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I can’t stop making people play Dominion. I bought it for my parents, and there’s a good chance that anyone who comes into my apartment will walk out of it knowing how to play. Like my very accommodating out-of-town friends I was recently hosting for a bachelorette party. In short, it’s my latest favorite table top game. My boyfriend and I promptly bought it after learning how to play it at the 2009 Gen Con last year, the biggest board game convention in North America.
Dominion is a card deck-building game. You start with ten cards and pad your deck with goodies throughout the game. The three general categories of cards are treasure cards, victory point cards, and action cards. There are a few other subcategories, but you get the idea. The objective is to be the player with the most victory points at the end of the game. The catch is that you can only play with 5 random cards from your deck at any given time. So if you start buying up victory point cards at the beginning of the game, there’s a good chance your 5 cards will be filled with victory point cards you can’t do anything with.
Each game of Dominion can be drastically different depending on what set of 10 types of Kingdom cards you choose to play with. You can choose from 25 types if you have the base game, and more if you get expansion packs and promo decks. What I love about Dominion is the delicate balance of strategies. I find I have to adjust my playing style frequently based on what cards are available to buy and what other players are doing.
Another selling point is that it’s a relatively light game. A gamer’s game perhaps, but it’s easy to learn and pick up, and it plays through quickly. It’s made for two to four players, though I enjoy it most with four. I like the added challenge of trying to keep track of how many victory points three opponents have purchased. That’s just too easy with only one opponent.
There are two things about the game that I’m not so hot on. First, the logo art, especially on that turquoise color on the back of the cards. It’s just hard to read and ugly, especially compared to the beautiful art on the other side.
Second, there’s a lot of shuffling. I don’t mind so much, but it gets tiring, and the turns go so fast that often everyone is frantically shuffling their cards so they can get their next 5. Especially in the beginning when everyone’s decks are still skimpy. One way to get around this? Homemade chipsets. You still need to mix up the chips, but that’s done quickly with a grab bag.
Publisher: Several, but mine is from Rio Grande Games.
Number of players: It’s listed as 2-4. I’m curious if anyone’s tried it with 5, as I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible.
Playing time: About 30-40 minutes.
Saturday Sketch Dump is the weekly behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of NPC comic. Click on the images to view them at full size.
Still no buffer as I finish up this freelance gig. But having a great time drawing the comics! I put on Scott Kurtz’s ustreams when I could and learned a thing or two. For the uninitiated, Scott Kurtz is the creator of the PVP strip, and he’s really refined his art over the years. He draws lines so smooth and sharp, they could be used in corrective eye surgery. Anyway, this week I tried out one of the methods *I think* he uses, for shading. Once the flat color is done, dupe the layer and up the curves so the new layer is darker and more saturated. Then erase the highlights. I’m playing with how much I want to erase…do I want mostly shaded areas, or mostly highlighted areas? Still figuring that out. But the duping the layer thing really saves me time. That way I don’t have to get each special shade color and paint it on.
Ok. Enough nerding out on Photoshop. Enjoy your Saturday!
NPChloe is the weekly inward musings of one pensive and game-loving feline, Chloe. The words and art below have been ripped directly from her diary and spread out on the internets here for all to see.
So far the new year has been going surprisingly well. Now that we’re not running the Dungeon Finder constantly, I’m finally getting some naps in. But there is something troubling me. We’ve been giving Lisa lessons in the ways of her Shadow Priest, and, well, they’re going terribly. She’s really set in her roguish ways. We’ve tried all sorts of different teaching methods, but nothing is working. Bink doesn’t seem to understand why I even care at all. Maybe he’s right. Maybe I should just focus on our prize chicken hearts. I was embarrassed to admit to him that I actually want her to do well. But look, a job worth doing is worth doing well! What kind of cat would I be if I phoned it in? Not to mention the embarrassment of having a human who’s so terrible at WoW.
Speaking of my human, she’s mildly obsessed with cupcakes. She has quite a collection of cupcake art on the walls. It’s kind of disgusting really. They’re nothing but sugar and flour. All carbs! Bleh. I don’t know how humans can stand to eat such things, let alone consider them tasty or special in anyway. But I have to admit that they do look kind of adorable. And so I was inspired to draw one as a cat. I think it turned out well.
I can’t stop. It’s just there, on my phone, and I have to have my phone! Can’t throw it in the toilet. It’s an iPhone too, so I threw some cash down for that thing. Oh, what’s that? Just delete the app, you say? Well, I’ve tried that. And as my finger gets closer to that little ‘x’ something takes over me. I push the home button, launch Bejeweled, and play.
Before this it was Solitaire and before that it was Word Play Online. Little games that taunt me, that whisper to me: “Mary, you don’t have an hour to sit down and play World of Warcraft. But you have a minute. You have one little minute to play me right now. And you won’t waste time, because you’ll only play me once. Then you’ll put me down and pick up your Kindle and start reading that book you’ve been meaning to finish. You won’t keep playing me again and again until you’re a bloodshot-eyed insomniac mess. Promise.”
These games lie to me. And they’re actually one of the reasons I got a Kindle. I wanted to go all ebook, but was determined to read on my iPhone. But it was too easy to pick up the phone to read, and wind up playing some little game over and over and put off the reading. Now with my Kindle I at least have one more barrier – I have to PUT DOWN THE KINDLE AND PICK UP THE IPHONE. So much work, right? Well Bejeweled has broken that barrier. Bejeweled doesn’t even let me pick up Kindle in the first place. It doesn’t whisper to me – it cries out, yells, screams at me to play it.
This has only been going on for a week. I finally grabbed Bejeweled 2 for $2.99 after entering the codes for my Christmas iTunes gift cards. I only play Blitz. Blitz is the one-minute-see-how-high-you-can-score mode.
I’m doing something wrong, right? Not high enough, right? I connected via Facebook so I could see my friends’ scores, and it looks like only one other friend plays. Her score is 378,850. How can I possibly achieve this??? What’s wrong with me? I’m so tempted to look up how to score high, but then I’d be meta-gaming a casual game, and I just can’t have that.
Well I bared my soul to you. My bejeweled soul. At least it’s not bedazzled. I have to go get some work done. *picks up iPhone…..*