Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dominion Kingdom Deck 1.2 bug fix

DKD 1.2 is out! Unfortunately, there are reports coming in of the app crashing during the data upgrade step. I'm still working on figuring out the cause.

If you don't have any saved data (lists or custom cards) that you care about, then the fastest way to get past this problem is to delete the app and reinstall it from the app store. This will clear all of your existing data.

If you have a lot of data saved up, then contact me at and I'll work on figuring out the problem and getting you an adhoc version to get past the problem.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dominion Kingdom Deck 1.2

DKD 1.2 should be released shortly.

It has two new features.
  • Ability to select your card language independent of your iPhone's system language. So those who have Italian or German phones can now get English lists.
  • Alchemy data and support for Alchemy selection rules (enable these in preferences).
    The game creators recommend using 3-5 Alchemy cards mixed in with other sets. The Alchemy selection rules will first randomly determine whether a hand will use Alchemy or not based on the proportion of Alchemy cards to other cards and then draw appropriately.
    The point of this method is to make Alchemy cards appear about as often as they would normally, but be grouped together.
    For example, in a normal distribution, you may get 1 Alchemy card each in 3 different 10 card lists. This algorithm should statistically give you 3 Alchemy cards in 1 list and no Alchemy cards in the 2 others.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dominion Kingdom Deck 1.0.1 released and errata

Dominion Kingdom Deck version 1.0.1 is available on the App Store. This version adds a "shake to shuffle" option and a "require a reaction card if an attack card is present" option. You can toggle both of these in preferences.

It has also been pointed out to me that I made a mistake in my default data. The Haven card for Seaside should have a cost of 2, not 4. I'll correct this in a future release, but in the meantime, you can fix it yourself using the set editor.

Enter preferences and scroll down to the "Editable Card Sets" section. Toggle the switch next to Seaside to on.
Then go back to main menu and view card sets. Tap the Edit button at the upper right and then enter Seaside.
Here, find Haven and tap it, then change the cost to 2. Now just back out and Haven will be updated.
You can go back to preferences and turn Seaside's editable setting back off if you like.

Thanks again to everyone that's downloaded. Dominion Kingdom Deck is now in the top 6 for the search term "Dominion".

A special thanks to those who also took the time to rate and review! I definitely appreciate the comments.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dominion Kingdom Deck is available!

Dominion Kingdom Deck is now available on the app store.

For those who might be curious, that is a turn around of 3 days from Apple. Not bad!

There will shortly be out a minor update that will lower the minimum OS version required from 3.1.2 to 3.0. It will also add shake to shuffle to the Random Card List.

Fair Share v1.1 Update and Roadmap

As many users have noticed, Fair Share version 1.1 was released recently. Based on the number of updates so far, I'm pleased that so many people are still using Fair Share.

Version 1.1 added the following features:
  • Picker wheel for selecting the tip amount along with 3 configurable preset tip amounts.
  • Option to tip "after the tax."
  • Option to round the subtotal for groups instead of rounding each individual in the group.
I intend to have one more update to version 1.2 with a few more minor additions.

But after version 1.2, I'm planning on switching to iPhone OS 3.0 SDK. This means that anyone still using iPhone OS 2.2.1 will not get any updates after version 1.2 until they upgrade their firmware.

While I would like to maintain compatibility for OS 2.2.1, it's becoming increasingly difficult to develop and test on 2.2.1. There is also the uncertainty of how many users are still on 2.2.1 and thus if there's even any need to continue support.

If you have any concerns or comments, please leave a comment on this blog or send email to

Thanks again to everyone who has purchased Fair Share!

Dominion Kingdom Deck Preview

My second iPhone app, Dominion Kingdom Deck, is a setup utility for the board/card game Dominion by Donald X. Vaccarino.

A preview is up on its product page. It is currently in review and hopefully will be available within a week.

DKD is meant primarily for fans of Dominion who own one or more of the expansions to Dominion.

There are two main problems players start to face as the as the number of setup cards starts to grow:
  1. Properly shuffling a stack of 75+ cards becomes more and more tedious.
  2. Having a "poor" distribution of card costs becomes more frequent.
For the first, a quick tap and DKD pulls up a list of 10 cards. Optionally sort this list by cost and/or expansion. Don't like a card? Swipe its row to replace it.

For the second, DKD offers an toggle-able option to guarantee that there is at least 1 card of cost 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the draw with the remaining 6 cards random as usual.

Other features of Dominion Kingdom Deck include:
  • All currently published cards included.
  • Fully configurable to select which expansions to use.
  • Custom card and card set editor.
  • Save interesting or favorite lists for quick reference.

Dominion Kingdom Deck will be donation-ware. It will be free to download and use with no restrictions. In a future update, an in-app store will be enabled to allow users who find the app useful to donate an amount of their choice to show their appreciation.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Future Fair Share features

A big thank you to everyone that's bought Fair Share and taken the time to leave reviews and ratings.

Here are a few things that I've decided to add to the next release of Fair Share:

  • Optional rounding for group totals instead of individuals in groups.
  • Optional Post-tax tip calculation.
  • Optional tip presets for level of service (think 1-3 star system).
  • Negative exceptions - When everyone except one person orders something, then mark this one person with a negative exception so as to say "he pays this much less than everyone else."
  • Optional key clicks.
On the future roadmap:
  • Contact list integration.
These enhancements will of course be free to anyone that's already purchased the app. I'm looking to get these new features done in about a month or so.