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Things I knew and didn’t need to have confirmed

A 30 minute game of Dominion online is excruciating.

Chapel, Cellar, Chancellor, Woodcutter, Thief, Spy, Throneroom, Laboratory, Witch Council Chamber. 3 Players.

And then I misclick on what should be the last turn and add 2 more minutes to the game.

“– Heavenly, Tao, scores 47 points, leaving the opponents no chance. (36:52 min.)”

Felt less divine to me.

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Written by taogaming

January 5, 2009 at 6:13 pm

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  1. 20 minutes of that game were caused by the fact that it has thief in it :) Otherwise the strategy could be pretyt straightforward: (Shrink deck with chapel, replace with Silver/Gold, get Throne rooms and Labs, use them to draw deck each time to buy rpovinces, use chapel to remove Curses as you opponents inflict them).

    Alexfrog

    January 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm

  2. >3) Your opponents are likely to get more turns than you, resulting in them likely getting more of the Provinces.

    I have taken to playing sometimes a variant where players get an equal number of turns, particularly if the game ends on Provinces (if ends otherwise this variant introduces some different behaviors than normal but still think worth it). Let later players in turn order get a final turn, with ‘virtual’ Provinces (or whatever card ran out to cause game end) available to them.

    One of the games last night I particularly wanted this. I was going second and the person going first played a Council room and then bought the last Province. Not only do the others of us get less turns but she gets away with playing the Council Room with no negative effect of giving out cards to the opponents.

    I have found this rule to be changing who would have won in a very significant percentage of games (like 30-40%) and seems just basically better to me, at least when it is Provinces that end the game. Even with this rule, first player is still favored as Alex says but it isn’t nearly so extreme.

    Btw, I almost never play on BSW so can do this but would be kind of nice if they made this an option online.

    Aaron Fuegi

    January 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm


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