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Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« on: January 15, 2013, 04:33:55 PM »
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I absolutely love Dominion. I learned on Intrigue and bought Base a few months back. Someone in my playgroup has Intrigue.

What expansions should I buy next and why? I believe I should look at Prosperity and Seaside next from what I have heard. Or should I get Intrigue myself first?

Also, what size card sleeves have you found to fit in Dominion boxes (if any)? Do Yu-Gi-Oh size fit?

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 05:01:49 PM »
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Definitely buy prosperity if you have the money. Cornucopia is fun but may not be worth the money because of so few kingdom cards.

Avoid Alchemy, it is an awful set.  I have played every set but Dark Ages because of a program on my tablet.
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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 05:57:12 PM »
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I agree that Prosperity is the best one to go for at this point.  I also agree that Alchemy is lame.  Seaside is in the middle.

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 06:07:32 PM »
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I liked alchemy quite a bit, but which sets you buy depends on what kind of game you want to play.

Intrigue is generally far more cutthroat, with some nasty attack cards and actions that screw with your opponents' decks, at the cost of losing some economic options.

Seaside is all about the long term, with cards that give you small bonuses immediately, and on your next turn. The downside is, there's very little that helps you right away, which means you're in for some long games and sloggy turns.

Prosperity is the opposite of Intrigue, only a few attacks and player interaction cards, and a lot of economic options. The downsides are twofold, a prosperity only game can easily become a game of multi-player solitaire, and the power curve is so high that it kinda wrecks the previous sets. That being said, it's a lot of fun to play.
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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 06:16:40 PM »
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Really enjoying Prosperity right now, though I agree with JSB that it doesn't have as much interaction, so it's great to mix with sets like Intrigue.

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 08:27:13 PM »
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I really like Hinterlands, as many cards give you immediate rewards as you buy them.  It feels a lot less clunky than Seaside.

I do like Prosperity, too.

Kurt is a big fan of Dark Ages, and it can be fun.  It has tons of new cards.  Great trash cards and interations with the trash pile.  Rats are a riot.

Avoid the small expansions for now - especially Alchemy.

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 08:32:57 PM »
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If you can, buy them all. It is that good. Alchemy is fairly lame but it's still worth getting. I enjoy Dark Ages and it gives a huge amount of new cards.
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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 09:39:47 PM »
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Bryon and JSB both explained the pros and cons of the sets pretty well.

If your content with using the playgroup copy of Intrigue... then Prosperity or Dark Ages will get you the most fun. Both Sea Side and Hinterlands are good but they arent adding really that much that is "new" outside of the orange cards when compared to the other sets.
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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 11:23:11 PM »
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Well, so far you guys have not led me astray, so I may have to try this game as well. I bought Settlers of Catan and Shadows Over Camelot after hearing about them from you guys, and our playgroup plays them regularly.

So for this Dominion game... what is a good price for them? They're all over eBay, but I'm not sure how they compare to other outlets. I got my Shadows & Expansion on eBay for $25 each. The Schaef hooked me up with Settlers and all expansions through his store. Does anyone know if he still sells games, particularly Dominion? Is anyone selling their collection here?

What do I need to play? Do I have to have the original first (like Settlers)? Are any expansions stand alone?
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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2013, 11:28:46 PM »
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I have also heard many good things about this game and would love to learn how to play.

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2013, 11:45:54 PM »
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Very interested now myself, what is a good price on this game?
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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2013, 12:02:24 AM »
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Looks like the cheapest BIN on eBay is $37 for the base set, for reference.

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2013, 12:07:15 AM »
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assuming you have free shipping you can get it for about $32 on Amazon
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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2013, 12:19:38 AM »
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Well, so far you guys have not led me astray, so I may have to try this game as well. I bought Settlers of Catan and Shadows Over Camelot after hearing about them from you guys, and our playgroup plays them regularly.
If you guys liked those two games, then I think you'll like Dominion as well.  The other two games that I think would be most enjoyed by your group are Ticket to Ride (everyone for themselves like Settlers) and Pandemic (co-op game like Shadows).

Both are are the same level of difficulty, and are tons of fun :)

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 08:40:41 AM »
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What do I need to play? Do I have to have the original first (like Settlers)? Are any expansions stand alone?

You could start with either Dominion (the base game) or Dominion: Intrigue (the first expansion). The base game cards are generally more straightforward, and the Intrigue cards offer more decisions and options. There is no overlap in kingdom cards with those two - they both include the basic always-available stuff you need, but otherwise are unique products. You can certainly play with just one or the other (or both!) and have plenty of interesting games without needing other expansions. But if you do want expansions...

I've never understood why people dislike Alchemy. It offers a new type of currency (potions) used on the cards in that set, which offers some new decisions about whether to bother with that currency, which can access really powerful cards or just be dead weight. Some of my favorite cards (Apprentice, Golem, University) are from Alchemy! But I'm nearly alone in that assessment, for whatever reason.

Seaside is a great first expansion. The complexity is not that much of a step up, but there are more decisions during card play that reach beyond the current turn. Dark Ages and Hinterlands have more complex interactions; while they're great for more experienced players, I would not recommend them to a newcomer. Prosperity is cool, but the designer himself recommends not getting that as the first expansion, because then the introduction of Platinum and Colony is less special. I would steer clear of Cornucopia and Alchemy at the start just because you'll get fewer cards at only a minor price difference. The cards in both are certainly enjoyable (I'm a fan of Jester and Farming Village especially), but you get less raw quantity and therefore less variety.

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2013, 10:08:42 AM »
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I've really enjoyed Dominion over the last couple years.  If you like Dominion and Marvel comics, you should try Legendary.  It is expensive, but certainly fun enough to be worth the $.

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2013, 01:04:42 PM »
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To Tim, John, and Kyle,

I know you would all love Dominion. I don't know how I missed out on it for the past few years. $32 w free shipping on Amazon is the best I have seen (as Brandon mentioned).

To all who weighed in,

Mixed feedback as I imagined. So it sounds like Prosperity, Dark Ages, Hinterlands, and Seaside are all good ideas. I have played at least 30 games of Dominion so I would not shy away from advanced sets.

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2013, 11:23:45 AM »
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I received Intrigue for my birthday and a $50 Amazon gift card. With that in mind, if I can pick up 2 more expansions (to add to Base and Intrigue), what pairing of 2 would y'all recommend? I am wondering if Prosperity and a more complex one (Hinterlands or Dark Ages) is the way to go.

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2013, 03:02:11 PM »
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I would recommend buying another base set and sending to yourself through my address.
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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2013, 04:52:10 PM »
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I am wondering if Prosperity and a more complex one (Hinterlands or Dark Ages) is the way to go.
I'd suggest Prosperity  and Seaside.
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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2013, 05:06:17 PM »
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I'd suggest Prosperity  and Seaside.
I agree with this.  I love Prosperity, and the whole affecting future turns aspect of Seaside appeals to my strategic side :)

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Re: Dominion Expansions to Buy?
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2013, 04:06:42 AM »
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I agree with Prosperity.  I prefer Hinterlands to Seaside.  Both are fun, but they are kind of opposites.  Hinterlands gives extra rewards right when you purchase cards.  Seaside gives extra rewards the turn after you play the card.