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Dominion: Empires

Dominion: Empires

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If You Like: Running your Fiefdom, Cheeky Wombo Combos, Obsessive-Compulsive Expansion purchasing

Player Count: Competitive for 2-4 Players

Complexity Rating: 2 - Mild

Average Playtime: 30 Minutes

"The world is big and your kingdom gigantic. It's no longer a kingdom really; it's an empire — which makes you the emperor. This entitles you to a better chair, plus you can name a salad after yourself. It's not easy being emperor. The day starts early, when you light the sacred flame; then it's hours of committee meetings, trying to establish exactly why the sacred flame keeps going out. Sometimes your armies take over a continent and you just have no idea where to put it. And there's the risk of assassination; you have a food taster, who tastes anything before you eat it, and a dagger tester, who gets stabbed by anything before it stabs you. You've taken to staying at home whenever it's the Ides of anything. Still, overall it's a great job. You wouldn't trade it for the world — especially given how much of the world you already have."

In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the centre of the table is a selection of other cards the players can "buy" as they can afford them. On each player's turn, by default, they can play one action, and then they can play any money cards in their hand and then perform one buy. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly. Cards that players buy can do multiple things, such as drawing more cards into their hand, allowing for more actions, allowing for more buys, or just raw victory points.

The game ends when three piles of cards on the board are depleted, OR when the Province (The highest denominated victory card) pile is depleted. Then, whoever has the most victory points in their deck is the winner. Dominion is not a CCG, but the play of the game is similar to the construction and play of a CCG deck. The base game comes with 500 cards. You select 10 of the 25 Kingdom card types to include in any given play—leading to immense variety.