Day 58 - Dominion
Designed by Donald X. Vaccarino
What can I say about Dominion other than the fact that it is one of my favorite games. Dominion won the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award in 2009 and has won numerous other awards including a Mensa Select. The box might be a little misleading to some who are unfamiliar with the game. The game is actually a card game and the box is such to provide an organizational tray. The game is a deck building card game for 2 to 4 players and it takes about 30 minutes to play.
This game has a lot going for it. The actual game play is quite ingenious and yet really simple to learn. Players start with some victory point cards and money cards. Players then use these cards to purchase action cards or better money/victory cards. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game wins. So, the concept of the game is simple and so is the strategy, but the multiple different action cards make the game very interesting. You can't just buy up victory cards either, because you shuffle your cards and only draw 5 cards at a time for your turn. If you buy too many victory cards in the beginning of the game you won't really be able to purchase other cards because your hands will be full of victory cards. Anyway, there are 25 different kinds of action cards provided in the base game, and there are a plethora of expansions that add more action cards and/or add different types of cards to the game. There are so many different possibilities to play with because you only play with 10 different action cards each game. Dominion and its expansions are fabulous and I recommend the game to anyone and everyone and that is How Lou Sees It.