Dominion

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! 🙂

DominionDominion 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. 🙂

Star Trek: Catan

Star Trek: CatanThis weekend, Nick and I had some friends over to play board games. We decided to play Star Trek: Catan, which was great because Nick and I had never played Settlers of Catan and have always wanted to. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, it is a popular multiplayer strategy and resource management board game. The Star Trek version came out earlier this year and is (apparently) pretty much the same as the original game, but with a Star Trek theme.

There are 5 resources in the game: dilithium, tritanium, food, oxygen, and water. We had a hard time remembering which color was dilithium (green) and which was tritanium (red), so we opted for giving the resources condiment names instead: ketchup (red), mustard (yellow), relish (green), mayo (white), and blue remained water. 😛

I still haven’t played the original Settlers of Catan, so I can’t compare the two. I think the character cards were a new addition, though. Each player has a character card (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Scott, Uhura, Chekov, Chapel, Rand, or Sarek) that gives the player special abilities liked forced trades or protection from the klingons. Players have to swap out character cards after they use them once (or twice), so it keeps things interesting.

We had a lot of fun learning and playing the game and we’ll probably be adding it to our Christmas wish list this year. 🙂