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Topic: War of Omens / Enough with the slow play!

Originally posted by kikix12:
a lot

Whoa. Drama. Okay.

First: I didn’t cite you for the quote because I was just using that tone as an example of a sentiment expressed several times already. Yours was just handy. Don’t take it personally.

Second: yeah, you were explaining the meaning of a word, but you were doing so incorrectly. “Playing” is simply taking part in a game. When a player is checking out their bank and hand, their opponent’s bank and hand, doing a little math, figuring their draw odds, etc., even if they’re not clicking, that still counts. Maybe it doesn’t feel fun to you if you’re not “acting, or at least seeing something happening” (again, this applies to all the similar criticisms, but you provided a choice quote), but you’re still playing a game. It’s a strict turn-based game, so you don’t have an active role during your opponent’s turn, and like it or not, your opponent gets to play the game, too. If you’re too impatient to handle such games, don’t play them.

If you’re going to get snotty based on the meaning of a word, get the meaning right. I guess you can take that personally, if you think I’m being unfair, but good luck saying I’m wrong.

Third, and most important: what exactly do you think you’re saying when you demand a player go faster? People aren’t stopping to read their mail. Aside from dotchan there taking a bathroom break (lulz), when people are in the game, even if they’re not clicking, they’re still planning and plotting, and that is playing. Demanding they go faster means you demand they plan less. You didn’t demand rote algorithms, but you appear happy to force others into them if it means you don’t have to wait an extra fifteen seconds.

That is the point you missed. (You mentioned forum posters thinking about what they read and write. I think you should take that advice.) You shout “there are people THAT CAN THINK FASTER THAN YOU” as if that’s news. Do I have to shout at you that there are people who will think slower than you? I hope not; someone would have to be a self-centered idiot to assume everybody else operated the exact same way he does. So do I have to explain that when one chooses to play humans instead of AIs, he is accepting the fact that he may engage slower humans? Was that really an unforeseen eventuality? Hey, there’s nothing terrible about a person being impatient toward those who operate slower than himself; everybody has preferences. But maybe that person should be self-aware about that and excuse himself from multiplayer strategy games, instead of demanding other people alter their behavior.

Yes, make legitimate criticisms like, “the game is flawed because waiting during opponents’ turns is boring.” Please, brainstorm tangible solutions like the fast/slow leagues suggestion. But the people who say “enough with the slow play” or “you don’t need 30 seconds” or “I don’t care what you’re doing because I want to go” could really try to contribute something to the topic that sounds less like egocentric whining.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / So, it looks like I'm stuck

According to this thread, you don’t even need any Uniques for the last level.

As for specific advice how to take 17: if there was ever a spot made specifically for a Prime Injector, it’s that range buff spot. It amplifies 11 other spots that way. And of course, use 2 towers on the square field to block off the rear entrance. (That field is also a fine place for an Injector, actually; covers even more spots, albeit maybe less useful ones.)
EDIT: Hang on, going to go test some things…
EDIT 2: Yeah, I just popped through with only Mortars, Air Guard, Prime Injector, Detector, and Accursed. (Unique spells, though.) PI on the Range spot is very nice. Even better for final battle, but nice for 17 as well.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / Upgrade Ice Tower?

Increases range.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / Grinding isn't actually too bad? Need veterans' input.

Those are kind of interesting, but did you mean to post them in another thread? They don’t really apply to this.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / Grinding isn't actually too bad? Need veterans' input.

Thanks for that insight. The p/x description is well-worded; it shows well why farming the Dragon Tower early is good (not many available Uniques = low x) and why things get tedious later (x rises steeply while progressing, and then p slowly drops). Also very good to hear your timeframe. If you bought any boosters in that after-Heroic period, any idea how many you bought?

 
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Topic: Clicker Heroes / definition of winning

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Topic: War of Omens / Enough with the slow play!

a423974…I think you fail to understand what constitutes “playing”. Playing is acting, or at least seeing something happening.

Playing is not waiting on an opponent that doesn’t have any moves left, but refuses to end turn. Playing is not spending two or three seconds to play each further card, when you already know anyway what you will play.

Comments like this make me wonder why some people (not just this poster, as many of the comments are of this flavor) play multiplayer games. I’m no fan of waiting around, but the reason I play games against humans is because humans think about their gameplay. The price is some time while they survey my hand and my bank, making calculations and ensuring they’re not falling into patterns that don’t fit. If you want an opponent that spends almost no time thinking because he is following rote algorithms, play something that is literally following algorithms: play the computer.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / Grinding isn't actually too bad? Need veterans' input.

In a relative reversal of my previous posts, I don’t actually think the grinding is out of control. I thought there were more story missions to go through, so I thought it was very important to get stronger defenses, meaning “fully upgraded Unique towers,” before taking on the final boss. Then I turn around, and I’m done with Normal. Final story level taken down with mortars, air guard, and dragon towers, plus minor support from ice towers, detector, and acccursed. That’s just two Uniques that show up early on, and I may not have actually needed the Ice tower. According to this thread, I could have done it without the Uniques entirely.

All the complaints I have seen so far seemed to be predicated on the need to obtain the other useful Unique towers that only appear in the later game. (My own complaints were certainly based on that notion, although I may have been misreading others’ reasoning.) But this need doesn’t exist. And going through Heroic mode gives you rewards again, so you’ll get another Dragon Tower and Prime Gun and whatever else they give you for free. You have a whole extra run through the game in which to farm and collect level rewards and achievements and stars.

Maybe I’m the only one who made this mistake. Maybe I’m the only one who was brash enough and stupid enough to complain about how hard the farming/grinding got before I’d even reached the end. If those of you who expressed unhappiness over the grind were actually done with Normal, maybe done with Heroic, and have still been struggling to get towers, then obviously your criticism stands; please chime in to correct me. But if others made the same mistake I have, I’m popping back in to say: we may have been too rash.

Can some folks who have finished Heroic chime in on whether all the uproar over grinding is misplaced or not? Are you still grinding for more than one or two towers even after you’ve gotten to the “end”?

 
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Topic: War of Omens / wish there was a quick way to open oak packs

Originally posted by RaceBandit:
Originally posted by Braingeyser:

(Censored because it pissed me off too much. I can’t efficiently draft if I’m too salty/pissed, which in turn ticks me off a bit more. It’s pretty sucky.)

Blanking a silver count won’t help at all because rohlfo will just get all that silver back unless the silver gain is nerfed for everybody, which in turn might get him fucking scapegoated off the face of the community.

Sorry for the salt, which the silver-zeroing comment totally was. But why did my actual point* piss you off?

*To avoid the need to page back & re-read: Unlike other games that make you buy useful in-game currency, this game gives you useful currency for free and just asks you to pay for more efficient ways to spend it. People demanding that for free as well can come off as unappreciative of the devs actually offering something other games don’t.

 
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Topic: War of Omens / wish there was a quick way to open oak packs

Do not support. If you have that much silver and don’t have access to the other packs, then you’re basically whining that the devs are giving you too much free stuff. If you ask very nicely, maybe a dev will help by resetting your silver to zero for you.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / What to look for as a new player?

Originally posted by Diadem:
Originally posted by Braingeyser:
Originally posted by Guises:

the fact that I’ve irrevocably screwed myself by upgrading my towers “the wrong way” and by playing too many story missions… I don’t know why games do this. In order to play the game “right” I’d have to start over, which spoils any sense of progress.

This is the glaring and critical hallmark of a Bad Game. Any game where you can make forward progress and be irredeemably punished for it is very poorly designed. (We get enough of that in real life, thank you.) It’s too bad, because the premise and graphics are so good, but they totally borked this aspect and seem uninterested in fixing it.

While I agree that is is poor design, it should be noted that the difference in damage between a bad T3 and a good T3 is only 2.8%. Not that much. And it’s not very hard to get the cards again, if you already have bad T3s you should be able to all the missions pretty easily to get new cards.

The imperfect T3 upgrades aren’t the serious problem there, it’s the part where playing too far into the story can get you in over your head, and you can’t back out and rectify it to grind (for draws) on earlier levels. The grinding on It’s makes progress getting certain vital towers excessively hard.


Originally posted by drt_t1gg3r:
Originally posted by Braingeyser:

Three days? I think you’re being a bit optimistic. Get ready to hunker down for a few weeks (or if you’re not obsessive, maybe months).

Braingeyser, could you please expand on your statement.

What aspect do you wish to have expanded? If you’re looking for an exact number, I cannot offer one, as there is some random number generation involved. It took me a few weeks farming around Castle Defense to get my Dragon Tower to T3, and I think I was playing quite often.

 
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Topic: War of Omens / wish there was a quick way to open oak packs

Originally posted by rohlfo:

I refuse to spend any money on games

I think this might not be the way to sway the devs into working on your issue.

 
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Topic: War of Omens / Tournament matchmaking system

Rematches shouldn’t be allowed imo (as OP notes, it’s not very tournament-like, and can lead to terrible frustration), but players definitely shouldn’t be given any sort of option. Anything that lets players manipulate who their opponents are will be abused. We can wait.

While I understand that, and can agree that it’s a valid point that’s kind of frustrating to people that don’t have time to come back later.

I’m fairly sure a tourney I had to walk out on let me continue the next day. If that’s true, then “coming back eventually, even tomorrow or in a few days” counts as coming back later. You’re coming back eventually, right?

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / 200 Stars later

OP & pjt, what stage are you at? I had gotten the sense that some towers don’t even become available (not just from draws, but even from packs) until you reach the late stages.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / What to look for as a new player?

Three days? I think you’re being a bit optimistic. Get ready to hunker down for a few weeks (or if you’re not obsessive, maybe months).

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / What to look for as a new player?

Originally posted by Guises:

the fact that I’ve irrevocably screwed myself by upgrading my towers “the wrong way” and by playing too many story missions… I don’t know why games do this. In order to play the game “right” I’d have to start over, which spoils any sense of progress.

This is the glaring and critical hallmark of a Bad Game. Any game where you can make forward progress and be irredeemably punished for it is very poorly designed. (We get enough of that in real life, thank you.) It’s too bad, because the premise and graphics are so good, but they totally borked this aspect and seem uninterested in fixing it.

 
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Topic: War of Omens / Categorizing Cards

[Adjective] [Noun] – Wealthy Patron, Stolen Plans, Whispered Barbs, Sacred Tortoise, Clever Planning, Unstable Runes, etc.
Smirks – Courtly Intrigue, Usury, Rat Catcher, Misinformation, Brute, Serpent Altar, etc.
Blingy – Every non-Metris hero, Tribute, Goat Outrider, just about every Endazu card with a person/skeleton/giant orb.
Misnamed – Calipeth (“Oprah”), Sacrificial Lamb (“Parenting Done Right”), Jesmai (“Lolita”), Twilight Peacock (“Twilight Penguin”), Golem (“Sparklebot”), Inquisitor (“Medieval Dentist”), Banishing Gust (“Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit”), Repopulate (“Barry White”), Benediction (“There’s Weed in There!”), Courtesan (“Basic B!tch”), Orphan Gang (“Children of the Corn”), etc.
People who need exercise – Pocchi, and any card with Pocchi on it, including Undermine. Also Bishop, Theo, Monteferro, Liet, Herd of Boars, the Yarakeen, and that guy in Subterfuge. I’m not including the guy in Inflitrate, as he has very bad asthma and should be careful exerting himself.
Stuff On Fire – Malediction, Arson, Rite of Brood, Mayhem, Undermine, Ritual Slaughter, etc.
Cameos – Usury, Lackey, Spy Network, Hedge Guardian, Lead the Charge, Paper Vipers, etc.
I Can Barely Tell What’s Going On Here – Charlatan (is that a tiny model town built on a wagon?), Goat Outrider (what is that goat even wearing? why isn’t that guy sliding off the back?), Scrivener (the light is coming from in front of her, the parchment is in shadow; don’t read like that, you’ll go blind), Embargo (I can see people on the big boat, and that’s farther away, so that little boat is…three feet long, and manned by pixies), Scavengers (how are they scavenging magic from goat corpses and returning from the dead?), Shrine of Rebirth (is that two giant centipedes making out?), Harvest (why is that soldier carrying wheat when he’s supposed to be protecting us?), Bodyguard (why do I have to go through that guy, his head is so tiny, surely I can outsmart him), Mogesh (omg he’s wearing the baby skulls how did I not see that)

A good deck has at least two Smirks to unsettle your opponent, two Misnamed cards to make him second-guess himself, two Stuff on Fire because fire is both scary and alluring, and three [Adjective] [Noun] ways to really stick the [Noun] to him in an [Adjective]ly way.

 
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Topic: War of Omens / Tips and Tricks for Vespitole playing

Originally posted by walkleft3:

2. Buys 7 cards from bank and do not spend coins

Just to clarify for new players: this step will take several turns.

 
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Topic: War of Omens / why?

Originally posted by Kelana:
Originally posted by busodeLcueo:
Originally posted by Bonhomminal:
Originally posted by busodeLcueo:
Originally posted by Kelana:
Originally posted by busodeLcueo:
Originally posted by anexor:
Also did this need a forum post? I mean really?

A man might be “proud” of himself.

“man”

“might”

“be”

" “proud” " ?

“of”

“himself.”

“"”

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / Mysterious Mirror won't function?

Originally posted by huntard108:

Ignore Braingeyser’s confusing comment trying to explain towers, The game has it’s own rarity system and not the commono run of the mill C&P (Copy and Paste) Rarity system

Odd to call my comment confusing when you understood exactly to what I referred: the rarity naming is not the convention most people are familiar with. Just because you find it refreshingly nonconformist (or something) doesn’t mean it’s not sometimes confusing to people.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / Mysterious Mirror won't function?

Stone tower is rare. Lightning is not.

In this game, “common” means common, “rare” means uncommon, and “unique” means rare.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / The Chests must be rigged

There has been some discussion here about whether it truly is unweighted five-card monte. I think it would be silly to assume it is, given that the cards rarities are explicitly tiered, but I find myself awash in Uniques I already have often enough that I also think it goes more by where you’re farming. Which makes sense; don’t want to outfit people with Prime Guns and Towers of the Sun at the fifth or sixth level, right?

 
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Topic: War of Omens / Only one of each card?

Originally posted by Gameguy602:
Originally posted by RaceBandit:

I think if there’s one reason they’ll never let us use 10x of the same card, it’s Misinformation.

10x Misinfo would be a terrible deck.

He means that if you had ten of the same card, your opponent playing one Misinfo would erase your entire deck.

 
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Topic: Prime World: Defenders / Suggestions

These: http://www.kongregate.com/forums/2503-prime-world-defenders/topics/419037-ideas-and-suggestions

 
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Topic: War of Omens / Misinformation = Badly Designed

kikix12, I was imagining it incapacitating a card for maybe 5 turns (depending on Misinfo’s cost), and then maybe the card being the next restock when it was released, or something like that. Anything that fiddled with the bank and restock, but not the originating deck. I think your concerns listed at #4 would be the most applicable and have to be poked and tested. Probably unnecessary, as I think I read a few posts too far back into the August part of the thread. I don’t even know what the previous version was like or when it came about. Maybe this incarnation is harmless, even if I think the mechanism is overly-invasive.

baconistasty, that’s an interesting concept, but in play I think it would be devastating. A Word of Unmaking that chains through everything your opponent has ever bought? That’s like playing a FPS where one guy has a grenade and the other has a nuclear bomb.