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Aug
9
comment How can I beat “Big Money” in Dominion?
I think there are setups where it is, or at least where it is with only a little modification, but they are rare. Playing androminion random setups each repeatedly until I find a strategy that beats the computer players there have been a couple of setups where big money with maybe a very small amount of modification seemed to be about as well as you could do. Obviously I can't prove that. And its been a while so I don't remember the specifics of any of them. I think(??) they involved mostly cheap cards and oddities like no drawing cards, or no multiple action cards, or no multiple buy cards.
Aug
9
comment How can I beat “Big Money” in Dominion?
The bigger question is how you beat Feast + a Draw Card (e.g. Feast + Smithy, Feast + Journeyman, ....).
Aug
2
comment Is Mana Weaving ok if it's followed by a thorough shuffle?
Having had a bit more to think about it, if anything, an undershuffled deck that had its mana all in a clump is more likely to have evenly distributed mana than one that had mana spread throughout. That is because randomness is NOT evenly distributed. So much so that facing real randomness, people often attribute the extremely uneven results to "good luck" or "bad luck". Shuffling works by doubling gaps between cards. Until the gaps between mana cards are doubled to the point that they are "lapping" the thickness of the deck the distribution of mana will be more uniform than true randomness.
Aug
2
comment Is Mana Weaving ok if it's followed by a thorough shuffle?
I'm quite dubious that if the shuffle is a tiny bit short of perfect than starting with a mana woven deck offers any meaningful advantage. Shuffling works by roughly doubling the space between cards. Where that gets interesting is as the gaps exceed the thickness of the deck and small differences in initial card position are all over the place. (Shuffling, effectively, uses a form of the butterfly effect to achieve its randomization - with the caveat that new perturbations are added with each shuffle)
Jul
2
comment Precise rules for MTG
No, we bought a box of MTG cards. It is a common starter type box. It came with a fold out set of rules. They were incredibly vague. It was what came with the game, so to speak.
Mar
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Dec
7
comment How can I beat “Big Money” in Dominion?
No, it really isn't. Every group hits that point. Then you realize that you can do much better.
Dec
7
comment How can I beat “Big Money” in Dominion?
No, in the base set I think it can still almost always be beaten by something else. I like Androminion which is a fun way to try lots of (random) setups and don't think any setup so far has turned out to have big money as a winning strategy. There was one where it was close.
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Mar
22
comment One vs Many board games
And it doesn't matter which side you are playing, you almost always feel like you are losing (as long as X doesn't make obvious mistakes)
Mar
22
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Mar
22
comment What is a good resource to discover new games?
Does the chat room have persistent posts and upvoting so that it is easy to identify the ones that were most recommended and one can look over recommendations that interest you, but you hadn't thought to ask (e.g. the dominion-lite question)?
Feb
23
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Feb
22
comment Can people win at Diplomacy using a “Qin strategy?”
@bwarner Yes it answers the question. Because it says you choose allies in diplomacy by player, not by "farthest 3".