Dominion (Card Game)

From the box: “You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams. You want a bigger and more pleasant kingdom, with more rivers and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion. In all directions lie fiefs, freeholds, and feodum. All are small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy. You will bring civilization to these people, uniting them under your banner. But wait. It must be something in the air, several other monarchs have had the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending them off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. Your parents wouldn’t be proud, but your grandparents, would be delighted.”

Loy says: “Dominion is a complex deck-building game that has several layers of strategy going on at the same time. Players build their own decks over a series of turns, trying to both maximize their own deck (the long-term game) while maximizing their points (the short-term game). Each run through a player’s deck repeats previous moves and adds more. This game is challenging to learn; while you’ll understand the basic rules on the first game, you’ll likely need a second game to fully grasp and employ the strategy. That said, it’s worth the effort. Each game is a random choice of abilities and powers, plus the players’ choice of deck cards will make a dramatic change in outcomes. Each game is different, challenging, and ultimately fun.”

Dan says: “Dominion is one of the most popular deck-builders out there.  There are a number of expansions/versions out there, we played Intrigue.  The cards used are a subset of the cards available to play.  This keeps the game fresh, but can slow the start, especially the first few games played, as the cards in play need to be understood to develop a strategy.  The goal is to have the most victory points in your deck when the game ends, so there’s a balance between buying cards that will help build the deck (or hurt others) and those that deliver victory points.   If deck-building is your thing, you can’t go wrong with Dominion.”

Amazon: Dominion: Intrigue

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