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11 May 2012 23:52 #125306 by Msample
I got a 5MB Jpeg of the map from Simonitch and uploaded it.

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12 May 2012 02:25 #125320 by Dogmatix

Msample wrote: I got a 5MB Jpeg of the map from Simonitch and uploaded it.


Hrm. I'll have to look into that for a couple of games.

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30 May 2012 12:08 #126992 by KingPut
Question for the F:AT VQ varsity team (Dogmatix, Joel, etc.). Are you using the Mod on ACTs for your game. Why or why not?

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30 May 2012 13:12 - 30 May 2012 13:39 #126997 by JoelCFC25
We haven't started, so it hasn't been discussed. I would prefer not to, but will play regardless of what we decide. It's only 1 card, but I don't like the workaround they arrived at for playing Nostradamus' Prophecies--it makes the card much less interesting and also introduces an exploit (ability to ditch a mandatory event that would be bad for you).

Things in ACTS favor are: the journal kept online (and searchable), easy ability to show your hand contents to someone else, bulletproof hand security.
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30 May 2012 15:06 - 30 May 2012 15:10 #127010 by Dogmatix
I much prefer ACTS for most everything because it eliminates any sort of question about die rolls or cards. That said, most 3+ player games I play usually have at least 1 player who is a completely unknown entitity/quantity to me and I prefer minimal drama with my gaming. I've now played so many games with the F:AT crew, I can't imagine anyone here would deliberately cheat [I've doubleclutched more than a few die rolls in the VASSAL module thanks to over-aggressive mouse-clicks], no matter how much the die roller wants to make you cry.

The biggest downsides I see for VASSAL-only are: (1)Every player will need to send a log on almost every impulse. Turns move very quickly when you know you can have the next guy move a few units around for you. (2) You *absolutely must* be sure the logs are 100% correct if you're relying on VASSAL for all things. The one significant advantage that Cyberboard has over VASSAL is the "game state compare" feature, which tells you right away if the log you're opening has some sort of problem. Every single 3+ player game I've played has at least 1 point where someones log blew up in some fashion. I'd hate to find out that someone's hand got fucked up because something got run out of order or because 1 guy uses a running log via the "load continuation" command [which is how I learned to use VASSAL; it wasn't until F:AT HIS #4 that I realized you could just open someone's log and step through it] and got a log out of order or missed one.

That said, with this group, I'll play no matter what the consensus decision is.
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30 May 2012 15:37 #127018 by Not Sure
What's the new text on Nostradamus?

Dog's points are spot-on to me. I generally prefer ACTS for those same reasons, including play-from-mobile-gadget when you know your move has very little game state change.

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30 May 2012 17:38 - 30 May 2012 17:41 #127043 by JoelCFC25
The ACTS Nostradamus is: Powers other than France: Draw 2 cards from deck. Then discard any 1 card in your hand (does not need to be one just drawn). France: Draw 3 cards from deck. Then discard any 2 cards in your hand (these cards do not need to be from among those just drawn).

Following the card as printed, you'd choose to keep 1 of the 4 cards you draw off the deck (and France chooses 1 of the 8 he draws)--you don't get to ditch a card previously in your hand. I can already see the Protestant early in the game using this to discard Dutch Revolt to avoid handing Spain VPs, or anyone ditching a 1 CP stinker and keeping both 5 CP cards he draws.

Oh well, I'm probably overreacting--it's just one card out of 112. Looks like we'll be using ACTS. I don't disagree with the VASSAL complaints--the fact that there's nothing preventing people from loading things out of sequence (or forgetting to load something altogether) is supremely aggravating. I just don't prefer the additional layer of transactions ACTS requires.
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30 May 2012 18:04 #127048 by Gary Sax
I could go either way, but I tend to lightly prefer no ACTS. That said, if anyone wants to play ACTS, I always go with it.

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30 May 2012 18:16 #127050 by Bulwyf
In games with a lot of dice rolling I prefer ACTS. But for this crew I really don't care. Either with or without ACTS is fine with me.

-Will

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30 May 2012 19:24 #127055 by Dogmatix
I'm kind of confused as to why the original wouldn't work in ACTS beyond simply requiring a bit of blind faith that someone doesn't dick around with their hand. Do the drawn cards go back in the deck or the discard bin?

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30 May 2012 20:35 #127064 by JoelCFC25
They go into the discards--the card is altered because they said ACTS can't put cards back into the draw pile mid-turn.

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30 May 2012 22:43 #127077 by Dogmatix
You'd think we could just re-shuffle the deck mid-turn somehow. Damn shame that. Thing is--and I haven't looked--how many "draw a card" cards are there? You'd think you could just draw and toss and just force the guy with the Fuggers equivalent to roll a die to make a "random draw" of what would be the top of the deck.

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31 May 2012 01:27 #127086 by JoelCFC25

how many "draw a card" cards are there?

Definite "draw a card from the deck": Patron of Arts & Sciences, Spanish Fury, Nostradamus' Prophecies, Spanish Pay Ships Seized, Taxis Family Couriers

Potential "draw a card from the deck": Ottoman Tribute, Sultan's Harem, Genoese Bankers, Gouvernante de France, The Virgin Queen, The Black Queen, Sultana Safiye, Gregorian Calendar

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18 Jun 2012 03:13 - 18 Jun 2012 05:38 #128452 by ThirstyMan
We need another F:ATtie to take over England due to the useless Loter dropping out. We are on initial diplomacy phase before turn 1. We will copy all relevant missives to you so you can decide what to do.

Most of us are pretty inexperienced, I'm playing Spain and am fucking useless, Fallen is HRE, KingPut is France, Sag is Ottomans, Stonecutter is Protestant

Anyone for England?

As always, be prepared for plenty of obscene role playing and smack talk

In response to Not Sure .. yes it is VASSAL
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18 Jun 2012 03:53 #128455 by Not Sure
If it's Vassal I'd play, our other game has been slow to start due to travel and such.

Two games shouldn't stretch my brains too much. I'd also happily step aside for anyone that wants to play and didn't already grab a F:AT slot. I think my PBEM cred is alright around here, and I can sling fake-accented email with rest of them...

Reminds me, I need to poke the sleeping bears for the other game.

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