First off when you play a Quick Match the non-familiar cards do *not* work. I just got a Possession while picking picking "Quick Match" which someone earlier said wasn't possible. It would be nice to have a way to ban cards.
Starting first is an advantage. Alternating who goes first based on who lost the last game helps even that out. (even if you are playing a different opponent) Phantom provinces/colonies really helps negate the starting first advantage.
Regarding phantom provinces, this is how they work:
1. Everyone is guaranteed an equal number of turns.
2. So if player #1 buys the last province, then player #2 still gets a turn and they can buy a province still
even though the pile is empty. (player #1 can buy as many provinces as they have money for and the same applies to player #2)
3. If player #2 buys the last province, then the game is over.
The reality is some people are too stuck on the rules here. If Donald X changes the rules next time he puts out a new Dominion set to have phantom provinces and alternate who goes first based on who lost last, then everyone would be like great that is in official Dominion rules, let's do it.
The fact is that I am not asking that everyone play this way, just have it as an option. Isotropic had the alternating who goes first option built in and I think that was by far the best Dominion online implementation we have had so far. (no offense the Shuffle iT guys) It is frustrating that paid versions of Dominion are unwilling or not able to match the free version of this game. Hopefully the Shuffle iT version will be better than Isotropic someday.
We really, really need player ratings. (I know someone said that we will have it in two weeks) I keep getting stuck playing people that don't even know the cards and they play really slow. (and play poorly)
Isotropic was awesome at matching you with players of even ability. (if you wanted)