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
Dominion: Guilds & Cornucopia combines the Dominion: Guilds and Dominion: Cornucopia small box expansions — originally the fifth and the eighth expansions — into a single large box expansion.
The cards from Dominion: Cornucopia — 13 new Kingdom cards, plus 5 unique cards — are focused on variety, with cards that reward you for having a variety of cards in your deck, in your hand, and in play, in addition to cards that help you get that variety.
Dominion: Guilds also consists of 13 new Kingdom cards, with some of these cards allowing you to get more out of them by paying extra when you buy them. In addition, this expansion contains coin tokens that you can save to spend later.
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.