Dominion (2-4 players, 30-minutes) is a card game where players start with small identical decks. They then transform their deck into victory-point producing machines as efficiently as possible by buying more cards. Each game, 10 kingdom cards (most commonly actions, but sometimes extra treasure and ...

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How can I beat “Big Money” in Dominion?

Our group has determined that buying (almost exclusively) money and points is the way to go. Most kingdom cards are ignored, or are bought very sparingly. This has lead to games feeling 'samey' and ...
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How do Mine and Watchtower Interact?

When playing Mine while having a Watchtower in hand, can you put the upgraded treasure card on top of your deck instead of in your hand?
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Do you have to reveal your hand when using Treasure Map and not trashing a TM from your hand?

Since the golden rule of Dominion is to do as much as you can, when you can, shouldn't you have to reveal your hand to prove you cannot trash a Treasure Map from your hand? Treasure Map doesn't say ...
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What is the best way to keep everything organized and spend less time setting up?

When playing Dominion, how do you go about organizing all of the various cards and sets while maintaining a priority to getting games started quickly?
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Correct/Recommended use of Masquerade in Dominion: Intrigue

According to the rulebook, when using Masquerade, the cards passed between players must remain invisible until each player chooses the card to pass and places it down. I've always assumed it means ...
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Possession and Masquerade - are these too powerful in 2 player games?

Just encountered this yesterday. Player A plays Possession Then, it's player B turn (with player A deciding), and there's a Masquerade in the hand. Player A decides to play the Masquerade, Player A ...
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Can you buy with a copper after buying Grand Market?

If you buy the Grand Market in your turn, can you then use spare copper to buy something else? Or does doing so forbid you from having bought the Grand Market?
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What happens when I play a Swindler and no cards with the same cost as the trashed card are in the kingdom set?

Swindler: +2 Coins, Each other player trashes the top card of his deck and gains a card with the same cost that you choose. Say my opponent has played a Black Market and now the top card of their ...
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Are there any non-supply cards besides Black Market?

According to the designer of Dominion, Donald X. Vaccarino: Bridge makes all cards cheaper, not just ones in the supply. This was to prevent problems in weird situations. I am not sure the kind of ...
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When is Loan worth buying?

When would you ever want to buy this instead of just buying a Silver for the same price?
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When is the Bureaucrat worth buying?

When I first started playing Dominion, I saw the Bureaucrat and thought, cool, free silver and an attack! I bought one almost every time it was available. The more I played, though, I began to ...
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Priorities for Memory in Dominion

Considering we all have limited memories (and scratch paper is frowned upon in over-the-board play), what sorts of things are highest priority for keeping track of and committing to memory over the ...
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When would you buy the Thief in Dominion?

The Thief card rarely seems to be of much use, even when my opponents have bought a lot of treasure. Rather than stealing treasure, it seems much better to buy treasure to directly get to the high ...
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Dominion Money Purchasing When Actions Lacking

When the action cards on board are lacking in gaining money additions, what's your strategy in purchasing money vs action cards in the early rounds? More money, or look for actions that drill through ...
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Procession and pillage interaction

If I use Procession on Pillage, what happens? I'm guessing that I would gain 4 Spoils, but no action worth 6, since the Pillage was already trashed by the time Procession finished resolving?
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Can you use Trader to gain a Silver instead of a Farmland, but still get the buy side-effects of Farmland?

Can I buy a Farmland, trashing a card from my hand and gaining one costing up to 2 more, but then reveal Trader, and gain a Silver instead of the Farmland? I always think of the "buy" operation as ...
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How does Intrigue change your general Dominion strategy?

I've seen a lot of discussions about the basic strategies newcomers to Dominion develop: First you buy as many action cards as you can get you hands on. After several games, someone discovers Big ...
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Need help with the Peddler card in Dominion Prosperity

I love Dominion Prosperity, and understand all of the cards perfectly except for Peddler. Can anyone explain it to me? For some reason I just can't get it. Thanks!
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What are the most frequently used Dominion cards in winning decks?

Which cards are most bought by players, and most often associated with winning decks?
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What happens when playing Throne Room / King's Court *twice* with Caravan?

What happens if you play: Throne room, choosing a Throne room, each time choosing a Caravan? King's Court, choosing a King's Court, each time choosing a Caravan? Specifically, what will your play ...
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When you use Chancellor to discard your deck, do you gain a gold for each Tunnel discarded?

When you play Chancellor and choose to move your discard pile into your deck, do you gain a Gold for each Tunnel moved into your discard pile? From the wording of Chancellor, I would assume no ...
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Dominion Seaside Treasure Map: do both copies activate?

The Treasure Map text says: Trash this and another copy of Treasure Map from your hand. If you do trash two Treasure Maps, gain 4 Gold cards, putting them on top of your deck. If I manage to ...
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What Dominion kingdom-card setups tend to lead to the longest games? [closed]

Most dominion players notice early on that different kingdom sets have GIGANTIC effects on how the game ends up being played. This also means that some games will end fairly quickly, while others will ...
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What Dominion kingdom-card setups tend to lead to the shortest games? [closed]

Most dominion players notice early on that different kingdom sets have GIGANTIC effects on how the game ends up being played. This also means that some games will end fairly quickly, while others will ...
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In Dominion, when it says reveal a card, who must I reveal it to?

The text of Bureaucrat reads: Gain a Silver card, put it on top of your deck. Each other player reveals a Victory card and puts it on top of his deck. (or reveals a hand with no Victory cards). ...
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When should Curses be used?

Should Curses always be laid out as a supply pile even when no kingdom cards give curses? Or should the only be available when a curse kingdom card is chose? An extension of this question could be ...
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Which exchange of money is best? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I trash copper or silver with Mine? In dominion you have the option when the Mine cards are in use to trash a treasure and put a treasure worth 3 more in your ...
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Does mixing Dominion expansions lessen the power of card combinations in random kingdom setups?

Although they can be mixed together, Dominion sets seem to have many cards that were designed to combo with other cards in the same set. Scout works better with the cards that are both victory cards ...
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Good set of cards for teaching beginners

We have 1 or 2 new people who are interested in joining our lunch Dominion games where I work. We'd like to teach them about the various rules unique to each of these sets: Base, Intrigue, Seaside, ...
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Is it possible to combo Spy and Wishing Well?

From the entry for Wishing Well on Dominion Strategy, I quote: Cards that you view with Spy get drawn by the Wishing Well instead of being wished for. The cards in question are these: But as ...
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What is the Best Random Card Setup Tool? [closed]

In this question I received two different recommendations for iPhone specific apps to assist with Dominion setups. My group uses a third (non iPhone specific). Which is the best, and why? Please, ...
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Why does Online Dominion allow you to reveal reaction cards multiple times?

In the FAQ for Isotropic's online Dominion game, the creator states: No, you really can reveal a reaction card like Moat or Secret Chamber multiple times. They are designed to be idempotent so ...
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How does Conspirator work with Throne Room / King's Court?

If, for example, my turn starts by playing a King's Court and choosing Conspirator, how many cards will I draw?
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What happens when all your cards (the whole deck) are in play?

I am particularly fond of going through my entire deck each turn. However while I like to do this, are there any actual rules for handling cases like "You just played a smithy, but there are only two ...
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If I put a copper and add 4 more random cards into my hand from my starting deck, does it change the odds of getting the 5:2 split?

I was thinking about a situation where someone accidentally reveals a copper from their starting hand while shuffling their deck or discovers that they only have 9 cards in their starting deck (and ...
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When should I start collecting Victory Points in Dominion?

When is a good time to start collecting victory points... is it good to wait until toward the end, or seldomly through the beginning of the game? The tradeoff too early is they can clog up your deck, ...
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General advice for maximizing fun playing multiple games of Dominion

My girlfriend and I are a bit late to getting Dominion but so far are really enjoying it - we have the base set and just bought Intrigue. We don't have a lot of time to play (and so far at least have ...
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Dominion: what happens when I play Throne Room on a Feast since Feast gets trashed when played?

Throne Room: "Choose any action in your hand and play it twice" Feast: "Trash this card and gain a card costing up to 5$" So I use the Throne Room and play Feast twice. The first time it gets played ...
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What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?

Especially for games which involve frequent card shuffling by multiple players of decks of uneven sizes is there is a technique for shuffling which is quick and easy for everyone to learn yet also ...
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How much would the cards from Dominion: Alchemy cost if you wanted to use them while not playing with potions?

I've been looking at the cards from Dominion: Alchemy and want to use some of them in my own games through proxying of the blank cards. However, I don't feel like delving into the whole potion thing, ...
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Is Saboteur better in a 4-player game than a 2-player game?

Inspired by this question, especially @RobRenaud's comment on @BlairHippo's answer pointing to an inconclusive argument on BGG. My question is two-part: (a) In a general 4-player game, is Saboteur a ...
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Dominion - Saboteur use

Dominion is designed to take 20-30 minutes, which is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. However, I find that the card Saboteur causes the game to take much longer if more than 1 or two are ...
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What happens when playing a single Treasure Map?

I'm wondering if I can play a Scheme Card and then a Treasure Map and put the Treasure Map back on top of my deck at clean up. But I can only put the Treasure Map back on top if it's in play and not ...
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When should I take a curse in response to Torturer?

In Dominion, when someone plays a Torturer, I almost invariably choose to discard rather than take a curse. The exceptions are if I have a trasher (Chapel, Steward, Upgrade, etc.) that I have the ...
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Dominion - Defeating the Alchemist

I have a friend who loves this card. I know that every time it's on the table, he will load up on them, and chain long turns that take ages. It's even more powerful when Scout and/or Apothecary ...
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Maxing out your buys in early Dominion

How important is it to always buy the most expensive thing that you can with your first buys in Dominion? I appreciate that in the later stages of the game you often have more money than you can ...
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If I have 8+ coins and no Gold, should I buy a Gold or a Province?

When playing Dominion, I have developed the habit of buying a Gold the first time I can afford one, even if I could afford a Province instead. Is this a good rule of thumb? My reasoning is that if I ...
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What is a quick way to test or simulate card strategies for deck building games?

Dominion is the specific example I would like to play with but this certainly applies to any game that involves decks of cards being shuffled and drawn. I often see references to various simulations ...
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Proper use of Dominion card Upgrade

In what situations is Upgrade (Intrigue) useful? I have never seen anyone buy Upgrade in the games I've played where it was available. Whenever I play with Upgrade and Swindler, I always give Upgrade ...
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Using the Baron

Last night I finished my first ever game of Dominion: Intrigue, and I'm feeling conflicted about my evaluation of some of the cards on the board. In particular, I cannot decide of the Baron is junk or ...