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Dominion - it's everywhere!
« on: January 27, 2012, 07:57:19 PM »
OK folks...  if you're not playing Dominion, you're missing out!  It's got the deck-construction fun of a CCG, the city-building civ-flavor you'd want in something fun, and with discreet, themed sets, you can pick and choose what to play with and not break the bank.

There's also plenty of places to play digitally.

dominion.isotropic.org has all the different cards, a nice auto match feature for opponents, and a clean, fast interface, but looks like a late-80s BBS layout

boardgamearena.com doesn't have every set, but the ones they have include the licensed art from RGG.  The interface also feels like you're playing a board game than isotropic's does

Androminion is a remarkable Android adaptation of the game that lets you play against a selection of AIs.  The new v2.0 that just dropped is freakin' sweet.  It's got all the expansions through Hinterlands, has about 6 different AIs you can pick and choose, and some nice random card options.  Great for when you're stuck sitting in line at the DMV.

Who else is playing Dominion and what do y'all think?
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 07:39:51 AM »
I played it once and it was good.

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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 10:59:47 AM »
lemme know when you want to get a game going on isotropic.  I need new butts to kick! ;D

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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012, 11:52:17 AM »
Is this just a digital game?  It sounds like it's right in my wheelhouse.  I'm unusually strapped for cash at the moment, but as things free up later in the year, I'd like to look into it.
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012, 11:58:35 AM »
No, it's a tabletop card game. But there are free-to-play digital versions. Whenever you're ready, let me know and we'll set up a time to teach you.
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 07:17:06 PM »
I've played a couple times with friends and found it pretty fun.  Another game with lots of options that you would need to play enough to develop a strategy.  Im not sure how I would like playing the digital version as I like all the pretty cards :)
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2012, 09:15:11 PM »
I have transcended Dominion as far as deck building games go.

The latest "hotness" in X-building games is Quarriors!, a dice-building game. The wife likes these types of games and she was fairly excited about Quarriors. It was quick to play (about 30 minutes or less), fairly exciting, full of about 150 dice, and just the right balance of random and strategy. It is the perfect "filler" game to play between two more involved games. Pic below:

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I've also heard good things about the deck building games Nightfall and Rune Age. Both of them inject a bit more "war" and "conflict" into the genre, as Dominion is sorely lacking in player interaction besides the off Hag or Thief card.

If you haven't gotten Dominion: Seaside, I strongly suggest doing so. It adds some really good mechanics (like cards that persist for two turns and some more player interaction). Also pirates.

I've also heard good things about Thunderstone, which is a deck building, dungeon-crawl game. And there seems to be a Facebook version of that one.
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012, 01:24:05 AM »
If you like Dominion, but want a similar wargame themed game, don't forget to try A Few Acres of Snow over at http://yucata.de. Free to play, deck buildining mechanic, outpost capturing boardgame, all centered around the French and Indian War.

I also noticed there was a free iOS version of Dominion out, with an official release coming soon.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dominion-by-donald-x.-vaccarino/id447395574?mt=8

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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2012, 04:45:59 AM »
If you like Dominion, but want a similar wargame themed game, don't forget to try A Few Acres of Snow over at http://yucata.de. Free to play, deck buildining mechanic, outpost capturing boardgame, all centered around the French and Indian War.

I also noticed there was a free iOS version of Dominion out, with an official release coming soon.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dominion-by-donald-x.-vaccarino/id447395574?mt=8

I keep wanting to try it, and I keep getting foiled for time given the house move we're in the middle of.

And for a free mobile version of the game, there's also Androminion for 'droids.  (I think I mentioned that above...)
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2012, 04:50:37 AM »
I have transcended Dominion as far as deck building games go.

The latest "hotness" in X-building games is Quarriors!, a dice-building game. The wife likes these types of games and she was fairly excited about Quarriors. It was quick to play (about 30 minutes or less), fairly exciting, full of about 150 dice, and just the right balance of random and strategy. It is the perfect "filler" game to play between two more involved games.

That looks like something I'd want a demo of before taking the plunge, but also looks like something my son might really get a kick out of.

I've also heard good things about the deck building games Nightfall and Rune Age. Both of them inject a bit more "war" and "conflict" into the genre, as Dominion is sorely lacking in player interaction besides the off Hag or Thief card.

I have Rune Age but not yet taken the time to get it on the table and figure it out.  I need to do that some time.

If you haven't gotten Dominion: Seaside, I strongly suggest doing so. It adds some really good mechanics (like cards that persist for two turns and some more player interaction). Also pirates.
that one.

Seaside is my favorite expansion, but the new Hinterlands is catching up quickly.  There are some nice new cards that alter the traditional flow of the game in interesting ways.  The "Tournament" card in Cornucopia is also a nice change to player interaction mechanisms.  Check out the text of the card, and the prizes, here: http://dominion.diehrstraits.com/?set=Cornucopia
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2012, 10:15:23 AM »
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That looks like something I'd want a demo of before taking the plunge, but also looks like something my son might really get a kick out of.

The initial price is high for Quarriors. But I finally jumped in and did it and I am glad I did. We have only played twice (got it last week), but I can see it being a great "play while I set up a much larger game" type thing for my group. Your son will absolutely love it - kids love dice!
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2012, 10:33:22 AM »
I'm on isotropic right now playing over my lunch break
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2012, 04:59:49 PM »
I really enjoy Dominion.  I haven't gotten to play it much, but it is one of the only 'geekier' boardgames I can get my non-wargamer friends to play.

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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2012, 06:58:25 PM »
I really enjoy Dominion.  I haven't gotten to play it much, but it is one of the only 'geekier' boardgames I can get my non-wargamer friends to play.

check out the online sites I mentioned above.  You'll get lots of chances to play!  :D
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Re: Dominion - it's everywhere!
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2012, 10:18:13 AM »
I'm on isotropic right now playing over my lunch break

back on again - if anyone out there wants to join me!
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