« on: 09 January 2018, 04:19:39 PM »
Thanks for the offer of the 6 months free, but I don't need it. Here's my feedback:
1. An offline client, allowing you to play campaigns against bots
I enjoyed the old campaigns, so I would use this feature.
2. A bot with a setting for different play styles
This would be nice, but isn't as important as a stronger bot. If a stronger bot is the only bot, that would be fine for me.
3. A strong bot.
A stronger bot would be great. The biggest issue with the current bot is that it traps itself on too-high a percentage of boards (the bot trashes itself down too far and falls into a loop). It's hard to get an idea of how you're doing when the bot isn't able to play at least some kind of strategy.
4. Options for timed games
This would be one of my top requests. We like to call it "Blitz Mode" (basically a mode where you don't have long amounts of time to think, you just have to do), but any kind of setting that we can play around with on tables to alter the amount of time available would be great.
5. Options for undo settings
This is not important to me, the current undo functionality is good enough for me.
6. Online mini-tournaments; the option to easily create one for you & your friends.
I don't know how this would/could work, but it sounds great and would definitely be something I would use (the Dominion discord would probably love it)
7. Option to invite specific players to your table
This would be useful, but the current tables and friends/followers setup seems to work well enough too, so its not a high priority for me.
8. More translations (to what language?)
This would be great I guess but it's not something that I need.
9. Better animations when cards are gained/bought/played/...
I've gotten used to playing without them, but it would be a nice addition. Especially some of the autoplay decisions, if I'm not looking for it I can miss what happens. Trashing with doctor (did I just reveal 3 coppers, or did I trash 3 estates?), Swindler with only 1 target to replace with, I would like some visual clue as to what happened.
10. Better visualization of split piles, Archive/Crypt contents, Prince targets, ...
Of these three, Archive/Crypt are the most important to me. It's hard to plan for my next turn if I can't remember exactly what is in each Archive/Crypt. Split piles and Prince I'm ok with.
10. Option to hide the log
I like the log so I don't need to hide it.
11. Android app (or just improved compatibility?)
This is not something I would use.
12. iPhone app (or just improved compatibility?)
This is something I might use, but isn't important to me.
13. Downloadable game logs
This would be great. I think Scavenger was part of the way there, but I like to either see the log after the game, or at least be able to download it from somewhere. Currently you can always reload an old game and take a look at the active log, but that tends to be too much of a hassle.
14. Improved moderation (dealing with chat abuse, slowplayers, ...)
This is not a problem I run into, and it seems like the current system is working ok. Blacklisting is a nice feature, and it seems like the mods get around to banning the repeat offenders.
15. Tutorial on how to play Dominion
Not something I need, and not something I think needs to be connected to the client. There's lots of these out there already which users can find.
16. Tutorial on how to play dominion online.
This would be more useful than a Dominion tutorial, not something I need, but a short 10ish minute video walking through some of the basics (how to start a game, how to find a friend, how to make a table and get a friend there) and some of the features (setting up kingdoms, some more advanced settings, dealing with abusive players) would be a great step towards pointing people I know to the client. Now I don't have to walk them through this stuff.
If I was putting these in order:
Top - Strong Bot, Timed Games, Downloadable game logs, online tournaments
Middle - Offline mode (campaigns), Visualization for Archive/Crypt, different bot settings, better animations
Bottom - Dominion tutorial, iphone and android, hide the log, undo settings, invite players to your table, translations, improved moderation
It wasn't listed here, but I liked RTT's idea of a featured game; maybe not two high-ranked players (this might get old for them after awhile), but an option to toggle a table as a "tournament game", for the Dominion League or for other tournaments, would be great.
Thanks for everything you do with this client, it's come a long way in Year One and I look forward to Year Two.