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Offline tinoue

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Re: feedback, Dominion Offline & free subscriptions for old MF users
« Reply #180 on: 12 January 2018, 03:56:22 PM »
Hi Stef,

My user name is tinoue.

The feature which I will appreciate most is:

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11. Android app (or just improved compatibility?)

I do not stick to app, but app has a high affinity to offline play.

Yeah my second favorite feature is:

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1. An offline client, allowing you to play campaigns against bots

Of course this is closely tied with:

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3. A strong bot.

I would like to train myself by playing with strong opponent repeatedly.

From the perspective of training, the two of below are useful.

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2. A bot with a setting for different play styles
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13. Downloadable game logs

Then, this feature is useful to invite my friend to this game.

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7. Option to invite specific players to your table

The other features are attractive too, but they decrease priority in comparison with features above.

Thank you for your all efforts for this game.

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Re: feedback, Dominion Offline & free subscriptions for old MF users
« Reply #181 on: 12 January 2018, 04:26:30 PM »
Username: Lady Melinda (posting using my husband's forum account)

I cannot emphasize enough how important my first priority is. I don't want to read a game log; I want to enjoy the game.

Yes's in order of priority:
  • Better animations when cards are gained/bought/played/...

    Yes! Yes! Yes! The biggest problem with the game right now is the animations. Your opponents' cards are upside-down, and they move too fast to be able to track. This results in constantly having to read and decrypt the game log. Here are some specific suggestions:

    • When a card is played or bought, animate it to the center of the screen, large, rightside-up (i.e., not upside down), and hold it there for a fraction of a second. Doesn't have to be long, just enough for the player to register what is going on. Then animate the card to where it is supposed to go. The only possible exception to this might be end-of-turn discards of remaining hand. Discards (and trashes) at other times are more important, but end-of-turn discards are usually a bunch of kingdom cards. But I wouldn’t mind terribly if they, too, were animated to front and center, too. I want to be able to follow the game without having to read the log.

    • Don't show opponents' cards upside-down. I know you're trying to simulate the experience of sitting across the table from your opponent, but in face-to-face, the game moves more slowly, and you have time to process what you're looking at upside-down. The online game moves faster, and keeping the cards rightside-up would help us.

  • Better visualization of split piles, Archive/Crypt contents, Prince targets, ...

    Yes.

  • A bot with a setting for different play styles

    Yes. As a player, I may learn from the different bots with different styles, and I may have to switch up my own strategy to adapt to different bot styles. As a bonus, a setting where a bot's style is chosen at random and not revealed to the human players. (As a double bonus, once you have data on which bot styles work better with which cards, have the bot choose its style based on the cards in the Supply!)

  • A strong bot.

    Yes. But strength cannot come from cheating. The advantage of playing a strong bot is that sometimes you learn from it.

  • Option to hide the log

    Conditionally yes. Once changes are made to animations to enable you to follow the game without reading the log, the log only becomes necessary if you happened to look away when something happened. In face-to-face, you can ask your opponent what he just played, and the game log fulfills that function in online play.

  • iPhone app (or just improved compatibility?)

    iPad yes, iPhone no. I don't know that the screen size of a phone is large enough to contain the playing board. However, iPad is my primary Dominion-playing device. Whether it is a separate app or better touch-screen compatibility of the web client, it doesn't matter. It's not bad as it is; it could be better.

  • Option to invite specific players to your table

    Yes.

  • Options for undo settings

    Only for mistaken buys. Playing on an iPad, occasionally it will purchase a card you're pressing on just to read it. So long as no intervening action takes place, undoing the buy shouldn’t be too disruptive. Most other possible Undo's would be clunky or disruptive, so I'd rather have to live with my mistakes than reduce the overall enjoyment of the game.

I cannot emphasize enough how important my first priority is. I don't want to read a game log; I want to enjoy the game. I have not played much in about a year because the user experience was so poor, so I really got very little value out of the year's subscription I was granted. I recently came back to Dominion and am learning to live with the flaws of your implementation simply because Dominion is such a good game. Look at the game logs to see that I played a bit last January, and then it just petered off because I wasn't enjoying it. I went months without playing. I would willingly (or at least begrudgingly) purchase the full subscription if the game was well implemented, polished, and enjoyable, because I used to play (and enjoy) Dominion every day. But 40-odd euros for the current implementation, I think I'll wait to see some improvements.

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