What has been fascinating to me, in this whole discussion, was the response of Donald X. To his credit; he has been really straightforward about this issue. "Nope. Not gonna happen. I veto it.
Fair enough. His game, his rules. I have no complaint with this.
But what was so interesting (I'm putting on my psychologist cap here) was the strength of his conviction. I had expected a response like, "Well, I think it's a dumb idea. But if you want to make the game less fun, then sure, it can be an opt-in option, for those who want it.
" But the unequivocal "no!" tells me that DX really sees this option as something extremely bad for the game. He seems to have a lot invested in this decision.
And I find that intriguing. It seems like a pretty anodyne option to me. (Not one that I would ever use, in my own games, by the way.) I do not think DX needs
to give further explanation. But if he wanted to, I'd be very interested in hearing/reading his thought-process. I've already seen scores of examples where I thought one thing about Dominion, someone with more experience says, "But what about this
[fill in the blank]?"... and that brings up a point I had not even thought about.
It's all quite interesting to me. But on a 1-to-10 scale of importance, it's not even a "one" for me.