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Oct
20
comment When should I buy copper in Dominion?
Adding to your contrived example: if I'm playing a Pirate Ship strategy, I might Ambassador some Coppers over to my opponent in order to give my Ship another target and might eventually need to buy a Copper in order to give my Ambassador more fodder. This is almost certainly not the optimal way to play an Ambassador/Ship strategy, but it's possible.
Oct
20
revised When should I buy copper in Dominion?
Fixed calculation error: you need a 1.6 average value, not 1.8
Oct
20
answered When should I buy copper in Dominion?
Oct
15
answered When would you buy the Thief in Dominion?
Aug
29
answered Using the Baron
Aug
28
comment If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
@thesunneversets: there's about a half percent edge to delaying the first Province until you have at least one Gold with the Big Money Ultimate strategy. Adding in Kingdom cards tends to increase that edge (e.g., a Silver/Baron opening has a 5% edge over the same strategy if it waits until after buying a Gold).
Aug
28
comment If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
@thesunneversets: you're forgetting that the early Province is a hinderance for the rest of the game. You can try simulating the result yourself with the simulator I linked to above.
Aug
28
comment If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
@aramis: I won't say it's always wrong to use a Silver-heavy strategy, but usually Silver decks won't be able to sustain the pace once the deck starts to turn green. Exceptions might be if you can use Bureaucrats, Trusty Steed, or gaining cards like Workshop to continue to acquire Silvers and counterbalance the green in your deck, but those situations are exceptions rather than the rule. Silver-based decks are also far more vulnerable to attacks: a simple Militia leaves Silver unable to buy Provinces.
Aug
28
comment If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
@StasK: you can run the simulations yourself. Geronimoo's simulator is available at forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=144.0. Buying Duchies when there are 5 or fewer Provinces left is known as Big Money Ultimate, the optimized version of the Big Money strategy.
Aug
28
comment If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
I'm guessing that you missed the part of the OP's question where he asked about buying a Province without Gold already in the deck.
Aug
27
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Aug
27
comment If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
If you don't have at least one (and often two) Gold in the deck already, buying an early Province will hurt you the vast majority of the time. The reason you need to have Gold in most situations is that your deck will fill with green cards and so you need the extra coin density to get to $8. This is especially true when you start learning how to buy Duchies; simulations show that you usually should start buying Duchies when there are 5 (!) Provinces left, yet most newer players don't start buying Duchies until far later. Those extra green cards make a difference in the quality of your hand.
Aug
27
answered If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?
Jul
22
comment Recommendations for 6-player board game
I upvoted this answer because I love Dominion, but I want to echo @Mark Withers's suggestion to break the group into two groups of 3 and rotate through groups throughout the evening.
Jul
20
answered How much would the cards from Dominion: Alchemy cost if you wanted to use them while not playing with potions?
Jul
17
comment When is the Bureaucrat worth buying?
I want to emphasize what I think is the most important thing you said, which is that the relative value of Bureaucrat decreases as you get better at Dominion. Compared to the other attacks out there, Bureaucrat is extremely weak, and even compared to other non-attack cards, it is often going to be a card that you're better off avoiding. I wouldn't say it's as bad as Woodcutter, but it's definitely in that range.
Jul
17
comment When is the Bureaucrat worth buying?
Under getting more money, I would also add that having lots of +card actions (Smithy, Wharf, etc.) make Bureaucrat more valuable, since a larger hand can make use of treasure even without additional actions. While in general too much Silver slows you down in the endgame because Silver-value cards usually need Gold as well to buy Provinces, if you are regularly working with a 7+ card hand then Silver is less problematic.
Jul
2
answered What is a good way to store multiple expansions of Dominion?
Jun
25
answered General advice for maximizing fun playing multiple games of Dominion
May
18
comment Should I trash Copper or Silver with Mine?
Even if you don't have the opportunity to Mine a Gold into a Platinum, you want to Mine Silvers into Gold rather than Copper into Silver any time Platinums are in the Supply. The Gold->Platinum leap is the equivalent of getting to play your Mine twice on other cards.