Dominion Game Second Edition

Dominion Game Second Edition

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Item #: 048451
Grades: 5-AD

Product Description:

This is the second edition of the Dominion game. Six cards were replaced between the first and second edition, and one was added to the second edition. You will want to start with this base game and get acquainted with the types of cards and how they interact before you add a Dominion expansion game. Contents include 500 cards, trash mat, storage tray, inlay, and rule booklet. For 2-4 players; games take about 30 minutes.

Publisher Description:

You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes... dreams! You want a bigger kingdom, more pleasant, with more rivers, and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion!

In all directions lie fiefs, freeholds, and feodums. All are small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy. You will bring civilization to these people, uniting them under your banner.But wait! It must be something in the air; several other monarchs have had the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending them off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffersof your treasury. Your parents wouldnt be proud, but your grandparents, on your mothers side, would be delighted.

This is a game of building a deck of cards. The deck contains your resources, victory points, and the things you can do. It starts out a small sad collection of Estates and Coppers, but you hope that by the end of the game it will be brimming with Gold, Provinces, and the inhabitants and structures of your kingdom.This is the second edition of Dominion . Six cards were replaced and one added compared to the first edition. The base cards have art now, and the trash has a mat.


Category Description for Dominion:

True to form, this unique card game has completely dominated our game nights! I don't even know how many games (hundreds?) we've played in the last year or so. If we have a spare hour, you'll probably find us at our friends' house, playing a game or two. Dominion is composed of three different types of cards: treasure cards (copper, silver, and gold), victory point cards (estates, duchies, and provinces), and over 20 different action cards. Your goal is to have the most victory points at the end of the game.

To begin, 10 action cards are chosen randomly and laid out in piles (there are ten copies of each card) on the table alongside the treasure and victory point cards. All of these cards are now available for purchase. Each card has a cost, ranging from 0 (a copper) to 8 (a province), although the majority of the cards cost between 3 and 5 coins. Each player starts the game with their own personal deck consisting of 7 coppers and 3 estates. To begin, each player shuffles their deck and takes five cards into their hand, leaving the rest of their deck face down as a "draw" pile. Play moves clockwise around the table with one person playing at a time. Players use the cards in their hand to buy additional cards. There are two phases to each turn - a player may play one action card, and then he may buy one card. When he is finished, his entire hand is placed in a discard pile and he draws five more cards for his next turn. Whenever the draw pile runs out, the discard pile is shuffled and placed back in the draw pile.

The action cards vary greatly, but all are designed to better your deck and enhance future turns. There are action cards that give you extra buys, extra coins, extra actions, and extra cards in your hand. These four elements (in a variety of different combinations and variations) are the most common, but there are plenty of other unique action cards as well. Some of these allow you to gain a card costing up to four coins, play an action card twice, discard cards out of your hand and replace them with new cards from your draw pile, trash a card from your hand and gain a card costing up to two coins more, etc. Attack cards help you and affect other player's decks at the same time (each other player discards two cards, each other player must take a victory point card out of their hand and place it back on their draw pile, steal a treasure card out of another player's hand). By buying action cards as well as better treasure cards, eventually your deck will be rich enough that you can begin to buy some of the more expensive victory point cards. It's a careful balance, though, since victory cards cannot be used during game play but are kept in the deck just like the rest of the cards - if you begin buying points too early, they clog up your hand and weaken your deck, but if you start buying them too late, there might not be many left! Please note that some families may object to a card or two, although these can easily be removed from play without detriment (such as the Witch, which is an attack cards that gives Curse cards - worth -1 victory points - to other players). The variety of action cards makes each game different from the last, and smart players will soon pick up on which cards interact well together and which cards render others virtually useless. Each new mixture of action cards requires a slightly different strategy in order to win the game.

The combinations are endless, especially since there are also multiple expansion sets available. These sets offer all new cards which can be mixed in with the originals for even more variety. We recommend that beginners start with only the original cards to get used to the game play before adding an expansion, but it won't be long before you're ready for more! We have played each expansion, and we have not yet begun to tire of this game. For 2-4 players. The only question is, who will dominate at your next game night?

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Games, Puzzles & Toys
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Rio Grande Games
3.2 (lbs.)
11.75" x 11.75" x 3.75"
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Rainbow Resource Center Store
We got this game from the library and the kids really liked it so buying it as a birthday gift
Sandy L on Sep 18, 2022
Super fun game to play! Love the different strategies and that the game can be different each time you play.
Karen C on Apr 27, 2020
We got this game from the library and the kids really liked it so buying it as a birthday gift
Sandy L on Sep 18, 2022
Gift for friends - it's got such great replay value
Natalie S on Dec 4, 2020
Super fun game to play! Love the different strategies and that the game can be different each time you play.
Karen C on Apr 27, 2020
It's am awesome game. Well worth the $.
Bella B on Apr 20, 2020
My daughter says it is an amazing strategy game
Angela B on Apr 12, 2020
my kids (16-7) year old's favorite game- great as a family game too!
Susan H on Feb 21, 2020
Because it's a great game to use to introduce beginners to card games. MTG can seem daunting at first Dominion is a good way to ease new players into understanding card games.
Lynn S on Jan 25, 2020
It is for a young adult in our family for his birthday and recommended by our son.
agarg on Dec 31, 2019
My 10th grader played it with her CC friends and actually asked for it!
Lea C on Jul 23, 2019
Loved the game so much I wanted a second copy!
Amanda W on Dec 18, 2017
Highly recommended by friends that love strategy games.
Katherine W on Dec 18, 2017
gift for son
Robbie F on Nov 15, 2017
heard about this from friends
Dawn J on Mar 20, 2017
My son saw it in your catalog and asked for it for Christmas
Cathy C on Dec 14, 2016
On my children's wish list.
Jason H on Dec 2, 2016
Gift for friends - it's got such great replay value
Natalie S on Dec 4, 2020
It's am awesome game. Well worth the $.
Bella B on Apr 20, 2020
Is this the second edition of Dominion? It says second edition, but the picture is the base edition.
A shopper on Feb 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I just ordered this 1/9/20 and I received the correct Second Edition. But you're right that the image is wrong, I didn't even notice that when I ordered, lol. The 2nd edition I received is copyright 2016, it has the new card designs, the large trash mat, the replaced cards. I already owned the original base edition, so I can assure you this is the 2nd edition, in spite of the photo.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Product
It has a really fun play and what the cards do actually makes sense. Some games are just like “take card from other player” and its like a monk or something. This game is the original and i am not disappointed. You can build your deck while being evil to the other player at the same time (though if they are being evil to you it usually is still hilarious). It is worth it.
January 11, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun and challenging for the whole family! Everyone who plays this game really enjoys it regardless of age or gender And adults don't have a particular advantage over children Our eight year-old has won about as many times as Dad and Mom We've purchased many of the expansions and they are all unique and add an interesting aspect to game-play Our children created their own cards based on their study of history (ie Beowulf Attila the Hun) that we've added to the deck!
August 14, 2012

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