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Dominion: Unleash Your Inner Medieval Landlord in this Turbo-Charged Deckbuilding Adventure!

In a world where deckbuilding games roamed the tabletop realm, Dominion emerged as the pioneer that birthed an entire genre. Sure, it wasn't the first...

Duncan Robertson Feb 04, 2024
Dominion: Unleash Your Inner Medieval Landlord in this Turbo-Charged Deckbuilding Adventure!

In a world where deckbuilding games roamed the tabletop realm, Dominion emerged as the pioneer that birthed an entire genre. Sure, it wasn't the first to dabble in deckbuilding mechanics, with predecessors like StarCraft: The Board Game paving the way. But Dominion had the audacity to build an entire kingdom around this addictive mechanic, unleashing a wave of deckbuilding madness that would soon conquer the digital realm.

Picture yourself in the year 2008, surrounded by eager board gamers clamoring to become medieval landlords. They were ready to amass markets, villages, and even witches, all in the tireless pursuit of the most coveted treasure in the realm of board gaming—victory points. Dominion took the world by storm, infiltrating every board game night and leaving players bewitched by its strategic allure.

As the years went by, Dominion traversed the digital frontier, morphing into apps and a browser-based version that still beckons players to this day. But here's where things get interesting: this latest incarnation boasts an AI opponent powered by neural networks. Yes, you heard that right. The AI is cunning, devious, and merciless. It triumphed over me multiple times, even on the easiest difficulty. Granted, I was a little rusty, trying to recollect the intricate dance of combos that Dominion demands. After all, 2008 was ages ago, and my memory is as reliable as a Jester's loyalty.

One of the standout features of this version of Dominion is its speed. Gone are the days of unpacking and shuffling cards or coaxing your friends to spend hours in your company. This digital adaptation is lightning quick, perhaps a tad too quick. Your opponent's cards whiz by, leaving you dazed and confused, desperately trying to decipher their strategies. Are they employing Moats to thwart my Curses? Alas, I have no clue. I shall discover my fate only at the end of this frenetic battle. Spoiler alert: they were, and I suffered a crushing defeat.

Now, let's address the elephant in the room—the interface. It's a shame that the cards don't magically embiggen (yes, that's a word) when you hover your mouse over them. If you want more than just a glimpse of the card's details, which, let's be honest, are nothing to write home about, you must summon your right-clicking prowess. However, I suspect the real bone of contention for many lies in the realm of DLC.

Ah, the dreaded DLC (Downloadable Content). While the base game graciously bestows itself upon you for free, the expansions come with a price tag. Want to delve into the splendors of the Intrigue expansion? That'll be a mere $5. But sets like Hinterlands and Dark Ages demand a heftier toll of $11 each. And brace yourself, my friends, for there are currently 23 expansions available, with no end in sight. It's a completionist's worst nightmare, a labyrinth of endless possibilities.

But fear not, noble adventurers, for you don't need every expansion to embark on your Dominion journey. In fact, attempting to juggle them all would be like trying to herd cats in a tempest. If you seek to relive the glory days of the board game sensation that swept through the land in 2008, this Steam version will transport you back to that golden age. Whether you prefer to venture forth alone or test your mettle against opponents online, Dominion awaits your strategic prowess.

So gather your wits, sharpen your swords (or, in this case, your decks), and prepare to conquer the realm of Dominion once more. Unleash your inner medieval landlord and stake your claim for victory points and glory. The time has come to reign supreme in this turbo-charged deckbuilding adventure!

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