course there is no fixed red line to say: these are the good and those are the poor players in the leaderboard. Nevertheless the view on the Top 200 (which is level 55+) might indicate the pool of excellent strategists, league-proofed winners and some mathematical wizards. I would say beyond 55 all players can beat each other – below 55 the ratio tends to be more and more the David and Goliath story – and the component of additional fortune becomes more important to get a lucky punch.

But again, being in the level 50s shows the Top1000 of the Dominion world, that’s about the top 10% of our community, which deserves the tag of a “good rating” as well.

Changing the initial question to “what’s a good player”, this becomes much more relative – so here I am with Stef saying, this really depends from your perspective, because it should try to fade out all the ranking stuff as the one and only benchmark.

I like playing the piano, my family says, I am a good pianist – ok, that’s nice to know and makes me happy. Compared to the stars in Carnegie Hall I am nothing more than a little piece of shit … - ok, let’s say, I am a little piece of shit playing the piano quite well.

I leave it up to you to transfer this example to Dominion – but being level 50 can say, I am the best Dominion player in my home town, and perhaps I am in the Top50 of Germany – anyway, who cares about that? However, there are not so many things coming into my head of which I am sure being within the Top50 from the whole of Germany. This alone might be nice to know as well and can make you happy, but finally in our nice leaderboard you end up somewhere as a little piece of …

By the way, “good player” implies to me being supportive to other players, not being an arrogant nerd due to my better ranking, having some decency in the chat by saying Hello and avoiding all that stuff, of which this forum is more and more flooded with complaints and bans.

The main thing is, to be aware of yourself with an open mind set for all the “off-leaderboard” things , this community is offering to you. Have you ever played an unrated game with others ? – it’s unbelievable, but it can be very recreational. I am assuming, that “good players” are great in balancing out the fun factor versus their burning ambition to climb up the leaderboard - bad players show some gaps with that by having poor sportsmanship, and there might be some of them even in the top 1000.

So finally, I am still playing my piano in my Carnegie Hall living room at home – and I am still playing the Dominion daily, even though I am aware that the global ranking says, you are nothing more than a little piece of …

But I am happy with that – so have fun

General Discussion / Re: What is a "good" rating?
« on: 19 May 2017, 03:50:00 PM »
I have no special channel or link for the YouTube stuff ... -

but you will get tons of matches by searching within YouTube for
"Dominion League match"

and you can filter it down to special players like
"Dominion League Stef"
"Dominion League Qvist" or just
"Dominionstreams" and many others

Most games are streamed from the league matches taking place since several years now and there is also a community here on Shuffle IT playing live matches with live streaming and live comments.

Perhaps I am not the correct person to give any recommendations on that, but here in forum there a some players who can give good advice how and when it is worthy to participate as a spectator.

Have fun

General Discussion / Re: What is a "good" rating?
« on: 19 May 2017, 09:35:32 AM »
I think, everything what’s written here is correct – so the interesting analysis about what’s making the difference between a level 60-player and a level 55-player is really hitting the point.

As a level 50-player I am quite aware how difficult (one can say nearly impossible) it is to beat a player >55 due to their described capabilities (better opening, better mid-game, better end-game) – there is something within those higher levels which could be pictured as a mixture of broad experience (some 1.000 games), mathematical genius and some kind of pure magic.

You can have a look in several Youtube videos with the experts playing –and you might understand, what strategic possibilities the kingdoms are offering, you never ever would have detected. I am convinced that above 55 the region starts where many players never can step in – because this is the region of real talents paired with the ability to play everyday for several hours with raising passion and having a network of other experts to discuss about their strategies.

Important to say, that the component of luck, which is often mentioned as an essential element of dominion games, is more and more powered off in these higher levels – so top players even win against a (weaker), but lucky drawing opponent – their skills are trained enough to mostly turn the tide.

On the other hand the 55+ players are about 250 persons – which shows a 2% portion of the whole player range on this platform. With the 50+ players there are additional 650 persons – so it might be good to know that everyone playing in the big pool of the remaining 90% is having a chance to get into the Top1000, but only with ambition, some talent and some time.

Nevertheless you can say being at level 41 is much better than the overall average here, so I am a good player … - so finally everyone should follow his own targets to get happy, that's the main thing.

Have fun

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