Rio Grande Games - Dominion: First Edition
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The first time you play this game, it will require a real commitment to slog through the rules and really figure it out. But stick with it! As you play, you will learn to appreciate this game's potential. Every subsequent time you play will be far more enjoyable than your first experience. It's totally worth it. Note that there is infinite variety to this card game based on which Kingdom Cards you choose to use during gameplay.
Note also that there is a more recent edition of this game as well as an expansion pack. We are happy with our original version.
On top of that, it's pretty easy to learn, especially for a game that has so many variations. Would highly recommend to any board gamer.
A very simplified game summary: Each player starts out with a deck of 10 cards (7 "copper" money, and 3 "estates"). The object of the game is whoever has the most victory type points in the end wins. Each turn, the player has 5 cards from the deck in their hand and they can use the cards to do "actions" like some allow you to pick up another card, play another action (or both), and even "attack" others. Then you can buy cards... you end up building up your deck with more actions, more money, and eventually more "estates, duchies, provinces" (the victory point cards).
It really is a lot of fun and addictive! We rarely play just one game because it always feels like it flew by.
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If you’re not familiar with deck building, it is simply where each player starts with the same cards and has the opportunity to buy new and different cards which will hopefully propel them towards the goal of the game, which in this case is getting victory points.
As I said, the game is easy to teach, family friendly and sits about a light to mid weight game for me. It plays in about 30 - 45 mins and plays 2 - 4 players.
I personally love this game and the wife loves it even more, we’ve played it with friends and family and it is still an interesting and enjoyable game even after all the plays that we have had. The only downsides I think are that set-up and take down of the game can be a little bit of a pain and that the theme of the game is pretty thin, other than this I think it is an excellent game and worthy of your consideration.
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.
It's easy to set up - simply lay the cards out - and easy to learn how to play - simply follow the instructions on the cards. Different people have different ways of playing the game. Generally, I like to buy Action cards that I can use to build up "runs" that hopefully earn me enough money to buy more Victory cards. My son likes to buy Attack cards wherever he can, frustrating other players, and my wife likes to focus on buying Treasure cards to build her wealth. The beauty of the game is that the strategy changes based on what cards are being used in the game. There is a selection of 25 Action/Attack cards to choose from. The game is played with ten sets from these 25. We always use the "Randomizer" cards to choose 10 at random but you can decide to always include your favourites.
Each game takes about half an hour, which is perfect for this family.
I think this Christmas we'll be buying one of the expansions - probably "Intrigue" because it's similar to the base game.
After two years and many, many games, the cards are showing very little wear - even the ones that are most frequently handled.
Every later version seems to try and grasp at new ideas, often very unsuccessfully, because the problem is.. the original was so perfect, it's hard to iterate upon it and stay original. It was so well balanced already.
Probs pick up Intrigue too at least. Some of the expansions are pretty good. The standalone though, absolutely great.
I don't think the cards will stay in good condition especially long as the borders are black and after several games you can already see the most used cards are starting to wear slightly. However, it's a game for playing, not preserving in pristine condition!