Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dominion strategies

(This is written for those who know the game Dominion - otherwise it will probably just sound confusing.)

I've played Dominion a lot of times now - 20-something in person, and a bunch on BrettSpielWelt. So much of the time, players (including me) have thought the Remodel card to not be a whole lot of use, but yesterday one of the players put it to good use.

Early in the game, he drew a Thief. I didn't want to get hosed by the Thief, so I decided to avoid collecting money and instead draw a bunch of Festivals. From turn to turn, I seemed to keep having enough money to buy Festivals. But as I went, he was starting to remodel one thing after another and was soon drawing Provinces. This had me nervous - I had never seen someone do that before. I knew I needed to hurry.

By now I had a small deck loaded with Festivals. I knew that I needed more card-drawing if I was going to have large enough sums of money each turn to buy Provinces. So I started buying up Council Rooms. On the last few rounds, I was able to lay down sets of Festivals and Council Rooms which gave me enough money and buys to purchase two items per turn. This turned out to secure my comeback. At scoring time, we were both sure he had won, but upon counting and recounting, I had pulled in 32 points to his 28, thanks to my Festival/Council Room combo. Still, on the next game, Remodel was available again, and my buddy was back to his Remodel strategy, sure it would work this time....


Fong Chun Chan said...

So what card was he remodeling?

TimothyP said...

I don't remember now! O_o

It was a long time ago. I think he was probably Remodeling 4-cost cards and Golds.

Fong Chun Chan said...

That's a pretty good strategy actually. You can start a modeling chain to quickly get provinces if you can get the remodels in the same hand as your 4-cost cards and golds.

I think I might incorporate that strategy into my own dominion strategy site (dominionstrategies.blogspot.com). Do you mind if I blog about that?

TimothyP said...

Not at all! Go ahead and blog it! =)

One strategic element I've been using is to keep minimal action cards in my deck. I've won a lot of games with only 2-4 action cards in my deck.