« on: 11 January 2018, 08:00:00 PM »
Hi Stef. My usename is faust and I'd be hapy to provide some feedback. Overall I'm quite happy with the status quo, it work nicely for me. The main thing I am missing is game logs (will address this in more detail), and the option to automate undos.
One thing I'll say beforehand that doesn't really appear on the list is autoplay. I like the feature, but it could definitely be extended to more cards. Frequently I'd play a game and think 'would be nice to have an autoplay here'. Of course now they don't come to mind. One simple example that is not yet implemented is Explorer; always reveal Province. But there are a ton that you'd maybe only want in a specific game (now I never want to discard to Hamlet again; I always want to use my Pawns for that, etc.), but it would be convenient to have them in those cases.
Onto the points:
1. An offline client, allowing you to play campaigns against bots
I did occasionally play the (revised) campaigns on MF. They were fun challenges and if they are designed intelligently (not just grinding execises), they could be good fun. But to be honest I would not pay extra for that as I would not use it enough.
2. A bot with a setting for different play styles
3. A strong bot.
Currently I'm never playing bots. If there were good bots, that might change... probably not though. I prefer human opponents. But now, when nobody's around, I still wouldn't even consider a bot game as it is simply not challenging.
4. Options for timed games
I would not use that. It might help keep some impatient players away from my games though, which would be good.
5. Options for undo settings
That's a big point. I think undo when you do not have extra info should be given by default. Of course some people will want to have different settings, and you could accomodate this. I would like an option to block players who don't allow any undos from my games though. At the very least, I want to be informed about the other player's undo settings before the game starts.
6. Online mini-tournaments; the option to easily create one for you & your friends.
Tournaments often require too much of a time effort for me to be able to participate. I did play the championship, and I might pop in for other tournaments here and there, but it's not much of a priority for me. If it's just mini-tournaments with single-game knockouts, I ight enjoy them... but on the other hand, that's not too different from just looking at the leaderboard.
7. Option to invite specific players to your table
I basically always play automatch; the only exception are tournament games. So I wouldn't use this feature much.
8. More translations (to what language?)
I don't need them, and I don't know of anyone who is currently not playing who would play if the game was available in another language. I did wonder why there never was a Dutch translation though...
9. Better animations when cards are gained/bought/played/...
Well I am not sure if this belongs to this points or the one after, but log-clicking has to go. This is particularly tedious at the start of your turn, and there should be a start-of-turn screen similar to how we have an end-of-turn one, where you can succsessively select the things you want to happen. If that is implemented, it can probably be extended to cases where you make mid-turn decisions on effect ordering, like gaining a Villa with Watchtower in hand.
10. Better visualization of split piles, Archive/Crypt contents, Prince targets, ...
Well, generally thing should be clickable for more information. Click a split pile to see its cards. Click your set-aside Crypt to see the remaining Treasures. Other visualization is fine for me. Maybe it could be helpful when you make an unconventional choice (Princing a duration or something like that) to have an "are you sure?" screen.
10. Option to hide the log
I would always play with log, so I don't need this.
11. Android app (or just improved compatibility?)
12. iPhone app (or just improved compatibility?)
I do not possess an Android or iPhone nor do I intend to.
13. Downloadable game logs
Yes. YES. Please. Ideally not on a third site, but directly from the client. There may be some privacy issues with other people being able to search your games, so there should be an option to be undetectable for people other than your opponent.
To expand on this, I'd like a replay feature where you put in a game log and can see it played out. I know there is the option to reload gaems right now, but that is clunky and I've never used it.
14. Improved moderation (dealing with chat abuse, slowplayers, ...)
I feel like overall you're doing a good job there and don't have any complaints.
15. Tutorial on how to play Dominion
I already know and would be more likely to teach other people myself, so that's not needed for me.
16. Tutorial on how to play dominion online.
Ideally the site would be such that everything you can do is obvious? That is not always the case right now, but usually the posts here on this forum as well as f.ds are enough for me to figure out new features.