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Dominion Board Game
- 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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Dominion Board Game.
From the manufacturer
This is the second edition of Dominion. Six cards were replaced and one added, compared to the first edition. The base cards now have art, and the Trash pile has a mat.
Dominion (Second Edition)
Rio Grande Games.
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, dreams! You want a bigger kingdom, more pleasant, 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 civilisation 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.
Build your deck
This game revolves around building a deck of cards. The deck contains your resources, victory points, and the actions you can take. It starts out a small sad collection of Estates and Coppers, that hopefully by the end of the game, will be brimming with Gold, Provinces, and the inhabitants and structures of your kingdom.
In the Action phase, you can play one Action card from your hand, following the description written on the card.
You can play any number of Treasure cards you drew in your turn and then buy one card from the selected Kingdom cards.
The game ends after 3 Kingdom card piles are empty or the Province pile is empty; then players count up the points on all of their province cards, and the player with the most points wins.
Top customer reviews
Our friends brought over the Dark Ages expansion last weekend. That has more complex action cards, not suitable for a first time player. But for us old hands it was a delightful night.
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.
Another downside, as noted by others, is the lack of interaction between players. Despite the ability to influence other people's hands, it can sometimes feel as though you are all just playing your own game at the same table.
Despite these reservations, I would still recommend this game. It has a lighter feel than some boardgames, and requires far less concentration. For some reason, it also feels less competitive than some games, as the focus is on playing rather than winning. This may be why all the other four adult family members I regularly play with enjoy Dominion so much, including the two who are not that into boardgames.
Which brings me on to another point worth mentioning: the number of players. This game is designed for 2-4 players but we played it with 5 people and it worked just fine (we added another set of action cards for anyone interested). Conversely, a 2-player game doesn't work at all well in my view. We all agreed that the more players there are, the more fun the game.
In summary, I would say Dominion falls short on the strategy and durability front, particularly compared to gems such as Agricola and Carcassonne. However, if you want a lighter game that still requires a little strategy but which will probably appeal to a wider range of players (i.e. not just game geeks), then Dominion is well worth the money.
I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could.
From the description it seemed a little too nerdy (and I class myself as a bit of a geek) but after reading other amazon reviews I decided to give it a go.
Initially reading the instructions I haddn't a clue about how to play the game and thought I'd wasted my money. The game descriptions about the various types of cards and the "phases" of play just didn't seem to make any sense. As a last ditch effort I turned to YouTube to see if there were any reviews which show a game being played. I went through a few which weren't that easy to understand but eventually found a video about 6 minutes long which really helped and the I could start to see what you have to do.
On the back page of the instructions there is a list of suggested game types which tell you which cards to use, there is one titled "first game", I would recommend any new player does this. After playing this we had it all sorted and moved onto another 2 games, the only reason we stopped was because it was gone midnight and I had work in the morning.
I really can't recommend this game enough, it's also fairly future proof with all the expansion boxes available which allow games of upto 6 players and with different cards types will mean your strategy will always evolve.
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