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The Complete Guide to Dominion

Strategy tips and more for players of the card game Dominion.


Dominion, which won the 2009 Spiel des Jahres and was my pick as the best card game published in 2008, is a fantastic deck-building game with many layers of strategy. These resources will help you become a better Dominion player.

1. Dominion - Game Review

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Contributing writer Seth Brown says Dominion "has inspired many imitators with its ingenious deck-building mechanic. Both easy to learn and strategic enough for serious gamers, Dominion may well be a 'must-play.'" I couldn't agree more.

2. Dominion - Game Profile

Dominion: Seaside
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Here's a closer look at Dominion, including all of the available expansions, the numerous awards it has won, and much more.

3. How to Play Dominion

Dominion: Prosperity
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Dominion is, thematically, a game about monarchs attempting to expand their kingdom. Mechanically, it is a deck-building game where players buy cards each turn to add to their decks, slowly growing more powerful as the game progresses. Here's a quick guide to the basic rules of Dominion.

4. Basic Strategy: Money Tips

Dominion is an incredibly complex game, and with millions of possible board combinations, there is no one "best strategy" that will work in every game. However, these basic strategy tips about money management in Dominion will help if you are just learning to play.

5. Basic Strategy: Action Tips

Dominion is a game about buying cards to put in your deck. And while treasure and victory cards may be important, the meat of the game is all about the different action cards you can buy. Here are a few basic strategy tips to help you figure out what actions to buy.

6. Starting Setup Strategies

Dominion is a game with literally millions of possible board layouts. However, if you're just learning the game, then the chances are good that you'll be playing the recommended starting setup, consisting of Cellar, Moat, Woodcutter, Workshop, Village, Smithy, Remodel, Militia, Market, and Mine. Here are some strategy tips for that layout.

7. Trashing Cards in Dominion

Dominion, as a deck-building game, may seem to be all about adding good cards to your deck. However, an important thing to remember is that another way to improve the average card in your deck is to trash the bad cards. Here are some beginner strategy tips on how to thin your deck.
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