Online Dominion

As I mentioned in an earlier post Dominion is a great card strategy game. Now there is a new online version by . This company is making other board games accessible online, but I was most excited about Dominion. Note: Game is still in Beta

The game breaks down into 3 categories:

  • Single Player
  • Multiplayer
  • Adventures

The base game and cards are provided for free, but each expansion costs money. This is a similar model that Zynga and other online game companies have been using. I haven”t bought a set yet, but as I play more I might consider it.

Single Player:
This mode is quite fun to play in to develop new strategies. You can choose different AI”s that have slightly different strategies. This gives you the chance to develop some ideas and how to change your strategies based on the number of players as well as the cards that you are given. This is where you can increase your casual rating. This is to see how you stack up against other players, which comes in handy for choosing opponents for Mutliplayer mode.

I think this is hands down the best mode. It allows you to play against other players from anywhere. Games are quick enough, since there is no setup, so that you can play a couple of games before you head to bed. Its nice to see how you stack up against other players, as well as play against friends that don”t live near you. There are casual and pro games which ???????? ?????? provide ratings and unrated games. You can also choose the number of players in the game, some of which can be bots.

The casual and unrated games unveil the cards that will be in the game before the game starts. This allows opponents to choose to join games that they would enjoy playing. You can come up with several viable strategies before you even play the game and then test to see how they stack up against others.

The pro game hides the card selections before. So essential all players see the cards at the same time, when the game starts. This is more akin to the actual game you play with your friends. I am not sure why there is a different rating system for pro vs casual, but the reason might come out in more time.

This by far is the weirder mode to play in. It reminds me of a fighting game, where you defeat opponents in a loose story mode and fight boss”s along the way. I haven”t gone through all of the levels yet, but have made my way through the 1/2 of the story mode for he base set. Each “battle” you get 2 free zaps, these zaps are used to upgrade your cards or downgrade cards of your opponent. Initially, I was unaware of this function and started beating my opponents by devising the better strategy. After each battle, you either gain or loose adventure experience, gain some coins and are rated on 3 star system on how large a margin you defeated your opponent. The gold coins are used in the store to buy more zaps and more adventures. After boss battles you gain victory points, which are used to buy special cards promo cards. I haven”t tried these out yet, but will once I get more victory points.

As the levels progress the starting hands you and your opponent are dealt are very skewed. The opponents begin with a couple of silvers instead of copper, then duchy”s instead of estates. It is at this point you need the zaps in order to defeat them. The key is to figure out if you should downgrade you opponents hand or upgrade yours based on the deck for that game. The skewing of the starting hands seems like a ploy for the game makers to make you buy more zaps. There is an easy work around buy just playing multiplayer games, which is the best part of this game.

I will continue to play and make notes as I progress further into this game. Overall, I think there is a lot of potential, but still some bugs. I recommend playing the game and trying it for yourself.

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