I bought Dominion last month knowing nothing about the game except that lots of people love it. I’m now one of those people, too! 🙂
Dominion is a deck-building card game that supports 2-4 players. Players take turns performing actions with the cards in their hand, buying additional cards, and then discarding their cards and drawing a new hand.
The game initially seemed a little confusing (as one can expect when playing a new game), but that went away after a couple turns of play. Gameplay is actually pretty straight-forward, although some of the action cards (like throne rooms, which let you play a card twice) can make things complicated.
One of the things I like about Dominion is how quick it is. It’s easy to learn how to play and a game only takes about 30 minutes. It’s great for when you want to have some fun, but don’t have a few hours to devote to playing a game like A Game of Thrones.
Another thing I like is how the game isn’t the same every time you play. There are 24 different types of Kingdom (action) cards, but you only play with 10 per game. You’ll find your strategy changes depending on which Kingdom cards are selected for the game. There are also plenty of expansions available that add all sorts of new and interesting cards, though I’ve only played the original game so far.
The only critique I have is that the game can feel like everyone is playing their own solitaire game since players concentrate on their own decks and there aren’t a lot of cards that affect other players (at least not in the original game).
Dominion has won all sorts of awards since its release in 2008 and for good reason. Dominion is totally worth picking up. 🙂