Strategies for Dominion board game

Set Sail with Dominion Seaside

Dominion Seaside card gameAs you can see from many of our Top Game lists, we think Dominion is a fantastic card game. The Dominion card game that has taken the world by storm since it was published 5 years ago (2008), starting a whole new card game genre – Deck Building – and spawning many copy-cat games. Publishers everywhere have been trying to mimic the success of Dominion.

If you’re not yet familiar with Dominion, there’s no time like the present. Go check out our original Dominion video and written review to discover the basics of this super addicting game.

But we better warn you – Dominion is such an addicting game that if you pick up a copy, you better make plans now for picking up one of the Dominion expansions.

Dominion Seaside card gameIt’s not that Dominion can’t be enjoyed with just the base game for years to come. In fact since you only play with a random selection of 10 of the different 25 “Kingdom Cards” each game, there is amazing variety every time you play. It’s just that the game is so fun to play that you’ll simply want more.

But then the all-important question is, “Which of the 7 expansions should we get?”

While it’s a tough choice between a couple of the expansions, our pick for the best expansion to get for Dominion is Dominion Seaside.

Why Dominion Seaside
Dominion Seaside is our top pick for Dominion expansions because of the amount of variety it adds coupled with a bit more strategic planning.

Dominion Seaside card gameDominion Seaside adds player mats, tokens, and 26 new Kingdom Cards!
That’s a lot to enhance your Dominion game with.

The best addition in Dominion is the introduction of Duration cards. In Dominion, players use the 5 cards in their hand to try to improve their deck and position in the game. They play an Action, Buy cards to add to their deck, and then Clean up and draw 5 cards to their hand to await their next turn. It’s all about what you have in your hand.

Dominion Seaside card gameHowever, with the addition of Duration cards, what you do on one turn affects subsequent turns. We love that this adds in a bigger element of planning. Every card you buy in Dominion will affect what you can do in the future. But nothing is so direct as a card that gives abilities this turn as well as carry over to the very next turn.

The Duration cards are easy to identify because they’re all orange. Take a look at the photo to see the variety of abilities these Duration cards offer. One of my favorites is the Wharf – now and at the start of your next turn +2 Cards and +1 Buy.Dominion Seaside card game And at only a cost of 2, the Haven is pretty sweet too – giving you an extra Card and Action plus setting aside a card from your hand now to add to your hand next turn for 6 cards in hand.

What do Player Mats add?
There are 3 Player Mats in Dominion Seaside that are each only used if that particular Kingdom Card is part of the game. They are Island, Pirate Ship, and Native Village.

  • The Island is a place where you can place cards to get them out of your hand and deck until the end of the game. It’s a great card an associated mat because an Island card is also worth Victory points. Getting and playing an Island card lets you set those Victory points aside plus another card from your hand until the end of the game. That those cards don’t take up space in your deck while you’re playing. Cool stuff.

Rio Grande Games Dominion
Toy (Rio Grande Games)
  • For 2-4 players
  • Tactical card game
  • Takes about 30 minutes to play
  • Lots of expansions available to add depth and complexity
  • Quick to learn, many ways to win

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Toy (Rio Grande Games)
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