First play of Dominion

So, we have a tradition here at the Peters home where we purchase a new game every Christmas. The hope is to convince all of the family to play it whenever we get together. A couple of weeks ago, I went out to BoardGameGeek to pick out this years game.

It was obvious from the first that Dominion was the hottest game out there. So, after reading some reviews and such, that’s the one I chose.

It arrived yesterday, and Jenny and I played it for the first time last night. I was not disappointed.

There are a couple of things that I thought were especially good about this game.

  1. The deck. In the game each player has their own deck. You are adding cards to this deck and drawing 5 each turn to play. The cards that give you victory points at the end are worthless during the game, so you have to be mindful to build a balanced deck so that you can have profitable turns each time.
  2. The variety. The game comes with 25 kingdom cards. But, you pick just 10 of them to use each game. These kingdom cards give you the actions that you can perform during your turn. So, the game is very high in re-playability because of the many different combinations of kingdom cards you can chose to play with.

So, if you are looking for a new game to play with family or friends, I highly recommend Dominion. Jenny and I had a blast playing it, it was very easy to learn, and we wanted to play more as soon as we were finished.

Notre Dame

A couple of weeks ago I had the urge to get a new board game. So, after browsing BoardGameGeek for a while and listing to some podcasts I became interested in a new game that lots of people were talking about — Notre Dame. So, I picked it up.

This weekend I got a chance to play it with some friends, and then later my wife. I love the game. It’s very deserving of its high rating on the Geek. In the game each player has a section of the city that they are trying to make improvements to and earn prestige points. But, as I learned in the first game, you have to keep a balance between earning gold and influence markers as well — they are the tools that you use to get the prestige points. You also have to keep an eye on the rat counter, which measures the pestilence in you section. This progressively moves up during the game and can be costly if it gets to the end on its track.

The game can seem overwhelming at first as you are trying to remember what all the cards do and trying to figure out what the best action to take would be. But everyone caught on fast and it ended up seeming much simpler than it did at first. I played one game with 4 people, one with 3, and then one with just me and my wife, and the game played great with each of those numbers. And, being the good host that I am, I let my guests win each game 🙂 . Everyone had a good time and wanted to play again.

So, if you’re looking for a very solid, strategic new board game, give this a shot. We sure enjoyed it.