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Dominion

by Rio Grande Games
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
Price: 28.08 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Tactical card game
  • Quick to learn, many ways to win
  • Won German Game of the Year 2008
  • Average game length 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 2-4 players
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1.5 Kg
Product Dimensions30 x 30 x 7.4 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:1 month and up
Item model numberRGG370
Educational Objective(s)Play
Main Language(s)English, English manual
Number of Game Players4
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Radio Control SuitabilityIndoor
  
Additional Information
ASINB001JQY6K4
Best Sellers Rank 1,169 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
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Date First Available2 Dec 2008
  
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Product Safety

This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months
  • Warning: Toy inside. Adult supervision recommended

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

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 feodums. 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.

As well as the Winner of the highly sought after "Spiel des Jahres" (or German Game of the Year 2008) Dominion has also won a few other noteworthty awards, including a The Dice Tower Game game of the Year nomination, 2008 Meeples Choice Award, 2009 Origins Award - Card Game winner, and a Mensa Select winner for 2009.



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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I rate Dominion 8/10 on Boardgamegeek, where the average rating is over 8/10 as well. It took a few sessions for me to really get Dominion, but when it clicked, I suddenly wanted to play it again and again immediately! The first game to do that for me in years.

Dominion is a new kind of game - a deck building game. If you play CCGs like Magic: The Gathering Magic 10th Edition Booster, Pokemon Pokemon, Platinum Booster, Trading Card Game or Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh Starter Deck, you'll be familiar with building a deck of cards before playing. In Dominion, you build your card deck during the game. Actually, that is the game! You use actions and money to build a better deck faster, with more Victory Points in it before the end.

Dominion has hundreds of cards in the box. Dominion is not a CCG; 2-4 players can use just the one box. There are 3 kinds of card:
Victory Points (1VP, 3VPs, 6VPs, and -1VP Curses)
Money (copper=1 silver=2 gold=3)
Action cards (25 different Actions, 10 cards in each).
All the cards have a purchase price. You win by getting the most Victory Points (VPs).

You start with 10 cards - 3 1VP cards and 7 Copper. You shuffle your 10 cards, place them face down as a Draw deck and draw 5 cards into your hand. On your turn, you get to play 1 Action and then perform 1 Buy. Playing Actions and doing Buys will get more cards into your deck. All your cards, used or not, go into your own Discard pile. Then you draw 5 more cards.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 31 Aug 2009
By Derek P
I really am not into most strategy games. My daughters and their partners have continually tried to get my wife and I interested but frankly we usually get bored after 10 minutes.

However having got us to play, and enjoy, Guillotine, a very simple strategy game, they introduced us to Dominion. After a very short time we were both hooked. It is absolutely fascinating because of two things a)you can vary the action card sets used in each game permutating 12 packs from the 2 dozen supplied. b) the innovative concept of building your own deck of action, victory and cash cards. Every game has different challenges and requires a slightly different strategy from the players.

I got my own copy of the game for my birthday last week and it will be played a great deal. It is just as good with 2 players as 3 or 4 by the way. Games are usually completed within an hour. Just right.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great playability! 30 Sep 2009
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Great game hidden in a well-designed box. After few introductory games we got the point and started experimenting with various tactics. Good exercise for statistics and discrete planning ("should i get another cheap copper card or not?"). If you don't take the box it makes an excellent travel game too!

Some people say that cards are not durable - hmm, i think they are of decent quality but of course if you want to invest in 500 plastic protectors they would last longer.

Checked 2-player and 3-player and works well with both. Highly recommended. The danger is you will want to buy extensions soon :D
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More tactic than strategy 31 Dec 2013
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Dominion is not a bad and I do play it occasionally and will probably continue to do so, but having bought it partially on the basis of these reviews, I was a bit disappointed with it. First of all, one should be aware that this game has really nothing to do with building or administering a country, it is a card game with fairly sophisticated rules and complex mechanisms and it has a sort of "medieval kingdom" theme to it in terms of style and artwork, but it could be just as well have a different theme or be played on an abstract level, it is nothing like, say, "Settlers of Catan" or "Civilization" - for example there is no map or concept of geographical location of your resources and your dominion.
The game itself is fairly well designed, I reckon the big idea behind it is that you start with a small deck of cards and you start slowly growing it by playing different cards during your turn. However, in most cases, you keep these cards and re-use them again so you effectively "cycle" through your slowly growing deck over and over again. There are three sets of cards - Victory cards which you need to win the game but which are, during the game, of no use to you and just clog up your deck, Treasury cards (Money) that you use to buy additional cards and Action cards that usually modify your actions in one way or another, eg allow you to hold more cards in your hand or buy additional cards. It is clear that a lot of thought has gone into the design of the Action cards - you sometimes have to think quite hard about why they are useful to you in the first place and how to best exploit them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to pick up - hard to master
This game was easy to start playing (have played other games in which it takes several times before you think you know what you should/can do) yet I have now played it many times... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Not a board game but a card strategy game, easy to learn and great fun with an amazing replay value. Would strongly recommend
Published 1 month ago by David Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably addictive game
After years of playing games of all kinds, here's one that is quick to pick up and once you have, you will want to play all the time.

Fantastic!
Published 1 month ago by Peakfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
Good fun to play. The only down side is that it takes a while to set up and put away.
Published 1 month ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars ADDICTIVE GAME
Brilliant game, coming from someone who has spent years playing Catan games, found that Dominion (in it's own way) is even more fun. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carl Swain
5.0 out of 5 stars Good item
This was a present for a young male, very well received. He said it was just what he he wanted.
Published 3 months ago by alison lingwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present for my son
He was thrilled with this and I was very pleased with the delivery times. We needed it to take to him before Christmas - Amazon was the only place I could find it - no-one else... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vickie Whitmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made and great fun!
I bought Dominion just over two years ago in December 2011. It has since become the family's go-to game on a Saturday afternoon or weekday evening. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. COOPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I first played this game with a friend of mine, and now finally decided to get a set of my own. It is a brilliant game, very addictive and involving a lot of strategy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
this is an awesome game! (hours of fun) would recommend to anyone looking for a game to play with all the family.
Published 4 months ago by Claire
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