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 small. Small when compared to the world, that is; it's moderate-sized when compared to other kingdoms. But in a big world like this one - big when compared to smaller worlds anyway, if such things exist; it's moderate-sized when compared to worlds of roughly the same size, and a little small when compared to worlds just a little larger - well, to make a long story short - short when compared to longer stories anyway - it is time to stretch your borders. You've heard of far-off places - exotic countries, where they have pancakes but not waffles, where the people wear the wrong number of shirts, and don't even have a word for the look two people give each other when they each hope that the other will do something that they both want done but which neither of them wants to do. It is to these lands that you now turn your gaze."
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.