★★★★☆ Dominion; this is a deck building game, but you don’t need a carpenter or tools.

Check out this game if: you’re looking for a unique game with some complexity for teenagers and up.

This game stands out because: of the deck building mechanism. Deck building means you use the cards in your hand to purchase better cards, which get shuffled into a draw pile. Essentially you are building a deck of cards from the same cards available to everyone. Balancing the three different types of cards (victory, treasure, and action) makes this game great. I would give this game 5 stars if it weren’t for the slightly difficult learning curve. 

1. Although there is luck in this game, every player makes important choices almost every turn.
2. Once everyone knows how to play the game, this can play quickly and still feel strategic.
3. Base game comes with a lot of cards for variety and replayability.
4. There are a lot of expansions to this game that give even more variety and replayability.
5. Feels rewarding to build up your strategy with purchasing cards -players often want to play again immediately.
6. Quick, fun, and strategic -a real gem in the board game world.
7. No player elimination.

1. The unique card playing may take a little while for some players to understand.
2. This game will not play with more than 4 players

Brief Overview:
The goal of this game is to get victory points, which you can purchase on your turn.

Everyone starts the game with the same cards (7 treasure cards and three victory points -you’re already on the right track). These 10 cards make up your draw pile.

At the start of the game (and directly after your turn during the game) you draw 5 cards. With these five cards you can buy three things, victory points, treasure, or special cards that will help you get even more treasure or victory points later in the game). Treasure is good, but you will likely need more than just treasure to buy the big victory point cards. Victory point cards are good, but they don’t help you get more points -and will clutter your. Special action cards will help you get more treasure and points, but in the end are not worth anything.

Number of Players 2-4
Age 13+
Time 30 mins
Friendly ★★☆☆☆
Teachable ★★☆☆☆
Replayability ★★★★☆
Creative Freedom ★★★☆☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★★
Interaction ★★☆☆☆

There is one version of this game with many expansions.

Since this game was released in 2008 many deck building games have been published (Star Realms, Trains, Thunderstone, Baseball Highlights, and Eminent Domain -to name a few popular ones).

Teaching Advice:
This game is best taught by explaining the goal first -obtain victory points. Then explain how you buy cards (treasure, victory, and action).

Before you explain all the special action cards in the introductory game, explain the deck building mechanism (buying cards that get put into your draw pile for future use).  

Once everyone knows how the deck building mechanism works, explain the ten special action cards in the introductory game (no need to explain all the cards in the game -that will just get confusing).

Link to Video Tutorial.

Link to Dominion on Amazon.

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