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- This is an expansion to Dominion, not a standalone game
- 30 minute playing time
- 150 new cards
- Adds depth and complexity
- Takes about 30 minutes to play
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Dominion: Alchemy is the smallest expansion to date, bringing 12 new kingdom cards and a new treasure card to the table. Alchemy brings a new theme and some very interesting cards to the table, but it can feel awkward to integrate Alchemy cards into a "normal" game without a keen understanding of the cards and a sound strategy. Specifically, the "Potions" resource is implemented, the crux of this expansion. The Potion is a treasure card, costing 4, necessary to purchase most Alchemy cards. Whenever a Potion appears in hand, it nearly forces players to purchase an Alchemy card, and, without extra buys, players often waste treasure purchasing them, as they cost very little but require a potion in addition to the treasure cost. Since Potions have no other benefits, they can easily become worthless cards cycling through the deck.
On a positive note, the majority of the artwork for the Alchemy cards is beautiful. Having been disappointed with many of the illustrations in Seaside, particularly, Alchemy brings some redemption to the aesthetic appeal of Dominion. For those who may be concerned with the content of this specific Dominion theme, it should be known that a few of the cards, whether the art or indicated by the card name, are dark in nature. The cards in question can be, in my opinion, easily avoided (in gameplay with children, for example) or discarded, if you so desire.Read more ›
Have played a couple rounds with it so far and if my opinion changes on the game I will update this review.
Dominion is me and my wife's favorite game and was thrilled to get this present.
I really enjoyed the potion as a new type of treasure card and like the complexity of the new cards like Possession (where you get to play the next player's turn on the left).
However, I would get Dominion first. Since it is the basic game and has the simplest cards. Then Dominion: Seaside which plays well on its own and has more fun cards then Intrigue. And then Dominion: Intrigue since it lets you play with 5-6 players well and interacts especially well with Seaside.
As far as Dominion: Alchemy goes I would wait until you are an experienced player and have played the first 3 sets quite a few times and would like a challenge.
This is definitely an more advanced group of 12 action cards (plus Potion - a new treasure card) and I suggest it for advanced players only.
But if you have heard good things about Dominion - and want to try it I would start with regular Dominion and work from there.
1) By creating Potion as a resource, it creates room for very powerful cards that are purchasable but don't break the game. If Scrying Pool or Golem or Familiar didn't include Potion in their cost, they'd have to be priced closer to the cards in Prosperity and/or they'd be raced all the time. Costing a new resource type restricts how many you can buy in an interesting way, IMO.
2) Some people (including me) don't like that a simple "buy money" strategy is pretty effective with just the base set. Alchemy's theme of "lots of actions" it pretty much the antithesis of this strategy. If you like creating combos / engines, you'll like Alchemy. Do keep in mind, though, that cards like Scrying Pool can lead to some pretty long turns if you have to think through decisions with all the cards you're going to draw.
As with all of Dominion, the more expansions you have, the better the game. If you really enjoy Dominion, I'd recommend you buy absolutely all of the expansions, including Alchemy. But if you're new to the game or just a want a few sets, skip Alchemy for now. The other expansions are more essential and less complicated (except maybe Cornucopia, which I also love). Don't forget to come back to Alchemy when you have more experience or want more variety, though. It's still awesome and gets 5 stars from me.
There are already many reviews on Alchemy, why write another one? I write this because I do not think this expansion deserves all the hate it gets. This expansion is a collection of powerful Dominion cards that, contrary to popular belief, are not necessarily more difficult to incorporate in a regular Dominion game. They simply require more discerning in their purchasing. This is of course due to the use of the Potion currency.
First though, let me put it out there that Alchemy cards are very powerful cards, competitive even on boards with cards from other more popular expansions such as Prosperity. They are (arguably) rather cheap and synergize very well with each other, creating strategies for "spamming" certain of these cards to facilitate massive draw and gargantuan hands. Nearly all of these cards give at least +1 action, so in actual gameplay they hardly ever interfere with the other cards you are implementing.
This sounds great, of course, but there is a catch, and that catch is the Potion cost. Potion is a treasure card that has a qualitative value rather than a quantitative. Potions are required for all but one of the "power cards" in Alchemy, usually in supplementary fashion with regular coin, e.g. an Alchemist card costs 3 coin + Potion.
There are two common complaints about Potions. First, the Potion costs 4 coins, and you have to buy a Potion first, then wait for your shuffle, and then use the Potion to buy the card you actually want. Thus it creates an extra step in getting the card you want, and buying the Potion at the cost of 4 means you may miss out on a good action card that costs 4. Second, Potions do not help you buy Provinces.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great expansion to Dominion. This one adds a nice twist to the game and has already been integrated into our regular playing with the cards mixed in to all our games now.Published 2 months ago by Kryten
Dominion is awesome. This makes it even better. It is really my teenage son that is into it and got me hooked. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MLipenk
This is a fun expansion but not quite as game changing as I thought it would be. I'd still recommend it, but we got the regular base game first (not Intrigue) and then Prosperity,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by boyzdrule
As a family we love playing Dominion. My 15, 12, and 6 year old boys play with me and my husband. This is an expansion pack so you need the Dominion game in order to play this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shaura Miller
We love playing Dominion. This expansion adds Potions to the mix of treasure cards used to buy items. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James J. Flanagan
One of the best expansions to any game ever. Totally worth it if you are a fan of Dominion.Published 9 months ago by Darrel A Stone
We love dominion, and this is no different. We do mix this set in less because of the potion requirements on some cards, but still great dominion fun!Published 9 months ago by Sharona