Thursday, April 10, 2008

Kongai: Deck Construction Guide

The Bruce mentioned a few of the heavy hitters in the fledgling Kongai community but one of the ones he left out (Presumably because he's on an early time schedule that leaves him not playing when most of the real sharks come out and certainly well before the Down Under folk show up to play.) is Rhine. Who's a solid player with a lot of games under his belt and a sterling win/loss ratio.

Not that it really means much right now. According to the latest (And possibly first) Kongregate newsletter, a mere 2k have managed to even play in Kongai's beta to date. Figure only a percentage of those have managed to stick around and only an even smaller percentage of that actually know what they're doing and the pool of fierce competitors is vanishingly small. Throw in differences in timezones and the shifting nature of the game's balance and, well, I'd argue that no one's very much good just yet. They can only fool themselves into thinking they are - and, trust me, I speak from personal experience on this. What the game will look like and the way the best players will play is likely going to be quite different at release and all players like Rhine and Mario (And not myself, really, since I just don't have the time to get a lot of matches in - although I am creeping up on 100 played with a majority of those going in the win column. Which is pretty good considering I play with completely random decks.) are doing is familiarizing themselves with the game's systems and putting themselves in a better position to excel on the day of release - it's the players who can adapt to the game as it evolves who'll go on to continued success.

Which is not to say that Rhine - or anyone else, for that matter - isn't a good player. He's certainly kicked my butt around more than once. I just think it's important to deflate heads and tamp down the pernicious forces of elitism. I gnash my teeth when people start going "Oh, well, you've only played so and so many games, so your opinion doesn't count." Or, "Well, Mario says this and he's the best player around, I must automatically submit to his opinion as if it's gospel truth." Since they're not only appeals to authority but appeals to a false authority. It's maddening, especially at a time when the game needs to welcome as many players and the developers need to listen to as many opinions as possible.

Rhine is, in fact, a good player who has a very good understanding of the game. And, much to my delight he's one of those rare specimens who doesn't mind sharing his insights. He's posted up a guide to deck construction. It's, unfortunately, buried well and deep within an already lengthy thread, but it's well worth a look.

I don't necessarily agree with all his conclusions, I might take issue with the framework he uses to consider his options (I think, for one, he completely ignores the incredibly important ramifications of item selection and how it can send certain characters through the roof.), but I won't quibble - at least not here - because I'd certainly like to see more. Besides, it's not like I know any better.


Bruce said...

*looks at the excellent, prolific, Bruce-defeating Kongai coverage, both here and on Sirlin's Kongai forum*

Oh Saus', this is why I love you. I don't think Kongai was quite prepared for *your* presence. ;)

*hands over "[insert name], the Prolific" title to Saus'*

Sausaletus, the Prolific.

It pains me to not be able to make witty replies to your various postings, but alas, I'm crazy-busy for at least a few more days. Bruce, the Busy.

Granted, being crazy-busy probably wouldn't stop you, but we can't all be cast-iron reinforced writing machines of fortitude. ;) (I’m sure there was a Guild Wars reference—albeit a rather loose one—in there somewhere. Honour the heritage, y'know?)

Worry not—I’ve compiled a nice list of things to ramble about in response to your ideas. Answers to why I left out Rhine—and more—are on their way!

— Bruce

PS. I recently learned how to do em dashes on a keyboard (Alt + 0151). Can you tell? ;)

Sausaletus Rex said...

*greedily snatches up the word count crown*

Rex means king, Bruce. Never forget that.

Actually, I've been trying to keep the Kongai stuff on the backburner - although I think my excitement is plain to see what I'd like to do is provoke enough discussion that I can just sit back and take it in while I continue to be hella-busy this month. Because, yes, I have still yet to hit my toggle stance plus it's getting towards final exam time and everything else, besides (Like today, I found out I need to get a tree service to remove a birch from my property before it topples over and takes half my roof with it. So, now, I have to figure out what to ask for in a tree service, schedule estimates, decide on a contractor, and schedule around so that I can be here to make sure that - unlike that one construction company that one time - they don't nick/destroy anything valuable while they're at it. Plus, ouch, that's probably going to hurt my bank account, too. When it rains, it pours, and I start thinking about heading to the liquor cabinet to do some pouring of mine own.). So I'm just laying the groundwork and waiting until next month when I can explode with content. Or collapse into a fetal ball of exhaustion and despair - really, could go either way at this point.

So, yeah, get on over to the Sirlin boards at least - when you can spare the time (And I hope your own content frenzy is going well. Seems like an interesting site and I'm going to pass it along to my sister - who's a Vegan herself. I'm not myself - although I see the merits - since I just need to devour a hunk of meat every now and then and I probably couldn't live without things like Challah bread and rice pudding.) - I feel like I'm talking to myself over there.

Of Fortitude gets you +20 health and some GW allusion points, I'd think.

Blah. "Buried well and deep but well worth a look." If my inner editor wasn't locked in a supply closet right about now, I'd do something about that. But I clubbed that annoying little bugger good and hard so, instead, viva la Frenzy!

Jake said...

We have tried constructing a deck waterproofing, it was done just recently. I really like the result for it's very cool i mean nice result. Constructing it will really takes time to finished because it will need proper guide in order to success.