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Bonus Post — Asking again, How many kingdoms are there?

If my math is right, there are now 260 kingdom cards (per the Dominion Wikipedia Page). So a (low) estimate is 260 choose 10. But let’s consider Black Market!

There are 259 choose 9 kingdoms with black market. But each of them has 250 choose 15 possible black market decks. So we need to multiple those numbers together. That gives us almost 5.8e+39.

(We also have the 259 choose 10 kingdoms without black market, but that’s just a rounding error compared to BM options).

For each of those Black Market kingdoms (and the trivially few — roughly 313 quintillion — that don’t have black market) we have to include events! There are 34, and if we limit ourselves to either having none or choosing two, then we have 562 options, so that’s up to 3.24e+42. Discounting the (trivial) number of sets that are all prosperity or dark ages, any kingdom with 1-9 of those cards have two options (with Platinum or without / with estates or with the new dark ages version). So some number of kingdoms are doubled, and some quadrupled.

It may well be that this universe is basically just an elegant kingdom randomizer for Dominion, and once we get the fundamental level of physics, the math will translate to. “Select an atom at random from the universe — it has been shaken well, albeit several billion years ago — and read the instructions on which kingdom layout it represents. Use other atoms to make the components….”


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September 2, 2016 at 10:53 pm

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Dominion Adventures

Playing Dominion Online for a while whet my appetite, so I picked up Adventures.

First of all, the blurb is — like all DXV blurbs — hilarious. And there’s a lot to like in the game play. Sick of only making some unreasonably high number of possible kingdom layouts (and that’s too low), Adventures adds events which you can shuffle up and deal out a few (they recommend two) for any kingdom. These cards don’t get added to your deck when bought, they give you some bonus. Like taking another turn (but one where you can’t buy anything!) or  setting aside a card for next turn (that doesn’t count against your hand) or drawing more cards, or … well, I assume lots of other things.

Since there are 20 event cards, you now have 190 times the number of possible kingdom layous (191, that is, since “no event cards” are possible. (I think Empires adds more events, so that number is growing fast).

Adventures also adds a playmat (the tavern) and a new concept called “Reserve” cards. When played the go to your tavern and you can then ‘call’ them back into play later on. While at the tavern they aren’t in your deck or hand. Just sitting there. A nice new card is a guide that gives +1 card and +1 action and sits in the tavern. Call him at the start of your turn to discard your hand and draw a new one. Cute.

There are also tokens, some of them you add to piles and when you play a card from that pile, you get the bonus for your token (maybe draw an extra card, or +1$, or an extra action, etc). A few other tokens flip by card actions, these let you keep some state information now. A few others indicate you’ve been attacked, and draw a card less, get a dollar less, but since you only have one token, they aren’t cumulative.

Adventures also has upgrade cards. When you add those piles (Peasant or Page) you get a few small mini piles. Play a page, she can upgrade to a treasure hunter, who can upgrade to a monster hunter, then warrior, then champion (or some such). You can’t ever buy or gain the advances, only get them by playing and discarding the prior one (which goes back to its stack).

Coupled with events, the ’10’ kingdom stacks become something like 16 stacks. The example in the rulebook has a ton going on, also because Adventure has a lot more duration cards, and now they aren’t necessarily “one extra turn.” At least two have a duration of “forever.”

I think I now officially need a better storage solution. My single binder of 3×3 card sleeves was already straining, and I never added Dark Ages to it. I need a sorted box. I’ll have to look into that.

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September 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm

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Play Dominion

Not in general (well, not just just in general). I’m referring to the website

Man I miss the old isotrope server, but this isn’t bad.

I’m not paying any money, but even the free ‘base set’ campaign setups often have an expansion card or two in them. The AI isn’t great by any stretch, but there are some sets were it can win fairly easily and I have several losses in a row.

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August 28, 2016 at 11:19 am

A bit more Space Empire, and a game day

I played a few more games of Space Empires solitaire, and I enjoy it. I’ve tweaked the system to feel slightly more intelligent and smooth out the bumps, the APs get less resources, but also tend to waste less (by fighting hopeless battles) and their growth is ‘on board’ which means it can be trimmed down. While TaoLing was at camp I left the board setup and managed to get in a half-dozen games … most of which were full evening affairs.

Now that TaoLing is back I took a day off to run back-to-school errands in the morning and we had a game day in the afternoon. A fair number of Puzzle Strike games (getting close to 50!), a few games of Dominion, some Mottainai, some Splendor, and even a bit of Pandante. (I think I’m going to take Pandante to my poker night this weekend and play a few hands — not for money — to see if there’s any interest).

In other news, I’ve realized that I’m not playing most of my collection, even though I’ve trimmed it down fairly aggressively this decade. So, more games are marked ‘for trade’. I may hold a geeklist auction later this year, but I’m open to trades/sales whenever. I did just break down and  buy the Brittania expansion of Sansa at Channukah.  So I knocked that off my “want in trade list.”

I suspect game days with the Taoling are going to slowly drift into memory — they may never end entirely, but the teenage years wait for no parent. I’ve been watching the Solitaire Games on Your Table threads for ideas as to which games I may try next…at least, until the Mage Knight urge rises.

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August 18, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Dominion’s Back, Baby

I have some old HS friends back in town, and Dominion is a big hit. And, you know, now that our long-lamented isotropic server has been down a few years, I have the itch to play some more Dominion. But I realize:

  1. I don’t care for Alchemy too much (no surprise)
  2. I don’t care for Dark Ages much

Both make the game overstay it’s welcome. I have no idea if I’d like Guilds. (Was there a set between Dark Ages and Guilds?)


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June 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm

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On the new games front —


I haven’t been actively avoiding new games, but I haven’t been jumping into them either. I’ve been revisiting old games. I suppose I should try Seasons, at least.

  • I got a copy of expansion #2 to Smarty Party, which I didn’t know existed. It’s still infuriating.
  • I (finally) printed out the 2nd edition rules for No Retreat! I need to get that back to the table. This is one of the few games I’m planning on bringing to the Gathering to play. I was inspired by the latest P500 geeklist, which had a number of interesting sounding games. I preordered four (including the new No Retreat! for North Africa, which should be out in a 3-4 months).  I may wake up and undo the other three, as they are all long games.
  • Best Who Would Win Debate I’ve ever heard — Conan vs Darth Vader at Science Fair. Not a great game, but amusing.
  • Now that Isotropic is dead, played a few games of Dominion (Dark Ages) face to face. Still good.
  • Also played a few games of Ticket to Ride (1910), Wiz War, Alhambra and a few older games got a play as well over the last month.
  • Coup is still the go-to filler de jour. I’ll probably have fifty plays within 48 hours. Netrunner broke 150 plays recently.

(FYI — My P500s — No Retreat! The North African Front, Churchill, Unconditional Surrender and The Supreme Commander).

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April 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

The wonderful world of … well, wherever Dominion is.

Just got the new Dominion Expansion (Dark Ages, but it would be better as Draco Noir Ages, so henceforth it is that). Anyway, having only played two games with the ‘recommended’ setup.l

  • I like the new starting cards, but I dislike the random shuffled piles (ruins & knights). In general, the random purchases are one of my pet peeves in deck builders. However, these aren’t too bad (they are all roughly similar, if not identical, which is far better than shuffle up and deal).
  • I’m (of course) sad these won’t be on isotropic … but paying $10 (plus) for each expansion on the maybe forthcoming iOS strikes me as nuts. I suspect going forward the way to handle this will be a discount (or even just free coupon) included in each copy of the game (probably a one-time code, like videogames).
  • Is that what that bonus card in there was? Honestly, I have no idea and I’m too lazy to look it up on the forums.
  • Trashing is fine, although a weird little theme.
  • I imagine Band of  Misfits will inevitably have a number of rules questions that Throne Room would envy.

And because man does not live by games alone:

I’m finally caught up on Breaking Bad (and I’ll be watching the half season ending episode in a bit). Good stuff.

I’m enjoying Black Dynamite, which has rather surprisingly kept up the special guest of the week most weeks.

Thanks to TNT’s “Let’s Marathon the Hell out of whatever show we’re promoting” I have roughly 60 episodes of the mentalist on DVR. Sure it’s yet another Sherlock Holmes ripoff, but it’s amusing and only slightly nuts.

I think I like this season of Wilfred, but it’s  swinging wildly around (as compared to the relatively steady, darkly amusing first season).

Doctor Who starts up next weekend. I think.

My teenager (aaiee!) watched “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” I was in the same room and did not spontaneously combust. I’m no Brony, but I’ll admit I did glance up when the Yakkity Sax music started.

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August 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm

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