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AI bugs / Re: Changling (in games with Tournament) bug?
« on: 22 November 2019, 10:58:53 PM »
Thanks for the reply Ingix,
I might have been wrong about which turn.  If so, that's frustrating, as it makes your job investigating difficult or impossible.  That's my fault (grumble grumble).

But the problem I had, on two separate turns was:
a. Played a Tournament from my hand (and with no Prov shown by Lord Rat, getting the full benefit of 1 card; 1 coin).
b. Finishing my actions.
c. Doing a normal Buy phase.
d. Attempt to gain a card I had just played via Changling.

I'll note that, the first time, I tried to do this, was unsuccessful, and tried again via Undo.  When I had no luck (ie, game simply did not allow me to select a card via Changling), I used Undo again and just skipped my Changling card.  The exact same thing happened the second time--both times when I had played Tournament in that turn.  BUT, when I finally had a turn where I had Changling but *not* Tournament in my hand, Changling worked perfectly.

I just tried to set up some decks (games 32944286 and 32944610) that had Tournament and Changling.  In both games, Changling worked perfectly.  So, either I originally had a series of min-strokes (joking, I hope), or, something really weird happened in that game that can't be replicated.

If it was the latter (ie, not just an inexplicable mistake on my part), I assume that, sooner or later, another person will post here with some sort of, "Hey that also happened in my game." comment.

AI bugs / Changling (in games with Tournament) bug?
« on: 22 November 2019, 10:53:35 AM »
Is this already a known issue?

Game: 32927121.  Turn 8

I bought a Changling.  And a few times in the game, on turns where I had played a Tournament, I could not 'cash in' the Changling.  I get why one can't use Changling to gain another Tournament...it's an odd card that leaves play early.  But on two different turns when I tried to use Changling after playing at least one Tournament card, I could not gain any other card I had played that turn (and was still in play).  The first time I tried this, I got  a message in the game log, referencing that Tournament had been played...and then had been moved automatically as part of the normal game play.  By using Undo, I just skipped using my Changling, so I could continue the game.  The second turn when I tried this (ie, Tournament, and then, later, Changling), I didn't even get an explanatory note in the log.  And finally, when Changling came up in a turn where I had no Tournaments, I could use Changling normally.


Sounds to me like (1) You took an incredibly long time to play, and just about everyone would have gotten frustrated playing you, AND (2) your opponent was a complete a-hole and his responses to you were totally out-of-bounds.  What he should have done was to resign and take the tiny hit to his rating, and then blackball you, so he would not be randomly matched against you in the future.  Or, suck it up, grit his teeth at playing a super-slow player, and then blacklist you after the game was over.

To repeat, his language was completely inappropriate.  Period.  Full stop.

Uh, yuck.

Weird.  His comments were.  1.  Oops, miscount. 2.  Sorry.  3.  Thanks.   and then 4.  Fuck you, asshole.

A really odd progression...his hostility seems to have come out of nowhere. 

?? Maybe his meds wore off??

General Discussion / Re: Dominion 2019 Errata and Rules Tweaks
« on: 29 October 2019, 01:21:22 AM »
With this new change; what happens now if you designate a card for Inheritance (let's use Militia as an example), it works fine as the game progresses, but then--over time--all the Militia cards are bought out?  Under the old rules, this is no problem...you designated Militia back when there was 1+ Militia cards still left, and so you can continue to play Estates as Militia even after that pile is depleted.

But under the new rules, will Inheritance still work?  Does the fact that your Inher. token is on Militia 'trump' the fact that there are no more Militia available?

Feature Requests / clean up/clarify workflow for Haggler + Duplicate
« on: 27 October 2019, 07:21:39 AM »
This currently does work, sort of.  But the steps are pretty confusing and I had to hit Undo a few times to figure out how to play it correctly.

I just played a game with Lord Rat, where Duplicate was already in play and I had 2 Hagglers in hand.  I wanted to buy a Gold, to then duplicate the Gold, and to then get my two 5-value cards via the Hagglers.

But here is the current workflow.  (a) Buy Gold, (b) be prompted to gain a lower-value card for Haggler.  When this card is identified and gained, I see a prompt to get a similar card via Duplicate.  (c) get a prompt to get another lower-value card (via 2nd Haggler). (d) after gaining this, a prompt for duplicating the 5-card in selected in (c).

When this happened, I got confused.  "Wait; what?  Why didn't I get a prompt to duplicate my gold?  Did I miss something in the log?"  So, I hit Undo a bunch of times and repeated the above.  Nope, did not miss anything.  So, I sort of gave up and just duplicated one of my gained 5-value cards.

Later in that same game, it was the same situation.  This time, I made a point of ignoring all the prompts to duplicate the Haggler-gained cards.  And now, at the end, I indeed did finally get a prompt to duplicate that Gold.

Looking at the text for Haggler, I am guessing that the reason for this is that, technically, I bought the Gold but did not immediately gain it, as Haggler's effect superseded the gaining of the Gold, while any gain via Haggler is indeed immediate.  Yes?

But this is really counter-intuitive.  I gather that there might be edge cases where this effect is important (Perhaps if Villa is in the kingdom??).  But I suspect that a lot of people will be very confused by the way it's currently set up. 

It does not matter in bot games.  But if this crops up in games with other people, I can see them getting annoyed as a bunch of requests for Undo's and very long turns are occurring.  Any chance of cleaning up the interface, to make this a bit more clear?

General Discussion / Re: Reporting player - gajiganga
« on: 21 October 2019, 02:08:05 AM »
Is it possible that this player was merely having connection problems?  Does disconnecting and reconnecting give extra time to play (ie, give the ability to stall even more than one typically has per turn?)?

Based on prior threads on abusive players; usually there are comments in Chat that go along with slow playing.  Or, the play clearly indicates bad sportsmanship (e.g., playing one copper, waiting 4 minutes, playing a second copper, waiting 4 more minutes, playing yet another copper, etc etc.)

If gajiganga is indeed a 'bad' player, then I suspect that others will chime in here, saying that they have had no bad experiences (or that they have also encountered slow play from this guy/girl), and that might help clarify the situation for you.

Support / Re: Notification that subscription has expired
« on: 15 October 2019, 02:10:24 AM »
I'm shocked that this is not routinely done.  I can't think of another subscription-based business that does not do it--for obvious reasons.

I expect that it's something that will immediately move to the top of the To-Do list.

The text seems to suggest that Inheritance can be played only one time per game, regardless of the number of players.  Once I've played it, you no longer can.  (Adding "per player" language would certainly make it clear that each person can use Inheritance.)
But history has shown that my "logical" guesses about rules is pretty far off.  :)

{Sub-question: If Possession is in the game, and I use Inheritance while I am possessing you [I'd only do this if I could pick a crappy card, to prevent you from using Inheritance for a really good card later on in the game, of course...and this applies only if, in fact, each player gets to use it.], will this count as "my" Inheritance?  Or will it count as your use of Inheritance?}

Card Bugs / Re: Crown auto-play doesn't work when you have Villagers
« on: 06 October 2019, 09:01:57 AM »
Ah.  I learn one new Dominion thing each day.

Card Bugs / Re: Crown auto-play no longer works
« on: 05 October 2019, 09:36:30 AM »
If Peddler is in the game, it makes sense, of course, to use all possible actions, yes?

General Discussion / Re: Reporting Player
« on: 01 October 2019, 03:28:54 AM »
You might want to repost.  I see no attachment(s).

Support / Re: Please delete my account
« on: 29 September 2019, 01:38:09 AM »
Sorry to lose you.  New players are, generally-speaking, welcomed by most of us.  If you decide to try again in the future, I have 2 (and a half) substantive suggestions that will likely help.  (They helped me, anyway.) :-)

1.  Play a bunch of games with the computer (ie, Lord Ratt).  That way, you will have the chance to learn all the new cards BEFORE you play against 1-3 live player(s).  The online game makes this very very easy.  you can pick specific cards.  Or you can pick random cards from any or all specific kingdoms--both great ways to slowly learn any cards you want.
2(a).  When you do start to play with real people, take 10 seconds at the very beginning to tell people in the game chat, "Hi, I am a beginning player."  In my experience, that makes a HUGE difference.  Of course a beginner takes 30-60 seconds at the start of the game to look quickly at the cards, to make sure he/she knows each one, and more-experienced players understand that.
2(b).  Related to the above; if you need extra time later on in a game, take 10 seconds to write this in chat.  If someone suddenly takes 2 minutes on a single turn halfway through a game, I will be thinking, "This person is deliberately slow-playing for some reason."  But if they first write, "Sorry.  Thinking.", then I know what's going on.  I have even had beginning players ask me for advice on a move . . . I'm not super-competitive, and I'm always happy to give suggestions, even if it results in me losing that game.

Hope to see you here down-the-road.

General Discussion / Re: Dominion 2019 Errata and Rules Tweaks
« on: 25 September 2019, 12:33:52 AM »
Thanks Ingix,
Hmmm...my memory must be playing tricks on me.  I thought I had done that before (ie, lower a card's cost and then play it via Band of Misfits once it was 4 or lower).  But from what you wrote; that memory must be faulty.

The Pillage rule makes total sense--I was asking just to make sure that my thoughts were accurate.

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