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We have the base Dominion set along with the Alchemy and Prosperity expansions. The rules cover 2-4 players, but elsewhere it implies that up to 6 players are allowed with expansions. Nowhere we could find does it explain if 5 or 6 players have a different setup or end game conditions.

Do you need a different setup for 5 - 6 players in Dominion? I get the impression that adding the Colony and Platinum is required, but not sure if the starting cards or end conditions change. Or is it a different expansion that allows for 5 - 6 players?

I am open to "official rules" and "recommended rules."

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Don't forget that the number of Curses in play should be (n-1) * 10, where n is the number of players. –  Powerlord May 10 '12 at 15:14

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The official rules for 5-6 players in Dominion is outlined in the Dominion: Intrigue rulebook, as it requires the extra treasure and Province cards included with that expansion.

To set up for 5 or 6 players, combine the Treasure cards from Dominion and Dominion: Intrigue. Use 15 Provinces in the Supply for a 5-player game and 18 Provinces in the Supply for a 6-player game. All other Victory card piles (Estates, Duchies, and Victory Kingdom cards) remain at 12 cards per pile. Use 40 Curse cards for a 5-player game and 50 Curse cards for a 6-player game.

In a 5 or 6 player game, the game ends at the end of any player’s turn when one of two conditions is met: the Supply pile of Province cards is empty OR any 4 Supply piles are empty.

I would recommend using these rules with proxy cards for the extra treasures, Provinces and Curses if you don't have the Intrigue expansion.

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@TheChaz & Ghoppe: Thanks to both of you for the speedy answers. I suspected it was Intrigue that added 5-6 players. I'll look at picking that one up or making some proxies. So just need more Province and Curse cards? No more Gold? –  Jim McKeeth May 7 '12 at 2:06
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@JimMcKeeth The rules say combine the Treasure cards. So, I suppose that means technically you'd double the Copper, Silver, and Gold. –  ghoppe May 7 '12 at 2:15
    
IMO it works better if you ALSO add extra Duchy cards (match the number of provinces) AND add an extra kingdom pile per player over 4. –  Chris Dodd May 7 '12 at 21:22
    
@ChrisDodd do you also modify the game-end conditions (e.g. 4 piles run out for 5 players?) –  Gregor May 8 '12 at 5:17
    
Should there also be 15/18 colonies in a 5/6 player colony game? –  Karl Knechtel May 18 '12 at 20:04

Neither Colony nor Platinum are required for 5-6 player. (Neither of them are in Intrigue, either.)

From the Intrigue Rules PDF:

The following are rules for a single game accommodating 5 or 6 players. Please note that there will be increased downtime with 5 or 6 players, so this is not recommended for new players.

To set up for 5 or 6 players, combine the Treasure cards from Dominion and Dominion: Intrigue. Use 15 Provinces in the Supply for a 5-player game and 18 Provinces in the Supply for a 6-player game. All other Victory card piles (Estates, Duchies, and Victory Kingdom cards) remain at 12 cards per pile. Use 40 Curse cards for a 5-player game and 50 Curse cards for a 6-player game.

In a 5 or 6 player game, the game ends at the end of any player’s turn when one of two conditions is met: the Supply pile of Province cards is empty OR any 4 Supply piles are empty

The designer's advice for 7-8 players is to run two separate tables of 3-4p

The full intrigue rules are available at http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/45425/dominion-intrigue-rules-english-pdf

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